Friday, October 31, 2014

Sailboats in the Festival

I decided I really want my Sailboats Quilt to give it a try in the Blogger Quilt Festival in the Small Quilts category. I encourage everyone to come visit and vote for your favorites in the coming days! It's going to be a lot of fun, and you might get some new ideas to try.

This was a quilt born of an accident, and so much fun I couldn't resist. The fabrics are from a line called Noah's Arc, but I don't remember the designer. 

 I purchased them many, many, many years ago for another baby quilt and used them to 'practice' my sailboats block pattern. Little did I know it would turn into this wonderful finish!

I wanted to make the quilting look like the wind blowing in the sails, and the waves rocking the boats, so the swirls seemed like the perfect pattern to accomplish both of those at once. 

Finished with a hand-stitched binding in yellow, this little guy was an awesome project that I accidentally fell into and fell in love with!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Working on a Couple Pieces

I think I am the kind of person that works best under pressure. I'm not a procrastinator; when I have something that needs to be done I tend to get right to it. I get so excited about it, I can't stop. Even when I'm not working on the project, I'm thinking about it.

So, right now I have a couple different pieces I'm working on that I'm so anxious to have completed, I haven't been putting anything away each day in hopes that I might be able to return to it at some point before the day is over.

Unfortunately, that hasn't been happening, but I've gotten one top done and I'm getting so close to having the second top done, it just encourages me to work more and more. 

I can't share too much yet, but here's a sample of the colors I'm working with right now. I love 'em! The colors are deep and bright and super contrasting, and SO MUCH FUN! 

I hate having so much scrap, but I've tried to make mini's out of these before and have come to the conclusion that I am not meant to make mini's. :(  Maybe someday I'll have the patience for it, but I'm just not there yet. 

I hope the recipients love them as much as I do! I can't wait to have them done and share them. So now it's time to try and get a little more work done before I crash. I still need to get up early with the kiddos.

I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.  I'm working' away here, and looking forward to seeing what others are working on, too. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Blogger Quilt Festival Quilt

I decided to enter the Bloggers Quilt Festival this year in the ROYGBIV category. This is my first time entering a link like this and I'm so excited to start doing more of this.

The quilt I want to share is "Rainbow of my Very Own"

This quilt was inspired by my daughters discovery of hearing and enjoying this particularly sweet children's book by Don Freeman. I'll keep the story brief, but you can read the more in-depth version here.

My daughter was born deaf and we were able to provide hearing for her with Cochlear Implants. I want to encourage both sign language and spoken language with her and assumed evening story time would be the perfect time to practice signing. My daughter had other plans.

This was her favorite book and she had me read it aloud over and over again, night after night. I fell in love with the story simply because of how much she loved it and loved to hear it (though it really is a very sweet story).

I had two packs of hand-dyed rainbow spectrum fabrics and was inspired to create this beauty.  I designed the pattern off a basic snowball pattern with alternating yellow and green corners. I finished the borders with rainbow spectrums and quilted it using a modification of a flower template I had to help the flower pedals pop.

I absolutely love this quilt and hope you do as well. Thanks for stopping by.