Friday, August 13, 2010

Catching up some more

Thank you to all that came to our fabric stash sale last weekend! It was an astounding success. Since I still have fabric left that I want to find new homes for, I'll be starting a second blog to sell it online. Stay tuned, I hope to have that done by the end of next week. Jennie will also be putting her remaining fabric online as well, so watch for good deals to be had there too.

Here's a couple of projects that I finished last month that I haven't shared.
This is a commissioned bag for a gift for a vet. I used the Tammy Tadd Designs 'You Go Girl' pattern and Micheal Miller fabrics.
zebra you go girl 2
Since the quilting would be difficult to see, I chose a feather pattern in black thread to tone down the zebra a tad and give it a softer feel.
zebra you go girl side

zebra you go girl 1

This is another commissioned quilt that I designed and assembled. It was a teacher gift for a Catholic school 4th grade teacher. The artwork was a fund raiser for the school and was printed by the fundraising company on fabric. I designed the layout and advised on the color selection.
teacher quilt 1
Since the moms in charge of the project had never quilted, I cut everything out, and had them join me for a lock in at Tammy Tadd's one Saturday night. One mom had sewing experience, so I gave her a crash course in quilting and put her to work. The other mom was our ironing minion all night. We got the whole thing assembled in about 4.5 hours.
teacher quilt block
I love the children's drawings. They totally looked like stained glass. I quilted around the crosses in the blocks, around the colored part of the square and in the ditch of the sashings. I echoed the leaves in the sashing fabric and quilted leaves freehand in the border.  You can see them best on the backing.
teacher quilt back
I didn't want to over quilt it because the focus is supposed to be about the children's drawing, so I went the simple route. I'm told the teacher cried. I totally got crappy gifts when I was a teacher. I can't imagine getting something as wonderful as a quilt!

I have a few more quilts and bags that I finished that I need to take pictures of. I now have to finish a couple of Christmas projects for samples for the store and I have to make 3 baby quilts. One of the babies was born in July. Whoops!

Friday, August 6, 2010


Hi Everyone! Just a reminder to those in the Chicagoland area that a few friends and I are having a massive, blowout stash sale today through Sunday!

Quilting Stash Sale!
1400 New Haven Dr
Cary, IL
August 6th, 7th and 8th

Here's a small sampling of what's to be had. There's more than fit in the photo.

I hope to see you all there!