On Thursday night I met up with a whole bunch of awesome ladies for the last meeting of the year for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild. It was pretty fantastic ~ I've really been enjoying my time with so many awesomely creative people this year!
We all swapped fabric 2 months ago to make a holiday gift with it for our swap partner. I received fabric from Pétra, and I loved her fabric choices and totally admire her creative aesthetic... so that made me a little nervous. I ended up making some pillow covers for her ~ and I was thrilled (and a little relieved) when she said she liked them:
I brought some bright fun fabrics and this is what Kim made me ~ and it's perfect! I was thinking of making myself a needle holder (and kept putting it off) and the pin cushion container is super sweet! Isn't this great:
At the last PMQG All-Day Sew, I started a brand new quilt. It is for my In-Laws 50th wedding anniversary next April... and I'm pretty excited about it!
It is a first in creating a full pattern before I start sewing. I took my Mother-In-Law fabric shopping the last time she came to visit, so she was able to pick the fabrics she liked most. This is good because I really want them both to love this quilt! She picked a couple florals, a stripe, and a solid and requested some shiny gold to signify 50 years. Later I added a solid muted aqua color (can't remember the color name) that will help in making this design look a little modern.
I thought I'd share my progress on this quilt as I go since I'm just getting started. Here is my design and notes etc.... the highlighted yellow denotes the blocks I have finished. Next post I'll have some photos of the fabric.
The quilt will be 110"x95" so it will fit a king sized bed with full
hang on 3 sides. It will be the biggest quilt I've ever made. Which already has me questioning the quilting. I need to talk to Nancy!
I'm super excited about our PMQG meeting tonight! It's going to be a potluck and gift swap... and we get to see more amazing quilts!!
Oh ~ for those of you keeping track, I'm at 2975 hexies made for The Dragon Quilt... less than 1000 to go and I can start laying them out!! Special thanks to Ale, Rachel, Brittney, and Michelle for your brown scraps!
Dragon quilt update: 2,703 pieces made as of today. I would just keep sewing, except I'm out of papers, and brown fabrics. Thanks to Miss Rachel for giving me a bunch of awesome brown scraps ~ I was able to get another 300 done... but I still have 850 browns to go. Here is a quick shot of the colors I already have:
So if anyone has any scrap fabric with blenders between tan and gold or a more butterscotchy-type brown that are at least 1.5" square... and would be willing to share... I would be more than grateful! It's a hard color to find in monochromatic patterns ~ but I'll be looking this Saturday when we have our All-Day Sew at Fabric Depot.
Since I've had a little extra time in the sewing dept. while waiting for more paper pieces to arrive, I was able to work on the Holiday Gift Swap for our PMQG. I'm very happy with my results with a new technique ~ and I can't wait to share!! Here is a sneak peek: