Zombie Pinup Girl Lap Quilt

I’d seen this really fun fabric in the Halloween fabric section at JoAnn’s.  It has a soft green background and features retro pinup girls with a slight twist…they’re zombies! It was hilarious to me! However, it was also some of the more expensive quilt fabric I’d seen, especially for JoAnn’s.  Well getting close to Halloween, most of that seasonal fabric went on sale, and at 60% off it finally was at a price I didn’t mind paying for it.

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I decided to work in a soft light pink and a bright hot pink as a nod to fun “girly” colors and lipstick shades.  Since all the figures were different sizes and scales, I knew I’d have to do something that allowed for plenty of variation and didn’t rely on straight lines.

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At first, I just focused on the blocks, getting the figure outlined with plenty of space to play around in.  The smaller squares came as a result of the fabric’s price.  It was so pricey that I knew I didn’t want to waste any, so I started cutting out smaller images from the spaces between where I’d cut the original girls: faces, manicured hands, sassy shoes, and a brain burger were all isolated.

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I liked the idea of bold black lines separating all the images.  I was thinking of some of those older shows and how they would have thick black lines around the words or on the poster itself. Something like The Creature from the Black Lagoon or Attack of the 50 Foot Woman.

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The result of all that black trim was a retro cinema feel with the smaller pieces actually looking like film strip!

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I went in to this quilt with only a vague idea of what I wanted, and I am so thrilled with how the end result looks.  I love it when a quilt helps design itself and surprises me.

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Hocus Pocus Quilt

I have wanted to make this quilt since last year, so I decided to go for it before finishing up some of my other commissions.

I couldn’t find an outright silhouette or image that I liked, so I free-handed them and then made them bigger with a projector.

I went back and forth a bit with what kind of background I wanted to do, and I ended up going with a crazy quilt style because of the hodgepodge feel of the witches themselves and their outfits.

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I was pretty pleased with the backgrounds over all, but there are some choices with the green fabrics that I wouldn’t include next time. I added a black border and quilted in some rough swirls to mimic the cauldron heat.

One last detail I had fun with the adding a cord to Mary’s vacuum since it played a bit of a role near the end of the film.

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For the backing, I went with a black fabric that featured a simple swirl design.  I felt like it was just perfect for the overall feel of the “magic.”

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I am planning to put this one up on the Shop page in a few minutes.  I will also have it up at the next craft fair or so until it sells.

Eagle Scout Quilt

I’ve been sitting on this one for a bit because it was a surprise. In fact, many of the quilts I’ve been working on have been presents, so I couldn’t post about what I’ve been up to.  Hence another factor in the radio silence from me.  This one was presented tonight, so I am free to write about it.  I am so happy to be present when they’re gifted because that usually isn’t the case.

This quilt features the Riley Blake Modern Scouting line.  The center is an Eagle Scout themed panel, and the fabric in the border is all from that line as well.  I did add a burgundy sashing outside the panel as well as around the border to help tone down all of the busy fabric and badges included. I went with a navy backing to tie it all together.  I’m a fan of darker backings, sashing, and borders as I feel like they help maintain some form of control and order with the other fabrics.

This one had about 75 badges I had to include, ranging in size from 1.5″ to 8″ across. They also ranged from Boy Scout badges all the way to the newest Eagle Scout badge. I used invisible thread to sew the badges down.  It went a bit quicker than I thought it would, to be honest.  I pinned them all in place one afternoon while a friend was over, and then I sewed them all down later that week.

The Eagle Scout received this right at the end of his ceremony.  My little Tiger Scout and I went to see it, and I loved hearing all the stories and seeing how much this young man had accomplished.  I am hoping my son picked up some inspiration along the way, but I’m thinking he was pretty focused on food the last 1/3 of the time.

I truly enjoyed both the ceremony and the project.  It was a nice change of pace from the t-shirt quilts, and my kids and I loved looking at the different badges as I worked with them. I didn’t learn until the ceremony that this was a mere fraction of the badges he possessed.  I could have looked through them all afternoon; they were so neat!

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Dog Scarf Quilt

This commission was unique in that it was a memory quilt for a sweet little dog, Munson, who had passed away.  His owner was so sweet, and she loved him very dearly as was evidenced by her getting choked up just talking about him.  Apparently he had a scarf for every occasion: Thanksgiving, Halloween, 4th of July, Christmas, and many other colors and patterns in between.

After taking a look at them, I realized there were so many variations of fabric and size that my options were limited.  The best option to include them all was a crazy-quilt style design.  I sorted the scarfs by occasion and/or color and went from there.  The owner did give me one t-shirt that she wore, so I made it the centerpiece and worked around from there.

I like that she chose a light blue backing.  It reminded me of the sky, and I thought it fitting.  This was also one of the first times I’ve added a label onto the quilt.  Hopefully I can remember to do it more often.

So here it is – the dog scarf memory quilt.  I just love it, and it was wonderful to work with something new.

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Lutheran Quilt – Southeastern Synod

I was approached by my neighbor with a commission idea for making a quilt for a retiring bishop in the Lutheran Southeastern Synod (this includes the area of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.  Each congregation was asked to send in 1/2 a yard of quilting fabric.  I decided to make the states look like a crazy quilt with each of the fabrics represented on the state somewhere. I’m in love with how it turned out!

Here’s the original image.

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We also picked out his favorite verse, and I quilted it into the large open white area.

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The real doozy was that globe shape in the middle.  I was surprised that it took me way longer to do than expected.

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Since some of the fabrics were more prominent than others on the state shapes, I went in and made sure each fabric was represented well on the back.

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Overall, I’m very pleased with how it turned out.  I think the good bishop is, too.

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Northern Lights Bargello Quilt

This bargello quilt was made for an artist friend who is expecting a little girl at the end of the summer.  We’re all super excited for her, and I couldn’t wait to begin working on this.

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Rainbow Bargello Quilt

The pattern is based off of the same bargello pattern I used earlier.  I joked that changing the colors out might result in a northern lights effect.  When I found out my friend was going for a stream-lined, Swedish decor for the nursery, I thought it might be a good time to try it.  Not only that, but she likes to do encaustic paintings!

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I found a jelly roll at JoAnn’s that had various blues with a touch of light green.  Some of the fabrics in it had a shimmer, so I thought it was perfect. I ended up needing three of them to complete this quilt.

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I sewed the stripes together like the pattern said, and then I pinned them up.  The only thing I changed for this quilt is that I went up and down a 1/2″ between stripes instead of a 1/4″.  I knew I needed the curves to be clear and more drastic than the ones I’d had in the rainbow version.

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Here’s the finished top.

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And here’s the video of my friend opening up the finished product. The back is gray with a slight gold shimmer.  The nursery, as far as I understand, will have some gold accents, so I wanted to tie it in as best I could.