Friday, December 2, 2016

Tunnel Vision

I could really use some tunnel vision right about now.  In the week before baby's birth I allowed myself to start a scrap quilt, just because.  At the same time, I ordered fabric for our new bed quilt and since then I've dreamed up a little baby quilt I'd like to make for Elora's car seat.  Plus there are bee blocks, an overdue bee quilt and my Penny Sampler I'd like to start.  Oh, and the Delightful quilt pattern from Westwood Acres!  I think I need to make one...

Tunnels progress

Well, this week I decided to tackle that overdue bee quilt.  It's Love in Tunnels, based on a free tutorial I created for October blocks. Since the blocks are already made, a bee quilt should be relatively quick to check off that ever-evolving list!

Tunnels progress

I asked my bee mates to send Tunnel blocks in any colors and figured I'd just fill in with whatever colors were missing.  Turns out the only color that didn't get any action was green.  Green is one of my favorites!  Yesterday night I whipped this one up.  Tunnels are really such a fast sew!

Sewing Room moving in

Speaking of green... guess where I'm sewing now?  In my new sewing room!  With soft, mint green walls!  I'm still moving in, but hope to get more settled this weekend so I can give you a tour.

Tunnels progress

Today I made a backing, utilizing several childish prints since our bee sends finished quilts to children in need through Wrap Them in Love.  I always create my pieced backings by laying out the quilt top and then arranging fabrics over top until its all covered.  This process is an easy way to make sure the quilt back is large enough, but not too large.  It's like a puzzle, arranging and rearranging large cuts of fabric over the space.

Tunnels progress

Now she's basted and ready for quilting.  I should get at that while baby sleeps, because there's lots more creating on my agenda!!!


19 comments:

  1. I'm crazy about these tunnels! What a fun way to play with value. Can't wait to see this finish, Rachel!

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  2. It's so lovely to hear all your creative thoughts again , it's like the safe arrival of Elora has woken you up to all the possibilities of quilting and of being happy again xxxxxx

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    1. Yes, that may be so! Tonight Elora visually tracked a toy. Brought tears to my eyes! I feel like I've climbed a mountain and the rest is downhill (in a good way!).

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  3. This is a wonderful idea for a bee quilt. It reminds me of rainbow watercolors. It's lovely!

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    1. Rainbow watercolors - what a lovely association!

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  4. Lovely quilt, thanks for the free tutorial!! I do exactly the same with piecing my quilt backs!

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  5. Wow, you are rocking the creativity girl!

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  6. I'm amazed that you can do all this with a week old baby! Impressed x

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  7. I can almost hear you humming "I am woman, hear me roar". :D
    Love the tunnel quilt.

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  8. i love your tunnel quilt! and the use of childish prints on the back is wonderful. you and i use the same puzzle method for a pieced backing, which is my favorite kind!

    i hope you get to all those other projects on your list, too. you're off to a great start.

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  9. The tunnel blocks look darling together.

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  10. love what you do and all the people you do quilting for..amazing yo get so much done! Also, having rejoiced over your bedroom paint color (the blue)...since we have the same color in our new place in our new bedroom....I am tickled green to see the color of your new sewing room...it's the same color as the sewing room in my new place...we call it melon....I just love it!!! Kudos to you!

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  11. That green in your room! Brings the outside in- I love how it coordinates with the lichen on the tree out that window. But it's also so soothing and modern at the same time. We tried for a green like that for our youngest's nursery and unfortunately the one we choose was more "bowling alley dayglow". Oops!
    The colors in that quilt are so cheerful- I'm sure the child who receives it will feel very loved!

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    1. It's so hard to choose paint colors! They seem to always change when they go on the wall in mass. I think I got lucky with this one =) And, so true - matches the tree lichen beautifully. haha!

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  12. Well done you with a tiny baby . Great idea too to place the backing on top when piecing

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  13. My favorite way to do backs too! I love the simplicity of this one, I really do. And of course with all those colors some kiddo is going to love it:)

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  14. Love the quilt and your sewing room color! It is very close to our bedroom color. It's restful and cheerful at the same time.

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  15. That looks like such a fun quilt that will surely bring a smile to some little one! I hear such joy and excitement in your words in this post :)

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