Ladybug Building Blocks Finished

This is my second finish for this weekend. I have had the luxury of spending my time this weekend working on my own projects. I have been “making hay while the sun shines”, making full use of the opportunity.
This quilt is now quilted (using my new Swirls template) and bound.

Detail of the quilting.

I have been asked what I did to alter my quilt from Debbie Mumm’s pattern.

Debbie Mumm’s quilt is crib size, finishing at 46″ x 58″. That size was a little too small for my needs so I enlarged the pattern to 51″ x 75″.

This is the layout from Debbie Mumm’s pattern.

If you compare this diagram with the photo of my quilt you will see that I have added…….

….one extra row of blocks and….

one extra strip down the side.

My handwritten notes indicate that you need to cut the following numbers of strips of the different fabrics:

6 – 3 1/2″ strips of Fabric A (blue)

5 – 3 1/2″ strips of Fabric B (pink)

4 – 3 1/2″ strips of Fabric C (green)

5 – 3 1/2″ strips of Fabric D (yellow)

2 – 6 1/2″ strips of Fabric E (orange)

3 – 3 1/2″ strips of Fabric E (orange)

First border: 1 1/2″ strips (green)

Outer border: 6 1/2″ strips (print)

Binding: 7 – 2 1/2″ strips (pink)

This pattern works up fast and will definitely be one that I do again.

Parrot Building Blocks – Quilted

It was a lot of work–a lot of stopping and starting–but it is finally quilted! This is my parrot Building Blocks Quilt (pattern from Debbie Mumm’s website).

This quilt was quilted with individual spirals down the center, overlapping spirals surrounding the center, and crosshatching from the spirals to the edge.

This quilt just needs the binding and it is finished!

Happy Easter

As I sit contemplating the events of the last three days, I am left with feelings of contentment resulting from a perfect weekend.

Easter and Spring are synonymous–this time of year is one celebration of life and new beginnings. Friday and Saturday were perfect spring days–warm and sunny. I spent Friday doing what I enjoy most–quilting. Joey and I spent the day in the studio with the windows open.

I also changed my display quilts to something more appropriate for the season–a little late this year, but the weather has not made it feel much like spring. There are two locations in my house where I try to change the quilts with the seasons. These first two pictures are the quilts that currently hang in the front entrance.

This is the dining room decorated with Spring / Easter quilts.

The pleasant weather continued on Saturday and I couldn’t resist going outside. I spent some time pulling weeds and trimming the hydrangea.

Sunday, Dana and I attended the Easter service at church with my parents. The Easter story is at the heart of Christianity. I struggled with the right words to capture my thoughts and then found Johnny Hart’s BC Easter cartoon. Sometimes a picture DOES say more than a thousand words!

No holiday would be complete without family. We finished the day around the dining room table enjoying another wonderful family meal with everyone present–Grandpa and Grandma (my parents), Harold, myself, Matt, Miranda, Dana, and Dusty. We enjoyed barbecued salmon, mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, orange fluff (salad), peas, corn, and baking for desert.

There was also a generous distribution of chocolate and Easter candy supplied by a couple of Easter Bunny stand-ins.

After everyone left, I spent the last few hours of the day in my studio finishing up the quilting on my Debbie Mumm Building Blocks Quilt. I won’t show you a picture yet as the threads still need to be tied off and buried inside the quilt. My quilts always look a little they need a hair cut when they are at this stage.

So this weekend was about all the things that are important to me: my faith, my family, quilting, my faithful companion: Joey, great weather, new life, and of course chocolate!

It is my hope that this weekend brought you an opportunity to enjoy those things that mean the most to you as well. Happy Easter to each of you!

This bunny belongs to Dana. It was a gift from her great aunt and godmother. He is animated and plays the song, Rockin’ Robbin with the chick filling the role of back-up singer as he pops out of the egg. Very cute!