Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ocean Waves Quilt Top

Despite the lack of rain in my neck of the woods the hydrangeas in my yard are in full bloom.  They are absolutely gorgeous.  The colors are similar to those in the fabrics I've used for my Ocean Wave Quilt.  I finished the top yesterday!  Behold:

I didn't follow a pattern, but sketched out my ideas on graph paper.  For someone lacking a math gene, this has proven challenging!  However, I'm a pro at making half square triangles and thought they work well as the border around the Wave Block I designed.  The top measures 42" X 42."  I'm really happy with it.  I purchased the back and binding fabric and will hopefully be able to get started on it ASAP.  I've used the back fabric as the binding on all my quilts so far, but for this one, I'm using a different one.

They are both from Hoffman.  The darker one (on top) is called, Cabana.  I'll use this for the binding.  The lighter fabric, for the back, is called, Montego.  Aren't they awesome!?  Of course I'll have to quilt it first!  Any ideas?  

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Do You Think I'm Spooky?

Kind of spooky huh?  I thought this picture might grab your attention.  Meet Powder Puff.  I met her this past weekend.  I took a mini vacation and traveled to Iowa for a few days.  I met up with my sister and we attended her town's Relay for Life event.  The relay itself is actually a run, but there were other activities throughout the day, culminating in a candle display to honor cancer victims and survivors. 

You won't see me in the crowd of runners, but a special friend of our family is there.  He took second place!  My sister and I decorated a bag in memory of our mom.  It was breathtaking to see all the bags lit up around the square.  I don't know how many bags there were, but the event took in over $90,000 for the cause!  That's a lot of bags!

It was a great weekend.  My littlest daughter had a blast on the farm.  She got to feed horses, play in a tree house, and swing on a tire swing!  For a city gal, these activities are not common play for her.  She loved the country!

During my trip I visited a few quilt shops.  I bought two patterns that I will show you soon.  I also bought background fabric for my Wave Quilt.  I had previously purchased a white on white fabric to use, but when I saw a very subtle marble from Moda, I scooped it up.  I think it goes really well with the batiks and I couldn't wait to get started!  I sketched out a basic design for my quilt last night and today completed four wave blocks.

The blocks measure 14 inches each.  I've placed them on top of a white blanket to help me "see" how they coordinate, etc.  I plan to use the marble background fabric as sashing between these four blocks.  I'm then planning on using the other batiks that came in the Ocean Waves collection for an outside border all the way around.  The colors are beautiful!  Here are some close ups of each wave block:

 I still don't know the name of the square that creates the wave.  If you know it, please tell me!

I hope you all have a terrific week!  Tootles!
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