Saturday, July 26, 2014

Vroooom, Vrooom!!!!

Well, the Scrappy Quilt Fabric Swap (Round 2) is finally over :) I'll probably do another one in a few months.

I wanted to get some sewing in today, but I realized I had not really blogged in a while (besides announcing the swap, etc.).

Sew... here is a finish that I have not shared yet. It was commissioned by a friend of my husband. It's for her boyfriend who is really into NASCAR and specifically Tony Stewart. I know. It is seeew not me :) But I schooled myself really quickly. There were a couple of licensed fabrics out there with his number and signature sew I started with that. I then went to ebay and picked up some Tony Stewart Tshirts (new ones!)...Picked up a little NASCAR fabric and some blenders to go with that. I then got some black and white fabric to do some tiny patchwork like checkered flags. I know you can buy checkered fabric, but I thought it would be more cool to make the patchwork. I quilted it in a flame like pattern :) It's very srappy looking and there is not much focal point going on. But, that's my favorite kind :)










She loves it. As for the boyfriend he gets it next week on his birthday :)

Hope you all are sewing this weekend.

Until next time,

Mike.



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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Scrappy Quilt Fabric Charm Swap (Round 2) Sign up is open!!!

Round 2 for the Scrappy Quilt Fabric Charm Swap has started. The deadline is July 19th. The link for sign up is in the "Rules" discussion thread in the Flickr Group. If you do not have a Flickr account use this link to the form and put "N/A" for you Flickr name: Google Form Signup I will then email you the rules. If I do not hear back after I email you the rules, I will assume that you are okay with them.



Until next time,

Mike.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Scrappy Quilt Fabric Charm Swap (Update)



Just wanted to update everyone on the status of this. I posted this in the Flickr group today:

The mail man just came (today is 5/24/2014). These are the ones I have not received:

(I have not marked off Roberta from Louisiana. I got her 2 spots, but I don't know her Flickr name.)

SeeLifeMarvels (2 spots)
karennie34 (2 spots)
Malinis Quilts
Boopsi52 (2 spots)
ladynredd (2 spots)
judy.purman
Scotlandmom
someone5456 (2 spots)
sewreadytoquilt
LJB Jones

Sew, I'm missing 13. Some of you on this list have already contacted me to say it's in the mail. I'll keep updating the received list as they come in.

I had one package that was opened and arrived in a baggy! Anyway, some charms were missing from it, so I am going to replace the missing ones. Good thing this is scrappy! So, you may not all have the same! Thank you everyone for the little surprises I found in some of the packages too! I've tried to send a personal thank you, but I may have missed a few in the madness :) I didn't realize how stressful hosting the swap can be. I'm thinking on the next one, I might change some rules a bit :) make it easier on me!

Happy Memorial Day!

MIke.
PS: if you need to communicate with me... send me an email: amateurquilter at gmail dot com
Flickr communication really sucks.

I'm thinking of doing a round 2. I'll keep you posted.


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Scrappy Quilt Fabric Charm Swap - Sign up is open!

**UPDATE** After 3 days we have 29 swappers signed up! Spread the word!

I'm doing a charm swap! Sign up on Flickr here.

It's going to be a ton o fun!!!


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Twin Secret Santa Quilts

Ok, I'm trying to catch up on some finishes. These were made with a pattern from Moda Bake Shop called Scrappy Avalon Summer. It called for charm packs etc. as usual (that's what they want you to buy) but I went to my local quilt shop (Joann's) and bought several 1/2 yards to make my own scheme :) Each quilt took about 10 hours to make. The HSTs took the longest. I used the draw the line method (my favorite) and my Bloc Loc ruler (love it!) The instructions on the website were just okay. Sometimes it wasn't too clear for me, but I made it work. I would have done the 4 patches differently since I wasn't using charm packs. I would have just cut them to size rather than trim down. It's a great and super easy pattern to do... and it has a great scrappy quilt effect!

Anyway, you are probably wondering why the post title says Secret Santa. I made these for 2 office Secret Santa parties, so they were given away to unsuspecting co-workers: 1 in my office and 1 in my husband's office. I have to say that they ended up with 2 very deserving people!

Here are the photos:


















Until next time,
Mike.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Baby Elephants in the Room ....

I've been trying to catch up on a few finishes from last year that I never blogged about. I recently did the Peacock quilt post and the Squirrelly quilt post. Now I am posting about a baby quilt that I made for my cousin's first born. He was born last year and he has since been snuggling up in it quite often :)

I was fortunate to be given a huge pile of flannel scrap squares all about 3 to 4 inches in size from the Onlinefabricstore.net. I took those squares and just squared them down to about 3.5 inches where possible and sewed them all together (with a good eye for placement).

Here are a few pictures:

 The pile of scraps.
 Sewing the rows together....
 Adding the elephant border :)
 Long arming it.... (stippling)
 I wrote his name in the quilting :)
 The back was all owls with a scrap of elephant (ran low on the owls)...
And... Voila! ... Baby quilt :)
 
Here is a link to the full photo album which is also under My Finishes at the top of my blog.

My next posts will be about the Blue & Orange Scrappy twin quilts and then I will do one about my Oven Mitts that I have been listing in my Etsy store.

Until next time!

Mike.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Blue Peacock (and the one that got away...)

Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful 2013 and finished lots of quilts. I took a look back while I was updating my "finishes" page: I counted 8 lap size or larger quilts (2 oversized twin/full), 2 baby quilts and several other small projects that I finished in 2013. It seemed like it was a lot more!

Anyway, here is another finish that I have not officially blogged about yet. You may have seen a picture here and there, especially on my instagram account, but here goes.

A friend/neighbor commissioned me to make this quilt. He picked out the fabrics. I designed it on EQ7 then whipped it up :)


It measures about 72 x 84 inches. I spent a total of 33 hours working on it.

 I was planning on doing some fancy quilting on it but after I showed the client some options he insisted on a stippling. I was fine with that as it's the easiest and I think the most quilty looking design :)

 Here it is about halfway quilted on the long arm.

 Some nice outside pictures before all the snow arrived.



 The border had very large printed blue peacocks on it. I could not make them fit without making the border over sized. Sew, we decided that one of them should come off the border and onto the quilt blocks. I got the idea at my Quilting Club meeting from one of the members.

 This was the first time I had ever done any "in depth" applique. I used wonder under, then cut one of the shapes out and appliqued him on top of the one peacock head in the lower right hand corner. I added some extra batting for added texture then stitched around all the feathers and such, not just the edge of the shape. 

 This is the under side of the quilt top.


Overall he and I were very pleased with the outcome.

I have a few more finishes to share, but I will save them for another post. They are already on my finishes page.

I'm going to link up at Link a Finish Friday. They are having their 100th Friday finish post this coming Friday! You should stop by!

Happy 2014!

Until next time,

Mike.

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