I made this "baby quilt" a bit larger then your standard baby quilt but I don't think she minds the extra area to grow into. For now, it is a nice colorful, cleanable place she can hang out and explore on. Not even two weeks old and she already understands the joy of a quilt. That is my girl!
Monday, November 17, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
I had a beautiful, healthy baby GIRL last week and have been loving life at home cuddled with my newborn on maternity leave.
Our older daughter we have kept in daycare to keep her in her routine and give me some time to recover and bond with the baby. A note came home that this week is "superhero" week and today is dress like a superhero day. I am stuck in the house with a baby too young to take out shopping with me so I was forced to be resourceful and make her a cape with fabric leftovers. As you might know about me, i only quilt. I do not hem clothes, make curtains, or any other crafty things with my sewing machine. I just quilt. But my little girl needed a superhero outfit so I had no choice. My parents randomly came across a whole bolt of pink fabric recently. I can't explain it because they never gave me a backstory, they simply dropped off a giant bolt of pink one day. So i have a lot of projects ahead of me using this pink color, just to warn you. I decided to make a two layer cape.
She will be off to daycare in about an hour. I am hopjng she is still super excited about the cape I made her when leaving today. I am proud of myself for getting it done with a one week old baby next to me. I am also glad I did it yesterday as our newborn decided to boycott sleep last night and today I am completely exhausted and unable to focus enough to sew anything. In fact, I keep falling asleep just writing this.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I did it! I finished my rainbow stars quilt before the baby arrived!!! Today I am two weeks from my due date and I spent some time finishing up this cozy colorful quilt. I am so excited with how it looks!
Solstice Stars Quilt Along was going on over at Fresh Lemon Quilts. I added the blue star from one that Elizabeth at Don't Call Me Betsy had a tutorial for. At the time I started the blocks I had no idea what I would do with them. This was even before our first daughter was born. Now it seems
So perfect that I have worked on the stars for years and my second child will get to enjoy the results of his or her Mommy's efforts.
This is my first paper pieced quilt. I love how precise the results are of paper piecing. The back of the quilt is a subtle star pale blue minky. It is so soft and cuddly.
Amyscreativeside.com's Bloggers Quilt Festival, but nesting is a powerful fuel and I finished it just in time. I am entering this into the ROYGBIV section celebrating bright colors and unknown baby gender all in one. Thanks for stopping by. The next picture of this quilt I hope will have our baby on it!
Sunday, October 26, 2014
The six rainbow stars blocks are completed with sashing and borders!
It will be a great size for a toddler bed as this baby gets older.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I think I might get this quilt done before baby number two arrives!! I am two weeks and six days until my due date and while I should be washing baby clothes and setting up the dusty bassinet, I am making progress on the rainbow stars quilt. I decided to make each block a little larger with some white and color matching sashing. Hoping this makes the stars really pop. I went with polka dots, just because I like them.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
I forgot how tedious paper peicing really is. I just spent two hours on one 12" block. This is after two hours sunday night on the same ONE block! It is not finished yet. But I am close.
Good news is that I havent gone into labor yet. With my husband on a businesss trip for three more days and I am 3 weeks from my due date.... I have been stressed about getting through this week. I think I will make it. I certainly hope so!! I have a quilt to finish and more ice cream to eat people!!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
I am 3 weeks and 2 days from my due date and I really want to make our second child another quilt. I started the Solstice Stars blocks a few years ago never knowing what I would use them for. Now I know. They will be perfect for a gender neutral quilt for our new bundle of joy. Luckily I have a red, orange, yellow, green, and purple block already finished, all 12 inch blocks. I started on the blue final star today. I am using paper peicing again like the rest of the stars. It is so rewarding to use paper peicing because the results (if you really pay attention while sewing) are flawless!
My husband is away all this week for a business trip (I know I know, not great timing with the pending baby on the way) but I am hoping if I work on quilting this week in the evenings after our daughter goes to bed that it will help to keep my stress levels down and help to prevent me from going into labor with my husband hundreds of miles away. Plus, I would love to make this baby another handmade quilt. Maybe with some soft minky on the back (even though I keep swearing to stop using it because it moves so much while quilting, but there is nothing softer). I hope I can fit a stop at the fabric store into my week so I can find the perfect backing and binding and hustle to get this done before the newest member of the family arrives. Wish me luck!