Sunday, November 17, 2013

taking a trip around the world...

First of all, thank you so much for all the love on Mr. Relish's man quilt! I think I replied to over 60 comments! Wowza! That was a fun little blog hop and hope to do more! I have some paper piecing to share with you today...yay!

My sis-in-law and her family moved to India this past spring for a missionary trip and I am just now sending them a care package. I had meant to send one much sooner but got a little side tracked while my dad was in the hospital. I wanted to make something special for the kids (7 & 4) but knew I could risk sending entire quilts there. Packages are known to go missing or "accidently" opened during their journey. So I decided to make them minis that could be used as a pillow or a wall hanging.

R2D2's CastleR2D2's Castle

I used Blossom Heart Quilt's brand spanking new paper piecing pattern Fairy Tale Castle and added adorable princess fussy cuts for the windows. I don't remember where I got this fabric but it was perfect. I tried to go scrappy with the sky but it still turned out a bit boxy. I think the swirl quilting helps alleviate that (for me) and then added raw edge appliqued clouds and FMQ those on. I am so in love with this pattern and need to make another one for my girls. I'm surprised big relish didn't try to claim it as hers. I guess she didn't have a chance because the moment they were finished and photographed, they were pack into the box.

R2D2's Castle
R2D2's Castle
R2D2's Castle

Next up is R2D2! My nephew is a huge Giant GINORMOUS Star Wars fan, so of course I had to do one of Quiet Play's Star Wars paper piecing patterns. Oh, and did you know they are free! It was easy to pick R2D2 and then I asked Mr. Relish to pick out the background fabric. He did a great job, it looks just like outer space! I again raw edge appliqued a moon by FMQ and then did the same swirl effect. There are a few hidden stars in the quilting, too. I wanted to try that FMQ technique on this one but didn't want to make a mess of something that was a gift.

R2D2's Castle
R2D2's Castle

I also put in some fabric baskets for my sis-in-law and then some other little things for the kids. I really hope this package makes it to India safe and sound...wish it luck on its journey!

Melissa

I will be linking up over at Quiet Play, Crazy Mom Quilts and all my other favorite parties to the right!

21 comments:

  1. What fabulous gifts. I'm sure they will be much loved. I might have to have a go at the r2D2 one myself, my hubbie is a big Star Wars fan and this would definitely make a great gift for him.

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    1. Thanks Paula! The R2D2 is a quick one to whip up! I bet he would love it. My hubby thought it was pretty cool. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Both of these mini/cushion quilts are amazing! Your niece and nephew will be thrilled! What a great aunt you are, Melissa. Sew sweet of your to share your quilty goodness!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lorna! You are too sweet to say that! I really hope it makes it there and they get to enjoy them. Have a great day!

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  3. lovely quilts, do hope they get there safely, I have a niece and her family who are missionaries in Pakistan and there it is very much luck if anything arrives.

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    1. Thanks so much, Margaret! It seems recently, the packages have been arriving safe and sound so I hope it continues. Thanks for visiting and leaving a sweet comment! Have a great week!

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  4. Oh my goodness! That castle is just adorable. They will love them.

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    1. Thanks Paula!!! I hope they treasure them! Maybe they will get a full size one when they come back. :)

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  5. Amazing colors for your castle wall hanging---just too sweet for words!

    My almost 6 yr old son would be head over heels for the R2D2 quilt!

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    1. Thanks Sara! Looks like you need to make both!!! Congrats on the baby girl! :)

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  6. LOVE your mini quilts - they are both adorable.

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    1. Thanks so much, Laney! I hope they make it to India and they give them lots of snuggles!

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  7. They are brilliant! I know my children would be completely in love with those!!
    I may have to add the R2D2 to my never ending list!!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Joanne! They were fun to create! I hope you give R2D2 a try! Or any of the other Star Wars for that matter. I have girls so it's nice to create for a boy now and then.

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  8. Melissa, wonderful work which I think they will always treasure!

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  9. Both of your mini quilts are so beautiful! I love all of the quilting details you have added, and the clouds!!

    Susie

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    1. Thanks so much, Susie! I am so glad I added the clouds. I tend to talk myself out of adding extra frill because I'm ready to move on or just worried it wont look right...so glad I went with it! Thanks for visiting!

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  10. Both your minis look fantastic! Love the quilting on them, and your fabric choices!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kristy! Thanks so much for hosting your fun link party every week and for sharing your awesome R2D2 pattern for FREE!

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  11. so cute, Melissa! I'm certain that they will be loved!

    Thank you so much for linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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