12.1.11

Quilting Bee, or just me!

So I was quilting like mad it seemed, before Christmas. I made a couple of these quilts back in Oct and the other FOUR I started the second week of December to be done for Christmas morning. Can you say INSANE! Miraculously I did not have a single meltdown over the magnitude of it all (which was the goal) and was crucial because this first quilt was a surprise for my husband and therefore not mentionable that I was making 4 quilts in 2 weeks not just 3! I am so glad that I made it a priority to fit in a quilt for Kent. He was so genuinely thrilled and we had set a very low budget to spend on one another this year, so this was at least sentimental so it made the money not even matter to me. Kent has curled up in it everyday since. I love that it's slightly vintage fabrics in a modern composition with a gentle masculine feel.
This is a quilt that I made for a friend that just had a baby in Australia. She didn't know the sex of the baby so this is the gender neutral pallet we came up with. I love it's whimsy! I have been totally shocked at what a great response I got from those that saw it in person. I love it, but I know it's quirky too!
This quilt was made for my niece Lucy. I actually did a tulle crib skirt and the cutest curtains to go with, but I didn't bring my camera the day we set up and well, it's on my to do list to get pics of the room. Lindsay has the cutest wall decal on the wall and well it's all very sweet! Another post perhaps. You'll just have to take your inspiration from these pics and imagine the room to go with!
The big finale!! The APPLE QUILTS! Now you have to be a MAC fan to understand this. But My goal was to create a guy quilt, without being tacky, that related to the tech-y side of my Dad. Who by the way is the Apple/Mac Guru! Well I had this idea in my head of pixels and the original Apple logo (because it's iconic and bold and visually fun) I think it translated well. Now after having this idea for Dad only, I got to thinking that my brothers are pretty hardcore Apple fans too. SO why not make 3! A cinch right?? Well 1200 squares later!!!! They each got their quilts. Well actually Dad and Conor received theirs at Christmas gift opening, while Nathan had to wait until his birthday the next day, make him sweat a little. I hear that My Dad had himself wrapped in this thing for days while laid up sick, and it made it a little more bearable. Quilts can cure!
So how's that for ya! So now you all know why I didn't even touch my blog over Christmas, unless absolutely necessary!! And why I haven't since, until now. I needed a break from the quilts and everything 'to do'. However I have started on a few new projects that I can't wait to show you hopefully in a week or two!! I can't help my self!

13 comments:

Ashley Dawn said...

Oh my goodness, I LOVE those... that quilt for your Dad is PERFECT!! I'm sure he loved it. The baby quilt is the PERFECT gender neutral quilt... and the one for Kent and Lindsey's baby - incredible. You amaze me...

Katie said...

Yup you're crazy! But Conor loves his quilt.

Ranisa said...

They are great! I love that brown and blue one!!! Someday...when I get out of debt....I am sending squares to you! Who knows I might take a class before then and maybe I can dream of doing it myself.

Dorienne said...

You are so talented. Quilting will be my next hobby! I know who to call when I've got a question.

Diana said...

Great quilts Liz. I love the quilt for Kent. Very modern and manly. I need to make Bryce a quilt but everything I love is to girly. Love it!

Chelsea Sheer said...

I love those apple quilts - so cute! I can't believe there were over 1500 squares - crazy. That's why I could never be a quilter (and so admire you!) I don't mind the sewing part, but hate the cutting. :) All your quilts are so cute!

Elizabeth Cranmer said...

Diana,
I searched for years to find something that wasn't too girly. It's a difficult task. Good luck!

Christy said...

They are all so beautiful Liz! I can't even imagine all the time and work that goes into making such creations... and I probably never will since I can't even sew a straight line! I'm sure they will all be treasured keepsakes.

precioussadies said...

You are amazing!! I don't know how you do it all, but you do!! Great job on every single quilt! You hit the mark perfectly with those apple quilts, and anything you put your hands too! Keep up the great work, can't wait to see what else 2011 brings out of you!

Nathan said...

Liz - I totally love my quilt. Thank you for your amazing sacrifice to make something for all us boys. The neat thing is when I wear it I think of you and my dad and brother, (not to mention Apple). I even take it with me when I go out of town!

Nate

B. said...

I'm usually jelious of your photos, and now I'm back to being jelious of your quilts again. Can I be an honourary family member so I can snuggle up in one?

pescbrico said...

OMG! I thought I had big plans for stuff!!! How can you do all that with your kids around?! I'm all impressed! Your quilts are beautiful! thanks for sharing!

Alanna said...

You're amazing and crazy, but mostly amazing! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them ALL! Do take a break though! I'm worried about you. Are you sure you didn't have a melt down?