Quilts for CA – Golden paradise, Bisection

Golden Paradise is one of two quilts I sent to #quiltsforca to be donated to the survivors of the California wildfires. The quilt blocks are from my first quilt support group – the quilting forum at Houzz (formerly GardenWeb). These were my birthday blocks from 2011. A birthday block group is a group of 13 quilters. Each quilter specifies what kind of block she’d like and the other 12 quilters make and send her one during her birthday month. Each quilter in the group gets to make 12 different blocks and in return, she gets 12 blocks from others in her choice or colors or theme.

I had asked for Buckeye Beauty in greens and golds. For some reason, I got 16 blocks – some quilters in my group sent more than one. I made 4 more blocks and made the top. After adding three borders, the top finished at 60″x 72″ – a very respectable lap quilt/throw size.

I quilted an overall feathery design – a kind of hooked feathers that require no travel stitching, and therefore went very fast. I quilted the entire top in one stretch. It took me about 3 hours including loading the quilt on the frame and 4 bobbin changes.

The backing fabric is from a suitcase full of fabric I got from my aunt Jaya. See story in my Storied Dresden post. The selvage says Falling Leaves by Alexander Henry 1994. My aunt regularly volunteers at a consignment store for the American Cancer Society. They receive a great many donations and one of them was a huge collection of fabric that belonged to a quilter who passed away unexpectedly. Her family donated her entire stash to the store. My aunt picked out a large box full of fabric of different vintages, different sizes for me.

I’m blown away by the symbolism in the quilt. It’s going to someone who probably lost everything in the fire in California. My birthday blocks came from one Australian, one Canadian, and quilters from eight different states. The backing came from a quilter in Michigan. I hope it brings hope and warmth to someone.

The second #quiltsforca is Bisection – see top and tutorial. I quilted large feathers going up and down the quilt.

Also, this month I will be part of the Black & White Blog Hop organized by Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks. The Blog hop runs Jan 21st-24th. Please come back to visit. This is a sneak peek of my finished quilt I will be sharing for the blog hop.The Blog hop runs Jan 21st-24th. Please come back to visit. This is a sneak peek of my finished quilt I will be sharing for the blog hop.

Linking to the following linky parties:
Main Crush Monday

Free motion by the river 
Let’s Bee Social
Midweek Makers
Needle And Thread Thursday
Finished or not Friday @ BusyHands
Can I get a Whoop Whoop
TGIFF @ Anja Quilts

Baby James Quilt Three – Sequence

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This is my third quilt for the Baby James memorial quilt project. Quilt one is here. Quilt two is here. Some background from my previous post: A quilter from an online quilt forum I visit often lost her grandson three days after he was born due to a birth defect. Her son and DIL are expecting another baby later this year, and grandma wants to donate a quilt in baby James’s memory to all the babies in the nursery when the new baby is born. I am honored to make a few quilts for her.

The pattern for this quilt is called Sequence by another favorite quilt blogger – Patty Dudek of Elm Street Quilts. See her post about this pattern here. I got my first issue of Make Modern magazine a few weeks ago and I loved Patty’s pattern. Sequence is based on the Fibonacci sequence – 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, …. . The size of the pieces follow the Fibonacci numbers, giving it a curved illusion.

IMG_0975I used Kona white for the background and four blue fat quarters. The blues seemed to have enough contrast against each other but when I put them together they looked very similar and quite blah. I used small piece of bright orange from my scrap bin to add some interest to the center. The “accent” placement is a bit different from Patty’s pattern but I think it works well with my white background and the almost identical blues.

IMG_0979The backing is a world map print from Joann’s that I absolutely love. I got some 8 yards of it the last time it went on sale. I’ve used it to back many quilts so far. I just quilted straight lines in the ditch and a few extra lines in the large pieces, approximately following the Fibonacci sequence. The binding is pieced with some of the left over orange accent fabric and some leftover red binding from another project.

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My three quilts for the baby James project are now complete and here they are ready to be mailed to James’s grandma.

This was also my One monthly goal for July and I will be linking up to OMG.

Linking up:
OMG July Finish
Linky Tuesday – Free motion by the River
Main Crush Monday
Let’s Bee Social
Midweek Makers
Needle and Thread Thursday
Finished or not Friday
TGIFF
Whoop Whoop!

Baby James Quilt Two – Row Addition

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This is my second quilt for the Baby James memorial quilt project. Quilt one is here. Some background from my previous post: A quilter from an online quilt forum I visit often lost her grandson three days after he was born due to a birth defect. Her son and DIL are expecting another baby later this year, and grandma wants to donate a quilt in baby James’s memory to all the babies in the nursery when the new baby is born. I am honored to make a few quilts for her.

This is the Row Addition pattern from the book Modern Plus Sign Quilts by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs and Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms.

1936388_100938239918107_2195437_nMany years ago I made a trip around the world quilt for my eldest son’s fifth grade teacher when she was moving overseas. Here’s the best picture I could find. The fifth grader grew up and graduated from college last month but I still had bits of fabric from this quilt.

IMG_0961For the baby James project, I wanted to make gender-neutral quilts but this does not even pretend to be one! I quilted one period of a sine wave in the middle and echoed it up and down.

This pattern was easy and quick and looks striking no matter what fabric you use. I think it is perfect for a baby quilt.

Size: 40″x 45″

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These impatiens are the only flowers surviving this week of brutal Texas heat with temperatures consistently about 102 F (39 C).

Linking:


Needle and Thread Thursday

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Baby James Quilt One

IMG_0950A quilter from an online quilt forum I visit often lost her grandson three days after he was born due to a birth defect. Her son and DIL are expecting another baby later this year, and grandma wants to donate a quilt in baby James’s memory to all the babies in the nursery when the new baby is born. I am honored to make a few quilts for her. Here is my first one.

I used the same technique as my Bisection quilt but cut this up differently. I started with four fat quarters – two grey prints and two bright red prints. I stacked and aligned them as much as possible (no trimming yet) and cut into 10 sections of varying sizes. I mixed them up and laid out till I was happy with the balance of colors.IMG_0646

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I sewed them into 4 blocks and used the 4 long strips – two on each side to offset the blocks. No matching seams anywhere!

IMG_0650I wanted to quilt a large spiral – used a dinner plate to draw a large circle and echoed around the circles to make a spiral. There are a number of tutorials online but this is the first time I’m quilting this. The guide bar on my walking foot didn’t work very well for me. I ended up eyeballing the distance from the previous line. It’s not perfect but I love the texture.

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I didn’t want a very tight spiral since this is a baby quilt and I wanted to keep it soft and fluffy. I just quilted some crisscross lines inside the circle.

This is my first finish for the baby James quilt project. I have two more coming later this week.

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Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts