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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.

Free Motion Flowers & an Old UFO Done!

This is an old UFO!  I pieced this top back in High School when I was making tons of charity quilts.

I thought most of them were finished & given away years ago, but while unpacking more boxes from Texas I found this quilt top.

I decided to use this as a practice piece for a freehand flower meander.  It’s largely over quilted, but it was fun & I became comfortable with the design and I completed a UFO!  Wohoo!

Random Tuesday

The cat pic should be a dead give away- I got nothing.

Well, actually I have a lot- problem is an overall lack of energy.

So here’s a *really* quick update.

We had the 1st meeting of the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild!  We had some wonderful energetic women volunteer to be a part of the Executive Board- I’m so excited to see what’s going to happen with this group!

I sold my quilting machine & am in the process of purchasing a new one!!!

I’m doing a major organization/clear-out/decluttering in my studio before the new quilting machine arrives.

I’m now the Communications Chairperson at our church & we’re working on some great social media plans!

Despite the record heat & drought conditions, our little garden is producing tomatoes faster than we can eat them- looks like we’ll try to can tomato sauce again- hopefully it goes better than last time!

I started taking a Cyclates class at my local YMCA.  It’s 30 minutes spinning & 30 minutes Pilates.  Super fun & it’s my new favorite class!

I finished the book “Quiet“.  This is a must read for everyone!  Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, this book has great insight into who introverts are & why they’re that way.  Go to your library NOW & check it out!

& that’s gonna be it for today- I’m taking 2 days to rest & recover from life recently, so I’m gonna go get back to that!

See you in a bit!

Quilts Beyond Borders

I recently learned about the non-profit Quilts Beyond Borders.  They coordinate piecers & quilters from around the world & then bring quilts to children (mostly orphans) in need.I volunteered to longarm some tops & this is the first one I completed:

It’s a cheery, happy quilt that was impecibly pieced!

I did the 3’s & E’s design again with a nice pink thread (I think it’s Cotton Candy in the King Tut line) from Superior Threads.

It was fun to quilt & most important, I’m happy that my quilting can help others.

Pink & Green Baby Quilt with Swirls

Remember this baby quilt?

It’s all finished now!

I opted for an apple green minky on the back.  Minky is super soft & just delightful!

To add to the texture assortment I used pink satin for the binding.  This was also my first time to experiment with machine binding that went from back to front.  It turned out great & I think that will be my machine binding method.

For the quilting I practiced 3’s & E’s.  I learned this in a class with Rebecca Segura.  I think it was perfect for this quilt!

Purple Hopscotch

A few years ago I pieced this Hopscotch quilt top using purple batiks:

I finally got around to quilting it recently.
When I quilt personal quilts, everything I do is an experiment in which I try out new designs or work to improve other patterns- but I usually always custom quilt them.

On this quilt I decided to try out a “coffee bean” meander in the outer border & a double loop in the inner border. For the center I opted for an overall swirl pattern.

I’m very pleased with out it came out!

Another Tumbling Block Quilt

I recently finished another quilt:

I’m calling this “Floating Tumbling Blocks.”  This is also from Marci Baker’s ABC 3-D Tumbling Blocks & More.  If you don’t have this book & are a quilter, I highly recommend you run out & get it NOW!  She’s got the book jam packed with fun, creative, different designs all using her strip piecing method.  You also can’t beat her detailed instructions & pictures.

I had a blast making this quilt & even more fun quilting it.  I used the “Terry’s Twist” in the tumbling blocks & a basic stipple in the black background.

Tie Dye Quilt

Some of you might wonder if I’m still quilting what with all these posts about recipes & knitting!

Here’s a quilt I made up a bit ago- I had a charm pack that didn’t quite make a large enough quilt.  Found the border fabric at a LQS.

I’m really happy with the quilting.  I wanted to keep a “modern” feel, so I did some ruler work to focus on the hard lines.  Nothing fancy, just some simple light quilting.

Overall, I have to say I’m very happy with this little quilt!  It came out better than I anticipated.

Isn’t that a great surprise?  🙂

Sewing, Knitting & Quilting

It’s been another random week here at Casa de Craft.

I made another bag I’m really happy with:

(fancy pocket inside)
These bags are addictive. I want to make more!!! I’m getting all sorts of ideas. It doesn’t help that Saturday evening I got some great inspiration for bags as well.
Of course I’ve done some knitting. This is my Ravelympics sweater all blocked. I sorta didn’t do a gauge swatch. I sorta forgot I was working with alpaca which grows like a 2 year old. So it didn’t exactly turn out like I had imagined it would. Not incredibly in love with it, but I have to keep reminding myself it was just supposed to be a nice comfy cardigan to wear.
See that quilt in the background?
Here’s a close up:
Anything wrong?
Yeah, I’m missing one lousy lime green square. I really don’t want to go buy another fat quarter to fill this in, but I think I’ll break down & do it. Amazingly enough I don’t have any lime green batik scraps around the studio.
Maybe I’ll just buy some more pink as well as make it larger. That’s an idea……

Where I’ve Been

Sorry for the silence lately- things have been pretty busy.

I started off the new year with a personal challenge- to get better at free motion long arm quilting. Now I do computerized work & while that looks great & is super easy, I’ve seen the work of professional LA’s (long armer’s) who do freehand exclusively & I’m awed. Since the only way I’m going to get better is by practicing, I signed up for a New Year’s day online class given by Longarm University. The adventure if nothing else taught me a lot about my machine. The freehand work isn’t very good, so I’m not going to post it here, but at least I did a whole quilt & even J will say I got better as I progressed.

I also started teaching at Create. This place is amazing! There’s tons of tables & workspace to do whatever craft you want to! I’m currently teaching a Hopscotch Quilt class there:

The first evening went well & the students learned about beginning quilting as well as some color theory. We finish up our quilts February 1st.

Feb 8th & 22nd I’m teaching another quilting class- Yellow Brick Road. It’s another fat quarter friendly quilt that can be made in a variety of sizes. I’ve made a couple of these- a baby quilt for one of J’s friends and a Queen/King quilt for us.

I’m also leading Sit & Knit on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30. There’s already an 11 year-old coming who’s doing a great job!

Also on the subject of knitting here’s a sweater I made back in December:

February Lady in a wool/silk blend. It’s wonderful to wear! Definately one of my new favorite sweaters.

I’ve also started branching out & trying new things. This is a facecloth made out of t-shirt yarn. There will also be a class for this at Create! Thurs, 2/4.

And I’m going to be leading an ongoing beginning sewing class. Here’s a pic of the reusable grocery bag (scroll all the way to the bottom.)

Amid all of that there’s been taxes, snow, more knitting & quilting, hosting dinner parties, planning retreats for the Spring, planning Spring Create classes, working out (I’m at 70 push ups!) oh & that other job of mine.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. I’ll try to stay better about keeping everyone updated!