Monday, December 13, 2010

Work in Progress with do. Good Stitches {a charity bee}

Where did the weekend go?

Somewhere between raking SIX trailers full of leaves (and, sadly, that was just our backyard) and placing about 700 pictures in photo albums I think this weekend got away from me.  I did finish our Christmas shopping - so yay!  But, I have a few more tiny gifts to make...

Sunrise Baby Quilt Top

This is all I have to show for the weekend so far as crafty goodness is concerned.  As if by magic, after mentioning it here, I received the very last bee block for my latest do. Good Stitches project on Saturday. 

Pinks & Red

This is a baby quilt I'm making with the help of my friends in the Faith circle.  I sent out embroidered farm animals on natural Essex cotton/linen early in November and received back these pretties!

Baby Quilt with do. Good Stitches

The colors of each block were assigned.  I was going for a sunrise effect, but I think this misses the mark.  My fault.  I tend to try to over-control the concept on these virtual quilting bee projects.  Next time I'll go simpler {but you'll have to hold me to it, K?}.  Still, I think the colors look lovely and each block is really, very special.  So, I'm definitely pleased!  I'm sure the needy mama-to-be who receives this quilt will be totally blessed.

New Fabric!

I sashed the nine blocks in 2.5" Essex cotton/linen.  The finished quilt top is 41" square, and just small enough to be backed with a large cut of Pink Birds/Nest by Valori Wells (shown left).  I'm excited by how nicely this fabric compliments the quilt top!

So, tonight I hope to baste and begin quilting.  And, I'm going to.... drum roll please.... freemotion quilt!  Yep, last night I practiced and everything.  I used some batting that I know beards in an old stained pillowcase to scribble on with my sewing machine.  The results were downright laughable in parts, but I think after a bit more practice tonight I'll be ready to give it a go.  You've got to start somewhere, right?  The freemotion style I'll be using is a large, loopy design inspired by this quilt from Handmade by Alissa.  I'll be sure to use thread that blends in real well!

15 comments:

  1. Rachel it looks great! It's so sweet—I love it. I hear you, though, about going more simple on the bee blocks. I don't think it's about over control as much as we don't all see the same vision when something is described in words. That Nest print will look fantastic! Good luck freemotioning. Because that's a word. :)

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  2. I think it's beautiful! Those embroidered animals are so darling, you are a very talented embroiderer. Good luck with the FMQ, I'm sure it will turn out great! : )

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  3. Holy moly, six trailers?? Wow! That's a lot of leaves. I love your bee quilt in progress, it's just gorgeous, and your embroidery is phenomenal! Wish I had some skills like yours. And best of luck starting your FMQ. The first 30 minutes or so are the hardest, then it should start to flow real easy. :)

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  4. I just love it! I think it is also part of the beauty that you can't control it. All the different interpretations coming together forming this wonderful quilt:) And yes indeed, your embroidery is amazing!

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  5. Ah, thanks all! And, I think you're right. I'm learning that it really is part of the beauty. I want to learn to work with that, rather than trying to control it.

    P.S. SO not exaggerating on six trailers full. My husband says it was 6 or 7.

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  6. That quilt top is so pretty. Good luck with the quilting!:)

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  7. I SO hear you about the leaves - we have about 100 trees on our 2 acres, and the leaves are incredible. But two years ago, a friend of ours came over with his mulcher (a huge riding lawn mower) and chewed them all up into little pieces in about 3 hours - and we were done! Plus the yard has this lovely cushy feel where the mulch lands.....

    Love your little quilt! Just relax on the free motion quilting and have fun!!

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  8. Whoa. I love trees and I love leaves falling in Autumn, but 6-7 trailers full would probably have me reconsidering!

    I think your quilt is beautiful. I quite like the colour progression, actually but I definitely agree that bees are best kept simple.

    Good for you on the FMQ! Mine definitely needs more work but I promise it does get better as you do more of it. Tip for tonight: do 5-10 minutes of practice before you start on your quilt. It takes a bit to get into the rhythm and you'd rather have the less wonderful stitching on your practice piece. Ask me how I know *that* bit of advice.... :(.

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  9. I especially love the yellow hexagon square. Cute!

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  10. love the embroidery, and have fun with the free motion quilting. you'll do great!

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  11. Good luck with free motion quilting! I want to give it a try too.

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  12. Yahoo! You go, girl. I have always wanted to try free motion but have about 40 thousand excuses why I can't. So I'm excited to see how it will go for you. And the quilt looks lovely.

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  13. great fabric, adorable embroidery, sweet blocks! Just the cutest overall! :)

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  14. I love this quilt! It's so much fun!

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  15. It looks really good so far! I love your color choices and how each square is unique.

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