Friday, March 26, 2021

A Heart

When I saw the Exploding Heart pattern by Slice of Pi Quilts I thought it looked like a broken heart, and since I was broken hearted it appealed to me.  Funny thing, by the time I was done I thought it looked like a hopeful heart, jut like mine.  

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 298
The pattern is Exploding Heart by Slice of Pi Quilts. (click here)
It finished at 54" x 54", I made my blocks 1" smaller than the pattern to get this size. 
The fabric is an assortment from my stash
It has approximately 758 pieces

I may be starting to get sewing mojo back, it's been gone a long time, fingers crossed. 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Best for Last?

I think I've pieced all the quilt tops I can manage out of the Gingiber Merrily and Merriment lines.  This makes the 7th finish using that fabric, a record for any fabric I've ever worked with.

But I do like this finish and think I may keep this one.  My inspiration was the Fig Tree pattern Stars in the Woodland.  I made mine just a little bigger, because I had so many animal panels in my stash,  and I added the red and white squares, because you know me and red and white,. 

This is Lifetime Quilt Number 297
The pattern is Stars and Animals in the Woodland by Fig Tree and Thelma
It finished at 48"x 55"
The fabric is Merrily and Merriment by Gingiber for Moda
It has approximately 888 pieces

Here are the other quilt tops I made using this fabric

Lifetime Quilt Number 210 - Merrily - Library Raffle Quilt

Lifetime Quilt Number 232 - More Merrily - gift for great nephew

Lifetime Quilt Number 221- Merrily - gift for niece

Lifetime Quilt Number 211 - Tucker's Merrily Christmas - grandpup's quilt

Lifetime Quilt Number 294 - Wooded Whimsy

Lifetime Quilt Number 296 -Starry Eyed II

Now on to something that's not Gingiber fabric!!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Some More Merriment and Merrily

I've been sewing more frequently this year but not with much enthusiasm, but that's OK, I'll get there, and I am finishing some projects which always feels good.

After I pieced my Wooded Whimsy tree quilt I noticed I still had a lot of Merriment and Merrily fabric by Gingiber for Moda, particularly the animal panels.  I couldn't think of another quilt that I wanted for my house using that fabric, and I already pieced 3 quilts for family members from those lines, but I do get requests for quilts for auctions and raffles and the like so I decided that making a donation quilt would be a good use of my time and the fabric.

For the pattern I decided to use Starry Eyed by Angela Mitchell.  It's a free Moda Bakeshop pattern from 2011!

This is my first Starry Eyed quilt using Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater for Moda.  One of my top 10 favorite Christmas fabric lines of all time. 

I added a few of the small animal panels to Starry Eyed II because they're my favorite aspect of these lines.  That Gingiber really knows how to draw some  endearing winter forest animals. 

So here is Lifetime Quilt Number 296
I've named it Starry Eyed II
The pattern is by Angela Mitchell and available here
It finished at 80" x 80"
The blocks finish at 16"
The pattern called for 5 rows of 4 sixteen inch blocks (20 blocks total), I went 5 x 5 (25 blocks total), because I like square quilts. 
It has approximately 951 pieces. 

Here's Starry Eyed I, Lifetime Quilt Number 78!!!  It's still one of my favorite Christmas quilts and gets used every holiday, an oldie but goodie.  It's hard to believe I've pieced over 200 quilts since piecing this one.  

I used some of the bigger animal panels for the backing of Starry Eyed II, it's ready to be quilted and when someone says "Hey Thelma, do you have a quilt to donate to our cause?", instead of panicking and sewing 20 hours a day for a week and begging a quilter to quilt the top to meet a deadline,  I'll happily say, "why yes I do".  

I am so behind on my blog but am determined to get all my quilt finishes from the last couple of years documented, so be on the lookout for some posts about quilts you may have seen on Instagram but not here.