Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blue block of the Rainbow Star Quilt

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. 
  I have to trim all 8 of the triangles and sew them together but I am beat. Just finishing the triangles I came close to giving up on tonight. I took a break to come have the first bowl of the year of the most amazing ice cream on earth, available regionally here only in the fall. Warning people!!! This will change your life. 
Turkey Hill Pumpkin Pie ice cream is hands down the best ice cream I have ever eaten. That is a big statement for me as for a few years in high school I worked at a high end ice cream parlor and I am also a life long ice cream fanatic. This ice cream is unreal. That is all I can say about that. Go get some TODAY! 
There is a pile of waste and trimmings when doing a paper pieced block. I know it is all worth it as the final block will bebeautiful  but I am glad I am now done with the main blocks for the baby quilt. Tonight I will brainstorm layouts or how I will bring the six star blocks together. 

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

The Rainbow Star Quilt

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! 
I have 8 of these triangles to make and today i finished three of them. 
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! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How I Love Quilts

Oh how I love quilts. When I dont have time to quilt myself, I find myself on quilt blogs, in country quilt stores, and cuddled under quilts more often. This past weekend I came across a little quilt store in the mountains of Shenandoah Valley, Virginia and my husband splurged and bought me a beautiful handmade quilt! 
It is already on the back of my couch and we are tucked under it nightly. I know after my lone star quilt I made my daughter that I wont be attempting another one very soon and am thrilled to get to enjoy this one. The little quilt store had a fun truck parked on the side that looked to not move often, but had an adorable paint job!
While in Virginia, we also attended a heritage festival where I met many talented crafters and artists. I couldnt help myself but to also buy our soon to arrive baby a special little quilt. I am not talented enough for embroidery work and I thought the little birds were just too irresistably cute to pass up. 
This quilt is only tied, not quilted so I am leaning towards taking the ties out and adding a bit of simple quilting to it. It is a fun little gender neutral quilt I think. Speaking of my soon to arrive second child, today I am 9 months pregnant!! So a little baby bump selfie to celebrate. 
My husband also surprised me by sending me flowers for the big 36 week day! I am so lucky to have such a great guy who spoils me with so much more then my quilting addiction. 
So, with all the good things happening the past few days, I did get inspired to finally whip through the binding of the quilt for the new baby. 
Front above and back below. 
I am happy to complete it finally! It does have me thinking if I can squeeze another quilt in before he or she arrives...... I have those star blocks sitting around that I could maybe finish up to make a baby quilt with. When I started them years ago I had no idea what I would use them for. Maybe it was for my second born all along. I will think about that tonight get back to you all if I am going to start another quilt with just 4 weeks to go!!! Oh how I love quilts. 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Nautical Baby Quilt Finished

I finished the nautical baby quilt this weekend, just in time for the baby shower today. 
I decided to do a herringbone on one side and what I am calling flags on the other although I realize they are really flying geeze (sort of)
The size of this one is big for baby but small for toddler so I decided to test it out on my daughter. Turns out she loved it so I will call this a success. 
She was really excited to roll around on it. 
I did a scrappy binding. I think it added a thoughtful end to the simple quilt. 
My daughter finds a lot of joy in every quilt. That warms my heart. 
My friend seemed genuinely excited that I made her a quilt. She got emotional and I can't describe how great it is to give someone a handmade quilt and they immediately get how personal the gift is. 
It was the only handmade blanket she received. No crocheters in this group apparently. 
This was her telling me how much she was hoping I would make her a quilt. OF COURSE I was going to make her a quilt! She is one of my favorite people on earth and I love her baby already. Here is our bump to bump picture. Can't wait for our babies (due only six weeks apart) to grow up and be close too. 
Yay for babies and baby quilts!!!!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Progress and News!

I decided to go with a combination. Front flags and back herringbone.
I do not love the dark blue I choose but the idea of this quilt was to not buy anything new and make something that my friend will cherish.
Her and I are both pregnant right now so I thought it would be nice for me to make her baby a quilt with the same fabric I used for a quilt I made my baby. Yes, by the way, I am 19 weeks pregnant with our second child. Very excited! There are more baby quilts in my future for sure!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Nautical Baby Quilt (Brainstorming)

I am working on a nautical themed quilt for one of my best friends. Her baby shower is on June 20th so less then a month is my deadline. I decided on a half square triangle quilt. I zipped through the triangles last night and started working on the design. I am stuck because I can't decide which I like best. It is amazing how many different looks you can get with half square triangles!
My first thought was mixed up patterns but I just don't love the lack of symmetry. Too chaotic I think. 
I always love chevrons. Hmm. This would be front and below would be back. 
That looks pretty good. But we have another friend who just did her whole nursery in chevrons and I don't think that is the direction for this baby boys room. Oh I didn't mention, they are having a BOY!!!
Vertical chevron??
Diagonal lines? 
Back diagonal lines. 
I started making boxes. Hated it so stopped. 
I don't know what you call this design but it seems to fit the nautical theme well with kind of a moving flag look. Don't they use flags on boats for identifying things? 

Hmmm. Either this or chevron I think. 
Maybe flags front and herringbone back?

Do you have a favorite?? If I get ambitious I may do a fun scrappy outer border. So much to think about and no time!! Must decide so I can get it done in time. Hmmmmmm.  Can't you just hear the gears in my head turning? 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The gift

She was truely excited when she opened the blanket I made for her second baby. 
She is only a month or so from having the baby and she looks radiant. It was fun to spend the day celebrating her and this new child about to become a big part of all of our lives. And the shower was lovely, at a park with countless thoughtful things. Fun day and fun little project.