Misc. Monday

Mom’s birthday is Thursday!  Sandy and I were trying to come up with a unique quilted gift for her and we found just the right thing!

Mom goes to a lot of outdoor events for her grandson who plays tennis and sometimes the bleachers can be a bit hard to sit on. This carry cushion is the result of our quilting quest.


We found this pattern in the book “French General Handmade Soirees” by Kaari Meng.


Mom loves the color pink so I started rooting through my stash for coordinating pink fabrics and decided to go with a 5 inch patchwork pattern.


I had some laminated cotton from Riley Blake fabrics and used this for the bottom of the cushion.  If it rains and the bleachers are wet, mom won’t have to worry about getting wet too!



The pattern calls for a zipper closure which make it nice for cleaning!


I got to practice my machine quilting on the cushion top.  Yikes and more yikes!  I definitely need more practice!

I am going to get this in the mail today to be sure mom gets her carry cushion for her big day.  Happy Birthday, Mom!  We love you!!!




Misc. Monday

I am finishing up several projects that have been in the works for a few months.  My quilt guild sponsored a sew in one weekend and we were challenged to make a quilt using charm squares.  I was drawn to a pack of Dottie Polka Dots from Moda Fabrics.


I used a quilt pattern from 3 Times the Charm – Book Two by Me and My Sister Designs.  This is a great book filled with adorable quilt patterns!  I have made several baby quilts using the patterns in this book.  Although the patterns work well for charm packs, I’ve also made a quilt or two using scraps from my stash.


By the time I got around to making my binding, most of the Moda Dottie Polka Dot fabrics were sold out at my favorite quilt shop.  BUT  I did find a nice black and white polka dot design from Riley Blake Fabrics.  I think the black and white binding frames the quilt and adds nice contrast to all the bright colors.


I used an aqua and white polka dot fabric for the quilt back and I am very happy with the results!  I always send my quilts to a local long arm expert, Ms. JM.  She does an incredible job and here is a close up of her work.


This was a fast, fun and easy quilting project.  If you are new to quilting, this book would be a nice resource to help you get started on your quilting journey.