Sunday, May 8, 2016

Mother's Day

I promise I haven't fallen off the edge of the planet!!  Life has been a little busy and crazy and I've been kept super busy between my real life job, pattern testing for different projects, teaching my first paper piecing class, and visiting my dentist.  Let's just say some of these things I've not enjoyed as much as quilting!

I'm spotlighting for a moment today, this amazing woman, with my Boy Wonder (and his new wife) on their wedding day.  This is my mom.  I could sit here for hours and write all of the wonderful and amazing things that make her so incredible - but it still wouldn't do justice to the woman she is.  I can say that while she is not perfect, she has inspired and taught me the lessons that have helped me to carve out my own happiness and live as grace-filled as I can.  I love her.

For Mother's Day this year, I wanted to do something for my mom that wouldn't be another tchotchke dust collector.  I've begun to understand more about how getting little trinkets and baubles becomes a double edged sword.  And because she loves flowers and plants, I searched locally high and low to find her an established lavender plant- which is one of her favorites, but to no avail.  Finally I decided to quilt some  - and let me tell you - finding a pattern for lavender was nearly impossible.  Finally I found a pattern on Craftsy (you can see it here), and while mine didn't turn out quite as crisp and clear - I'm happy with the result...

I finished this as a small throw pillow which she loved!!
Happy Mother's Day.
Thank You.

Oh - and because I'm grateful for my own motherhood experiences and the punks that call me Mom - I love you nuts.  A million swedish fish.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

BB8 Droid - Star Wars

Among everything else going on, I am still working on the star wars quilt and a few other projects.  This week I give you BB8!

Pattern is available HERE
Pattern Created by Vanda Chittenden

and because I've gotten a few emails asking for the background fabric info:  It's a Robert Kaufman fabric called Stargazers Sky Navy (EKJM-6077-9)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

I Open at the Close - What to do with all those HP Project of Doom Squares

Last year I made Owlsea's Hogwarts School Banner (Pattern Here) and also did the QAL of the "Dark Arts" HP Squares - but didn't want to just do another bookcase quilt, so rather than leave them to sit forever in the dark recesses of my sewing cabinet.

So I pulled them out and played around with some layouts I like and here's what I came up with

I'm liking it.  It's not too big and not too small - perfect for a couch blanket after I get it bound.  It's a weird mixture of happiness and sadness to finish up HP work - after all that is where I started a couple of years ago on  But after 5+ quilts with that theme, it's time to move forward to new fandoms.

or until they do another round of HP patterns.