Friday, January 14, 2011

Pinwheel Party

A good friend of mine is expecting her first grandchild in February. Of course, as a quilter, we all think, "I need to make a quilt." Yep.

So I wracked my brain (small as it may be) and played in EQ7, and looked through books and wracked my brain some more (ouch). Finally, voila! I found a great quilt pattern. It's from the book Pinwheel Party by Ellen Pahl. I loved all the quilts in the book, but one really spoke to me...Twice As Nice. Here's a photo of the book cover and her original version of the quilt.

I had ordered a Lily and Will FQ stack of fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop specifically for whatever quilt I was going to do, since the color scheme for the baby's room is going to be blue and brown (it's a boy! LOL!), so I thought that I had all the fabrics I would need. Well after playing in EQ7, drawing and coloring the blocks to suit my color scheme and to get the requisite amount of each color fabric I would need, I came up short for what I envisioned. (I only used one brown to represent all the browns, one blue to represent all the blues, and one background to represent all the backgrounds. This makes it easy for me to know how much total yardage I need for each color.)

So what does a quilter do? Well, go to her stash, of course! Luckily, I have quite the stash and was able, I think, to mix it up well enough that will give it a scrappy look, yet not be able to tell which were the original Lily and Will fabrics and which are my choices from my stash. I hope you agree.

Now the next question is whether I start cutting and piecing it now, or after I get back from my cruise with my Dad to Hawaii. We leave next Saturday, the 22nd, and get back on February 8. I know I want to start it now, but if I don't at least get the top together by the time we leave, my OCD will drive me crazy knowing I wanted to get to that point before then. Ugh...

Quilting quandry,

Monday, January 10, 2011

I'm Going On A Quilt Cruise!

I'm soooo giddy I can hardly stand it! I can't believe I'm actually doing this. I'm also excited to be able to take classes from Bonnie Hunter herself! Check out her blog for more information and read about her exciting quilting life and beautiful scrap quilts.

This is my first quilt cruise, and I am very lucky that this cruise is sailing out of Port Canaveral, which is only about 30 minutes from me.

I've taken the liberty of posting the photo info she had on her blog. Hopefully I'm not stepping on anyone's toes. Bonnie, if you're reading this, just let me know and I will be happy to take it down.

Quilty hugs to all,

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!

I'm planning on returning to blogging on a regular basis and returning to some semblance of normalcy.

Thank you to everyone who supported me during this difficult time in my life.

Life goes on,