Lucy and the Kennel Quilts

Lucy and the Kennel Quilts

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to make kennel quilts for TPQM Small Kennel Quilt Team. Kennel quilts are small, 12” x 18” quilts that fit inside pet carriers and provide comfort to animals that have survived disasters.

I made two kennel quilts using my Island Batiks. Aren't the colors scrumptious?

For this first one, I used my Heartbeat pattern and my Island Batiks Stash Builders.

I quilted it with straight lines in the red-purple-blue-green areas using Signature Pixelles 30 wt. variegated thread #M27 Gems. I quilted with straight lines in the yellow-orange areas and the background of the heart using Superior Threads Rainbows 40 wt. variegated thread in #812 Western Sunset. I used a curly design for the heart, quilting it with Signature Pixelles 30 wt. variegated thread #M36 Pink Ombre.

 

 

This next one I created using a heart block and a checkerboard border. I again used my Island Batiks Stash Builders, and for the background, #121622035 Bubble Hole Honey, from their Happy Harvest collection.

I quilted this one using Aurifil 50 wt. variegated thread #4150 Creme Brule. I quilted the border in an easy corner to corner pattern. The background was quilted with a curly meander with an occasional heart motif thrown in. The heart was quilted the same way as before.

 

 

 

While making my kennel quilts, my sweet Lucy took ill with kidney failure. With some intervention, we were able to keep her comfortable for a long weekend of goodbyes. I’ll be forever grateful for that. I'm also grateful to have had the kennel quilt project this month, as making the quilts helped my heart to heal.

I think Lucy makes a fabulous model, don’t you?

Aka Loose Wheel, Rattlebritches, or Princess Lu, Lucy was a perfect little fluff of love. She loved finding and hoarding sun patches wherever they would appear.

She also enjoyed massaging and kneading her humans until they formed perfect napping places.

Mr. Fire was Lucy's friend and even in the summer, she would gaze longingly into the fireplace waiting for him to reappear.

At Christmastime, Lucy loved to sit on the Christmas lights as Scott meticulously repaired them. I don’t know if she liked the tiny amount of heat they gave off, or if they reminded her of the fire. She also liked gazing into the Christmas tree.

Lucy enjoyed playing in the bags we used for light storage and well, simply hiding in general.

Lucy would often spend time in my sewing room with me. She would sometimes tap my leg and stare at me with those lovely green eyes of hers—her way of saying, “Elevator up!” After placing her on my lap, Lucy would fall asleep instantly and I would continue to work on my blog posts or quilt patterns. If I got up, the chair became hers and woe to them that might move Princess Lu when she was comfy cozy!

I will miss my sweet Lucy Lu forever.

I made my two Island Batik kennel quilts in memory of Lucy, who is in kitty heaven right now lazing in a sun patch, sneezing in someone’s face, or sitting on a spider (her way of trapping them). I encourage you to make some kennel quilts too—in memory of your little fur babies. Click here for the guidelines and be sure to drop me a note to let me know if you make some kennel quilts.

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Berry Cross Quilt Along Show and Tell Linky Party!

Hey everyone! Regular readers of my blog know that recently hosted a quilt along for my pattern Berry Cross. If you missed out, you can click the tab above to get all the steps to make a lap-sized quilt.

For everyone who’s been participating in the quilt along, it’s finally time for the big reveal! I can’t tell you how much fun I’ve had. Thanks so much for quilting along with me.

Let's look at my quilts in detail. Here is my Christmas version which I call “Christmas Cross.” I used Colorway 2 to create it.

This version was quilted with an eight pointed poinsettia design. In the inner border, I did a simple rolling wave, and for the outer border, I traced the poinsettia shapes.

Details
32” x 32”
Fabrics: Various Christmas fabrics pulled from my stash.
Batting: Quilters Dream
Quilting Thread: Sulky 40 wt #1169 Bayberry Red and #1051 Christmas Green
Quilted by: Me

My second version of Berry Cross uses Colorway 1 and is called simply Berry Cross. Clever, aren’t I? <grin> Berry Cross is quilted with circles in a cross pattern within each block. The circles (berries) also appear in the outer squares of the berry blocks within a curved frame. The inner border has a simple rolling scroll; a berry leaf appears in the outer border.

Details
58” x 69”
Fabrics: Grunge by Moda in New Saxony (#343), Jade (#305), New Boysenberry (#335), and Rose (#249)
Batting: Warm and White
Quilting Thread: Signature 40 wt, #555 Berry Wine
Quilted by: Theresa Cantwell, Designs by Theresa

So it’s time now for you to link up your Berry Cross quilts in our Grand Finale Show and Tell! To make it interesting, you can vote for your favorites. The owner of the quilt receiving the most votes will get a surprise handmade by yours truly. In addition, I will randomly pick a winner to receive a $25 gift certificate from our quilt along sponsor, Always in Stitches.

The linky will remain open until Monday, February 27th at midnight EST so be sure to link up before then. After the linkup part closes on Monday at midnight, the voting will begin. You can vote three times. Voting will remain open until Thursday, March 2nd at midnight EST. I'll post the winners on Friday, March 3rd so be sure to come back and see who won!

I really appreciate everyone who helped make this quilt along be so successful. In fact, I have a gift for each of you! Everyone who links up a finished quilt will receive a coupon for 20% off all patterns in my store. Just be sure to leave your email address in the linkup.

I will have Berry Cross available soon in a multi-sized pattern, so make sure you are following my blog! I have tons of ways to do that. If you want to follow me on social media, see the buttons at the top of my sidebar under Come and Follow Me! You can also subscribe to my posts through my email newsletter, Bloglovin’, Feedburner, or Quilter Blogs. Just look in my sidebar under Other Ways to Follow Me.

One final reminder...I'm hosting another linky here. Link up any WIP before midnight Friday, February 24th for a chance to win a lovely charm pack from Windham Fabrics. If you missed the deadline, don't despair...you can enter every Wednesday for the next few weeks for extra chances to win.

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Voting is now open and will remain so until midnight EST on Thursday, March 2nd. To vote, click the heart on a quilt you like. You have three votes. I'll announce the winner on Friday, March 3rd. Also, don't forget to enter my Wednesday Wait Loss party for a chance to win a Windham Fabrics charm pack!

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Wednesday Wait Loss 3

Well, it’s Week 3 of my Wednesday Wait Loss linky party and I wish I had better news to report on my end. No progress on my two projects from last week. There’s a reason I was distracted and unfocused, and I’ll be posting about that soon.

This is Besties, for my bestie Alice.

This is Besties, for my bestie Alice.

Click here to see my secret sewing project for Kate @ Smiles with Kate.

Click here to see my secret sewing project for Kate @ Smiles with Kate.

Today though I want to focus on those pesky WIPs. Why is it that we put them off? I certainly have a lot of sewing to do, and even with last week’s chaos I got two new mini quilts done for Island Batiks, and made some progress on pattern writing. I think for me it's having some sort of deadline that helps me get things done. For my longstanding WIPs, it's not only the lack of a deadline but also a little bit of out of sight, out of mind. So it’s my hope that Wednesday Wait Loss will help. For me, it's keeping me accountable for finishing (or at least making some progress on) the WIPs I report here. I hope it can work in that way for you as well.

So this week I need your help to push through and get these two quilts done! I've got a lot of work related deadlines I must finish but I don't want to not make progress on these. Help me get over this wait!

Wednesday Wait Loss

Time for this week’s feature. Anja from Anja Quilts linked up the most beautiful paper pieced blocks, created by a friend of hers—Andrea @ 3rd Story Workshop.

So beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing them Anja. Grab your I was Featured button for you blog.

Wednesday Wait Loss

Before I move on, I want to also share Susie’s project. Susie is not a blogger, but she is a skilled piecer. Still, this ol’ block was giving her such fits! Let’s all cheer her on to a quick finish on this one.

Sadly, we only had two people link up last week. Surely you all have WIPs? If not, share your finishes! We’d love to see. To encourage everyone to get into the Wednesday Wait Loss habit, I’m having a giveaway!

As you know, I design and test patterns for Windham Fabrics, and they asked me to spread the word about their wonderful collections. Today I’m featuring Lilla. Click on the image if you'd like to see the whole Lilla collection!

Lilla is fresh and modern, with a muted color palette that’s sure to find a home in any quilter’s stash. To enter for a chance to win this Lilla charm pack, just link up! I'm keeping the contest open for three weeks, so you'll have plenty of chances to enter. I’ll announce the winner the fourth week, March 15th. You can link up more than once if you want, up to three chances (three links) a week for a total of nine chances! Also, if you link up this week, March 1st and March 8th, you'll earn another five extra chances to win!

If you link up multiple times though, please be kind and increase the number of people you visit and comment on so we can spread our love and encouragement around.

Time to link up! If you need help, click here for detailed steps. If you run into problems linking up, you can email me your photo and a link to your blog/Instagram and I’ll enter the link manually.

  • Link up a photo of a quilty WIP (work in progress). If you’ve made progress or have finished a project you’ve linked up previously, feel free to link that up as well.
  • You can link up a photo from a blog post, Instagram, Flickr, or upload one directly from your computer if you don’t happen to be a blogger or Instagram/Flickr user.
  • If you upload a photo, please explain your project by leaving a comment.
  • After linking up, encourage the other participants by visiting a few of the linkable photos and also by commenting on a few of the comments below from people who upload directly from their computers (You can identify the non-bloggers easily because their photos won’t be linkable, or will link right back here to this page.)
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to grab a photo from your post and to feature you next week. Featured photos are linked to your original post.

The linky will be open until Friday, February 24th at midnight EST. I hope you’ll join us!

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Wednesday Wait Loss 2

Welcome to Week 2 of my Wednesday Wait Loss linky party! Together we can decide that the “wait” is over and that it’s finally time to conquer those long-put-off projects.

Let me start by telling you about my project from last week. Thanks to your encouragement, I got my President’s Blocks all pieced together!

I’m so thankful that at this year’s Guild Birthday Party, I did not have to hang my head in shame, and that I finally, finally had a quilt to show. I’ll need continuing your encouragement please to quilt this top in time for the Guild’s biannual quilt show in October.

But first I’ve got two very special quilts I need to finish for my besties. One quilt is for Kate, a friend of mine from the New Quilt Bloggers group and my online bee, Bee Inspired. A while ago, Kate and I decided to exchange mini quilts and I got started right away with designs. After learning she loved solids, I selected some from a local quilt store and got to work. I want the quilt to be a surprise, so if you aren’t Kate, click the cute kitty below to view the quilt. (If you are Kate, click at your own risk! <grin>) I know I can get this quilted quickly but I lack ideas. Please leave me a comment or shoot me an email with quilting suggestions to help me out.

Click this cute kitty to see the mini quilt I'm making for Kate!

Click this cute kitty to see the mini quilt I'm making for Kate!

My next quilt is not a surprise per se. Last year I participated in the Shadow Quilts blog hop and I made this quilt.

My best friend Alice fell in love with it, so much so that I just had to make her one too, using her favorite colors of teal and orange.

Alice hasn’t even asked me where her quilt is, despite the fact that she knows about it and many months have gone by. In fact, Alice even made a large version of the quilt for herself, while my quilt for her languishes.

So I need your help to push through and get these two quilts done this week. Help me get over this wait!

Wednesday Wait Loss

Before I review how to link up to Wednesday Wait Loss, I want to feature someone from last week’s linky. There were a lot of inspiring projects last week, and I hope everyone was encouraged to make some progress on them. The project from Anita @ Domestic Felicity really struck me though.

Last week Anita showed us this gorgeous fabric, and told us how she’d cut it up and made some blocks. She also told us how the gorgeous fabric wants to be pieced into a finished top, then quilted, and finally bound. Making blocks is as far as Anita’s gotten though, so I wanted to give her a good old “Get over the wait!” push of encouragement in hopes that she will have a completed top to show us sometime soon. Congratulations Anita! If you'd like one, here is an I Was Featured! Button for your blog.

Wednesday Wait Loss

OK, here are the rules for linking up. If you need help, click here for detailed steps. If you run into problems linking up, you can email me your photo and a link to your blog/Instagram and I’ll enter the link manually.

  • Link up a photo of a quilty WIP (work in progress). If you’ve made progress or have finished a project you’ve linked up previously, feel free to link that up as well.
  • You can link up a photo from a blog post, Instagram, Flickr, or upload one directly from your computer if you don’t happen to be a blogger or Instagram/Flickr user.
  • If you upload a photo, please explain your project by leaving a comment.
  • After linking up, encourage the other participants by visiting a few of the linkable photos and also by commenting on a few of the comments below from people who upload directly from their computers.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use #WedWaitLoss @inquiringquilter to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to grab a photo from your post and to feature you next week. Featured photos are linked to your original post.

The linky will be open until Friday, February 17th at midnight EST. I hope you’ll join us!

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