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Monday, July 9, 2018

"Guardian Angels Rock" Mini Quilt

Hi!👋  Happy Monday! It's been so long since I've had time to post, I'm knocking cobwebs down over here! I have a special little quilt to share! 

It started back in January of this year, I think it was, when Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation asked if I would like to stitch up this super fun quilt pattern, called 'Take Flight' as part of a blog tour celebrating the release of her new book, Stash Statement. Of course I said yes! It seemed like such a long ways away at the time, but time flies and it's here!

Stash Statement by Kelly Young

The quilt pattern that I stitched up for the book release celebration, called 'Take Flight', is a bonus pattern, lap quilt size, a companion pattern to the book. It is not actually included in the book, but Kelly is offering it as a free PDF to anyone who purchases a signed copy of Stash Statement

'Take Flight' (as well as each of the quilts in the book) is super simple and super scrap friendly.

I ended up shrinking the pattern by half and turning it into a mini, and gave it a name, Guardian Angels Rock, but before I tell you about it, here's just a little about the book:

Stash Statement is an excellent coach. I know a lot of us are uncomfortable with improv piecing, but Kelly has laid out some excellent guidelines and instructions on how to get your feet wet with structured improv piecing and even become confident with it. 

So, there's no need to fear improv anymore! Plus, all of the pictures in the book are just bright and colorful and happy. :) Included are twelve gorgeous quilts and instructions to make them all! Great for not only scraps, but any fabric in your stash, just as the title implies. Perfect for all of those extra jelly roll strips, or the rogue layer cake square or fat quarter. And just plain any-old-scraps. Even ugly scraps, tho I'm not sure those even exist. (just cut them smaller-ha!) 😊

I legit love this book! 

With that said, here is the story behind this little mini and why I named it Guardian Angels Rock

First, the wings remind me of some sort of angel wing tattoo.. (I'm not brave enough for an ACTUAL tattoo but I do have four tiny radiation tattoos from when I had cancer...)

Which made me think of a friend of mine who had mentioned possibly making a quilt for her bestie's little girl who is maybe 4 yrs old, who recently kicked the butt of cancer (childhood leukemia) after undergoing 2+ yrs. of treatments. (I'm not sure of the timeframe.) I followed her journey on facebook... (pics used with permission from her mom) 

Charlotte is one brave, strong little girl. With such an angelic smile...

Which made me think of guardian angels. And how this quilt might be perfect for her. Especially if I shrunk the pattern by half and made it into a mini, for a doll quilt! Or a cuddle quilt...

(**because I shrunk the pattern, I used a pile of pretty small scraps so it would look good and scrappy!**)

Because Charlotte's story reminds me, as a survivor also, of the saying, "When life hands you scraps, make a quilt."

I even used some of my scraps from Amanda Herring's Ardently Austen fabric line in the angel wings, and didn't notice until after the fact how perfect they are! I love the one about loving what you create, but many of them are soo perfect for Charlotte and her journey. I circled only a couple. But love them all!

Such great sentiments for a sweet, brave little warrior embarking on her cancer-free life! 

So that is my convoluted thought process on how participating in this Stash Statement blog hop for Kelly's book release led me to make this quilt and shrink it into a little quilt, for Charlotte, to celebrate her fighting spirit and the fact that Guardian Angels Rock! Truly. And may they always look after Charlotte as she grows into a healthy, happy young lady.
Who is so adorable, btw! I didn't expect to get emotional writing this post, but I'm kind of emotional right now, and just so sooo happy for her, and her parents!! The pic below.. 💛

Also, Charlotte's mom and my friend are die hard rock and roll fans so it's kind of for them, too. -- Rock on Charlotte and company! I can't wait to get this quilted and get a label on it! I hope she loves it forever!

Thank you Kelly for this wonderful pattern and for your amazing talent and book! And for asking me to be a part of your book release celebration. It ended up leading me on a wonderful journey making this little quilt, for this amazing, brave, and strong little girl! 💚 Lots of prayers and best wishes are stitched into it!

Guys, if you want to check out the quilts that are in Kelly's book, head to her website, My Quilt Infatuation and you'll find all of the blog tour links. Each week, a different quilt from the book was featured. So you can see them all made up before you purchase your copy.

If you made it this far, thanks for reading!

Be strong, but playful, (like Charlotte!) & Happy Stitching!! Have a great week!


Friday, March 30, 2018

Pokemon Friday: End is Near! (Sashing)

Hey SewAlong friends! It's Pokemon Friday again! Better late than never! I hoped to have this post up this morning, but I ran out of time to do it last night, and then remembered my son had an assembly at school where he was getting an award, so we were gone all morning!

I can't believe we've done the 12 blocks already, and it's time to sash and border. You only need one color for this, unless you want to change it up.. I'm doing it all in my background color. The top row with the Pokemon logo will be slightly different because those blocks were 19" sq. instead of 20" sq. like the rest of them. So that the logo ends up centered in the top row. 

Let's go!

*Cut or piece the following:

Bright Turquoise (background)

(6) 2 1/2 x 20 1/2"
(2) 4 x 19 1/2"
(3) 2 1/2 x 64 1/2"
(2) 5 1/2 x 74 1/2"
(2) 5 1/2 x 85 1/2"

Stitch the horizontal rows together first. The top "Pokemon" row will use the two rectangles that are 4 x 19 1/2", on each end of the row. It should come out to the same measurement as the rest of the rows. Then stitch the rows together using the 2 1/2 x 64 1/2" strips. Once complete, stitch on outer borders according to numbered arrows. I hope this diagram makes sense!

I've checked the measurements over and over but let me know if you find a discrepancy. 

Finished Size: 74 x 95"

I can't wait to see finished quilts pop up! I've still got some catching up to do with my blocks as I've had to stop to do other sewing, but I will catch up SOON!

This has been so much fun. I still may have other additional blocks pop up now and then, but probably not until after I catch up with these blocks and get to work on the backing that my son wants!

Thanks for sewing along! Please please tag me over on IG so I can see your quilts if you post them. :D (@kellifanninquilts,#pokemonfridays, #pokemonquilt)

You guys are the BEST!


P.S. *CLICK HERE* for downloadable PDF

Friday, March 16, 2018

Pokemon Fridays: Dratini (Block 12)

Welcome back to Pokemon Fridays, where this week we're making Dratini. He seems to be some kind of flying worm. ;)

I can't believe it's already time for the last block! Although, my son has drawn up a special quilt back for this one. So I'll probably post the tutorials for that, too as I get to it. But for now, this is the last block for the quilt top, and then in two weeks, for the next Pokemon Friday, I'll post the sashing. I haven't had a chance to sit down and figure it out, yet.

We were attacked by the flu a couple of weeks ago, and then my seasonal AND food allergies went all kinds of haywire, and I am STILL coughing and trying to get my energy back. I've been kind of a mess over here lately. ha! Just trying to keep up with life!

But enough about that, onward to the cutting! :) Dratini uses three colors of blue, two colors of grey, black, white, & background. Eight colors in all. I have listed the Moda Bella solids name of each, if you're using the bundle.

Bright Turquoise (background):

1 1/2" sq. (13)
1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (7)
1 1/2 x 5 1/2" (2)
2 1/2" sq. (3)
2 1/2 x 3 1/2" (1)
2 1/2 x 4 1/2" (2)
3 1/2 x 5 1/2" (1)
4 1/2 x 5 1/2" (2)
5 1/2" sq. (1)
5 1/2 x 11 1/2" (1)

Bluebell (lightest blue):

1 1/2" sq. (2)
1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (3)
1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (3)
2 1/2" sq. (2)

Little Boy Blue (medium blue):

1 1/2" sq. (8)
1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (4)
1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (1)
2 1/2" sq. (2)
2 1/2 x 4 1/2" (1)

Amelia Blue (darkest blue):

1 1/2" sq. (4)


1 1/2" sq. (22)
1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (15)
1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (4)


1 1/2" sq. (7)
1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (3)
1 1/2 x 3 1/2" (1)
1 1/2 x 4 1/2" (1)
2 1/2" sq. (1)
2 1/2 x 4 1/2" (1)

Silver (lighter grey):

1 1/2" sq. (7)
1 1/2 x 2 1/2" (3)
1 1/2 X 3 1/2" (4)

Graphite (darker grey):

1 1/2" SQ. (7)
1 1/2 X 2 1/2" (1)

As always, stitch together the pieces indicated by the small grey arrows first, then according to the numbered arrows. When done with each section, label and set aside.

*NOTE: light blue has the measurements written in black, medium blue has the measurements written in white. (sometimes they are hard to tell apart in the diagrams.. for me anyway) :)

Same with the greys. Lighter grey has measurements written in black, darker grey has measurements written in white.








Assemble the block, and you will have a Dratini!

Thanks for sewing along! :D And for putting up with my skipping a week here and there! This has been a lot of fun!

I'll sit down and get the sashing measurements all worked out, and have them ready to post for the next Pokemon Friday, if not sooner.

Also, I'll come back and link up the downloadable PDF this weekend!

*EDIT* CLICK HERE for downloadable PDF!

Hope you are all well, and avoiding the flu and every other illness out there!

Happy Stitching!

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