Donkey-ing Around

Last night, I was able to finish my Donkey Quilt top! I cannot believe how cute she is!! What do you think?

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I tried to make her as scrappy looking as possible, sometimes having the same prints next to each other. The floral prints are all from the Honey Honey line by Kate Spain (LOVE!!) and the marble gray is from StoneHenge by Linda Ludovico.

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Now, I have to start on the pieced back. It will be a alternating four patch, small in comparison to the pattern on top. You can find the donkey pattern here.

And here’s a couple more pretty pictures, just for fun:

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And finally, a flower for our soldiers that never came home. May freedom ring, America. Happy Memorial Day.

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Strike Out!

I can officially say Strike Out! is no longer a WIP! In fact, its no longer in my hands.

Strike Out! was made using a pattern by Gigi’s Thimble. This was my first try at appliqué and I love it! The pattern was simple and straightforward; I would recommend it any new appliqué-ers.

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Strike Out! has been a WIP for the last five months (January- May). That’s five months of hand appliqué and quilting. The blue space has diagonal lines, the red has scallops, the gray has three straight lines, and the yellow has diagonal lines as well. It is backed with a solid black minky. Embroidered on the bowling ball is the name José, a reference to the friendship between the recipient and myself.

Strike Out! Official Stats
Name: Strike Out!
Size: approx. 38″ x 47″
Fabrics: various off brand solids
Techniques Used: hand quilting, hand appliqué

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Strike Out! was made for a member of the High School Class of 2013. The young man/recipient has a bright future ahead of him; he received a four year, full ride scholarship and plans on going to law school after his four years. He loves bowling and, I must say, he is very good.

This is the first quilt that I ever gave away and its bittersweet to see it go. All that work and its gone. I know it will be loved in a college dorm and hopefully for a long time after!

The Strike Out! adventures…

Almost There!

In all technicalities, Strike Out! is finished!! My wonderful mother volunteered to bind the quilt (she knows of my time crunch) and she finished it earlier this week. Moms are great!

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All thats left is to attach the label and its off to its recipient! If I’m able to take some nice photos today, I’ll hand it off tonight.

Overall, I’m happy with how it turned out!

-Linking up to Finish It Up Friday

{Work in Progress}

Remember that pile o’pretties? Well, here it is:

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Not all of it but a good portion.

Anywho, that picture is a week old, so imagine all these 2in squares all sewn together. It really is cute thus far.

Thank you all for the kind words on my last post. And since many were curious, here is the pattern I’m following to make my “Donkey Quilt”

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Time to do some more piecing and thanks for visiting!

A New WIP

I’ve had this pile o’pretties waiting to be cut up for quite a while now. My plan is to start the cutting and (possibly) the sewing.

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It is destined to become a Donkey Quilt! I’m very excited, as you can see. It will be made Postage Stamp style with 2″ squares on the front and on the back will be an alternating 4-patch. Whoop whoop for double the work!!

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The fabric is from Katie Spain’s line Honey Honey. I told ya I would get it eventually!!

Saving Grace

Quilting people are the nicest people one will ever meet! I stopped by my LQS to ask if they knew of anyone who was selling their machine and they generously lent out one of their Featherweights to me! My own 4-H club wouldn’t even do that!

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So after a week delay, I’m trying to get back on track. Yesterday was the two month mark for both my 4-H quilts. One top hasn’t even been started… Needless to say I was freaking out. But now, the Tennessee Waltz Quilt top will hopefully be done by Monday. I’m starting to chill out some… Key word is some!

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The snowball blocks just need to be cut and pressed and then its time to piece the top!

A Quilting Finish!!

I feel so accomplished!! Yesterday, I finally finished the quilting on the Strike Out! quilt!!

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In no way is it anywhere near show quality but it is definitely stitched with love and that’s what’s most important. This is the very first quilt that I have ever hand-quilted all over the top. If I say I didn’t enjoy it, I’d be lying!

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And now for some bad news: my sewing machine is not working again. This is the umpteenth time this has happened and I cannot think of a reason why…everything is as it was!! I wish I could be like everyone else in Blogland and be in love with my machine, but I hate it! I wish that I could have the funds to buy another, but after brief window shopping, I don’t and I probably won’t for a couple years. And the worst part is the timing! I still need to finish piecing the Tennessee Waltz quilt and I haven’t even started on my second 4-H mini quilt… Both of which need to be show ready for July 10. See why I’m freaking out??
Is that a bright light I see? Sweet Serendipity stepped in and I found a give-away for a new sewing machine (I’d give you details but I’m not gonna hurt my chances of winning!). I entered and now its up to fate. I’ll try not to get my hopes up but, like I always say, someone’s gotta win it… I’ll be waiting with baited breaths until the drawing, which is at the end of the month. Until then, I’ll try to borrow a machine from a friend.

Enough with this icky stuff!! Here’s one final picture to send you on your way:

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{Quilting Progress}

At last I see the light…
On Monday, I hunkered down and quilted ’til my thumb went numb! That added with four hours of quilting on Sunday, I made a ton of progress on Strike Out!’s quilting.

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I have a (guesstimated) seven lines left? Not too shabby! But, that’s in the blue space. I still have the yellow strip at the bottom to quilt, which I haven’t decided on how I want to quilt it yet…hmmm.

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Hopefully I’ll be a hermit Friday night and finish it!!

-Linking up to WIP Wednesday