Sunday, February 17, 2013

Gifts, Quilting, and WOWZA!

I'm meeting up with 8  of my favorite girls in Atlanta next week and I'm busy making some presents for them!  I bought these wooden frames a while back (sorry, I don't remember where!) and I painted each one a different color using acrylic paint.  Then, I cut a piece of fabric that is slightly larger than the frame and 3-4 pieces of batting a tiny bit larger than the frame opening.  I'm sure you could use fiber-fill stuff too, but I have tons of batting scraps so that's what I used!

Push the fabric with batting through the frame opening and place the cardboard frame backing in place.  Pull the fabric taunt over the batting.  Use hot glue to secure the excess down to the cardboard frame backing.

Ta-da! instant mini pincushion that can't tip over or roll off the table!  This is a great way to use that precious scrap you've been hoarding! :)

I'm busy quilting my Scrappy Trip Along!  I decided to use a cathedral-like quilting (see my video tutorial).  

This process is pretty speedy and it's super forgiving if you're new to free motion quilting!

I finally broke down and sent out a quilt to be professionally quilted.  I made this top using blocks from two of my quilting bees--see my post about it here  I knew this top needed something special so I asked Krista to take care of my baby.  I did not give her instructions.  I simply trusted her.  Obviously, she didn't disappoint!  

She totally blew me away with this "K" quilted into one of the blocks!


Can you believe this????  It's absolutely stunning!

Every square inch is covered in awesomeness!!!  I truly cannot thank Krista enough for her fabulous artistic talents!  This quilt is better than I could have ever dreamed!


I even love it from the back!  I'm waiting on my binding fabric to arrive to finish this up and I can't wait to snuggle under it!

21 comments:

Shan said...

Great gifts for your friends. Enjoy yourself here in Atlanta.

Laurie said...

That Good Folks quilt is one of my favorites!!!! I love it - such a great example of how participating in bees can be worth it. That quilting is AMAZING too!!!!!

LynCC said...

It's truly amazing. Krista did a SMASH-BANG job, for sure! I'm drooling!!

Katy Cameron said...

Fab idea on the pincushions and loving the quilt :o)

Katie B said...

Your AMH quilt is Amazing!!!!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Your post is chock full of goodness! Love that quilt and brilliant idea for quick & colorful pincushions.

Pam Pollock said...

Love your quilt!!! It was fabulous prior to the quilting now it is stunning!!!

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

That quilt is amazing! So beautiful! The top would be lovely by itself but the quilting just takes it to a whole new level. Gorgeous!

Erica said...

Beautiful! I love that Field Study print on the back, that's one of my favorite prints ever!

Finding Fifth said...

Sensational bee and quilting work.

Mrs. Val's Sewing said...

Yay!! Those frames are just too cute!

Angela said...

can't wait to see you in a few days!! Eeep! I hope you are bringing the quilt so we can see Krista's awesomeness in person. Wish she was going to be there too.

emedoodle said...

This is beyond awesome! I can't believe the awesomeness of this quilt! :) That quilting is over the top too!

Kristie said...

This post makes me so excited for Thursday!! You better be binding that quilt in Atlanta so we can all drool over it!

Little Busy Bee said...

Beautiful gifts for your friends, I love your idea for the pincushion, that's so cute!

Beth said...

that quilt is absolutely fantastic! Lucky you!

Missy Shay said...

I've been trying to decide how to quilt my scrappy trip along, thank you for sharing the tip, I love the circles contrasting with the squares!

traceyjay said...

the quilt looks so great!
and I love how you're quilting the scrappy trip! super cute and perfect for all the squares!

SeeLifeMarvels said...

That quilt is BEAUTIFUL and awesome. Those longarm quilters really can make a quilt come to life. Lucky you.

Heather B said...

I LOVE these pincushions! What a great and logically idea! I want to go to Hobby Lobby right now and find some frame! Too bad the baby is already asleep and it's 1120pm. lol

Live a Colorful Life said...

This is just stunning, breathtaking, well, can't really think of adequate words!

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