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Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, Spring 2015

It’s time for the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival again!

This year I’m submitting a special quilt that’s part of a larger project I’m working on. This is one of seven quilts I’m making with my Mom’s group for graduating foster teens in the City of Alexandria.

String Quilts for Foster Teens
These teens leave the foster system only with the items given to them by a proactive community member who works tirelessly on their behalf.

String Quilts for Foster Teens

Nationwide 1/3 of them do not have a high school diploma
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Due to limited work histories, many find it difficult to obtain employment.  Those who do typically work in positions where they can easily be exploited or find it difficult to increase their independence.

One day they are considered a child by the state, and the next day they are on their own responsible for everything.

String Quilts for Foster Teens
I was drawn to help these teens and I was thrilled when my mom’s group wanted to help!  We are sewing string blocks during nap times, in the evenings, anytime we can grab a few minutes together.  These women have newborns & twins, but all of us have babies under two.  Once or twice a week we get together at my house & we work while the babies play (ok, & sometimes we play more than work!)  I love this project because the string quilts don’t require advanced quilting skills & there’s plenty of work for non-sewers to do!  In fact, we can assembly line these blocks easily where one person sews & another presses.

String Quilts for Foster Teens
It means a lot to me that these teens receive the quilts.  I worked with foster kids at the Boys & Girls Club of Alaska & this is what I know about them:
– These are the easily forgotten.
– They are talented at making themselves invisible.
– They have had their hearts broken numerous times.
– They are beautiful lives that deserve to be made whole again.

These quilts for them.  To give them something that will keep them warm- no matter where they are sleeping.  To give them something from moms in their community to let them know they are cared about.  To give them a reminder that someone has not forgotten about them.

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If you’re interested in how to make a difference for foster teens graduating out of your local area- the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative can help you!

Linking up with the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival at Amy’s Creative Side

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Lessons from Quilts Trunk Show Pictures

In my last post I mentioned that I didn’t have any pictures from the trunk show.  Well, that same day a woman who attended the trunk show shared with me the pictures she took.

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
This is sweet quilt I made for a class sample.  This is one of my favorite patterns for beginners.
Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
These are a few of the first quilts I longarmed.  I’ve learned a lot since those days!

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
This is called a winding ways quilt.  I started this in Alaska & only recently finished it.
Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
A Seven Sisters quilt!  One of my favorite patterns!

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
A log cabin quilt I made with a friend while J was deployed.

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
A Double Wedding Ring quilt!  This is one of my personal favorites & was a feat to accomplish, but it was well worth the effort.

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show
The sunflower quilt!  My only hand quilted quilt!  My sister pieced the top & I quilted it, took 15 years & I’ll never hand quilt again….

Ormond Beach Quilts Trunk Show

And my first official quilt!  Just look at those pastel calicoes from the 1980s!

Thank you Heather for your pictures!

Lessons from Quilts Trunk Show

Last Friday several ladies from my mom’s group came to my house for a trunk show.  Several of the women recently started quilting & had heard I was a quilter & were very interested in seeing my work.  So 5 ladies, 7 babies & many cups of tea filled our living room that beautiful morning!

I gathered most of my quilts from various places in the house (closets, quilt racks, boxes, backs of chairs, beds, & cribs) & chose my “favorite” quilts I wanted to chat about.

I knew in planning my talk that I wanted to share more than just the stats about the quilt.  I mean, there’s so much more to a quilt than what fabric I used, what pattern I chose & how I quilted it.  I wanted to share my story through the quilts & my thoughts on quilting as a hobby or vocation.

It was a wonderful experience to share from my first to my most recent quilt & be able to talk about who I was at the time I made it.

Because, when we create we are invited to learn a new piece about ourselves.  And when we continue to create, we are able to remember who we are.

I could go on & on about last line, in fact, I think I will in a bit (I hear Teapot waking up….)

I didn’t get any pics of the trunk show, but after everyone left there was a heap of quilts in the middle of the living room & Teapot took to climbing & hugging the pile.  Or actually this pic might have been after all the playing when she was tired (but not too tired to actually nap!)

Teapot on the quilts from Ormond Beach Quilts
 

Quilting Highlights: Simple 9-Patch

This is another quilt I longarmed for Quilts from the Bluffs.  Isn’t it the most darling little quilt?

9-Patch quilt for Quilts From the Bluffs quilted by Ormond Beach Quilts
I love the design & balance of this quilt.

Design:
The 9-patches are bold & distinctively stand out in the quilt.  And by adding in the skinny teal inner border they gave the quilt a nice “pop”.  Now your eye isn’t getting bored with looking at pink & brown.

Balance:
The complementary print fabric adds texture and subtlety- see how it appears to hang out in the background & doesn’t overpower the 9-patches?  This is a great use of a print fabric!
Then the added brown cornerstones in the outside border then create a sense of continuity.

9-Patch quilt for Quilts From the Bluffs quilted by Ormond Beach Quilts
Quilting:
For the quilting I chose the pattern “Jilly” by Keryn Emmerson because the round design worked with the flowers in the print while at the same time the center of the swirls gives some dimension to the quilt.

Jilly by Keryn Emmerson, 6"

This quilt is one of the best examples of traditional quilt design I’ve seen recently.  I hope this quilt is kept a little girl warm this chilly winter!

Quilting Highlights: Blue & Cream Charity Quilt

I was going through old pictures & couldn’t believe I never shared this beautiful quilt with ya’ll!

Baptist Fan quilting for Quilts from the Bluffs by Ormond Beach Quilts
This was a donation quilt for Quilts from the Bluffs a few years ago, pieced by one of their members & that I quilted.

Since the fabrics reminded me of a reproduction look, I wanted to use a classic quilting pattern to bring justice to the quilt.  The Baptist Fan pattern was the perfect choice!

Baptist Fan quilting for Quilts from the Bluffs by Ormond Beach Quilts
I love how it adds a nice subtle background texture, yet doesn’t distract from the overall design.  In fact, the clam shells help add an element of movement that works with the diagonal stripes.

Continuous Baptist Fans by Hermione Agee, 5″
The Baptist Fan pattern is one of my all time favorites- it’s classic, simple & elegant.  What more could we ask from a design?

Civil War Quilt

I recently got a new laptop & so I’ve been going through files & came across a trove of pictures of quilts I’ve longarmed that never made it onto the blog.  So over the next few weeks I’ll be highlighting some of these great quilts I’ve worked on for customers & charities.

Civil War Quilt longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts

Today’s quilt is a great civil war reproduction quilt my customer made for an auction at the Micah House in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Civil War Quilt longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts

She chose the Arabesque panto & it was the perfect choice!   Arabesque is a fairly dense small scale design which complemented the small blocks beautifully.

Arabesque by Patricia Ritter, 9″

It was impeccably pieced and a joy to quilt!

I hope whomever won this quilt is enjoying the talents of this piecer!

Gingham Baby Quilt

I recently finished this gingham baby quilt in order to practice a new quilting design: Easy Orange Peel.  The end result blew me away!

Gingham Baby Quilt by Ormond Beach Quilts

This was a baby quilt I pieced back in junior high for the AIDS Baby Quilt Drive, the first of my quilting for charity.  (Does anyone remember that crisis?  It was the early 90s & I remember learning about the babies dying from AIDS complications at my LQS & pestering my mom that I needed to make quilts for them.  It still gives me upsets me to think of those poor babies.)

Gingham Baby Quilt by Ormond Beach Quilts

I made a lot of quilts for the babies, but somehow this one never got quilted.  (hmmm, seems to be a trend with me….)  I was digging around the studio for a quilt that would take the Easy Orange Peel design well & came across this one.

Gingham Baby Quilt by Ormond Beach Quilts

What I can’t believe is how striking the quilting design made this quilt!  I mean, look at the quilt- there’s nothing special here, just squares arranged in a diagonal pattern.  And gingham squares at that!  But the quilting just makes the whole quilt look all snuggly & precious, like you can’t wait to find a baby & wrap her up in it!

Gingham Baby Quilt by Ormond Beach Quilts

But Teapot doesn’t need another quilt.  Really.  She doesn’t.  And I did piece this with the purpose of donating it, so I’ll bring it to the next guild meeting & see if we can’t find a good home for the quilt.

The Sweet Mystery Quilt

Sweet Mystery Quilt by Ormond Beach Quilts

Here is the sweet mystery quilt I talked about in the last post!

I finished up the binding during a sew day with a good friend & somehow managed to sew on the binding while holding Teapot.  (Granted it took about 4 hours, but I still got it sewn!)

Sweet Mystery Quilt by Ormond Beach Quilts

So here’s the story of this quilt (I honestly can’t remember if I’ve shared this, so here it is again.)

I picked quilting back up while living in Alaska right after getting married & right before J deploying (circa 2006).  I spent the bulk of his taking classes & having a permanent quilting retreat in our dining room- you know just making the best of the situation.

During that time I discovered the quilting groups on YahooGroups (ahhh, YahooGroups, life before Facebook groups!)  One group I joined hosted mystery quilts throughout the year & I knew they were going to have one over Christmas.   This seemed like a great idea in October, before J had come home & I picked out my fabric (completely from stash!).  Then J came home, then Thanksgiving happened, then it was Christmastime & somehow life exploded into us hosting a wine tasting on Christmas Eve & then Christmas dinner for anyone & everyone who didn’t have a place. (Side note here, this is the aspect of military life I love- the impromptu family gatherings where one person/family creates a homey atmosphere with an open invitation.  I still remember who came to that dinner & the coziness that filled our home.  One couple is now married with a little baby, another friend lives near us & we still see her regularly, another woman we haven’t kept up with her, but I think about her.)

Ok, back to the quilt story, so we had a lot going on between the Christmas Eve wine tasting & Christmas dinner complete with turkey & me being me of course, still wanted to participate in this mystery quilt!  So between cleaning, cooking & being social, I pieced this quilt as the clues were released.  Needless to say I was exhausted at the end of the weekend & I had to go back to work on the 26th (I was working in Finance at the time & I swear all major holidays fall at the beginning of month-end or the end of month-end!) & then it just sat as a flimsy (unquilted top) for years!!  This was partly because I had one block turned wrong & it needed to be fixed & I was too distracted with other things to make that change & partly because I had grand custom quilting plans.

But now we’re here & my studio is small & I really need to make some space so I decided to quilt it with an edge to edge design (popcorn!) & move on.  This decision was incredibly freeing!  It gave me the motivation to switch that one block around & pop the quilt on the frame & get it done!  In the end I must say, having it done is much better than waiting to come up with the “perfect” custom quilting design & the Popcorn design adds to the sweetness of this quilt.

Sweet Mystery Quilt by Ormond Beach Quilts

The timing of coming to this realization & finishing this quilt seemed to be almost kismet.  My friend that joined me on that sew day knew a midwife who was gathering supplies to take with her to Haiti.  The timing couldn’t have been better & it serves to remind me that things do happen in time for their own reasons.

Longarming and UFOs for the 4th

We had a great 4th of July weekend around here!

I worked on my first customer quilt post baby! It was an adorable baby quilt for a new customer’s 3 year old son.

Dr. Seuss quilt longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts
She’s also a knitting designer.  If you knit you should absolutely go check out her patterns.  They are amazing.

Here’s a detail picture of the stars & loops design she choose.  Perfect for the fun Dr. Seuss fabrics.

Dr. Seuss quilt detailed longarmed by Ormond Beach Quilts
I also worked on “mastering the art of maximizing nap time.”  Most of the time I’ve used nap times to nap myself, but Friday she took an extra nap & I found myself with a little bit of time & no dishes to clean (yay for J being home!)  So I was playing in the studio & pulled out a UFO & realized the only reason I hadn’t quilted it was because a block needed to be turned.  See?

Prissy Baby Quilt Before by Ormond Beach Quilts
So I took the 10 minutes & finally turned the block!  Ahh, that looks much better!  (It’s amazed me how it sat like that for 7 years….. it’s the little things that can really hold us back…)

Prissy Baby Quilt After by Ormond Beach Quilts
I also prepped the backing & it went on the frame Sunday morning!  Quilting is almost done & I can’t wait to show you- it came out great!

Prissy Baby Quilt on the fram eby Ormond Beach Quilts
How was your weekend?

Linking up with Design Wall Monday.

Dancing Nine Patch for Paul

When J & I moved back here to Northern Virginia, I was fortunate in that I was able to rejoin my wonderful knitting group.  A dear friend in that group introduced me to another woman who also was having her first baby.

Turns out we were actually due withing 3 months of each other & much more in common than we ever expected!  We started hanging out, doing our daily walking together, as well as scouring all the local baby consignment stores for good deals.

Well she was due the end of January to give birth to a baby boy they had already named Paul, & I knew I wanted him to have a special quilt.  Since she & her husband both enjoy the outdoors, I wanted to make Paul a green quilt & I was in love with the Dancing Nine Patch pattern Bonnie Hunter had recently released.

Dancing Nines Quilt by Ormond Beach Quilts

I dug into my bin of green men’s shirts I had started collecting for Nick’s quilt & sure enough there was plenty for a quilt for Paul!  (And probably enough even another Dancing Nines quilt!)

Dancing Nines Quilt by Ormond Beach Quilts

It was very enjoyable to piece & since the pattern was very “square-ish,” I used the pantograph “Waterworld” by Jodi Beamish to add movement & soften the quilt.  I used a forest green flannel for the backing, & Warm & Natural 100% cotton batting.  This is definitely a snuggle quilt!

Dancing Nines Quilt by Ormond Beach Quilts

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I was with how this turned out!  It’s the perfect size for a baby to grow into & use for several years.

I gave the quilt to Amanda during one of our group’s knitting days & she was loved it too.  (I wish I had gotten a picture of her face- it was the happy smile all quilters love to see!)

Dancing Nines Quilt by Ormond Beach Quilts

Paul decided to come into this world in the beginning of February & is the cutest little boy!  I hope he grows to play, nap & love the Dancing Nines quilt.