I finished this baby quilt a couple days ago, but between rain and Christmas, I’m just now getting the pictures posted. I’m going to star the post with a picture of the “Mama” quilt this was inspired by, the Paparazzi quilt designed by my friend Chris (pattern for sale here!).
I gave Paparazzi to one of my husband’s cousins (or 2nd cousin – families are hard!) for a wedding gift. Lo and behold, they announced a pregnancy shortly thereafter, so I knew that all those “waste” triangles from making Paparazzi would come in handy in a baby quilt for the same couple. So I present the Paparazetti baby quilt:
I threw a little more teal into the baby version than the original to tweak the color scheme just a bit. We know it’s a baby girl, so the colors worked out well.
Each block measures 6″ finished, so my waste triangles were some weird size unfinished since it’s a 4×4 block layout. Depending on the fabric placement, some blocks looks like spinwheels, and some look like throwing stars. What a super cozy theme for a baby quilt: dizziness and death. Hmm. At least the colors are pretty!
Once I can stomach going back to the post office after the holiday season, I’ll get it shipped off to the expectant couple.
I am feeling a bit scattered this week, for good reasons that are not at all related to quilting. There is good news for work (received today after much ANGRY CAPS LOCK repressed emails earlier in the week), and good news for my daughter at school, and two and a half weeks of vacation coming up for me & kids. Huzzah.
So while I’m working on Celtic Solstice and Scrapitude and my Tula Pink EPP project and the units for my parents’ quilt, I’m throwing together a baby quilt, too. I’m calling it Paparazetti right now as it’s made from the waste HSTs of my Paparazzi quilt.
This is the center, and it will have a 2″ border of Snow and a teal border added to it to bring it to a decent size. I should be able to finish up those borders at my sew-in tomorrow night and get it sandwiched and quilted this weekend, I think.
Special guest appearance by the cowboy boots I got in college, and have started wearing regularly in the past couple months. They remind me to kick some butt.
For those of you with helper animals, cats in particular, you will understand the allure of an open box. At least they were not on the blocks, I suppose. Or “on the blocks anymore” I should say.
Ahem. So yes, I’m working on my Star Surround surrounds and had to lay out all the blocks to figure out which fabrics went where for each block and I’m about half done with the surround parts. I might be able to finish those up tonight.
I’ve also got the top finished for Silver Star. Here it is with two of the three borders put on. The third border is another aqua one, which is a tiny toy mouse print to kick up the cute factor since it’s being auctioned off to benefit Good Mews Animal Foundation, the cat shelter I volunteer for.
The HST border is made out of waste triangles from the center blocks. I used 168 of them, out of 502, which means I have just shy of a bajillion left for another project.
I feel like I’ve gotten quite a bit done, but haven’t finished anything this week. Ah well, I guess even Superman took some time out to be mortal, too. After he made 240 flying geese.
We had our day retreat for the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild this weekend, and while I lost an hour looking for my sewing machine power cord (which appeared on the floor under my sewing machine ultimately) and taking care of lunches and dinners and the like, I did manage to get 200 of the units done for the Silver Star quilt. Since I sewed an extra seam on each corner triangle, I ended up with 400 bonus triangles, too. I’ve got 52 more units to make, and then I’ll piece those into blocks like the layout here, and use the bonus triangles for a border in the quilt.
I also started on the cornerstones for the Tiny Stitches Royal Garden Saturday Sampler quilt, also making bonus triangles from the square in a square blocks since I want to try to upsize the quilt from queen to king. We’ll see if I’m able to make that work with the fabric I have! I also got all the sashing and one of the borders cut from the same finishing kit.
- Used this Week: .75 yards
- 0.75 yd for 3 FQs lost in the LCR dice game. Oh well, hope springs eternal!
- Used year to Date: 260.25 yards
- Added this Week: 9 yards
- 9 yd for secret project to be revealed in November.
- Net Used for 2013: 126.5 yards
- YTD Used for Charity: 113.75 yards (44% of total used)
See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!
I don’t tend to offer commentary on current events or news stories, in part because I like the blog to remain “timeless” in that it centered on my (sewing) life, and also because I have other ways to express pain/disgust/despair/whatever that don’t necessitate me spewing my opinions all over the internet. Mostly because everyone has their own opinions, and they may not match. And you know what they say about opinions.
So, having said that, the “little things” are bringing me joy. And here’s some little things I just finished.
This is my Terrain buffalo bits mat. When I put this on my Q4 finish-along goals, I had thought I had way more of these HSTs to put together. As it turns out I had many more from the Snowbunny quilt than I did from Leaf Me Alone, but I did get this little mat put together, which measures 16×16″. Since I already have a Terrain tabletopper from the twister tool, this one is going into a Christmas gift for the sibling exchange for my husband’s family.
And speaking of the twister tool, I used one and a half charm packs from Sweetwater – Reunion, and one from two years ago that I can’t remember the name of – to make this little twister quilt that will go on top of the cedar chest on our bedroom (it measures 38×28″). The twister tool gives a lot of bumpy seam intersections, and with the added meander quilting, there’s lots of texture for the cats to enjoy (the chest is next to a window they like to look out, and this is replacing some sad fleece blankets that were on top of the trunk). The lighting is horrible, but I figure that’s the sort of quality you’ve come to expect from Poorly Lit Quilterpiece Theatre!
And finally yesterday I whipped up the components for Easy Street Step 4. Apparently some people are not fond of flying geese. Hmpf. There were “only” 64 of them, so it wasn’t that bad.
Check out Bonnie’s linky to see the other Easy Street participants!
Apparently my brain feels it’s not indulged enough because it made me make these two tabletoppers yesterday evening and today at lunch. I meant to use the buffalo bits from my Kate Spain Terrain fabric, which is on my 4Q Finish Along Goals, but these ones from the Snowbunny quilt jumped up instead. Those HSTs finish at 1 1/4″, so the smaller one is 8 3/4″x10″, and the larger one is 26″ x 15″. I think the smaller one is going into a white elephant gift exchange for work on Friday, but I’m keeping the bigger one.
Once I got over my brain, or just learned to tune it out, I started putting together the twister charm quilt for my cedar chest. I’ve got the center put together, and just need to attach the borders and then cut out the twisty bits.
I also sketched out my daughter’s Christmas quilt (for next year), so I can cut out existing fabric for it, and get a feel for what I might need when Christmas fabric sales start happening this year.
After the twister quilt, I’ll work on the second Weekender bag, I think.
I’ve been on a roll this week. 🙂 I finished the twin-size “winter quilt” for my son’s bed, Festive Flurries:
The center blocks were designed by Jocelyn Yeung of It’s Sew Emma from American Patchwork & Quilting. Their original layout calls for another row of snowflakes and would have made it closer to full size, a bit too big for my son’s bed, so I adapted and added the row of HSTs. In piecing the snowflakes, I generated 112 2-1/4″ finished size HSTs, from which I took 64 for those border corners (I used the rest in a scarf for a friend).
I had fun quilting icicles into the light parts of the HSTs. The rest of the quilt is done primarily with a meander. The back and outer borders are a cozy flannel.
Nina approves of cozy flannel quilt backs.