Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Jade Monkey - ScrapHappy Saturday Green

It's the last Saturday of green.  It looks like I got a lot done but this is 2 or 3 weeks worth of work.  I got the graduation quilts done and had this last week free to finish up some green things.

Some of the blocks Angela chose for us.

These blocks were made from left over squares from other projects.

My blocks for the Building Blocks Quilt Along with Leah Day

My Stackn'Wack monkeys.  It is interesting how different they all are.  I found that one should use quality fabric for this method because the repeats aren't perfect on the cheaper fabrics.  Not sure yet how I'll finish these.

I did have time to make a quick quilt top.  I love the Houndstooth pattern because to me it looks like cats with their ears and paws.  The green material is some I bought many, many years ago.  I was going to make a skirt with a lot of tiers of ruffles.  In thinking of all the gathering I needed to do I just put it away for another day, which didn't come.  This quilt was much easier then the skirt would have been.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Graduation 2014

There are two graduates this year....Bryce Widhelm and Logan Benjamin.  These are the first boys quilts since I've started making quilts for graduation.   Bryce definitely wanted a quilt, I wasn't so sure about Logan. Making a quilt for a boy is different then making one for a girl.  Or maybe it's just that I don't feel they would like a scrappy quilt like I've made for the girls.  Anyway, I did more planning for these quilts. 


In looking for a pattern for Bryce's quilt I was looking for something modern and eclectic.  I found a couple of patterns I liked on Pinterest but this one was the best for Bryce.  In doing the research I found out this was the back of the quilt the person made and not the front. 

He wanted a gray/black quilt with lime green. 

Having to draft the pattern myself I started with a 14" middle square and three inch stripes for around the squares.  When I got the middle panel all put together it was way out of proportion.  I took it all apart and cut the middle square down to 12".  Much better balance.  

I quilted this a panel at a time.  The middle panel was easy to quilt but adding the two side panels weren't as easy as the instructions I was following said it would be.  But in the end every thing  worked out fine.

 Julie, Logan's mom, had said a few years ago that Logan wouldn't want a quilt, he'd want more of a boy gift.  So I decided to ask Logan if he'd like a quilt.  After thinking about it a bit he said he would like one.  So much for what moms know.

He wanted dark blue and red for his quilt (the blue is a lot darker then it looks in the pictures.)  When I saw this one on Pinterest there was no question in my mind that this was the quilt for Logan.  With Bryce's I teetered between a few designs but every time I looked at this quilt it just said "Logan".  

When I was quilting the blue it reminded me of fields being plowed for seeding.  I was wishing I had a GPS on my sewing machine so I could sew straight lines.  Someone commented that these lines looked more organic.  Thanks for the excuse.

The Green, Green Grass of Home - ScrapHappy Saturday

Well, the graduation quilts are done.  What a weight off my shoulders!  It is sooo nice when something with a deadline is done.  And I finished them with a week to spare.  (Separate blog coming for them).

I was able to get the green chain blocks done last week.  I think one more row will make this quilt just the right size for some teenager.

See that monkey square?  I just had to include it.  I think there was five yards of that material.  I've made two small quilts using this fabric and one of them has the monkey backing.  I still had 2 yards left so cut out  Stack-n-Wack  blocks.  I'm still working on them. 

The Shooting Squares blocks are left over from last  April's green month.  And I must have made too many  Hourglass squares so I framed them only to find I didn't calculate right and had to add an inch frame of the pin stripe to make them the same size as the Shooting Squares block.

This was a fast quilt because most of it was already done.  I had a piece of green minky for the backing that's been around for awhile. I love the way minky drapes and is so cuddly.

 My dear hubby made me this table top that we placed on top of a table my daughter was discarding when they moved.  It is soooo nice.  Every day I use it I love it more and more.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

It Ain't Easy being Green - ScrapHappy Saturday

Here it is the 3rd Saturday of May and this is the first post I've been able to write this month.  I've been working on graduation quilts and a wall hanging for our Project Linus coordinator.  One weekend I went to see my granddaughter (she was else where).  So its been a busy month. 

But I did take a little time to make a few blocks for the sampler quilt and the string HST quilt.  I've got one more graduation quilt to finish up and then the wholelast week to work on green!  Yay!

Hope on over to  SoScrappy  and see what others have been doing.