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Sept 25

It seems to be rare that I get a chance to piece a quilt.  But there are gifts for special ones that go out ‘in haste’ here & there.

This is for a friend’s first granddaughter that is due soon. A family friend found me via FB and asked if I and any of our group’s quilters would like to make a baby quilt.   Sadly, our friend died 7 yrs ago and we thought it would be sweet to bless the daughter with quilts from her quilting friends as her mother would have been doing.  I was the only one that sent a quilt. The baby’s room is painted a golden yellow with accents in navy, purple, and fuchsia.

I chose the accent colors from my stash but just could not find the right background fabric for this.  I could drive 1 – 1 1/2 hrs each way to a modern quilt shop to try to find something which adds up to “take a day trip” with 3 hrs on the road, lunch out, etc.  I could have looked online for awhile and ordered but then I wouldn’t have it in time.  Or… I could dye my own!  My SIL was here and I was asking her help with choosing dyes off my color chart. Nothing was quite right and I was also looking for yellow dyes in the storage drawers.  There NOT on the chart but in my inventory, was pencil yellow.  Yes!  That was the color we wanted and I had bought that on a special – no longer made deal.  Of course, now I love it and hope to get some more pencil yellow fabric from my amount of dye.

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The next day I dyed an extra amount of fabric than my plan needed just to be sure I had enough.  I was also making my own pattern so was just using my guesstimated amount of fabric needed.  I used about a 1/2 strength of dye.  I stirred the dye about every 15 mins for an  hour to have it more of a ‘solid but not quite’ coloring.  I was so excited as I think it came out perfect to what I wanted!
I cut the half-square triangles (HSTs) with my accuquilt Go! cutter.  LOVE IT!  I line up the fabrics that will be sewn together, right sides together, and they come out of the cutter ready to zip under the sewing machine.

Once I had all the HSTs sewn and pressed, I laid out part of the center design.

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Sewed the top together…

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And this also shows some of the quilting marks I made before I loaded it in my machine for quilting.  I had guidelines for the circles and divisions of 8 or 4 per ring.

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First the detail quilting in a variegated thread that stands out on the lighter fabrics.

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The finished quilt – quilted, labeled, bound, & washed.

12Close-up of a corner and you can see the circular designs.  The background fill thread was a matching yellow and a finer size thread.

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The back of the quilt. Once again, without going to buy the fabrics, I pieced the back from other fabrics in my stash.  🙂

I appliquéd the baby’s first initial and a heart, then pieced in the diagonal piece of fabric for an accent.

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I had help from my family & friends on the label verse but I found it fitting since the mom has never met me. It was just a gift from God, with love from one of her mom’s quilting friends.  Sent from Illinois to Mississippi.

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The one who contacted me and the new mother were surprised at how well it matched the baby’s room.  Yeah!  I loved this quilt and had a hard time putting it in the box to ship away.  It was a gift of love so I knew I needed to send it.  It sounds like it was well received.

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Today I attended a machine quilting class by Jamie Wallen.  This is so how I think… free-form free-motion quilting.  We worked with markers/pens & sketch pads and I’m in awe of what I learned.  Just stunning!!  I hope to make some samples soon and will show you.

These are shots from Jamie’s samples —

I learned how to do all this!!! 🙂

But in all the free-motion work I’ve done, I’ve never tried feathers.  I love feathers.  Just never taken the time.  I’m so glad I waited to be taught correctly.   🙂

Here are some of the drawings I did.  The only guidelines we had were the square outlines for the 2 on the right.   Of course, I need to practice more but I can’t wait to graduate to thread in my machine.  🙂

He also taught a lot about the machines.  There were several machines represented there (I was the only one w/o a long-arm) and he gave so much information on care and adjustments.

At the class, a lady diagonally across from me said at lunch that I looked familiar.  I told her where I’m from which is far from where I was for this class.  Then she asked if I had kids.  Yes, but we homeschooled them (I was thinking she knew us from area sports or ? ) .   She asked where they were born and when I said 1 town and then the other town in HRMs, she nodded.

So… my High Risk doctor during my pregnancy with JP is her boss, she is the Physician’s Assistant.   I said my son is 18  years old!  She remembers me!  I’m picking my brain still to remember!  Mostly I had the Residents for  my doctors and their nurses.     I told a bit of my story with JP and my time at the hospital.  Then she asked how he is.   I was so thrilled to say he is fine and bright and a bean pole!! 🙂   I’m going to dig up some pictures to show her at class tomorrow.

I got home at 6:15 tonight to be greeted by wonderful news that a SL mom had her baby today and named her nearly after our Miss K.   Middle name is Joy for the new baby.   🙂   That gives me tears…..

I’m more confirmed in my machine choice for several reasons I learned today.  That makes me happy!  And I’m more anxious for the day to come.

What a wonderful day!!  Must get a good night’s sleep!

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