Monday, August 29, 2016


 The elephant quilt has been delivered.

So has the baby for whom it was made.  I found out a couple weeks before the shower that my co-worker's colors were yellow, grey and mint.  And the theme is elephants.  I found the print in my stash and it seemed perfect.  I bought it on sale and it's not in my usual color way to begin with. The elephant design was originally going to have a lot of applique, but the busy fabrics did the trick.

Found out from a co-worker that the expectant mom is a hockey fan.  So I worked some pucks into the background. 

The ear was lots of fun.  I added an extra layer of batting to make it puffy.  
While my FMQ is not going to win any awards, I am finally at a point that the final product actually looks like what I planned.  Progress.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Scraps Again



I finished the Elephant Quilt last week and can't wait to show you the outcome later this week.  Meanwhile, I cleaned the studio and discovered that my pile of green and yellow scraps has grown to the point it needs to be made into something.  I found bits from each of the quilts above in the bin of leftovers-too-big-to-throw-away.   Which is ironic since several of them were scrap quilts to begin with.

I have done several scrappy monochromatic blocks as shown below.



I have addressed these random bits before.  Sometimes I've added some mosaic strips bewteen.  Other times just random sized rectangles.

I'm at it again. But with a bit of a spin. Here is the halfway point of joining the greens.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Temperature Quilt July

I spent last weekend working on my temperature quilt.  Made great progress until I was sewing the last 2 panels together and managed to do so backwards. 

I was challenged as I got to the section when the temperatures started to climb above 80 F as my guide had an orangy-red, clear red and burgundy listed.   I'm making this with all batiks, and red batik is extremely rare to find.  I have quite a collection and at first didn't think I had enough variety to pull it off.  After digging around in the stash, I found some reds that by themselves read as pink, a muddy-looking burgundy, and some red/blacks.  

I didn't realize how much of the year the temps are above 70.  No wonder I love living in Boise!