A Quilt for My Marine

Do something you love and understand

This is a special quilt for Cole.  I’m so proud of my son.  He knew he wanted to be a Marine at age eight.  As a mother it’s hard to know he may be in harms way.  He’s my baby, not a soldier.  When he left this fall it was a wakeup call for me to realize he was grown up and off to live his life.  The hardest part of being a parent is letting your children grow up, but I’ll try.

This quilt is my way of telling him I love and support him.  I couldn’t be prouder of him and everything he has accomplished in such a short time.

This quilt was made out of my scrap bins and a few stash fabrics.  The strips are each 1.5 inches wide.  My original plan was to make it using the quilt as you go method.  Unfortunately the backing got lost in the mail.  Since I was on a deadline to get it done before he came home on boot leave I had to change what I was doing and just piece them together like normal.

It came out perfect… until I went to quilt it.  I had a lot of warping going on. I ended up quilting most of it and then pulling every quilting stitch out because it wasn’t perfect.  It’s so frustrating to see your perfect piecing getting ruined.  I was so frustrated that I brought it to a professional long arm quilter.  My first time ever giving one of my quilts to someone else to quilt.  They were so nice they did it right away so I would have it when I needed it.  I had them do loops and stars on it. I’m so glad I went with that. They are perfect!

Then I did something out of my comfort zone… I made a red, white and blue binding! I love the way it finished off this quilt!

Star quilting with red, white and blue binding

Has anyone else had that happen? Please let me know how you fixed it.

Go Create Something Beautiful,

 

 

This is on my Q1 list for the 2017 FAL– #6 of the quarter

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Voltron: A Finished Quilt for my Husband

Voltron Quilt

The Most important quilt I’ve ever made

That about sums up how I feel about this Voltron quilt.  Kevin has [not] been patiently waiting for almost five years for this quilt.  It started with something he had sketched out saying how it would be a great quilt.  And me giving him the look.  You know the one that says you’re crazy.  I had been quilting for a long time but I don’t venture past my comfort zone very often.  This time I did, for him.  No pattern just me making it up as I go. Continue reading

Magenta, Grey and Aqua Triangle Quilt: WIP

Riley's Quilt

Doing A Lot of NOTHING

Remember the incredibly productive week I had last week?  Those were the days, that was a good week.  This week I have fallen flat on my face.  It’s Wednesday and I have yet to do much of anything but play with scraps and order more fabric.  I was sick yesterday, blah.  That being said, I got absolutely nothing done. This week has been hard because I want so very badly to be creative and start the quilts that are in my brain! I keep telling myself if I get the other projects done then I can start something new. I’ve been fighting with myself all week.  Continue reading

What Happens When You Stay Focused: WIP Wednesday

Binding The Yellow Triangle Quilt

Getting Things Done

Staying focused is not always easy. Life has so many distractions that pull me away from being successful. I for one can not stay off the internet… shocker. I’ll be quilting and then just stop to check out Facebook or Bloglovin’. It needs to stop! The only way I can do this is to turn on my music and not allow myself to spend hours perusing social media. Don’t get me wrong social media is not always bad, it’s how I become inspired. To see other quilter’s creativity helps jump-start mine. But not when I need to accomplish my goals. Continue reading