Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I have seen some really great aprons on Etsy that I tried to incorporate into this one. I like a couple of different fabrics, ties that go all the way around so it can be tied in the front, and a look that says it is well constructed and durable. Here’s what I came up with:
My partner likes pink and brown, so I chose a pink floral for the front of the apron, brown pockets, and a brighter pink waistband and tie.
And I backed it with some nice dark denim that I bought when I first learned how to sew in the hopes that I would sew myself a nice pair of jeans. I am not making that up. It is time to use that denim for something else:)
Here are a few photos of me modeling it and taking photos at the same time!
I hope she likes it!
A t-shirt from Walmart for $2. Unfortunately all the short sleeved boys' shirts had pockets. A little seam ripping and Voila! a perfect canvas. I added some Dr. Seuss fabric, a little Heat n Bond Lite, and some red zig zag stitching:
I think the birthday boy enjoyed wearing it at his party!
ps. No, it's not Christmas. The birthday boy's grandmother happens to keep a fully decorated Christmas tree in her basement for emergencies:)
Sunday, August 28, 2011
-our cars (which we cannot fit in the garage) were undamaged
-the hummingbirds are all out eating from the feeders this morning
-the power amazingly only went out for about an hour last night
The bad news:
-there is one huge tree across our front yard
-four trees on our back deck
-and one on our house
Bea said “our backyard doesn’t look like our backyard anymore.” Glad the storm is over and hope everyone was safe!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
The backing is really my favorite part of the quilt. I was actually able to align the pieced vertical row with the center strip from the front of the quilt. It looks amazing! I put a mod log cabin around the label. I can't believe it turned out so pretty. This is the second pieced back I've done. It is incredible how much my skills have improved since I started quilting about two years ago.
Today was my oldest daughter's first day of kindergarten. She enjoyed it immensely, but I feel like I've been run over by a truck--emotionally and physically--and maybe am coming down with something. Kind of like back in college when I crammed for exams, then came home for break and spent the first couple days on the sofa recovering. Good thing a hurricane is one its way. Now I have an excuse to just lay around and not do anything:)
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I’ve seen some interesting quilt alongs in blogland, and although I’ve thought about joining, the time commitment to make something I just might not love has kept me from doing it. But this one looks relatively easy and since I chose to do a baby size quilt, the amount of time I will need to devote to it will be minimal. Let’s just say it’s my trial run quilt along:) And, I am 100% invested now that I’ve cut my fabric:
Now I need to decide what kind of background fabric. I am auditioning gray, white, and aqua. What do you think? Here’s a close up of the two closest aqua tones.
Most of the photos on people’s blogs always look so professional and staged. I often wonder what’s going on in the background…here’s what was happening at my house:
Don’t worry—I think Mickey would move if he was really bothered by all the manhandling. Notice the lovely coloring on my cutting mat. Not only is there crayon on it, but someone also colored on it with permanent marker. I guess I never have to worry about someone walking off with it when I’m teaching a class.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
And a close up of the bird block:
The other block didn’t turn out so nicely since I didn’t start with a square in the middle. Lesson learned. It was fun to pick out scraps and see reminders of projects from the past.
So, these are off to Australia on Tuesday, along with this stash of fabrics:
And these goodies I made for her two daughters:
Hope the package gets there soon! I wonder how long it will take to make it to Australia?
Saturday, August 20, 2011
I am pretty thrilled with how it came out. I’ve constructed the back and it looks SWEET! I made a couple extra blocks and a funky log cabin around my fabric quilt label I made at Spoonflower. It’s all basted now and waiting to be quilted. Maybe I’ll have a Saturday Night Sew In…
Friday, August 19, 2011
A few months ago I saw a super easy looking tutorial on Quilting in the Rain’s blog for a quilt using Riley Blake’s Rainy Days and Mondays line. I have snatched up a few prints here and there on Etsy and finally had enough to cut all the blocks yesterday morning…
And sew them together this morning…
As I was working my way through the two stacks, I realized I made a cutting error and only cut half of the gray rectangles I needed. I guess this will be a three day project instead of two!
Jera from Quilting in the Rain used white for her quilt, but gray is all the rage right now, so I thought I’d try the gray rain splatter for a different effect. This is going to be a fun looking quilt!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Well, I gave the Farmer’s Wife Sampler a go over the weekend and my first block did not turn out very well. I used the rotary cutting directions, but my piecing accuracy still is not up to par. So, I got an idea…
On one of my favorite blogs, Needle Little Balance inspired me to do a “Summer Sampler” with the quilt-a-long she participated in. Her blocks were absolutely beautiful, but as the quilt-a-long progressed, the block difficulty increased, and I need a project that’s a bit easier. I just decided to do my own Summer Sampler with my daughter Bea. We went to Quilter’s Cache and picked out the 12 easiest and prettiest blocks to make. The site rates blocks on a difficulty level of one to three pins, so we picked all one pinners.
Here are the blocks we made so far:
Sorry about the arm/camera shadow in all the photos! I am doing some babysitting this week and cannot turn my eye for a second during the day, so these are all 5:30am photos—before the sun comes up:)
I honestly didn’t know the names of any of the traditional blocks (except log cabin), so I am finding this a lot of fun. Bea is helping pick out the fabrics, and she can look at the block diagram and lay out the pieces by herself, which is pretty good for 5 years old! She has dubbed this quilt “The Colors of the Wind.”
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Here’s a close-up of the fabrics:
I pieced the strips according to the directions in the pattern, but it was difficult to figure out a way to lay out the columns without two of the same prints being next to each other. If you look close there are 2 or 3 places where two of the bars are the same next to each other in the row. Oh well! I also noticed that all the sample quilts in the book “Jelly Roll Quilts” have wider borders and thinner sashing than the pattern. I just went with the 3 1/2 inch all the way around as the pattern says. The top quilt is the pattern diagram and the bottom is the photo. Notice the sashing and border width differences.
Two blogs I follow are having giveaways. I have recently bought fabric from 1 Choice 4 Quilting and was very happy with my purchase. One of the fabrics I ordered ran out before they fulfilled my order, and as a bonus they added a free “Flurry” charm pack. How awesome is that? Enter here.
And The Intrepid Thread (a blog that has some good tutorials) is having a giveaway here.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I think this is Love U (actually, maybe it’s Love Is in the Air) by Deb Strain. I like the whimsical-ness and boldness/contrast of the colors in the prints. This quilt top is made from the first ever charm pack I bought. It was almost complete, and now it is!
I went into Joanns yesterday and found some cute polka dots.
I go pretty much every Monday morning looking for those dang DS Quilt prints. My store here has had the same 5 prints since May:( Anyway, in my efforts to find more Picnics and Fairgrounds, I got some $4.99 polka dots straight from a fresh bolt. I wasn’t sure about the navy blue at first, but now I wish I had gotten a little bit more so I could have enough to use as binding, too. Guess I’ll get a little more next Monday!
Here’s a photo of the jams we have made this summer…it doesn’t include all of the different variations (strawberry-pineapple, strawberry-rhubarb, black raspberry blueberry, and triple berry), but it has all the basics: blackberry, spiced tomato, peach, strawberry, and blueberry.
My friend Robyn, my cousin Summer, and I canned over 100 jars of peach jam on Saturday:
We used Trossbach peaches which are famous in southern Maryland for being the best. My house smelled great, until I made fajitas for dinner last night. Now it smells like a Mexican restaurant:)