Tuesday, August 23, 2011

September challenge

The DMQG gave us a challenge in July & it is due in September. I'm not going to reveal my mini quilt until after our September meeting. But i will show you the backside! I wanted to try my hand with various free motion quilting patterns - so this was my first. Not sure I would do this on a big quilt because it was so time consuming, however it does look really great!

Now I am on the hunt for the right marking pen or pencil. I used 2 marking water soluble pencils (1 white & 1 blue) the white was still hard to see on the grey, but showed up on darker colors. The blue wasn't as fine tipped as I would have liked, not to mention I had to press kind of hard. So now I'm on the hunt! Any suggestions?

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Quilt Bedding for Lauren

My sister's friend Liz brought me her childhood bedding & wanted me to revamp it. Liz wanted something shabby chic for her daughter, Lauren's room. The comforter was an old Waverly print called "Darlington". The comforter was one solid print and pre-quilted like below. I made Liz a full size quilt, 2 standard size pillow shams and 2 throw pillows.
Since the comforter was pre quilted material, it wasn't hard to disassemble, it was just time consuming. In the end I found it quicker and easier to cut the fabric into fat quarter size pieces, then disassemble and cut the fabric into the sizes I needed.

I used a combo of fabrics that I thought coordinated with the Waverly print. The pink was the hardest to match, so using a combination of the pinks worked I think. The finished quilt is a full size 78" X 88".

The shams are standard size 20" X 27"

Friday, August 12, 2011

Meyer Kate

My sweet friend Adrianne just had her 4th baby. When she was pregnant with her 3rd, is when I learned to sew. Bless her heart...her gift was the 1st gift I've ever made. And she so graciously accepted it.
I made her a playmat, burp cloths & a changing mat for her diaper bag. I had helped her decorate her nursery so I knew her theme & colors. After her shower her Mother in law & her made crib bedding & curtains based on the fabrics I picked out (big compliment!). So this time around- I knew she didn't have a quilt.... But she does now!

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

M is for Mia

A couple of weeks back I purchased this cute quilt pattern, not only did I make Addelyn's quilt from it, but also a baby quilt for a friend from my bible study who is due in September.
the quilt top is super quick and easy to piece and i love that it gives me a chance to personalize it- you know how I love to applique! It made a nice size baby quilt - finished it is about 35" X 42"

Finished WIP

My 1st completed WIP after vowing my commitment last week was a simple quilt I started back around new years this year. A simple quilt for my oldest (4 yrs old already) it's backed with black minky & has his name appliqu├ęd on it. It's bigger than a baby quilt but smaller than a throw quilt, perhaps a toddler size throw quilt! it's so basic- the fabrics & quilting that I ended up not liking it. so I left it on the shelf. finally pulled it out- put the binding on & Mason LOVES it! I'm happy with that- and that it is a completed WIP!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Liam's Baby Bedding

Funny that after my 1st round of Baby bedding (my nephew Ethan's) I told myself I would only do 1 more set of bedding this year (my other new nephew Brody) and then no more baby bedding..haha...I'm now starting baby bedding #7 & #8. Baby bedding is starting to grow on me I guess...as I have the measurements memorized and all!
Back in May I did bedding for my friend Analisa, she was due mid July and wasn't finding out the gender, so she went with a Disney theme for the nursery. She had a baby boy a few weeks back and named him Liam (love!!!) I finally made it over the other day to snap a few pictures of his nursery and bedding I made.
Analisa picked out a Disney set of sheets she liked and I cut them up. We actually covered an existing bumper- the inside was the Disney sheet she liked, the outside just a simple gender neutral soft green color, the ties were simple black ribbon (i heat set the ends of the ribbon so it wouldn't fray). The crib skirt I made is black and white polka dots (something to mimic Minnie's skirt) in a simple ruffle. The curtains are just black panels with the Disney fabric again with polka dot ruffle as well.

I'm not a huge fan of logo fabrics, but I have to say I think the crib quilt is pretty stinkin' cute. The fabric had 4 Disney characters, so I just lined them with primary colored sashing followed by a large border of the polka dots. I love polka dots, and I think it really pulled everything together! The binding I did by machine with a simple blanket stitch- the fabric is a simple primary colored small striped fabric.

Welcome to the world baby Liam, I love you already!

Ufo's & Wip's

Last night my boys & I were at Lowe's & I just happened to walk past some plastic containers that was just too good of a deal. They were shoe box size containers 10 for $11.00! my Billy Bookcases were getting pretty disorganized lately, not to mention my works in progressed & my unfinished objects pile was rapidly growing out of control. so last night I went through my bookcases & used these handy containers to organize those projects so I can visibly see how much room they take up!
After easily filling up the 10 boxes with projects & storage for small stashes (flannel for burp cloths & also scraps of batting) I decided to vow to myself for every new project I take on, I will finish a project that has been left on the shelf. and can you believe it I even finished ONE last night!
that actually makes 2 quilts I finished this week- yeah!

Such simple containers that will help save my sanity ;)

Could still use some work, but wow what a difference $11.00 made! Now I just need a really good scrap buster to clear out my 2 big baskets of scraps up top!
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