Sunday, March 27, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Awhile ago I came up with this really
stupid great plan to make a King size quilt for my bed.
So I decided on this bowtie design. I figured I needed 168 blocks to make it 104" x 90"…and each block has four smaller blocks in it…and each smaller block contains 6 little squares (including the little corner squares). So I figured to make this whole quilt I’ll have to cut 1008 little squares . Totally do-able.
But then as I was lying awake in bed listening to my husband snore I realized…I’ll actually need 4032 little squares!!!!!!! I forgot to times that 1008 by 4. Yuck. And instead of the 3 yards of white fabric I bought I’ll need 6 yards. So much for my quick project!
Friday, March 18, 2011
I could stick him in a dress and put a bow on his head and nobody would ever know he was a busy little boy. I finished up this quilt and had to “try” it out. It looks good hanging on this crib. Even Batman likes it:
This sweet little quilt is backed with Bliss flannel and bound with Kona Aqua.
It’s going to a special baby girl….who’s Momma won’t care that I let my baby suck on it first. 'Cause now she knows!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Now that afternoon naps are becoming fewer and shorter for Ben, I’ve had to find ways to keep him busy so I can frantically try and get stuff done while destructo-baby is asleep.
Yesterday we cut out a big cardboard B, and he glued all the fabric scraps and buttons to it. He sat by me for almost an hour getting them all on. After it was all dry (which takes awhile when you give a 3 year old a bottle of glue) I trimmed around the edges.
It was a fun project and a good way to use itty bitty scraps I’d normally throw away. I can’t take credit for this idea….I saw it on a blog not long ago but since I saw it in my google reader I can’t for the life of me remember what blog it was. So if you know…will you leave it in the comments?
And look how nice and evenly placed those buttons are…. I think he takes after his symmetrically obsessed momma.
On another note….I’m helping with a HUGE humanitarian project for my church at the end of April to make over 100 Twin sized quilts to send to those in need around the world…mainly to Japan. There is a huge need for quilts and if you have any large pieces of fabric you’d be willing to donate will you email me? I’d be looking for pieces larger than 1/2 yard up to as big as you got…it doesn’t matter what it looks like as long as its quality cotton or flannel. You would be responsible for shipping costs to get the fabric to me…but it will be put to great use…promise. Thank you! My email is below..you can email me and I’ll give you my shipping info.
Monday, March 14, 2011
After a day of Go-Go-Go-ing I love to sit and have some mindless sewing time. No planning or pre-cutting or over thinking allowed. Here are some of the blocks from last night’s mindless sewing spree:
Beats me what I’ll do with them. Hopefully they’ll make their way into a baby quilt after I finish all of my projects that require planning and pre-cutting and over thinking.
Oh and the winner of the Burgundy Buttons Giveaway is #311, Melody-Simple Life in Georgia. I just left a comment on your blog Melody. :)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I whipped up this baby quilt a while ago using 2 Bliss charm packs.
If you want to make a quilt like this start with 2 Charm packs. There should be 80 squares and you only need 72…so pick out 8 squares to make the flower (or not). You can see I picked out 2 of the red squares (4 petals from 1 square), 1 green for the leaves, 1 blue for the center and 4 more to make eight. Then cut all of your remaining charm squares in half. You should have 160 strips 2 1/2" x 5".
I mixed up all the strips and sewed them back into pairs. Then I sewed those pairs together into sets of 4, and then I sewed my sets of 4 together into sets of 8. If you do it that way vs. laying out all the little strips it will go faster…plus you can chain piece everything. After I had sets of 8 I laid them all out into rows….two set per row. Then you can finish sewing together your quilt top.
Your on your own with the flower…I basically just fused the charm squares to webbing and cut out my shapes. For the petals…you can fold your charm squares into fourths and draw the petal shape on the paper backing of the webbing and cut them out. Here’s a really fuzzy picture of the flower close up:
You can still find Bliss charm packs here.
Friday, March 4, 2011
We are back from the sun and wiped out. I know I’ve said it before…but I’m still pretty certain that flying alone with kids is one of the least fun things to do EVER. Especially when my baby is coughing and hacking all over the girl next to me and trying desperately to grab her ipod and my 4 year old tells me he’s going to pee his pants. So. Much. Fun. :) All kidding aside though…it was a nice needed sunny break and we’ll talk soon!