Thursday, November 28

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from the beach! It's a little chilly, but with this view, good company, and a cute quilted table runner, I really can't complain.



Happy Thanksgiving!




Wednesday, November 20

Donations

Mama J sent me these progress pics on her donations. She is making baby bereavement blankets. It is a very sad thing to think about, but a very sweet gesture.

One in pink:





And one in blue:


Mama J, they are beautiful.
I can't wait to start sewing up my donations! One paper down, two more to go, then its all about quilting!


Saturday, November 9

Upcoming Challenge

Hello everyone! I have a challenge for you coming soon...

With the holidays fast approaching, and after finding out that I will receive a very generous and amazing prize of a sewing machine, I decided I want to give back. I originally wanted to make some small quilts for the local hospital's NICU, but I think I will donate them to their Children's Hospital and let them give the quilts to those who need them most. 

I dug through my stash and came up with a several fabrics that are just itching to be used in baby quilts or kids' quilts. Here are a few (Please excuse the dim lighting, it's getting dark in here!)



So I have a proposition for you...

Starting in December, I am going to quilt my little heart out. I invite you to think about a local hospital in your area, or somewhere else that you think would love and need your handmade quilts. If I can figure out Blogger (I'm new to this thing) I would love to let people link up. Suggestions are always appreciated! 

I know this is an incredibly busy time for everyone so I'm not expecting a huge turnout, but I'm going to do it anyways. If you want to join the fun, but also want to start NOW, please do! If you don't want to join, I still encourage everyone to do something kind for someone else this holiday season.

Thank you for considering the challenge!


Friday, November 8

Oh My Goodness!!

I am completely beside myself right now.. I actually won the BQF Baby Lock Melody sewing machine! I'm pretty sure I should be fined for the amount of exclamation marks I have used in the past couple of hours.. !!!

If you still haven't gone to view all of the amazing quilts at the Bloggers' Quilt Festival, please do. There are so many beautiful creations and everyone has been so nice. Thank you to everyone who visited, left your kind words, and voted for my quilt. This was my first entry in any kind of quilting contest/festival and I was a tad nervous about it, but sometimes it's good to push our boundaries. I will definitely be participating in the next one!

I don't have any new quilting pics to share right now, so I will leave you with this for now: two of my favorite girls. They thank you too :)


!!! :)


Tuesday, November 5

BQF & More

Have you gone to the Bloggers' Quilt Festival yet? It's so great! I have lost count of how much time I've spent looking through the different categories and going to everyone's blogs. My entry is #85 in the baby quilt category, and I'm already plotting for the next festival!

There are some awesome prizes too, including a Baby Lock Melody sewing machine! What would I do with a new sewing machine? Well, I could certainly use it to finish these babies:

The Butterfly Quilt- They have been waiting patiently for antennas, batting, and some loving.



DWR- Still needs to be quilted. The top has been completely done for months now, I've just been avoiding it.. It will be done by the end of November, I promise!


And my Wish List? That is full of scrappy endeavors, a Valentine Quilt, and some ideas that have been rolling around in my mind for awhile including a quilt for my grandma. Here are some of my fabrics for it. Ignore the green, I've ruled it out. I'm adding neutrals and a slight hint of purple instead. It will probably end up being a birthday gift, I don't foresee finishing it by Christmas!


I currently have a Baby Lock Design Pro, not as many functions as the Melody but it has been great to work with. Mama J found it on sale after the local middle school was upgrading their machines. It was quite the step up from my cheap, plastic, mini machine I used for the Auburn Quilt!

Let's see.. What else would I do with a new sewing machine? Attempt more free-motion quilting, turn some of my sketches into quilts, and maybe someday make another DWR... Maybe.



Wednesday, October 30

Chicks & Umbrellas for the Blogger's Quilt Festival

I stumbled across the Blogger's Quilt Festival today and decided that Chicks and Umbrellas will enter the Baby Quilt category.  There are some amazing quilts linked up to this festival, so definitely go and check them out!  I've been drooling over them since I hopped onto this page!

Here is Chicks and Umbrellas, a baby quilt that I finished last month.



Quilt recap: I started this as a way to practice sewing curves, and used scraps and leftover squares from a charm pack.  I created a template on some cardboard by cutting out a square and using a drawing compass to cut out the rounded corner.


The quilt top came together pretty quickly after that.  I sewed the pieces together on my Baby Lock, sandwiched it with batting and a turquoise backing, then hand quilted swirls onto each of the circles.



I alternated with teal and red thread, which isn't really that noticeable unless you look closely at the back.  The picture above is teal thread, the bottom is red.


Every time that I got sick of looking at my other WIPs, of doing graduate homework (paper writing is sooo much fun, right?), or sat down to watch tv at night, I would pull this out and work on the hand stitching.



You know those fabrics that sit in your stash and no matter what you do they just never disappear?  The ones that you have already used for a project, or two or three, and are just sick of looking at them?? Even after I completed Chicks and Umbrellas, I still had some of them hiding in my stash taunting me!  I gave one leftover away and the rest are at the bottom of my scrap bin so I don't have to look at them...


I just love these little chicks. Can you see the faces in the binding?



Even the puppy approves.


Monday, October 28

Draft Busters

It's getting colder outside, and unfortunately the trend is creeping inside as well! My windows let in some of the cold air, so I finally decided to pretty-up the situation. This is the old, boring, aesthetically unappealing version:


Even Princess is unimpressed.

Better solution? Draft Busters!
First, I measured my windows for the length of my fabric (about 40-41 inches). I cut the width at 10 inches, but it just depends on how wide you want them or how big your window sills are. Whatever width you cut them, plan for it to be smaller on the sill as 1/2 inch will be in the seams, and the filling will puff it out a bit.


Iron those babies out, fold them in half length-wise (see below) with the wrong sides facing out, and stitch around two sides (one of the ends, and the long edge). Leave the other end open for now.


Turn your tube of fabric inside out, or.. right side out I guess.. Then stuff with fiber fill. 
Hint: If you only pull half of the tube through like the picture below, it is much easier to stuff that fiber fill down into the end.


And voila! Much cuter. I picked neutral striped fabric so it would match the rug and pillow in my sewing area/Princess' lounge. 

The nice lady helping me at the fabric store suggested filling my draft busters with cat litter instead. Now, I've never worked with, or owned, cat litter so I have no idea how that would go. All I could imagine, though, was curious, destructive puppies tearing it apart and spreading it all over my apartment.... If you decide to try it, let me know how it works for you.


Princess can sleep peacefully now.