Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Scrappy Baby Quilt

I used up scraps to make a baby quilt as a just in case...or I may donate it...not sure yet. I did have to buy backing and binding fabric for this one. I still have some leftover 4 patches and the print so I may make a tag-e blanket to gift with the quilt.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

It's Twins

Quilts that is...I finished up the twin to this quilt this evening.  I laid the blocks out on my bed and after hemming and hawing over block placement, I couldn't move them without sewing them together. 

My quilt holder was a little too short :)

I received my backing fabric in the mail a week or so ago...now to baste and quilt.  My scrappy binding is all made up and ready to roll.  I made strips of leftover blocks for the backs of both quilts.  I still have some squares leftover...I may make some pillows.  I am going to make a simple 25 patch block baby quilt with the leftover jellyroll strips.  It seems like it would be a bright and fun baby girl quilt to have around just in case.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Christmas present

I am making 4 of this quilt...one for my parents, my brother's family, sister's family and my family.  I have to appliqué a gray ribbon to this one but didn't have the right thread color.

We are all getting gray quilts because gray is the awareness color for brain cancer...to remind us that we are all in this together, even if we are spread apart.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Another finish

I got my new neice or nephew's quilt back a few weeks ago and attached the binding by machine before sewing it on by hand.  I love the peace and quiet of hand binding and it has been my dance night hand work. 
That is our 2 year old chocolate lab, Bella, photo bombing my quilt shoot.  She recently lost the priveledge of having full run of the backyard.  She likes green tomatoes and stole all the tomatoes out of my garden.  She is now chained to the clothes line pole.  

The quilt was quilted by my local longarm quilter with a slightly off-white thread an different size anchors.  It adds a ton to this quilt since the piecing is so plain jane with the panel.  

I love the backing.  I think I got the absolute last of it online via Etsy.  My local quilt shop had assured me that this was a new line and I would have no problem finding the backing fabric.  I guess new is relative.  I don't remember the exact size of the quilt, but it is really long.  I had a bunch of the backing fabric leftover and have cut it into squares to make a scrappy quilt with 4 patches (like this one).  I was able to get some other fabric from the line from my local quilt shop for the backing and binding.  Yay for using up scraps and for having a quick and easy baby quilt ready to rock and roll!

From an earlier post about this quilt, when it was just a flimsy, my brother and his wife live in Boston and were married on the beach so this quilt is perfect. 

My brother saw the quilt a few weeks ago when he was home for the 4th and I will be giving it to his wife at her baby shower this Sunday...where we will also find out if I'm getting a neice or a nephew :)  I saved some of the fabric with the rope on it to tie the quilt up....so excited!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Morning Counts

I have seven hexies finished for one of my pillows for our cottage.  I had a ton of scraps leftover from my curtains and wanted to make pillows but didn't want them to be too matchy matchy.  I am going to applique these to some white fabric.  I'm not sure how many I want on each pillow and will have to play it by ear once i get some white decorator weight fabric.
I am up to 25 stars for my diamond quilt with one more to attach.  That will happen tonight while I sit at dance with my little one.  I had to get a baby quilt bound and I love the look of hand binding so that has been my dance night hand work. 

I am linking up with Monday Morning Star Count.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Block #2

Summer dance started this week and I haven't found our routine yet.  I have two dancers which means 3 nights at the studio.  1 week down, 3 to go then competition team auditions and a ballet intensive for the oldest.

On weekends we have been traveling to the cottage to fix it up.  Last coat of paint in the bedroom and laminate floors and the inside is finished!!!  We still have to finish painting the outside but it has been too darn hot...maybe in the fall.

I did manage to sew up Block #2 of the 2013-2014 Mystery Block of the Month.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Back at it

I picked up my go to portable summer project again this past weekend and made 5 more stars for my English paper pieced quilt (using Quilt Patis). I attached 2 tonight and have 3 more to add.  I accidentally made a duplicate so that one will have to wait a while to be attached.  I keep a small makeup bag in my purse with all my necessities :)

I also made some hexis for a throw pillow (photos later).

Friday, July 5, 2013

No quilts, but curtains

We bought my grandma's cottage last Labor Day weekend and have been slowly but steadily remodeling it.  I spent this past weekend making curtains for the living room, kitchen and hallway.   I kept them all the same since it is such a small space.  I love them.  Had I remembered my computer you would have had great photos that show off the fun bright colors.  The green is more lime than the cell phone photos show.  We also laid the new flooring in the whole place (except the back bedroom...next weekend).

I am a little disappointed in the online calculator that I used because I have so mug extra fabric.  I even made two curtains for our neigh it's guest bedroom.  I am going to make some fun hexi throw pillows this summer.