Owen’s Giraffes – Grandson #2 Gets a Quilt

My re-entry into quilting began two years ago with the arrival of my first grandson. I dusted off my sewing machine and made “Warren’s Monsters” which rekindled my love of playing with fabric. Now, with the addition of my second grandson it was time to make another quilt; Owen’s Giraffes.

I made it up as  I went, as I usually do because I lack the discipline to follow a pattern or a plan. That’s why quilt-making is my relaxation and therapy; no rules.

Here are the Giraffe Panels:

Owen's Giraffes by gulfcoastquilts.com

Owen’s Giraffes by gulfcoastquilts.com

Owen's Giraffes by gulfcoastquilts.com

Owen’s Giraffes by gulfcoastquilts.com

Owen's Giraffes by gulfcoastquilts.com

Owen’s Giraffes by gulfcoastquilts.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I added the “big brother little brother” block:

Big brother Little Brother Block by gulfcoastquilts.com

Big brother Little Brother Block by gulfcoastquilts.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a few more little boy blocks and a signature block.

Giraffe Quilt by gulfcoastquilts.com

Giraffe Quilt by gulfcoastquilts.com

Giraffe Quilt by gulfcoastquilts.com

Giraffe Quilt by gulfcoastquilts.com

Giraffe Quilt by gulfcoastquilts.com

Hidden messages on the Giraffe Quilt by gulfcoastquilts.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After adding a panel of an elephant family – and sneaking in a pink elephant for the possibility of a baby girl added to the family one day – I put the quilt together and here is the final project keeping my precious grandson warm these days.

Owen's Giraffes by gulfcoastquilts.com

Owen’s Giraffes by gulfcoastquilts.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, it’s time for a new quilt for my oldest grandson who just got his first BIG BOY bed. This GiGi is about to begin a dinosaur quilt for his new twin-sized bed. Yes, he’s infatuated with the Dinosaur book at school – loves the creatures – so it’s got to be the subject for his quilt. This ought to be interesting. Who knows what I’ll come up with but I know I’ll have fun and there will be lots of love involved in this fabric adventure because I adore these two beautiful grandchildren of mine and I’m tickled that my son and daughter-in-law asked me to make another quilt. Love them dearly!

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Last Year’s Vacation Crazy Quilt – What next?

Last Summer our grand-daughters came to visit us in Florida. I let them rummage through my fabric stash. Then, we traced everyone’s hands onto some fabric and picked out some shapes that would remind them of the visit – chasing lizards, morning coffee with Gi Gi, PaPa’s plumeria and palm trees, the Florida sunshine…

We turned it into a crazy quilt and the girls loved it! When they went back to school our youngest granddaughter brought the quilt to school as part of her “What I did this Summer” project. She said the boys were jealous because she caught lizards in Florida and had a lizard on her quilt. (Extra points for PaPa for lizard hunting and extra points to GiGi for the lizard quilt block!)

What are we going to make THIS summer? I wonder if it might be time to begin teaching them to sew? My grandmother started teaching me when I was about twelve years old and I’ll be thankful for the rest of my life that Grandma King shared her time and talent with me. I know I had to be an exasperating student and I wore her patience thin. Sewing is my connection to my wonderful Grandmother and I sometimes wonder if she is looking down from heaven, shaking her head, when I do sloppy work or have to rip something out because I didn’t think ahead.

The grand-daughters came to visit us this summer.

The grand-daughters came to visit us this summer.

The girls selected fabric from my stash.

The girls selected fabric from my stash.

The Florida block.

The Florida block.

Crazy Vacation Quilt

Crazy Vacation Quilt

Crazy Vacation Quilt DONE!

Crazy Vacation Quilt DONE!

The Spring Fling

I’ve been hiding in the quilting loft for weeks. Why? I boldly signed up for a booth at an upcoming fundraising event, the Spring Fling, hosted by the Navarre Beach Garden Club.

I need to bring some things that gardeners will like so there are lots of flowers involved. We’ve had a challenging winter so colorful flowers will be appreciated. I also want to have several “price points” to offer so I made a few large quilts, some baby quilts, and some inexpensive quilted greeting card / mug rugs.

While I was at it, I decided to learn a new technique I saw on Pinterest; thread sketching. I’m addicted to it and I’m bent on learning more. Here’s the latest stuff to flow out of the quilting loft:

Spring Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Fist Step – Applique: Spring Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Final version - packaged with an envelope. Spring Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Final version – packaged with an envelope. Spring Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

First Step - applique and quilt: Spring & Easter Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

First Step – applique and quilt: Spring & Easter Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Packaged and ready to go! Spring & Easter Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Packaged and ready to go! Spring & Easter Fabric Postcards / mug rugs made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Bunny Post Cards made by gulfcoastquilts.com

Bunny Post Cards made by gulfcoastquilts.com

Made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Made by GulfCoastQuilts.com

Flower Power Quilt Top ready to put together and quilt. gulfcoastquilts.com

Flower Power Quilt Top ready to put together and quilt. gulfcoastquilts.com

Learning to thread sketch - gulfcoastquilts.com

Learning to thread sketch – gulfcoastquilts.com

Learning to thread sketch - gulfcoastquilts.com

Learning to thread sketch – gulfcoastquilts.com

Fabulous Fabric & An Unbelievable Deal!

I found a bin of unloved fabric and fell in love with some of it. I got a great deal – two bucks a yard – on the decorator fabric if I bought the entire remains of the role. Here is what I bought:

Designer fabric for two bucks a yard!

Designer fabric for two bucks a yard!

Then, I dug through my scraps to see what matched.

Rummaged through the scraps to find a match.

Rummaged through the scraps to find a match.

Then, I started sewing circles and making quilts. I have the first of three ready to be quilted – that’s tomorrow’s project. I wonder if I can sell them? I’ve never sold a quilt before; I’ve always given them to family and friends, or donated them to charities for fund-raising events.

Appliqued blue and turquoise circles.

Appliqued blue and turquoise circles.

Quartered and rearranged.

Quartered and rearranged.

I made a few crazy abstract circles.

I made a few crazy abstract circles.

Blue circles ready for quilting.

Blue circles ready for quilting.

I have three quilt tops ready to go. Inspired by the beautiful blues and turquoises of the Gulf of Mexico they are named Coastal Curls, Surf Circles, and Ripples in the Gulf.

Finished the first of a series of three quilts - this one is named "Surf Circles."

Finished the first of a series of three quilts – this one is named “Surf Circles.”

"Surf Circles" quilt by Gulf Coast Quilts

“Surf Circles” quilt by Gulf Coast Quilts

Next to be quilted, "Ripples in the Gulf."

Next to be quilted, “Ripples in the Gulf.”

The next project will be from the other fabric I nabbed at two bucks a yard! I wonder what I’ll do with it? Here it is:

Found these great leftover designer fabrics!

Found these great leftover designer fabrics!

Procrastination & Too Many Projects

In 2008 I started a quilt top and never finished it because it had mistakes in it. Then, I didn’t use my sewing machine for four years.  The unfinished quilt top hung around, reminding me of my procrastination. When I started quilting again I tried to ignore the unfinished quilt. For some reason I just didn’t know who it was meant for. It didn’t have an owner. Then, finally, we got a baby girl in the family. My little great niece, Ava.  I put it together, mistakes and all, and sent it to her first birthday party in Hawaii. I think “Flutterbies” will be happy in Hawaii.

I tried to ignore "Flutterbies" but it finally found a home.

I tried to ignore “Flutterbies” but it finally found a home.

"Flutterbies" finally found a home in Hawaii. Some projects just take more time than others.

“Flutterbies” finally found a home in Hawaii. Some projects just take more time than others.

Simple Quilts for My Grand Nephews

I LOVE Pintrest; it’s downright inspirational! I saw a tutorial for making a simple quilt without having to add quilt binding to the edges – a task that just seems to take a long time.  I decided to give it a try and made these two simple quilts for my grand nephews. They were done in one day! No fancy quilting – just straight lines. So easy!

These were super easy and fast. No quilt binding! Yay!

These were super easy and fast. No quilt binding! Yay!

My nephews and their quilts.

My nephews and their quilts.

Warren’s Monsters – the quilt that rekindled a passion

This is the first quilt I made for my first grandchild. I’d abandoned my sewing machine for years until I got my first grandbaby. I just had to make something for him. This was the first quilt that started it all.

"Warren's Monsters"  - the quilt that rekindled my love of quilting after years away from my hobby. Created for my first grandchild, January 2013.

“Warren’s Monsters” – the quilt that rekindled my love of quilting after years away from my hobby. Created for my first grandchild, January 2013.

It started out too blue. I add a few blocks of green later.

I have a pretty low tech approach to planning my applique work.

I have a pretty low tech approach to planning my applique work.

I just made it up as I went. I'm just not good at following patterns and directions.

I just made it up as I went. I’m just not good at following patterns and directions.

This was the first monster. I learned that I needed stabilizer to keep the squares from puckering so off to WalMart I went.

This was the first monster. I learned that I needed stabilizer to keep the squares from puckering so off to WalMart I went.

I arranged, rearranged, and finally got it right.

I arranged, rearranged, and finally got it right.

My grandson and his quilt.

My grandson and his quilt.