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Elephant Pillow

My elephant quilt came up in conversation this week.

Elephant Quilt - piecefulthoughts.com

My daughter and I were talking about ideas for a gift she wanted to make. I made this wedding quilt for her friend a year ago.

Wedding Quilt - piecefulthoughts.com

I had some fabric left over from the wedding quilt, so we decided to make an elephant pillow. The recipient likes elephants, and we had enough leftover fabric for the project.

My daughter did the appliqué. I think it came out so cute!

Elephant Quilt - piecefulthoughts.com

It makes me want to do another elephant quilt. I enjoyed stitching each of those little pachyderms, all 24 of them! I think one in bright contemporary fabric would really be fun.

While she was stitching on the pillow, I was working on my improv quilts. I took these stripes and made two (yep, two) mini quilts.

They turned out pretty well; can’t wait to show them to you!

Look for a post on Friday with those two fun improv finishes this week. Meanwhile, the moving truck is being loaded today, and tomorrow we begin the trek to move our daughter to Florida!

I’m linking up today with Susan and Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication and Lorna and Let’s Bee Sewcial at Sew Fresh Quilts.

Happy stitching, all!

Wendy

 

Baby Quiltiness

Well, I’m delighted to share that all three baby quilts are delivered to the parents. Two of the quilts are snuggling babies, while we patiently await the arrival of the third.

So today, I just want to share a little quilty baby love with you. Remember that Periwinkle Quilt? This was made using Lella Boutique’s Sugar Pie fabric and the pattern is from this Missouri Star tutorial.

It’s looks all fine and lovely snuggled over the rail on my deck. However, it’s so much cuter snuggled this way.

Isn’t she beautiful? I’m just a little partial, since she is my cousin’s daughter’s baby. This view of the quilt really shows off the lovely quilting by Connie of Turnberry Lane Machine Quilting.

This is why I enjoy quilting, to be able to share some joy with others. Allyssa and I worked together to choose the pattern and fabric, and I’m so happy that she likes the quilt. I’m pretty sure her little girl loves it too, as you can see from this last photo!

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you have a fun week of sewing!

I’m linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts.

Wendy

 

 

Wednesday Wanderings

For the rest of the week, you’ll either find me here:

Or at the Minnesota Quilt Show with friends, old and new!

I’ll be back next Monday to share my thoughts on the weekend and the show. This is my first Minnesota Quilt Show! I know, right?! I’ve lived in Minnesota how long and I’ve never been to the quilt show?? Time to get out from under my rock and go!

Hope to see you there!

Wendy

Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday, Ocean Play, (c) 2017 piecefulthoughts.com

My thoughts are wandering to sunny days lately. We haven’t had too many here, and we’re all waiting for warm days, sunshine, and going to the lake!

The picture above is a memory of a trip we made to Florida a few years ago. We had some time to spend at the ocean, so that was where we headed first. My daughter and a couple of friends had a great time splashing in the waves.

My thoughts are back on oceans as of late. BigJ and I are trying to make a decision, so I’m going to ask your opinion. If you had the choice to go to Hawaii or Maine, which would you choose and why? These two might seem like odd companions, but we have reasons we’d like to go to both.

Enjoy the rest of your week, friends! See you Friday with all my finishes for the week!

Wendy

Wandering Wednesday

I’m starting something new today on my blog. Welcome to Wandering Wednesday! I thought it would be fun to share with you some photos, old and new, of people, places and things. It might be places I’ve wandered, wandering thoughts, or quilts I’ve made that have wandered to their new homes.

Wandering find - Planter at an inn from Bayfield, Wisconsin

On a family trip to Bayfield, Wisconsin, a few years ago we stayed at an inn that had these planters sprinkled throughout their landscaping. They amused me, so I snapped this quick pic of my favorite one.

This picture still makes me smile. Somedays it’s a self-portrait, with my mind overflowing with creative thoughts that just sort of tumble everywhere. Other days it just makes me laugh, because I feel like I have no brain, only pretty little flowers floating around in there!

What do you think of this picture?

I did some wandering with a quilting friend yesterday and enjoyed every minute. I’ll tell you more about that on my next Cool Tool Monday. See you then!

Wendy

Quilt Show Preparation

My schedule changed quite a bit over the weekend, somewhat unexpectedly. I had to cancel some fun outings I had planned with friends and, thankfully, they were graciously understanding. I took a short road trip to help my brother and sister-in-law prepare for a quilt show.

Continue reading Quilt Show Preparation

Little Friday Finish

Sometimes it’s just the little things that make me feel good. Here’s a few from this week.

On March 1st, BigJ and I had a date night to celebrate our engagement 30 years ago. 30 years! It seems like yesterday. I haven’t aged a bit – ha! We went on a little drive, which took us back to the place where he proposed — Diamond Bluff. There is a much longer story to it, of course. You’ll have to ask if you want to hear it, but it’s too long for a quilting blog post!

Earlier that day, I spent some time with a couple of quilty friends, sipping coffee and doing some stitching while we chattered away. See? It’s the little things that make me happy.

I am 9 blocks away from having all the blocks completed for the commission quilt. Another little thing that makes me happy!

Today I made a little tiny finish. It’s my first finish for the year, in miniature form. One of BigJ’s co-workers, who has become a friend to me, had a birthday this week and I wanted to make something for her.

I pulled out my scraps and started to play. I wanted it to be bright and cheery, because sometimes the job she does can be a challenge. I decided to call this little project a “therapy mug mat” — something happy for her to look at when she needs cheering up.

This is what I came up with.

The block is square, truly! My aim with the picture? Not so much!

I had a little fun with some free motion quilting. I consider it not bad for a newbie to the whole FMQ thing. I made a wonky little star in the middle piece and then just organic wavy lines around the rest.

The block is made using Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s small template and concept from her book 15 Minutes of Play. It is so much fun, I will definitely be doing more of this!

That’s my little Friday finish. I hope she likes it!

Linking up today Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict and Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Have a great weekend, all!

Wendy

 

 

 

My Favorite Quilt

To be honest, each quilt I’ve made is a favorite in some way or another, but there is one particular quilt that still makes me smile whenever I think of it. I do not own the quilt; it was made for someone else. Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and let me tell you about it.

Connie and I have been friends for many years now. At the beginning over games of golf, which she still plays and I’ve taken a haitus. She has encouraged me not only in life, in golf (that’s another story for another time), but also in quilting. When she began long arm quilting, I wanted to encourage her in her growing business. One day Connie called me about a woman wanting a quilt made. Would I be interested in taking it on?

Here’s a little secret about me. There are a lot of things in life that I’m too chicken to try, but taking on a difficult quilting project is not one of them. I love the challenge of new things in quilting, just to see if I can do it.

So I said yes and asked about the quilt. Connie said the customer wanted a quilt with a Frank Lloyd Wright design. Ok, I’ll admit — I was a bit intimidated by that. You can imagine the patterns and lines that were running through my head.

I agreed to meet with Connie and Carol, the customer, to chat about the quilt and see what Carol had in mind. She had found a book with a Frank Lloyd Wright panel and wondered if I could make it into a queen size quilt. The panel measured approximately 14″ x 40″ as I recall.  I was excited to begin.

If my memory serves, the book where she had found the pattern for the panel was Quilts in the Tradition of Frank Lloyd Wright by Jackie Robinson, published back in 1995. I believe I found a copy of it at our library, and I was on my way.

I enjoy sketching out quilt designs on graph paper. It feeds my creativity — a little sketching, a little color, a little math. Well actually the math makes my brain hurt a bit, but I usually get it figured out. Once I had the design in my head and sketched out, we moved forward with the fabrics. The colors she chose were tan, burgundy and black. My plan was to make 3 panels and lay them side by side. The rest of the quilt would be a lighter tan/cream fabric. When finished, it would be a queen size quilt.

If you are familiar with Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, you will know that they are very linear in nature. Straight lines that intersect, or chevrons. I was thankful there were no chevrons!

The black fabric represented the leading in the panel. I remember that the black strips were cut at 3/4″, so after sewing they finished at 1/4″. I was still fairly new at quilting, so mine were probably closer to 3/8″. At any rate, they were tiny when finished!

The first panel went together well. I got the second one done and laid it next to the first one, to make sure they were coming out even. It was then I realized that I had shifted one of the little burgundy squares to the wrong place. I had to rip the entire panel apart to fix it! That done, I moved on to the third panel.

Third one done, I laid all three panels out on the floor. I have no idea how, but one panel was longer than the other two. Not knowing where the mistake was, and not really wanting to rip yet one more panel apart, I wondered what I could do. And then it came to me — why not offset the longer panel just a bit from the other two. Problem solved!

Once I had the top done, it was Connie’s turn to work her longarm magic. To bring the focus to the panels, she just quilted in the ditch on each one. She crosshatched the rest of the quilt. She also made the pillows you see on the bed in the photo.

Carol was nice enough to invite me out to see the quilt once it was on her bed. I have to say, it was stunning. The house was newly built, and they had matched the paint in the bedroom to the colors in the quilt.

To this day, I still get excited when I think about making this quilt. It was nerve wracking but really fun. I enjoyed the challenge!

Happy stitching, all! Enjoy the challenge!

Wendy