Thursday, December 17, 2009
I do have a Christmas quilt in the works. It just needs to be quilted and bound. Hopefully I can get it done by next week.
Monday, November 30, 2009
I made some burp cloths . I love these kind made out of cloth diapers. They are so absorbent. I made some bibs at the last minute too, but for whatever reason the picture will not upload.
The other thing I made for her was this kitten quilt. The pattern is from American Quilting in Orem. I love how it turned out. I think I need to make one for my baby girl!
Here is a close up of the cats. I embroidered the faces and then appliqued them using a running stitch and black floss.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I have 3 or 4 more in the works made from the leftover blocks from this quilt. I don't have fabric for the ties though but they are almost finished!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The second block is called Corn and Beans. Both these blocks use the sub blocks we've already learned. I haven't had a chance to make mine and may not until the end of the month, but I'll post a pic when I get them done.
The plan for the rest of the class is that we will do two blocks in both January and February. By March we will have 12 blocks for a lap size quilt. We'll come in March with our blocks finished and set in a quilt top. In March I'll show you how to prep your quilt to quilt it yourself on your machine if people want to do that. Feel free to send your quilt out to be quilted though! In April we will learn how to bind.
Monday, November 2, 2009
After a thorough cleaning I'm back in my sewing room. I even made a block. Yes, just one. I am not loving making the blocks for my broken star quilt. I love the blocks, just not making them. There are LOTS of little pieces so I'm making them whenever I'm ready for a change in fabric or project. It may take a year... or more. I also finished adding the ric rac to this quilt and sewed on the binding. Hopefully tonight I'll have a chance to stitch it down.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I haven't gotten much sewing done this week. Mostly because of a mouse. Tuesday morning I woke up at six to workout. I started the workout and what do I hear in the corner? Yep... a mouse. Of course I ran up two flights of stairs, not stopping to put down my weights (at least they were only 5 lbs each) and wake up my husband. He was able to catch the mouse and my 6 year old insisted on taking him to the park to let him go. I saw no signs of another mouse and finished my workout.
During Sesame Street I was upstairs putting my 5 months old down for a nap. My 3 year old was downstairs watching Sesame Street when I heard a shriek and then him yelling "It's alive!" Yes, a mouse had ran right through the center of the family room. It ran through again as I was going over to rescue him. Chaos ensued. I called my dad who came over. We couldn't find the mouse and my dad and I set out for the store to buy mouse traps and D-con.
You may be wondering what this has to do with sewing and online fabric shopping. Well, I'll tell you. After a through search of the premises to look for mouse entries ( I had asked my three year old if he saw the mouse come through a crack in the door. He told me yes. Since I wasn't quite sure if he was just being agreeable I asked if he came through a crack or if he opened the door and walked in. He's quite sure the mouse opened the door and just waltzed right in. ) my husband decided the entry is in my laundry room which doubles as my sewing room. I have been avoiding the room ever since. He sealed up the possible entry. Last night two more mice were caught as we innocently slept. Hopefully there aren't any more and we are done with this. Most of my fabric is up away from mice or in sealed bins, but I do have two cupboards on the floor. I may have my husband take a look in there on Saturday and possibly move the bins.... just to be safe. I've never considered myself afraid of mice before. If we are outside and I see a mouse it's no big deal. However, I do not like them and their germs in my house!
Now, if you are still reading, this is where the online fabric shopping comes in. About the only thing I've done with fabric this week is to buy some online. Lately I have not really liked what I'm seeing at my local fabric shop. It's a nice store and used to be my favorite shop, but I think my taste and their buyer's taste have evolved away from each other. I'm just not feeling motivated. When I go to other shops I love what I'm seeing, but not at this one. Since it's really the only shop in my area I've turned to online shopping. I bought the fabric above from quiltshops.com I love that I can type in the name of a fabric line and see what shops have it available and also the price. I can usually find a great sale! I also ordered from American Quilting in Orem this week. I needed the wool to make a stocking for my new little one for Christmas. It's cheaper to buy the wool in the kit than to buy it separately because then I can buy just what I need instead of having to buy larger cuts for just a small little applique piece.
In the past I've ordered from Fat Quarter Shop and Hancock's. I still like to visit shops and see all the inspiration out there, however I just haven't been impressed with the ones near me lately. I'm really liking online fabric shopping for two main reasons. First, it's much easier than taking 3 kids to the quilt shop. Second, I can usually find exactly what I want, even discontinued fabric, on sale. Where do you like to shop online?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
A few people asked where I got the Rock-a-Bye Rhymes fabric. I'll tell you a little secret. I love looking for fabric on using this site:
That way you can see which shops have the fabric you are looking for and then compare prices. I saw this fabric going for $16.99 a yard but was able to find it for something like $6.00 at a place having a sale. The site is great for discontinued fabric!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
All that being said I have now finished two football quilts for my boys' room. One for each bed. They love them. I'm mostly glad to be done. Yeah!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Once your shape is cut out move it to your ironing board and spray it with spray starch. I just use the cheap kind you can buy at Target for 99 cents.
Monday, September 14, 2009
I'm pretty sure my sister-in-law does not read this quilt blog... however, just in case I'll just show the fabric for this cute quilt. I ended up getting the pattern and the fabric to make the one I saw. I made the first block and it turned out really cute. I may need to make one for my baby girl........
One thing I've noticed since I had a baby girl is that there is tons of cute baby boy fabric and patterns out now! When my boys were born there was very little boy fabric and it wasn't that cute. American Quilting had several darling baby boy quilts and lots of fabric. I was very tempted to make another baby quilt for my 3 and 6 year olds! I also loved this Puppy Love pattern. I'm really, REALLY not an animal person, but I think this turned out so cute. I'm going to have to think about it.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Monday, September 7, 2009
My quilting goals for this week include:
Quilt and bind Jake's football quilt (it's been a year)
Work on Black Diamonds so I have enough done I can post a picture on here.
Finish Sweet Cheeks
Ok so these have been my quilting goals for the last few weeks. We'll see how it goes. I also want to paint my living room. We'll see which gets done.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Hopefully now that school has started and we are in some sort of routine I can post more often... and get a little more finished!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Are you drooling? I asked Marcene about this beautiful hexagon quilt. She told me that she pieced it while she was expecting her baby. The hexagons are 1 5/8 inches across. She used a Fig and Plum jelly roll. She hand pieced it and worked on it for 5-8 hours a day for about 3 months! Once it was pieced she and her mom hand quilted it. WOW! I am totally impressed. Look at that binding too. It would take forever to sew the binding around doing the mitered corners every inch or so.
Marcene told me that this quilt is now hanging in the Springville Quilt Show in Springville, Utah.
Now I am totally inspired to start another hexagon quilt in addition to the one I've already started.... I'm thinking I'll use my jelly roll of Mill House Inn. I seriously doubt I'll be done in 3 months though.
Thanks for sharing your quilt with is Marcene!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Because we've been home all week with the sick 3 year old I decided to make some more baby bibs. I used my scraps from this quilt. I made a few of these bibs awhile ago and I love them. I think I'm even liking them better than burp clothes. They are super absorbent and do a better job of preventing the neck cheese we all love so much.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
I won these great Utah treats, cinnamon honey and Mrs. Call's caramels. Who doesn't love those?
I also got to pick two of her darling patterns. I chose Giddy Bloomers and Whoopsy Daisy.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Ok, so I did buy more fabric. I had a good excuse. I got some money a few weeks ago for my birthday and I've been wanting to make the Black Diamonds Quilt by American Jane. I've had my eye on this fabric since it was first posted on Moda's site on the Future Fabric Line section. I had waited to buy it though thinking I should use what I had before I bought more. Now it's starting to be gone in some stores so I decided to buy it while I could. I feel like that totally counts, especially since I used birthday money to buy it, right?