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2014 CoopCrafts Projects

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City Grid Pillow

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City Grid Pillow in Progress

For my Mother in Law’s Mother’s Day gift, I made a pillow in reds left over from the Lava Meets Sea quilt.  Since I’ve already made a flower pillow from the reds too, I’m about out of the reds.  I may have to buy that color bundle again, it was just so perfect for so many projects.  This pattern is from City Quilts for the quilt City Green.

City Grid Pillow

I love it so much, I think I’ll use the leftover blues to make a new wall quilt to keep.

What’s one more thing on the To Do List, right?

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English Paper Piecing Star Coasters

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For your browsing pleasure, a photographic mish-mash of assorted English paper pieced star coasters in their various stages of construction:

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And a kit made for my little sister in law who wants to learn English paper piecing:

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It contains a Happy Doggie needle book, red, white and blue fabric, batting, felt backing, scissors, thread, thread conditioner and a little soap box to hold the paper piecing templates.  (I used 1.5″ 60 degree diamonds from Quilt Laughing on Etsy.)  I added a label for fun.

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And I have a large paper piecing project that I’ve been away from for too long, so back to it!

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Super Mario Bros. Pillow Covers

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A friend saw our couch full of pillows and suddenly felt that his new man cave wasn’t complete.  He needed a Super Mario Bros. mushroom pillow of his own.  He was totally right, so I stitched up a pair of pillow covers for him.   If you feel a need for awesome gamer pillows (or a quilt!) too, check out the tutorials at Cut to Pieces.  They’re a lot of fun to make, just simple patchwork on a smaller scale.  Happy sewing!

sarahsigres

Africa, a Quilt for MFFO.org

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I spend a good deal of my time sewing, so I see the world a little differently than most people.  Everything is full of lines and colors, problems and patterns — and good planning in the beginning usually helps everything to work out in the end.

The girls and Rocky

You see these beautiful faces?  These are the girls from St. Monica’s Children Home in Nairobi, Kenya.  That’s Rocky Turner in front, she’s the Education Director at St. Monica’s.  She spends as much time with the girls as she can, and sometimes on her visits to be with them Kenya, she shops at the open air markets and buys gorgeous African wax print fabrics.  When I’m very, very lucky, she sends some of them to me.  :)

The fabrics are absolutely beautiful!  They’re full of vibrant, cheerful colors and bold designs.  I wanted to work all the fabrics into one wall hanging, but what a challenge to blend such strong patterns together!  And the wax prints are lighter and more delicate than the quilting cottons I’m used to working with, which only makes sense coming from their warmer climate.  Frankly, I worried that the fabrics just weren’t strong enough and that so many “personalities” of prints just couldn’t work well together.

Then realized with a stronger, more stable start, this could really work.  The fabrics just needed a good home base and a little room to shine, just like the girls at St. Monica’s.

Africa Quilt

Each circle is from the African wax print fabrics Rocky bought in the open air markets of Kenya, and they’re appliqued onto a batik fabric square I purchased here.  The squares are arranged so that in the background you’ll see an outline of Africa, with the warm oranges and yellows of the land in the blue batik sea.  The batik fabric provides strength to the African wax prints and gives the restful space each fabric needs to stand on its own.

Africa Quilt

Can you see the continent?  With a closer look, you’ll also see sturdy double rows of pale blue quilting following each seam.  This makes for an especially strong little quilt.

Africa Quilt

Africa Quilt

I hope this wall hanging quilt will serve as a reminder that the strong base of an education and the loving home provided at St. Monica’s will give each of these girls what they need to grow, prosper and shine.

Africa Quilt

The Africa quilt will be auctioned November 3, 2012, to raise funds for the Gift of Education.  It measures approximately 35.5″ x 40″ and has a rod pocket on the back for hanging.  Please let me know if you have any questions about it!