First Chicago Modern Quilt Guild Swap May 17, 2010
I attended my second Chicago Modern Quilt Guild (CMQG) meeting yesterday afternoon, and it was great! We had a wonderful presentation on color theory by Ebony which really helped me think about picking quilt colors in a new way. We also had our first swap! Everyone was asked to use four fat quarters to make a block and then bring the block and the leftover fabric from the fat quarters to exchange. We have a few months to add a border or finish the blocks and quilt, then we bring it back and regift it to the original maker of the block.
I made a zig zag block using three Kaffe Fassett patterns in blues. My inspiration for the block came from two hippos who makes simply amazing quilts!
I received a block with gorgeous, rich colors from Yolande, and I hope to do it justice! I’m thinking about how to continue the hexagon pattern she has started…
We’re going on a weekend retreat to Iowa to meet two other couples this weekend. I”m so excited, making a list of things to pack today so I don’t forget anything. We’re staying in a beautiful house with a huge deck overlooking the Mississippi river. I’m so ready for a weekend of catching up, bbqing, gameplaying, and of course wine drinking! My pear wine has been in fermentation for over six months now, and I opened a bottle, it’s delicious! That moment of truth is always a little nerve racking, after all that work, what if it’s crap? Wow, it packs a punch, though, I’d say it’s probably around 16-18% alcohol. Yum
So, one of the couples just had a baby in January, Olivia, you can see her with the quilt I made for her birth here. So, since I’m going to see her this weekend, I decided to maker her an elephant! Here’s some pics of it, I definitely did much better on this one than on the prototype. Now I need to make one for my new nephew, Asher, also born in January.
Here’s the elephant I made for Asher, pretty cute
Peanut, the wee elephant May 11, 2010
I’ve decided to attempt to make a stuffie! I’m using the how-to for a wee elephant from the book “Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts” by Joelle Hoverson. I got pretty stuck on the directions, they do NOT provide pictures with the instructions. I finally googled step by step and wee elephant and found a God send, the blog During Quiet Time which has step by step instructions with pictures! I’m pretty happy with peanut, I was thinking I’d give him to my friends’ three month old little girl, but now I’m not so sure! I love peanut! I think I’ll keep the prototype, it’s got a bit of a wonky curved trunk and a few imperfections. I had trouble joining the back piece to the belly piece and the under-trunk piece and they don’t quite fit together right. I’d like to try again, I’ll have to get some cute pink fabrics for little Olivia’s elephant!
Quilts for Kids – Completed! May 5, 2010
I just sent off the two Quilts for Kids that I finished, I thought I’d post some “after” pictures to share. This was such a fun project, but I’m happy to send them on to their new homes, I hope they find someone who needs a little comfort. The first quilt is entitled “Underwater Parade” and the second is “The Bug Parade”. I think they turned out pretty well, I really like the striped border and “The Bug Parade”. To get your own quilt kit, complete with fabric and label, go to http://www.quiltsforkids.org
Foster pup April 26, 2010
Josh and I (along with the grudging participation of our pups Max & Einstein) fostered a 3 month old puppy for three weeks in June. Paws Chicago organizes foster care for puppies so they can rescue more of them. The puppy we got was named Ruffie, although we took to calling her Itty Bitty. She was a whirlwind of puppy kisses, potty training, playing, and cuddling. I dropped her off last week for her spay surgery and it was so hard to say goodbye. I found out today that her spay surgery went just fine and she was adopted over the weekend. I’m so glad we had the opportunity to foster her!
Chicago Modern Quilt Guild April Meeting April 19, 2010
Yesterday was my first meeting of the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild, a group of quilters who just began meeting a few months ago. It was such a blast! Lots of the members brought ongoing or finished projects to share, and I really enjoyed seeing all of the beautiful quilts (and the poetry spool!). We had a workshop led by Angela on ticker tape quilting. Everyone brought a scrap bag to share and a placemat sized piece of material. We dumped all the scraps out and started digging through for treasures! It was so much fun getting to see all the fabrics people have used and combing bits and pieces in to a tickertape quilt. I had trouble leaving the scrap table to actually assemble the quilt, and was one of the last stragglers of the meeting. I’m so looking forward to next month’s meeting!