Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Chance of Rain

I haven't named this one officially yet, but it's made from April Showers charms so I thought a 'rain' name would be fitting.

I finished it up last night and gave it a washing.  (Note: white flannel on back of a navy quilt requires more than several swipes of a sticky roller to de-fuzz!)

This is always one of my favorite places to photograph my quilts.  I like the way the quilt hangs, but I really just love the background (even when the grass needs mowing).  I think I need to get my BoyChild, BabyBrother, and Nephew to build me a section of split rail fencing here just for photographing my quilts!


On the porch rail.  


The "roll" .... even though mine is rolled a bit haphazardly, I still like it.  


These are quick photos with my phone.  I will be taking more (and hopefully) better photos later with my real camera before adding to my Etsy site.  



There is minimal quilting on this one ... mostly I went along (just inside of) all the navy blue seams. 


If you're interested before I get it on my Etsy listing, just drop me an email or leave a comment here.  It measures approx 40" x 47" after washing.  Charms are April Showers, blue is Bella Solids, backing is flannel from Hancock Fabrics.  Binding is a print from April Showers.  It has been pre-washed with unscented detergent and fabric softener.  I will wash it again before shipping to remove any dust/dirt that may have been picked up during photographing.  Cost is $85 + shipping (medium flat rate priority mail box $12.00)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday!

Yeah, I know, the title isn't very creative.  It's early.  I haven't had enough coffee yet.

Finished this top over the weekend.  Used the Line Dance Pattern from Moda Bake Shop.  This top goes together quickly and easily.  I'm sure I will be using this one again.  

The charm squares are April Showers and the blue is Bella Solids Royal.


I wasn't sure what I would back it in, then I remembered this flannel I bought on my recent shopping excursion, and it matches beautifully.  I plan to bind it in something red, but I don't know exactly what yet. 


And Saturday we had Sweet Sadie's first birthday party.  She really enjoyed it! 


Please join me and get inspired by some great linky parties ........ links/buttons are in my right-hand sidebar. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What A Week!

Picture heavy post .... lots going on in the past week.

I think I was working on this when last I blogged.  This is the finished top for what will be BabyGurl's baby girl's christening quilt.

It will be backed with Emmy Grace Fantasy Fawn Day ...... I haven't picked a binding yet.



My niece wanted some pillowcases so she bought the fabrics and brought them to me.  I used this tutorial. I've made several of these now and it is really quick and easy.

Even with my written instructions on what kind of fabric to get (quilting cotton) she manged to get a jersey like fabric.  While it's really kind of nice and soft for pillowcases, I haven't sewn with this in at least three decades, if ever.  So it was kind of difficult to work with, but the second one went much faster.  It turned out really well though.  She had two made from this fabric.


And two more from this fabric (which incidentally this main fabric is quilting cotton, with the jersey trim, but it turned out ok too). 


Sunday afternoon we sat out by the pool while Gabbie-Lou-Who had a swim.  Now, while it has been very pleasant weather being outside for several days (80's daytime, 60-ish at night) it wasn't really great for heating up the pool.  So we brought out a pot or two (or five) of boiling water to at least get it up to a bearable temperature (though still far from warm). 


There were of course bbq ribs for more than one meal over the weekend.  Sweet Thang doesn't even leave enough bone for the dogs!!


We didn't see this little one over the weekend as they were off bbq'ing and swimming and boating with friends, but we have this adorable picture. We will be having a first birthday party for her on Saturday!


Nephew was kind enough to come help out with a little (well, a lot actually) of yardwork before the rib-eating commenced.  


I rewarded him with a couple of pillowcases of his own.  


And then on Monday morning bright and early (530am) we headed to Children's Hospital for a tonsillectomy.  This kid is a trooper.  She had to have a tear duct opened when she was still an infant, has had two sets of ear tubes, and now this.  

Waiting room, hospital room, recovery room, home.   

She is doing quite well though, with the exception of a slight reaction to the pain meds.  They make her HYPER.  For the first hour after she takes them she will be jittery and talking faster than a 33rpm album playing on 78rpm.  Thank goodness she is eating and drinking with no problems though.  

And I've started another project.  I'm using this pattern


So, that's my week in a (very big) nutshell.  How about yours? 

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Linking up with several fine folks this week.  All the links can be found in my right-hand sidebar so please visit them and see what everyone is up too.  You'll be inspired I know!  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

WIP ......

Working on a quilt for BabyGurl's baby Ivy Rose (due in three weeks!) to have at her christening.  Of course I'll have a little extra time after she's born to complete it, but not too long.  

I found some fabric she liked quite a while ago and bought a layer cake of it.  I found this simple pattern recently.  I've made 20 blocks (I didn't realize at the time this was a 24 piece layer cake, not a 40 piece one).  I did not use the three striped pieces, nor the solid white one.  The quilt will measure at  approx 34" x 42" with 20 squares.  I actually bought two layer cakes (thank goodness) so I could make another five squares so that it will be 42" x 42".  I'm still mulling that over.  

So here we go with the crappy indoor pics.  My design wall is in the hallway .... zero natural light.
  



This is the fabric.  Willow, by Riley Blake.  


I also want to ask a question/advise of my fellow bloggers today .... Do any of you use plastic snaps (bibs, diaper covers etc?) What brand do you use?  Where do you purchase your snaps (and tool)? 
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WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced

Monday, June 30, 2014

Lots and Lots o' Fabric!


Hancock Fabric had a sale this weekend.  40% off of most fabrics.  Plus a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase.  And my friend I've had the longest, Debra, gave me a gift card for my birthday this weekend.  Score!

So off to Hancock I went.  I got dots.  Lots and lots o' dots.  Big dots, little dots, white dots, 'on white' dots.  I also got a few florals.  And flannels.  With sale prices and the extra coupon, it averaged out to about $3.55 a yard.


So the next day I had to run some errands in the opposite direction.  And there just happens to be a Hancock in that direction too.  It's a little bit smaller store, but they had a pretty good selection as well.  

I got a few solids (well, they are kind of solid) ..... and some turquoise / black / grey that I love.  And lots and lots o' florals.  


Closeup of a few of my favorites.  The turquoise/black/grey of course.  Some Noah's ark flannel. Little baby footprint flannel.  And that bird / floral print is not really a flannel but is more of a brushed cotton.  It's very soft.


The haul from the second day averaged out to about $3.60 a yard.  Never mind how much total I spent, I got value for my $$$$$$!!  I just wish the Kona solids had been on sale.  But I can order those online cheaper than it would've been even with the 20% off coupon. Gosh, if I could've gotten those for less than $4/yd there's no telling how much money I would've spent!!!

Also, BabyGurl's "church ladies" gave her a shower this weekend.  Lots of great outfits, a mobile, some bibs, onsies and other accessories. But these were her favorites.  A rocking chair (wow! what a great gift!) and one of her "youth" gave her some Batman accessories.  Batman is BabyGurl's favorite.  Aren't the capes on those shoes just the cutest thing?


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Linking up with:
Anything Goes Monday @ Stitch by Stitch
Show & Tell Tuesday @ i have to say
Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by The River


Monday, June 16, 2014

Limeade ...

New quilt Limeade ... finished.



My favorite of all the photos. 



I had one little glitch.  When I got done I washed it and a small part of the binding came loose.  So I unstitched the binding all the way around and restitched with a zigzag.  Not quite as pretty but very durable.  It has been rewashed/dried and held up well.


Lots more pics are available in my facebook album, and it is also listed in my Etsy shop. 

Linking up with: 
Anything Goes @ Stitch by Stitch
Fabric Tuesday @ Quilt Story
Show & Tell Tuesday @ i have to say
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion By The River
Needle & Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
TGIFF @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Let's Make Baby Quilts @ Michelle's Romantic Triangle

"Limeade" made from fat quarters of (City Blocks / Lime and Grey / Bernatex) from Bear Creek Quilting Company. Binding is grey/white polka dots from Hobby Lobby and is attached with a zig zag stitch for duarability. Backing is (Sweet Things / Lime Stripe / Holly Holderman) from Fat Quarter Shop. Measures 39" x 39".

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I finally had some time the past couple of weeks to work on something that was not "for" anybody.  So I googled some fat quarter and layer cake pattern/tutorials and found this one for fat quarters.  

It calls for 12 fat quarters, but I had a bundle that had nine coordinating quarters, so that is what I used.  My finished quilt will be approx 40" square. 


Then I saw this striped fabric on the Fat Quarter Shop's Flash Sale page, and thought it would make a perfect backing.  It's not a 100% match but for the backing I think it will be great. 


 I've never used a striped backing before and I'm pretty sure the stripes are gonna be a little 'off' along the edges, but I'm not gonna obsess over it too much. 

I have it almost basted and hope to start quilting on it in the next day or so.  Between keeping the grandbaby a couple of times this week, and my daughter's upcoming baby shower this weekend, it might be a week or two before I get it done.  I'm in no hurry.  

Linking up with WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced. 
and with Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric Studios. 

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