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Friday, July 18, 2014

Minecraft Quilt

I received a request recently to make a Mr. StampyCat Minecraft quilt for a customer's 12 year old daughter.  Not having ever played or even seen Minecraft I was a little hesitant at first.  How would I even know what it was supposed to look like? I did some quick research and realized it was a perfect opportunity for me.  I had been wanting to make a pixelated quilt for quite some time and this was the perfect chance.  A twin bed-sized quilt of Mr. StampyCat.  

Obviously I accepted.  It was such a fun process! I really enjoyed the idea of pixelated quilting.  I am already overwhelmed with ideas for making more pixelated quilts.  Super Mario Brothers, TMNT, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Firefly... and yes, I am a complete sci-fi nerd.  

All finished! I quilted it in straight horizontal lines to keep it loose and soft.  I also wanted the quilting to be understated and minimal so it didn't steal any attention from the quilt itself.  I'm very pleased with it.  I have quite a bit of extra fabric leftover and am actually contemplating making another one.  Not soon though.  I've got lots of other projects on my list first.

The back.  Isn't that bird fabric just gorgeous! I love it.  I wish I had a reason to buy some for myself.

I'll leave you with this.  All rolled up.  I do love rolled quilt photos.  I'll be back soon to post about the Halloween quilt I have in the works.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Forgotten Spring

I guess in the flurry of planting seeds, preparing soil and playing in the sunny weather I forgot to journal about most of our spring and summer (summer post coming soon).

 A picture of the peas in their first few weeks.  They went strong for about a month or so and are tapering off now, due to the very hot days we've been having around here I think. 

And my gorgeous zucchini flowering and producing these wonderfully tender and flavorful veggies for our table.  First year I've grown zucchini and I have to tell you, I'm smitten.  Completely smitten.  I love them so!

And my tulips! I planted tulips for the first time this year and they all bloomed.  Unfortunately I enjoyed them so much I forgot to take any pictures of them, save for this poor lonely fellow who hung on by himself for a good long haul.  I do love tulips.

And this little boy.  Oh my... He has completely stolen my heart.  He's such a happy and sweet little guy.  Doted on completely by the entire family.  He is growing too fast for this mama.  Walking and "talking" all day long.  I love his sweet little baby babble and his pudgy little feet carefully (and sometimes not so carefully) plodding all over the house.

I did manage to do some sewing recently.  This cool stack is destined to become 4.5" squares for a king size bed quilt.  When we get the house built we plan to have a king sized bed in our master bedroom.  It seems to be a favorite place for everyone to congregate in the early morning or late evening for stories, snuggles and the occasional tickle fight.  I'm still working out exactly which pattern I want to use for the quilt but I know I'll need 4.5" squares so cutting on these lovely fabrics has begun.  

More later!