Cara’s Baby Shower Quilt – first finish for 2015!

Cara’s Baby Shower Quilt – first finish for 2015!

Posted by on Jan 14, 2015 | 0 comments

During the last week of 2014, I  had some time off from work and I spent lots of time in my studio mostly working on a quilt for my friend Cara. Cara has been on the journey for adoption for a while now and at Thanksgiving her dream came true when Baby Logan made her a Mom. A group of friends started planning a baby shower to welcome baby Logan and shower Cara with some love to show how happy we are for her. Of course I volunteered to make a quilt so my proposal for friends to send me a quote or a greeting they would like to add to the quilt, I would digitize in Art and Stitch  and then  I would  use my embroidery machine to stitch them out. These blocks would then become part of the quilt. The theme for the shower and then the quilt was –  ZOO so I immediately searched for zoo fabric and found 2D Zoo pool by Alexander Henry  which was just perfect. Here is it I also got to look at a two pictures that Cara liked as an inspiration for Logan’s nursery and I minute I saw the photos I knew the above fabric was the right one to pick!   I went to buy the fabric and couldn’t find it anywhere but after a longer search I found the white version above and also a version with a blue background on 2 separate Etsy stores.  Each were selling a yard cut and I messaged them to see if they had more and lucky they did!  I ordered the white version to use on the quilt top and the blue for the backing. Based on the nursery pictures I  decided a medium grey solid would work best for the background fabric and I just needed to decide what solid fabric I could uses to stitch out the quotes. I decided to shop my stash first and came across a half set of Laura Gunn fat quarters with colors that were just perfect. Here is the fabric I started out with:   Slowly but surely, the quotes can in and I think I spent nearly 2 days digitizing then all  as I love playing with Art and Stitch it was great for me to learn more about digitizing text. Here are some of the quotes as they looked in Art and Stitch I worked on over 20 different quotes and it took about 3 days to stitch them out. Here are a few more of the wonderful quotes: Final I got to to a point of being able to decide how to layout the quilt and played with the fabric on my design wall and very quickly it went from this:   To this: To finally loaded on my longarm:   For quilting I decided to use an edge...

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Graduation Day Quilt

Graduation Day Quilt

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 | 5 comments

  I always love reading all the entries in the Blogger Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side which is held twice a year in spring and fall. I just love going through all the categories and admire the lovely quilts. This time around I have decided to show my “Graduation Day Quilt” which I finished earlier this year.  It was made to celebrate a friends of the family’s graduation from I love using ombre fabric and when I first saw the Hole in the Wall quilt pattern   I knew it would be perfect for this quilt. Here is how I did the rows each vertical row was cut from one  width of fabric.   For the quilting I picked a panto called Modern Maze #1  which I think was perfect for the quilt: Here is a close up of the quilting: I entered this quilt at the San Mateo County fair and was very excited when it won a ribbon and a rosette. It won a Best Modern Quilt and First Place in the Modern Quilt Category. I really need to pack this up and mail it to Denise in Ireland as her graduation was over a year ago! I find it hard to part with it but I will send it to her soon. I promise! Please visit the main page on Amy’s Creative Side and start drooling over all the awesome quilts  don’t forget to return on November 1st to vote for your favorites in each category! Thanks for stopping by.  ...

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September – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September – Childhood Cancer  Awareness Month

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014 | 0 comments

It  has been a long time since I was last here and what a summer it has been –  so much has happened that has kept me away from my sewing room. The good news is that I have started back creating and just love what I have on my design wall right now. In early June I had announced that I was going to start working on a quilt called Celtic Celebration to use as a raffle quilt to raise funds for the  Jennifer Kranz Research fund. Despite my lack of  ability to sit long enough to sew, I have not stopped creating this quilt in my heart and mind, it has evolved to be a very different quilt than the one I was going to start in June. As September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I am excited to now be  able to restart my efforts to create a quilt to honor Jennifer and hopefully raise some much needed funds to donate to Unravel Pediatric Cancer  the  soon to be  non profit set up  with “one goal in mind; we will unravel pediatric cancer.” Here is what I said about the quilt in June  and all are still valid: It will be called  “Celtic Celebration for JLK” It will have applique Celtic knots It will glitter It will have a butterfly and a dragonfly The colors will be warm and cheery Every stitch will be put in with love So the plan is now as follows: Sept 1  start blogging about the creation of the quilt during September continue to blog to show the progress of the quilt  and bring awareness to Childhood Cancer the raffle will now start on October 28 and end on February 12 So here is the ask for all of you who read this post: Please share this blog post with your friends to help build awareness-Thanks! Like my Facebook page by clicking on the big blue “F” to the right of the screen to get updates on blogs posts If you are a quilter and you would like to donate a quilt (however big or small) to the raffle let me know Follow Libby’s Blog   to get updates on  her journey In October – February consider buying tickets  for the raffle. Looking forward to sharing the journey of creating “Celtic Celebration for JLK”...

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Celtic Celebration

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 | 1 comment

  Well today I was to start my first post on my Celtic Celebration quilt but due to this:     I need to postpone. Ask Lar how this happened! took 5 mins to type the above so my first post will be a little...

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Celtic Celebration – A Quilt Along and Quilt Raffel to raise funds for the Jennifer Kranz Research Fund

Celtic Celebration – A Quilt Along and Quilt Raffel to raise funds for the  Jennifer Kranz Research Fund

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 | 2 comments

Today it is four months since Jennifer (JLK) life was cut short by a horrible disease DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). To honor her life and raise money  for the Jennifer Kranz Research Fund  I will be doing a quilt along  and quilt raffle on my blog. Here are the dates of the Quilt Along and Raffle: June 17 – July 7:  Publish a number of posts with details and  instructions for creating the quilt top July 8:  Reveal of the finished quilt top Month of July: Publish posts to show the quilting progress August 1: Raffle begins October  28 @ 4:38pm: Raffle of the Celtic Celebration Quilt A little note on the dates June 17 is my birthday, June 8 is my Dads birthday and October 28 will be Jennifer’s 7 Birthday. Libby, JLK’s Mom has a wish to have the Jennifer Kranz Research Fund reach  $100,000 by October 28 and I am hoping to help with raising some money to help reach that goal. Here is what I can say about the quilt: It will be called  “Celtic Celebration for JLK” It will have applique Celtic knots It will glitter It will have a butterfly The colors will be warm and cheery Every stitch will be put in with love Some facts to consider: 7 Children die each day from Pediatric Cancer. Less than 4% of the NIH cancer research budget goes towards pediatrics.  More American children die of cancer than of AIDS, asthma, cysctic fibrosis, diabetes and congenital abnormalities combined.  In the past 20 years, only 2 new cancer drugs have been specifically approved for pediatric use.  Both for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukima.  By contrast, in one year… 2012 a total of 23 drugs were approved for adults.  Average age for a child diagnosed with cancer is 6.  For breast cancer, it’s 61 and prostate it’s 63.  Average number of years lost for the adults that die is 15 years… for the children that die, it’s 69 years.  The American Cancer Society only gives one cent of every dollar raised for pediatrics.  On their site, they have options for what kind of cancer (breast, prostate, etc.) you want your donation to go towards.  Childhood Cancer is not even an option. So here is the ask for all of you who read this post: Please share this blog post with your friends to help build awareness-Thanks! Like my Facebook page by clicking on the big blue “F” to the right of the screen to get updates on blogs posts If you are a quilter and you would like to donate a quilt (however big or small) to the raffle let me know Follow Libby’s Blog   to get updates on the her journey In August consider buying tickets  for the raffle. Looking forward to sharing the journey of creating “Celtic Celebration for...

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