Bear Quilt Top Finished

I am so excited that I finished the top for the bear quilt.  The kit was given to me and purchased from Keepsake Quilting. I am even more excited that the back of this quilt will hopefully include some of the clothes from the baby’s first year. The mother is looking for some that will have special meaning. I will see her on August 3rd, and am looking forward to what she might choose.   

My specialty is to re-purpose baby and toddler clothes into a new quilt for clients. I’ve done many of them over the years, and love it because it’s a color, design and pattern challenge for me, to create a quilt that uses re-purposing of fabrics or clothes. 

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Biscuit, Emma and Quilting

Well, what can I say?  These are 2 of my biggest inspirations.  They often follow me around our home, sit on quilts, fabric, and of course Emma’s favorite spot, on top of my sewing box. The handsome cat sprawled across the table is Biscuit, who has a heart of gold.  He has a quilt dedicated to him which I hand quilted while recuperating from hip surgery last year.  Emma’s is “in progress” at the hand quilting stage. The fabric on the back of her quilt is very special. Actually one of the fabrics in his quilt has special significance too.
I will upload them this week.  Right now I am working on the bear kit quilt.

I have to mention another blogger and her amazing blog http://www.incolororder.com/‎
Jeni Baker has done an amazing job of explain the color wheel.

Our Short Vacation, and Progess

We just returned from a great trip to the Boston area to visit family, and the Berkshires to visit a dear friend. I love finding the unexpected on a trip, such as this little post office near Ipswich, MA, and Crane Beach.

After we returned, I made some good progress on my Bear Quilt for a client.   I am so glad to re-discover machine applique, and happy that this skill came back to me so easily.  I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve done it on  my machine.

Only 22 more to go!! But I have to say that I’m finding this process to be challenging and Zen at the same time.  Very relaxing, but a challenge to get into all the little crevices around the bear and have the stitches come out looking pretty – like the satin stitch should look.  

Especially when I am on vacation, I take my journal, because ideas come     to me.  Often I see patterns or am inspired to sketch in my journal.  I came across an image that I altered, and will use as either a block design for a modern quilt, or for a fabric design.  Not ready to share that yet.

In the meantime, have a wonderful July 4th.  Have fun and stay safe.  I am also taking time to think and remember those who have fought so hard for our freedom and safety.