Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Battle of the Bulge.........

Belly bulge that is!!!! Look at this, do you think this is comfortable? Well, I am managing, but realizing that it's only going to get worse!

Truth is I can't sit and quilt, I just can't! So my belly hits right smack against the quilt rack. Oh well, fun don't you think?

The weirdest sensation I get when quilting is the baby moving around and hitting the racks when I am quilting - I really love that though!

So, I was blog hopping today and read this about this quilt I quilted. I can't believe a quilt I quilted has been appraised for that much! I can't believe it! How fun!

You don't want to miss this weeks deal of the week!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

My Baby's first quilt!

My mom surprised me with this super cute quilt! It's for my new baby boy when he arrives. I was so good about making quilts for my daughter (first born) and I even made quilts for my second born, but I didn't make a specific quilt for my third and I am sure that would be the same story with this baby. It's not that I don't want to make a quilt for my kids, its just seems time is never on my side. I am so grateful to my mom for putting this quilt together for my baby, I know he will love it. She called me to ask if I thought that "Micah's Quilt," a pattern of mine would work up fast, I didn't know what she was doing, and I told her I thought so. I love this version of "Micah's Quilt." It's a fun pattern that uses up the fun juvenile prints you have laying around.

This is so cute! What's even better is she used Minki on the back, so it's extra soft. Thanks Mom!

Here's my original quilt - I finally got the sample back, it's been hanging in several Utah quilt shops. It's nice that I was able to finally give the quilt I made for my Micah back to him and he uses it on his bed.

Don't you just love dinosaurs? I do, I love this line, don't know if you can still get it, but so cute.

My mom also sent me 6 receiving blankets with matching burps. So cute. I don't know what I would do without my Mom, she is the best!

Meanwhile, I am getting things done, I will post pictures of some quilting soon. I hope you are all having a wonderful summer. I am only surviving the heat (110 degrees), and pregnancy by frequent early morning trips to the pool.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Jan's Quilt

This is Jan's quilt, she did a beautiful job putting it together. I had a great time quilting this fun quilt. Enjoy the pictures. Not much to say, but I am still just trying to catch up!

I love the backs! I love this back a little more than usual, that's why I took so many pictures.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Quilter's are the Best!! Charity Update!!

So far we have received 12 quilts for our 2010 Romanian quilt charity trip. Thank you so much to all of you who have sent quilts. It means a lot that you want to help those in need. Clint has his ticket booked and will be leaving in September to take over the quilts. We are hoping to take at least 30 quilts, but are more than willing to take more if the donations come in.
Clint will be visiting an orphanage to give the quilts out, he is also hoping to help with food for the homeless teens in the same area that he visited in 2008. You can watch the videos of our trips here and here.

Sadly, I won't be going this year because I am pregnant, as you all know and I don't think it would be the best thing for me to go this year. But, we need your help. We need quilts, crib size to lap size, and we need donations to help with the food for the homeless. Every donation will go towards this cause and Clint and I don't pocket anything. If you would like to help out by sending a quilt, please contact me at - or if you would like to donate money to our cause please click on the donate button on my right sidebar. We had a successful trip last year and would love to help out as many children and their families as we can.

Thanks everyone!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Wendy's Sunflower Quilt

This is a quilt pieced by Wendy of Las Vegas. I had a lot of fun with this quilt!

Wendy wanted her sunflowers to stand out, so I did a lot of background fillers to make the sunflowers pop! I played with the big spaces in the centers and between the sunflowers to give the background new dimension. It was really fun, I love how this quilt turned out.

I love triangle blocks simply because I can quilt my feather stitch in them. I love that stitch! I will have to do a video on that stitch someday, it's so fun and it's all free motion.

Here's the back, and you can definitely see the stitching. I use the same thread on the top and in the bobbin because I don't want to have the pinhole dots in between each stitch by using a dark thread on top and light to match the back of the quilt. Plus, I think it is fun to see all the quilting. It makes the quilt two sided!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Navajo Indian Rug Quilt

Okay, so Claudia made this awesome quilt. She told me that she called it her "Woo Woo Quilt" because her son saw it and asked her when she started making Indian quilts. That being said she asked me if I could do any kind of Indian Themed quilting. I had this idea pop in my head that said "Indian Rug" and I went for it. I had to research Indian Rugs and the designs on them. Taking several designs based on Navajo Indian Rugs I saw I came up with a template for the borders. The template is a three part template that I had to draw on before I put the quilt on the frames using a white chalk pencil. That took me a long time.

This is the template for the borders. Just so you know, the borders were completely plain black fabric. All the color you see is thread and lots of it.

This is the center of the quilt. I filled in all the black areas with my swirl, and did a little quilting on the batiks. I had so much quilting in this quilt that I tried to balance it out by not quilting as much in the batiks. I also didn't want to take away from the colors of the batiks and the design they created.

I had a lot of thread changing in this quilt. I tried to do all the quilting with one thread and move on to the next color to save time - I was able to do this because I basted everything down using the black thread first. That way I could move the quilt back and forth.

Here's the back, I love it. Looks like it could be the front.