Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Flaunt Your Finish: October 2014

Welcome to Flaunt Your Finish! As always, we hope you will link up your finish at the end of this post.

First up is Agnes S. who is currently organizing an OKCMQG quilt show in Budapest, Hungary! She'll also be doing a workshop and show-and-tell. On the left you see the blanks that the participants will be filling in with big-stitch quilting. They can choose from mug-rugs, eyeglass-cases, needle books, pyramid pin-cushions, head-bands, and fabric-scrap postcards.

Also for the Budapest quilt show, Agnes has put together this block to showcase all the mini charm packs we will be giving out as door prizes. A big thank you to Moda! And thank you Agnes for putting this show together!

Shirlene D. finished this bag from the Big Bag Theory class at Threads of Tradition in Yukon.  This was a fun bag to make from a pattern that has been around for a while.  Pattern calls for 5" charm pack, did a whole cloth version with a cool bold print. I need a bag like this too!

Robin O. finished a party shirt for her daughter's pumpkin-themed birthday! Guild members helped me track down the pattern (Kyoko Modkid) after I saw it on Etsy, and "Grandma" found the pumpkin fabric at her local quilt shop in California. This was my first garment making experience, and she loves it. I think I'm officially hooked :-) Those of us who remember when this cutie was born can't believe how big she is!

Mandy S. made this amazing Kaffe Autumn Log Cabin quilt for her mother-in-law's 90th birthday. It's 96" x 96". Wow!

Ann S. started this mini many months ago with some Kona solids and pastels. She tried for quite some time to do something with them but found nothing that really 'got' her. Then, a few weeks ago, Shirlene was working a mini for our quilt show and she used those instructions (1,000 Pyramids [Facets of Color]) to start building this. Size is approximately 21" x 17".

I (somewhat) tried pairing each solid color with its pastel complement. After I had lots of diamonds, it took another week or so to get them arranged 'just so' and resist the whole rainbow/spectral vibe that would have been obvious and predictable for me. And this time, my computer layout failed me. I'd arranged them so many times on the computer, I just got overwhelmed. I finally just grabbed the diamonds and started arranging them by hand on a flat expanse. And dig that Buntings Kona Mango binding! LOL

I am happy to have it finished and am generally happy with it. There are things I'd do differently 'next time,' like pay more careful attention to stretching/warping to better preserve points. I am thinking of giving this as a gift to a dear friend from college who taught me all about complementary colors in the first place. I'm calling it "My Complements." 

Ann is glad to be done and is planning something with patterns and solids next.

Regina E. was busy this month making Trick or Treat bags for her two grandchildren. She and her husband are the ‘staff’ for a very large black cat named Libby, who was found in their driveway as a tiny kitten on Halloween night 7 years ago.  Both bags are decorated with ‘Libby’ badges as requested by Joe and Laney.  I love making these bags and then going ‘trick or treating’ with then -  watching the bags fill with ‘treats’ for these two special little people in my life.

Two years in the making...Regina completed this traditional granny square crocheted throw -  60”x 60” made with Berroco Vintage Yarn, size G hook. When I was 7 years old, I wanted to learn to crochet but I was left-handed and even though my Mom tried to teach me to crochet right-handed, it was not working.  Enter my Grandma, Charity Anne Pittman-Fore, who sat me down on stool in front of her rocker, and let me watch (and imitate with my own hook & yarn) the movement of her hands as she crocheted.  Watching the process in reverse, clicked with me and I’ve been crocheting ever since.  That same Grandma had a huge granny square throw on the back of her sofa that I loved and this project was made to honor her patience with a wiggly but determined little girl. 

This year my Amanda L's kids wanted to dress up as Two Face and Izzy (Jake and the Neverland Pirates) for Halloween.  They are early deciders (her son chooses his costumes in March each year) and they are really good at sticking to their initial decisions.  Both costumes were relatively easy to make this year, which is not usually how it goes, and Amanda thinks they were pretty pleased with the end result. We love them too!

Amanda also needed to make a quick, bold, and sweet baby quilt for a dear friend’s baby shower.  So, she whipped up this fun and fast HST baby quilt that fits the style of the mother-to-be well.  The bold solids give the quilt a graphic feel while the sweet low volumes are a nice reminder that the quilt is for a darling little baby.  After completing the quilt, Amanda decided to create a free tutorial on her blog, The Cozy Pumpkin for others in need of a quick handmade baby gift. It includes some tips on working with HSTs.

Debbie A. has a new grandson and she made this quilt for him. It's designed by Maddie Kertay for Sam Hunter's new book, Quilt Talk. She also free motion quilted his name, birth date, etc in the spacing between the rows. What a sweet bit of sunshine!

Queen Elizabeth was busy this month. She made cute pincushion and coasters for her Liberty of London swap partner.

And a mini that Agnes took to Budapest to be used as a door prize!

Now it's YOUR turn. Link up your project below!

1 comment:

  1. Wow,congrats to all the ladies.Stunning projects and the little ones are adorable!!


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