Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Goddaughter Quilt

I am kicking around ideas for a quilt for my Goddaughter. She was born on my birthday in June and I want to make her a quilt to celebrate her first birthday this year. Last year at QuiltWeek I bought a fat quarter bundle of Kaffe fabrics in purples and blues that I want to use. So I added three shades of Kona Cotton purples and put them on my new design board (a handmade Christmas surprise gift from my amazing husband!!) 
Okay. I was in a rush. But just some fast brainstorming. I am excited to get started on this quilt for such a special little girl. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

WIP of the Decade

I am still working on my wedding quilt. I really should be embarrassed. .... I have been married for seven years. I mean, come on! This project has lingered too long. While I have put it down for long periods, I have actually invested a ton of hours into this quilt. I thought I would get it back out today and work on the quilting. 
I am making four double trinety knots in each block. 
The template needs to be traced and FMQ'ed in each square. It is a lot of work. Today I couldnt get the tension right. I tried over and over to correct the problem and kept having the same frustrating result. 
I hate ripping out quilting. After it happened three times I had to stop. I decided to send my dear Janome in for a much overdue professional cleaning. My husband dragged her dusty self out to my car so I can drop her off this week. Hoping that solves my problem! I am looking forward to making some long overdue progress on our wedding quilt! 

Babies under Quilts

My friend sent me this picture of her son asleep at daycare under a quilt I made him. 
This so warms my heart. She now has a 2 month old little boy that I haven't made a quilt for yet. Someday I will have some free time for quilting, I hope. Until then, I am enjoying how much the many I have already made are getting used. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Rainbow Star Quilt Put to Use

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!

Friday, November 14, 2014

A baby and a superhero.

I had a beautiful, healthy baby GIRL last week and have been loving life at home cuddled with my newborn on maternity leave. 
Seeing as we had our first snow last night, the quilts I made for her have already received a lot of love so that warms my heart.  
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. 
I simply freehanded a size and shape I thought would work. Then I went for a appliqu├ęd machine finished "G" with a circle. 
I used one of my daughters elastic headbands as the closure and just like that in only one naps time, I completed my little project. I gave it to her last night and she was thrilled. 
She ran around saying "superwoman!!!" Over and over. 
She wanted to fly so my husband has her up flying in no time. 
 Such a great Dad. 
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 guess this is what nesting feels like for a quilter

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!
I love each star individually. Many of the fabrics are used in other quilts I have made and have sentimental value to me. They each also took many many hours to make. I also started the blocks a few years ago when the 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. 
Here they are without the sashing. 
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. 
I am currently underneith this little quilt and I am getting so excited for our second child to enjoy it. As we dont know the gender of this baby headed our way, I went with rainbow and I am very happy about the colors. So cheerful. I can't believe I am going to have a baby any day now. I should be washing baby clothes and bottles but I choose to quilt. I did also manage to get the basinet out and linens washed so the baby has a place to sleep and quilts to cuddle under. 
Bring on the baby!!
I feel ready now that this quilt is complete. So exciting! I never thought I would get this done in time to enter it into 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

Six blocks make a quilt

The six rainbow stars blocks are completed with sashing and borders!
The quilt will be a little larger then I pictured and my minky stars backing is not large enough now so I have to decise if I will add some of the rainbow fabric to the back or run and pick up more.  

It will be a great size for a toddler bed as this baby gets older.
Good news is my husband is home from his business trip and I didnt go into labor (hoorah!!!) so now all is right in the world and this baby is welcome to show up when he or she is good and ready. The flowers were from one of my best friends during the week my husband was away, reminding me to relax and smile. I am thankful for all of my amazing friends who made sure to make me feel loved this last week. I am a little impressed with myself to have survived a week alone 9 months pregnant with a toddler. My daughter and I had fun but things are all so much better now that my husband is back!!