Monday, May 30, 2011

Double the Robots

Double the Robots, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

Just a quick update on today's blocks. I've got them up on my design wall to show the width and length.

iPad cover

iPad cover, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

It's a mostly sewing weekend for me it seems. This is a quick little project that would have been quicker had I thought it through and read some instructions. I made an iPad cover with some fabric from the Central Park line by Kate Spain. The interior is a really soft flannel. The binding and button are Kona solids. It would have gone a little quicker if I hadn't quilted the lining to the rest of it. I ended up with seams on the inside so decided to bind those too. That got a little fiddly in the corners. It works though. I used a silver stretchy cord so to loop over the button to keep everything in place.

iPad cover, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

I used the Dritz make your own buttons without tools fanciness but didn't try to center a print on it. Maybe an envelope cover next time though to make sure that it doesn't collect schmutz if it goes into another bag.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Robots and Rocketships Blocks

Robots and Rockets Blocks, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

Ok, you might all see more of this quilt then normal because I'm making it for a preschool class to gift to one of their classmates who has some health concerns right now. Since I only know one of the moms, I thought that having lots of postings might help with the coordination of the whole project.

Here are the first 8 blocks of the quilt out of a needed 42. Not too bad for a start. I've got pieces for many more cut and hope to get it organized tomorrow.

The blocks may look vaguely familiar because I'm using the Lemon Squares pattern again. I was a little nervous not to use a solid cream color with it to calm it down a little but I think it's all working together so far.

P.S. If I have any visitors from the class, please click on the tag "Robots" to see all related posts.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Saturday Stash #22

Saturday Stash #22, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

This has been in my stash for a bit as I was waiting for the perfect project to come along. That project came along last month and brought a friend today. So I've got a couple of plans and have put my rotary cutter on alert.

Gotta hit up just one more Memorial Day sale this weekend and I think I'm set for both projects.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Slowly with the Fandango

Batting Wrinkle, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
A big wrinkle in my batting slowed down the quilting on my Fandango project. I had to think about it for a few days before I got up the courage to slice the batting. The 4 layers was just too much so I cut the top off the wrinkle and then overlapped just two layers. I didn't want to risk having them pull apart. So far so good, we'll just wait to see how it washes up.

Batting Wrinkle, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
Since I got it off the frame, I decided to make up the binding (pictured here next to my favorite niece picture, although she's way bigger than that now). And here's the newest addition to my pile of bindings to be done.

Batting Wrinkle, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
That pile should go down soon as I'm sending the first kite quilt north for binding. Although, that just means that it is time to do the second kite quilt and I'm growing the stack again. Sounds like I won't need to take my machine to the next guild meeting!

Friday, May 20, 2011

To Welcome

photo.JPG, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
I'm posting this just under the wire for the Blogger's Quilt Festival. I finished this quilt to welcome a new baby into the world, here's an in process post and a post of the original fabric grouping.
I like the rolled up look of the first picture. The next one shows the whole quilt.

photo.JPG, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

 The label wording was from my sister, I printed it onto fabric and then stitched over the printing.

photo.JPG, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

And finally, a close up of the quilting. I did stitch in the ditch around the chains and then little loops in the blue.

photo.JPG, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

Check out the rest of the quilts on the festival.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Must Have

Really, I must.

Really, tulips in the Turkish style. Plus bright colors? I'm in!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fandango Quilting

Fandango Quilting;, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

I've been quilting off and on this weekend on my Fandango quilt. It is a pretty easy design and I think I've got about a row and a half left. Not too bad considering the size. This is one of the patterns that makes me think that quilting for others wouldn't be so bad. Maybe someday when I run out of fabric, ideas and peeps needing quilts.

P.S. Mom, this is still not for you.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Fandango Loading

Fandango Loading, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

I'm in a quilting kind of mood lately. The last piece for my Pfaff showed up this week and I have a bunch of tops to get done. At least as far as to the hand binding stage. I'm going with a swirly whirly pantograph for this one. Thank goodness I started that before I went out to get extra bobbins today. I found out that my little sewing machine store, Consew, is going to be getting in and demoing the Quilt Cad software soon. Just what I need, a way to draw my own pantographs!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sheer Madness

Sheer Madness, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.

Ok, this is the start of what could be a project that buries me so deep this summer that I never see the light of day.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pile o' Pending Binding

Pile o' Pending Binding, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
I managed to get a couple of quilts up to the binding stage this week. From top to bottom is
  • the last of the six NOLA placemats
  • ragged circle California Dreamin' baby
  • lemon squares 
  • ticker tape parade, I've been trying to get my friends to come over and trim strings but they're all on to me by now.
I seem to have misplaced over half my binding clips or my mother has secretly kept them. Mom?

I've wrestled down the list so that I only have to finish a quilt every 22 days. Such progress!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

SDMQG Sewing Day

SDMQG Sewing Day, originally uploaded by shanleytulip.
I was able to attend (although was very late) our guild sewing day. The space is great, plenty of room for us to spread out and sew. I managed to finish the backing for the little ragged circles baby quilt and threw a couple of precuts in my bag just in case. Lucky that I did since I didn't manage to bring any of the other projects I've been working on.   It was quite handy to have a whole store to pick from for the neutral to go with this jelly roll of Origins.

According to my handy dandy excel tracking sheet, I have to finish a quilt every 21 days in order to meet my goal of 24 this year. Umm, yeah. I should be at 8 finished and I'm at a whooping 1. One. It's fine, who doesn't want a whole lap full of quilt to bind just as the summer gets ready to show up? Might be a year to perfect the art of attaching both sides of the binding by machine.