Friday, August 13, 2010

Scraps, Chickens, Cherries and Checks

Plenty of you know that my sis, Amber,
has some serious quilting skills,
and whips quilts out like nobody's business. 
 So you might imagine how I felt when she came in town for six days
and told me to get ready to quilt! 

I was ecstatic!

I had an in-home tutor for the better part of the week,
and it was just what a newbie-quilter like me needed. 
I was able to finish my Americana Quilt topper less the final border, (pics later)
 like I had planned, and then suddenly,

 I was hit with this:

Amber found my baby bib scraps.
And what's a serious quilter do with scraps?
Make blocks!

She cut the largest sized blocks she could from all these different fabrics.
I believe they are 3 1/2 in. blocks, and she was able to cut
a significant amount, like 150! 

Then she talked me into spacing them with white blocks to give the quilt
a modern feel.  I like that it gives all the
funky patterns and colors room to breathe.
As you can see, this is something to be very proud of!
Using up scraps empowers a woman. 

I chose this fabric to use as the binding,
and I plan to use Amber's sweet little
binding tutorial on her blog. 
She was going to help me prepare the binding...
but we ran out of time.  I feel a fiasco coming on...
but I'm going to pray for good results.
I tend to get a wee bit frazzled when it comes to cutting fabric. 

So who knew that when you're a visitor
you must come bearing beautiful gifts?
Apparently Amber does!
I had a feeling about these cute roosters
when I spotted them on her blog a couple days before her visit,
and even told Husband that I may be in for a surprise...
but then I felt so rude to feel entitled, because she does have a lot of friends...

But low and behold, there was this with my name on it.

She heard me say last time I saw her that I like roosters.
I especially love these colors!  Light yellow, red, black and white.

I just love the applique.  The detail is amazing,
and it is all so darn cute!
Can you see the intricate quilting?

"Chickens, Cherries and Checks."
I can't wait to hang it in our new home!

I love my sis.  We deserve to live near each other! 
It has been far too long.
Can you imagine what sort of projects we could conquer?


a little bit biased August 13, 2010 at 10:49 AM  

Oh, you're so sweet! I'm glad you like the chicken quilt. I had a blast making it! I'm so excited about your bib scraps quilt (we need to come up with a good name for that one). If you see that it's gone missing next time I come for a visit don't blame me ya sis!

P.S. You just need to come here for a visit and we can finish up some more of those projects we worked on at your house!

Princess and the Pea August 13, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

How about "bib of this, bib of that" (in response to Amber's comment above)

Can't wait to see your finished quilt! Love the new look of your blog by the way! x

b davis August 13, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

Darling, darling. Way to bust out the projects! Amber is very motivating, and I am glad you have a new quilt to work on. You will have to show pictures of that for sure!

Cassie August 13, 2010 at 12:59 PM  

Princess and the Pea-I like that name idea! Cute!

B-I will definitely show the finished product. It's not every day or even every year that I finish a quilt!

Dottie August 13, 2010 at 9:01 PM  

Can't wait to see your finished project...and I agree! You do need to live close to one another...she really should move back ;) I'd love to craft with you gals!

Jennifer D August 14, 2010 at 9:58 AM  

Awwww..... you are so lucky to have a "Quilty Sister"!

Cassie August 16, 2010 at 8:04 AM  

Dottie-Yes she should get a movin! It would be fun to craft together. You're always whipping up cute things!

Jennifer D-Yes I am! She teaches me so much!

Keri August 17, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

Yes, you two would be a force to be reckoned with with all your projects! Love the quilt she did for you. And I LOVE your modern scrap quilt. Can't wait to see a picture of the finished product!!

Tammy August 18, 2010 at 6:28 PM  

It's amazing how Amber just whips those beautiful creations up! So talented and I'm glad you got to quilt together....Heaven I bet!

a little bit biased June 13, 2011 at 9:11 AM  

You need to get on finishing this quilt CASS! :) Not that you don't have a million other things to do...but it's going to be so cute!!


Nicole October 22, 2011 at 4:18 PM  

Very pretty!
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