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WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday

I have so many projects in the works, it’s hard to keep track.  Good thing I keep a list!

First up is the “Lunch Box” quilt that I am making as a sample for Roxanne’s, A Wish and a Dream in Carpinteria.  The pattern is by Lakehouse Dry Goods as is the fabric!  I need to make the back and get it quilted so they can hang it in the shop and sell kits!

Next up is binding, pillow shams and throw pillows to go with these two tops.  I expect them back from Heidi at Rocky Mountain Quilting by Friday.  I am making twin “Bed in a Bag” quilts for my granddaughter’s preschool auction on March 1st.  Not much time to spare on this project.

         

And if that doesn’t keep me busy through the weekend, I have a baby quilt to make using these fabrics.

         

I think it will be fun!  Bright and cheery.  I’m planning to border the animals with the strips and fill in with the other prints.  Check in later for my finished quilt!

Thanks for checking in .  I’m linking to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

 

Irelle

2013 Recap – Quilts

2013 Recap – Quilts

I love looking back at the year to see what I was able to accomplish and this year was no different. I was a busy girl so the recap is broken into several posts.  Group Quilts was posted last week and you can see that one here. Today’s post is my quilt recap for 2013.  Here’s the Mosaic with details below:

Row 1 Quilt 1:  Lines in Linen – This quilt was made for the Madrona Road Challenge sponsored by the Modern Quilt Guild.  I used the Madrona Road fabric and mixed it with linen.  This quilt was accepted into the Modern Exhibit at the International Quilt Show in Houston and is traveling for awhile.  You can read more about that quilt here.

Row 1 Quilt 2 and 3: Janelle’s Quilt – I made this twin size reversible quilt for my granddaughter Janelle.  My daughter chose the main fabric and I built around it with other coordinating fabric and even made floor length curtains for three windows with the turquoise fabric from the Little Apples collection by Anela Hooey.  The curtains alone took 12 yards of fabric!  More here.

Row 1 Quilt 4:  Kaffe Diamonds – This is a queen sized quilt for my bed and I love it.  Big challenge from the class with Kaffe to the completion but well worth the effort.  Post here.

Row 2 Quilt 1: Jaylen’s Wonky Geese - Kaffe version.

Row 2 Quilt 2: HST Block of the Month. No post yet but this was a Block of the Month sponsored by In Color Order and she now has a pattern available for this.

Row 2 Quilt 3: The Isabella Quilt – This is an original pattern available in my Etsy Shop but I haven’t done a post on this one yet.

Row 2 Quilt 4:  Book Challenge Quilt.  This quilt was done for our local Coastal Quilters annual challenge and in 2013 it was called Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover.  The quilt was to be based on a book cover but not a replica.  See more here.

Row 3 Quilt 1:  Jack & Lulu Baby Quilt – I made this for my daugher to give as a gift at a baby shower. Post here.

Row 3 Quilt 2:  Boston Strong Quilt – Our local quilt shop – Roxanne’s A Wish and A Dream in Carpinteria, CA sponsored a quilt drive to make these quilts for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing where a dear friend was injured.  I made blocks, quilted several and the final donated total was 23!

Row 3 Quilt 3: Brown String Quilt for Fostering Friends.

Row 3 Quilt 4: Log Cabin Quilt for Fostering Friends.  See post on charity quilts here.

Row 4 Quilt 1: Mystery Quilt – I started this in a class at Long Beach International a couple of years ago.  Post here.

Row 4 Quilt 2 and 3:  Princess Beach Quilts for Janelle and Jaylen  I have lots of photos of these but no post yet.

Row 4 Quilt 4:  Blah La La – This quilt was made in a class at Santa Barbara Quilting Retreats with Freddy Moran.  No post yet but coming!

Row 5 Quilt 1 and 2 – The Oaks Doll Room Quilts – See post here.

Row 5 Quilt 3: Alphabet Rainbow Baby Quilt – Commission for a friend.  No post yet.

Row 5 Quilt 4:  Double Wedding Ring Challenge for NYC Modern Quilt Guild – post here.

So there’s the recap – reminds me of my missing posts for 2013 and I already have two finishes for 2014!

Thanks for checking in.

Irelle

2013 Recap – Group Quilts

2013 Recap – Group Quilts

My blogging activity was erratic at best in 2013 but my sewing and quilting was very busy!  I worked on a number of group projects as well as charity quilts, challenge quilts and lots of quilt projects just for me!  I haven’t even blogged about some of these finishes but hope to get that accomplished in the next couple of weeks.  Here is the quick recap!

Group quilts!

Row 1:  so Good Stitches – Grace Circle:  Front and Back.  Blocks made by group members, assembled, quilted and bound by Irelle

Row 2:  Quilt Con Charity Quilt:  Blocks made by members of the Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild – Top and back assembled by Irelle, basted by Katherine, quilted by Susanne and bound by Virginia

Rail Fence Charity Quilt – blocks made by Liz Zok and assembled and bound by Irelle – donated to Fostering Friends

Row 3:  Kaffe and Solid Charity Quilt:  Fabric packets assembled and donated by Irelle; blocks made by Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild; assembled, quilted and bound by Irelle – donated to Fostering Friends

Yellow, Black & Grey Charity Quilt: Fabric packets assembled and donated by Irelle; blocks made by Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild; assembled, quilted and bound by Irelle – will be donated to Fostering Friends

Row 4: Madrona Road Challenge Blocks made by Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild – assembled and bound by Irelle

Thanks for checking in.  Stay tuned for more 2013 recap posts.

Irelle

 

 

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  • Quilting for do Good Stitches

    Quilting for do Good Stitches

    Last summer, I joined an online bee with the purpose of making charity quilts.  Rachel from Stitched in Color started this group of bees called “do Good Stitches”, a Charity Bee and posted the need for additional quilters last summer so I immediately signed up.  You can read more about this group here.  I was assigned to the Grace Circle.  You can see photos of past quilts made by our circle here.

    September was my turn to choose a pattern and send instructions for the group.  I chose one of Alyssa Haight Carlton’s blocks from her Modern Block of the Month over at Sew Mama Sew.  My local modern guild had used this pattern for a donation quilt last year and I thought it would be fun to do an entire quilt with this block.

    Here is the graphic of the block from the Sew Mama Sew blog.

    The only instructions I gave my Grace Circle was to use any color grey as the neutral and only solids – any colors – their choice.  They all did a FABULOUS job!!  Interestingly the blocks ALL used only three colors of grey so my design was able to group them together for an interesting modern design.  This quilt measures 67″ by 72″ so it should make some young adult very happy.

    I did circular quilting starting each spiral in the center of the large squares.  AND the quilt is two sided with more blocks and design on the back.

    Here’s a few closeup shots of the large squares with the quilting.

            

    Here’s a few more shots of the front and back of the quilt.

        

    This quilt is going to join a group of quilts being made by the Santa Barbara Modern Quilt Guild as our donation to Fostering Friends of the Assistance League.  This organization puts together care packages including our quilts for young adults that are “graduating” out of Foster Care and will be on their own for the first time. These young adults range in age from 18 to 24 and most have lived quite some time in group homes.  We are happy to contribute to this wonderful organization.

    I’m linking to Quilt Story!

    Thanks for checking in.

    Irelle
     

     

    DWR Challenge

    DWR Challenge

    The NYC Modern Quilt Guild sponsored a Double Wedding Ring Challenge.  I chose to make a small, one ring mini quilt and did a modern interpretation of the Double Wedding Ring using the Quick Curve Ruler.  Linen and textured solids with some dense quilting completed my project.

    Thanks for checking in.

    Irelle

     

    One more WIP – DONE

    One more WIP – DONE

    This is one of my oldest Works In Progress and it’s FINALLY complete!

    I took a Mystery Quilt class at the Long Beach International Quilt Show several years ago -in fact it was so long ago I can’t even remember who the instructor was or what the fabric line is.  It was a BIG challenge to me to just cut up pieces and trust that I would like the finished product.  BUT the process worked and after assembling the top, the back and quilting it with echo lines around the stars and squares, it’s finally done.

    It’s not perfect but done is better than perfect!  I pieced the back with the leftover fabric.

    I’m way behind on posting about projects.  Between work, quilting, grandchildren and life in general, blogging takes a backseat most of the time.

    Thanks for checking in.

    Irelle

     

    Pre-School Doll Room Projects and WIP

    Pre-School Doll Room Projects and WIP

    This grandma was recruited to make over the “Doll Room” at my granddaughter’s preschool. This included cushion covers, pillows, doll bed quilts and rocking chair cushions.  I used the Little Apples collection which was perfect for a gender neutral color scheme.  Check it out!

        

    Rocking chair cushions – the red one is a large cushion cover for a wicker love seat.

        

    Front and back of Crib Quilt #1

        

    Front and back of Crib Quilt #2

        

    Front and Back of Mini Crib Quilt #3

    And now that project is done, I’m on to  Works in Progress.  I finished up two quilt tops that are in the mail to the long arm quilter and now I’m on to BirdBath which is a Elizabeth Hartman pattern from her first book.  I took this in a class in Sisters, OR in the summer of 2012.  It’s about time I finish it up!  I’m still working on blocks but I’m making progress.

    That’s all for now.  Thanks for checking in.

    Irelle

     

     

     

    Adventures in Paper Piecing

    Adventures in Paper Piecing

    At the beginning of 2013, I signed up for a Paper Piecing Block of the Month to try to work on my paper piecing skills.  Its called Lucky Stars and you can find it at Don’t Call Me Betsy.  We have done some AMAZING blocks and while they can be daunting, the results are fabulous.  I fell a bit behind so worked on the May and June blocks over the weekend.

    Here is the May Block called Spotlight Star:

    The June Block is called Sunlight Star:

     

    Here are the first 6 blocks in the series.

    Left to right, top row: Exploding Star (Feb); Funky Star (Jan) and Ninja Star (March).

    Left to right, bottom row: Black Hole Star (Apr); Spotlight Star (May) and Sunlight Star (June).

    I’m linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.  Check out the projects over there.

    Thanks for checking in!

    Irelle

    Jack & Lulu Baby Quilt

    Jack & Lulu Baby Quilt

    My daughter is going to a baby shower this weekend for a friend who is expecting soon and doesn’t know the gender of the new baby.  This gives me a great excuse to make a gender neutral baby quilt!  I had a fat quarter bundle of a fabric collection called Jack & Lulu for Dear Stella.  It is a fabulous beach theme which is perfect for a Santa Barbara family.  There are cute little clams, flip flops, beach chairs and sunglasses to name a few!

    I added red, yellow, navy and orange from my stash and decided on a wonky square design.

    I used a red textured stripe velour for the back and quilted it with wavy lines on the diagonal.  I love how this one turned out!

        

    Hopefully the new mother likes this one as much as I do!  I’m linking up to Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story.

    Thanks for checking in.

    Irelle

    Coastal Quilter’s Challenge Quilt

    Coastal Quilter’s Challenge Quilt

    Several months ago, I mentioned that I was perusing book covers to find inspiration for our Coastal Quilter’s Challenge.  The challenge was “Judging a Book by it’s Cover” and we were supposed to find a book cover as the inspiration for a wall hanging. You can see some of my book choices here.  I didn’t post my book choice in that post because I didn’t want to give it away but here it is…..

    I wasn’t crazy about the title and have NO idea what the book is about but found the colors and the cityscape intriguing and wanted to use it as my inspiration. While finding orange and blue fabrics in my stash, I came across the beginning of a wallhanging that I had started when Tangerine was the color of the year.  I thought this would be a good start for the challenge even though I had no idea where I would go with it. (sorry for the lousy photo)

    I strip pieced more orange and blues together and then inspiration really hit and I decided to put the cityscape in the circle.  As I hand appliqued the cityscape into the circle, I started thinking about being centered in your family, your relationships and your community.  The title of the piece was born – “Centered” and I had a connection to the title “Back to Blood” as in family.

    One part of the challenge was to include the “challenge fabric” in our piece somewhere and mine was part of my cityscape.  I machine quilted the borders and added handquilting in the center to finish it off.

    I am very happy with the final piece and believe I met the challenge of finding inspiration in a book cover.

    I am linking up to Finish it Up Friday.  Lots of great things to see over there.

    Thanks for checking in.

    Irelle