Sunday, May 18, 2014

Bloggers' Quilt Festival--Rainbow Pillows

Happy Bloggers' Quilt Festival!  I've been meaning to post pictures of these pillows for...oh, about 2 years now.  I made them for my mom for Mother's Day in 2012.  The fabric for these was left over from the rainbow quilt my sister and I made our mom from the Summers End quilt kit.  I figured having throw pillows that matched the quilt would be kind of fun and set to work.  And here are the results!

This was also my first time since 9th grade sewing to put in invisible zippers.  After a few false starts, they turned out very well.

I hope you're all enjoying the Festival!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Bloggers' Quilt Festival: Circles!

Yay! It's Bloggers' Quilt Festival again!  And here's my quilt to show you...Circles!  :D

My quilting has slowed to a crawl these days.  Since I gave away all that fabric last October, the pressure to produce has vanished.  I never did post about getting rid of all of that, did I?'s a picture of the boxes of cheapy fabric I got rid of.

Since I'm not feeling obligated to quilt my way through those boxes of junk fabric, I've been reading books and playing on the internet a lot more in the evenings instead of quilting. Sometimes I try to quilt during the day, but when I'm quilting, my children feel neglected and start acting up and it's just not much fun to quilt to the sound of screaming and fighting.  I did manage, though, to make this circle quilt last winter to give to a new niece.

I thought for a long time about what kind of quilt to make for the new arrival.  And once she was born and named, I felt like whatever quilt I made should at least somewhat match her personality (as much as you can determine a newborn's personality from a picture).  I'd been wanting to try a circle quilt for a while so I pulled out some fabric that I thought matched the baby and looked cute together and started sewing.  When I got it done, I realized that I had used pretty much the exact same color scheme as I used for her older sister's baby quilt. Remember this one?

So, there you have it! My first attempt at a circle quilt!  I was THRILLED with how it turned out.  I think it's probably the cutest quilt I've made yet.  I quilted it in the ditch along all the squares and around each of the circles, then packaged it off and shipped it to my cute little niece.

Hope you're enjoying the Bloggers' Quilt Festival!