Monday, December 31, 2012

Dreary Day Sewing

The weather is cold and the sun is I've been keeping myself busy indoors with this little number.

It's an almost-finished baby boy quilt (because that's what seems to sell in the shop). I love this trendy elephant fabric. It's from JoAnn, of all places (not my favorite store). The orange and aqua are a refreshing change to the yellow and gray I've been obsessed with for awhile. All that's left is the binding, and I'm not sure why, but that's the step I dread the most.

Hoping to have it finished soon!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Weekend Finish: Owl Quilt

Woohoo! I finished a quilt!

It's been awhile since I've been able to say that. I adore the red flower print from Hugs & Kisses by Linda DeBono for Henry Glass. It was given to me by a friend that was doing some destashing (thanks, Jes!) and I knew I had to make a baby girl quilt with it. The chevron-quilt-craze the world has been in for the last couple years may be dying down now, but here's one more for you:

Mom was the one that voted to applique an owl on the back, and I think she did an excellent job. This is raw-edge applique with machine button-hole stitching along the edges.The little twig legs are what I call "sloppy stitched" on.

{Credit} Pattern: Original. Applique: Deanne Jefferies. Fabric: Hugs & Kisses by Linda DeBono for Henry Glass and assorted blues prints. Finished size is 39" by 39".

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


A friend of mine threw an adoption party for me last weekend and I got showered with gifts for my new two-year-old twins. I felt so loved! I got tons and tons of cute clothes, toys, and books. But I also got some of this:

 Yay for new fabric! Look at these yummy prints from Marmalade by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I usually don't choose pinks but I love these fabrics. I'm thinking I need to make a Valentine's Day runner for my table...and maybe matching hot pads? Or another little girl quilt?

Here's another set I got. These are colors I typically choose. I love the browns and blues with the little pop of orange. I also love that multi-colored chevron. I think these need to go in my room somehow--maybe a runner for my dresser?

My friends got me fabric to remind me that I still need to take time to do the things I love. Thank you, Kate & Jana! It really inspired me and when I got home, I decided to pull out my sewing machine and ironing board and get cutting...but then I stopped. 

I always do this.

I get so excited to start cutting into something new that I don't end up finishing my old projects. So...I resisted temptation. I am going to be disciplined and finish one quilt before I'm allowed to start something new. I pulled out this old friend:

This is a quilt back my mom and I worked on several months ago and never got to finish before she left the country. Did I mention she left? She is serving a mission with my dad for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Italy. They will be back in the Spring of 2014. I'm so proud of them for going, but it's been a little tough having my quilting-partner-in-crime gone. Anyway, all that's left on the owl quilt is quilting and binding, so I'm getting to work.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Yellow & Gray

I can't get tired of yellow and gray fabrics. I just can't.

Much like the Vintage Baby Lovey I made a few months ago, this gray and yellow lovey is the perfect size for the stroller, car seat,  or just to be drug around the house. There is no batting in between the layers - just cotton on top and  cuddle fleece on the back.

It was sewn envelope-style and topped stitched along the edges with heavy-duty thread. I reinforced it by sewing 1/4 inch in along the inside of the center rectangle. It's not really quilting, since there are just two layers of fabric, but it's accomplishing the same purpose. I don't know that I have the skill (or patience) to quilt with fleece in a size larger than this, though. That stuff is super shifty! There is a great tutorial here by Cluck Cluck Sew if you want to attempt something large.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bed Skirts - The Easy Way

A couple of years ago, I made this quilt for my son's bed. I wanted it to have a matching bed skirt, too, especially since the underside of any little boy's bed is probably a war zone. My mom figured out how to make this one and I love that it always lays flat and stays perfectly even.

A few months ago, she made me this bed skirt for my daughter's crib. She used the same method, except added some pleats for a girlish touch. Again, I love how it stays put and floats perfectly above the carpet.

The secret?

Staples. Instead of making an actually bed skirt that lays under the mattress, she just made the panels that hang down and we stapled them on to the frame of the crib. Easy, right? (Sorry about the dust--yikes!) 

The bed skirt stays put when I have to pull out the mattress to change the sheets. I love that! Also, since the back side of the crib is against a wall, we didn't even bother to make a panel for the back. Just measure the distance from the bottom of the crib to the floor and add a couple of inches for your seams. The measurements are very forgiving, because you choose where you want to staple the fabric on. Those are the kind of projects I like--forgiving ones.

Oh, and mom also made these adorable curtains to match the bed skirt. I love the use of jumbo black ric rac in these.

Monday, October 15, 2012


I realize I haven't had any new posts in awhile. I've entered a new phase of my life and quilting and blogging will be slowing down for a season...but what a wonderful blessing that is! We are in the process of adopting these two little cutie pies. More details to come when it's official.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Simple Squares Farm Baby Quilt

Mom made this baby quilt last week with some cute farm fabric she found. It's actually Old MacDonald's farm--notice the blue letters that say "eieio?"

She had me help with the stitching on the cow's face and the machine quilting.

The quilt and these matching burp cloths are both in the shop.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Pink and Brown Lattice Quilt

A close friend of mine is expecting her first baby in a few months, and this was her shower gift.

This is the same pattern as the Ducky Baby quilt my mom made for my sister here. It's amazing how choosing different fabric and dropping the applique created a totally different design. The greens are the same, but the new quilt has a busy print background and nice dark/light contrast.

{Credit} Pattern: Adapted from "Just Ducky" by Bonnie Sullivan. Fabric: Assorted prints including Fresh Palette by Carrie Nelson for Henry Glass and Pixie Dot by Holly Holderman for Lake House Dry Goods.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Safari Jungle Baby Boy Quilt

Just another simple baby boy quilt that got finished up this week. I sewed fabric strips of different lengths together, centered around the cute panel piece in the middle. It finished up at 37 by 48 inches. This adorable fabric by Kate Honarvar was easy to work with, because it's already adorable. The rust-colored polka dot print on the back is actually not in the fabric line, but I think it look like it belongs. It's in the shop!

{Credit} Fabric: Safari Jungle Baby by Kate Honarvar for Timeless Treasures. Celebration by Masha D'yans for Clothworks. Design: Original.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Black, White, & Red

This week, I had a huge weight lifted off my shoulders as I finished a set of three matching lap size quilts for my neighbor. The quilts were made out of her old dresses from the 80's and 90's. Most of them were black, white, and red. They were larger than anything else I've ever quilted before, so they got a very simple, loose quilting design done on them. They are supposed to be Christmas presents for her daughters, so hopefully they like them!

Also, I quilted a black, white, and red runner that my mom made. It's kind of an abstract chevron design that she came up with. I'm thinking it also looks pretty Christmas-y in these fabrics. Maybe if I flipped it the other way it would look like a Christmas tree??

With this pretty swirling fabric, I decided to be a little more daring than usual and try a similar quilting design. This was definitely time consuming, so thank heavens it was just a runner.

Here's a close up of the back. Can you see the swirls a little bit better?

It's in the shop!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Dino Baby Boy Quilt

This quilt has a super-simple construction: just big 7-inch squares in adorable prints. I love these bold colors for a baby boy quilt. And for a little extra love, there's a green stegosaurus on one of the blocks. He's raw-edge appliqued with fusible web and a button hole stitch.

{Credit} Fabric: Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman. Design: Original.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Elephant 2.0

A couple months ago, Mom and I made an elephant baby quilt for the shop. The day it sold, I got an email from someone else who was hoping to buy it and didn't get it in time. She asked if I could make her a custom quilt, as close to the original as possible. Well, of course, I didn't have any of the fabric left, so I had to search the web for some of the blue print from Windham Fabrics. I found some (thankfully!) and then set out to find similar yellow and gray prints, as well. So, here it is: Elephant 2.0.

 I just love that floppy ear. That's mom's handiwork. She's the applique queen.

{Credit} Fabric: Simply Baby by Windham Fabrics. Design: Original.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Vintage Baby Lovey

Using some of my Vintage Baby leftovers, I made up this "lovey" similar to the boy lovey I did earlier this year. I like the simple design of the squares and quarter square triangles. This blanket does not have batting in it, but I still felt like it needed some "quilting" to keep the top from shifting too much--especially once it's washed. I echoed a quarter-inch inside the pink diamonds. I did this with a regular presser foot and the feed dogs up. If I do this method for a larger quilt, I'm thinking a walking foot is a must, but it was okay to go without one on this 25 inch by 30 inch blanket.

{Credit} Fabric: Vintage Baby by Lori Whitlock for Riley Blake.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Funky Bunny Baby Boy Quilt

Here is the third and last of the baby quilts that Mom and I finished up last week. Again, the quilt top was her own design and work and I quilted it for her. I love this funky zig zag fabric from Benartex and I think it goes splendidly with the animal print, even though they are not from the same line.

{Credit} Fabric: Max & Whiskers by BasicGrey for Moda and Cassandra Zig Zag for Benartex. Pattern: Original.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Gray & Red Braid Baby Quilt

Here's another little number that my mom pieced and I quilted. She wanted to see if she could make a zig zag pattern using a traditional braid block method...and she did! The braid sections are pieced in log cabin fashion.

She also made matching burp cloths.

{Credit} Pattern: Original. Fabric: bundle found at JoAnn.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Monkey Baby Boy Quilt

Mom made this adorable quilt after an idea she saw in a quilt shop. I have no idea what the name of the pattern is or who it's by, but let me know if you do! It reminds me a lot of the "pop bead" gray and yellow quilt we did a few weeks ago. Anyway, this quilt has lots of fun fabric in it, including that adorable monkey print from Anne Kelle's Urban Zoologie line. Love it. She pieced. I quilted. That's how things have been going around here lately.

Oh, yeah. There's a monkey on the back.

{Credit} Fabric: Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Works In Progress

(Or maybe "Works Not In Progress" is a more appropriate title.) I've been feeling really slow around here lately. The projects are piling up and I need them to be done! My sewing closet is bursting at the seams, too. I think I need some more space...and I need the scary green camping jacket to find a new home...

A dear friend of mine asked me to make a quilt for her out of her old dresses from the 80's and 90's. Wow. I'm not going to lie, I had to try a few of them on before they got cut up. I originally had planned to do something slightly complicated with these fabrics but, because most of them are not cotton, I decided to go simple. Right now, I'm working up some plans for applique. Hmmm....

There's a pile of six baby quilts that need to be quilted. This one was chosen to do first. I love these fabrics. Nice choices, Mom.

And, I have another set of Denyse Schmidt's Quilting Quarters to work with. I'm making blocks inspired by this quilt from the amazing Heather Mulder Petersen. They are defnitley time consuming, but I love 'em.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pop Beads Baby Girl Quilt

Freshly quilted! Mom designed and made this cute gray and yellow quilt and I quilted it for her. We decided to call this design "pop beads" because the elongated snowball blocks remind us of those bright pop bead toys from my childhood. I don't think you can get much trendier than gray and yellow right now, as far as nursery colors go, so we figured this would be a great addition to the shop.

{Credit} Pattern: Original. Fabric: Dumb Dot Flannel in Gray by Michael Miller on the back.