Jacob has gone up to spend a few days with his brothers and he left some cute notes for me to find. This is a drawing he made and left for me in my studio. I wonder how he could even imagine I would forget him! I had to smile when I found this.
note from Jacob
This note he put on the refrigerator. It’s so cute finding these notes. I hope he finds the one I put in his bag.
Although this quilt is made with a Thimbleberries pattern, I used a floral fabric along with bright colors instead of the usual Thimbleberries. The change of colors gives it a nice summery feel.
A Bit of Sunshine
Jacob helped me pick out some fabrics to make this quilt for one of the gals I work with at Quiltmaker who had been ill and needed a bit of cheering up.
I am behind (again) in getting my blocks done for the Farm Girl Vintage Quilt Along. Have had lots of grandson time instead of sewing. The Quilt Along goes until in October so maybe I will get caught up by then. Be sure to go to Lori Holt’s Bee in My Bonnet blog and see her blocks and also check out the ones that the Fat Quarter Shop is making too.
This quilt was made entirely from one of my Delightful Little Treasure Box containers. The box was filled with 4″ squares and each one of these tumbler shapes was cut from one square. The box was getting so full that I could barely get the lid on. Even after making this quilt, the box is still quite full but at least the lid goes on easily now. I have decided to not add any new squares to that box as I can still make several more quilts from it. (But they can wait for another time.) I did the quilting with the sides zig-zag in the tumbler shape and then when all the quilting was done, I cut the sides straight which is why you see about 2/3 of the tumbler shape.
PS–After reading Aby’s comment, I decided to add a little bit more about this quilt. I didn’t plan to have a light/dark pattern. My plan was to go totally random scrappy by just picking up whatever and sewing pairs together. I have a tendency toward consistency so without giving it much thought, I always put the darker of the two pieces on the bottom and the lighter of the two on top as I sewed together pairs. As a result, the quilt ended up alternating as it does. Some of the “lights” are actually darker than some of the “darks” but because I was only comparing two fabrics at any given time, it still worked out as appearing light/dark throughout. As for the golds/yellows, those too were chosen at random from the box of squares and I was trying to keep the number about the same as any other color, however golds and yellows are a bit “louder” than other colors so they make sure they get attention. I was trying to use all different fabrics for each tumbler, yet when I was done, I noticed several of the same prints and of course they ended up close together. Oh well, one day when someone notices, it will give them something to wonder about. I love how all the different genre’s of fabric can come together in the same quilt and all work together. Jacob loves the name I gave the quilt–Jack and Jill (the tumblers!)
In a previous post I told you about how Jacob chose one of the Delightful Little Treasure Boxes filled with cut rectangles as our project to work on during his spring break. You can read about it here. We have all the quilt tops made and even though I would like to have them all quilted and done, the finishing is taking a bit more time as there is so much other life happening. It is going to take a few months to get all the quilting and binding done, but the good thing is, each quilt is going to a new home almost immediately upon completion.
Jacob had the task of coming up with seven different names for the hobo quilts. He put a lot of thought into the names and made a neat list on the white board. I am not sure how he arrived at all the different names, but I think his list is rather adorable.
Hobo 4 Jesse
Hobo 5 Lloyd
I have enjoyed the quilting/binding process as it allows me to see each of the individual pieces much more so than when I was sewing them. In the sewing process, Jacob would hand me two pieces with the rights sides together and we were moving along quite quickly. Now as I see the different fabrics, it brings back memories of the numerous quilts I made with these pieces, along with the friends I was sewing together with on some of the projects. All the pieces we used in these quilts were cut from leftover scraps of projects I had worked on rather than just cutting fabric from fat quarters or other yardage. It is a tad bit astonishing when you think how many quilts were made to create all these leftover pieces. (I have made A LOT of quilts!) I am also enjoying the memories of my friends with whom I sewed. Those of us who did all the Thimbleberries quilts together shared a kindred spirit. Oh how I miss those friends. While I have made some new friends here, it just isn’t the same as those of us who worked together on the same projects. And now, by using the scraps, I’m making new memories of time spent with Jacob.
My friend Heather asked me if I would quilt a sampler quilt she made. She started it a quite awhile ago and then had moved and the unfinished project got set aside. (Lots of us have experienced that same thing!) Now she finally finished it in order to send it to her sister-in-law to use as a raffle quilt to earn money for a mission trip. I love the colors she used and also the nice variety of blocks. For the binding, she had a floral fabric that included the reds, blues, and greens.
I think Heather did a really nice job on her quilt and I imagine it was a bit hard to give it up.
I decided to make a new bag to use this summer. The pattern is called Riviera Handbag and it is designed by Nancy Green of Pink Sand Beach Designs. I love her bag patterns and also like how well she writes up the directions.
This bag is roomy enough for my water bottle, books and magazines, my folding umbrella, and almost anything else I decide to toss in there. It has a pocket on each side on the outside, a zippered top closure, and 8 pockets inside.
inside the handbag
It took me a bit longer to make it than I had anticipated, but it turned out really nice and well worth the extra time it took to get it done. I think the most time was in cutting out the 39 different pieces it takes to make it. Oh, and yes, that is one of the new Hobo quilts in the background—so now you know I’m working on those too!