Friday, August 11, 2017

Diver Pinapples {A Finished Bee Quilt}

In 2015 I participated in a secret sister gift exchange with my 2014 Triplet moms group. My secret sister, Victoria, loves diving and going to the beach. I decided to make her a beach themed quilt for the final gift to give it to her for Christmas. I asked my bee group, That Stash Bee, for pineapple blocks based on this color palette:

Here are my example blocks. I used white/cream for the center and triangles and blues and turquoise for the rest.

Here are all the blocks put together:

And here is the final product. I quilted it with figure 8 free motion quilting.

I'm especially proud of the backing which is a representation of the diving flag that I pieced from red and white solids. I bound the quilt in a teal solid to contrast nicely with the back and blend in with the front.

Needless to say, she said it is her favorite bedding and uses it on her bed all the time.

Started in July 2015, finished Dec 2015. 
Size- 60x72

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Family Jewels {A Finished Quilt}

My crafty friends and I have a tradition of making a quilt for each other's weddings. It started with Sarah and this time we did it when Jes got married.

I asked for Arkansas Crossroad blocks in jewel tones with white X's. Cassie, Kim and Sarah all pitched in blocks. I made some blocks and finished the quilt. here is a progress shot of the blocks. I was sewing in the early morning before the boys wake up.


Here is the layout. It is so bright and cheery with the contrasting white. I used a red minky fabric for the back to amp up the cuddle factor. 

Sadly I don't have a picture of the finished product and I can't recall how I quilted it. We started in September 2015 and I finished it in time to give it to her for our semi-annual truffle shuffle in December.

Here is a picture of our truffle making efforts. We usually make between 600-700 chocolate truffles with up to 12 different combinations of chocolate, fillings (pretty heavy handed with the booze here) and coatings. I'm hoping we can arrange another shuffle this winter.