Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

To all you moms out there, may you have a fantastic day enjoying your loved ones!

I was treated to a yummy breakfast of crepes! I received beautiful cards, drawings and specially planted seedlings decorated by my little ones.

LMO also decided to spell out MOM for me with her Magformers. Magformers are incredible blocks that have neodymium magnets encapsulated within the super strong plastic. Unlike other magnet toys, you can connect the Magformers regardless of the orientation of the north or south pole of the magnet, which lends to more creative building opportunities....Will show other creations they have made at another date.

Even our dogs were wearing cute little collars which read Happy Mother's Day (the idea of our little miss) Thank you for making me feel so loved!

Since my mother has not received her gift yet (since it is still in progress- sorry Mom! You know it's coming!) I thought I would show you what last years mother's day gift was for my mom. A little quilt.

It was a quilt we were making last year in my spring quilting class. It was called a twister quilt, and I was amazed when I saw it!

For our little twister, the first step is to select the size and amount of squares. As you can see here, we had 25 squares arranged five by five. You then sew these squares of fabric together and then add a border. That's what is shown below. Of course, you can spend A LOT of time picking out which fabrics to use and where to place them.

After you sew the boarders on, you use this tool called a Twister tool, which is an acrylic block with lines on it.

You put the block on top of the piece you have made using the lines as your guide (the lines go on your seams) and then use the block to cut it into pieces (again!) This pattern started by using the seam on the border, so the new pieces you cut have the border in them. 

You have to be very careful to keep the pieces in the right order and then you sew them together again. To this a border was added and after quilting it, added a bias strip edge and viola! Isn't it cool? I just love the pinwheels it creates.

And here is the back. A pieced one of course!! used up some of the leftovers from the front and a few new pieces. I just LOVE it!! Mom did too! 

I used Basic Grey for Moda's fabric line called Eva. The colors are incredible- deep plums, all shades of purple and amazing limes with touches of pinks.The center square features a beautiful peacock while others feature paisleys, stripes and other pretty patterns. 

 Crafty side note: I am totally obsessed with Basic Grey. I have been using (hoarding?!) their scrapbooking papers and embellishments lines for years now and when I started quilting I discovered they put their amazing designs on fabric! SWOON! Now I am using (collecting! stashing!) their fabrics too. Their "solids" are actually a grunge version of a solid, just like they did for their papers. It adds interest while still being "read" as a solid within a quilt. 

Funny side note- my hubby walked in as I was working on this and he said "So you bought fabric, cut it up, have sewn it together, and then cut it up again just to sew it again? Why are you making this much work for yourself?" I replied a resounding "Yes! Isn't it cool!!??" You get it dear reader, yes?

Once the current Mother's Day project is complete, it will be up here. Luckily, my mom isn't a stickler for due dates ;)  

Happy Mother's Day to my mom, my mother-in-law, my family and friends and to all of you! 

Create On!

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you had such a wonderful mother's day. Aw! My fur-nephews are so adorable & handsome! <33