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A Quilt for Maribeth (or Lessons in Giving)

Sometimes you start a quilt & are unaware of what it will become.

Random Reflections by Ormond Beach Quilts
I began this quilt back in 2009?  2010?  I can’t remember, but it was a class sample for a class that never came to be.  I used the Moda Bake Shop pattern “Random Reflections.”  I pieced this at a quilting retreat in Kansas & wow, there were a lot of issues with this quilt.

Random Reflections by Ormond Beach Quilts
For starters, I used a precut batik collection from somewhere (can’t remember exactly where, but it wasn’t a name brand.)  I went ahead & just cut the white from yardage & cut 2.5″ strips.  Come to find out, the precut strips where slightly larger than 2.5″ & instead of cutting new white fabric, I steamrolled through forcing the fabric to fit.  (Side note here, this is bad quilting.  Don’t do what I did.)

After piecing the top, I wasn’t thrilled with how it came out.  It didn’t look “bad,” but it also didn’t speak to me.  So it sat in the “to be quilted pile.” (which really has grown to almost hilarious levels.)

Random Reflections by Ormond Beach Quilts
Fast forward to the summer of 2013 & I wanted to practice some custom quilting, so I dragged it out & got started.  Immediately I cursed my bad piecing & honestly, I wasn’t thrilled with the quilting choices I chose.  Then I found out I was pregnant & we were moving & it sat in a box.  I did work on it some after we moved, but not enough to really say I made any progress on the quilt.  Finally after we moved into this house & I was face to face with all my quilting projects, so I loaded it on the longarm & finished it in less than two hours one Sunday night.

Random Reflections by Ormond Beach Quilts
I couldn’t believe it.  All that procrastination & it could have been done in 2 hours!  After finishing the quilting, I was in love with the quilt!  It was beautiful!  The binding was already prepped, so it was finished quickly.  But there was a reason for the wait.   At the same time, a very good friend from college mentioned that her sister was moving into her first apartment.  I was down in the studio when I read this online & I turned around & saw the quilt & immediately knew this was for Maribeth.  It was her colors, style, everything!

So the quilt that I was ho-hum about in the beginning turned out beautiful & has found it’s home in California.  It just took six years for me to learn that wasn’t meant to be a class or a piece to show off my custom quilting- see, it wasn’t about me at all.  It was meant to be loved by a 20-something in the first place she can call her own.

I wonder what more lessons I’ll learn in the pile of unfinished quilts.

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.

Nick’s Christmas Quilt

First, yes, you read that correctly, I’m blogging about a quilt I gave at Christmas in February.  It’s been that kind of year!

I’ve been planning quilts for my in-laws for quite some time no (I think 2 or 3 years actually…)  I gave my Mother-in-law, Donna her quilt back in April (& I really need to find that photo…. I think it’s on J’s phone….) and gave my Father-in-law, Nick his quilt this past Christmas.

Both quilts were carefully planned in that I wanted the fabric choices & design to be reflective of who they are.

Nick's Quilt

Now Nick is quite possibly the most down to earth man you’ve ever met!  He can talk to and make friends with anyone regardless of what they do or where they come from.  He may have had a white collar job in factories for the past 30 years, but he’ll be the first to tell you he’s more comfortable down in the manufacturing plant than in any conference room.

He’s also the most frugal man you’ve ever met.  Making due and fixing whatever’s around him.

Nick's Quilt

So I knew the fabric for his quilt needed to be from men’s shirts I bought at various thrift stores around town.  J & I both agreed the colors needed to be green- partly because he went to Michigan State & partly because he loves to be outside hunting & gardening.

Judy Allen's Lynn's Ferns on Nick's Quilt

The longarm design I chose was the leafy panto from Judy Allen called “Lynn’s Ferns” which I think added a nice movement to the masculine fabrics and square/rectangle shapes.

Nick's Quilt Back

And the backing had to be Michigan State fabric! (& Rizzo couldn’t resist “helping” with the binding!)

Nick was truly surprised Christmas morning to get his quilt & loved the fabrics- it was a wonderful joy to give him this quilt.

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!

My Niece is Getting Married!

My niece is getting married!Time to make her something pretty for her house!

After chatting with my sister I discovered her dining room colors are cranberry & tea dyed muslin.  That made me think immediately of the French General fabric lines…

Luckily one of my LQS’s had a charm pack of Rouennieres (the link is actually to the 1st line of fabric issued back in 09.  I purchased the 2nd line recently released- mostly it’s the same- you get the idea) & some coordinating fabric for a border…..

After trolling the internet for charm pack friendly table runners, I found this at the Moda Bake Shop….

Then I spent time learning how to make hexies from my 60 degree triangle.  I hope to put a tutorial on that here shortly……

Finally, I could start piecing.

Then I did some pretty quilting…..

And finally we have this:

Here’s another:

A detailed pic of the quilting:

A pic of the back to see the quilting:

Basic Quilting Recap:
In each hexie is a flower.
In each small triangle I did continuous curves
In the inner border I did a ribbon design
In the outer border I did a swirly leaf.

When I finished I knew that *I* loved it & I really hoped my niece would too!

Turns out she does!  And some of her friends! (She lives on the East Coast & I actually mailed it in time for the bridal shower.  I’m always amazed when I’m not late with a quilty present!)

So while it was fun to choose the fabrics, the pattern, learn a new technique, and play with new quilting designs, the best part is that my niece likes it too.

Now we’re waiting for the wedding- to take place this fall on the beach!  Our family is incredibly excited!

Shaun’s One Block Wonder of Hawaii

This is Shaun’s quilt. While Johnathan & I were in Hawaii, we (I should say Johnathan b/c all my choices were too “girly”) picked up some very cool blue & white Hawaiian fabric with flowers & surfboards. I had just taken the “One Block Wonder” class at the Quilt Tree. As soon as we got home, I started on this. It was the end of January & Shaun’s birthday is the middle of March. Amazingly enough I finished it in time for Fedex to overnight it to his house so he could open the day of his birthday, only to discover he was in Florida!! So a few days later when he got home, he was able to open his present & loves it! If you love wild, large prints & modern designs, I highly recommend this pattern. The book by Maxine Rosenthal is self explanatory & from all the finished tops I saw in my class, there’s never a bad finished project!