Transformer Quilt

In March, I downloaded a pixel Autobot photo to make a Transformer quilt for a special young man.
It was easy to transfer this pixel photo to a 2.5 inch square and strip pattern.
The fabric was purchased in Georgetown, Texas, at the Poppy Quilt ‘N Sew.
I was able to piece the quilt top in two days.
My friend, Jeana, used the Broken Glass pattern for quilting on the longarm.
Today, I finished binding the quilt.
I cannot wait to surprise him with his quilt.


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I also made an Autobot pillowcase.
The Autobot fabric was purchased from Spoonflower.

 

Brackenridge Quilt

River Run Pattern by Esch House Quilts
My friends and I have formed a quilting group, the Brack Pack, for this Brackenridge Park Conservancy project.
We met last week to start our planning; and today, Marti and I met with Jeana.
Jeana is so helpful with ideas and suggestions.
She has also volunteered to long arm the quilt for us. Yay!
Today, the three of us decided that Batiks would be best for this quilt.
We will be quilting photos of the park onto this quilt.
At first, we had thought of applique, but now we will piece them into the quilt.
How we are going to do this has been left up to me…yikes!
Jeana gave me some suggestions, so I am going to make a practice piece to see if I can do it.
I couldn’t make it to the meeting Marti scheduled with Lynn Osborne Bobbitt, the executive director of the conservancy.
Marti reported that Lynn and her staff are all excited about this quilt.
So are we!
Usually, my friends just run the other way when I come up with an idea.
But this time, we are all on board.
We will go to Creations, a fabric shop in Kerrville, Texas,  on April 28th.
We heard they have a good selection of Batiks.
We also just want to go have lunch in Kerrville!
Tomorrow is a sister day in Kyle, Texas.
I am picking up my older sister and driving to Kyle to meet our youngest sister for her birthday lunch.
We will be eating at Garcia’s Restaurant…yummy!

Tuesday

Rainy Day + Classical Music = Great Day for Creating
It has been the perfect day for playing with fabric.
I completed the New York Block.
I love these blocks, but I am learning this on my own and it is real challenging.
Hopefully, I can talk to someone at the guild and see about taking lessons.

After I completed this NY block, I went back to making more scrappy quilt blocks.
I find it very relaxing to just piece without a plan.
My technique is to pull out strips and pieces and just sew them without any measuring or planning.
Sometimes, I cut a 6.5″ x 6.5″ wonky square.
Then, I add more strips to this square and cut a 8.5″ x 8.5″ square.
Or, I just piece and cut a wonky 8.5″ x 8.5″ square.
This is what I have so far:
      
After I completed these blocks, I realized that I had emptied the two stash drawers where I had mostly misfit remnants.
I sorted a few other drawers and cut some strips, and now the stash drawers are a bit more manageable.

I spent some time looking at paper piecing tutorials.
It was also a Pinterest kinda day.
Bird house quilt blocks caught my attention.
Since I am not ready to paper piece, I decided to create a bird house block without a pattern.
I started with a 4.5″ X 4.5″ square in the middle, and then I made the roof.
I just pieced what was needed as I went along.

I don’t know if I want to applique a bird on this or not.
Here are some possibilities:
  
Tomorrow, my friend and I will be going to visit Jeana.
She sells great fabric to use for quilt backing, and we want to know what is available before we go fabric shopping for the Brackenridge Park quilt.

 

Rainbow Heart Quilt

The Rainbow Heart quilt is completed and is now being machine quilted
by Jeana Kubik.
This quilt is for a very special person, and I know that Jeana will do a great job.
Jeana also sells fabric, and I found an absolutely perfect fabric for the backing.
I forgot to take a picture, but it looks like a splash of happy colors on a black background.
Jeana had just given a class on how to use a Gammill.
I need to sign up for a class.
Maybe, one day.
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Messenger Bag

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This morning, I was able to complete the Morning Sun quilt top and I took it to Jeana Kubik .
Every visit with Jeana is like getting a private lesson.
I shared my ideas about a future quilt project and she gave me some great pointers.
Then she gave me a tip about setting up an easy design board by buying a flannel backed table cloth from the Dollar Store…Wow! How easy is this?
I’ll be hitting the store tomorrow.

After I returned from the usual Monday grocery trip, I started making the Christmas purse for my granddaughter.
Last week, when she and I were at the quilt shop, I thought I would give her the choice of choosing the fabric.
She just smiled and said, “Surprise me!”
I searched different online patterns for making a messenger bag.
Most of these were too large for a 5 year old.
Luckily, I found this tutorial on Merriment Design.

I added some bulk to the bag by using fusible batting on both the lining and the outer bag.
I also decided to applique a tree and decorate it with buttons.
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The green fabric was a fat quarter left over from last year.

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I added a pencil pocket and a small pocket.
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Flap
The underside of the flap is the same fabric as the lining and tree.
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I found a package of Christmas buttons that had green and red owls, so I added them to the tree.
My granddaughter has a ballet performance this Saturday, so I will Surprise Her with her bag.

Next on the list?
I’ll decide tomorrow.

 

Space Quilt: Day 8

Any time spent with my sons, daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren are treasured moments.
Yesterday was spent with my youngest son and youngest grandson.
This three year old is a bundle of love.
I returned home inspired to complete the space quilt.

I asked my son to choose from these two fabric panels.
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I pieced remnants to the sides.
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I need to cut this fabric into two panels for the sides.
Since I do not have a big enough table, I will go use the table at Las Colchas.
Then it is off to Jeana Kubik  at Busy Bees Quilting for longarm quilting.