Sunday, June 2, 2013

Scrappy Triangles Template

This month I get to choose the quilt block we will be making for Sew. Quilt. Give. - a Charity Bee.  I decided on Ashley's Scrappy Triangles with low volume or light neutral solids for the backgrounds.  Here is the first block I made.

One of our bee members, and a sweet friend of mine from the LAMQG, Maria, made a printable template for the triangle and said I could share it.  Print and cut out the triangle and then hop over to Ashely's great tutorial for how to put the blocks together.  Thanks again, Maria!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sparkle Punch

My Sparkle Punch quilt is finally finished!  

 It's actually been done for a few months, but I've been posting on IG recently instead of blogging!  I worked on this quilt on and off for just over a year.  I know I'm slow compared to most when it comes to finishing quilts, but this one was an especially slow finish because of the way I quilted it.  I thought it would look really cool by quilting in all of the grey "asterisks" between the stars. I found some really fun King Tut turquoise variegated thread, and got started.  After doing a few, I realized that doing it this way was going to take me forever, and it did!  I love the way it turned out, but I'm never doing that again.

It is backed in a Valori Wells flannel from Karavan.  It's sooo soft to cuddle under.  

I enjoyed going back through my photos to see this quilt come together.  

Choosing Fabrics

First block done

Quilt top complete

Finished Quilt
Quilt Stats:
This quilt was made using Elizabeth's wonderful Sparkle Punch Quilt-a-long instructions.  
I used Kona Coal for my background, and all of the stars were made using favorite fabrics from my stash.  The quilt measures 60 x 72", and it is bound in Lizzy House Jewels in Turquoise.  

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Birdie Sling for my Mom

 I made another Birdie Sling!  This one is for my mom.  We picked out these Amy Butler Lark fabrics a while back.  I looked around for the perfect fabric for the bands and handles and ended up settling on Essex linen in Navy.  I love how the solid Navy pairs so well with the print.

Like the last one I made, I added a snap to the interior bands so the bag stays closed.

Don't tell the other birdie slings, but I think this might be my favorite one yet!  I'm excited to give it to my mom!!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Pillows!

I made a couple of pillows to match our new bedding.  I've been smitten with the yellow/citron grey combo ever since I saw the inspiration boards from Michael Miller last year .  My hubby and I decided on this bedding a few months back and so naturally I needed to make a couple of throw pillows to match.

The first one I made was this wonky cross pillow.  I used Elizabeth's tutorial and pulled from my yellow, grey and white fabric.  I started quilting this with straight lines - my go to quilting method - but I wasn't liking how it was turning out.  So I ripped out lots of stitches and pushed myself to try something new.  I've been wanting to do some pebble quilting and thought this was the perfect sized project to try it out on.

For the other pillow I decided I wanted cathedral windows.  I used Heather's awesome tutorial.  This is one of those blocks that's worth the time it takes to put it together, because I think the results are awesome.  I used so many of my favorite fabrics for these - many of which are from my Denyse Schmidt stash.  It seemed only fitting that I use her fabric (Aunt Edna) for the back.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kelly's Quilt

Kelly and I have been friends for the last couple of years.  
Her son and my daughter met at preschool. 
They had a little thing
I so wasn't ready for it. 
Kelly and I have become great friends.  
She and her family are about to move out of state. 

Last year I went on a retreat in the mountains with 7 other moms.
Kelly organized it.
I will never forget it.  
I laughed so hard.  
I danced (nuff said).  
I pieced most of the top of this quilt there. 

I love these fabrics from Kate Spain's Central Park line. 
She saw it and said they were her colors.  
It's been her quilt ever since.
She didn't know it.

I pieced large squares of some of my favorite fabrics on the back. 
I sashed them in white.  
It's bound in Kona Cerise (a favorite).  

I gave this quilt to Kelly on Monday. 
 She loved it.  
 It wasn't hard to give away. 
 It was hard to see it go. 
 It meant she is going too. 
 I'm going to miss my friend. 
 Who is a big goof ball. 
 Someone who makes me laugh.
 A sincere friend.  
(excuse the lame iPhone photo)

It's not goodbye.  
I'll see you later :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Quilts for Mozambique

 I've been working hard to finish up a couple of quilts for two special little girls.  Their names are Fina and Maria Jo and they live in an orphanage in Mozambique.  Members of my quilt club made quilts for each of the kids living in the orphanage and all of the quilts are being taken to the kids at the end of this week.  I wish I was there to get to see them receive their quilts.

The first one I made is a plus quilt for a 5 year old Fina.

 I chose bright colors that coordinated with a panel print I had in my stash from It's a Hoot by Momo for Moda.

I used the panel on the back and added a border all the way around.  I also pieced strips to the top and bottom  to get the back the right size.

I wanted to make it special for her, so I appliqued and then machine blanket stitched her name onto the back of the quilt before it was sandwiched.

 I free motion quilted with an all over loop-de-loop design, and it is bound in a Michael Miller solid.

The second quilt I made is for two year old, Maria Jo.  It was compeletely inspired by this quilt.  I love  Michael Miller's Zoology print and thought it would be perfect for a little girl living in Africa. 

I had a super talented friend quilt it since I was short on time. The quilting is a meander with occasional daisies and she even quilted Maria Jo's name into the quilt.  She did an amazing job!  

It wasn't quite wide enough so I used some of the other fabrics to piece a strip for the back.

 I bound it in Kona Melon and added a little label to the back.  I used embroidery floss for her name to give it texture and make it stand out a little.    

I had so much fun making quilts for these two little girls.  I hope they enjoy using them as much as I enjoyed making them! 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

New in the kitchen

Last weekend we got a new table for the breakfast nook area in our kitchen.  It's a small area, so we got this one from Ikea.  I wanted a table in the kitchen so our kids could sit and eat, or do homework while I'm cooking and packing lunches.  Our kids have done some damage to our dining room table, including this little guy my daughter etched in a few months ago.  Needless to say, I knew a tablecloth was a necessity this time around.

  I have been hanging on to a couple yards of this laminated fabric, Summer Totem Tart from Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi line, and decided it was time to put it to good use.  

 I measured the table and made the tablecloth like you would a fitted sheet; only I didn't use any elastic in the hem around the bottom.   

I figured this way my son wouldn't be able to pull it off the table easily.  I got the idea from my friend Nicki who has a very similar tablecloth made from oilcloth.  I hope it lasts for a while.  It has a piece of fleece laid underneath to protect the corners of the table from poking through the fabric.  It was relatively easy to make.  I don't have a teflon foot for my machine so I did some research and found out I could cover the bottom of my pressure foot with masking tape to help the fabric glide through my machine.  I'm happy to report that it worked really well!  

This week I also made a couple of taggie blankets and burp cloths for friends who have new babes.  


I'm about halfway done quilting my plus quilt, too.  Pics to come soon :)