Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Current Project with a Reminder or Two

This quilt is going to a very close friend in need of a quilty hug.  Here it is on the design wall on Sunday:

I've known I need to make this quilt for a couple of months.  I just didn't know, or feel exactly what, other than lots of pink.  I've since found out aquas are her favourite, along with rich tropical hues.

I saw a quilt on Midget Gem Quilts, made by Helen for a cousin of hers, which is gorgeous, and I knew instantly, this was the quilt.  Helen and I have been chatting back and forth over the past few weeks thanks to us each having joined the New Bloggers Hop.  She has a great blog, great sense of humour as well as a great sense of colour.  Enough greats for you to go check her out? I hope so.  When I asked if I could use her design as the basis for a quilt for my friend, she said go for it.  Mine is a bit different: I used 4.5" squares, whereas she used 5", and also mine is slightly differently-shaped.  All of the fabric, except for the backing, which I bought yesterday at Guildcrafters Quilt Shop, is from my stash.  There are some scraps (for example: wave fabric from Cloud 9, Tula Pink aqua fabric, hot pinks from my daughter Brianne's second quilt), some that was destined for kaleidoscopes (ex: circles fabric, second last row, centre, and "fireworks" aqua and black fabric, third row from bottom, second from right), and some bought just because I loved it (ex. Australian fabric 3rd row exact centre square)

Yesterday I only had a half hour or so of sewing time, so here is where it currently sits:

Reminder of a previous Tip:  I'm using the "Book It!" method for this quilt which is so awesome in keeping all the squares organized.  I wrote a tutorial which you can find under the tab up top or click here.  I'm on Step 6 right now, where I'm beginning to piece the "books" aka pairs of squares, into columns.  Because the heart is not a square shape, I pieced as much of the square part as I could with that method, and I've got the bottom three rows sewn into rows, attached with a chain of thread holding each set together so they don't get out of order.  For the background, I plan to add in big squares and a couple of strips as opposed to filling in everything with more white 4.5" squares.

And one more reminder, a day late.  After a 2-week break, the New Bloggers Hop is back for Week 3 with more wonderful prizes to be won.  Here are the 4 quilters in my hive

posting their "All About Me" post this week, which you will be taken to by clicking:

Julie of Pink Doxies
Carrie of The Zen Quilter
Lori at Sew Psyched
Cindy at Sewing Moxie

The other 3 hives with their new blogger posts can be found at:
Meadow Mist Designs
Quilting Jet Girl
Childlike Fascination

Happy Reading!  I'll be linking this post up with Stephanie's Tips and Tutorials Tuesday at Late Night Quilter, and also with Nicky's Scraptastic Tuesday at Mrs. Sew and Sow.

I'm also linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.  :-)



17 comments:

  1. ...and a loving quilty hug it will make!

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  2. It is going to be a beautiful hug! Love the colors.

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  3. I love the connection between you and Helen because of the blog hop; that makes this quilt even more special! I hope it comes together well and provides some much needed loving care for a friend.

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  4. That is going to be a beautiful quilty hug. Love it!

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  5. It's going to be a great gift for your friend. I've seen a few of these hearts...think it might make it on to my to-do list.

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  6. What a great pattern for a quilty hug! These colours work really well with aqua, so even if it isn't her favourite colour, it should work well with her tastes.

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  7. Hi Sandra , glad I was of use ! And your quilt is coming along beautifully , your friend will be delighted with her quilty hugs

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  8. Your friend will feel very loved!

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  9. This is going to be a great quilty hug.

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  10. Sure your friend will be overjoyed with this fantastic quilt Hug.

    Thanks for the tips !

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  11. Your friend will love this quilt. I love the color combination of the bright pinks and the turquoise. It's just a happy quilt.

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  12. What a great use of scraps Sandra. I guess this quilty hug is quite large at 4 1/2" squares. It will wrap around your freind quite nicely.

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  13. Oh I know how well lived & gratefully accepted this quilt will be for G. You're a wonderful friend (not half bad as an older sister either ) :p

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  14. Sorry. Well LOVED not well lived. :)

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  15. Scrappy heart quilts are always fun to make and receive - thoughtful gift! Thanks for joining up to #scraptastictuesday

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  16. Love love love!!! Thank you for linking up with Tips and Tutorials Tuesday!

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