Saturday, August 19, 2017

Quilt #85: Lindsey's Gymnast

I made three quilts to deliver during our recent trip to the Netherlands. I already shared Celtic Midnight and Fireworks for Ingrid. Today I'm sharing about the last, very-last minute quilt, which I'm calling Lindsey's Gymnast.

The very first quilt I made with a real binding--not a rag quilt or my own clumsy attempt at folding over the edge to make a binding--was a quilt along quilt I gifted for my then 3-year-old niece, Lindsey. It was my 5th ever quilt. 

When I first started planning for our trip, I wanted to make a quilt for my sister-in-law. While she wanted a quilt, she really wanted me to make a quilt she could give to a friend who has been a huge help in the last few years.  I made that quilt (Celtic Midnight) and had a little extra time, so I also finished her quilt (Fireworks for Ingrid). 

Because I can't sleep before a big trip with my mind racing, and I finished Ingrid's quilt with two days to spare, I decided to whip up a new quilt for Lindsey. Her favorite colors are pink and purple, so I went through my stash and started cutting. 

And then I put it up on the wall and realized I didn't like it, so I put it in my Oops box to mess with later. 

Since time was of the essence, I knew I needed a quilt with big blocks. I remembered a baby quilt I made a while back and knew it could easily be expanded into a nice lap size. 

So I started cutting again.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the letters of Lindsey's name and the gymnast.

I used a teeny tiny satin stitch for the applique rather than the blanket stitch I've always used before. I like the look better thought it was a challenge on such small curves. The hardest part was figuring out the best setting.

I was proud of myself for remembering to applique before piecing the whole quilt. So much easier to maneuver!

I didn't take a lot of pictures as I finished it because, time crunch! But you can see that I used simple straight line quilting. For the back, I used a soft chevron minky. 

We weren't at Oma and Opa's house 10 minutes before my son brought our suitcase of goodies. 

I love this picture of her as she takes it in. 

It was a big hit!

What a difference four years makes--for little girls growing up and quilters improving their craft.

As much as loved seeing Lindsey love her new quilt, the best part came the next day when she asked if she could pass her first quilt on to her second cousin. How sweet is that?!

To see more pictures of this quilt in progress, look for #LindseysGymnast on Instagram.  If you'd like to see what I'm currently working on, follow me at de Jong Dream House.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Grandma's Kitchen Quilt Along, Block #5: Glasses & Cups

While we were in Europe, I missed 3 blocks in Pat Sloan's weekly mystery quilt, Grandma's Kitchen. I was in the Netherlands when block #5 was announced. It was two days before we left for Ireland. My mom and aunt came with us this trip, and our side trip to Ireland crossed off the #1 item on Mom's bucket list. She has wanted to go for as long as I can remember, at least back to the 80s, when my gramma took a trip to see the land of her great-grandparents. And in case you are wondering, Ireland is even more stunning than I expected.

My gramma was a fiery redhead who was fiercely proud of her Irish heritage. I knew that I would use Irish prints on this block

The name of this week's block is glasses & cups, inspired by her grandmas' aluminum and collectable drinkware.

When I think of Gramma Ann, I think of her drinking Bailey's Irish creme, so my theme fits with Pat's inspiration. One Christmas, I remember that someone bought Gramma a bottle of Bailey's. We have the tradition of opening one gift at a time so we can see what each person received. As the gifts were opened that Christmas, many surreptitious sips were snuck, and by the time the extended family finished opening gifts, Gramma's bottle was empty!

When Gramma passed away, Niels and I bought a bottle of Bailey's for each of her daughters.

Rather than use brown and creme for my Bailey's themed block, I opted for Irish greens instead. I started with some leftover pieces from the quilt I made for the memory quilt I made Gramma shortly before she passed. 

Here's my sweet boy under Gramma's Irish chain memory quilt while the adults were planning Gramma's memorial. 

For my light fabric, I used a green shirt that was gifted to me when Gramma died. I'm trying to use fabric from her clothes where I can.

For the dark green, I used a shimmery green and gold print I bought at the cutest quilt shop in Ireland.

My blocks now take two doors! 

Previous blocks:

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Grandma's Kitchen Quilt Along: #4: Half A Modern

We are back from Europe and I'm back in my craft room catching up on my social quilting! Before we left for the Netherlands, I finished the fourth block of Pat Sloan's weekly mystery quilt, Grandma's Kitchen, but I didn't have time to post about it.

Here's my version of Half a Modern.

This week's block is called Half a Modern, named because her grandma used to say she had half a modern kitchen. I drew inspiration for my block from this photo of my grampa in the kitchen of the home where they raised their 5 girls.

Gramma and Grampa moved into a smaller house next to this one by the time I arrived on the scene, so I never stepped in this kitchen. What caught my eye was the Delft design. This block was announced as I was up to my eyeballs preparing for our trip to the Netherlands so it seems I was meant to use some Delft fabric from my last trip to the Netherlands on this block.

I did modify Pat's block slightly. I was inspired by fellow quilt-alonger Linda Kennedy, who rotated a few pieces to make a windmill shape. Perfect for my prints!

When I look at all the block together, this one sticks out to me so I may try a different version a little later, but for now I have lots of catching up to do first!

Previous blocks:

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Quilt #84 Fireworks for Ingrid

When I first started quilting in March of 2013, I made a goal to make a quilt for every immediate family member. I have a bit of a family bush on my side with multiple divorces and siblings. Niels' family is much more simple.

The only person I had left was his sister, Ingrid, who told me years ago that her favorite colors were black, pink, and white. I've played with many, many patterns over the years but never found the one that inspired me. When I mentioned that I wanted to make her a quilt a few months ago, before our trip to visit her in the Netherlands, she asked if I would make a quilt for friend instead. That's how I ended up making Celtic Midnight.

I finished it with a few weeks to spare, so I decided to try to get Ingrid's quilt done as well. I've been doing a fair amount of paper piecing this year as part of Blossom Heart Quilt's Milky Way quilt along, so I started playing with designs on EQ7. Each of these designs uses the same block. I decided on the bottom right, which I'm calling Floating Fireworks, with Ingrid's version called Fireworks for Ingrid.

It was the first time I made a paper pieced pattern on EQ7. I'd like to figure out how to adjust the shading because the dark sections could discolor light prints.

I fold freezer paper when I paper piece so I can my templates over and over. Here's a great tutorial if you are new to paper piecing.

I had to do a little scrambling with my fabric choices because I initially pulled fabric 3 years ago and all three prints were out of print when I learned I needed more of each. 

The blocks came together quickly. The hardest part is that my design wall in our narrow laundry room, which makes taking photos difficult.

I have to step up on the counter most of the time, and even then, I can't get a full picture of anything over a full quilt. Does anyone else find that patterns appear better in a photo than real life. 

Once my quilts are pieced, I get a chance to find any errors, though it takes a little more time to fix them at this point.

I continued the spiral theme in the prints with my quilting. 

Of course, the best part of quilting is delivery day! 

It's always fun to surprise someone! And I figured if she didn't like it, I love it and would have taken it right back home! But alas, she wanted to keep it!

To see more pictures of this quilt in progress, look for #FireworksForIngrid on Instagram.  If you'd like to see what I'm currently working on, follow me at de Jong Dream House

Monday, July 24, 2017

Social Quilting and the Lovely Bee Swarm

One of my goals this year has been to be social with my quilting. I have been looking for opportunities to connect with other quilters, participating in things like Quilts for Pulse and Quilts for Peace.

"49 Hearts" made for Quilts for Pulse
This quilt hangs at the Dallas Police Department in memory of the five officers lost on July 7, 2016. I made the two heart with stripes. Our neighbor and friend, who is an officer for our local country department donated the patches.
I've also met new quilty friends by participating in quilt alongs, where someone posts a pattern in steps and quilters from all over work on the same pattern together. Earlier this year, I finished Bonnie Hunter's En Provence Mystery quilt.

Locally, I made charity quilts with my church's quilting group. This quilt found a home in a Russian orphanage. 

I haven't participated in any swaps yet. I always seem to hear about them too late. But, I did get into an online quilting bee this year sponsored by Blossom Heart Quilts. My "swarm" is the Lovely Bee Swarm. Here are the blocks I've made so far this year. 

In addition to meeting a new group of quilters, it's been fun to dig into my stash and make blocks I might not have considered if not for this group. 

In August, it's my turn to be the queen bee! I chose the Abacus block in deep purples and lavenders. 

I'm so excited to receive happy mail when I get back from vacation. Before I left, I already received this block and goodies from one of my swarm members! So much pretty purple!!

Do you do any social quilting? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

You can see what else I'm up to on Instagram. Follow me at dejongdreamhouse.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

One Monthly Goal: August 2017

Last month I made my One Monthly Goal!This month, I'm a realist. By the time you can see this point, I will be on vacation with my husband, son, mom, and aunt. We'll be visiting my in-laws in the Netherlands, with a 5 day trip to Ireland to make my mom's bucket list dreams come true, and celebrate my sweetie and I's 10th anniversary! (Fastest decade of my life!!)

I will be away from my beloved Pfiona Pfaff for 3 long weeks, but I think I will be have enought fun things to distract me! Since I won't be sewing, I have a different kind of  One Monthly Goal for August: visit as many quilt shops as my family of non-quilters will tolerate!!

My favorite quilt shop in Holland closed on July 15. I just missed all the closing deals. It was such a great shop. So I'm on the hunt for some new suggestions from any Dutch, Irish or German readers!!

I am meeting up with a quilting friend in Amsterdam, so I'm really looking forward to her showing me her favorite shop. I'm also hoping to return to the Utrecht Stoffenmarkt, which was great fun a few years ago.

I am especially looking forward to finding a quilt shop in Ireland. It will be an emotional trip especially for my Mom and Aunt. My Irish gramma always wanted her five daughters to visit our ancestral land. If you follow me regularly, you may remember that I am working on a memory quilt of Gramma based on Pat Sloan's quiltalong, Grandma's Kitchen.  Knowing that we will be where she once was will be sure to elicit a few tears. Fabric is my favorite souvenir from my travels, so I look forward to finding something extra special to remember this trip. 

You can see photos from my trip on Instagram. Follow me at dejongdreamhouse. Tot Ziens! 

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