Aileen brought these up for me..we have worked together several times and she always does great work!
So Aileen likes lots of quilting and she lets me do whatever I want…Which is always fabulous! These flowers were all appliques using Tula Pink fabrics. SO they are bright, bold & beautiful! Lots of fun!
I created a lattice in the quilt blocks to frame each of them in. I went in and quilted design in every other square..I was going to quilt designs in all of the squares..but I had to rip out because You really lost the lattice design if you fill them all in. So then it was a matter of just keeping it all straight and not filling in. It’s a pretty big quilt so it took awhile to get everything quilted.
Mike found me on instagram and asked me to quilt this quilt for him. He made it for his mom for a Christmas gift. We had never worked together before…and we chatted a few times back and forth.
He made this without a pattern. He looked at some pictures and used his own imagination ect. The hundreds of batiks and shapes he needed to make this is UTTERLY AMAZING!!
I was NERVOUS working with him for the first time on such a special project. What if he was disappointed? What if he doesn’t like my style? His only request of me was to add feathers. he liked my feathers and wanted those in the borders. The rest of it I could do what I felt was right.
I wanted to use 2 layers of batting. It’s a wall hanging and it helps with the quilting details. I used a monofilament thread to blend in.
I was so proud of this collaboration. I was praying that he loved it because I didn’t get much time to start it it while it was finished. It had to be over-nighted back to him so he could finish it off in time for Christmas. If he didn’t like it …there was going to be nothing I could do before the holiday. Turns out… he loves it! Do does his mom. 🙂
I just stayed true to my style of breaking up textures, keeping things organic with the feel of the quilt and I even doubted myself a little along the way….but in the end I was happy with my choices of designs. I immediately knew in the rainbow I could choose a different design for each strip of the rainbow…That is one of my favorite parts. *LOVE*
So I made another wild & goosey Quilt. Here is my other one, here.
These are the ultimate scrap blocks. The block was created by Bonnie Hunter. It was released in Quilt maker magazine ( spring 2013) and then they published the PDF on the website ( but I don’t know if it’s still there?) This is a link to the magazine, here.
You can see Elvis, The King of Pups is posing for some photos as well. There is no quilt on the planet that can steal his spotlight. LOL! ( p.s. This is my own quilt..I would never let him do this one someone else’s quilt)
In my first quilt I made 400 of the 3.5 inch blocks and put them together. I realized that I had plenty of scraps to start another one…and I wanted to use as many scraps as I could in the next one so I made 864 blocks. CRAZY TOWN!! I didn’t use any sashing or anything and this made a HUGE quilt! It’s extremely heavy because of all of those seams and fabrics….it measures 80×115. This quilt contains more than 11,232 pieces of fabric. I chose a border of something in my stash….I didn’t fret over the colors or anything. I just chose something that I had enough to border & bind it. I could have chosen something a little brighter…but it’s a scrappy quilt and there are no rules. I make so many I don’t fret about such things. However, after putting so much time and energy into these it is really difficult for me to part with them. LOL
What I love about these blocks is that they use the smallest of scraps and all of those pesky triangles that we accumulate. You would be amazed at how many you collect if you started sorting them. Speaking of that…I wanted to share how I manage all of this….I actually sort my scraps as I go. These paper foundations sit on my machine and I do a few here and there as I go along.
See how they just sit there patiently?
I also bought this organizer from the dollar store:
As I go along with my other projects I just sort the scraps according to the sizes of the scraps I need for these blocks. After you do a few blocks you know exactly what will work in each space.
So I might spend an afternoon when I need a sew day working on W&G Blocks when this fills up and then when I work on my next project I will fill it up again. Before you know it you have enough blocks to put into a quilt. There is this great satisfaction in using every small piece of fabric. It is so much easier to sort as you go along..that way when you have time to sew…you can actually just sit and sew. You don’t have to dig through and find pieces that you need. That little bit of time saves you a whole bunch later.
I will probably always have one of these projects in the works just because I have never come across another block that uses those odd shapes so well and I don’t care about colors, theme or anything. They are so small that it’s really all about using what we have and color. So it’s bright beautiful and crazy! So I have actually started another one. 🙂 I also used some old fabric I had stashed for the backing. Our school is the Ephrata Tigers. So if I see a good deal on Tiger fabric I buy it because of graduation quilts ect…but I have just not used this one and I thought I would just use it up and be done with it. I quilted a very small quilting design…so there is a TON of thread on laid down in this quilt ( making it that much heavier)…but with those millions of seams I wanted to make sure it was quilted pretty tightly.
Red is a Dogue De Bordeaux AKA French Mastiff. If you have ever seen the movie Turner and Hooch….Hooch was the dog in that movie and that is this breed. They are smaller than an English mastiff…but a little more muscular and bulky. But so far from what I can tell…many of the same characteristics. Very loyal, love being with their people, sweet and cuddly.
Red is home. This became a bigger deal than we originally thought. We thought he could make a quick 2 hour flight from my brother’s house to ours…and that is no longer the case because this breed has been put on the no fly list. They have a short snout and it poses problems…usually in hot temps. Which is not the case currently …but it was a hassle. So my Brother and Sister in law drove him up and delivered him. I am so grateful. 🙂
We named him Red for several reasons…..1. Rob and I can’t agree on names and it was at least a month long discussion….ask everyone around us. LOL 2. Dogue DeBordeaux’s are classified as red in color. 3. We have Elvis….Elvis ( the singer) had a bodyguard -manager named Red. We also have Gracie= Graceland. So we have a whole theme happening and we didn’t even plan it.
I am not a HUGE fan of the name Red…but it’s growing on me. However, I am a HUGE fan of my dogue. 🙂
He has the sweetest. Very calm personality. Elvis is almost a year old now and for those that have little dogs…I guess you are aware of how high maintenance they are, they think they know everything…they aren’t very loyal. LOL That’s what I have been dealing with. All of my big dogs are loyal, sweet, obedient and low maintenance. Well Red is also shaping up to be that way as well. What I love about my Gracie ( she is an English Mastiff) is that she completely and totally trusts me…she will let me pet any where on her face…I will also lift up her face and press my face into her big squishy face and kiss her and love on her..and she totally relishes in that. Red lets me do that same thing. It’s those wrinkly faces that make me want to do that to them. None of my other dogs will let me do that.
So far he is learning the command “sit.” We are potty training and he is doing OK. He and Elvis are typical brothers. They play all the time..and get into little scuffles every now and again. Over bones or territory. But Elvis shockingly enough brought a bone onto the dog bed for them to share…they each had a side and spent time working on it together. Which was adorable. The biggest struggle I have is that his sleep patterns are off. Like any baby…we have to sleep train him. I struggle with sleeping anyway..and when I am finally in a deep sleep is when he decides to wake up in his kennel. Which we keep right next to our bed. So it hasn’t been pleasant. That’s at 4 am. So we are learning bad habits. I don’t typically let dogs sleep in our bed. But I have learned that if I take him out to go potty and put him on the bed with us he will sleep until I wake up. Desperate times call for desperate measures. LOL.
He has picked up on breakfast time….I make the dogs a hot breakfast in the morning along with canned food. I also take them on walks…and the minute I get up in the morning they are all in a flurry waiting for breakfast ect. He has picked up on that …he is crazy about his treats and breakfast.
He pretty much just likes to see me ..and he will just lay around and wait for me to move to another room….unless he is playing with Elvis or sitting in front of the fire with Rob….(when Rob is home) he is watching me, following me and waiting for any love.
It’s very distracting because I just want to kiss his little face.
I admit that 4 dogs is a bit much. But Gracie is at the end of her life and she will feel good having someone to take the reigns for her. Gracie is my protector and she would absolutely lay down her life for me. I appreciate that so much. She is very loyal and protective of me especially…..and I am hoping Red will grow up to learn those things.
I get so much love and therapy from each of these dogs in their own way. They are keeping me sane, happy and they brighten my days so much. I pretty much can’t imagine how I would be getting along without them. I get to nurture them, love them, spoil them and laugh at all of their funny antics. What I have learned about myself is that I need to be nurturing something…whether it was my children, a garden, my animals….ect. So it seems only natural for me to be doing this in this stage of my life. I won’t be the crazy dog lady…and we aren’t getting any more…this is enough. But this transition in our lives has been devastating and these dogs are easing that pain for all of us. They give me something to look forward to each day. I get fresh air when I take them on their walks, I get to cook somebody a meal, and I get those precious cuddles that mean so much. Dogs can never be overrated. Seriously.
I hope you all have a good day! I gotta go squish that wrinkly face for a few minutes before I start another quilt.