Thursday, January 14, 2016

More Forest Friends: A Finished Quilt

I am happy to say that this quilt for my father is finished!  I made a smaller quilt with the same fabrics for my husband last March.  My dad saw it and said he wanted one just like it, but bigger.  My mom bought the fabrics last summer, but I didn't get around to cutting them until November.  I made the large blocks at the Quilt Bliss Retreat.

I finished the quilt top here at my parent's house, and quilted it with my mom's long arm machine.

I quilted it simply with a large meander to keep it cuddly.

I did the binding by machine, but cut it out at 2.25 inches instead of my usual 2.5 inches.  It worked well with the narrow pieces in the blocks.

I am so pleased with how it turned out.

There are moose, deer, bears, birds, leaves, and pine cones on the front.  There are elk on the back.

Just ignore the funny shadows on the quilt from this tree.  I was happy for some sunshine for the pictures.

Quilt Stats #171
Name:  More Forest Friends
Pattern:  Square in a Square
Fabrics Used:   Pine Ridge Panel
Amount Used:  9 yards
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Size:  About 60 x 80 inches
Date Finished:  January 2016
What I learned:

  • I am getting faster putting quilts on my mom's frames, but it is still much easier with a helper.  

I made a drawstring bag for my dad with some of the leftover backing fabric.

However, I couldn't make just one.  Lol.  These bags are great for using up larger scraps, and I only had one left from my batches last year.

My dad loves the quilt and looks forward to using it at his cabin.  He plans to keep his headphones in his new bag, and I love seeing things I make used.


P.S.  I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar.  Check them out to see what other quilters are up to.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

My Temporary Craft Room

Things have been crazy busy, but I have made time to sew in my temporary craft room.  It is actually an open area at the bottom of the stairs.  I love my sewing cabinet that can close and lock when people come to visit my parents.  And I have really appreciated the Ott Light my husband surprised me with for Christmas.

Through the door you can see is the storage room that houses my mom's Fusion and now a lot of my sewing supplies.

I pull out my old ironing board and block the storage room doors when I need to iron.  The second door leads to the cold storage.

Here is another view of the sewing nook.  You can see the play area for Monkey right behind my chair (along with the evidence that he uses it).  The third door leads to the exercise/library/game room.

It is so nice making the time to sew,  and I love my creative space at my mom's house.  She is so understanding and supportive of my quilting, even when I end up taking over the kitchen table or the living room design floor.

I hope to share my first big finish later this week.