Sunday, March 28, 2010

And There They Sat.

I made a few quilts a little while back... 4 of them, all out of the Wild Thyme (P&B Textiles) and with the left overs I planned on making some little coasters.
The coasters were almost finished when I finished the quilts.
They just needed binding.
So they sat.
And sat.
And sat.
You would think a person could muster up the energy to put binding on these little guys if they could make other twin sized quilts...
But they just kept sitting.
Until today...

And here they are - finished!
I even sewed the binding down by hand.
I wanted a super narrow finishing edge so as much of the patterns were visible as possible.
So fun!
Now to get to a few more projects that have assumed the same position this one was in.
Those that are stuck in "The Waiting Place!"

Saturday, March 27, 2010


This one (finished it yesterday and somehow took this long to take pictures and post...) used almost the entire remains of my stash of American Jane Wee Play.
While a small part of me LOVES eliminating fabric from the stash, another part wishes I had endless quantities of my favorites.
And these are definitely favorites.

Ahh, these fabrics are just so beautiful. And they needed to be pinwheels.

They are just so perfectly rainbow bright... but not too bright (and no girly purples or pinks).

And seeing as I don't have a boy this one is up for grabs in the shop.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Spring Lovin' Clementine!

My child is hiding under this somewhere...

So this is my latest finished quilt - used a jelly roll and some yardage for the borders, backing, and binding.
It was the perfect project for heading into spring.
Twin sized (washed once 'cause I couldn't not see it all crinkly) and now posted in the shop.
Hmmm, do I really want to see this go?

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hope you remembered to wear green today. I forgot, but I did quilt in green... does it count?
This was a church humanitarian quilt effort in which other people (non-quilters) bought the fabric, batting, and thread and the quilter's assembled them...
This is what I ended up making with all of it.
And I've learned a few things...
1 - Never ever use a black back with a white quilt top... for lots of reasons.
2 - Using a 1/2" seam allowance instead of a 1/4" seam allowance makes a HUGE difference on this wonky nine patch... not even close to lining up!
I about quit right when I realized this...
(The requirements for the quilt included a 1/2" seam allowance for durability reasons.)
3 - NEVER use a high loft polyester batting and try to quilt it...
I had to take breaks so I wouldn't sweat to death trying to hold and control the weight and poof!
What a nightmare.

4 - I never knew how happy I could be to see a project finished and ready to go away.

And did I mention it is queen-sized?

If I could redo it all over again with everything corrected, I think I would love it and never be able to let it go.
As is, I hope someone really likes it.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Easter Dress Maybe

I now like Amy Butler fabric.

I know, it's about time.
Funny thing about it is that I usually like each print individually but trying to pick some that work together...
let's just say she doesn't make it as easy as Moda.

So I was thinking Easter Dress when I put this one together last night (patternless as usual)...
can I just say, SOOOOOOOO easy!
Maybe I'll make my next post a tutorial on this one.
Have a fabulous day and make something great!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Part 2 of the alligator dress

The second dress.
Much better fit, and I'm slightly humored that it's still a "knot" dress...
but those buttons my mom bought with the fabric were a necessity!
I love them!
Still have the best mom.

And didn't my little who do a great job at modeling this one?
Look at that baby attitude!
Ahh, she makes it so much fun.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Back in the Swing

I'm finally back from vacation.
Back to my little apartment, my mountain of laundry and dishes, and back to my loving sewing machines!
Today I made this cute little wrap dress for a humanitarian effort (thanks mom for signing me up) and now I get to make one for the little girl wearing it :o)
She liked it and called it her "alligator dress" (don't ask, I have no idea where she comes up with these things).
I'll definitely be doing a little pattern modification as it is quite a large 3T.
Well, that's it for Monday... maybe...