Saturday, March 8, 2014
After finally getting back into the swing of things the blocks for my next border are complete although not yet laid out and sewed together. For this row I decided to go with wonky star blocks, a block I have never made but have seen and thought they would make such a perfect border. As with the x and plus blocks I did half of them with grey backgrounds and half with colored backgrounds and plan on alternating background colors around the outside.
More to show soon - I hope!
Monday, February 24, 2014
Shortly after she was born she was rushed from her home in the Caribbean to a children's hospital in Florida to conduct tests and discuss possible surgeries - one to fix the blockage in her belly and another to extend her jaw and allow her airways to open. In the days following the arrival at the hospital miracles took place and all of her immediate issues left her without the need for any surgery. She was left with only the cleft palate - which was to be fixed when she is between 10 and 15 months old.
|Autumn on her 1st Birthday|
Autumn is now a perfectly healthy bouncy toddler girl at nearly 14 months old, however she needs to have her cleft closed to help with eating and speech. It is imperative that this surgery takes place between 10-15 months old as to not develop further complications in speech.
Here is were the bad news comes in...
Autumn and her family do not have US healthcare because they live in a British overseas territory and most of the time do not find it necessary, but with the birth of their daughter they found themselves in an unusual circumstance. They were under the impression that they could pay for part of the surgery up front and following the surgery set up a payment plan with the hospital.
Sunny and Kris (Autumn's parents) were phoned a few days ago by the Arnold Palmer Hospital and told they reduced the in hospital cost from $25,000 to $7,276.50 - but there was a catch - they must pay that cost in cash up front. Of course this fee does not include the doctors cost and other various cost that are always associated with surgeries.
Since they had dealt with this hospital just over a year ago they were under the previous understanding that they could form a payment plan with the hospital as they did before. However with the new health care system being implemented in the US they were told this must be paid prior to surgery. They must walk into the hospital on March 11, 2014 and give them the funds or the surgery would be cancelled.
|Autumn with her Dad-Sun, Mom-Kris, & Brothers Seth & Isaiah|
We are in a hurry because Autumn's surgery is scheduled for March 13, 2014. We are asking our friends, family, and anyone is able for any help towards these medical expenses.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about Autumn's story please don't hesitate to contact me. Below is a link to her fundraiser site, donations of any size are appreciated as well as prayers!
Thank you in advance to all those who are able to help. We cannot express our gratitude enough. If you are touched by Autumn's story please pass it on to others.
Edit: Thanks to many generous people all of the funds have been raised with time to spare! So Autumn will be going ahead with the surgery on time. Thanks for all your prayers and support.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The second border on my medallion quilt was by far the most tedious and time consuming so far. I made a bunch of 2.5" HST units, made flying geese out of them then and turned them into a chevron border.
This took longer than expected because somewhere between making the x and + blocks and adding the next row of sashing I ended up with a quilt that was a half inch too small all the way around. Fortunately for me all I had to do to fix the issue was trim the sashing down by almost half to make it work. The chevron border is my new favorite border and I am look forward to figuring out the next one!
Hope you are having a great day!
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
I finished the first border on my medallion quilt and I couldn't be happier. I decided I wanted to do two simple blocks that would compliment each other and this gave me the look I was going for.
I wanted the two blocks to be opposite with the background grey on one and the background colorful on the other. To me it gives more of a subtle effect than if I had just used bright colors for the entire border.
I already have the blocks sewn and trimmed for the next border...now if I only could get the time to put it together...
Sharing more soon!
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
A while back I was thinking about trying to make my own medallion quilt. I had seen a few pop up on the internet over the last year, specifically Marcel's Medallion from the Liberty Love Book by Alexia Marcelle Abegg and more recently the Aviatrix Medallion over at Oh Fransson!
I thought a medallion quilt would be a perfect way feature my 8 point star without have to make a million of them - (since they are paper pieced). In addition to creating the center star I reworked the pattern so it no longer includes Y-Seams (or partial seams). It is ten million times easier to put together now and I actually think I could do an entire quilt out of these!
So that stack of fabric I shared with you last week has turned into the center block and now the beginnings of a few of the borders!
I look forward to sharing more with you!
Linking up with:
WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Lets Bee Social @ So Fresh Quilts
Edit: Also linking with Fabric Frenzy Friday @Fort Worth Studios
Friday, January 24, 2014
Hi and welcome my Grow your Blog post for the Grow your blog party hosted by the lovely Vicki of 2 Bags Full! For those of you who are here for the first time here is a little about me! My name is Elise Lea and I am a wife to a pilot named Jesse, mother to a miniature pinscher named Raptor, an avid quilter and a fabric addict.
I created this blog as a way to keep to get more involved in the quilting community and as a sort of record to keep track of and share my creations. I would love to turn my quilting into some sort of a business and for me this was the first step in doing so.
Before blogging I did do some sewing as well as other art related things such as working with my mother in law to create a Dr. Seuss room for my nephews. We painted murals on the walls and I made quilts and pillowcases for their beds.
Some fun facts about me:
I grew up (and currently reside) in Minnesota and we get some of the coldest temperatures on record - for example today the high is -2˚ F (-19˚ C) and this is not including the wind chill....my husband grew up in the Caribbean - Lets just say we are both looking forward to moving somewhere much warmer.
This year I entered my Sun Burst quilt into my first quilt show (and it got accepted)!
I recently received my first commission. These rainbow star quilted pillowcases.
Even more recently (okay yesterday) I released by first quilting pattern I titled Gray Matter. It was such an awesome feeling and without blogging I probably never would have had the courage and support to try such a thing.
Currently I am working with these fabrics to create a new quilt!
I am coming up on my first year of blogging and I look forward to seeing what new adventures await me in the next year! Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and check out my blog be sure to go over to 2 Bags Full and check out some of the other awesome bloggers!!
Thursday, January 23, 2014
|My First Quilt Pattern - Gray Matter|
It has been months in the making but I finally finished my first pattern.
The pattern will be available as a PDF and is 9 (single sided) pages long. It includes detailed instructions every step of the way and full color step-by-step diagrams for laying out and sewing the blocks.
Included in the pattern is 3 different size options:
Throw Size: (51.5" x 66")
Twin Size: (68" x 82.5")
Full/Double Size: (82.5" x 97")
For the cover quilt I used a variety of dark, medium and light greys with blue as my accent color. I also pulled a few fabrics that gave the overall impression of grey but contained white and blue in them as some of my medium greys. The quilt is backed in a dark grey bubble print and bound in a black Michael Miller Krystal print.
I quilted the quilt using straight lines about 1/2" from each side of the large triangle. In addition I created spirals and small triangles on all the black squares.
*** I want to put in a big thanks to Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts and Susan of The Bored Zombie for proofreading and encouragement in getting this pattern done. Without them I don't think I would have tried making a pattern, so THANK YOU SO MUCH. Please go check out their blogs, they both have some serious eye candy and awesome posts that are well worth your time! ***
If you are interested in buying my pattern you can find it in my Etsy Shop here!
Thanks for reading! I hope you are having a wonderful warm week!