Sunday, March 01, 2009

Cheese and Crackers & Table Toppers

If you have been a regular reader of this blog for some time, you will think that I stopped quilting in 2009. There have been many posts about snow and travel. Although there has been plenty of both of those things going on, I have also been doing a bit of quilting. I am going to interrupt the vacation photos with a quilting post.
First, I finished off the FAB Summer Challenge and mailed it off to Pat on January 14, just before we left on vacation. I can't show pictures of the Challenge until after the reveal. Cher has been temporarily slowed down due to a cast on her hand/arm so we have postponed the reveal until she is out of the cast and has a chance to catch up. 2009 has been declared the "Year of the FAB" and in the spirit of the Musketeers it is, "All for one and one for all" when it comes to the FABs. No FAB shall be left behind so we will reveal sometime in the future. I have received my package from Linda and it is safely stored out of sight and out of temptation's way until the reveal date and time.

Couldn't resist taking this picture. Here is the master of all he surveys. This is Joey who insisted in being involved in the taking of pictures today. I did manage to crop him out of most of the pictures, but if you look close, he isn't far away.
This was the first bed size flimsy finish for 2009. Some of the FABs have wanted to make this pattern for a while and they patiently waited for me to return from vacation before starting this quilt. This quilt top was started three weekends ago. Thanks to the encouragement and cheering of the rest of the FABs, this top was finished last night. The quilt pattern is called, Cheese and Crackers and is from Atkinson Designs. Terry Atkinson's directions for this pattern were perfect. I was nervous that I might have to ease in the outer pieced border to the inner solid border. Nope, no easing was necessary, everything fit perfectly. The pressing directions make things go together so easily. If you do exactly as Terry tells you in her pattern, you will not be disappointed in the finished quilt.

This is a picture of the pattern jacket. Terry Atkinson's picture is much better than mine. I tried to take a picture of the quilt top on my bed. Either the bedroom is too small or the quilt is too big. Either way, I can't get the whole quilt in the picture. This quilt top is queen size finishing at approx. 93" x 103".

Next I moved the quilt top to the living room floor. The bright spots are the sun shining in through the windows. I closed the blinds and the sun was still bright enough to play with the light on the quilt.

One of the FABs has taken to calling this quilt Cheese Spread. Another is calling her version Blueberry Spread as she is working in a blue and white pallet.

So I kept taking more pictures, changing the angle a bit each time to see if it made a difference. It doesn't seem to make a difference, the quilt is beautiful, but the pictures are crap. In the words of a famous quilter, IIWII. LOL

My daughter refers to this quilt as the bug-eyed bunny quilt. When you look at the bunnies on the fabric they do have rather odd eyes.

I must have found those bunnies charming because I bought more than one colour-way of that fabric. LOL

I also finished my Valentine table topper. Some of these fabrics were gifted from Pam and some were purchased on my recent vacation. This table topper was not finished in time for Valentine's Day this year; but it is finished in time for Valentine's Day next year!

This is the reverse side.

I just love those ladybugs!.

I am on a roll with table toppers. This is an Easter table topper that is finished to the flimsy stage. This one will be for my table.

These are fabrics for the second one I will make. This one will be for my mother's table.


Linda_J said...

Well done CNC, Norma! It is really too big for someone to try to hold up for a shot and no doubt the weather will not let you hang it out near the lattice. What I can see looks gorgeous!

I can kind of see what Dana was talking about with those big eyed bunnies. You are going to think about them everytime you see that fabric show up in the quilt, LOL.

I like that you used a more summer-y garden type theme on the back of your Valentine's topper. You will get some mileage out of it for this year anyway. The Easter ones look really sweet. Did your mom get the fabric on your trip?

Anonymous said...

Yes Pam, I love the cheese & crackers Quilt!!!
I will allow the quilter to have that one but.... I have plans for another one, same pattern just different colors.

Pat said...

great job on C&C to a flimsy...and queen size too! wow!

love the table toppers!

Pam said...

wonderful!! and love love the Easter tabletopper! whoo hoo!!

And go you are planning to make a Cheese and Crackers for yourself...good job!!!