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French Botanical Quilt Top

French Botanical Top Detail

Hopefully no one reading this post is my mom. If it IS my mom, I told you to stay off my blog until after your birthday!

Now that we have that taken care of, this quilt top is to be a surprise for my mom for her birthday in a week! It is based on the fabric in the center of each square, a french botanical print from Japan. My mom loves all things French. And plants. So you see, it’s perfect for her. The design is just improvised squares in squares. No pattern, which took longer, but I like the look.

French Botanical Top

I think the colors are perfect for fall, and it looked so pretty out on my deck with the changing leaves. I used a lot of my favorite fabrics – some by Amy Butler, Sandi Henderson, Erin McMorris, Denyse Schmidt, Monaluna and Cosmo Cricket. I’m on a tight deadline, so you should see the finished product by the end of the week!

October 11, 2010   11 Comments

Mini Patchwork

Mini Patchwork

I was itching for some instant gratification today, so I decided to make a little patchwork mini quilt. Well, just the top was finished before the kids woke up from their naps. The star of the show is an adorable Japanese fabric I’ve been stashing for quite a long time. I added some of my favorite coordinating prints and I just think it really pops.

Anyone else enjoy the smaller projects? I love making larger quilts, but sometimes these minis are just so fun and make me feel like I’m not taking f-o-r-e-v-e-r to finish everything.

September 23, 2010   6 Comments

Quilt Top for a Cause

Crazy enough for you? You may recognize some of these blocks. They were originally intended for the Mod Bento Box Swap last month using Ashley’s tutorial from Film in the Fridge. Well, between kids, company, vacation and other commitments, I really dropped the ball on that one.

But then I thought of a great way to redeem them…make a quilt top and donate it to Anna Maria Horner’s Rainbow Around the Block initiative. For those that haven’t heard, one of my *favorite* fabric designers AMH has been organizing a way for people around the globe to help those that lost everything in the middle Tennessee floods last May. She has been collecting quilt blocks and having a team assemble them into quilts to donate to those in need. It’s a tangible way to help and you can find more information here at the Flickr group or here on her website.

So my modified bento box quilt box received some new life. I only hope that the recipient really likes crazy quilts!

The final deadline is September 1st, so it’s not too late to donate a quilt block…or 10…or even a quilt top to this great cause.

August 2, 2010   8 Comments

Stepping Stones Sneak Peek

Stepping Stones Peek

A few weeks ago I had a burst of creativity…an idea for a quilt using my Little Folks voile by Anna Maria Horner. I went to work cutting lots and lots of tiny pieces. And then cutting lots and lots of tiny white rectangles.

Little Folks Cut Stack

I am very excited with how this quilt top is turning out. I finished 10 columns of prints so 6 more to sew onto the quilt, along with the white between the columns. I have an unofficial goal to have the quilt completed by the end of next weekend. We’ll see if the kids cooperate. :)

And you may have noticed….the quilt top in progress is draped over that bench I found on the curb for trash. I’ve been cleaning, fixing, and oiling it. It’s currently on the porch with no seat yet. Still trying to figure that one out… :)

June 20, 2010   3 Comments