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A Favor for my Best Friend


Baby Oliver's Quilt

My best friend of close to two decades (holy cow!), had shoulder surgery last week.

Jewells was working on gifts and other obligations (including working full time!) right up to the wire, including making a quilt top for her brand new great-nephew, baby Oliver. I wanted to do something for her as a get well gift and I wracked my brain trying to think of something helpful. It ended up being kismet that she needed a quilt top finished and I needed something special for a get well gift. Long story short, I offered to finish the quilt, and after swearing to her that it would not be a burden to me (it most emphatically was not!!), Jewells sent me all her stuff for the quilt, and I finished it up this weekend.

My free-motion quilting on anything bigger than a wall hanging tends to be a meander or waves (I’m still learning!). This time, I thought meandering was the way to go.

Baby Oliver's Quilt

Basted and ready to go!

Baby Oliver's Quilt

Quilting, in progress! Look at those happy little monkeys!

Baby Oliver's Quilt

Quilting close up!

Fun fact…the border fabric on this quilt is the sashing/border fabric on my Project of Doom quilt!

Baby Oliver's Quilt

And more quilting…

Baby Oliver's Quilt

More quilting close-ups…’cause I can!

Baby Oliver's Quilt

The back!

Baby Oliver's Quilt

Quilting on the back.

Baby Oliver's Quilt

The awesome label that Jewells made (fabric markers over printed text).

See you tomorrow for Talk To Me Tuesday!

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Friday, Fabulous Friday!

Pappaw Bear 1/12

12 for 2012 – 1/12 (status: in progress)

I have had an incredible first week of the year full of lots of exciting news, not the least of which has been the commencement of 12 for 2012 and the opening of the STITCHED workshops! I’ve also got some fantastically exciting news which I unfortunately can’t share just yet.

Not to worry though, I love to tease, and I will be doing just that in the coming weeks!

 In addition to STITCHED opening for business and super-secret-awesomesauce-stuff, work proceeds apace for my first personal project for 2012, which, as it has it, is also my first project for 12 for 2012!

My official first “day off” of the year was yesterday, and I spent it with four of my favorite people in the world, my bee group.

I stitched the day away while there was much fabric sorting, chatting and crocheting going on around me. It was a lovely, therapeutic day, full of food, friends, fun, quilts and fabric!

I’d estimate that I have about 1/2 of the quilting that I want to do on Papa Bear (aka, my bear paw quilt) has been completed. Woo-hoo!

Check out the 12 for 2012 flickr and Facebook Group!

christmas cards 2011

The last of our Christmas decorations came down this week, with the very, very last being all the wonderful holiday cards we received from all over the world. There were some real gems this year, including several handmade cards, lots of photo cards and several newsletters that reflected on the last year. We always take these down last because they are such an awesome reminder of how many wonderful people we have in our lives.

I hope you have a very happy Friday!

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The Face of Quilting

We Are The Face of Quilting

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that non-quilters can’t help but generalizing about who quilters are.

I think I’ve read one article too many that puts quilters exclusively in the “50 plus” or in the “retirement home”  and maybe, just maybe, had one too many people mention that I’m too young to be a quilter, or, another favorite, that quilting is “a dying art.”

Not in my world, bucko.

My mother quilts, her mother quilted, my dad’s mother quilts. My great-grandmothers quilted. I have friends, young and young-at-heart, from every demographic and from different geographical locations around the world that all identify themselves as quilters.

So why the pigeon-holing? Does the non-quilty world really think that only one type of person is a quilter and that quilting is really, truly dying?

Jennifer

My name is Jennifer.

I am 38 years old and I am a quilter.

I have been sewing and crafting my entire life. I learned to use a needle and thread when I was a child. Craftiness of all kinds carried over into my adulthood, and by my late twenties, I was quilting.

I would like to challenge you, my quilting friends, to show your face.

We Are The Face of Quilting.

We are all ages and  come from all socio-economic groups, religious backgrounds and political demographics. We live in all countries of the world and we are connected by quilting. It brings us together and gives us common ground. These are our faces.

Take this message, We Are The Face of Quilting, and write about being a quilter. Share it on your blog. Add your photo to our flickr group and tell the world: I am a quilter.

We Are The Face of Quilting

Grab this to share on your blog:

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Use it anywhere you share your quilting story. I’ve set comments for this post to allow trackbacks and pingbacks, which simply means that if you link to this post, it will show up in the comments. It’s a great way to meet new quilting friends.

What will I get from this? Nothing other than the satisfaction of seeing your faces and the affirmation that what I believe is true: quilter’s faces are like quilts themselves. They come in all colors, styles and sizes. They are from all over the world and they are timeless.

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Livin’ La Vida Linus

My Quilting Helper

Marie was my helper for the day!

Have you ever had one of those days where you just really, really needed to get things done? Not a “I have to get this done” day, but a “oh, no, I’m running out of time, I HAVE to get this done!” day?

I had one of those yesterday.

You see, The Linus Connection meets on Saturday, and until yesterday, I did not have one quilt completely finished.

Enter the next five quilts.

I free-motion quilted the two Stars For Linus quilts as well as the blendy floral quilt that I’ve dubbed “Oh no, not *that* quilt.”

I bound those three quilts as well as the other two shown below.

Today? I can barely raise my arms after all that free-motion quilting. Who says quilting isn’t exercise?

Stars For Linus

Stars For Linus Quilt #1

Stars For Linus

Stars For Linus Quilt #2

Stars For Linus

A close-up of my free-motion. I fought with my machine all day yesterday, changing needles, thread and changing my bobbin to get this done. I’m still not great at free-motion, but if I can find the right mix to make my sewing machine  (and by default, me!) enjoy it, I think I could get better.

Stars For Linus Tag

The label I put on each of the Stars For Linus quilts. After all, it was a group effort!

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Stars For The Linus Connection 

a free 12″ pattern

for best results when printing, set scaling to “none”

Remember, I’m also accepting Wonky Stars…if you’d rather! Please makes sure they are also 12″.

Oh No, Not That Quilt

Oh no, not that quilt! I still can’t decide if I like this one or not… Experimentation with fabric samples and the 10 Minute Block.

Zepellin Threads BOM Orphan Block quilt

Zeppelin Threads orphan block quilt. The two house blocks were donated by Cat and Pren. I pieced the rest and did the straight line quilting a couple of weeks ago.

 

Zepellin Threads BOM Orphan Block quilt

I love how the quilting worked out on this, though you can’t quite see all of it. There’s a lot of stitching in the ditch. I tend to do a lot more straight line quilting because my sewing machine behaves better when I do.


Quilt from JoAnn M.

Quilt top donated by JoAnn M. Quilted by my friend Marge, bound by me…yesterday. This was the last quilt I worked on last night before giving up for the day.

 

JoAnn M - quilting close-upClose up of Marge’s quilting, done on a Handi-Quilter.

Today, I am giving myself the morning off to spend with my bee. I’ve worked extra hard every day this week and am in need of a respite!

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PoD Week 21 and 22

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This is your weekly reminder that The Project of Doom, A Harry Potter Block of the Week Mystery Quilt, is taking place over on Harry Potter Paper Piecing (hp_paperpiecing on Livejournal).

We’re back today with Week 23!

Want how other quilters are interpreting the PoD patterns? You can see related photo posts here.

Previous Patterns:
Links go straight to posts including block samples. If you do not wish to see photos of the blocks, click this link for previous posts.

If you participate, and you’re part of the HP Paper Piecing community (it’s easy, you just need a Livejournal account), you’ll be eligible for awesome prizes every month! There are details on the site…so GO!
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Peace, Love, Pi

Peace, Love, Pi
a new pattern from the Sewhooked Shop

PoD Week 21 and 22

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This is your weekly reminder that The Project of Doom, A Harry Potter Block of the Week Mystery Quilt, is taking place over on Harry Potter Paper Piecing (hp_paperpiecing on Livejournal).

This week is a little bit extra special because both Week 21 and Week 22 patterns have been posted! There will not be a new pattern on June 15, but I will be back on June 22 with Week 23.

Want how other quilters are interpreting the PoD patterns? You can see related photo posts here.

    Previous Patterns:
    Links go straight to posts including block samples. If you do not wish to see photos of the blocks, click this link for previous posts.

If you participate, and you’re part of the HP Paper Piecing community (it’s easy, you just need a Livejournal account), you’ll be eligible for awesome prizes every month! There are details on the site…so GO!

p.s. I am hoping today will be a better day and that the spiffy new Sewhooked will stay online ALL DAY. Please email at sewhooked@gmail.com if you have any questions.
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PoD Week 20

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This is your weekly reminder that The Project of Doom, A Harry Potter Block of the Week Mystery Quilt, is taking place over on Harry Potter Paper Piecing (hp_paperpiecing on Livejournal).

The Week 20 Pattern is online! I’m really excited about sharing this week and I hope you enjoy piecing today’s pattern as much as I did!

Want how other quilters are interpreting the PoD patterns? You can see related photo posts here.

    Previous Patterns:
    Links go straight to posts including block samples. If you do not wish to see photos of the blocks, click this link for previous posts.

If you participate, and you’re part of the HP Paper Piecing community (it’s easy, you just need a Livejournal account), you’ll be eligible for awesome prizes every month! There are details on the site…so GO!
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