Project Special Delivery

Project Special Delivery
Photo from Pam – Mama Spark

Several months ago I blogged about a secret project I was heading up, Project Special Delivery. The plan was to make surprise baby gifts for a secret, special mom to be. I was part of a team that made improv blocks for a quilt. We were each assigned a color, I was in the pink/purple group.

Project Special Delivery

Now that the quilt has been mailed and received, and the baby has been born, I can finally share the details! The gift was for Heather Ross. Heather’s fabric has been such an inspiration to so many of us. She also really connects personally to her fans with her weekend workshops and classes. Many people that participated in Project Special Delivery had also met Heather in real life and always talked about what a warm, kind person she is. We wanted to shower Heather with handmade gifts from the virtual world that she has become a part of.

Project Special Delivery
Photo from Pam – Mama Spark

I want to say we had about 35 people create this single quilt. This included blocks for the front, back, long arm quilting, a beautiful hand embroidered message and binding.

Project Special Delivery
Photo from Pam – Mama Spark

Pam collected all the blocks and coordinated the assembling, photos and mailing. She was such a HUGE help and we could not have pulled this off without her.

Project Special Delivery
Photo from Pam – Mama Spark

Heather was touched when she received the quilts and even created these beautiful thank you cards for us, a painting of the quilt. Talk about leaving us speechless.

Heather Ross Thank You Note

It was such a fun project and I had a great time working with so many talented and kind quilters. This quilt was just one of many gifts. Check out the Flickr group for photos of others.

Kaleidoscopic Kites

Kaleidoscopic Kites Front

I am very excited to have this latest quilt finished to share with you. I planned this one last month and instantly knew this would be a great choice as my second free quilt pattern to offer on my blog.

Kaleidoscopic Kites Hangs

It really is a rainbow of color. Although my 4 year old is quite disturbed that I did not include purple. Honestly I just don’t have a lot of purple fabric. No fear, you can always replace the brown with purple if you’d like.

This is a great quilt for beginners. The cutting is easy. Each block only has 4 pieces so they go together rather quickly, especially if you are chain piecing. I used a variety of fabrics from my stash in order to have a scrappy look, but I think this pattern would look just as nice with solids, or all fabrics from one collection such as Denyse Schmidt’s Katie Jump Rope.

Kaleidoscopic Kites Back

The backing is my new favorite style of giant randomly placed blocks of fabric. I dug into my out of print fabric stash that I have been hanging on to – it felt good to really use it in large chunks. Kind of like spring cleaning for the fabric soul. The binding is an old print from Anna Maria Horner’s Garden Party line. This was the only print I had from the line and have been wondering what to do with it for awhile now, so again, it was good to see it in action. I quilted this one free motion style. The final size is about 63″ x 72″. It will be listed in the shop shortly.

Kaleidoscopic Kites Flies

I am finalizing the graphics and details for the pattern for this one and will post it probably no later than tomorrow! I hope you will come back and make one yourself. As always, you can find links to my patterns on the right column of this page, or by clicking on the Quilt + Patchwork Patterns tab at the top.

Update – the pattern is now available!

Off-Centered Innocence

Off-Centered Front

It’s just a happy coincidence that I finished my quilt using Anna Maria Horner’s Innocent Crush line just in time to post for Valentine’s Day. I am really excited about this quilt because I made it with a new pattern I developed and {shameless plug} am offering up in my pattern shop.

Off-Centered Detail

This quilt is a squares-in-squares pattern where the center square is off-centered in each block. There are 5 different block layouts and I used a combination of solids and prints. Again, I was drawn to the Kona Espresso which looks black in the photos, but in reality is a dark brown. The white is Kona Snow. These saturated colors really sit well with me for winter.

Off-Centered Railing

For the binding I almost picked Kona Espresso again…but at the last minute decided to go a bit crazy and use a red print from the Innocent Crush line. I really liked how the red popped in the quilt and decided to carry it to the edge.

Off-Centered Back

The back is a combination of several Kona solids and some other blocks which were really meant for another quilt. But, I am trying to be realistic this year on what I can finish and that one wasn’t in the cards. I think they look nice here too.

I quilted this one free motion, using clear thread on the top and tan on the bottom. It measures 60″ x 72″.

And now a little more on the pattern. It is offered in my pattern shop for download and my Etsy shop. It is very detailed, 15 pages with 11+ color diagrams. It has fabric yardage requirements, cutting diagrams, assembly diagrams, final block placement diagram – the whole nine yards. Below is a graphic showing the quilt in optionally all-solid fabric. I am *really* excited about it and hope you are too!

Off-Centered Solids

Family Tree

Family Tree Full

Last Tuesday was my husband’s grandmother’s 90th birthday. How cool is that? You wouldn’t know she is 90, she has a more active social life than we do! The family had thrown out ideas of taking a big trip to celebrate, but we couldn’t really swing that since we are on a single income and life in Chicago isn’t exactly inexpensive. We wanted to do something special in our own way though, and then I remembered seeing this quilt on Flickr a few months ago. Perfect!

Family Tree Front Back

I had a couple concerns…first, we only had 11 people for the tree which is a lot less than the 20+ hands on the inspiration quilt. Also, the tree fabric on the inspiration quilt used was perfect, but out of print. (Joel Dewberry’s woodgrain in Chocolate). So…my tree ended up being a bit wider and I used the JD woodgrain I could find – light green – instead. Luckily it matched the Sweet Broderie fabric I used for the hands and border.

Family Tree Detail

I never have done applique before. I was a bit nervous, but it turned out great! Sandra has a great tutorial I used on her blog.

Family Tree Hand

I used my Bernina Embroidery Module to stitch the names for the hands and the initial in the center of the tree.

Family Tree Back

The back of the quilt is a bit wild…but I love it. It is from Amy Butler’s new Soul Blossoms line of fabric.

Family Tree Back Front

I quilted this one free motion and it measures about 72″ x 86″. It’s a big boy. LOL Half way through the quilting I started to wonder what I had gotten myself in to.

We are gifting this to her Sunday, I really hope she likes it but also uses it. :)