Sunday, April 20, 2014

Hands2Help Challenge - Check In

Today is the day where we show our progress in the Hands 2 Help Challenge.  I think that so far I am right on schedule and have not felt like time is creeping up on me.  I have finished several quilts and have a few left to be quilted.

Top #1 is based on one that Tula Pink showed at last quilt market.  It is very easy to make and instead of choosing many colors, I opted to use different light grays as the secondary color in each block.  The plan is straight line quilting, which I hope to start soon.

Top #2 is simple patches using some very pastel, floral charms.  Instead of solid charms, I chose to use some polka dots which I think makes the top a bit more fun.

It's not too late to join the challenge.  I am choosing to make multiple quilts, but you can just make one if you like. 
I can't wait to see what projects everyone else is working on.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Finish It Friday - Totes For Breast Cancer Warriors

It's Finish It Friday, and I have something non-quilty to share today.  MJ (a fierce cancer survivor) is collecting handmade tote bags to hold items given to those newly diagnosed with cancer. 
I haven't made many tote bags before.  But after reading this simple tutorial for a lined tote bag, I knew that I was going to try.

This took abount an hour to make and I can't believe how well it turned out.  I think I will be making more of these in my future.
I hope that you can help MJ reach her Mother's Day goal by making a bag.  More info is on her blog, MJ's Lost Cause.
Linking today to Finish it Friday and to Whoop Whoop Fridays

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Le Challenge - Bright

The theme at Le Challenge this month is "bright".  I knew that I had a charm pack full of bright yellows and pinks that would be perfect for the challenge.


I had wanted to tone down the charms by placing white squares between them, but then I got the wild idea to embrace the brightness and use pink squares with the charms.  I quilted this with loops and am getting better, but I still need to work on gripping my project when FMQ (free-motion quilting).
I think this little quilt will be sent to Hands2Help.
The next month's Le Challenge theme is "nature".  I cant wait to see how this theme is interpreted. 

 photo LeChalleng