Sunday, August 20, 2017

Lutherdale 2017 Quilt Auction

I have amazing news from the Lutherdale Quilt Auction -- my quilt started a bidding war! Two people we're going back-and-forth and back-and-forth bidding higher and higher on my little itty-bitty strawberry quilt.

The bid came to $485 and the Thrivent representative (Bill) said if it hits $500 he'll match a donation!! Anna and I reached into our purses and grabbed some cash and told Bill-- "Give this to bidders!!!" They bid high and $1,000 is going to Lutherdale

I'm still absolutely stunned!

Here are a few more photos from the day:

  • Top left: Janine's big win
  • Top right: Anna won this amazing vintage crazy quilt
  • Bottom left: our Gala Quilt
  • Bottom right: a stunning antique quilt.  I bidded on it, but I had a limited budget.

I can't wait to get started on next year's quilts!


Linking up with Let's be Sewcial

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Finish! XO Quilt

After rushing to bind several quilts for Finish-A-Long Q2, I slowed down with completing the hand stitching on this quilt.  I'm very happy with how this quilt turned out.  It was never something I had a vision or plan for from the beginning.  Originally, I made four blocks for the Mad Mod block lotto, but I ended up not being able to attend the meeting.  So those blocks languished for a while.  I considered making a 'lots of negative space' quilt with the four blocks, but as I arranged them on the design wall, they told me to make more blocks! And so(sew) I did!  =)

I'll be gifting this to a co-worker's little girl next week.  She is four and when I asked what colors she liked, I was told pink and purple-- Perfect!!!  I hope this will bring a smile to her face and make her feel special. 💗

This is my first finish of Q3 2017.  I started this quilt in February 2014 and finished it August 2017.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Quilting progress

For several years now, I've been able to take some time off work at the beginning of August and spend it at my parent's house.  It's become a bit of a tradition that I have a project to work on there.  Four years ago (time flies!!), I refinished my Singer 66 cabinet.  Last year, I refinished a wooden desk I rescued from the curb.  This year I only had a few days.  With Finish-A-Long being a big motivating factor, I brought three quilts to quilt on the long arm.  Due to car issues (stupid oxygen sensor!), my trip was shortened by a day, so I was only able to complete 2 tops.

The first quilt is a 'bonus' quilt made from leftover trimmings. Heather and I took a workshop a few years ago and made whirling star blocks.  She was going to throw her trimmings out and I said, 'STOP--- I'll take them!".  Eventually I pieced the trimmings into rectangles and then the rectangles into strips.  It evolved into a somewhat Chinese Coins pattern in a perfect baby size.  I had the gold fabric in my stash for aaaages and I'm thrilled to use it up. Same with the backing fabric-- it's a light pink calico that I bough a bunch of years ago and it has been used in tons of my quilts.  It felt good to use the majority up in the backing.  Keeping the trend going, I had a long-time-in-my-stash turquoise that goes nicely with the gold that I'm using for the binding.  This quilt will go to Project Linus on behalf of the Mad City Quilt Guild.

Another great thing about these charity quilts-- I was able to zig zag together leftover chunks of batting into usable sizes for both of these quilts.  Hooray!

The second quilt that I worked on was my long in the works Rainbow (really just cool colors) String Block quilt.  As far as I can tell, I started the blocks in January of 2014.  The inspiration came from reading another person's blog (totally don't remember who!) and thinking that it would be a great way to use up scraps.  Well-- I doubt my scraps are too much tamed. =o  I don't know what to use for the binding.  I could do scrappy, just like the quilt.  Or the same fabric as the back?  It's a funky blue/green polka dot.  Once it is complete this will probably go to a local foster child that ages out of the program.