Monday, June 3, 2019

love note | a quilt for someone

I thought this was a such a sweet quilt so when Meghan announced a quilt along I signed right up. I picked so many of my favorite fabrics (c+s strawberries, Lizzy House cats, Carolyn Friedlander, Heather Ross strawberries, and so many more!), and now I just need to find the right person to give it to. It doesn't feel at home in my house, even though I do think it's cute. Photo credit to Ezra who listened to my art direction while I stood at the end of my aunt's cul-de-sac :)

Color Block Cabin | a quilt for my Rory

Rory's quilt is one of my favorites. I say that a lot, but I really like this one a lot. It's a generous size and I borrow it often.

Here it is hanging in a show but I forget which one! It was at NK High School as part of a display of modern quilts by the RIMQG. 

Home | a quilt for a family

In 2015 I joined an online quilting bee through the Modern Quilt Guild. I was part of a team from the mid-Atlantic coast, and we worked on a quilt for a Providence family whose home was built by Habitat for Humanity. The palette was chosen by the national guild and the team chose a design to focus on. Each quilter designed and sewed a row of the quilt, and the only requirement we decided on was that each row should include a word that symbolized the family's new home. The word I chose was "hope." Melissa and her six year old son Daniel were overwhelmed by the support and generosity of everyone who contributed to the building of their home. The quilt was so well received - there were 30-40 people at the dedication and most of them sought me out to comment on the quilt. I hope to donate more quilts through Habitat for Humanity and encourage you all to seek out your local chapters if you're ever looking for a charity to donate to. Here are a couple pictures from the night the home was dedicated (no, I don't feel like rotating them, sorry, haha) 💛

moose is loose | a quilt for Hunter

One of my oldest friends is pregnant with her first baby, a boy she and her husband have named Hunter. She is an art teacher and decorated every inch of his nursery. It looks amazing and there are so many details to draw inspiration from, but the real star is Moose, their golden retriever. I really wanted to find fabric with moose (mooses?) on it and lucky for me, I remembered that my friend Annie Brady designed the perfect one. I didn't want to cut it up so I decided to make a whole cloth quilt with another print by Annie on the back. I love the animals for Hunter - I like to think of him doing tummy time while gazing at all the forest creatures - and I like the birch trees for Laura because they read like a nice neutral to contrast with all the design elements of the nursery she created. I used another of Annie's designs for the binding too, because everything she makes is just so nice. Now I'm looking forward to seeing Hunter snuggled up in this quilt - just a few more weeks!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

stripes and solids | a quilt for Finnegan

This quilt doesn't make any sense to me when I look at it. Sometime I make things like that. Does that happen to any other quilters or makers? I made the stripey blocks in a class I took earlier this year but no matter how I put them together they made me dizzy. I decided to combine them with some other fabrics to tone down the busyness a little bit but I don't think I was successful. I may not have achieved artistic greatness here but I did have fun making it! 
I love these prints on the back, both the trees and funny little gumdrops. I bought the gumdrops for a commission quilt that I made last summer but I only needed a small piece and I didn't know when I would use such a large piece, almost a yard, of funny little gumdrops. They seemed to suit this quilt and I really like how the colors complement the front.
Even though I don't love the effect of the quilt overall, I do love the prints that I used in it. I love these bears, the stars, the gingham, the buttons, all of them. One thing that I love about quilts is that no matter what they look like they still keep you warm. They're still good for making forts and having picnics and wrapping around your shoulders on a chilly day while you read books on the couch by a fire with a cup of tea.
I'm sending this quilt to a new baby named Finnegan, full of hope and dreams for the future. I'm sure he won't mind that it didn't turn out the way I planned.
Special thanks to my very eager quilt holders, Finn and Rory <3 p="">
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