her quilt

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Way back when in January 2011, lulu and I went shopping for fabric for a quilt for her bed.  She chose a fun mix of pinks with a bit of green mixed in.  We set them aside until we came up with a pattern.

front of swoon

That fall, while I was on the Sewing Summit shop hop I picked up the Swoon pattern and started cutting into the stacks.  By sometime in 2012, I had finished two of the blocks and she had decided she didn’t love pink the way she used to.

She loved blue and green and I was so happy I had not made any more than two of those giant blocks at this point.

swoon sideWe sorted through my stash and came up with a new stack.  I spent some more time cutting, stitching, quilting and finally last fall (just before the Thanksgiving deadline she gave me) her quilt was finished.

swoon on grass

At some point in this whole process, she asked me to hand quilt it.  Since she’s on the short list of people I have a more difficult time saying no to, I agreed.  I machine quilted the sashing with some quick matchstick quilting not only because it looks cool, but also to hold the quilt together nicely while I spent the hours it took to hand quilt the blocks.

swoon back

I took advantage of the left over blocks to fill some space in the back along with a mix of prints.

I also took a huge sigh of relief when I finally finished it and she loved it.

improv parks quilt

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It’s the season of late starts at school, kids home with sniffles and coughs, snow days, and yet another blizzard so I’m stealing some time to show you my Parks quilt.

parks quilt

This whole quilt was put together a bit spur of the moment.  I loved the national parks print (by Wilmington) the moment I saw it and thought it would be fun to try something different.  I pulled together a quick stack of fabric, stitched and slashed and built up two log cabin blocks.  One for the front and one for the back.

back of parks quilt at doorOnce it was pieced, I started in with the quilting.  I ran one zig zag line down the middle and followed those angles out to the edges.

back of parks quilt detail

Someone I know is working on visiting every national park.  She’s also someone who lives life a bit spur of the moment so I’m thinking this might be a perfect treat for her.

front of parks quilt detail

No camping today, though, it’s raining, there’s thunder and hail, closely followed by freezing rain, it’s supposed to start snowing later today with 50mph winds tonight.  All those precipitation types in one day.  Iowa is totally overachieving today.

building bear paws

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scrappy bear paw accent blocks

Most of this week’s sewing focused on my bear paw.  I stitched together all the accent blocks so now I can assembly line the blocks together.  

Here they are along with the log cabin accent I already put into a block.

bear paw accent blocks

It turned into a fun sampler project.  I pulled most of the blocks from Barbara Brackman’s, Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.  

Here’s a block I’m working on today.

deconstructed bear paw block

My center square, along with the claws are 2 1/2″ unfinished.  The accent block and 4 square scrappy blocks are 4 1/2″ unfinished.  In the end, I have a block the will be 14″ finished.  

Here’s another block I shared on Instagram yesterday.

bear paw with polar bear

A bear paw quilt has to have bear, doesn’t it?