Sunday, March 1, 2015

Awesome wishes - a completed top

A while back (pre-pregnancy), I started this top with the intent of donating it to the Louisville Modern Quilt Guild's charity quilt drive.  Given that I just finished the top last week, it should be pretty clear that I missed that deadline.  In fact, I haven't been to a meeting since they announced the drive, although I did donate my Ed Emberley quilt via my LQS, which is a Project Linus drop-off site, so I wasn't a complete charity slacker.

This quilt is done with only a jelly roll!  (It annoys me when a tutorial is for a "jelly roll quilt" that uses extra fabric for the top and not even the whole roll.) The line is Wishes and the pattern is called Awesome, hence the Awesome Wishes quilt.  And now that it's a top, I think it will remain that way until a recipient is needed.  I've mentioned before, it's just easier to store tops (I fold them over a hanger in the closet) than completed quilts.  The tutorial directs you to set aside 5 strips for binding, so I've got that covered, but it will need a backing when the time comes.

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Makes for babies :)

One friend from college has recently had a baby (sweet Finn!) and a co-worker is expecting her second (a little girl), so some baby sewing was in order.

A while back I had purchased a bundle of this cute Michael Miller fabric and decided this was a good opportunity to put it to work.

I made a couple squishy cubes with ribbon tags and a few "sensory" blankets.  They're all done with the same fabrics, but with green, blue and yellow ribbons for Finn and aqua, yellow and pink ribbons for not-yet-here baby girl.  There's quilting cotton on the front (love those giraffes!) and grey flannel on the back.

Baby girl "taggie"
Finn's taggie
(Poorly lit) shot of squishy cube
Hope the babies like their presents!

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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Sunday Stash #26 - more nursery fabrics!

The only nursery project that I still hadn't successfully found fabric for was for making new rocking chair pads.  After much looking, I found some Riley Blake home dec fabric in yellow chevrons at that I'm thinking is going to work.

I do wish the chevrons alternated yellow with white, but it's more of a yellow and light yellow/cream.  Of course, they do make a yellow and white version, but it's only in quilting-weight cotton, not the home dec stuff.  Even so, I think it works well with the curtains and hopefully it will look nice on the (yet to be finished) white rocker.  Plus, it was on sale :)

With white for comparison.
I just have to actually figure out how to make new chair will involve piping, zippers and ties, so wish me luck!

With curtains!

Of course while I was browsing I came upon this Michael Miller Mini Mike's Buntings in Retro and decided I couldn't leave it behind.  From the photos online it looked like it had a cream background, but one of the reviews said it was bright white.

Well it's clearly not bright white, which I would have preferred, but it's still cute and would work well with any future baby-related sewing projects.

With white for comparison.
I rounded out my purchases with some sewing machine needles and Aurifil thread - my first!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pink and grey and sparkly!

A pink quilt - perfect for a Valentine's Day share!

This quilt was commissioned back in the first trimester of my pregnancy when my sewing mojo was on (temporary) hiatus.  It actually came together pretty quickly once I started working on it!  I used the tutorial here, but added in the white and grey (and sparkly!) borders to make it larger.  The fabrics were all supplied to me, other than the fabric in the border which is from JoAnn's and was from my stash (yay for using stash!).

I quilted it with white thread on either side of the inner and outer "boxes."

Close up of quilting - and sparkly grey dots!

It is backed with leftovers from the front, as well as a grey print that was supplied to me.  The binding is a pink print that was also supplied to me.

It came out pretty well, and I hope the recipient likes it!

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday Stash #25 - a new quilt for a new nephew!

I'm getting a new nephew in late March/early April!  I made his big brother a quilt, so clearly baby Jack will need one too.

I went through my Pinterest board and settled on this this tutorial/pattern from Melissa with a color scheme of white/cream, grey, blue and green.  Jack's big brother's quilt (it was done pre-blog, but it's the second one down on this page) is white, grey and blue with a green backing and I figured it'd be good for them to somewhat coordinate.

I had a few appropriate fabrics in my stash but definitely had to make some purchases to fill in the blanks.  Here they are:

Top: Wonderland White Stars in cream, Downtown Mary's Berry in Green, Downton Downstairs Check in blue
Bottom: Lakeside Gatherings Tootsie and Floral Gatherings Posy in Olive

Top: Ninja Number in blue, Avant Garden Dot in Clover
Bottom: El Camino Real Geo in light blue and American Beauty Stars in blue

And here's the final pull all together.

There's a few Tula Pinks in there, the blue I got from Ms. Molli in the rainbow bundle I won a while back and some other assorted prints from the stash. 

I'm hoping this quilt comes together rather quickly, because baby Jack will be here before too long!

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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Twin baby quilts for twin baby boys!

These baby quilts were 3/4 of the way successful - only one was done in time for the baby shower, but both are now done and the babies aren't here yet!

I originally just named them "Foxy" and "Foxier" but have decided to have a little bit more fun with their names and am now calling them "What Does the Fox Say?" and "Whooo Do You Love?" after the cute little fox and owl in the main print :)  Both are disappearing 9-patch quilts made with the same fabrics for the tops (you can read more about that here) but have different backings and bindings.  I didn't want them to be exactly the same, as these babies are fraternal twins, not identical!  Both are quilted with double lines along the main block seam allowances.

One of the quilts is backed with a DS Quilts print from JoAnn's - a brown print with cream and orange flowers - and bound with Moda Marbles in teal (I think).

Its brother is backed in two pieces from my stash (both no-names from JoAnn's) - a green leaf print and a bigger orange and brown floral.  That one is bound in orange and white/cream oval dots from the DS Quilts for JoAnn's line (there are several different colors available - all pretty fun!).

Here's hoping Seth and Sydney get many years of use out of them!

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Stash #24 - nursery fabrics!

I've fallen into a cliche - got pregnant and started to ignore my blog!  I spent most of September and October with no energy for blogging, but then the holidays came around and I'd just gotten out of the habit, plus all the holiday goings on just contributed to putting it on the back burner.

BUT.  The baby of someone who sews, and therefore has become very picky about fabrics, has to have a hand-made nursery, right??  I searched and searched but couldn't really find any ready-made items that went with my nursery vision.  We're not going to find out if Bean is a boy or a girl, so I needed someone gender neutral.  But I didn't want tans, light greens and yellows - I wanted brightly colored and fun.  So here's what I've come up with!

Robert Kaufman Jungle Creatures Bubbles Red and Quilter's Linen in Aqua
I'm going to make curtains and a crib skirt from these.  The wall color is Bubble, from Sherwin Williams.
Urban Zoologie Elephants in primary, Remix Polka Dots in primary and Super Kids in primary
 These are going to be crib sheets.  Funny story about Super Kids - I thought the blond "girl" was just a blond little girl dressed up as some sort of superhero I didn't know.  Turns out it's Thor!

Urban Flotologie Bright Kites, buttons from JoAnn's and Urban Flotologie Animals in Trees in Rainbow
And these cozy flannels are going to be changing pad covers.

I also have a wooden rocking chair that I'm going to paint white and that I'd like to make new cushions for.  I bought some Metro Living Box Stripe in Marigold, but I think it's a little too orange-y instead of more yellow-y.  So back to the drawing board on that one.

The fabrics came from, StitchStashDiva's Etsy shop, JoAnn's and The Cozy Quilter (one of my local shops).

Bean is due in mid-May, so hopefully I can get at least this much done!

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