Showing posts with label Transport Your Dreams. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Transport Your Dreams. Show all posts

Friday, June 21, 2013

Dreams, Quilts & Trains

What fun it was to read your comments from my School's Out Giveaway - thank you so much to all for entering.  I had Mr. Random Number Generator pick the winner and with 16 entries, everyone  had an excellent chance. My winner was #15, Amy, otherwise known as A.J. Dub.  Congratulations Amy!

A Quilt Finish: 
Last weekend I finished up Transport Your Dreams and had the wonderful opportunity this week to give it to the adorable little boy whom I made it for.  He's only a baby now and will only lie on it and shortly be rolling around on it, but my hope is that one day he loves his quilt so much that perhaps I'll see a photo of it looking very worn and loved.
Transport Your Dreams Quilt
Transport your Dreams - I just love the back! 
In keeping with my travel theme, I wanted to take photos of this quilt hanging from the Pacific Electric Red Car that sits just off Main Street in Seal Beach, CA, a town I absolutely adore.  After further research about the Pacific Electric Rail Car or "Red Car" system that I knew ran in the downtown Los Angeles area in the early twentieth century, I learned that it went as far south as Seal Beach, through Huntington Beach and terminated in Newport Beach.
Pacific Electric Red Car  Museum in Seal Beach, CA
I brought various kinds of clips to hang the quilt on the side of the rail car but no luck. There was nothing to hang/attach the clips to on the side.  Oh well, I had my older son along with me for lunch and he provided the perfect "hanger" with the Red Car as the backdrop.  Success - I got my shot.
Transport Your Dreams Quilt back with the "Red Car"
Hope your dreams take you as far as you want them to take you!
Susan

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

History Quilter Podcast Episode 38 Playing With My Walking Foot

I'm making my way around the European and Pacific Theaters of WWII right now in my World History class  and thankfully had the time this past Sunday morning to record a new podcast. My latest podcast episode is now available on iTunes, Podbean and Stitcher Radio.  

Here are a few things I spoke about: 

I made Triple-cheese spinach strata with sun-dried tomatoes and peppers for a Mother's Day Brunch.  I found the recipe here at One Cake Two Cake.  The recipe is excellent and my guests and I were all very happy with the results.  

Triple-cheese spinach strata with sun-dried tomatoes & peppers
                                    
Here's the Transport Your Dreams baby quilt I'm currently working on.  This is my first time quilting with my new machine and the walking foot glides like butter over the fabric - a dream to work on. Hehe - no pun intended.  

Transport Your Dreams quilt with the Walking Foot

Here are a few pictures around my garden/yard:
Tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers  zucchini, cilantro and basil.  
Tomatillos
         
San Marzano Tomato
Lavender intertwined with ?? enjoying the late afternoon sun
Thank you all for listening, taking the time to comment and sticking around while I finish up the last few weeks of Student Teaching.  Cannot believe I am almost done.  Alright, now back to WWII and Pearl Harbor.
Ciao~
Susan                              

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Transport Your Dreams

This past week due to CA Star Testing and being a student teacher, I had the luxury of time to sew.  I took advantage of those few mornings in which I didn't have to teach until 12:47pm (was that ever weird) and sewed....sewed something super fun and a first for me.  
I sewed up a baby/toddler quilt!  I say baby/toddler because I purposefully made this quilt top larger (54"x 47")  than the traditional baby quilt so that it could be used longer, if wanted.  Months ago I knew that a special friend from school was having a baby boy in the Spring, so I had picked out Vroom by Lesley Grainger fabric because of the colors and the theme it invoked - transport/movement/progress/travel.  After finding the perfect pattern, I began ironing and cutting fabric last weekend.  

By Thursday morning I had finished the quilt top and came up with a name:  Transport Your Dreams
"Transport Your Dreams" Quilt Top

The Helicopter is so whimsical....I love it.  
I'll be using the panel from the same line (Vroom) for the back of the quilt, although I'll need to add a border in the various solids I used on the front to bring it to the same size as the quilt top.  

Vroom panel for the back
I've had so much fun working on this quilt just imagining how this little boy might enjoy it someday.  
Enjoy your Sunday!
Susan