Friday, June 26, 2015

The New Girl

Normally this time of year I'd be frantically making teacher gifts but this year Dex's teacher is expecting so we organized an end of year baby shower for her.  The kids each decorated a onesie and contributed a gift.

Still an excuse to go handmade:-)  I'd gotten so many positive comments on my Oh, Baby Wet Bag I decided to make another one, this time with a science theme.

This Joel Dewberry Heirloom laminate coordinated perfectly with the Good Chemistry print and I found the perfect zipper in the stash of ZipIt prize pack I scored on retreat.

And I threw in some coordinating burp cloths because let's face it, you can never have too many burp cloths.  We can't wait to meet the new girl!

Linking up to the fabulous Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wrapping Up

After all those snow days this winter we are still going to school here.  One of Audrey's final Social Studies projects was to create a visual representation of the influence of religion on art in Eastern cultures.  Much to my surprise she decided to make a quilt.  She had a clear idea of what she wanted to make so I was just there for technical support.  We started at Quilter's Way where Donna did a fabulous job helping us find fabrics that matched Audrey's vision.

I did the cutting but Audrey pieced together the top and quilted her background.

From there she used fusible to attach raw-edge applique motifs which she then quilted around.  I love the effect of the gold thread and this blue/gold cross weave we found in my stash was the perfect choice for the binding!

The finished piece is stunning!  I don't know the symbolism behind all her choices but I love her arrangement.  I'll turn her into a quilter yet:-)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sunkissed Pinwheels

If you follow me on Instagram (and you really should;-) you've seen this one slowly coming along.  It started as a way to use up bonus triangles from the Strawberry Fields quilt I started on retreat (still unfinished while I source more low volume fabrics).

It's really monotonous densely quilting all these straight lines in the sashing.  I tried to just work on it section by section whenever I had some free time.

In the end it was worth it.  I love the way it emphasizes the chevron pattern!

I don't usually work with orange but I love how cheerful this quilt turned out.  For now I'm using it as a table topper and I always smile when I walk by the dining room and see it.

Linking up to the fabulous Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 36" x 36"
Fabrics: Sunkissed by Sweetwater for Moda,  Bella Solids Bleached White. Backing from DS Quilts Collection.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient Bamboo
Thread: Aurifil 50wt. in Natural White (2021)

Monday, June 15, 2015

Visit with V and Co.

This weekend I was lucky enough to attend a class with the adorable V and Co.  Vanessa is every bit as sweet and adorable as she seems on her blog.

I wasn't sure what to expect from "How to Work with Ombré Gradients".  Vanessa presented 6 different ways to use Ombré fabrics for unique effects.  It's amazing how you can create complex looking designs using a single fabric.

My favorite are these wrapped roses.  I see a pillow in my future!

A huge thank you to the fabulous Erin of Daley by the Yard for bringing Vanessa here.  I can't wait to get more ombré!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

W.i.P. Wednesday: On the Go

Now that summer is unofficially started the road trips to Maine have begun.  I don't have much time in my studio but I have lots of time for handwork.  I'm making good progress hand quilting this Beatrix Potter counted cross stitch quilt.

La Passacaglia is perfect for traveling.  I've finished the stars for my second cog...

And I'm adding the next round of hexies to my large cog.

Check out that matching.  I love this!!!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced
On the go with this week's W.i.P. Wednesday:-)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Oh, Baby Wet Bag

Oh, Baby Wet Bag
I was on such a roll finishing up the Baby Preppy the Whale quilt for my friend I decided I should also make her a little bonus gift.  I went browsing in a high end baby boutique to get ideas and spied a cute little Wet Bag with a hefty price tag.  Obviously, I can make my own;-)  This is sized to hold wipes, a diaper, and a spare outfit and has a waterproof lining for keeping those accidents contained.  It's perfect for those times when you want to be prepared but don't want to drag your entire diaper bag around and so much classier than Ziplocks!

This bag is loosely based on the technique used in the Gathered Clutch Tutorial by Noodlehead.  I've included my own measurements and some additional directions so you can adapt it to make your own.

Cut the following:
(2) 8 1/2" x 11" laminated cotton or oilcloth for lining
(2) 8 1/2" x 11" quilting cotton for exterior (whales)
(1) 8 1/2" x 9" quilting cotton for exterior pocket (whales)
(1) 8 1/2" x 10" quilting cotton for pocket lining (orange)
(2) 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" quilting cotton for zipper ends (orange)
(1) 9" zipper

Seam allowance 1/2"

Make your pocket by aligning the exterior pocket and pocket lining along one 8 1/2" side, right sides together.  Stitch along the edge with 1/2" seam allowance.

Press seam towards the lining and fold over wrong sides together matching bottom raw edges.  Topstitch along the top edge of the pocket.

Follow the Gathered Clutch instructions for making the end tabs for your zipper and installing the zipper.  STOP before sewing all around the edge!!!

Add your pocket to the front of the pouch aligning the bottom raw edges with the exterior right sides together.  Pin or baste your pocket in place.  Be sure to OPEN your zipper before continuing!

Now sew all around the edge leaving a small hole in the side of the lining for turning.  Turn your bag right side and stitch the hole closed.  Remember NOT to iron your laminated cotton.  

While I was at it I whipped up some coordinating burp clothes.  These OsoCozy diapers are much nicer than the Gerber cloth diapers and are perfect for gifting.  

Can't wait to meet the new kid;-)

Linking up to the fabulous Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thar She Blows!

Just in time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival I finished this Preppy the Whale mini quilt.  I have to admit when I was asked to make this quilt I was unenthused...  been there, done that and grey?  How blah!

I pulled these fabrics and then it sat until guilt and the baby's impending arrival finally motivated me.  I don't know why I waited so long, once I actually started this went together in an afternoon.  Despite having 16 different sized pieces per block these whales go together quickly.

The quilting was also a breeze.  I love these wavy organic lines!

Orange isn't really my color but I thought it added the perfect pop for the binding.  Now that it's finished I'm a little sad to send it off but I know it will be a lovely addition to my friend's new nursery.

With my freshly polished toes for scale:-)

A huge thank you to Amy for once again organizing the Blogger's Quilt Festival!!!  I've entered this in the Small Quilts category.  For a whale of a good time check out all the participants:-)

Quilt Stats:
Finished quilt is 20" x 26"
Pattern: Preppy the Whale by the fabulous Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!
Fabrics: Kona Nautical, Just Color by Studio E, Sunkissed by Sweetwater, Little Apples by Aneela Hoey, Foxfield by Tula Pink, and Textures by Angela Walters.  Binding: DS Quilts.  Backing: Riley Blake Multi Houndstooth.
Batting: Quilter's Dream Cotton Select
Thread: Aurifil  Light Grey Green (2847)