Thursday, February 26, 2009

Gifted Baby Quilt

This was a baby quilt for a friend who had her shower today. I love making baby quilts for babies that I know I'll get to see and hold lots and lots! The back of this is that super soft chenille minky, I love that stuff. I did notice more stretching with it that the minky dot, but its well worth it since it is SO much softer! I think I finally used the last of my Sandi Henderson ginger blossom breeze dots, so maybe now I'll have to find a new cute baby girl fabric with blue and green in it. But its been my favorite go-to fabric for baby girls! I should probably buy some more of it huh? yes...I should.

Saturday we are off to Mexico for a much needed break from this Cleveland weather. I haven't even started packing, today I was brave enough to try on my swimsuits though....yuck. I'm hoping a nice thick coat of self tanner (or six) will hide my I-LOVE-ICE-CREAM thighs. Not likely. :) I'm counting on a long list of fun blog posts to read when I get back (if I come back!) so get busy crafting!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Hello Betty

First off, I have to tell you guys that you are the sweetest! I received so many lovely comments from my last couple of posts, I just can't believe how many of you take time to stop by and leave such nice comments! So Thank You!! And thanks for all of your great quilting advise, now I just have to make a decision. (not my strong point) I really am trying to be better at replying to comments I promise! But for some reason I can't comment on any blogs which have the embedded comments right on the blog post, so for all of you I really did try and want to say hello and Thank you! Hopefully blogger will fix that soon, I know there are lots of other people having the same problem!
And back to the fabric.......this is my new favorite, Hello Betty in Retro. I am in love with these colors!! I had a hard time not buying the whole line, but I did refrain. I'm not sure what I'll do with these yet, maybe another future quilt? Probably.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ben's Quilt Top

I finished the top. I collected the fabric for this quilt for 7 months, so it is so much fun to finally see it come together and see all the colors mesh. Its very colorful, but I wanted something bright to compliment his neutral furniture. And, there's very little white in it, since it will be on a little boys bed. I used this pattern again, which I love. It ended up being a perfect X-Long Twin about 64" by 94" with some room for shrinkage.

Now the question is how should I quilt this? I was going to quilt in the ditch, and then maybe 1/4" around each square, which would take forever, but now I'm thinking I should just stipple the whole thing? Since its going to get A LOT of wear and tear on my son's bed, do you think stippling would make it more durable? I have some time to think about it I guess, but I would love any suggestions too!!! Happy Friday to you all!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The Color Block Quilt

I finally decided what to do with the Color Block that's been sitting on my sewing table, waiting for me to make something with it. I love the way it turned out. Its the first quilt I've ever made that felt like I was making artwork and not just a quilt. It has pieces from all of my favorite fabrics, most of which have been discontinued, in all my favorite bright colors. A lot of time and thought went into this, but I think even more time has been spent just staring at it. Its kind of hypnotizing. :) I straight stitch quilted it with lines 1 1/2" apart. This will probably end up in the shop, if I can bear to part with it.

ps. I'm keeping it, especially with your sweet comments telling me to KEEP it!!! And even my husband said keep it....... can't argue with that!!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Since I've started sewing I've heard repeatedly how hard Minky is to sew with. So, I tried it finally and loved it! I used my walking foot, and pinned like crazy, and had no stretching at all. I think I've found a new favorite for baby quilt backing. Except now I really really want to make myself a big huge minky backed quilt for myself to snuggle with.
So if you have yet to sew with Minky, here are some helpful tips I read before hand.

Can you tell what I did wrong in this quilt pattern? I didn't notice. Until I was ALL done! Of course, that's always how it is. Luckily its still really really soft and that's what matters, right? (I switched the first and fourth blocks on the last row, just in case you didn't notice either :)

And.......I've been meaning to do a pillow cover tutorial for awhile now. But I was so excited when I saw Candice at Sparkle Power made one instead! (one less thing for me to do!) So head on over if you need some new springy pillow covers like I do.

click on the picture for the link

P.S. and her blog is great too. full of great vintage finds. And she's a fellow Clevelander. And we are probably both enjoying this wonderful sun and 50 degree weather.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Getting some use

I finished up the quilting on this last night. I wanted the quilting to look like this, and I really like the diamond pattern with the log cabin blocks. Straight quilting takes me longer than stippling, just because I have to start and stop more often, but I really like the look of it. And it makes the quilt softer and more pliable. More quilting= stiffer quilt. The back is flannel, because its 6 degrees outside and the flannel back quilts get the most use in my house.

It already looks cozy in my quilt basket. I think I'm going to need a bigger basket though, because 3 lap quilts is just not enough. When I finished this quilt last night my husband asked,"What are you going to do with this one?"
I'm running out of reasons to make quilts, there are three on my bed, two on my walls, three now for lap quilts, and don't even ask how many are in my son's room. I couldn't think of a good reply to my husband's question so I just told him, "I am going to look at it.........alot."
Have a great Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Katie's Block

This is Katie's block for the Pieced Together Virtual Quilting Bee. Each month someone sends out fabric, gives us an idea of what they want, and we send back a block. Its really fun to see what everyone comes up with. The only fabrics I added from my stash is the orange around the middle and the swirl on the right side.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Changing Pad and Wipes Holder Tutorial

Baby Changing Kit Tutorial

This is a fun and easy project, and really great for a baby gift! Its great for sewing beginners, and probably takes around an hour tops, maybe even less for all you experiences sewers out there. Enjoy!

Finished changing pad is about 12"by 27" long. The pocket holds one hard or soft wipes container as well as one or two diapers.

1/2 yard Cotton Print for the outside and pocket
1/2 yard Chenille, Minky, or heavy Flannel.
(I prefer Chenille because it is nice and thick without having to add extra batting)
Sew on Velcro

1. Cut the cotton and Chenille fabric into a rectangle 13" x 35".
Lay the fabrics right sides together and pin edges well.

2. Sew edges together with a 1/2" seam allowance leaving a 4-5" opening on one of the 13" ends, this is so you can turn it all inside out later.
*A 1/2" seam allowance is important so you can stitch the hole closed with your top stitching.
*Chenille and Minky both have a tendency to stretch a lot. Use a walking foot if you have one, it helps to guide the top and bottom layers of fabric at the same rate. If not don't worry about the stretching, keep it taught so you don't have any large folds, and again pinning well will help.

3. Cut excess fabric at corners as shown in the picture to give corners a nice square edge when turned.

4. Turn right side out through the opening and iron the cotton side only at the edges. Pin your hole closed.

5. Top stitch across the entire 13" end where your hole is, using a 1/4" seam allowance. Make sure when you are top stitching that you are using a small enough seam allowance to catch the fabric edges of the hole and sew it shut.

6. Turn the end that you just top stitched up onto the inside 6 1/2" to create the pocket. Pin the edges to keep it in place.
7. Top stitch around the edges of the entire changing mat with a 1/4" seam allowance. The top stitching will stitch the ends of your pocket shut.

8. Your almost done! Now you just have to add Velcro. Put in a wipes container and a diaper so you know how thick it will be. (or something soft like a folded up towel that makes it 2"thick if you don't have a wipes holder and diaper handy) I simply role my changing pad up how I normally would, and then just pin my Velcro pieces in place where I want them and make sure they meet. Sew on Velcro.
* You can also use a long ribbon to make a tie-shut changing pad. Just sew two long pieces of ribbon at the center of one end so that you can wrap the ribbon around the changing pad and tie it. I prefer Velcro because its much faster and easier.

And Vuala! Your new changing pad and wipes/diaper holder in one!

*please use this pattern for personal and gifting reasons only and not for re-sale or commercial purposes.
*please do not copy or reproduce this pattern/tutorial without my consent. Thank you!