just moments of time
sneaking down to sew, create
moments of magic
On Thursday of our trip we packed up the car and left our cozy little house on the beach for short trip to Roanoke Island to the Aquarium. It was an easy drive including going across a bridge the girls enjoyed. And it was so worth it! The girls were mesmerized by everything they saw.It didn’t take Pip long to journey out of her stroller to see the turtles, fish, alligators, and snakes.One of the cooler things the girls got to do was treat and rehabilitate sea turtles. When you entered the room they chose a turtle, brought it to a station to be analyzed. Once any problems were found they brought it to the medical station for treatment, next rehabilitation, and then finally released it back into the ocean. Yes – we got to pet sting rays – even me! They felt like Jell-O!And they got to pet sea stars (we found out they are no longer called star fish – they’ve been renamed to sea stars), conches, and sea urchins.Pip didn’t touch anything but she was very intent watching it all.
Unknowingly, we timed it perfectly and caught the ‘Shark Tank’ show. A diver got into the shark tank and then the audience was able to ask her questions about the sharks as they swam all around her. Super cool.
Capri’s question, “Where do sharks sleep?”
Answer…wherever they want. They take 15 second ‘naps’ through out the day and that’s how/when they sleep.
Let’s see what the next Tula Pink City Sampler Blocks look like…Block 4Block 5
Block 7. I did a bonus block this week just because I had time…I figure I may as well get as much ahead as I can when I can since things always come up.
I really do love these blocks. It’s true – there are some pretty tiny pieces. In Block 7 we were supposed to cut 20 1.5” blocks (10 in each fabric). That’s just pure crazy so instead I strip pieced the checkerboard portion together. It went together pretty quickly so it wasn’t as crazy as it looks.
I can’t wait to keep working on more!
Nine amazing quilts were created for the BONUS Project Quilting Challenge: Fat Quarter Shop Fabric Bundle – Tradition Times Three. Today we’re going to take a closer look at four more of them (I’ll be sharing mine in a separate post so I can show you some more details…).
Remember – each participant started with the same 12 fabrics. They had to use at least 10 of them and could add up to two other ones to their quilted piece. I just love seeing how so many different pieces came from the same beginning!
One Fish, Two Fish
Bonus Challenge quilt for Project Quilting. Using Fat Quarter bundle fabrics.
Created in Nebraska
Flight of the Seagulls
54″ x 75″
Made in Lanoka Harbor, NJ
I chose flying geese as my traditional block and switched it up a bit. I used 10 of the 12 fabrics, omitting the two beige fabrics and added in to the white background which is the same as one of the blue fabrics. All the geese are made from the fabrics in the bundle. I quilted waves into the quilt on my little home machine, making it the perfect nautical quilt.
Monkeying Around on the Beach with Kim
Project Quilting – bonus fat quarter project (Tradition Times Three)
I added 2 fabrics: light turquoise with white dots and a Tula Pink coral and teal print. I thought these helped move the challenge fabrics away from red-white-and-blue and in a direction I enjoyed more. I did not use either of the tan fabrics from the fat quarter pack.
I’ve always had an affection for the Monkey Wrench block, since my husband is a Snap-on Tools dealer. When I saw the challenge rules, I immediately knew I wanted to make the border into a huge block. And the center of a Monkey Wrench has the perfect opening for a mini-monkey.
I pieced the top in 2 evenings with no pattern – just an idea. The quilting was done by Stitches by Mindy. The thread is a pale coral pink and I chose a quilting motif that resembles beach grass, seaweed and anemone.
I live and quilt in Lodi, Wisconsin
i used three different sized fan blocks (as well as lots of other techniques.) i used all of the fat quarter bundle fabrics, and added two of my own: an orange and a bluish-purple. this quilt is mostly foundation pieced on an old flannel sheet. the backing is also flannel, so i opted not to use batting. it is super warm and cuddly, but i think I’ll hang it on the wall. i did some hand embellishing (as time permitted.) and am pretty pleased with the end result! blogged here www.fallergirl.com/1/post/2013/05/respiratory-therapy.html
Six quilts or bags were inspired by the Off Season May Project Quilting Challenge Pantone. Let’s take a closer look and then find out who Pip picked to win the great prize from Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting.
1. PQ Pantone CH, 2. picnic basket, 3. Project Quilting = Patone Challenge, 4. Star of Bethlehem, 5. Sticks of Pantone – Project QUILTING May 2013 Off Season Challenge, 6. Johnny’s Rocket’s
Quilter: Cotton N Lace
Oh My Hat!!
Made by Amanda Reid South Africa
Really need to do a photography lesson!
Large tote bag 20 x 15
Small zipper tote 14 x 11
blogged @ sewsunshine.blogspot.com/2013/05/project-quilting-off-sea…
i made this 24″X32″ quilt for project quilting’s off-season pantone color challenge. i used a gingham charm pack that my husband recently bought for me, and some grey solid left over from “my favorite block quilt-a-long.” the white is some additional scraps left over from the two-color project quilting challenge…i think it used to be a tablecloth. i backed it with some very soft green floral fabric – not cotton, but silky soft almost voile-type stuff that i’m pretty sure used to be a tablecloth of some sort. i got some practice on my free-motion quilting techniques on the grey squares. i named it “picnic basket,” because it makes me want to go outside and have a picnic! (must be the gingham.)
my name’s erin, and i live and create in central PA! you can check out my blog at www.fallergirl.com
Quilter: Janie Kemp
Star of Bethlehem
Wall hanging WIP, about 30″ square.
Well, as you can see, I didn’t get finished, but what a great learning experience and lots of joy! Why didn’t I finish? Life called and I answered, just like that!
I’m using machine quilting and am still a beginner. I drew the large flower on the center section of the star before sewing it. Now on the surrounding yellow sections I am doing a little meandering and in the orange sections I am trying a stem with multiple leaves up each side. Leah Day calls it Mario Vine, but I call mine Wonky Mario Vine, even so, I’m happy with it.
To finish I would like to quilt a vine and leaves on the white border and finish with a narrow orange binding. Will post a pic later.
Made by me, Janie, in College Station, TX.
There are a couple of posts if you are interested, isabellaswhimsy.wordpress.com/blog/
Quilter: Persimon Dreams
Sticks of Pantone
Using an awesome black/white/grey geometric printed fabric I added ‘sticks’ of the pantone colors – tender Shoots, African Violet and Nectarine.
Straight line quilting following the random ‘sticks’ of color add to the effect.
The end effect is simple but dramatic.
Approximate Size: 24″ x 36″
Made by Kim Lapacek, Poynette, WI
The Prize Winner
One of my fabulous sponsors Marcia of Marcia’s Crafty Sewing & Quilting has decided to spice up this months challenge. She’s giving one lucky winner a $20.00 Gift Certificate good towards for Extra Wide Fabric and Shipping!
Since we’re back from the Outer Banks I was able to use the special drawing hat again. Everyone who finished a quilt per the guidelines was entered into the drawing.The big girls are at school today so baby Pip got to draw the winner again.
And she chose Cotton N Lace! Congrats on winning this wonderful prize!
The June Off Season Challenge is up. This month is all about Texture! Have fun!