Archives for the month of: January, 2016

This was a long time in the making. I started piecing it in 2009, my first patchwork quilt ever! It had been sitting, basted, in a drawer. I was hesitant to finish it because I have grown so much since then! All the fabric is super cheap, and the hand-piecing is awkward. I think the quilt even predates my use of rotary cutters!

   
   
Everything was so awkward I couldn’t imagine wrangling it under a machine to any success, so I turned to an old standby – hand-tying!

I don’t keep much cheap fabric around these days, but I had scraps of an old sheet that made a perfect binding.

   
 
Long ago this was meant to be a crib quilt. Our baby doesn’t actually sleep in a crib, though, so maybe it will be a floor mat? Those ties will be fun for Baby to grab during tummy time! I was being cheeky, too, with the dollar bills print, imagining I’d teach our children that money does grow on trees! Ha!

Quilt stats:

  • 39×58 inches
  • Hand-pieced
  • Hand-tied
  • Machine bound
  • Begun 2009, completed 2016

I love finishing something because I get so excited about the next things on my list! Can’t wait for the next finish!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts’ Finish-it-up Friday!

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I am not typically one to blog fabric purchases, mostly because they are so few and far-between, but I am so chuffed with the bits I got during a few end-of-the-year sales that I decided to break from the norm.

 First a bit of Anna Maria Horner and Cotton + Steel joy from Southern Fabric! I’m slow to join the train for these well-known designers, and it’s not often I find pieces I like that also match my budget, but thanks to the kind folks at S. F., this time I did!

 Second are a few slices of Denyse Schmidt and a bit of Utopia from the Fat Quarter Shop. I restrained myself here, but I had specific projects in mind, and I really like what I chose. Even better, my husband genuinely ooh’ed when he saw these – always a good sign! Looking forward to putting them to work soon! (“Soon” is a much more relative term now I’m raising a Squish. Babies is hard, y’all!)

Linking up to Molli Sparkles’ Sunday Stash!

This one was just for me.

   
   
As I was scouting quilt blocks for Christmas gifts, I found that the Temecula Quilt Company was hosting a mini quilt-along during the first 12 days of December. I joined up, using a single fat quarter of a print I chose on our honeymoon. It was a skill building exercise, and I am pleased with the results – although the setting triangles didn’t turn out quite to plan. I think the wavy quilting goes nicely with the marbled print and offsets the precision (and lack thereof) nicely. I like it well enough to display on the mantle – a sweet reminder of the payoff of time and effort, even embracing imperfections as we grow. Hooray!

This year, I want it to be the Year of Completions! There are a very few quilts I have mentally set aside to create, but other than those, I want to minimize new endeavors and focus on finishing works-in-progress.
Quilts in progress:

 

Accidental Quilt

 
Quilts to begin:

Other sewing:

  • Baby gift for English friend
  • Cushion covers for sofa
  • Baby birthday sewing (whatever that means)

This list may change, of course, but it’s a start! I can’t wait to pull out these “old friends ” and finally give them the TLC they deserve!

P.S. I realize this list is way longer than I can accomplish I’m the first quarter of the year, but I’m counting this as my post for the 2016 Finish-A-Long. Anything I don’t complete can roll over!

  

There is a wonderful woman I met a few years ago, right as I was about to make the biggest transition of my life and move countries. Her name is Jayne, and right from the beginning, she inspired me. I really hope one of these fabric manufacturers finds her the way Food Network found Giada – she is a star in the quilting world, and I admire her attitude and approach!

I gush. But it has a purpose! A few months ago, I began seeing “mini-mini” quilts come up in her Instagram feed. Impressed, and always looking for a little side project to keep chain piecing going, I decided to make a few of my own!
   
    
   

Each is smaller than 5 inches, most closer to 4. I played with piecing and quilting, though I could have been much more detailed on each. Each is self-bound with the backing, and this influenced my decisions on how to quilt each piece. It was a fun experience and so rewarding seeing them come together! I’ve never been one for perfection, but on a small scale, I feel motivated to grow my skills. Thanks, Jayne, for the inspiration!

This year I decided to go mini! Every sibling or couple got an 18-inch mini-quilt – with an envelope back to cover a pillow!  

I had fun coming up with ideas for my husband’s and my siblings! Among them we have a crazy cat couple (block from Elizabeth Hartman), a family of five (letters from Temecula Quilt Co., hearts from Cluck, Cluck, Sew) , a member of the Air Force, and a world-traveling fashion aficionado. 

   
 
For the 3 sets of parents, I chose this fair isle pattern and tried to capture everyone’s styles. My husband really loved how they turned out, so I may be creating some for us in the future.

  
I still had 2 to finish after Christmas, but with some friends, that’s ok. It ended up being just right for my friends who received the wacky little houses. Why? Because just at Christmas, these friends learned that their landlord put their home up for sale. This little quilt is a promise of provision!

   
   

As of yet, there is one gift left to give. My fellow quilter and close friend will get a little homage to her cat Luna. Starry quilting nods at the cat’s name, and the scrappy quilt reflects both my style and hers. The design is a modified version of this Fat Quarter Shop block. I can’t wait to deliver it and be done with Christmas once and for all!

Linking up with the 2015 Finish-A-Long!