Pokemon Gramma

About three years ago, I was with my son as he was house hunting. I tagged along to help with my grandson, who was two at the time. I knew we had found the house they would call home, when my grandson started dancing in the large, empty front room.
This room has since become the Rumpus room, full of fun and family.
It made me smile to see the quilts and fleece blankets I made being used in this room.
On my visit last week, my grandson introduced me to Pokemon Go. He enjoys the scavenger activity of finding these characters as he walks around parks with his dad. I tried my best to keep up with him, but this is a bit beyond me.
For his August pillow cases, I ordered some Pokemon fabric from eQuilter. I found one fabric with a lot of the characters, so I made an 18 inch pillow cover. He can add this pillow to the Rumpus room. I made some mug rugs with the remaining scraps.

 Big and Small Pillowcases

Pokemon Go Pillow with the cast of many characters.

Mug Rugs

Like I said, this game is beyond me. So, I thought these products would at least help me look like a Pokemon Gramma.

Next on the agenda:
1. My friend is looking for Christmas fabric, so we are taking a trip to Valli and Kim’s in Dripping Springs.
I have given myself a budget.
2. I need to prepare for a craft day with my granddaughter and daughter-in-law.
3. I have a pattern for making a unicorn pillow cover for my granddaughter. I need to purchase some fabric.

What’s On My Design Wall?

The first time I visited Valli and Kim’s Quilt Shop, I was blown away with all of the beautiful fabric.
They have such a variety of color and design…it left me spinning.
I left without buying fabric, because I did not know what I wanted.
Two days later, I returned, determined to buy fabric.
There was a quilt on display that caught my eye.
It was simple, yet, colorful, and full of life.
I really want to design my own quilts, but this design was too pretty to pass up.
The quilt was based on a pattern, Midnight Blue, by  Pat Fryer at Villa Rosa Designs.
The fabric used in the display was from the Kaffe Fasset floral line.
The display quilt had repeat floral fabric with one color of the Moda Bascic Grey polka dot fabric.

I knew I wanted more colors, in both the floral and the polka dot fabric.
At first, I was timidly trying to choose 20 different florals, just by looking and pulling one or two at a time.  The shop owner cleared a table and told me to throw out as many bolts as I wanted.
She did not have to tell me twice.
I threw out just about every bolt they had, and then gradually pulled out the ones that I did not want.
It was so much fun playing with the fabric.
Then, they cut 20 fat sixths for me.
When it came to choosing the polka dots, I just threw in 20 colors at random.

I finally got started on the quilt today and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
Everything is cut, paired, and ready to go.
I made four blocks today and splashed them on my design wall.
They are not in order yet.
Arranging these blocks will be more fun ahead for me.

POSTSCRIPT

I lost all sense of time and finished 12 blocks.
Only 8 more blocks to go.

I am just laying them out as I go. I will think about the layout when all blocks are completed.

 

Home Again and Ready to Go

This year started with me dragging my feet and having no real direction when it came to quilting.
Thanks to my blogging friends and their insight and support, I am now back on my feet.
Also, this week with my granddaughter has been so motivating.
Seeing her create in drawing, music, dance, fabric, writing, conversation, and play, was SO inspiring.
I took photos of some of her art pieces and plan to make some sort of quilted wall hanging based on her work. She also had this t-shirt that she said was her favorite because it looked like her.
I want to see what I can do with this image of her shirt. The shirt no longer fits her, so maybe I can make something from the shirt.

During my week away from my sewing studio, I got to visit with my friend, Nancy.
She is so full of ideas and creativity. I wish we lived in the same city and shared a sewing studio.
When we visited the Valli and Kim Quilt Shop, in Dripping Springs, I was in awe of all the beautiful fabric. I must have had a case of the Fabric Flu, though, because I left without buying fabric.
I was so overwhelmed with ideas when I saw the fabric, and I just couldn’t decide on what to do.
After a restless night, thinking of all the fabric, I knew the only way to cure the Fabric Flu was to go back to Dripping Springs. Luckily, my granddaughter’s ballet class is just a block away from the shop.
I got a bit carried away with my purchases, but I feel SO much better.

I also visited the B&B Quilt Shop in Buda.
I purchased some cute Bee fabric to make a Bee My Valentine pillowcase for my granddaughter.

They also had a bird/inspirational panel that I couldn’t resist.
It is for making a book, but I do not yet know  how I plan to use this fabric panel.

I know I may be fixated on birds, but why not stick with what you like?
I purchased this bird fabric and an inspirational word fabric.
This could be for a pillow or a wall hanging.

I have so much to think about now…Where do I start?

My plan to not buy fabric until I utilized my stash just went out the window.
I still plan to continue using up my scraps by making scrappy quilts and making fabric from scraps.
So much fun ahead!
Home again and ready to go!