Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pretty Flowers

When ever these flowers bloom I now it is the end of summer.  When summer ends I feel excited as to I know I will be ready to sew again and knock off a few quilts along with coming up a home made gift that all my friend will give me that look like ,"Are you kidding me?" Oh well, sometimes that is just the way it goes

Thursday, June 21, 2012

T & S

 Boy do I have a story for you. This quilt was made as a request for a wedding gift from another couple.  It is very hard for me to make a quilt for someone when you don't have much information on the person.  I had shown them the picture of a quilt on my bed that I thought may be similar to what they were looking for. The seemed to like it but added the following information.

Their style is modern craftsman/ Frank Loyd Wright -type. styles; earthy colors (moss green, stone etc.) They also like traveling to Mexico if that helps with the theme.  They also like music, bowling, have two pets (dog and cat).

All I could think of was................ HELP!

 Oh and they wanted a T & S on it.  I had never done this before and let me tell you I did some soul searching on this one. First, I tried to talk them out of it because the way I thougth I would have to do it was to make it the size of each each square and that is all they would see when they looked at the quilt.  I even asked if I could put it on the back. Of course the answer was no. :(  So smart husband jumped in and made the letters below on the computer and I sewed them on .I liked the style because it was soft.  I wanted them to be quiet so they would not eat up the quilt. I think I could do cool things with letters now. Thanks Bob! After I mailed it out with my fingers crossed,  I received the following email.
  Got it. You nailed it. It's exactly what as we imagined and will be perfect for their home. It's           completely awesome. They'll love it as much as we. Check is in the mail.

Amen to that!

Andy's Quilt

 I was so excited to finish this quilt.  This was the third quilt I have made for the same family.  There are four boys and this is  number three. (Andy) This quilt was special. Jenny (the mother) wanted it to look  like the high school colors red and white.  I am not a fan of white.  Gets dirty fast and is stark for a quilt. I compromised and had the binding done in white.  This really made the rest of the quilt POP! Another request was to have Andy's football  jersey's in the quilt. This was also a new adventure for me.  The only way I could do that was to put one in all four corners.  I needed the balance in the quilt or it would DRIVE ME NUTS. I like this quilt. I like how the white makes the quilt pop!

Now to the pictures.  Some friends of ours stopped over and they were driving a 65 truck.  Not sure what kind but it did not have seat belts and the gas tank was behind the seat.  YIKES.  So I had a Sundance moment and started snapping pictures.  A few beers and the blue skies, I could not stop.
 I thought you would like them all.  I was not paying attention to my shadow, just the centering of the quilt and cool- ass truck. That is Pam in the truck holding it up for me.Thanks Pam!! Three down and one to go.

Florida Quilt

This Easter vacation we went to Florida to visit our great friends.  While there I slept underneath a quilt I had made for them in 2008! So, I thought I would take it outside and hang it up and take some sunny pictures of it .  Gus and Max decided they would pose in the picture while hanging by the pool.  The more I looked at this quilt the more I realized why it is in Florida. I wish someone would send me down there to lie around too.
This is the back side of the quilt.  I love, love, love the back side.  The fabrics are sweet and there is just enough of each color to make it sing together.  It looks so peaceful and serene.  Or it could just  be me admiring it. Mmmm....:)
                                                                     A little closer now.