Sunday, August 23, 2015

"Pink Really is the Best Color" - Aerith

After years of my niece telling me about the best color in the world, I've taken her advice and made a simple baby quilt for a new baby girl.    But I got sidetracked on the label so she's now more than 5 months old and I'm just ready to gift it.  I'll take it in to work tomorrow to her mom.

I freehanded swirls and hearts all over in pink thread.

I always like to quilt in a little love.   Sometimes a few other words too but you can always count on finding this in my quilts.

The back is a pink and grey chevron minky, its super super soft and this quilt is small enough that it didn't have a chance to stretch and shed too much.   It's a pain to work with but so worth it in some cases.

I have skills on the binding corners but not on trimming thread apparently.   Ah well, you can't have everything.

And finally . . . the label - 

So hooray for new baby girls!

Friday, August 21, 2015

All the Colors - Quilt for Sale

Because I do love starting new projects for no particular reason, I grabbed my stacks of 3 inch square scraps, gray linen print and white to make this quilt -

 See my awesome new quilt hanger on pulleys.    It also can be used to put up a shade or a movie screen.  I heart pulleys

It's not quite all the colors but close.    Had I put it together in the traditional method, it would be block called Jacob's Ladder.   But instead I pieced it all in squares, rectangles and half square trianges (yay trimming 64 of those).

I had the perfect amount of a great aqua flannel for the back and picked a dark red solid for the binding.   All fabrics I had on hand...for once.

The quilting was really fun, I just replaced the o-rings on Pippi, my longarm, so she was running smooth and easy.   It was fun to quilt and I did custom quilting with free hand flowers, loops and some ruler work lines.   It looks great but I may be biased.

It finished at 60" x 60" before washing and would make a great couch quilt.  Listed on etsy . . . I think I hope it sells . . . .
Etsy Listing

I'm also going to start taking in other people's quilt tops to quilt now.   Finally have the carriage house studio set up enough for that.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Marshmallow's Quilt

In a bunch of marathon sewing sessions, I was able to complete this quilt for a friend's dad.   He's a Chicago Bears fan and I had permission to use just the colors but ended up drawing up my own pixel version of their logo (minus the bear, I'm only regular crazy).  It worked out pretty well with just two inset seams to fuss with and the background is all the navy fabric I could find including some stolen from my BFF's house.

Secret messages were quilted in various spots, of course.

I'm pretty happy with the overall texture, it's organic, varied zigs with bits of bubbles, squiggles and stars thrown in.   The orange was a loose back and forth to tie it all together.

 Even bears have to eat so I used some big chunks of my favorite orange deer fabric.

 The back is flannel (of course) and crazy bright chevrons which I didn't match up very well but the hope is that he'll find it cheery and happy.   

A quickly attached label (so that my friend couldn't pretend she made it) and a QR code to this blog were finished up Friday night and it made it up to her house and then to him just in time for Father's Day.   I've always loved the stories she tells about her dad, particularly the adventures they've had in Kenya.  He's got a great sense of humor and is so supportive of her work in Kenya ( so was glad I could do something for him as he faces a big challenge.

 Happy rolled up goodness!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Project Linus

I've got another nice stack of quilts ready to go to our local Project Linus group. Here is the latest which I started late Friday night as I was too twitchy to sleep. Quilted up on Saturday with a bunch of new motifs and machine bound on Sunday with lots of breaks because I hate doing that. Pictures galore!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Order Up!

So I've found my customer base recently. It's the 8 and under crowd.

First up two pirate pillows.

Then virtual fabric picking by their older brother.

And ta da, three small pillows (5ish by 10ish) ready to go.

Now back to some slightly longer projects.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Blessed

The first trial of these is referred to as The Damned so that makes these The Blessed. They were gifted for Christmas and well received although a nose was requested for the blue/red one.

I've other projects to share as I've been sewing although not blogging or going to guild. Maybe I'm ninja sewing these days?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Everyone does their part

I made a couple of dog beds to donate to a local shelter. I used a thick curtain my mom made for me when I was in college (thanks mom). I stuffed them with the scraps of batting from all the quilts over the years.

Matilda helps with quality assurance.

So far the double stitching is holding up just fine. 10 minutes down.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


I used the Pleated Tote pattern to make a quick(ish) bag for a weekend trip.

I had plenty of Grand Bazaar left so I used 4 prints from the line. Hopefully the light interior and key hook will help me find things inside.

My linings always end up bigger than the outside. I may be trying to create a Mary Poppins bag.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Next Up: Binding

Well maybe not quite next, I do get distracted easy. I've got a friend's quilt on the frame and a bag partially cut out. Plus many other quilts in various stages. But for this project, the next bit is binding.
My brilliant friend recommended the black and white binding. As soon as she texted, I knew it was perfect.

I didn't have enough of my first choice.

But maybe I just thought it was perfect because my neighborhood has gone crazy with Halloween decorations. Totally overboard. Not as bad as the house that has put up Christmas lights already though. These are newly up and not the all orange strands of lights. Rainbow icicle Christmas lights. Blinking.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

In the Groove.

I'm back up and running on my long arm.

Quilting on my own stuff that's been sitting for awhile.

I was reminded what I liked about quilting in the first place. Bright colors, fast stitches and knowing that someone is going to enjoy snuggling under it in the future.

I finished up a small quilt this weekend too.