Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day, and hello again!

Hello, quilt-blog-land! Miss me?

*crickets chirping as everyone goes, "You were gone?"*

Hee! It looks (from catching up with blog posts) like I missed a bit of a quilting-world storm, but that's OK--I've had storm enough at home! (I'm not done with the semester yet, but since today is Mother's Day, I'm taking a breather. :)

In between the craziness, I've had just enough time to finish a couple things. First and foremost, I present:


TweetyGigs: Finished!

~70" x 88"
Fabric: Tweet Tweet by Keiki, Spirit by Lila Tueller, and Bella Solid Bleached White
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Quilted at the Backyard Quilt Shop in a loose swirl with pale pink thread

Follow the cut for more TweetyGigs, and some mug rug goodness!

I was so excited with how this turned out!

TweetyGigs detail

Although I didn't get the best picture of the back, it gives you an idea...

TweetyGigs: The back

I tried the tube method for creating bias binding, and I think I did pretty well with it--but it'll take me some practice before I'm really comfortable doing it.

TweetyGigs: So much binding

And I adore that whirlygig block!

TweetyGigs detail: the WhirlyGig block


TweetyGigs: The whole shebang

The biggest quilt I've ever made, and I'm so pleased with it. I guess we should probably get going on actually purchasing Z's big-girl bed, eh?

Here she is, the almost-four princess herself, flying on her tree swing:

Swinging high

She picked out some lovely flowers for me for Mother's Day:

Happy Mother's Day

I also had a great gift this weekend--my Mug Rug Swap Adventure partner Janet (who was very understanding of my lateness, and I thank her for that) sent me this beauty:

Mug Rug: From Janet

Isn't it gorgeous? Look at that quilting!

Mug Rug Detail

And it is the perfect thing for my sewing room--it even matches my sewing machine!

Ready to sew!

I made for her a Kitty-Inna-Flower-Garden:

Mug Rug Sent: Kitty-Inna-Garden

Kitty-Inna-Garden, backside

I tried a few new things with this, and I hope Janet likes it! (Also, I'm instituting a new rule for myself: No swaps during the school year. Like, absolutely none.)

WHEW!!! That was quite the update! Which is what happens when you disappear for more than a month. *g*

I am so excited to get back into the sewing room! For summertime I'd like to finish the layer-cake sampler quilt, and I've got a jelly-roll quilt-along I'm doing with my MIL, and a queen-size quilt for our bed planned, so. I think I'll keep myself busy?

I hope all of you are doing well!

Linking up:

{Sew} Modern Monday at Canoe Ridge Creations

Fresh Poppy Design


  1. Tweety Gigs turned out beautifully! Congratulations on a wondeful finish. Swaps can be fun but stressful - I've instituted a moratorium as well. Better for my mental health!

  2. nice to have you back ...the quilt is really beautiful. Love it....and both mug rugs. I have to say....the one you made is just so different...I find it intriguing...nice job

  3. So glad to have you back! Your quilt is beautiful! Happy Mother's Day!

  4. Lovely, lovely pictures!!!!

  5. Your TweetyGigs quilt is gorgeous, and I agree, that whirlygig absolutely makes it. I love the bit of whimsy. I bet your daughter loves it!

  6. TweetyGigs is GORGEOUS! Great finish! I love the picture of your daughter on her swing, she looks like she is literally flying. : )

  7. What beautiful pictures!
    Your tweetygigs quilt is wonderful - I especially love the pinwheels on the corners, and the quilting!
    Happy Mother's Day!

  8. Those Tweety Gigs pinwheels just make me smile, they are lovely. And beautiful mug rugs too.

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  10. Love the pinwheels! and the choice of pink thread for your quilty swirls. = )

  11. Wow! Your Tweety Gigs is beautiful! I love Tweet Tweet fabric - it makes you happy just looking at it. Really beautifully done :)


  12. (Hi! I'm running late on commenting ;))

    That Tweety Gigs is amazing. I love how the white makes the colours really ping out of it, and it looks utterly fabulous. And the mug rug is so cool!

    You're most inspiring. Maybe I'll cut into my first jelly roll this summer after all :)

  13. Hi Beth, Just letting you know I received the mug rug today and am blogging about it. Thought I would come by and see what you are up to. I love the Tweety Gigs quilt. Very nice! And the mug rug I made you looks fabulous with your sewing machine. It really is purple! Thanks so much for the fabulous mug rug you made me. Indeed very whimsical.