Monday, 15 December 2014

Guest Host for Anything Goes Mondays - Allison from Babco Unlimited

Today’s Guest Host for Anything Goes Monday is Allison from Babco Unlimited.

By day she is a wife to one tech-savvy husband and mother to thee active children. By night she is a quilting superhero! Okay, not really. She doesn’t truly have superpowers, although she’s tricked her kids into thinking she can make just about anything.


She started quilting 7 years ago and life has never been the same since.

It all started when she asked her mom to teach her how to make a quilt. Mother and daughter would meet up weekly to learn about ¼ inch seams, rotary cutters, half-square triangles, and more.

Her first quilt won 1st place in a local quilt show. The quilt was intended for her eldest son, who quickly took credit for the win. Upon learning of the award, he called his dad and said, “Dad. The quilt mom and I made won First Place!” 

First place for my first quilt

She volunteers and serves with several quilt guilds. She edits the newsletter for one guild of 275+ quilters; She helped organize a new guild (then promptly moved—so maybe she’ll have to do it again in her new neighborhood); and she helps organize a Quilt Retreat for her State Guild that spans 4 days of quilting classes, luncheons, vendors, and events.

She loves piecing, free motion quilting, and learning new quilting tricks. She will be reopening her Tuesday Tips after the New Year sharing all those quilting tips and tricks that make quilting easy and fun.  So be sure to follow her to discover new tips. Her kryptonite are appliqué and binding. (She is still sore about her near loss at the Battle with Binding.)

I hope you enjoy visiting Allison's blog and remember to link up.

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This will be the LAST Anything Goes Mondays link up for this year and will resume 
on Monday 5 January 2015


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Monday, 8 December 2014

Anything Goes Mondays #85

I hope you enjoyed visiting all the links from last week's Anything Goes Mondays.  It was truly hard deciding which projects to showcase here today, so I hope you like what I've picked for you.  Remember that if your work is featured here and you do not wish to have shown, please contact me at marelizeries[at]gmail[dot]com.


This amazing quilt is by Helen from Till We Quilt Again, its called Ronalds Flight. This quilt is made for her son, representing where her son is in his life right now.






Lori from Crossquilt shared her IG Mini Swap.


Now it's your turn to link up...

Rules:
1. Link up ANY recent blog posts, it can be one or more, but PLEASE do not share blog posts you might have linked up in the past.
2. Somewhere in your blog post, you must link back here to my blog, OR grab the 'anything goes' button for you sidebar.
3. Try to visit at least a few of the other blogs linked, the whole point of having a party is to connect, share and maybe get a few new followers...remember to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!

P.S. Great news for those of you on Instagram! You can now link up your Instagram photos here on Anything Goes Mondays! Just click the blue "Add your link" button. In the dialogue box that comes up, under "Image source," click the Instagram icon at the bottom. InLinkz will ask your permission to access your Instagram account, then you can choose one of your IG photos to link up. You still need to link to a URL, but you can always link to the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my feed's URL is http://instagram.com/marelizeries). If you link up an IG photo, please tag my Instagram feed (@marelizeries). Have FUN!!
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Thursday, 4 December 2014

Great Granny Squared #4 - Final Touches

I am finally done quilting my Great Granny Squared table runner.  I just love this little quilt, it's fun, bright and I am very happy with the scrappy look.

The pattern is from Lori Holt's (Bee In My Bonnet) book Great Granny Squared .  I am very tempted to make a set of three quilts to hang side by side, the same way as is featured in one of the pictures.  

I used a very simple swirl design to quilt it.  I was aiming for texture instead of custom, detailed quilting.  I was scared it would distract from the granny squares blocks if I had quilted tiny different designs.  It's the first time I quilted a design at a larger scale and was pleased at how fast it got finished.  Quilting larger designs was a bit tricky on my home sewing machine, as movement is easier (for me) when quilting small designs, but this is a small quilt, so there was very little drag or limitations. 


I am however a bit undecided regarding the binding.  While I was busy making this quilt, I was so sure that the blue with red strawberries would look great, but when I folded it over the edge of the quilt to see what it would look like, I am not entirely sure it works well.  Now I have two choices, and I can't decide which looks best.... any thoughts?

   


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Monday, 1 December 2014

Anything Goes Mondays #84

I hope you enjoy today's selection I decided to feature from last weeks' link ups.  Remember that if your work is featured here and you do not wish to have it shown, please contact me at marelizeries[at]gmail[dot]com.


This beautiful Autumn Leaves Table Runner is by Amanda from The Cozy Pumpkin.  



This beautiful Wrapped Gift Quilt was made by Esther from ipatchandquilt.  I suggest that if you have not visited her link to head on over to her blog post, her free motion quilting is breath taking!



This little Iquilt Mini by Janet from Simply Pieced.  She used reversed appliqué and the result is really pretty!

Now it's your turn to link up...

Rules:
1. Link up ANY recent blog posts, it can be one or more, but PLEASE do not share blog posts you might have linked up in the past.
2. Somewhere in your blog post, you must link back here to my blog, OR grab the 'anything goes' button for you sidebar.
3. Try to visit at least a few of the other blogs linked, the whole point of having a party is to connect, share and maybe get a few new followers...remember to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by!

P.S. Great news for those of you on Instagram! You can now link up your Instagram photos here on Anything Goes Mondays! Just click the blue "Add your link" button. In the dialogue box that comes up, under "Image source," click the Instagram icon at the bottom. InLinkz will ask your permission to access your Instagram account, then you can choose one of your IG photos to link up. You still need to link to a URL, but you can always link to the URL of your Instagram feed (for example, my feed's URL is http://instagram.com/marelizeries). If you link up an IG photo, please tag my Instagram feed (@marelizeries). Have FUN!!

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Great Granny Squared #3 - Last Blocks Completed

I have finally completed all of my little great granny square blocks.  They where so much fun to make, but it got a lot trickier as I was getting closer to finishing them.  Deciding which fabrics, colour and prints would work well together is not my strong suite, but I think when placing all of the blocks together they really work well.  

It is really hard picking a favourite, I love them all!





I cant wait to see this little quilt stitched together and quilted.  It is going to look so cute!
If you'd like to see all of the blocks I made you can find them here and here.

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