local run/walk for cancer donation

29 Jul

if you are watching my current projects tab at the top, you’ll note it has been seriously lacking any progress. BUT! that is about to change. i put together this little baby ensemble for the local event. i believe they will be doing a silent auction with many of the items they receive.

i made 2 yummy flannel receiving blankets. i looked for a woven flannel so that it would be yellow on both sides. they are soooo soft. i washed them first, and then cut them approximately square (40×40) and then edged them with a fun variagated thread (signature citrus i think) in yellows,greens and oranges. did i mention how SOFT they are? the 40×40 size is big enough to swaddle kidlets too. i made an extra one and we’ve been using it with kaiden and it’s a really nice weight and size.

okay and the pattern for this little guy came home with me from a quilt show. he’s made from fabric matching the quilt. lots and lots of yo-yos. i used the yo-you maker (from clover i think) in the large and x-large size. the stuffed head was throwing me but it think it’s alright now. i didn’t have nor want to put shank buttons for eyes since i didn’t want a button coming off the toy so i opted to draw the eyes on with permanent marker. isn’t he cute?

and i also made 5 soft blocks out of matching fabrics. i’ve been wanting to make some of these for a while. don’t know why i hesitated. they’re a cinch to make! i started with a pattern from the book Winsome baby by art to heart. i wanted a smaller block and an even softer one so i reduced the size and didn’t use any stablizer. my blocks started out 4.5″ rather than the 6.5″ in the pattern. stuffed ’em with fiber fill and they are ready to be squeezed by the nearest baby!

and to keep everything “contained” i had a hand dyed (by janet myers) tote bag that matched the colors in the quilt. (janet does this cool thing at quilt shows, as long as her supply of bags last, and you spend over a certain amount on her hand dyed fabrics, she sends them home with you in a hand dyed tote bag….i have several……but this is not all about me so moving on….) i thought about cutting something out and fusing it to the front of the bag but in conversation with my friend i hit on the perfect idea. i sewed some yo yo’s on the top edge. doesn’t just make the bag fun?

the quilt backing is a hand dyed by Star Design Fabrics. they do such nice stuff. i quilted using the same varigated thread (signature citrus) as on the receiving blankets. i used an anne bright design and some freehand embellishments. i used a wonderful orange fabric to bind it with. i think it frames the quilt nicely on both the back and the front.

so you’ve been very patient with me. here finally is the quilt! it is a pattern by kaffe fasset called circus tents from his book titled “glorious patchwork”. the dotted fabrics were also designed by kaffe (“spots”) and the hand dyed fabrics were done by janet myers of flandreau SD. such a fun quilt to piece! i used a pale peach thread on the top and freehanded some ballons into the quilting design. now no post would be complete without a little complaining from me! i LOVE kaffe’s patterns and fabrics. i don’t love his instructions. seems he likes to use templates when there is no good reason to do so (IMHO) so i ended up re-drafting this so i could do it without templates. i also added some freehand quilted balloons to the quilting design of circus clown faces by anne bright. i think it filled in the space nicely. i used a quilted dream cotton select batting and washed the quilt after it was quilted and bound to get that krinkly wrinkly look that i love.

and here is everything all together: i hope they do well with the auction and i’m really glad to be able to mark it finished! thanks for joining me on this tour of some quilting content finally!


5 Responses to “local run/walk for cancer donation”

  1. Jan July 29, 2008 at 7:58 am #

    Wow! You have been very busy! Those are asll so beautiful and fun!! Great job!

  2. CarolK July 29, 2008 at 8:53 am #

    What a wonderful collection of beautiful items from your heart blessed by your love and talent! Some lucky bidder will be so happy!

  3. Becca July 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

    Awesome.I came to look for more pics on your project! And yes that award is for you.Your blog is awesome.

  4. freda1951 July 29, 2008 at 6:25 pm #

    I love all your projects, Kay. They should raise lots of money for a very worthy cause.

  5. Cynthia Johnson July 31, 2008 at 8:14 am #

    Thanks so much Kay for your very generous donation. We are so excited to get your baby quilt and toys for our ACS Walk/Run. It has already received rave reviews. A photo will be in the Enterprise soon. If anyone would like to place a bid, join us on Saturday, Sept. 20th at 4:00pm in Flandreau, SD.

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