Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Carri's Quilt

Today I finally finished Carri's Quilt! It was a very long road to get it done. It is a Bonnie K Hunter Mystery quilt called Orca Bay. I think we started the mystery around Thanksgiving. I had been in a accident in October and really could not do much of anything. Making this quilt was physically painfully but mentally therapeutic! The pieces took me from November to June to make, 15 minutes at a time at first.  I found I had to starch the living daylights out of the scrappy string blocks so they would not stretch when sewn into the larger blocks. The first block I took apart 4 times. It still had the wrong color star points but I left it. I  told Carri it represents me. You have to really look hard to find it, but I know where it is.

The FMQ was really difficult. After ripping out several hours of quilting, I did a meandering stippling. Many places were jerking or just plain wrong, but I kept going. The quilting is not my best work but I made it with love and Carri likes it.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Orca Bay almost there.

Have been sewing on the Orca Bay top for DD#3.  She picked the colors. She loves brown. Jazzed it up with the blue and pink. She has selected yellow for the final border. The brown heart patches have yellow hearts in them. I was surprised but it is her quilt. Here is my grandson checking out grandma's work and doing the bounce test!

I started it in November 2011. In August I decided that I have to finish it in the event of my demise. To many UFO so little time. I wanted to be sure all my girls and grand kids and my husband have a quilt from me that they can use until they are in shreds! My stitching is no way near as neat and pretty as it use to be but they don't care.

I am down to the end border , just have to quilt it next month....I need a break.
Back to the tiny AAQI piecing for a while!.

After the Holidays I hope to make a quilt for my bed. I have a twin size quilt on a queen size bed.

Monday, September 3, 2012

AAQI September Mini Quilt - The Mouser!

Hi Ladies: I just wanted to show you my September mini. It all started because I was watching a blog hop using a bunch of stacked bowls. I thought that was really neat, but I was to late to join the fun. I freehand cut a bowl and then had to figure out what I wanted in the bowl. I put white on the lip so it looked like a spillover and then thought about a cat. Why would a cat risk getting wet? To chase a mouse!! So a quilt was born. 

AAQI is still collecting mini quilts. Ami Simms was feature in Woman's Day for October. I imagine this will help sell a lot of quilts. This will also deplete the supply going to Houston in November. I am going to try a make a few more this month.

Join the fun and donate a 9 x 12 mini quilt to Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative ! All skill levels welcomed and all profit goes to research!

Come on Ladies make just One
! It will really help!