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Getting Things Done – Flying Zebra Baby Quilt and Tote Bag

Posted by supermom on June 27, 2011

I’ve moved one more thing from the Unfinished Projects list to the Projects Completed So Far list on my “2011 – The Year of Getting Things Done” page.

Now that’s it’s quilted, you can hardly see where I pieced the fabric for the back.  I had been a little concerned because in order to line those circles up perfectly I would have had to waste a lot of fabric.    I had enough fabric for one perfectly matched quilt back or two not so perfectly matched quilt backs.   I decided to go with two.   It’s nice to know that quilting really can hide small imperfections.

I did however find the perfect stuffed toy to send with it:

Here they are all ready to be packaged up.

I mailed them off this afternoon and Michele at Bama Bound Quilts should have the package in a couple of days.

I’m going to work on some small projects for the next few days.  I feel like I need some quick, satisfying finishes.  And then it will be on to the next project on my list.

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Quilt Tops and Mystery Plots

Posted by supermom on May 16, 2011

Originally I had only cut enough of the flying zebra fabric to make a baby quilt.  But when I realized I had enough left to turn the rest of it into two more child-sized quilts if I added a couple of horizontal strips in a coordinating fabric between the repeating print sections, I decided to go ahead and a make up three quilt tops.

Due to my sewing machine having some stitching issues and requiring not one but two trips to the repair shop (it’s still acting up), I didn’t get these done last week as I’d planned.  I finished the last top yesterday morning.

Here’s the baby quilt top.  It measures 51”X51”.

Each child-sized quilt tops measure 40”x60”.

I’m planning a hand-basting blitz over the next few days to get these ready to quilt.

As mentioned in this post, once it’s quilted and bound, the baby quilt will be going to Bama Bound Quilts for the tornado quilt victims in the Tuscaloosa area.  One of the two child-sized will be donated locally.   But I’ve decided to keep the second one to have for any visiting little ones to use during their stay.

Now… for the mystery part of this post:

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to read a good mystery.  My current favourites:  The Bewitching mystery series by Madelyn Alt, The Aunt Dimity books by Nancy Atherton, The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter by Susan Wittig Albert and The Victorian Mysteries by Robin Page (written by Susan Wittig Albert and her husband Bill) just to name a few.  Oh and of course, anything by that grand old dame of mystery writers… Agatha Christie.

Now it also goes without saying that I also love fabrics, sewing and quilting.  So when I discovered a way to combine the two, you know that I had to jump right in.

Quilting is Murder is a unique twist on the ever popular blog hop.  Starting on May 1st and continuing for 9 weeks a new chapter of the mystery is posted.   The chapters are available to anyone who wants to read them, but the real fun comes when you register to become a detective.

Once you’re registered, you can log in and access the list of 18 shops that are participating this time round.  Once you’ve visited each shop and collected all the clues, you’ll be entered into that week’s prize drawing.  And if you complete 5 of the nine weeks, you’ll then be entered into the Grand Prize drawing.

I registered the first week of May but there’s 7 more weeks to go, if you’d like to play along as well.  Oh and for my readers living in Canada, you’ll be pleased to know that one of the shops participating, Sew Sisters, is Canadian owned and operated.  They have both an on-line shop and a retail shop.

A mystery to solve, clues to gather and fabric to browse, now that’s what I call a winning combination.   At least, I can sure hope it makes a winning combination because if the first two weeks are any indication… I wouldn’t mind winning, nope, I wouldn’t mind in the least.

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Quilts for Tornado Victims

Posted by supermom on May 4, 2011

Since I started quilting, I’ve seen many quilt appeals to help the victims of natural disasters and I’ve donated to a few of them in one way or another.  Yesterday, I went searching to see if there were any quilt appeals to help the victims of the recent tornadoes that swept through the South last week.  This is what I’ve found so far:

Michelle from Bama Bound Quilts is asking for handmade child-sized and baby quilts sent in coordinating tote bags with at least one pocket.  She’s also asking that a small stuffed toy be included with the quilt.

Information on where to mail the quilts can be found on the blog she created specifically for this appeal (linked above.)

Since I wasn’t exactly sure how big a child-sized quilt should be, I did a quick search and came up with these measurements:

Crib size – 50”X53”

Toddler – 35”X45”

Child size – 40”X60”

I e-mailed Michelle to determine how the quilts will be distributed and Michelle wrote back saying that the quilts will be distributed through local church and children’s donation sites and she hopes to be there in person to ensure that the quilts do actually go to the children.  In addition to that, she has contacts within DHR and law enforcement communities to help her identify specific families in need.

So you can rest assured than any quilt you send Michelle will be given to a child who needs it.

I pulled this fabric out of my stash to turn into a baby quilt.

Hopefully, I’ll have pictures tomorrow of the finished quilt top.

*Please note:  I’ll add links in this post for other quilt appeals, as I find them.  If you know of any, please let me know so that I can add them here.

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