Monday, March 30, 2009

Look what I found....

At Joann's.

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This cute pear print from Robert Kaufman, and Alexander Henry Birdseed in yellow.
They are in the novelty fabric section along with this, and this in blue also by Robert Kaufman. And you can use your 40% off coupon. I got the last yard of the pears at our Joann's, and there were a couple left of the birdseed. Its just so fun to see popular designer prints mixed in with the....well...other stuff.
Can it really be Monday again already? Yikes.

fabric
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

more...Baby Quilts!

Little sheep strip quilt

This week was a blur. I couldn't even tell you when I finished these, but somehow I must have found time because here they are. My weeks are sure flying by, I can't believe we are a week away from April. Tomorrow my baby will be 2. Everybody told me it would go fast, but until you're here you don't realize just how fast. It sure is fun being his momma, even if he is (extremely!) cranky this morning.

Little Sheep

Blue and Green Quilt

Blue and Green Quilt Back

Urban Cowboy Baby Quilt

This is the third (or fourth?) quilt I've made with this same pattern. I love the simple look of it, it lets the fabric really stand out. But...I think I've learned my lesson with Minky. I'm officially SICK of it. I used it on the back of the top strip quilt as well as this one. It turned out fine on both, but I think using it for the borders and back on this one made it extra tricky. Lesson learned, I'm sticking with cotton backs for awhile at least.

Urban Cowboy

Last but not least...Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for all your sweet comments! You guys really made my week when my sweet (almost) 2 year old was really testing my patience. So Thank you. I love looking at all your blogs and seeing what you've been up to as well! I've had a couple questions that I haven't been able to reply to, so if you have a question you want answered, please use my email address so that I can reach you. (top of right hand column)

My husband has a four day weekend, so I think I will give the Bernina a break for a few days and check in with you guys next week! Happy sewing and have a great weekend!
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Red + Aqua Finished

Red + Aqua Finished

There's nothing like a really bright crinkly quilt fresh out of the dryer to make my day. I stippled this one, mainly because I love the crinkly look, and I hadn't stippled in awhile, I was having withdrawals. It was really fun, I finished it within a couple of hours because I just couldn't stop. I love the way it turned out, really crinkly, really soft, and nice and warm to cuddle under.

Red + Aqua Finished

I literally had to STUFF it in the quilt basket, which could be a problem. I'm going to need a much bigger basket, or a hutch like this one. Or maybe I should just stop making ( and keeping) so many quilts!

Red + Aqua Finished


Did I mention my new quilt matches my new clock? Its perfect. (clock from Target)


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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Ben's Quilt

Ben's Quilt Finished

Its finished! I'm so happy with how it turned out. I couldn't decide how to quilt it (Thank you for all your great ideas!) but I finally decided to do straight quilting in a grid pattern around the seams. It looks more boy-ish, and really makes each square pop. It took awhile, but after quilting 124 straight lines I'm still really glad that I did it myself, on my machine. There's a sense of pride that comes with finishing a quilt all by yourself from start to finish, I'm sure all of you that quilt yourself know what I'm talking about don't you?

Ben's Quilt

I pieced a strip through the back so this could be reversible when I want something simple. And so I can turn it over when needed, since this will be on my 2 year old's bed.....yikes.

Back of Ben's Quilt

Have a great weekend everybody!
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Spring (almost)

Tomorrow is the first day of Spring.
I can't wait.
There is definitely more pep in my step now that spring is in the air.
I hope you are having a nice spring (almost) too.


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Monday, March 16, 2009

I'm blushing

My favorite quilt and my favorite pajama clad boy are on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog today. Thank you Beth.
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A Few Things

First off, I finished the quilt back for this quilt. (Sorry bad picture taken with the flash...yuck) I started quilting it, and it makes me want to swear, if it weren't against my religion. I just don't know why I am getting dang puckers while I'm straight stitching with my walking foot. Actually I do know why, the back is just loose, and I am a terrible baster, even though I did this one perfectly I thought. Its not that bad, I'm just cranky from doing it. But on the good side the top looks fabulous, and that's what matters.

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Second of all, this Alexander Henry fabric is so cute and springy! And available at Joann's on sale, just be warned that you might have to throw some elbows to get any. Someone had hidden the last bolt at my Joann's, too bad for them I found it.

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Third, I am so excited for the Sewing and Quilt Expo in Cleveland in two weeks. My friend Lara asked if I was going the other week and I hadn't even heard about it. So if anyone around Cleveland wants to go, you know where I'll be.

Fourth, this is my quilt for the mountain baby quilt project. Nothing fancy, but its cute, and warm. Also fabric from Joann's which I thought was really cute. Joann's might be catching on.

Mountain Baby Quilt

Fifth- (the last I promise), did you know you can schedule your posts? I'm so excited about this. Sometimes I wonder if all this blogging work is really worth it during weeks when I'm so busy. But, now that I know I can write my posts and schedule them to actually be published in the future, it totally changes things.

Here's how you do it.....
When you are writing you post in blogger, see in the lower left corner post options? Well click on that, change the date and time to when you want the post to be published on your blog, then hit ok and publish post, and you will see a little note at the top of the edit post page telling you that your post is scheduled for so and so day and time. I'm trying it out right now, its really Sunday but it won't post until Monday when I'm probably at Target.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Red + Aqua

Remember this? Now its this very bright quilt top made from my favorite colors. (in case you haven't noticed I have LOTS of favorite colors) This was my first quilt using so many triangles, and it actually went fairly smoothly and went together fast.

red+aqua quilt top

I used the tutorial Christina put on her blog. Except I started with 7 1/2" squares so my finished blocks were roughly 6 1/2". And I didn't square them up after. I felt like I was cutting more than a 1/4" off each side when I was squaring them up, but mostly it was because I am a L.A.Z.Y. quilter. I usually find I can eyeball things straight as I go, and (knock on wood) it has worked for me so far with no resulting wonkiness. This top ended up being about 54" by 66", with 99 blocks total.


red+aqua quilt top

I love how where four of the hourglasses meet, it creates a pinwheel. Can you see it? Its like one of those eye tricks where you have to find the pattern in the pattern. :) Have a great weekend everybody!
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Pieced Together Blocks


I'm back from Mexico feeling refreshed and COLD! I'm ready for spring, and something about spring makes me really notice all of the clutter spots around my house. Starting with my sewing area, it looks like a bomb went off. But that can wait, since I have lots of fun projects to complete! Starting with these fun blocks for Sara and Stephanie for March's pieced together quilting bee. The spider web block was for Sara, and the idea of paper piecing totally freaked me out, but it went together without a hitch and I was so glad I tried it!


My little man on the beach in Puerto Vallarta. Why did we come back again?
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