Zuzu’s Petals


Zuzu’s Petals
July 2020

A few months ago, I experimented for the first time with making stack and whack blocks. At that time, I only made two blocks, using different fabric for each block. I then turned each block into a trivet. I was not overly impressed with the stack and whack technique and results: starting with “nice looking fabric”, cutting it up and reassembling it, and ending up with a different “nice looking fabric”. When I expressed this observation to a quilting group that I’m a member of, I was encouraged to make more than just one block – that with more blocks from the same fabric, the results would be much more dynamic.

Zuzu’s Petals is the result of my giving the stack and whack technique another shot. The fabric is some that I’ve had in my stash since the 1990’s, back when the colors country blue and rose were all the rage. I used this same fabric for the border.  Aside from the construction nightmares of having two different sized hexies, and wanting to add white sashing between them, I had fun making this quilt, and will definitely try the stack and whack technique again!

This will be donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services for a child in foster care.

Yellow Ribbon


Yellow Ribbon
June 2020

In 2012, I began this journey of making quilts for kids in the foster system and Yellow Ribbon marks my 100th donation quilt. I had inherited a lot of fabric after my Mom passed away, and while I had no urgent need for fabric at that time, as someone dedicated to recycling/reducing/reusing/repurposing, I figured I could put it to use, and ultimately decided I would make quilts to give to foster kids. I always try to incorporate a piece of fabric that was from my Mom, Granny, Mother-in-law Edith, or Aunt Betty, but in the past year it’s becoming more difficult, as the stash I inherited has dwindled considerably! For this, I used my yellow, white, grey and black scraps, so there are a lot of pieces of the past fabric in it.

I have been making quilts since the ’80’s, but have never been what I would consider a hard core quilter, and I still don’t actually consider myself a typical quilter. I love the piecing aspect of the quilting process, but the sandwiching batting and then stitching/quilting has been something I’ve only started doing more of in the past two years. I usually back my tops with fleece, and tie them, which is a process that just seems to work really well for me. If you’re interested in the process, check out my posts about making a quanket:

This was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services for a child in foster care in June 2020.

Cutting Corners


Cutting Corners
May 2020

The scraps bins have really been a lifesaver these past few months of safer at home. I’ve made a good dent on my yellows (stay tuned for my next post for this one), my black/grey/white, and now my blues. I am also participating in Jacquelynne Steves Silver Linings QAL (quilt along) that started a couple of weeks ago and I will be making two baby quilts with the completed blocks: one in a pink colorway and one in a blue, using fabric from my scraps bins. There is still time to join her quilt along here.

There are so many pieces of the past fabric in this one, which is usually the case when I dig in on the scraps bins! The jump-off fabric that informed my design direction is the larger border of blue and red/burgandy flowers (blast from the past quiz for my daughters to see if they remember where I had used this back in the late 80’s). Of note, there are fabrics from both Edith (the red/burgandy) and from Granny (the edge binding). I used the same method for building the blocks as I did for Ziggy, using dryer sheets as the foundation. This time I trimmed the dryer sheets to squares as opposed to leaving them rectangular. My sewing room always smells so good when I am using used dryer sheets as foundation 🙂

I had two names I considered for this quanket: this, and Infinity Mirrors. While a ‘cutting corners’ behavior is generally not considered desirable, I think that sometimes the efficiencies gained by cutting a corner outweigh what was “cut” in the cutting of that corner. What do you think?

This was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services for a child in foster care in June 2020.

To the Point


To the Point
May 2020

During the past two months of staying safe at home, I’ve depleted quite a bit of my stash fabric on quilts and facemasks. Thank goodness my scraps bins are still plentiful, especially the black, white and grey scraps bin – which is still packed pretty tight even after making the 336 half square triangles for this quanket. A few years back, I made Flamingo Floyd based on a quilt I had seen in a magazine. I wanted to try something similar with this, but in my own design. My daughter said this has an Escher look to it – I’ll take that as a compliment! 🙂

The choice for the name To the Point should be apparent. I also like that this name is somewhat opposite in meaning to my last quilt, Monkeying Around. However, I still did a fair amount of monkeying around with designing this quilt 😉

This was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services for a child in foster care in June 2020.

Monkeying Around


Monkeying Around
April 2020

Here is the fifth baby quilt to be donated to the Little Lambs Foundation as part of this year’s Hands2Help Challenge. I used the 7 Seas design from McKay Manor Musers for three of the five baby quilts, as choosing and doing a unique applique for each was fun. It also was less time spent on the piecing part, so more time could be spent on the quilting part. For the quilting, I stitched intersecting circles, using a trick I picked up from the Thimblelady website. They have a lot of free quilting templates – and a whole lot of other quilting related stuff – as well as some great tips that I found very helpful.

The name Monkeying Around sort of encompasses my general approach to quilting 🙂 It’s fun to experiment and play around with designing quilts. And now that I have dipped my toes into the quilting aspect as well, it adds a whole other dimension to the creativity aspect that I so enjoy!

This will be included in this year’s Hands2Help Challenge being hosted by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict @fabricaddictquilts. I will be sending this quilt to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids @littlelambsfoundationforkids

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Peach (Dino Dragon)


Peach (Dino Dragon)
April 2020

I seldom make baby quilts, however this makes the fourth I’ve done in the last several weeks, and I have one more that’s almost finished. All five will be going to the Little Lambs Foundation based in Utah as part of this year’s Hands2Help Challenge.

I really liked the simplicity of the 7 Seas design, from McKay Manor Musers, which I used for Deep Blue Sea. Here too, I chose to deviate from the original puppy or kitty design and instead used a dinosaur for the applique to match the dinosaur fabric in the second horizontal block. For the quilting, I stitched veritical lines in each block, using the lines from the striped fabric as my template.

The name is inspired by two things: one being the peach fabric backing that was taken from a bed sheet. The second is my three and a half year old granddaughter, who likes to pretend that she is a dino-dragon called Peach. I’m not exactly sure what period dino-dragons lived in, but from her play acting, they were certainly a fierce creature not to be taken lightly 🙂

This will be included in this year’s Hands2Help Challenge being hosted by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict @fabricaddictquilts. I will be sending this quilt to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids @littlelambsfoundationforkids

#h2h2020 #hands2help2020

Deep Blue Sea


Deep Blue Sea
April 2020

The design for this baby quilt is called 7 Seas Blanket, from McKay Manor Musers. While the pattern calls for a kitty or puppy applique at the bottom of the center vertical block, I opted to use a whale to match my bottom fabric. I stuffed him with puff batting to make him more three-dimensional and backed him with flannel to add stability before attaching to the quilt. Since I am still a newbie to quilting on a domestic sewing machine, I played around with different designs, making waves, rippling water, currents, and jumbo letters, W-H-A-L-E.

Sailing off California’s coast has allowed me the opportunity and joy of seeing whales in the ocean: Humpbacks, Grey Whales, mama whales with their calves, and the largest of all, the California Blue Whale. I never tire of seeing the spout, the slow roll of their back as the dorsal fin cuts up through the water, and back down again. And if they are diving, catching a glimpse of their tail fluke as they make their descent. While each encounter is unique and incredible, the most amazing thing I got to witness was a whale doing bubble net feeding.

This will be included in this year’s Hands2Help Challenge being hosted by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict @fabricaddictquilts. I will be sending this quilt to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids @littlelambsfoundationforkids

#h2h2020 #hands2help2020

Grandma’s Garden


Grandma’s Garden
March 2020

While I typically make what I like to call quankets – fleece backed quilt tops – I’ve been experimenting over the past year with machine quilting. I had pretty much resigned myself to thinking that machine quilting would be too difficult on my 1940’s something, narrow-neck Singer 401, and while it is challenging to manipulate the quilt on certain turns, I find if I go slow, it’s not too bad.

The center is quilted to resemble a flower, and from there, I borrowed visuals from my garden for the other quilting designs – leaves, vines with heart-shaped flowers, and lattice. The polka dot fabric is some I inherited from my Granny while all the others are from various past projects.

This will be included in this year’s Hands2Help Challenge being hosted by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict @fabricaddictquilts. I will be sending this quilt to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids @littlelambsfoundationforkids

#h2h2020 #hands2help2020

Spot


Spot
March 2020

If I had a pet giraffe, I think I’d name it Spot. The impetus for this quilt was the giraffe-like minky fabric on the back and some cute animal fabric I had leftover from Peek-a-Boo on the Savannah. I fussy cut the animal fabric to center the giraffe in the block, which I surrounded with 2″ squares pulled from my yellow and green scraps boxes. I’m not sure if there is a pattern name for this, as I was just winging it!

This will be included in this year’s Hands2Help Challenge being hosted by Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict @fabricaddictquilts. I will be sending this quilt to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids @littlelambsfoundationforkids

#h2h2020 #hands2help2020

Here Fishie Fishie


Here Fishie Fishie
March 2020

If you take a closer look at the picture, the name fits. The pieces of the past fabric include leftovers from a memorial quilt I made for my brother-in-law (Opening Day) and for my nephew, who loves sharks (A-B-Chomp). And, a little bit that was left from my Silver Lining.

Design? I guess it is a 9-patch with a tweak. When I had the 9-patch blocks on the design wall, they seemed to want more. So I added alternating 1″ strips to the tops and bottoms.

This was donated to the County of Ventura, Children & Family Services for a child in foster care in June 2020.