Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Quilty Bucket List


The Tilted Quilt


I love this idea!  I spend so much energy managing my ever growing Work In Progress (WIP), I forget to make a list of the things I really want to make someday, somehow. I do have a list in my head of things I really want to make, but this way I have a solid record of some of my quilty goals. 

Here is my Quilty Bucket List. I will make my own version of each of these quilts someday. 
  • WINDING WAYS
(photo found here.)

I tracked down a copy of the Feb 2013 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting for this pattern. That's as far as I've gotten with this beauty. I just love the continuing circles. I haven't a clue what colors I'll choose, but I do want to keep it simple like this picture. I might add one contrasting block just because I can--like I'd do it in blues like this then do one block in orange. 

  • CHESS QUILT

(pattern and photo found here.)

Ok, this is more for my son, S. He wants a chess quilt. Recently, I've started to volunteer at the elementary school teaching chess as part of their after school 4h program. I've also been teaching S' third grade class.

  • STORM AT SEA

Storm at Sea Quilt
(quilt made by Pleasant Home. Picture found on Pinterest here.)

I just LOVE all the possibilities with this pattern. This could be a 2 color quilt, it could be scrappy, it could be colorful with rainbows flowing through it. I've seen this design done with log cabin blocks. I just love it all. 

  • CATHEDRAL WINDOW QUILT

Cathedral Window Quilt
(photo found here.)

I just love the modern cathedral window quilts popping up. And I love scrap quilts, so I think this would be an amazingly fun quilt to make. I am a little bit intimidated by this pattern. I have seen and read loads of tutorials on how do construct this classic block, so I do think I could do it. My silly fear about doing this quilt would be running out of the background fabric! Isn't that absolutely ridiculous?

  • STAR QUILT
Quilt Ruler

My son, S, gave me this ruler for Christmas. Now I need to use it. There are SO many things I can make with this ruler. I'm really excited to use it! 
I could do something traditional like this:
(photo found here.)

Or modern like this:

(photo and pattern found here.)

  • MY OWN PATTERN, MY OWN INVENTION 



I want to make a quilt that is 100% completely my own design.  It is very daunting to look at all these amazing quilters out there and their beautiful quilts. Sometimes it seems like ALL the quilt designs have been made already, so why try. But that's not true--I know it isn't true.

While driving around the other day, I saw something I thought would make a fun quilt. And you know what? I'm going to give it a try. See what happens.

Linked up to the Tilted Quilt here.

Monday, March 17, 2014

State Chess Tournament - A New Quilt Project

My kids are into chess.  Recently, S asked me to make him a chess quilt. After doing some online searching, I found this pattern on craftsy here
I already know how I'm going to arrange the pieces. And I've already got ideas on how to quilt it. 

Now, I need to figure out colors. I want to use something from my stash, but I don't think I have anything that will really work. And if I do, I might not have enough. I told S I can't (i.e. won't) start this project until I finish piecing my Wheel of Fortune quilt and quilting my Honey Honey quilt. 

I finally committed to this because I spent another day at a chess tournament this past weekend. Saturday was the Utah State Elementary Chess Tournament. It was a VERY long day, but since they had fun it was well worth it.

C before his first game
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com - Chess Tournament

S before his first game
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C received a medal of participation.
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com - Chess Tournament
 

S received an Outstanding Trophy. He placed somewhere between 20-25th place.
He was very excited as this is the first trophy he's won at the State level. 
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com - Chess Tournament
 
(Yes, I made them wear bright colors so I could always find them)

Now I'm on the look out for the perfect fabric for this project. I might just do simple solid colors, but I still haven't decided yet. 




Monday, March 10, 2014

A Wedding

My mom, the Quilting Guru, has been making Wedding Quilts for several years now. She started when all the grandkids were little so she wouldn't be scrambling to make a quilt whenever they announced an engagement. The first of the grandkids was married on Saturday. The bride and groom looked through all the many quilts she had made and narrowed it down to two quilts. (The bride liked one while the groom liked a different one.) We never heard from them what they decided, so we just hung the quilt the bride loved.

Wedding Quilt made by the Quilting Guru, aka my mom.
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com - Wedding Quilt, Orange Peel Quilt, 30's Quilt
Wedding Quilt

I've spent the last week traveling, helping my sister prepare for her daughter's wedding, participating in wedding day activities, and traveling again. It was a very busy week. But for my sister, it's been a very busy 4 months. Everything came together, and we made a lot of great memories.

The Happy Couple
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com - Wedding

S, MK, and C
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com - Wedding


MK acting as the Flower Girl and the Bride
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com - Wedding
 

My favorite photo was captured by my sister. I just love this one of MK looking in on the Temple.
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com - Wedding, I Love to See the Temple
I Love to See the Temple

Me and my sister, the mother of the bride
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com - Wedding
Sisters

SISTERS! We took this selfie with a REAL camera. 
BabcoUnlimited.blogspot.com - Wedding
Sisters

Now I'm sitting at home with a pile of suitcases, sleeping bags, and dirty laundry. I guess I have to get back to real life. Although, my sewing table is calling my name. 

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