Contributing to QFO

Incase you were wondering, QFO if the abreviation for ‘Quilting For Others’.

And, for some reason I decided to grab 3 (yes 3) kits to make quilt tops for the QFO in my guild at the November meeting. (Because I have nothing else to do with my time right??)

My thought was, once I get through the madness of Christmas crafting I wanted to make something that I wouldn’t have to do the entire process.

Does that sound horribly lazy?

I kinda felt like it did, but the thing is I just wanted to be somewhat lazy in my crafting, or at least take the easy way for once. The kit comes with the fabric for the top and a large piece for the backing, and we are told to make the top pretty much 40 by 60. Easy peasy!

Here are 2 tops I made:

The one on the left was a bargello method that I did at a sit and sew. I’ve never attempted that method before, but I liked it and there is a lot you can do with it.

The one on the right was just a basic ‘stair step’ quilt, the blocks consist of only 2 rectangles and the placement makes the steps. This is an easy go-to type of pattern, totally adjustable to your size/fabric needs.

The last one still hasn’t been started though, the fabrics in that kit were kind of blah so I’m not really inspired I guess. Do you think it would be horrible to swap out my last kit for another at the next meeting??

I could’ve been working on some of my UFOs, but what fun would that be?? Hahaha.

Those can be part of my next post, there’s a really cool linky up thing to help people along with their UFOs I’m planning to join. Come back and see!

Helping Hands Mystery Quilt – The Start

The Helping Hands guild is doing a free mystery quilt this spring, and I decided to sign myself up.

What was I thinking, right?

New baby any day now, 4 kids and a husband to take care of on top of that alone is a lot.

Apparently I need a little excitement in my life, hahaha.

Monday of last week they gave out the instructions for the first part. We were instructed to pick out 3 fabrics: main (3 1/2 yds), accent (2 1/2 yds), and background (3 yds). The main fabric was to be the focal and medium, the accent fabric was to be dark, and the background to be light with high contrast to the other two.

I had just the fabric in mind (which is partly why I decided to sign up, trying to use up the stash pieces that I’ve had forever that were ‘meant to be used together for something great’). All I needed to get was the background color, and I knew exactly what I wanted to get. It was almost too good to be true, meant to be I tell ya.

Here they are:

The main fabric is a Marie Osmond print from Quilting Treasures 2007, I can’t find the name of it anywhere. The accent fabric is a chocolate with cream dots by Faye Burgos for Marcus Fabrics . The background fabric is Kona Celery. I think I’m officially in love with Kona solids! The main and accent fabric I got from Sauder’s in Lancaster in September 2010, 5 yards of both for only $1 per yard – SCORE! And of course I used my JoAnn’s coupon for the Kona, it’s miraculous that they carry it!

On Friday night, I was determined to cut all the pieces for the first part, and I succeeded! I even got all the strips sewn and pressed, ironing just may be a way to induce labor if done for long periods of time….

In bits and pieces I’ve cut up all the strips to the sections for each block. I have six of the twenty-eight 6 1/2 inch blocks done, but none of the twelve 3 1/2 inch by 12 1/2 inch rectangles done. All in all I’d say I’m about 2/3 the way through the whole first part. Since all the sections of each block are done, it really won’t take long to finish them up and press them. Hopefully I can get the rest done in the next few days, I would like to be done by this weekend so I can make a new diaper bag and so I can have some time to take some decent pictures of my progress and a few other projects I’ve got in the works!

I’m a Member of Helping Hands

I officially joined my local quilt guild last night, Helping Hands Quilt Guild of Dover, DE. I had been to one other meeting, and even though I am by far the youngest member, I was very happy to join.

If you live in Delaware and are looking for a guild, here is a website with info from Delaware Quilt Guilds.

A few things I really liked about the meeting:

  • I found about the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Absolutely amazing!! I know I need to donate at least one quilt to that this year.
  • There were some quilt magazines that people were getting rid of, so I got 2 new-to-me ones!
  • The guild is participating in a Quilt Show in October, and they are collecting minis to sell and fund the guild. Now I have the urge to venture into minis… uh oh.
  • Oh yea, and I found out that being a guild member, I get discount cards to JoAnn’s and other shops!! Jackpot!

I am very excited about joining my first guild, and look forward to all the fun adventures it will bring.

Happy Crafting!

*edited to change post title from ‘I’m a Member’ to current title.