Sunday, March 30, 2014

Taylor's Quilt

Before I moved away in June, I wanted to make all of my nieces a quilt. 














I made my nephew one for his birthday in December.  A camo bento block quilt.

Next on the list was Taylor.  She likes bright colors.  She like loud and happy.

I settled on the Kaleidoscope Quilt and followed the quilt along from Don't Call Me Betsy.

It was easy to put together and came together quickly.

For the quilting followed the lines of the design, but slightly bent, to add more interest.

She really liked it and it seemed to fit her personality, from when she was little even to now, the beautiful 14 year old she is.






Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A Quilt in a Day

My meetings were cancelled yesterday...so I made this!


Cut, pieced, basted, quilted, bound...all in one day.

That would have been impossible just a year ago.  But things get easier and faster as you go along, don't they?

It's made using all my scraps from burp cloths that I've made over the years.  It's all cozy snuggle flannel and soft green minky.  It really is so soft and sweet. 

It's my first time doing straight line quilting like this.  And I think I can do it because of the magic of 505 basting spray.  If I can do it on this type of fabric, I think I can do it on any!


I've listed it for sale in my etsy shop HERE.  Wish me luck in selling it!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Double wedding ring quilt

Before I moved to London, my mom asked me to make a quilt for her bed. We knew I would have to make it here in England since time was running out. 
This was the first project I worked on once we settled in. My mom picked out the fabric and I brought all the supplies with me. 
And after many many hours of tedious work, a quilt was born. 

First there was cutring the melons. Then piecing the melons. Then eventually tearing the paper out of the melons. I cannot believe how many hours I spent on this. If this queen sized quilt wasn't for my mother, I would have given up a long time ago. 

Sooo many paper pieces. 

I did an all over free motion quilting to make it easier for me and I had to go to a friend'a house to baste it. It's very hard to find that much floor space in the homes here in London. 
It was my first time with scalloped edges, and actually they weren't that hard! If you're on the fence, go for it!

Here it is on her bed back in Florida. She's very happy. And so am I! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A new quilt for a new baby

Our friends gave birth last month to their first baby. Little Caleb. I waited until she had the baby to make a quilt because they were waiting to find out what sex the baby was. And here he is!



The quilt is just squares in squares. Simple but so cute. 

He obviously enjoys it!

Friday, January 10, 2014

A little bit of sewing

Owen got to bring "Hunny" the bear home from school for the weekend.  She is a cute little bear who wears a bright pink dress.  It was funny my boy carrying around a little girl bear for the weekend.  But he enjoyed it so much.  So of course we had to send her back with a little something.  So we made her a little sleeping bag, since she goes on so many sleepovers.  Owen helped for a few minutes on the machine, then lost interest.  But he was very happy to show his teacher his new creation.
Here she is.  Happy and warm with Owen.



I also made a few journal covers for Christmas gifts and added a little trim for their first initials.



I used the tutorial from Rachel at Stitched in Color. I just had to make a few size adjustments, since the paper here in England is different sized than in the US.

And I had this pillow displayed on my couch during the fall.  Yep, it's been that long since I've blogged anything!
Next, I'll share with you my QUEEN SIZED Double Wedding Ring Quilt I made for my mom. Come back to see!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Update

Well, Happy New Year to all of you! It's been such a busy 6 months in my new life here in London.
We're all happy and mostly healthy (lots of new bugs and viruses.)  We had a wonderful Christmas and fun on New Year's Eve.
We've had lots of visitors, birthday parties, school plays.
Here's a few pics to fill you in.


Rylan wanted a Halo birthday cake for his 9th Birthday.


Nathan wanted an Angry Birds birthday cake for his 7th Birthday.
 
I made a ruffle cake for a baby shower.

My sister and her family came to visit and left a few days before 3rd birthday party.  So, of course we had a party.  And she reeeallly wanted a purple princess dress.  So you know what I did, right?
I used this tutorial to make Jael's dress! It was really easy to follow.  The skirt is different than the tutorial.  I learned a lot, as this was my first attempt at sewing a dress.

Do you think she liked it?

Ok, I'll be back to fill you in on more sewing stuff! I've got a lot done lately! Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Dinosaurs!

We're settling in here in our new home and the boys all decided they needed new pillows for their beds and to bring down stairs when they're watching a movie.  Mommy to the rescue. 


We searched through images for inspiration and, of course, they all landed on the same thing... 

Dan from pieceandpress made an awesome dinosaur quilt you can see here.  http://pieceandpress.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/heros-nemesis-or-orange-lizard.html?m=1  I took that as inspiration and made just the head for the pillows for the boys. They've enjoyed the process and so have I.