Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Liberty Dots Mini {a finished quilt}


Have you heard of the Sew the Library challenge hosted by Fabric Mutt and some other bloggers?  It’s to encourage us book-buyers-but-never-makers to finally make some of those patterns we’ve always wanted to get around to.  My friend CeLynn and I decided to join in the fun, because it’s always more fun with a friend, and picked a sweet quilt called Butterfly Effect for January.  Hers is pieced; mine is still in pieces.  But, I did finish another quilt from a book (in a record 3 days time, albeit it’s just a mini quilt and “based” on the pattern in the book), but it’s still adorable, still a quilt, and—most of all—still finished!!!


The idea for this mini came from the book Quilts, Baby!  Oh, how I love looking through this book, and now I can count TWO whole quilts I’ve made from it (the other was this elephant quilt for a friend’s baby shower). 


There are two reasons I decided to make this quilt—#1 I wanted to make something small with Liberty lawn and find out what all the fuss is about and #2 when I was thumbing through the book daydreaming about making something, I saw this quilt and realized it would make the perfect project for January’s Le Challenge theme…dots!  A win-win if there ever was one!


I can report that I’m still not sure what all the fuss is about (in fact I accidentally bought Robert Kaufman lawn too—the green print—and I can’t tell the difference between it and the Liberty).  I’ve bought quite a bit this past month to make a larger quilt and I wanted to practice on smaller pieces before embarking upon such a costly undertaking.  Should I interface the fabric?  What kind of fabric should I pair it with?  What kind of needle to use?  I asked a lot of bloggers and got a lot of advice.  Based on all the advice I received, I ended up using Kaffe Fassett shot cotton in latte as the background fabric…and I bought a Juki TL 2010.  Whenever I do end up making the larger Liberty quilt, it will be worth its weight in gold!


The background fabric is Heather Ross unicorns and the binding is an unknown Art Gallery color.  The finished size is 24” x 24”. 

I am having a baby in about 3 months and figure this will make a nice, light blanket if she needs one during April or May, and later it will make a super-sweet doll quilt or wall hanging for her room. 

Just to recap:

  1. #Sewthelibrary project completed
  2. #Lechallenge project completed
  3. Practiced sewing with Liberty fabric
  4. Made my first handmade item for baby
  5. Bought a new sewing machine

That’s one heck of a finish!

Thanks for visiting!!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fire & Ice Pillow {a finished project}


It has been over a month since my last blog post!  My December was one bout of sickness followed by another, so I am ready to go overboard on Valentine’s Day decorating to make up for a lousy Christmas!  I have a guest post tutorial for this improv cross pillow over at Forth Worth Fabric Studio Blog today.  Check it out!


There was some leftover fabric which I turned into a heart pillow.  Now my living room is officially ready for Valentine’s Day!


The fabrics are a variety of reds and aquas paired with unbleached Moda linen.  I love the look of quilting fabric and linen together.  No binding again…I really do like my serger!

Thanks for visiting!  Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Wild & Free Pillows {a finished project}

My oldest daughter was lucky enough to have a student teacher for the first part of the school year.  What better way to say thank you than matching pillows for her teachers?


I used the new line of fabric Wild & Free by Maureen Cracknell (+ a few scraps).  I always thought the arrows would be my favorite print from the line, but once I saw it in person, Sun Tracks was clearly my fave!  I bought extra after getting my preordered fat quarter bundle, and used it for the backs of these pillows.


I also quilted each pillow differently.  For one I did cross-hatching, simply for the reason that the spool of thread on my machine was nearly out and I thought maybe I could eke out an entire quilted pillow from it (I couldn’t). 


There is just something about straight lines that makes my heart swoon when I see them on pillows! 


Quilting always seems to show up better on the back.

Then I quilted the other with a free motion pattern so they were the same but still different.  Also I was a bit tired from all the straight lines.  FMQ is so fast!


The quilting pattern blends in a lot of with all the different fabrics on the front.


The teachers liked the pillows and I got a message from one later that night informing me her 16 year old daughter already claimed it for her bedroom. 

I promised that this would be the end of pillows for a while, but I was wrong.  I already started another with the leftovers from this project and some scraps that have already overtaken my sewing room and are threatening to take over my house…


Have a wonderful weekend!  Linking up with Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Crazy Mom Quilts.

Monday, December 8, 2014

unicorns and rainbows {another pillow!}

My daughters had two birthday parties to attend this weekend (in addition to all the regular holiday hoopla which was crazy)  so last week I thought it would be a fun idea to make each birthday girl a unicorn & rainbow pillow.  Of course I wasn’t organized enough to take a pic of the first pillow, but the second one, which is virtually identical to the first, I clicked a pic of minutes before leaving for the party.


Now if you think the pillow looks uber-stuffed, you would be correct.  I ran into Joanns with the kids last week one day after school and hurriedly grabbed some pillow forms for upcoming gifts.  I guess instead of 12” pillow insertsI picked up 14”.  Luckily they fit in the 12” covers just barely!

The quilting turned out nicely on both pillows.  I took a photo from the wrong side before adding the envelope back because the design shows up much better that way.


One of the fabrics I used for the back says “Always be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn.”  That’s something I would have loved to read over and over again when I was a kid.


The fabric is called Unicorns and Rainbows by Riley Blake.  You can still find the fabric available online.


Hope you had a fun (and not too crazy) weekend!