Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Marine Too Baby Quilt

I wanted to share one of the baby quilts I made for Adrian. I wanted to make him one special quilt (I will share that one later), and one quilt to be the work horse. This is the quilt that he will spit up on, smear food on, trap in the car door, and drag around when he is learning to walk. It's made to be cute and functional, but ultimately get destroyed by baby wear & tear without anyone shedding a tear over weeks and months of wasted work.


I made this quilt using Marine Too which is an organic cotton line by Birch that I fell in love with. 



I actually made the quilt using the scraps from making his car seat canopy (pictured above) and an additional half yard of the anchor print. I just figured this project out as I went along and made up the pattern to best utilize the fabric that I had on hand. I love this framed look and could not be happier with how it turned out. You would never know I was just cutting up fabric with no game plan. I finished the quilt with a grey binding and a red minky binding to make it extra soft and warm!


As you can see, it's already getting a good workout.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Laying out

Finally! True Color arrived this week and now all 13 blocks and 4 half blocks are completed!


I love it already and I can't wait to see how it start coming together with the diamonds! You know what I'm cutting tonight!


Just to give you a glimpse of what goes on in my house, this my husband standing on a step stool trying to take pictures of the layout while I carry the baby and try to chase the cat off of the blocks. It take the whole house to make quilts happen! I just laughed when I saw the picture and had to share it!


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Take Wing Mini Quilt

A few weeks ago I started the Take Wing mini quilt from Lillyella and I finished it up this week.


I used a large variety of Tula Pink fabric from different lines to complete my foundation pieced butterfly. I love doing rainbow patterns with Tula Pink! I choose to do black for my background instead of white to really make my colors pop and I think it worked out well. I did simple straight line quilting radiating from the butterfly, similar to the sample quilt for this project.


 I must say that the pattern went together super easily! I was a little concerned because there are a few thick spots which can sometimes be hard to line up properly but I had no problems! I diffidently recommend this pattern for a quick project that feels very rewarding. I pieced the butterfly one weekend, did the background the next weekend, and then spent an extra day quilting and binding. Im already coinciding making a second one in a different color way! Now I just need to find this beauty a home!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Tula Pink English Paper Piecing

After having Adrian, when I was finally ready to start quilting again, I needed a fresh project to focus on. I started scrolling blogs for the first time in months and came across a quilt in progress on 100BillionStars that she was calling AMH EPP.


This is what I have done so far and I love it! I'm using Tula Pink fabrics exclusively. I have 11 of the 13 blocks (I think they are called Star Flowers?) completed and I'm waiting for Tula Pinks True Color line to be released before doing any more.


I may have posted before that I hate EPP, but honestly it just makes sense with a baby because I can do  a few on the sofa while he plays on the floor without having to find time to run to my sewing machine upstairs. Before, I didn't like EPP because it seems like progress is so slow compared to regular sewing but with a baby, slow progress is better than no progress, Especially if you get something this beautiful at the end!


I can't wait to start the little 6 point stars that fill in the space in between blocks!


Hopefully True Color will be in my mailbox soon and I will have more beautiful blocks to share soon!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

A year in the making

Hello! It's been over a year since my last post, but I promise you I have a good (and adorable) reason!

We had a baby! This little guy came into the world on November 5th! His name is Adrian and he's perfect! Hard to beileve he will already be 6 months this week. Time flies!

In the midst of getting ready for baby and then having baby I have not spent as much time quilting over the past year, because I was doing other projects for Adrian's nursery. I would like to share his nursery with all of you before we get to quilting posts!


We decided that foxes would be his theme and we wanted to do a orange, blue, and grey color scheme. The tree and bird vinyls on the wall were purched on DesignedDesigner's Etsy page.  I sewed the orange crib sheet as well as the grey chevron and orange crib skirt because I couldn't find one to purchase that matched my theme.


The mobile is made from these little foxes I made from felt and then gave Denyse Schmidt bellies.


The quilt hanging over the dresser was made for me by a member of my guild, and dear friend. The grey and white dresser I was lucky enough to find on Craigslist and it only needed a little bit of touch up and now it's perfect! The throw pillows I made to match the curtains.


The afgan on the ottoman and this adorable fox hat were crocheted by one of my good friends and mailed to me all the way from Oregon! I have a million photos of Adrian wearing this hat to go for walks around the block in his sling or stroller.


It's hard to get a good picture of the windows but the hidden tab black-out lined curtains I sewed myself.  My biggest recommendation, if you choose to make your own curtains for your nursery is not to wait until your huge because it requires a lot of crawling around on the floor to work on something that big. At least I got them done though and they are so much better than anything I would have found in a store. I backed them with black out lining and they work like a charm.


I also made the banner for my baby shower and it was just to cute to throw out so I hung it up in the room. Amazing what you can do with some card stock and hemp!



This second mobile is made out of card stock, a wood quilting loop, yarn, and ribbon. The hardest part is tying the knots that keep the circles separate.


We also converted our sun room into a play room for Adrian. We bought a Ikea Kallax shelving unit and then we painted the doors the same color that we used on the accent wall in Adrian's room. I also sewed slip covers to put over the Drona cloth bins to make them match the room. I used a leftover Owl and tree limb vinyl from Adrian's room on the side of the unit.


Now he has a nice little area to play it that's a bit more open than his bedroom, and best of all he can be in the sun!

I don't want to go into depth to far on these projects but if you see anything you would like to know more about just shoot me a message! As for quilting, I have completed a few small things over the last year that I will be sharing them over the next few posts and I even have a project or two in the works that I am excited to share. I am glad to be back in the saddle and I hope everyone will enjoy my upcoming posts!

*Edit 5/10/2015*

Now that we dropped the crib mattress to the lower setting I wanted to share a better picture of the crib skirt. I spent a lot of time working on the piping and making the pleats but you could not see any of that when the crib was in the highest position. I'm glad that now that the crib is down I get to show off these little details that I spent so much time on!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

It's a Secret!

So I've said numerous times that i am working on a quilt for an exchange with a friend but that I wouldn't be sharing it here until after the swap was completed. But, I haven't had a post in some time because i haven't been working on anything else so Im going to share it anyhow and hope that the recipient doesn't read my blog.


Here it is. It is The Seasons from Material Obsession 2. Everything is hand appliqued and the quilting is a combination of hand and machine. The trees were a big challenge to applique. I started out doing regular turn applique but that didn't work for me so I had to tear it out and try again. I wound up using a wash out fusible interfacing so that I had a bit of a "ledge" to help me turn under and that worked out better for me. The leaves are made with the 18 degree wedge ruler. 


I love the border fabric and I think it makes the whole quilt. I also love the tumbler border but that was quite a bit of work. 


Fall is my favorite season so naturally that was my favorite block.


But I also really love the spring blossoms. 

I am really glad that I got it together and I am excited for it to ship it out so it can get to the recipient. I hope she loves it!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Mystery Quilt Month 2

Here is month 2 of my mystery quilt (February). I just got the instructions for March's block yesterday so hopefully I'll be sharing that soon.  I've been playing with this block and last months block to try to see if I can figure out what it will look like in the end, but no dice so far.

Im still working on my quilt for mystery exchange. I had to take a few days off from working on it because i honestly just got tired of looking at it. Does that ever happen to anyone else? Now Im back to it and refreshed!