Monday, October 24, 2011

Happy Monday

I am up to 42 Pips blocks. Still need to add the 4 white corners on each block to create the octagon look but I think I have finally hit my "groove" where this project is concerned. Only 30 left to go! Quilt Market is only a few days away and I am pretty psyched! I am making a new "fall" bag for the trip out of these two lovelies from my stash:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Quilt for a Special Baby

I finished this quilt top a little while ago and finally made the time to quilt and finish it this week. It is for a good friend who is having a baby girl in early December. I had her choose fabrics from my stash and I added a few. It was a little crazy not using any blue and having someone else control what fabrics would be used - but I am glad I did because she has a specific theme for her nursery. The Children at Play fabric (center of every nine patch) limited the kind of design that I could do on this quilt. But I like how it all came out.

I used another Marden's find for the back: Doll Babies by Henry Glass.

I bound the quilt with an old Alexander Henry print from my stash.

I enjoyed making this quilt - it was quick and I am proud of the good looking sashing I managed to achieve- sashing is always difficult for me!

Monday, October 17, 2011

9 Patch Lattice - Girly Style

Thanks to everyone for their kind comments about the puppy pj's - he hasn't even worn them to bed yet - due to typical toddler messes before I could even get him in the crib. But they're in the wash now and he will wear them soon!

Last week I was feeling in a funk about my sewing - I am so bored of my WIP's and didn't have any motivation to tackle them. So I decided to start a new project for a friend from college, a little girl quilt for her daughter. Here it is, the 9 Patch Lattice by Elizabeth Harman, pattern found here. I pretty much finished the whole thing in 3 days - luckily Gregory took long naps and I had my husband look after him when my husband got home. I was very focused! I loved working with these fun fabrics - Urban Circus, Flora and Fauna, Mezzanine, Urban Zoologie, Children at Play, Garden Party, Pop Garden, etc.

I quilted it in a squiggly pattern where I purposely made loops that crossed over each other - it was actually not as easy as stippling and I don't think it looks terribly wonderful - but I am fine with it.

The backing is that Hallmark print that I bought at Marden's. When I went in August - I only picked up a yard. When my friend Alice was going to Marden's soon after I had went- I asked her to pick me up some more and I was so grateful when she brought back 5 yards for me! It's just the cutest fabric.

The quilt is bound in Michael Miller Ta Dot in Berry.

Now.... back to my WIP's!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Puppy PJ's

I didn't finish these in time for Gregory's birthday but that's okay. I used some Claire Block in brown by Jennifer Paganelli and Aneela Hooey's Sherbet Pip puppies to make these "Bedtime Story" pajamas. I used the size 3T- expecting these to be pretty big on my son- but they are actually ready to wear for him even though he barely turned 2. Getting pictures of my little guy is not easy - he moves too much! I find that half of my pictures are taken when he's "locked in" the highchair.

I am happy to say that he likes these - he even asked to wear them today. I need to find the 3T Urban Circus pair I made a while ago - better get him to wear both sets frequently before he grows out of them!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Calling all Tula Pink Fans!!!!

I am destashing fabric in my Etsy shop. I still have the Hushabye listed and I added Full Moon Forest and Plume today. I like Tula - but maybe not enough to devote my ever-dwindling supply of "free time" to using up these fabrics.

I promise to show some real sewing projects ASAP. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

WIP Wednesday

I finally succumbed to the AH Ghastlie craze and got some of this clever Halloween fabric with a filled punch card at Quilter's Way (is there really anything better than "free" fabric?!). I have been slowly quilting the Strips and Bricks quilt in a very dense straight-line quilting. I will be lucky to have this finished by Thanksgiving.

Gregory's 2nd birthday is this Sunday and I really need to get moving if I want to give him anything handmade. I am starting with a pair of Oliver and S Bedtime Story pajamas. Yes, I use his high chair as an ironing station.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

We Have a Winner!!!

Thanks to everyone for entering the giveaway and for their sweet comments. I had never done a giveaway before and it was hours before one person entered. I had begun to worry if giving away a gently used item really was tacky. I only had 15 entries but that was great! So I just used to draw a number and it is...... #13! Who says the number thirteen isn't lucky? So the winner is the woman with the screen name: UBee - please email me with your address. Congratulations and thanks to all who entered.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Welcome October

I've started to work on several things at once. Unfortunately, I have had to seam-rip almost this entire clamshell quilt - I had added more rows (since this picture was taken) only to soon discover that the quilt top was widening as I went and the only way to fix it is to do it over. BOOO!!!! I am thinking about attaching the pieces to a big piece of muslin to keep it straight next time- is that a good idea? I made this little guy for a one year old's birthday party we're going to this weekend. These Peg Bears are SO cute!!!

This picture shows you how much bigger the Habitat bear is than the original size pattern.

I have been enjoying returning to my Bird Bath quilt. I really enjoy shuffling through my fabrics to find complementary combinations for each block. I added 9 blocks this week - only 52 to go!

A few weeks ago we had a sew-in at Erica's house. It was a much needed break from my crazy toddler! I didn't really have a great portable project to bring, so I brought a bunch of fabrics to cut into strips for a simple patchwork quilt top I am planning. It was a good project to bring - as I hate ironing and cutting - but having the company of friends made it fly by.

Thanks to those who entered the giveaway- I will draw a winner tomorrow.