Monday, May 31, 2010

May Schnibble

I am here at my annual Memorial Day quilting retreat and I thought I would share my first finish. I brought this project all cut up and ready to go and was able to piece it, quilt it, and bind it on my retreat. I finished hand sewing the binding yesterday and had to take advantage of the beautiful backdrop to take pictures.

This month we were given the chance to use any Schnibble pattern we wanted so I chose
Two Bits. I made this quilt at a retreat a couple years ago and I used all the leftovers from the jelly roll (and some muslin) to piece this table runner.

I also pieced the back with every little scrap of the fabric from this line I had left. I love it so much more than if I would have had enough of one fabric for the back.

When I get home this little beauty will find a home in my living room on the trunk that serves as our coffee table. I will be back in a day or two to show you what my friends and I accomplished at our retreat.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Round Robin

Back in January I joined a small group of quilters in my quilt guild to participate in a Round Robin. You start off by making a block of your own and then pass it on to the next person in the group. You will receive someone else's block and you add a border. The next block you get will have already been to another quilter and you are the second to add a border, and so on. We get two months for each round. It is such a fun challenge. You can catch up here on how it has gone up until now. (if you scroll all the way down on that link, you will start with the block I made)

This is the second quilt I have had the opportunity to add a border to. It is Dolores' quilt. I struggled with finding fabrics in my stash that matched this quilt.

I lucked out when I found a few fat quarters that I had been given at a retreat a year or two ago. They weren't exactly what I was looking for but they seemed like they might work if I used them in the right way. I also used a few of the fabrics that came along in the box that carried her quilt to tie it together. I am so pleased with how it turned out!

Here is the next one that I will be pondering for the coming month or two. It has a Christmas theme. The other quilters have really seem to keep nicely with the theme. I hope I can keep with the theme too as it is not really my style of quilt.

Now I need to get to cutting fabric for a baby quilt. I am teaching some of the teenage girls at church how to quilt. So they decided to make a baby quilt I hope it goes well and that we can get it made in an hour and a half. I guess whatever doesn't get finished I can take care of at home.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Blogger Quilt Festival

A big thank you to Amy for bringing hundreds of quilters together online like nobody else can. I have been having the best time oohing and ahhing over all the wonderful quilts. I think it is so cool that The Blogger's Quilt Festival gives so many quilters with so many different styles a way to share their talents with each other.

For my quilt I chose one that I just finished (stitched the binding during the finale of LOST last night) and it happens to be my first finished quilt for Charity Quilts For My Birthday. Charity Quilts For My Birthday is a challenge I started for myself and for anyone else who wants to join me. You can read all about it here. I picked all the fabric from my stash and used the New Wave pattern from Oh Fransson!. I love this pattern!

I think the fabric makes it a great quilt for a young girl. This quilt is going to Quilts for Kids along with a couple more that I am currently finishing.

I didn't have enough of the blue flower fabric for the back so I cut it in half diagonally and added a wide strip of the white flower fabric. This is such a fun and easy way to increase the size of your backing.

It feels so good knowing this is going to a child who will really enjoy it. I hope it brings a big smile to her face.

If you would like to join me or spread the word about Charity Quilts For My Birthday go ahead and grab this button and put it on your blog...

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog! Enjoy the rest of the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Stash Manicure

I'm guest blogging over at Stash Manicure today! Come take a look!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Charity Quilts

I've thought a lot lately about quilting for charity. It is something I think about alot but it never goes much farther than that. I have done some charity quilting through my church and my quilt guild but nothing very regular. With how long I have been quilting I think that is pretty pathetic. So when I saw Jackie's post where she mentions making a quilt for Quilts for Kids, I knew it was the push I needed. You just hop online, they send you a kit, and they give you a deadline of 4-6weeks to send back the completed quilt. I work much better with a deadline. And it's not my fabric to begin with so I can't fall in love with it and keep it. Awesome!

So I sat down the other day to work on the kit they sent me. The fabric is so cute and bright. I was really enjoying myself. Which is good since I haven't sewn anything in over a month. Here is how it is coming along so far...

So I was happily quilting along when what pops in my head? "Trisha, you should make 40 quilts for charity by the time you turn 40 years old." What?! Where did that come from? That sounds like a lot! So I did the math... I turn 35 in August, so that gives me 5 8 quilts a year. Hmm... That doesn't sound so bad, and if I begin now with this quilt I can get a head start. you want to join me? I have decided to start Charity Quilts For My Birthday. My sister, Tina, made me a button using a picture of the beautiful cake quilt I received for DQS8 from Lisa.

For me this will be a 5 year commitment, unless I am amazing and get it done sooner. For you it can be however many quilts you want to donate, by whatever birthday you choose. And of course as you make your quilts, you decide the charity you want to donate to. Just think how fun this can be if we all do it together! And if you want to e-mail me pictures of your finished charity quilts, I will post updates of your finishes with pictures and a link to your blog. So what do you say? Are you with me? Just post on your blog what your goal is for Charity Quilts For My Birthday, and be sure to add the link to your post below in Mr. Linky. And don't forget to grab the button from my sidebar for your blog. Let the charity quilting begin!!

Edited to add: I have had some e-mails asking if you have to have a blog to participate. No you do not need to have a blog. I would hate for that to be the reason why charity quilts aren't made. So if you don't have a blog and want to participate, no problem. Just shoot me an e-mail at tlcstitches(AT)msn(DOT)com and let me know your goal. As you finish your charity quilts send me pictures and you will be included in the charity quilt update posts.

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