Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I spent Monday morning and evening quilting the doll quilt - something I had procrastinated for a while. Though I call myself a quilter, this is only the third project I have actually quilted myself. It's intimidating to work so hard on something and then attempt to sew all over it - positioning the layers, choosing the right thread, and attempting to be methodical about it - even though the urge is great to just rush right along.
This picture is of the back of the quilt - I followed the lead of Red Pepper Quilts in this post - and I have to say it was a fun method. I organized the New England Modern Quilt Guild doll quilt swap and in the guidelines, I told people a certain size to not exceed.... But mine is kind of huge. Can someone please tell me it's okay that this thing measures 21" x 28"??!!!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
While I was at it, I went ahead and made Gregory a tie-onesie as well. As I went through my stash to make these, I realized I have maybe 4 stripes to choose from. I guess I usually gravitate towards polka dots and other geometric prints.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Just before I went to her house, I made my own mini tote, and here it is:
One handle is shorter than the other - which is a feature I thought I might omit - but I decided to go for it and I really like how it turned out. This project is so easy - only took me 1.5 hours and requires only 2 fat quarters. I love the outer print I used - a Kokka import that has little bikes and trees on it.
I am really thrilled that my sister is home for the summer. We are very close and she usually lives in CO - so her opportunities to see Gregory have been quite limited. Now that she is home for a few months - we are spending a lot of time together and she is helping me with occasional babysitting. I decided that I want to make her an extra nice graduation present (she has just completed her Master's in School Pyschology at BYU). Of course, I am going to make her a quilt. I made her a quilt for high school graduation and I wish I had a picture to post - displaying the many reasons why one should not use Wal-Mart/Joann fabrics and polyester batting (needless to say - it is falling apart and has lost a lot of its color.) I thought it would be fun to have her choose the fabrics - and it's a good thing that I did this. Before I let her go through my stash, I had visions of the loud and bright creations I could make with some of my Momo Freebird, Meadowsweet, Farmer's Market, or Amy Butler Love.... I was even willing to impart my treasured Flora and Fauna or do a toned down quilt with the ever popular (and overrated) Hope Valley.....
Needless to say, we do not share the same taste.... Here is what she picked:
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
May 28, 2009 Humpback Whale, Gloucester, MA
Moving on, I am also really excited about Moda Bliss. The best way to get a view of what this collection is like is to see this quilt top over at Comfort Stitching. I am not crazy about all of the prints, but I think the style and color palette would make a timeless Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.
For all the Meadowsweet fans out there, you might be excited to know that Meadowsweet II is coming in July/August. I love the colors even better than the first version.
Finally, I think that the upcoming Dr. Seuss fabric is adorable. Apparently such fabric has been released before and is now going for a billion dollars on EBay.
There are a few fabric lines that just came out that I have been eyeing: Tufted Tweets, Castle Peeps, and Far Far Away II. A lot of online vendors sold out of these collections before they could even get the plastic wrap off of the bolts. I think that sewing for children is so much fun!
So with all of this amazing fabric available and coming soon, I have to wonder why people are still trying to pay $40+ per yard for Flea Market Fancy and older Heather Ross prints (these links are for fabrics priced at $180 per yard... that fabric better be made of gold!)
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
This is the conversation I had with my husband when he saw the finished project.
"That's a lot of pink." (me)
"I know." (Nick)
"Now you can be like your idol."
Nick had a youth leader in church whom he really looked up to. This man has had a great career and is now living his dream of traveling the world and serving others - but a funny footnote to the whole story is that this man's wife LOVES pink. When Nick was a teenager, he helped his father (he is a residential remodeler) redo this man's bathroom - all remodeled to be pink. We're talking pink bathtub, pink toilet... Apparently, the family even owned a pink car. So I am glad that I can help Nick become more like this person that he has really looked up to :)
Here's a sneak peek at the doll quilt I finally started... I am following the blog-craze of paper piecing hexagons. It is as fun and addicting as everyone says it is. As I write this, I am about to put the whole quilt top together - I finished the hand piecing last night. I was so into it towards the finishing stretch, that I accidently sewed my project onto the jeans I was wearing! Thankfully it wasn't too hard to undo.
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
So I figured last night, it wouldn't be too much to try and start making one of these at about 9 pm.... I didn't get into bed until midnight! What is wrong with me? I don't understand how I can make something like this, yet a simple pillowcase proved difficult and made me have to sit down with the seam ripper for quite a while! I even watched this You-Tube tutorial a few times till I finally got it right.
But here it is:
If anyone can tell me why there seems to be a "glowing" spot in this photo - I am all ears. I tried to edit it in photoshop - but obviously that didn't work.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Here's my baby modeling the one he gets to wear. I also made another one for a very kind person I met on flickr. She found out I was looking for a particular fabric and bought it for me at her local quilt shop. I reimbursed her, of course, but I was so happy with her generosity and kindness- I wanted to make her something. She was 9 mos + pregnant, and just had a little boy- so she gets the one with the orange elephants. I don't think she reads this blog, so she will have a nice surprise at the mailbox quite soon!