He was really not feelin’ that hat. Its way more fun to suck on. Thanks for all your great pumpkin suggestions! I whipped this up just in time for him to wear it for a whole 2 minutes before he was off to bed. :) Happy Halloween!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I’m sitting here trying to figure out how to make a pumpkin costume. Does anyone know of a pumpkin costume tutorial? Because we have a Halloween party tonight and heaven forbid the baby should not have a pumpkin costume. Like he cares. At least my supplies were cheap….
and if it doesn’t work out he can always be a beaver like his brother 3 years ago.
Here’s to pumpkin making….I’ll keep you posted.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
This is the view from my computer right now. I really love the way this top turned out, its really bright and fresh, and its going to be a wonderful quilt to get out in the middle of January when I’m sick of winter.
Monday, October 25, 2010
I was piecing these blocks with triangle corners (like the corners in this block) yesterday and thought I would share a quick trick. Usually a pattern (including my own) will recommend drawing a pencil line from corner to corner on the wrong side, and sewing along the line. Like this one:
But since I’m a hurried sewer and drawing little lines on 160 squares doesn’t sound like super fun, this is what I do instead:
Place a piece of tape so that edge is in line with the needle of your machine.
When you are sewing on your squares, start in one corner, and keep the opposite corner on that tape edge to keep the seam line straight.
When your done you’ll have a nice straight line from corner to corner, without having to draw gagillions of little pencil lines. Keep in mind though that the smaller the square the easier it is, it might be a little harder to keep a perfectly straight line with bigger squares.
After trimming and pressing the corner should look like this:
Tricky huh? I learned this from my Mom. I always wondered why she had painters tape stuck to the front of her machine….now we know.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I have these blocks sewn up and stuck to my design wall (a.k.a. a piece of flannel…classy). After I was finished sewing up all the blocks and feeling all great about my quick quilt…I realized I had sewn 19 extra hourglass blocks, and cut 10 too few elephant blocks. How in the heck I did that I have no idea…and to top it off I had just used up the rest of the elephant fabric making bean bags that my son will throw at me.
Luckily after some re-arranging and re-sizing it all got worked out. I had two circles leftover from using the accuquilt cutter to stick in it….and I actually like the way it looks even more. I’m taking this little "miscalculation" as I sign that I need more sleep. A lot more. :)
Monday, October 18, 2010
The best part of decorating for the holidays is unpacking the decor that has been stuffed away for a year. I’m embarrassed to say that I completely forgot about this table topper….but it was such a fun surprise to find!
This quilt I didn’t forget about...but it was still plenty exciting to get it out of its tub-o-crap and back to use.
I’m so glad I made these last year even though I was really big, sick and pregnant…in that order. Too often I think that its a waste to make quilts that are only used for one month out of the year…but really it just makes them that much more special.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
My Mom was visiting last week….which meant sewing….lots of sewing. We whipped up this all flannel quilt top using this tutorial (except we cut the squares 9", and the corner squares 2 1/2"). I’m not sure what all those fabrics are, but I know the majority of them are Riley Blake flannels. This is one snuggly quilt!
Oh and this little guy got his first tooth last week….the problem is now he bites and it HURTS!
Friday, October 8, 2010
Its been such a long time since I’ve made a baby quilt for no reason at all! Its so relaxing after doing lots of large quilts since they go together so quickly. Especially when using an easy pattern that I’ve made before (this pattern). Love that.
The backing is an Amy Butler print with a strip of patchwork down the side, the binding is Sandi Henderson. I quilted loopty-loops all over this one and its in the etsy shop.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Monday, October 4, 2010
If you want to make these for gifts but don’t know how big the recipients wrist is, make them a tad bigger and either use a larger strip of velcro, or a couple of D rings so it can be adjustable. I would make the strip larger and add 2 or 3 sets of snaps so that they can make it tighter or looser. I’m pretty sure every one of my friends/family is getting one of these for Christmas.
Friday, October 1, 2010
Lots of couch time meant lots of binding/editing time last week! This is such a fun quilt. I already have my spot mapped out where I’m going to hang it for the holidays. I like that its bright and cheerful without any “Christmas” fabrics, but is still very festive and whimsical with those pinwheels that look like candy.
The quilting was done by Christina and is perfect as always, those tight swirls in each pinwheel totally make this quilt. I quilted the table runner and hot pads…which means don’t look to close.
The quilt measures 45” x 45”, and the table runner measures 16” x 45”. The patterns includes instructions for both and two hot pads. This would be fun in non Christmas colors too…maybe like green and blues? Or brown and oranges? Hmmmm….like I need another project.
The pattern is available in the pattern shop in PDF or hard copy form.