Bird Quilt + Quick Easy Quilt

This year I have been working on my first Queen sized quilt. My dad saw one just like it at some political thing and asked if I would make it. Ha! I thought. Then I told him I would do it if he would buy the materials. I am nearly done, but during my arduous journey since February, I took a break and finished these two.

The first was for our local Peach Days Celebration. Our quilt guild holds a challenge every year, and this year the challenge was “hand quilting.” Not my favorite, as you may gather from my quilt.
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This little quail pair was my favorite of the birds, I think.
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Then I finished this quicky that only took two charm packs and a yard of fabric for my sister:
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It looks really busy, but I did try to do darks on the right and lights on the left. The fabric line is “Oh Deer” by Moda, and fits my sister because she and her husband are into nature and deer and all that stuff. The top came together in a snap, because I only had to cut the rectangles, and the pre-cut squares saved so much time.
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I backed it in flannel, because I like flannel even though it is so hot here we don’t need it. The orange is a little wild, but I couldn’t resist those cute little birds or the orange, which is my favorite color.

I will post about Her Majesty soon. I am going to quilt it on Thursday at a store that lets you rent time on the long-arm machine. It will be my first time and I am so excited.

Thanks to Linz for the inspiration!

Easy Baby Boy Quilt

I am not going to take the trouble of explaining how to sew this quilt, because it is so easy that you can just look at it. I picked a fabric I just loved cut it in six inch strips, and then I grabbed 6″ scrap strips from my stash to fill in for a striped quilt. This is for my sewing buddy, who just gave birth two weeks early and is therefore now excused from producing anything else other than a mostly clean, fed child for the next six to twelve months.

I used my water soluble pencil and drew this robot on one stripe (because she and her hubs are geeks like my hubs and me),

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And this boat on another stripe,

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Then I used my walking foot to stitch the ditches and halfway points, then I free-motion quilted my two little drawings. I bound it with scraps of binding from my bag o binding scraps. I like to think I could have finished that by her due date if I had been allowed to do so. Easy peasy!

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