Every year I am so excited to visit area quilt shows.. The Ellis County Quilt Show 2019 is one I hope you didn’t miss! This year, the location changed, but the same great vendors and beautiful quilts were all there like always.
When I visit any of the great area quilt shows near me, I usually have two main priorities. First is to enjoy all the beautiful quilts on display, but then a close second is to purchase items that are on my need and/or wish list. I was not disappointed on either count, and as always, there was no charge for hubby – he likes that!
But first, it was time to say hi to old friends and thank everyone who works so hard to put on these shows. Thank you Jessica Sutton!
I also got to spend a bit of time with Sherry Mark from Loft Supply
I also need to mention that inevitably I will arrive at an area quilt show with no plan or notion of what my next project will be, but then things just “happen”. This year, I stumbled upon some of the most adorable fat quarters and VOILA! I am now working on an Eye Spy quilt for my grand children.
Then there are the quilts – I will let them speak for themselves:
These are just a few of my favorites.
If you want to check out this show in previous years, take a look.
Everyone needs a quilt – Right? That is why I decided to make a puppy quilt!
I began by making a special quilt for my new puppy – LuLu Bear. The goal was to have something that the breeder could use when taking growth pictures. I used a simple design of 4″ finished blocks for LuLu’s first puppy quilt
LuLu’s puppy quilt is not very big, but does include her name and birth date – she was born 2/22/2019. The front is a variety of pink fabrics while the back is a cute pink skull design.
After seeing how cute LuLu’s quilt was, I thought it would be great to make one that our breeder – Mateo’s Mini’s – could use to take pictures of future litters. The trick was what type of fabric to use.
I decided to use the pinks like before on one side – and also included their name. The other side I did in blues.
Everyone knows how difficult it is to match the front and back of a quilt on a long-arm. Because this was a very small quilt, I felt I could make it happen. The first thing I did was to make the borders on one side larger than the other.
Next, I pinned the sandwich, matching all the outside seams as best I could. Then I continued to pin-baste the entire sandwich.
Because the size was quite small, I could then baste all of it on the long-arm and then remove the pins. It worked!
My goal was to give Angie her own quilt so that when she wanted to take pictures of new boy and girl puppies, she could. I think it turned out super cute.
In the meantime….
In the meantime, LuLu visited our local quilt guild (Johnson County Quilt Guild) and had so much fun that she crashed mid-meeting.
And not to be out done – Lokie, our grand-puppy, loves to pose on quilts as well. Just check out the post below!
There are many reasons to create a quilt. You could recognize a special event like a wedding or birth, a holiday could inspire you or sometimes it just seems like the right thing to do. Sweet Treats was created to thank someone who gives to others without asking for anything in return.
This quilt was created to thank a sweet couple that always brings goodies in to work for others to enjoy.
The right Sweet Treat fabrics
As with any project, the right fabrics are a must! The goal was to find fabrics that showcased the sweet treats that we enjoyed every day.
At the Dallas Quilt Show – 2019, I found both cupcake and cookie fabrics that were perfect for this project. These, coupled with a basic light brown and swirly leafed darker brown completed the fabrics for this quilt.
Creating a quilt with focus fabrics calls for a design that has large enough blocks to show them off. The last thing I wanted was to cut up the cookies and cupcakes too small so that they became indistinguishable. I chose the Disappearing 9 Patch pattern, and loved the results.
E2E Quilting Pattern
Finally, it was important to use a quilting pattern that complimented both the fabrics and theme. Urban Elementz had the perfect pattern so I chose Cupcake Party!
If you want to see many of the other fun E2E designs we have to offer, click HERE!
I love how the chocolaty brown thread looks on the negative areas.
This quilt was so much fun that I hated to give it up. Luckily, I have enough fabric left over to use for our Guild Mystery Quilt. Don’t forget to look up other fun quilts in our QUILT GALLERY
It may not feel like spring everywhere around the country, but recently I felt quite ready for a game of Baseball Baby! I love quilts with themes and messages, so of course this one hit a home run!
The printed blocks were purchased at a recent Shop Hop in Waco Texas. Between the blocks and fabric choices, Baseball Baby was the total package. Some little boy (or girl…) could really love this quilt. If you look closely at the red striped fabric, you will see that the stripes even look like stitches. Not only does this quilt relate to baseball, the red/white/blue colors and stars and stripes create that All-American look.
E2E Pattern and Thread
How do you quilt a baseball quilt? With a baseball E2E pattern and a tan thread that emulates the stitching on the ball itself, silly!
Even the smallest quilts can have an enormous impact on your family. This little gem is sure to be a keepsake for the child it is gifted, and maybe even be passed down in years to come. I am so excited for this baseball baby!