Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tablerunner Swap

I recently participated in a tablerunner swap through The Quilt Asylum. It is fun to have a challenge and a deadline that makes you actually get something done. I used Park Central fabric by Kate Spain mainly because I had some scraps of it left from my Sudoku quilt. I love the colors of this line, although, it does not match anything in my house. That's okay since I am swapping it anyway.

LaDonna combined a couple of patterns to make hers. The theme for the swap was "Summer" and this definitely represents summer.

These colors are so popular right now and Ellyn put them into play with her tablerunner. Super cute!

This one was so fun because it is two-sided. Way to be smart and get double the use out of the runner.

Kathleen had fun using a Gwen Marston approach to her project. I think it would go nicely with Fiesta Ware.

Sherry is always ambitious and does multiple items to swap. One pattern was by Pieced Tree and the other is the one using border fabric.

Our next swap is in August and it is a Doll Quilt and has to have a circle of some sort involved. There are lots of ways to interpret that rule.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Fresh Fabric Treats

Jenny Garland and Angela Yosten were at The Quilt Asylum today autographing the new Moda Bake Shop book.

This book features 16 new projects by some of the best Moda Bake Shop chefs which utilize jelly rolls, layer cakes and charm pack pre-cuts.

What an extra special treat to get my book autographed. This was such a fun day at The Quilt Asylum with Bring and Brag, Block Swap Reveal, and the autographing of a newly released book.

Pink and Brown Swap

Bonnie at The Quilt Asylum has started a block swap. Her first one was to choose a 6" block and make it using pinks and browns. The number you made depended on how many people were in the swap. They ended up making over 100 but in the end it was worth it. I did not participate in the swap but I went to the revealing because I wanted to hear about the next swap. Oh my!!!... these quilts were beautiful!!! It was so fun to hear how each of them came up with their final designs. I will just post pictures for you to enjoy. I did sign up for the next one and it is a 9" churn dash using black as the background and solids for the design giving it an Amish feel.

Looking forward to the revealing of the next swap.

Bring and Brag - The Quilt Asylum

Every first Friday of the month The Quilt Asylum in McKinney, Texas holds Bring and Brag. A few times I have gone even though I have nothing to contribute. The last few weeks have been quite a blur for me but the inspiration I get from these ladies is exactly what I need to get back in the sewing room.

Bettepat always gives a challenge and last month was to make this little bird and a coaster. Lorna was the only one who made the bird so she got 5 extra tickets for the door prize bucket. It was very cute but sounds like it was way too small to make it easy to work with.

Suzanne made this adorable Dr. Seuss quilt using the Pieced Tree pattern Catchanap. The fabric was perfect for this pattern!

She also made this pillow out of a decorated tea towel. What a great idea!

TQA is hosting a table runner swap next week and LaDonna brought hers in to share. It is the Little Quilt Company Calendar Table Runners pattern with a little of her own touch. She changed the birds out for ants. What a fun table runner.

Ellyn made a dress and some hair clips to share. You can see more on her blog about those. She is even being published in a magazine this month. How fun. Check out her blog.

Bonnie brought in a bag she had done along with wearing a skirt she had made. Too cute!

She also shared a quilt she started at a recent workshop taught by Gwen Marston. It was definitely an eye opening experience for Bonnie helping her to work out of her comfort zone. I love the design of this quilt.

Bettepat made an incredible quilt out of an old quilt top. The top could not be used whole because of the condition so she cut it up and made it look so modern.

There were a couple of other quilts shown but I am going to include those in the next post which is about the Brown and Pink exchange.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Mama's New Job

Our local quilt guild has a program called Storybook Quilts in which we make small quilts to go along with children's books that reference quilts. I chose the book The Berenstain Bears and Mama's New Job.
Mama Bear decides to start a quilting business and she dreams up this design to make.

This is my version of the quilt.

The Allen Quilters' Guild has made several quilts to share and teacher's can check them out through their school library. The kids love being able to pass the quilt around while their teacher reads the book to them.