Denver Quilt Guild…Swaps

I’ve participated in 2 swaps since I joined the Denver Quilt Guild in February. The first thing we did was a bag swap.

After looking through a lot of cool bags (many I still want to make sometime!), I ended up making the Peekaboo Chevron Tote. I even made fabric covered buttons…which was so much simpler than I though it would be!

Peekaboo Tote

For this swap, names were drawn for each bag that was made. All of the bags were really nice, but I was lucky enough to get Stacey’s bag! The fabric/colors are perfect. It was like she made it just for me :)

241 Tote

Here’s a picture of us with the bags we made:

Group BagsThanks to Liz, who heads up the Guild, for this picture!

Last month we did an apron swap. I made the Lilly Apron out of some fun green fabric:

Lilly Apron

For this swap, we drew numbers, and going in order, each person picked the apron she wanted. Again, all of the aprons were so great! Since I wanted a full apron (and I loved the colors she used) I picked the one that Stacey made:

Ruffle Apron

Showing off the fun aprons we received!

Group ApronsThanks to Teresa for this picture! Too bad my eyes are closed ;)

For next month’s meeting, we are exchanging sewn/quilted name tags. I’m really excited to work on my idea for Teresa. I’m also looking forward to the name tag I’ll receive :)

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Bertie’s Blankets

Wow! I didn’t mean to be absent for so long from the blog!

And, since I haven’t posted in so long, I still haven’t shared my friend Sam’s donation project: Bertie’s Blankets. Sam decided to make some blankets to donate to Trinity Hospice in honor of her Dad and the care he received there. Initially, she is putting together 3 blankets to donate. Two of these are knit/crochet blankets, either an aran/worsted weight sampler afghan or a scrappy sock yarn blanket. The other is a wonky log cabin quilt. If you’re interested in donating squares for any of these blankets, here are the guidelines.

I have contributed squares for two of the blankets. First up is the sampler afghan:

Aran Squares

Just recently Sam received enough squares to complete this afghan. However, Bertie’s Blankets is an ongoing project so new squares are always welcome :)

Since I’ve been sewing more recently, I also made some squares to add to the wonky log cabin quilt.

Wonky Log Cabin

I plan to post again next week so I can share several squares and other items I’ve made relating to the Denver Quilt Guild. Thanks to anyone who is still here and reading after my long hiatus! Enjoy your day :)

* Thanks, Sam, for the beautiful pictures of my squares!

Quilting!

I’ve been doing a little sewing this past month and have some fun things to share! Sorry for the long post, but I hope you enjoy the pictures :)

Last month I joined Sam and Stacey for a meeting with the Denver Quilt Guild. It was perfect timing because they were just starting a quilting bee. Each person who wanted to participate picked a quilt pattern and the fabrics they wanted to use and put everything in a box. Then, every month, we swap the boxes and make a couple of blocks based on the person’s pattern/fabrics.

For my quilt I decided to go with Bella’s Bird by Lotta Jansdotter.  Here are my fabric selections (thanks to Sam and Stacey for their help in choosing coordinating/contrasting fabrics!):

Fabrics

Sam and I exchanged boxes last month. You can see the gorgeous squares she made for me here.

Sam’s quilting inspiration is the  is the Stained glass quilt from Narcoleptic in a Cupboard. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to get a picture of all the cute fabric Sam had for her quilt. Here are the two blocks I completed for her.

Stained Block

Stained Block 2

Sam, Stacey and I also made some pillows for our friend Genia’s birthday/housewarming party. Stacey suggested the Chopped Vegetables Pillows by Elizabeth Hartman.

Pillow Front

I ended up starting my pillow a week before the party, so I was cutting, sewing and quilting the Sunday before and every night after work. Once finished, this is a quilted pillow case with an invisible zipper that fits a 20″ pillow form. I’m really happy with how my quilting and zipper turned out! And of course, the best part was how happy Genia was to receive these pillows from us :)

Pillow Back

We each chose one of the pillow styles to make, and all of the pillows used the two skully fabrics and the off-white kona cotton. Here are all three pillows!

3Pillows

Camp WannaKnitKnit

As I briefly mentioned before, I spent last weekend with my friends at our annual knitting retreat, Camp WannaKnitKnit. We stayed in a lovely house in the mountains and enjoyed yummy food, good company and knitting, of course!

Prior to the weekend, a few of us got together to sew these fun knitting project bags for everyone:

I took a few knitting projects with me, but mostly I worked on knitting some felted clogs. Thanks for the yarn, Stacey! A few other people had knit these clogs, so on Sunday we had a felting party:

It felt pretty good actually finishing a project over the weekend :) The first clog I knit was a little wonky, but the felting made it look more normal. I might have to make a few more of these!