Monday, April 30, 2018

Charity Quilts 14, 15, 16 & 17 of 52

How sweet is this little girl! I'm making 52 quilts in 2018 for Jack's Basket, where babies with Down syndrome are celebrated. This photo featuring Hannah, with my quilt number 6 as backdrop, is from their Instagram feed on March 31. 

In April I worked on quilts 14, 15, 16 and 17:

Friday, April 27, 2018

What To Do With ½ Yard of Fabric...

My small group is doing "secret pals" this year. We drew names and are giving our secret pal a different small gift every month at our meeting. We're doing this anonymously by putting the gifts in brown lunch bags. This month I received a half yard of Alison Glass fabric in my favorite color, fuchsia:

To me, fuchsia is warm, feminine, colorful, vivid and friendly. Next, what to do with a half of a yard...

Sunday, April 22, 2018

April Minikins Challenge ✅

Sara at Sew Sweetness is having a different challenge each month with her Minikins patterns. The Minikins are 12 patterns of small, quick and easy bags that are fun to make and use, or give as gifts. 

Sara's Minikins challenge for April is the Desktop Cubes. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Chain Gang Snowstorm

On Saturday, April 14, 2018, we got 15" of new snow here in Minnesota. There was a "No travel" alert out. I was traveling across this quilt:

This is Sandi Irish's quilt, of Irish Chain. Sandi is also my co-worker at Quilt Cove. She is getting ready for Spring Quilt Market, with her many patterns and her Quilted Jewel templates.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Grace & Peace Update

Here are some projects coming out of my own studio recently. First off, I'm doing a Gypsy Wife sew along with two groups. I'm making the blocks in the order that they appear in the book, using Japanese fabrics. Here are the 10 blocks I have so far:
Last Saturday I joined a class at The Quilting Grounds in Norwood Young America, and made a barn quilt! I did a Bear Paw block, which is the logo I use for my quilting business.

I had to do a lot of "fussy taping" for my block. Also, the teacher told us that the colors red and yellow both need extra coats of paint to get good coverage, so I did 4 coats of each of those colors.

We worked from 8:30 to 3:30. There were only 2 items we had to bring for the class: a 6" X 24" ruler and a hairdryer. Here's my finished barn quilt! It's 24" square. 

There were 8 of us in the class. It was fun to see the variety of barn quilts that were made! Also pictured here is the paint and rollers that we used in class.

I also made these Sidewinder pouches from the Minikins collectionI made sizes small, medium and large. Fabrics by Tula Pink. I used "pleather" for the handles.

You can see an entire parade of Sidewinder pouches at Sara's blog, here. I added my own photo, also, #41.

I've been working intensely on Bonnie Hunter's "Talkin' Turkey" quilt pattern for a few months now. I finally got it on my longarm this week! 

This quilt is a scrapbook of my 38 years of quilting: old & new, traditional & modern, American & Japanese fabrics. It's going to hang at the Minnesota Quilters quilt show in St. Cloud in June, in the special exhibits section: Red & White Quilts for the ruby (40th) anniversary of Minnesota Quilters.

What are you working on?
Grace & peace!!! ~Nancy
Linking up to Crazy Mom QuiltsTGIFF, Busy Hands Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Friday Foto Fun, Oh Scrap, Cooking Up Quilts, Let's Bee Social, Midweek Makers, Needle & Thread Thursday.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Checkerboard Pipeline 🏁

Paula made this fun checkerboard 16-patch quilt!

With it being a bit traditional, I quilted it with Baptist Swirl:

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Minty Riptide

My dear sister, Quilter Bonnie, made this beautiful jelly roll quilt top! Aren't the colors gorgeous?! This jelly roll was hand picked from stock and cut at Quilt Cove, the quilt shop where I work. It's a variety of fabric lines.

The colors remind me of these pastel mint patties:
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