Friday, June 26, 2015

Turner's t-shirt quilt

About a year ago I suggested to my sister-in-law that I could make the oldest nephew, Turner, a t-shirt quilt for his high school graduation.  My mom has made several t-shirt quilts, so I had an idea of what I was getting in to, and I already had a bolt of interfacing!  Jocelyn loved the idea, so she set about "stealing" t-shirts from Turner over the next few months. 

There are 30 squares in the quilt, but some of the squares are the back and front from the same shirt.  I cut (most of) the squares with a 12.5" square ruler, backed it with interfacing and sewed the whole thing with 1/2 inch seams for extra sturdiness.  The borders are Kona khaki, the backing is a flannel shirting, and the binding is the last of the red Marbles print.

The whole enchilada - it's a big one!

Backing (I didn't match my plaids - oh well)

Close-up of binding

Close-up of quilting
 I sent the quilt out for quilting - mostly due to the massive (for me) size, the whole interfacing situation, and the fact that I was pretty pregnant by the time it was ready.

I think it came out great, and Turner (and the rest of the family) really seemed to like it.  The funniest part was that when he opened it he said "hey, I was looking for that shirt!"  I guess it really was a surprise!

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

A (mostly) finished nursery for Bean!

Bean's nursery is (mostly) finished!  Yay!  I'm pretty happy with how things turned out in this little room - hopefully it will be a bright and cheerful place for us to spend time in.  We don't know if Bean is a boy or a girl, so I tried to go with a bright color palate (no pastel greens or yellows or tans or greys here!) that was also gender neutral.  The wall color is from Sherwin Williams and is called Bubble.

I borrowed heavily from Pinterest when figuring out how to "build" the nursery.  (You can check out my Pinterest boards here for general ideas and here for sewing projects.)  And now here's a little tour :)

This is the view from the hall door.  When Bean arrives (and we know his/her name!) I'm going to spray paint some letters with his/her initials to go above the cubbies.  I made the curtains (you can see the red pattern better in the photo below), complete with blackout liner.  Dresser and cubbies from Ikea!
This corner has changed already - I put the diaper pail here and moved this adorable cloth bucket over in the other corner by the crib.  The bucket was a baby shower gift and it has a bunch of baby toys in it.

I made three flannel covers for the changing pad.  These were super easy and my favorite project of the room.
Here's the "reading nook."  I made new pads for the rocking chair and my husband spray painted it white.  Rocker was a freebie hand-me-down, book ledges are from Ikea.
I put extra "linens" in the bottom dresser drawer.  On the left are the two extra crib sheets and in the middle are the two extra changing pad covers.  The big black and white print item is a car seat cover/canopy (purchased) and the little white things are changing pad liners.
And here's the other side of the room!  Now the toy bucket is in that right corner.
My co-worker Debbie MADE this cool art for Bean! 
Here's a close-up of the third crib sheet - cheery multicolored polka dots.
And a close-up of the whole crib.  Another co-worker/neighbor, Anna, made the quilt hanging over the side there - I love the bright colors!  The crib skirt is made of the same fabric as the curtains - I'm not sure I'd bother with this if I were to do things over again.  The rug is from Overstock.

Bean's closet!  We used an Ikea shelving unit to make this a (hopefully) more functional space than just the hanging rack and shelf that were there before.  Toys can go in those bottom two shelves for easier access when Bean is older.
That drawer houses a bunch of (mostly) hand-made blankets for Bean!  There's a lot of love in this drawer!  This kid will be snug as a bug in a rug :)
I thought it'd be a good idea to get a hanging unit for the back of the door.  I figure we can put anything from towels to lobster/crab hats there :)
And here's my last completed Bean project - some more burp cloths.  One of my co-workers made me some, but I figure you can't have too many of these.  And I had leftover flannel that was begging to be used...

So that's where things stand at the moment!  There are two unfinished items for the room still - a mobile and some art for the walls.  The art has been purchased, and we're waiting for delivery.  The circles are all cut out for the mobile - I just need to sew them together, tie them onto a wreath form (that I purchased forever ago and never used for a wreath) and then hang it up.  I'd also like to (eventually) make some squishy blocks out of fabric scraps from the various sewing projects.  And maybe some variously sized cloth bins/boxes?  But things are pretty much done for now!

Hope you enjoyed the tour!

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday Stash #31 - Kona Solids

Elizabeth Hartman's blog was my gateway into the world of modern quilting.  I have no recollection of how I stumbled upon it, and I've only made one of her patterns (I think), but I always enjoy seeing what she puts out into the blogosphere.

A while back (maybe over the summer?  Or maybe longer than that) she curated a collection of Kona solids that I admired for their bright, cheery nature but didn't have any reason to buy.  Pause there.

Back in January, Kristel mentioned on her blog that she had bought some solid Kona roll-ups after being inspired by an all-solids Jelly Roll Race quilt that she'd spotted on M-R's blog.  Kristel confessed to not really liking Jelly Roll Race quilts, but being totally inspired by M-R's all-solids version.  As I generally felt much the same way, I had to click over and check it out.  And I loved it too!  Not enough to immediately purchase anything, but enough to tuck the thought away in the back of my mind.

Un-pause.  Putting those two thoughts together, when I spotted the roll-up of Elizabeth's collection in the Craftsy sale section, I figured it was a sign.  Who am I to argue with the universe about these things?

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday Stash #30 - Detour

After my last attempt to keep boy-friendly fabric on hand was a bit of a flop, I've been keeping an eye out for something more suitable.  This rollie polie of Detour by Riley Blake was in the Craftsy sale section and I thought it might fit the bill.  (You can see more of the designs in the fabric here.  The colors are mostly blues, greys and reds, with some burnt orange/tan.) 

The only problem was that I've never bought a rollie polie before, because what does one do with just 18 strips??

Then I remembered the Fat Quarter Shop's Jelly Roll Jam pattern and decided to investigate further.  It turns out that while the fabric requirements list one whole jelly roll, that actually makes two tops, and you only need 18 strips to make each one (baby sized)!  Perfect!  It's hard to beat making a top for only $8!  Granted, I'll need to figure out binding and backing, but hopefully that can come from stash.  So into the virtual cart it went :)

Linking up with Molli Sparkles!  And Happy Easter!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Sunday Stash (on Monday) #29 - birthday buys, part 3

My final birthday buy to share is from Craftsy as part of their spring sale.  I don't have any real favorite designers, although if pressed I'd have to say I tend to like Joel Dewberry's lines (I'm VERY SLOWLY working up a Swoon with Bungalow).  So when I saw this Triple Barn Star kit in Birch Farm listed in the sale section I decided to go for it.

Here's what came in the kit, along with white for the background and an electronic copy of the pattern:
30 fat quarters?

I was a bit confused by all the FQs, because the kit description (I thought, I can't find it anymore) listed the fabric requirements in terms of yardage.  The PDF of the pattern, though, lists "20 or more FQ" as what is needed for the stars, with an additional 5/8y needed for binding.  Since I got 30 FQ, I'm hoping that I can set aside some of them to use for the binding and use the bulk of the FQ for the stars.  Fingers crossed.

Anyway, here's some more photos of the various prints.  As far as I can tell there is one of each of the prints in each colorway, with the exception of the "chicken coop" print, which has two of each.

Top left: Barn Owl; top right: Horse Blanket; bottom left: Prism; bottom right: Lightning Bugs

Chicken Coop - two of each print.  Will possibly save these for binding?
Top left: Feedsack; bottom left: Dutch Oven; right: Hydrangea

Top: Chrysanthemum; bottom: Antler Damask
So that's the end of my birthday buys!  Although, as I mentioned last week, Craftsy had another sale last weekend (I need to stop browsing the sale section!) and I made a couple more purchases.  But I'll save those for another Sunday.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Stash #28 - birthday buys, part 2!

I forgot I was going to be out of town last week, so this week is a double share!  I'm still going through my birthday purchases, and have one more to show you next week.  And then maybe a couple of things the week after that, because Craftsy went and had another sale.  Darn them.

So yes, I bought several things from Craftsy a few weeks ago, including a quilt kit of Amy Butler fabric from her Love line.  The accompanying pattern is for a garden bricks type layout, which is nice and simple and I figured would be good for post-baby sewing when my brain might not be working so well :)  Plus, I thought the colors would be a nice change of pace from the usual "girly" color palates if needed in the future.  I've not purchased any Amy Butler before, but I'm glad that this pattern uses larger blocks, as the prints are also larger scale.

"Love" this selvedge!
Getting away from Craftsy for a moment, Southern Fabric has "daily deals" and I decided to hop on board with one of those.  This is a layer cake of the Mist colorway from Violet Craft's Brambleberry Ridge.  I bought it thinking that it would be more of a grey-grey, and therefore more boy-friendly, but it's definitely got a violet-type tinge, to me at least, which, with the gold shimmer, puts it more in the girly camp.  I also decided to splurge on a partial layer cake because Sarah had just posted a new method for making 16-patch checkerboard blocks that I thought looked kind of neat.  You pair your layer cake pieces, and each pairing makes a pair of checkerboards.  The bundle has 18 squares, so I'm hoping I can incorporate two more from my stash so that I can have a final layout of 4 blocks by five blocks.  We'll see.

These are the only ones with no shimmer.
All the gold is shimmery!
Shimmery trees and shimmery birds.
Next week I've got another quilt kit to show.  I've never purchased kits before - I'm hoping it works out well!

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

A quilt for baby Jack

As I mentioned previously, I've got a new baby nephew due any moment now!  My husband and I went home to Maryland for a baby shower this past weekend for us (well, for Bean), which was the perfect opportunity to deliver Jack's quilt to my brother and sister-in-law in person.

I followed Melissa's tutorial, called Playing the Scales, and am pleased to report that this project came together relatively quickly.  The only deviation I made from her instructions was that I did a lot more laying out in advance than just grabbing and chain piecing.  And I only managed to flip my rows around, necessitating unpicking, twice!

The quilt is backed in a green and black paisley (no idea of the name, sorry), a grey print from JoAnn's, and a Cloud9 print that came from the remnant bin at JoAnn's (no selvedge, sorry).

I quilted on either side of each vertical seam, which was simple but not that speedy as there are a lot of columns in this quilt!

I finished the quilt about a month ago, when we had a foot of snow on the ground.  That's kind of unusual for Louisville, so I figured I should try and take advantage of the situation for some "artsy" quilt photography.  And, to show the ever-changing moods of Mother Nature in March, it's now 70 degrees and sunny today!

And here's Lindsay testing out Jack's quilt to make sure it's up to par.  I love it when quilts are used!

And speaking of used, she recently posted an Instagram pic of big brother-to-be, James Michael, with his quilt by Aunt Kacey - is this not the cutest thing you've ever seen??  (You can find me on Instagram at kpwarren07.  I'm trying to be a more regular poster, but I'm already a regular viewer!)

Linking up with the other folks over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sunday Stash #27 - Birthday buys!

My birthday was this past week and I celebrated by treating myself to some fabric!  (I also ended up with a terrible cold, so the fabric really was a highlight to an otherwise icky day.)  I hit up a Craftsy sale and also sprung for a Southern Fabric daily special, but I'm going to spread the buys out over a couple posts so that it doesn't seem quite so glutinous :-P

I got two charm packs of Ready, Set, Go by Ann Kelle/Robert Kaufman.  Two reasons for this purchase: 1) if Bean is a boy, I'll make his quilt from these because the colors coordinate with the other brights in the nursery; 2) if Bean's not a boy, it's never bad to have boy-friendly prints on hand.  I especially like the bright color palate, as well as the mixer prints and the bicycles.  I actually almost bought some yardage of the bicycles to make a crib sheet!

Craftsy also had some Aurifil thread sets on sale, so I got the white-black set.  I've started sewing with the spool I got from my purchase a while back, and while I'm not completely a convert, it is nice how the thread is so thin and takes up less space in the seam allowance.  I think others have commented that it's also less linty, but I don't know that I've noticed that yet.

So that's week 1 of the birthday buys!  I think I'll milk these purchases for three more posts - a whole month of birthday fun!

Linking up with Molli Sparkles, and mourning the loss of one hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Savings Time...

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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