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Monday, August 27, 2012

Texting While Sewing #3

This is my third and final entry for Amy Friend's During Quiet Time Texting While Sewing Contest.  It is number 3 in a set of blocks that will become a wall hanging.

 This one is made using Bonnie and Camille's Vintage Modern.  I had a layer cake of it (pun not intended) and thought the stripe in a gentle pink made a perfect cake.  I used the same Make Life and Sunkissed fabrics for the cake stand and the frame so that all three would look like a set when put together.
The topper of this cake is a tiny fussy cut strip of what I think look like strawberries, again from the Vintage Modern fabric layer cake.  This whole cake looks sleek and modern to me.

So in case you missed the other two, here they are again:


I want to thank Amy for this great idea she had.  This was so much fun to do and really made me work outside my comfort zone.  I loved making these.  And thanks to my daughter who helped me with the idea and the initial sketches of these cakes.  As a baker, it should have been an obvious choice, but she pointed me in the right direction.

Texting While Sewing #2

This is the second cake block I made for Amy Friend of During Quiet Time, Texting While Sewing contest.

This is actually the first one I made. 
Here is a closer look.  I like this one too.  I used a soft pink floral for the cake and the same Sweetwater Make Life print for the cake stand.  I also framed it with the same Sunkissed text fabric.  I feel like each cake got better than the one before it.

Texting While Sewing #1

Amy Friend of During Quiet Time  is hosting Texting While Sewing this week.  I love some text fabric.  I knew I wanted to play along.  Some of these are really cool.  I ended up doing three as a set.  This one is my first and most favorite.

 I used Riley Blake Ombre Dots for the cake.  I love the look of the gentle fading from layer to layer.
 The cake stand is made from Sweetwater's Make Life fabric line.  I thought it was perfect for this.
The "frame" of the picture is Sweetwater's Sunkissed line text fabric in grey and pink.  I tried to mimic the lightly drawn flowers as the topper of the cake.  As I said, this block is my favorite.  But in other posts, I will show you the other two, as this turned out to be a set of three which will be wall hangings.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Another Baby Quilt

I bought this fabric before Baby B was born, right when we first new he was a boy.

I love this.  It's Michael Miller and I thought it would be great as a back for a baby boy quilt.  But I could never come up with an idea that I liked.  Then, this week I felt a need to go with it.  I pulled a bunch of dots from a 10 inch square swap of dots and solids I had recently done and some from a layer cake and a few prints and I had this:

 I include just a few squares of the boy prints.  There are also some puppies from Sherbet Pips and some that are also Michael Miller that match the boy print.
 I am so happy with the way it turned out.  And it was very fast.  It took about 5-6 hours total from start to finish.  These pictures are before I put it through the washer and dryer to crinkle it nicely.

 The  binding is also Michael Miller...Dumb Dots blue with grey dots.  I do love all the dots going on here.

 Here is a shot of some of the puppies.  I only had a small bit of these fabrics.  I also didn't use any really small dots on this patchwork.
Quilt measures approx. 40 x 42.  Have a great weekend.

Monday, August 20, 2012

More Pillows!

Don't you just love pillows?  I love that they are smaller than a quilt, so quicker to make, and yet can be just as creative to design and sew.  I made a couple more this past week, just finishing one yesterday.  It was a rainy day, so perfect for sewing.  Warning: Lots of pictures coming folks.

I have had two rather large pieces of fabric for quite some time now.  One I know I've had for about 3 years.  I loved it so much and I bought 3 yards of it on sale.  I have never been able to figure out how to use it.

 This is the pillow.  It is raining again today, so no good lighting for pictures, sorry.  The dark brown strip is pleated.  The back has a zipper for easy inserting of the pillow form.
This fabric is Honey Meadow from Michael Miller.  I bought 3 yards of it, but could never decide what to do with it.  Last week, I decided to make a pillow, so I could at least enjoy looking at this beautiful fabric all the time.  I still have 2 1/2 yards left to put into another project.

The next pillow is made from this and it is my favorite.  I bought 2 yards of this Anna Maria Horner Lou Lou Thi print.  I love the bold floral design.  I have been trying to make myself cut into it.  I kept thinking I wanted to do something to show case the print and maybe embellish it a bit.  Then, the pillow bug bit me.

 Here is the completed pillow.  it too has a 16 inch zipper in the back.  I wanted to center the blue flowers, as they are my favorites.  Then I got out my embroidery floss and went to stitching.  Just take a look at the pictures:






I tried not to over do the embroidery, but to spread it out over the print.  I didn't want to put French knots in all the little pink and brown buds, for example.  I am in love with this pillow!

And lastly, a little happy mail.  I have been pretty good not buying fabric this summer, but I have been waiting for this one for a long time.  I judiciously chose these 6 prints.

Perfectly Perched by Laurie Wisbrun.  Hope you have a great Monday, even if it's raining where you are.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Whole Cloth Baby Quilt

I actually finished this on my staycation last week, but I didn't want to post about it until I gave it to the new momma-to-be.  When I saw a picture of this print on a blog somewhere, I was immediately taken with it,  and knew it would be perfect for my friend.  Shore thing by Emily Herrick.

My original idea was to quilt in the white triangle spaces between the sails.  I did about 4 and ended up hating it so I picked it out.  Then it hit me...small waves, you know, the kind we drew as kids.

                    And they were pretty simple, but sometimes, simple is best, right?
                                           Here is a close up.

 I love this quilt so much.  The Momma-to-be liked it too.  They have a bunch of nautical stuff for his room, so this fits right in.
                    The back is a Kona solid called Regatta.  Appropriate, don't you think?
                                    And a pale blue print from my stash for the binding.
                                            Ready to snuggle that new baby boy.
Have a great day.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Finally Finished

I started this quilt last summer with Amanda Jean's 36 patch QAL.  I finally got the back pieced and this past week on my staycation, I got it quilted.  And I love it so much!!

 It is so scrappy!  But I love the way all the blocks look together.

 I used a bunch of leftover strips to piece the back, and when I ran out, I just grabbed some big chunks of fabric from the stash.
 With all that color, I decided a black and white binding would be the best.  I had some jelly roll strips from my Summersville jelly roll so I sewed them up.
Doesn't it look good?  This is my new favorite quilt...until the next one is finished.
Have a great day.

Friday, August 10, 2012

A Quilt for Birdie

I wanted to share this finish with you.  I belong to the Comfort Quilts Bee.  We make blocks for each other to make quilts that provide comfort to those with medical or other issues.  Basically, anyone we feel is in need of comfort that a quilt can provide.  June was my month and I made a quilt for a friend who has need of comfort.  This is her quilt:

 This is the second time I have chosen this pattern.  You can see the other one here. I love the hugs that the X represents.  My grandmother always included it in cards and letters to family and friends.

 The ladies in the bee did an awesome job with their fabric choices.  It is scrappy, but still cohesive.
 I wish you could see it in person.  When I took it out of the dryer, I was just wowed with how soft and cuddly it felt.  I just hugged it.
 This isn't a great picture, but you can see some of the quilting.  I did lines in the directions of the seems in each white area and left the Xs without any quilting.  The triangles around the edges are line quilted closer together.
 I bound the quilt with a yellow print from my stash.  It looks good with the yellow centers.
The backing is a hunk of fabric from my stash from Me and My Sister Designs that I bought for just such an occasion.  I love the way it turned out.  It's a surprise.  I hope she likes it. 
Have a great day.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Staycation Sewing

I have been doing lots of sewing this week so far.  I have also gotten lots of housework  done.  And you know what?  I don't mind the housework taking me away from the sewing as much, when I know I have so much more time to do both since I am off all week.  This is great!  So here are some more pictures of my staycation:

 I made another wristlet from Trillium Design's pattern.  Seriously love this pattern people.
 My daughter has been coveting this purple fabric forever.  I had to make her something out of it so she would stay out of my stash.  The green dot fabric is Vintage Modern.  A perfect match.  The purple fabric I tried to find on line a couple of years back to buy more, but alas, it's gone.  So I will use the rest sparingly.

 This is a project I am just starting.   My daughter will recognize it.  It will be a bookshelf quilt.  These are a few of the test strips.  I found a partial jelly roll of an old Basic Grey line in my strip scrap been and it seems perfect for books, with a few others added in.
This quilt is basted and actually on my machine right now.  It is for a recipient in the Comfort Quilts Bee that I am in.  I am loving how it is turning out so far.  I will show more when it is done.

I also made a baby quilt for a friend, but since she sometimes reads my blog, I am going to have to wait to post pictures until I give it to her.

So far, on staycation, that's two wristlets, one quilt quilted and one being quilter and one new project started.  Pretty good progress so far.  I have two other quilts being pieced and one more waiting to be quilted, which I hope to at least start on before I go back to work.

Have a Great Wednesday.