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Radio Way Quilt

Monday, March 9, 2015

Radio Way Quilt from Jaybird Quilts - www.dontcallmebecky.com

My dad is a professional night time TV napper who lives in a chilly house. Naturally, his 60th birthday was the perfect excuse to make him a quilt. 

I used two jelly rolls from the Zen Chic Figures line, which were purchased at my favorite quilt shop, Stitched Studio Grand Rapids. I found a contrasting solid for the block borders. For someone who really enjoys picking out coordinating fabrics, this was a bit anticlimactic for me. Jelly rolls, while great time savers, just aren't my thing.

  Radio Way Quilt from Jaybird Quilts - www.dontcallmebecky.com

Radio Way Quilt from Jaybird Quilts - www.dontcallmebecky.com

Radio Way Quilt from Jaybird Quilts - www.dontcallmebecky.com

Size: 63"x81"
Quilting: free motion meandering stipple with grey thread
Finished: November 2014

Robot Quilt

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Robot Quilt for Children's Hospital 

Here's a quick quilt that I put together for the Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild's charity donation to Beaumont Children's Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. My favorite part of quilting is pairing fabrics, and it was fun to come up with a non-girly palette based on a robot print I had in my stash. I pulled everything together back in September and then finally got around to finishing this at the beginning of November.


Robot Quilt for Children's Hospital

I used 6.5" squares (final size 6") in a grid of 9 squares by 13 squares. The final quilt is 54"x78" and should cover the entire length of a hospital bed. I backed the quilt in a super soft flannel and quilted it with wavy lines using my free motion foot.

Robot Quilt for Children's Hospital

My favorite part of this quilt is the guild label, made by our graphic designer and guild member, Amanda. She did such a nice job on our branding and it was a great way to finish off the project.

Quilt Con 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

best tv cover ever 

Sarah and I traveled together to Austin two weeks ago for QuiltCon 2015. The whole experience was overwhelming in the best possible way. I think I'm still in recovery mode and my inspiration and urge to sew is at an all time high right now.

Because we didn't take any classes, we spent most of our time looking at quilts, attending lectures and buying everything in sight at the vendor booths. Looking back, keeping myself busy in classes probably would have been a great way to channel my creative energy and reduce my shopping haul! Of the lectures, Yoshiko Jinzenji's Simple Quilts, Bill Kerr's Details Matter and Susan Beal's Modern Quilt Documentation lectures were the highlights for me.

It was so nice to meet long time blog friends, Shea, Liz and Krista and to connect with so many other people who share my love of quilting. We also had fun catching up with our guild members for meals and drinks each night. For someone who would rather be home binge watching TV shows with Jon or listening to an audiobook and crafting away, I was exhausted after being out and about so much!


Sarah and Rebekah
Unfortunately we didn't get out and tour much of Austin, but we did catch a few food trucks, the infamous Gourdough's donutsHill Country WeaversHome Slice (home of the Mr. Roger's mural), and the adorable sewing shop, Stitch Lab.

Sarah Melanie Rebekah at Hill Country Weavers
Sarah and I with our hilarious Aussie friend, Melanie. We met on the first night in our hotel lobby and became instant friends. (Melanie is holding Happypotamus The Happy Hippo)

Photographing our Donuts at Gourdoughs
You'll have to trust me that the donuts were more tasty than they were photogenic.

Rebekah and Mr Rogers 





Here are a my favorite quilts from the juried show. You can see my full album here.

Refresh by Anna Boenish_2 Refresh by Anna Boenish_1 
Refresh by Anna Boenish

Bird's Eye View by Nathalie Bearden
Bird's Eye View by Nathalie Bearden


Arne by Rossie Hutchinson 
Arne by Rossie Hutchinson

  Coral Reef by Marla Varner_1 
Coral Reef by Marla Varner

  Do Good Stitches-Sunset Stripes 
Do Good Stitches-Sunset Stripes 

  Facets by Liz Harvatine 
Facets by Liz Harvatine

  Flyaway by Heather Jones_1 Flyaway by Heather Jones

  Full Bloom by Latifah Saafir_2 
Full Bloom by Latifah Saafir

  Fuzhou Fujian by Patricia Lutteral Fuzhou Fujian by Patricia Lutteral

  Grand Pineapple-Dichotomy by Alison Lee 
Grand Pineapple-Dichotomy by Alison Lee

  Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabik 
Improv Double Wedding Ring by Natalie Sabik

  Letting Go by Andrew Steinbrecher
Letting Go by Andrew Steinbrecher

  Mahjong by Leslie Schmidt Mahjong by Leslie Schmidt

  Paint Chip by Sarah Lowry 
Paint Chip by Sarah Lowry 

  Phased Circles by Michelle Wilkie_1 
Phased Circles by Michelle Wilkie

  Pickle Jars by Jamie Gonce 
Pickle Jars by Jamie Gonce

  Rocket88 by Latifah Saafir_1 
Rocket88 by Latifah Saafir

  Spirography by Matt Macomber Spirography by Matt Macomber


   Steps by Carrie Strine Steps by Carrie Strine

  Welcome to Colorful Colorado by Katie Larson 
Welcome to Colorful Colorado by Katie Larson

  The Knit Stitch by Dorie Schwarz 
The Knit Stitch by Dorie Schwarz

Smithereens by Emily Cier 
Smithereens by Emily Cier

  Somewhat Herringbone by Dorie Schwarz 
Somewhat Herringbone by Dorie Schwarz

  The New New by Amy Anderson 
The New New by Amy Anderson

  Tidy Towns-Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher 
Tidy Towns-Irish Houses by Andrew Steinbrecher

  Tiki Dilema by Jodi Robinson_1 Tiki Dilema by Jodi Robinson_2 
Tiki Dilema by Jodi Robinson

  Primary by Elsa Albury 
Primary by Elsa Albury

  Lite Brite by Maria Shell Lite Brite by Maria Shell

  Las Ventanas by Kristin Shields 
Las Ventanas by Kristin Shields

  Knit Snippet by Lotje Meijknecht 
Knit Snippet by Lotje Meijknecht

  Balancing Act by Amanda Hohnstreiter 
Balancing Act by Amanda Hohnstreiter
  Half SquareTriangles by Tara Faughnan
Half SquareTriangles by Tara Faughnan

  iQuilt by Kathy York_2 iQuilt by Kathy York (winner of best in show)

Akhaten by Shannon Page
Akhaten by Shannon Page



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Quilt Con lecture hall with Charity Quilts
Modern Quilt Guild chapters were invited to design and make quilts with a predetermined color scheme using an alternate grid. Here are some of my favorites from the charity quilts. I wish these had been labeled with guild names and participants!


Quilt Con Charity Quilts_Rebekah with the DAMQG quilt
Dana, from the Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild created this pattern and divided the sewing up between several members. I helped by piecing the backing and making a few blocks. Dana worked so hard to coordinate this and I love the design she created! The quilt was quilted by our guild's resident longarmer, Barb.

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Quilt 1 from the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild - designed by Jenna

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Quilt 2 from the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild - pattern by Debbie of Esch House Quilts

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Pyramids, by the Edmonton, Alberta MGQ. Designed by Stacey Lee O'Malley

Quilt Con Charity Quilts_15

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I loved the giant pebble quilting on this one. I'm going to try this sometime.

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I love these pieced x's and also want to give this a try.

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