Oct 29, 2014

AYOS and a little bit more - October

This is the Schnibbles pattern that was chosen for October in the group "Another year of Snibbles and a little bit more".
I'm really enjoying the group, but I was a little hesitant about making this quilt.
I didn't think it looked very nice.
I could not figure out what color to use for the background.
I was looking around my sewing room and my eyes landed on this bolt of green fabric that my daughter and I found at a garage sale.
It still had the cellophane on it, so we bought it and split it in half.
I think this fabric is perfect for the background because it's bright and happy and textured, and goes well with pink :)

I went through my stash of charm packs and 5" squares and found low volume colors.

It took a lot of time to cut the fabric, sew all the half square triangles and then crop them all.

I stayed up until 1:00 a.m., three nights in a row.

I'm so pleased with the colors!

I took the quilt outside this morning and took some photos.

I live in northern California, so the weather is in the mid 70's and most of the leaves are still on the trees.
You can see some red and yellow ones on the ground :)

I'm really thrilled with this quilt, it measures 72" square.
Often I make a quilt, unsure of what I'm going to do with it.
When my son moves out at Christmas, I'll put this quilt on his full size bed.
Thanks for sharing my quilt journey with me :)

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Oct 27, 2014

Mini Medallion - October

This is the 5th month for the Mini Medallion Series designed by Chrissy Lux.
You can get this month's free pattern at Clover and Violet.
I sewed the grey border around the orange snowballs.
I can hardly wait for next month's final border, then I can quilt this mini.

This is a close up of the fabrics I've used.
I love playing with text prints, I think they add a lot of interest.
If you want to get the other free patterns to make this mini medallion yourself, you can go to the search box to the right of my blog and type in "mini medallion".

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Oct 24, 2014

Quilty Fun Birthday!

I baked a chocolate cake with chocolate mouse frosting and put it on a Polish Pottery pedestal with a pretty red bow.
You can find the free pattern on Lori's blog.
Be careful, they're very addicting!

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Oct 22, 2014

Handmade Birthday Club 2014

It's Amy's birthday month, I made her a Heather Bailey Smarty Girl book bag.
I've made a lot of these bags and they are a lot of fun to make :)

I love the length that they hang, and the wide strap sits snug on my shoulder.

All the fabric I used was designed by Heather Bailey.
I love her modern, feminine designs and colors.

The bag is completely lined and is perfect for holding magazines and 8 l/2" X 11" notebooks.
I have one and it's great for carrying my iPad.

Amy made me a sweet little mini quilt for my birthday month, you can see it here.

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Oct 20, 2014

Elsa the Snow Queen

I made my grand daughter Neo, an "Elsa" dress from the Disney movie Frozen, for her 4th birthday.
I posted about it last week, you can see it here and here.
My daughter in law sent me photos and they are beautiful!
I present Elsa the Snow Queen!

 Let it go, let it go ��
�� Can't hold it back anymore.

❄️❄️❄️ Isn't Neo the sweetest and happiest Elsa you've ever seen?
I think my gift was a success :)

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Oct 17, 2014

Quilty Fun Birthday!

In honor of Lori Holt's 1 year anniversary of her "Quilty Fun" book, she baked a cake and you can have a piece!

I baked a strawberry cake with buttercream icing and put it on my jadite cake pedestal.
Then I tied a pretty pink bow around it to remind me of all my pretty little grand daughters.

 Would you like to bake a cake, or more than one cake?
Go to Lori's blog and get the recipe,
Who doesn't love birthday cake, especially one that doesn't have any calories :)

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Oct 15, 2014

The Bees Knees, a quilting bee - October

This is the block I made for my quilting bee, The Bees Knees, for the month of October.
Shari sent us fabric for the block and the pieces were already cut to the right size.
The quilt she'll be making with these modern maples blocks is really cute.
The pattern is by Amanda Woodward-Jennings, and you can see and print it free here.

Each block is 12 l/2" unfinished, and it would be a fast quilt to make.
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