Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Dresden Plates Anyone?

Posted by Strlady at 10:36 AM 5 comments
Have you been seeing Dresden plates across blog land? I have.
I have never been attracted to this type of quilt in the past but recently Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill put out a free pattern and a bit of a sew along.

Her quilt design was made with some pretty cool colors/fabric and it made me look at that pattern again. I think that modern look really kicked it up a notch and my interest was peaked.

I was even more excited when I realized that I had the perfect fabric for the quilt! Sunkissed by Sweetwater.

Since I never had made this type of quilt I did a test drive.

I think I love it.

Any suggestions or tips on sewing the little fence posts together? I hear they have a tendency to puff up in the middle and hate to lay flat? I have not sewn them together yet so I still have time to play...

Monday, May 7, 2012

Botanical Beatles has gone home.

Posted by Strlady at 5:00 AM 5 comments
It's been a while since I posted but I had to jump on and get a few lines down for this one.
The secret quilt I made in January reached it's new home last week so it can now get it's reveal.

This one is from Another Bite of Schnibbles by Carrie Nelson. Last spring I got word that Carrie was putting out a new book and when I went to the publisher's website I got a glimpse of the cover and fell in love. That cover Quilt caught my eye and I knew I had to make it! The Arrows that the pattern formed seemed to be going everywhere, full of energy, there was no stopping them, always moving... I kept thinking that it felt like my Meagan.

This is her dressed in her Hufflepuff uniform. She has a thing for dressing up... I have tons of pictures of her with a different costume in all of them, but I'll refrain from posting them.

Anyway, back to the quilt. I had to wait a few months for Carrie's book to be published but in the meantime I went in search of the right fabric for this special piece.

Oh My! by Sanae had just the right look. 
Funny that I had ordered the fabric before I got the book! LOL!

See, I wanted it to have flowers, because Meagan has a talent when it come to flowers, 
but they had to be wild and crazy. 
The colors needed to be strong as well, because that child is bold.

The piece came together so smoothly. No hiccups, no headaches. How appropriate since Meagan has always been the no fuss girl. I'm sure her parents see a whole different side of her but she was always the "quiet one" at my house.

"Meagan, what do you want to eat?" ... She shrugs.
"Do you want some beef on a stick?"... She nods.
"Do you want Soda with that?" .... Face illuminates like it's the second coming and she smmmiiilllleeesss. You know that there was alot more going on there!!

When it came time to quilt this I knew that it had to have flowers that would compliment the fabric but I NEEDED to make it uniquely Meagan's. I went back and forth with Margaret (Mainely Quilts of Love) on how we could incorporate something related to the Beatles in the quilting because She has always loved the Beatles. I thought of a submarine, of guitars, of Beatles (like, the bug), but all these ideas just didn't work. Until we hit on Lyrics.

Margaret quilted lyrics to several Beatles's songs in the interior border for her. 

With some soft flannel on the back to keep her warm on those cold New England nights, 
she was ready to go.

Matching pillowcases were made by Nyshma to compliment the quilt.

Botanical Beatles went home with my girl last week. 
Yesterday she posted a picture of it on her bed and it warmed my heart.

Happy Birthday, Sweet Mina!
You are loved more than you will ever know!


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