Sunday, November 16, 2014

Moda Love

I wanted to quickly share the quilt I made this week. 
This is from the Moda Love pattern using a layer cake I have had for awhile of Urban Chicks Boho. 
I used Kona Snow for the background and a flannel from Joann's for the backing.
After coming off poly-hell (see prior post) I wanted something quick and easy to get back into the groove, and I needed a bridal shower gift as well.
This pattern was super quick, super easy, and I think it makes a great visual impact as well. 
I liked it so much I am making a second one for myself in Red/green for the holidays. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Whatever it takes!

Well, this was the culmination of the last few months efforts by these wonderful students!
My daughter the just to the left of the girl in magenta. 

These were the big flags, the team made 60 of them.  When I say big, I mean big impact, we actually made BIG flags, 80" x 120" too!
Group shot with Alamo Done in background.
This year I did more than flags.  See the bling on these uniforms?  That is crystal tape that was hand sewn on.  Between another mom and I we did all 4 drum majors (conductor, not drum player), averaging 12 hours per uniform. Go ahead, zoom in, I hope the details of those points is visible.
We also made 12 add hoc uniforms.  We were requested to take uniform with white shoulders and get rid of the white. After some inventive attempts of dye  and some use of spray paint we ended up cutting the white off  (old uniforms) and sewing lower section onto extra dark uniforms.  Crazy!
We added the gold trim to give a little contrast with the gray on gray on top of "m".

Sew/So, this is my last year as a band parents.  Its been lots of work but I will miss it. 
It has definitely encouraged creative thinking, or as is our parent motto,
"whatever it takes".

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I'm still here!!!

Hmm, do I lead with excuses as to why I have not posted in 6 months, or get straight into the quilt?

I'll start with this fabric, Sandi Henderson Secret Garden.
If you find this stuff, get it!  It is luscious!  it is so soft and wonderful!  I had done a prior quilt back in another print from the line and when I found this one cheap, I grabbed it!

The large scale print worked perfect for the backing of this quilt.

And yes, it was late summer when I completed this quilt, maybe only 5 months ago. 

So, here is the story for this quilt... My oldest daughter studied abroad at Oxford this summer.  When I found these 'British' fabrics I decided she needed a quilt!  (middle row below)  Its a simple disappearing 9 patch that she can cuddle with watching movies in the rec room at the dorms. 
And since the material is posted, I will move to quilt number 2 completed in the past months for daughter #2.  She is in the High School marching band and wanted a 'show' quilt, a quilt that matched the theme of this years marching show to take on the big road trip to San Antonio to State Championships (more on that to come).  I made her one last year when the theme was snakes.
The show had a gem motif this year which I thought would be easier, but this was the only fabric I could find.  I think it turned out great, a small bus size quilt and matching pillow case. 
I am pretty proud that I got these two quilts done in the time period...  anyone familiar with competitive marching band, well, I did more than flags this year, but will save that for tomorrows post.