A Big Heart

It's a funny feeling.  I've got so many finished projects to show you right now that I'm just randomly choosing quilts to blog about.  Finishing up all these UFO's has a double benefit, since it fits in with my nesting syndrome as well as giving me something to blog about once the baby is born.  (any time now!)

I made this quilt top almost a year ago now, and then I later decided to add more cream colored squares around the edges to make it a queen size.  It's destined for someone special but she hasn't received it yet because I want to add an embroidered label. 

This is one of the three quilts that I splurged and got quilted at a long arm quilter.  What an awesome experience!  Only thing is that I really can't afford to quilt if I get into the habit of this, so I guess it's reserved for special occasions or special quilts!  I really do enjoy quilting my own quilts, but when I see the beautiful even stitches and designs... This time I found a quilter in Calgary who I will definitely be using again. 

So what more should I say about this quilt?  The squares were 5"x5".  It ended up approximately queen size, although I haven't measured it after I washed it.

A Tale of Three Quilts #3

The last of the three quilts!  This one is so NOT trendy colors, I secretly feel like it's the underdog of the three:)

As a child I was always drawn to the 'ugly' or unwanted (by my own perception) and loved the various teddy bears and other items just because no one else liked them.  I often chose the ugly one because I thought it's 'feelings' would be hurt!

I suppose I still have remnants of that outlook which makes me defend this quilt against my own accusations of it!

What it lacks in trendy though, it makes up for in bright puffy softness.  I hope some little girl somewhere thinks it's the cutest.  Or maybe the ugliest!

Ansonia and Pretty Potent

I've been such a good girl, finishing up all my ufo's.  I've got a pile of finished quilts to show you!  In between though, I had a few of those irrational moments where I just had to start something new. 

I'm so excited I just had to show it to you first.  So, awhile back I ordered a fat eighth bundle each of Ansonia by Denyse Schmidt and Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner.  When they came in the mail, I immediately thought that the two collections complimented each other very well.

Anna Maria Horner's collections are full of big bold and colorful prints.  Denyse's collections are vintage inspired with mostly smaller geometric prints.  This is always a happy combo, and the colors of the two groups worked together fairly well.

I set them on my shelf and eyed them for a few months.  And then one day I just pulled them off the shelf and started making a scrappy trip quilt with them.  I made nine blocks, and am planning to add a really wide border around them.  I can't decide if I should order one of the floral prints from Pretty Potent as a border, or else the gray and black polka dot from this post

Let me say though, that my hunch was right on this one!  These two collection look so great together.  I'm feeling so tempted to buy more of each because I can think of more quilts I'd like to make with these two collections together!

And the bottom photo?  More craziness, since I'm not even done my baby's official quilt (it's in the hand quilting stage right now) but I'm already making him a second quilt!  The first one is more muted and dressy looking, so I wanted one that was bright and fun.  I think the background for this doggy will be bright orange but I'll let you know more about it soon!  You may have noticed, but this dog is made up of all the scraps from the blues, greens, and browns of Ansonia and Pretty Potent.

A Tale of Three Quilts #2

Here's the second of these three quilts.  You can read more about them and see the first quilt in my previous post.  This one is my secret favorite, maybe because I broke the rules a bit and ended up using more of my 'loved' fabrics, as opposed to only 'liked' fabrics.

Or maybe because it's  reminiscent of the colors I'm using as my nursery theme.  Warm grays, minty aquas and golden yellows.  Yummmm.....  You know I'm not normally a gray person, but in this setting it really works for me!

The backing is flannel that  I bought for something else and then when it arrived it was a different shade than I was imagining.  I thought the background would be cream, but it has a greenish hue to it.  I guess that's just the joy of shopping online, not everything I purchase turns out to be how I envisioned.  Most of the time it's a happy ending though, since  it can be used in a future project where it fits just right!

So that's two of the three quilts, just the girly one to show you yet!