Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Finished Briar Rose








I finished this quilt just in time for the cut flowers to be in full bloom.  I like this top even more now that’s completed…all of the colors look a better together and not so busy after a little break from it.
I backed this one with a double sided minky fabric without any batting.  I have more info on how I do that at this post.

For some reason this one gave me trouble while I was quilting.  The minky had extra static, and I felt like I was pulling and pushing it through my machine…and then I was annoyed… so I just pushed and pulled harder and made a lot of mistakes a long the way.  ;) 

Looking back it probably would have been 100x easier to quilt this one upside-down!  Luckily the result was worth it and it is so so so so so so so so soft.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

An August Top


I sewed this top up yesterday and we took it out on a bike ride this morning to photograph.  The sun was bright as you can see!   I’m really happy with how this quilt came together…instead of all white background squares I made 7 blocks with a light gray background to mix it up a bit.  The colors are all soft and muted except for some bright pops of  orange, navy, and green. 


The trickiest part of this quilt is matching the seams in the end…and the seams don’t nest or lock…so I pin the seams as I sew to help them match up a bit better.

The fabrics are a wide variety from my stash, and the pattern is Basket Case.  I modified the pattern a bit as mentioned at the bottom of my last post.

And if you weren’t already feeling a little fall in the air:

we’ve got a little (or a lot) of orange in the garden already!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sophie sewing


I’ve done a couple of little projects this week…stuff that’s been stuck on my to-do list while I was busy making quilts.  First up was a new crib sheet for Sophie using this tutorial
I’m never buying a crib sheet again…it literally took me 20 minutes.

Next up was a purse.  She’s been carrying around a plastic Target bag with her treasures in it for weeks…so it was time to get this bag lady a real purse.
Now it holds all her treasures + bits of trash she collects, and I clean it out when she’s not looking.

I swear I blinked and she turned into a toddler…it’s so sad and so much fun at the same time.
Now onto the next big thing…I can only take one or two "small" projects before I’m itching to make a quilt!

All laid out and ready to sew!

I’m making this quilt again… (pattern is here) without borders and 12 more blocks to make it 60” x 70”.  To make it like this you’ll need 42 – 2 1/2” strips of fabric, and 1 3/4 yards of neutral fabric. 

Monday, August 12, 2013

Take a Hike


I didn’t mean to take such a long break…but now that I have it’s sure nice to be back in this blogging space!
When Dear Stella sent me this fabric to work with I knew this design would fit it perfectly.

It was so fun to work with something a bit more manly and boy-ish…and these fabrics would make the best camping/outdooor quilts ever.


The fabrics are Take a Hike by Dear Stella (in stores soon!) and the pattern is Pow Wow.