Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hawkeye Ball Donation Quilt

My husband has an annual Hawkeye Ball that we attend when we are in a fleet squadron. There are raffle items up for grabs benefitting the VVOSA. Each year we attend, I try to donate a quilt. Here's the one I submitted this year. 

Fabric: Origins by Basic Grey
Pattern: Synchronized Squares by p.s. i quilt
(if you look closely, the bottom row is completely different fabrics. I had to make a mad dash to Joann's to see if I could find some prints that coordinated because I wanted it longer than how it came out. I didn't want to take apart the whole top to work them into it better. So it kinda bothers me, but then again, it was donated, so I guess it's ok.)

The winner of this quilt was actually one of our old Commanding Officer's wives, so that made me happy! 



Monday, October 6, 2014

Hushabye Baby Quilt

Another baby shower this past Saturday! Again, I wasn't able to attend but I finished a quilt in time to send. I've had these fabrics for a couple years now and finally got to use them for a baby quilt. It's just a simple square in a square pattern. Finished size was approx. 50"x50". 
Fabric: Hushabye by Tula Pink
Backing fabric was one I picked up from Joann's, I think.


Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Wedding Quilt

One of the wives in my Officer's Spouses Club got married back in May. I made her a quilt as her wedding gift and I FINALLY finished it! 
She had told me her favorite colors were Navy and Yellow and when I came across Dear Stella's Lola fabric, I knew it would be perfect for her. 
My original plan was a Sparkle Punch Quilt, but it was so much work and I've been so busy with baby quilts, donation quilts and then this, that the Sparkle Punch was just way too big of a commitment at this time. 
I still love how this turned out though because it's got the stars and some patchwork, which I love. 
She loved it and that makes me happy! 
Quilt stats:
Fabric: Lola by Dear Stella
Measures: approx. 65"x75"




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Baby Quilt Recipients

This makes it all worth it! I was unable to attend the baby shower that my last 4 baby quilts were made for. The host sent me a picture with the girls and their quilts. :)



Sunday, September 14, 2014

Baby Quilts Galor!

I was going to do a separate post for each quilt, but decided on just one post. I did all 4 of these quilts in just over 10 days! 

There are 4 gals pregnant in our Officer's Spouses Club and there was a quadruple baby shower yesterday. I missed the shower but sent gifts. 

Here they are! And for throwing them together in such a short amount of time I feel like I didn't get to fully appreciate them. But I will say, all of them were super fun to make and I loved each and every one! 

Quilt Stats
Fabric: Prince Charming by Tula Pink in the Coral and Aqua color way (and few other prints in same colors by other designers)
Pattern: Disappearing 9-patch 
Measures: 38"x46"




Quilt Stats
Fabric: Prince Charming by Tula Pink in the blue/green color way (and a few other prints to have enough!)
Pattern: patchwork set on point
Measures: 32"x42"
Quilting: I tried the Dogwood Quilting! It was so fun! Not my best work, as this was the first time attempting it. But I still think it turned out pretty neat! 




Quilt Stats
Fabric: various prints I've had for years. I honestly can't remember all of them. I bought some from a fabric store and some came from Connecting Threads
Pattern: Half Square Triangles 
Quilting: I just did minimal straight line quilting. (I like more minimal quilting on baby quilts because it seems to make them a bit ofter)
Measurements: I FORGOT TO MEASURE! I think it was approximately 44"x44". Each block was 8" unfinished, so that's my guess!




Quilt Stats
Fabric: I can't recall the exact name but it was from Connecting Threads (years ago!) and I think it was "Honey Bee". Backing is the VERY last of my favorite Anna Maria Horner Folksy Flannel
Pattern: Fancy Jelly Roll. I didn't use a jelly roll nor did I make it as big as the pattern is for. I cut up a fat quarter bundle I had and have plenty left over. So I'll either make another baby quilt or a patchwork with the leftovers. 
Measures: I forgot to measure this one. I'd guess it was 45"x50". 




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Modify Tradition 1 & 2 and also A Quilt for Charity


ok, here's the story... 

I started this quilt back in 2010, when Modify Tradition's Round 2 started. I was fairly new to quilting and buying fabrics. While on vacation in Oregon, I stopped into a quilt and fabric shop. They had a bunch of this fabric on sale and I bought it up. Not even sure why because it's not like I loved it, it was just on sale for a great price and it was "real fabric" aka not fabric from Joann's. (not that there is anything wrong with that! It's just at the time I had never bought designer fabric from a quilt store). 

So I started the blocks and after 4, I hated the fabric, hated the quilt-along and just got lazy. So I quit. 

Fast forward 4 years and 3 moves later from one coast to the other...
There was a reason to pull those 4 blocks out and finish it! 

Our Officer's Wives Club was asked to make a gift basket donation for the VVOSA  to help raise funds for the scholarship fund they do. They are holding a symposium in VA next month and asked all the Hawkeye and Greyhound squadrons to donate something. Each squadron was given a Country as a theme so it's an "Around the World" silent auction. Our squadron was assigned China.

I remembered my started blocks and how the fabric was made with an Asian print fabric. So I dug them out, finished it up and it's ready to go! I ended up adding some blocks from the 1st MT quilt along because they were easy, fast blocks. I don't really care much for a traditional layout of a sampler quilt so I just scattered the blocks. It kinda looks wonky and didn't quite have the effect I was looking for, but it will have to do.  It's not really "China" but hey, who doesn't love a quilt! 

I hope it raises lots of money!
 

Quilt stats:
Measures: 54"W x 71"L
Fabric: Cho-Cho no Sanpomichi by Kumiko Sudo (2007)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

COW Quilt

My husband's squadron had a change of command last month. With that comes a new COW for the wives group. (Commanding Officer's Wife). 
We took out our new COW last night for a night of fun and then we give her gifts all "cow" related. 
I made her a quilt. 



Saturday, June 14, 2014

Lola Sparkle Punch

I'm making a wedding quilt for a fellow Navy Wife in our squadron that just got married. I asked what colors she liked and she said. "Navy Colors!" I asked, "Like Navy blues or "Navy" colors like blue and gold?" Blue & Gold! ugh...I instantly thought, I'm never going to find cute fabric in blues and golds! 

Then I came across Lola by Dear Stella. That will work! 

So I started cutting yesterday:

Did you know for a Sparkle Punch quilt there are 856 - 3.5" squares to cut??? And then sew together! So much for a "quick quilt to whip up"! What was I thinking!? Oh well....I've wanted to make this quilt for SO LONG and I think this fabric will be perfect for it! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Camera Straps

One of my friends asked if I knew how to make a camera strap cover. I was like, "Um no! Not at all. I can't sew! Only quilts and that's it!" 
Then I did a little research to find a tutorial just to see how hard it is and if I could 'maybe' do it. 
So I made a practice one:

Tweeked the pattern a bit and then made the one she requested:


Cow Themed. 

So a little background on the "COW" stuff. In the Navy we have a "Officer's Spouses Club". In that club is a Commanding Officer's Wife. Or COW for short. At change of command we (as in the OSC) throw a "COW" party for the new COW and give her a bunch of cow themed stuff. This is for another squadron who's change of command is later in the month. Our squadron's change of command is the beginning of July so I'm making a black and white quilt (with a few cow printed fabrics) for our new COW. I haven't started this yet, so I better get busy!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Holly Hobbie Baby Quilt

I made a Holly Hobbie baby quilt for another Navy Wife friend. She isn't into pinks, so this was perfect. I bought a Holly Hobbie fat quarter bundle YEARS ago. Like back in 2007 or 2008. I made a pinwheel quilt and backed it with Anna Maria Horner Folksy Flannel. And would you believe...I forgot to photograph it!?! I mailed it and then that night it dawned on me I never took pictures of it! I was so upset! My friend said when she gets it, she'll take some pictures of it for me. 

I did happen to snap a couple pics with my phone as "sneak peeks" but that's all I have. :(



Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Auction Quilt for the school

The girls' school was doing a silent auction to raise funds for the PTA. Of course I find out about it about 1.5 weeks before it takes place. 

Well I just so happened to have a quilt top that was done just never quilted. It was one of my very first quilt tops from way back in 2007, I think! Initially it was going to be a "picnic quilt" for our family. So I dug it out and isn't it amazing how tastes change over the years! HAHA! I found it rather hideous now, but for a picnic quilt it would have been fine. I shouldn't say that...it isn't hideous, just...bright. And once it was all quilted it did look kinda cute. 



A lady really wanted it and kept upping the bid to make sure she got it. She did end up with it, which made me happy and the school got some money, so it was a win-win. How much? Well, she got it for $70. Not bad! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Wedding Quilt

We went to one of my husband's cousins wedding in May. I decided to make them a quilt. The fabric was all left over from the quilt I made my dad for Christmas. Fabric is Little Black Dress by Basic Grey. 



I can't remember the exact measurements but I think it was around 58"x70-something". I quilted it with a black and white variegated thread since there was so much white it the quilt. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

It's catch up time!

I've been sewing on and off for a few months now but haven't blogged about any of it! So I'll try to catch up and see if I can find all my pictures! ;)

I made this baby quilt with my leftover scraps from my last baby quilt I made and posted about here. The fabrics are Salt Water by Tula Pink.




This was fun to make! (and SUPER fast!) I cut white squares approximately 12"x12" and then arranged the scraps on top and sewed them on like a ticker tape quilt. Then sewed each 12" block together. For the quilting I did straight line quilting in random paths going here and there. (hard to explain, but I think you can sort of see it). I love how it turned out. This went to a old Navy wife friend who's husband is now out, and they just had their first baby. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Salt Water (kinda a) Scruffily

Babies galore. That seems to be the trend right now. I have several Navy wife friends that are pregnant and I better get busy! I went to a baby shower today and I whipped this up earlier in the week. It's kinda a "scruffily" quilt in that it's pretty much all raw edge appliqu├ęd. It was so fast and so fun. I love how it turned out! 







Fabric: Salt Water by Tula Pink
Measures: 38"x49"