Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Red Cross Inspired: Finished Quilt

Back in June I volunteered as a Girls Camp Director for a five day camping trip with 21 teenage girls from my church.  It was a fun, crazy, hormone-filled adventure with plenty of amazing moments. 

Each year we have a theme and this year it was centered around medical professionals.  A Red Cross flag was hung at the main gathering area as one of the ways to reinforce the theme. Our fearless leader planned the entire week to be full of great activities including archery, hiking, crafts and skits for over 150 young women.  She is an adored leader who shares her spunky, caring, contagious personality and her heart with us.  For all of her efforts, I decided to make her a quilt!

I used a combination of reds from my stash, including some of my beloved Happy Go Lucky to create the red cross and then used a basket-weave pattern of creamy low volume prints for the background - I love how this turned out!  The border is a muddled red from my LQS with the binding from Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade collection.

I again went with the champagne bubbles for the quilting with a parchment colored thread.  Quilting by my local quilt shop, Cutting Edge Quilts.

My favorite part is all of the reds and how they play off each other.  By far, fabrics are my favorite part of quilting.  What's your favorite part of quilting?

Friday, August 8, 2014

Samurai Star Block: A Tried & True Tutorial

Hello All!

Today I've got another installment of my Tried and True Tutorials: The Samurai Star Block from A Crafty Fox.

This is such a great pattern and works well for boy quilts!

I used my fabrics from Dear Stella's Jack & Lulu collection called London Calling. It features some fabulous London novelty prints.  I think the double decker bus is my favorite print! (you can find some of the print here) I also used some solids as well as my favorite Waterfront Park domino print.

The blocks are quick to come together and give a great impact!  If you do not have any experience with the flying geese block you should definitely give the Samurai Star Block a try.

Still piecing the quilt top together, but I couldn't wait to share this Tried and True Tutorial with you.