Retirement Gift

I’ve worked with Liz for more than 10 years so a special gift for her retirement was a must.  I had six shirts selected for the Seven Shirts + Seven Steps quilt for more than 3 or 4 years (seriously marinating this one!)  It’s exactly the kind of quilt Liz would appreciate as she’s into recycling, reusing and upcycling.  In the years since I pulled the six shirts, I’ve thrifted quite a few more so I wasn’t surprised I was finally able to find the perfect seventh shirt!  I followed the pattern exactly except for the layout…I arranged the blocks so the light snowball blocks are in diagonal rows vs alternating like the pattern shows.

The Front

Excuse the quilt holders….there was some silliness going on as these pictures were taken at the end of the party!  That’s not Liz btw, it’s Emily-thanks Emily 🙂

The Back

I like the back maybe more than the front 😉  I finished this Dec 29, 2017 and I’ll admit to still be sewing down the binding during the party 😉  Yes, a slight miss on the deadline for this one!

I’m currently looking for another good combo of seven shirts as I’d like to make another one to keep 🙂

Happy Quilting, Cherie

Doll Quilt

A co-worker gave me a soft pink gingham dust ruffle she was getting rid of (yes, people give me shirts and other items for quilting, he he he).  I put the gingham down next to my pile of recent thrifted shirts…..and it looked perfect with a sweet flowered shirt.  That was a sign, right?  So I made a doll quilt…..with a oops that I decided not to fix, gasp!  I quilted it with my walking foot in straight lines and then added some big stitch quilting with perle cotton.  I threw in some French knots, just for fun.

Happy quilting, Cherie

 

Spelunking

Spelunking: sport or practice of exploring or studying a cave. 

I’ve been exploring a cave, a quilt cave to be specific and to be more specific, Kevin the Quilter’s Quilt Cave 🙂  This past week I was thrilled to get together with Kevin, Jan of The Colorful Fabriholic and Dar of Dar’s Patchwork Garden at the Quilt Cave.  You can see Kevin’s post about it here, Dar’s post here and Jan’s post here.  We got to visit the chicken coup and see Henny Penny & friends, then we got to check out the three newest members of the chicken brood (a group of chickens is call a brood, I looked it up 🙂 ). 

I totally swiped this pic from Kevin’s blog so you could see how cute the little guys are.

Our task, should we accept it, was to make QOV quilt blocks…..I might have sneaked off a couple of times to cuddle the chicks as they are so darn cute!!  But back to the program….

I was so inspired by this quilt top in a shop window in Paducah that I blogged about it.

Jan read the post and remembered the top (I drug her past the window three times, I’m surprised she could have forgotten).  She drafted it in EQ and Kevin said, let’s all come to the Quilt Cave and make these blocks.  And so we did.  Jan made a test block….good thing too, as she imparted the wisdom she learned doing this pretty very challenging block.  Kevin found Barbara Brackman’s post about the snake pattern here.  Very interesting……

We all managed to make an entire block by ourselves…….let’s not talk about how friendly we got with our seam rippers 😉  It always takes a bit to get back into the paper piecing groove.

Dar is camera shy but I got her in this pic of the wonderful accommodations the Quilt Cave offers.  See her blue and white polka dots in the back there, lol?

A wonderful part of the Quilt Cave was we didn’t have to lug and set up our machines…..Kevin had vintage machines ready to go…..it was just sit and sew time!  We had a blast and when we were calling it quits for the day, we had 14 blocks done! 

We are all pleased with the progress but even more so with how awesome the blocks look.  So Kevin, thank you for asking us to join you, for the fabulous accommodations, the fine dining experience and thanks also to Jan & Dar along with Kevin for the great camaraderie.  The Cave Quilters will return 😉

 

 

   

MLK DWM aka Alphabet Soup

It is a dark, dreary, misty/rainy day, but it is a holiday so its all good 🙂  Go here to Judy’s DWM post to see design walls with more to show than mine!  My wall has a mismash of things on it….a couple of units from Bonnie Hunter’s recent mystery, some flying geese blocks because I made a mistake cutting the most recent First Sat block wrong, etc 😉 

DWM 1-16-17I finished my second purple broken dishes blocks.  I recently bought a dark purple shirt and I love it in this block although it doesn’t photograph well at all.

RSC17 Jan Purple 2Happy quilting!