Star Quilt

 Thursday, May 15, 2014

One of the blogs that I follow, "Sewing by Moonlight", by Em had asked for help to finish a quilt for her dad who has cancer.  She had a very short period of time in which to work with and she wanted to give this quilt to her dad for his birthday.  She asked for volunteers to help her make some of the squares as well as help from a long arm quilter that would quilt it for her due to its large size.  I thought this would be a perfect opportunity for me to be able to practice my quilting.  In addition, I had never quilted a quilt that was that large and I really wanted to try that.  Em and I connected and she sent me the quilt several weeks ago now.  I quilted it up for her in a free motion loops and stars pattern.  I am so happy with how it turned out.  Here is a picture of the entire front of the quilt.

A picture of the back of the quilt.  This is the very first time I worked with a pieced back.  I was nervous at first, but I think it turned out beautiful!

Em did a really great job piecing this together, which makes my job easier as a long arm quilter.  I think it turned out great.  Here are some closeups of the quilting.

Quilt Stats:
  • Size 60in x 72in
  • 5 bobbins
  • Quilting time was 4 1/2 hours.  
Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday hosted by Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation.  

Happy Quilting!


Teacher Appreciation Week & Other Stuff

 Thursday, May 8, 2014

Well many of you know that this week is "Teacher Appreciation Week".  I am one of the room parents for my daughter's first grade class.  The room parents, my friend Becky and I, wanted to give her teacher something that could "brighten" up her classroom but still be useful.  She has a sink in her classroom, and we thought that she could use some fun new dish towels and cute antibacterial hand soaps to go with them.

I took my daughter, Melia, shopping with me and she picked out the soaps and the cute soap holder from Bath and Body Works.  I love that place.  I had a coupon and I needed more hand soap for our house, so that was a win win for us.  Next, we went to Bed Bath and Beyond and picked up a package of Microfiber dish towels.  Finally, our last stop was Joann's where she got to pick out some fun "teacher" fabric.  I think she made the "perfect" fabric choice.  Like mother like daughter right.  I sure am hoping!

To make the towels, I used the tutorial from Natalia Bonner from Piece N Quilt, which you can find here.  I love this tutorial.  She is so thorough and I think the project went together perfectly.  I had my friend Becky come over and help me.  She just bought an embroidery machine and is learning how to use it and I thought it would be a fun project to do together!  I must say it was!  I bought the embroidery patterns from Bunnycup Embroidery.  It is the School Sentiments collection.  Their embroidery designs always and I do mean always embroider up so nicely for me!  Didn't they turn out cute!  I think I need to make some for myself now!

I also have been doing some long arm quilting and will share more on that very soon!  It is my very first customer quilt!

I also wanted to let everyone know about "The 2014 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop", hosted by Beth over at Plum and June.  You can find out more about the blog hop here.  I was a part of this blog hop last year and really enjoyed myself.  You meet a lot of great quilters and you can learn a lot as well, so I highly recommend you check it out!

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts.

Happy Quilting!


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