Tuesday, December 10, 2013

CoCo's Quilt

A quilt for CoCo! This is getting done a little late but it was worth it. If you were reading my blog way back in 2009 I made my 5th quilt for baby Callia and this is for her new sister. Here are the posts for Callia's quilt which was my first quilt with appliqué. I've come a long way since then. I based this quilt off of Elizabeth Hartman's Small Plates pattern from her book The Practical Guide to Patchwork. I've made these Big Plates to accommodate the large butterflies in the center square. My friend Cara said butterflies was a theme. I did have a hard time finding a butterfly print but I love this one. 

Starting at the bottom and moving clockwise Briar Rose by Heather Ross, White and Green Strawberries also by Heather Ross, a Dot I can't find the name of, Kaffe Fasset Spot, Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House, Cocoon by Valori Wells, and Carnaby Street by Pat Bravo.

My friend Melissa of Lunden Designs did the quilting for me on her long arm and I love how it turned out! 

We decided on a loop pattern that might resemble the flight of a bee or butterfly and then squares in the center.

For the binding I went stripes again using Dear Stella #47.
I loved making such a fun bright quilt and hope it gets lots of love!! 


Friday, November 8, 2013

Going Home Part 2

As promised here are the more quilts from the Bunkhouse. See this post to catch up if you need to.  
There were 9 twin beds in the house somehow I only have 7 of the quilts but here they are with their labels. Sorry about the blurry ones but I've but the quilt patterns under each quilt.

Crown of Thorns 

54-40 or Fight

Bear's Foot

Road to Oklahoma


Road to Oklahoma

Courthouse Steps
The two quilts I'm missing thanks to a photo my husband took.

It was so special seeing all the quilts there and I know the Nature Conservancy was so honored to have them as well. I can really see them being done in modern fabrics I think I'll try a Road to Oklahoma with solids. Thank you Jubilee Quilters' Guild for doing this for the Nature Conservancy!!  
If you live in Oklahoma you should definitely take a trip to the Preserve visitors are welcome and there is a nice visitors center with a hands on area for kids. You will see lots of bison and there are trails you can walk on. You can also tour the bunk house which admittedly is different from when the cowboys slept there but we did cook on the stove from the 50's and I remember eating with the cowboys at the table in the dining room. 
 After our time at the ranch I did go back to Tulsa to catch up with friends and had a great time. I can't leave out mentioning my good friend Bianca's fabric store in Tulsa Owl and Drum

It's actually more then just fabric they have classes, craft supplies, as well as local artist's handmade gifts. There's really nothing like it in the area. 


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Going Home Part 1

While I was born and lived in Vermont until I was 5 I grew up in Tulsa Oklahoma where my family was from. In 1993 I set off on my own to Portland Oregon and now this will be my children's home state. That thought still startles me at times as I feel my Okie roots are so strong and do miss it. My Great Grandfather was a rancher near Pawhuska and owned a large ranch that ran cattle across the Midwest. My Granny and her siblings grew up working on the ranch but also eventually lived the city life in Tulsa. When I was little we would visit the ranch and I loved riding horses with my Mom, staying in Grandma's house, and seeing the cowboys. 
Yes that's me with the blond hair.
In the mid 80's our family made the big decision to sell the ranch to the Nature Conservancy who wanted to start a Tallgrass Prairie Preserve with plans to grow the Preserve to 50,000 acres. In 1993 right after I moved to Portland the Nature Conservancy released a herd of 300 bison onto the Preserve and there are now 2,700 bison on the land. Our family was invited back to the Ranch for the 20th Anniversary Celebration and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share this part of my history with my children. 

Some of the family from the weekend.

The Conservancy hosted an event with tour and speeches where my Uncle read the speech my Granny wrote and read at the release which was really moving.
After the event we were able to spend two nights out at the ranch staying in what used to be the bunk house where the cowboys would sleep. A surprise for me was noticing all of the quilts on the beds. I learned that when the Jubliee Quilters' Guild from Bartlesville Oklahoma found out the quilts on the beds were made in China they took it upon themselves to make 9 quilts for the house all in traditional styles of the time, I just love our community! Here's a sneak peak at one of them and I'll share the rest in post #2.


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival~Baby Quilt Entry


This is Hudson's Quilt my Baby quilt entry for the Blogger's Quilt festival. You can see more of my design process in this post. I loved working with these fabrics which were all inspired by the Motif Madness Print used in Hudson's nursery. Isn't he cute!!
I wanted to create a modern baby boy quilt that really went with the family's aesthetics and was clean and simple. The straight line quilting was fun with my new walking foot but still took awhile! 

Thank you for stopping by have fun browsing all of the quilts this year!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival ~ Scrappy Quilt

It's time for one of my favorite Quilt happenings of the year Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival. This year I wanted to enter the Scrappy category because I do love my scraps. I made this quilt with the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Festival in mind. I wanted to do something completely improvisational and focusing on low volume with blocks of color. I also made this quilt just for me which is not how I usually work. 

The pieced top before quilting. 

 Another big part of this quilt for me was I quilted it all on my home machine with my new Janome. It was so much fun and I just went crazy with the quilting. 

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and see my quilt! Pétra

Monday, October 7, 2013

September Book Club

I missed most of book club due to Back to School night at my son's school but I'm glad I made it for the end. Our book was Speak a young adult fiction novel. I haven't read any y.a. fiction since Harry Potter but I did enjoy this although its a dark subject matter. The main character is a freshman outcast at her high school due to calling the cops during a summer party. She becomes increasingly withdrawn and at odds with her parents and teachers as the school year progresses but starts to come to terms with the horrible event that took place at the party through her art class. I was wrapped up in the book although it was definitely a y.a. piece with some clichés and our group all thought the ending wrapped up a little too quick and tidy. For parents of teenage girls and boys I think this is a good book for them to read and to discuss with them. My son is an advanced reader for 12 but I think I'll wait a little while for him to read it. 

 Our book for October is The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

Bee PDX May June July!

Our bee has been a little derailed the past few months but we're getting back on track now. 

For May Katie had a Pacific Northwest Tree theme with anything goes for what you make.  Referencing a holiday tree I made I came up with the block. I'm excited to see how these come together because there was no size or pattern restrictions I know there will be so many different trees. Check out her Pinterest inspiration page.

My month was June and I chose the x & + block. Thank you to everyone I know it's a tricky block and I love the ones I have received, I hope to get the rest soon. The block was a little hard to pull fabric for because it's meant to be scrappy and I wanted to be sure everyone had enough fabric but I think they did. Here's the x & + quilt I made in 2012 for my children's school auction and I can't wait to have one of my own!

July was Heather and she picked an Improv Starburst block. Her fabric choices are so beautiful! I did learn a lesson when I misread the instructions and made the first block the wrong size. Heather was fine with me improvising to get the most from the remaining fabric and I think they turned out so nice. I'm sorry Heather!