Monday, September 29, 2014

Son's Birthday Quilt

Back in May, I made a quilt for my daughter's birthday.  Ever since then, my son has been asking me for a quilt of his own.  How could I resist?  He is such a sweet boy with a wonderful sense of humor.  I had fun picking out his fabrics and putting this one together.

I chose the Greek cross pattern without the half-squared triangles in the corners.  I also pulled out the deep teal, lime, and coral to accent throughout the quilt.



This pattern is pretty easy to assemble.


I used the scraps to make up the back.  



The colorful chevron print was the perfect fabric for the binding since it ties everything together.


Here's the birthday boy!  It's not unusual to find him sitting next to me while I sew to help me press "the button" (a.k.a. the thread cutting button).  He's such a helper.  :)


Now it's time to enjoy the festivities!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

I'm back!

Hi everyone!  I've been back to quilting for a few weeks, but I haven't been blogging.  I want to share with you everything I've been up to and give you a preview of things I'll be showcasing in the near future.

First off, the Memphis-Area Modern Quilt Guild made several baby quilts to donate to the infant/toddler care unit at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.  We took a tour of the unit and received the privilege of hand-delivering 3 of our quilts to current patients.  It was a wonderful experience and we are all looking forward to doing this again soon.


I did a simple patchwork pattern, but I think the colors really played well together.



I had this solid pink fabric in my stash that complimented the patterned fabric and some leftover binding from the Sunrise Quilt I made back in January.



We were missing a few of our members when we delivered the quilts due to other commitments, but we really enjoyed meeting the nurses and the patients.  The smiles on the patients and the parents were well worth it.


I also have three other quilts.  Two of them are finished and the other will be finished by the end of the weekend.  This first quilt is made from the scraps leftover from my X-Plus Quilt top.  It turned out really well and I can't wait to show it off.


I finished hand stitching the binding onto my son's birthday quilt last night.  It also turned out really well.  My son is so excited about it and has enjoyed watching me put it all together.  


The X-Plus Quilt top mentioned above is also now basted and three-quarters of the way quilted.  I hope to have the quilting done tonight and the binding completely hand-stitched by the end of the weekend.


This quilt is all for me.  I'm really looking forward to getting it done so I can snuggle under it on the couch while watching some of my favorites on Netflix.  I might even be convinced to share if my husband and children are nice.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WIP Wednesday

It's been 3 weeks since I've posted...life has been busy!!!  First off, my daughter started Kindergarten.

Ignore the self-imposed haircut she gave herself.  We are hoping for her hair to grow quickly before school pictures!
My first born is off to school and I'm still wondering where the time went.  We've had lots of meetings/events already with this new school year.  Our daily routine has also changed quite a bit to adjust to my daughter starting school.  I'm now at the gym at 5am to workout since I don't really have time in the evenings anymore.  My late night sewing has disappeared...I'm so tired!  I'm hoping I adjust soon and find time to sew more consistently again.  If not, well...I don't want to imagine that.

I have also finished the back (sort of) for my HST baby quilt.



Unfortunately, the back is not quite wide enough to comfortably baste and quilt it, so I'm going to be adding a strip of navy vertically.  The fabric is just placed on top of the back on my design wall.  I wanted to get a feel for what it may look like and I really like it.  I'll be adding this strip tonight...I hope.



I also started cutting the fabric for another baby quilt using the Tennessee Traveler pattern.  I've lost a bit of motivation when it comes to the 2 1/2" white squares, but I'm determined to get them cut before this weekend so I can start sewing them on.



I also got a wonderful package in the mail yesterday...my business cards!


Here's the back of the card.  I won't show the front since it has more personal information, but I'm really pleased with how they turned out.  It will be nice to be able to hand these out to potential clients/friends.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WIP Wednesday

I have finally finished my HSTs...all 324 of them!


I've decided that I'm not going to be putting this on the back of my X-Plus quilt.  Instead, I'm going to be turning this into a baby quilt to donate to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital.  Our local MQG is going to collect some quilts to take over and present to some special little patients.


I attached a border to frame out the HSTs.  This muted aqua color from my fabric stash seems to blend in well with all the blues/aquas/greens in the quilt.  I think this will be a perfect quilt for a little boy, don't you?


I've also come along on my EPP.  I'll be attaching the last three columns this week and then I'll start quilting it to some batting to create the front panel of a new sewing machine cover.  I'll be assembling this cover just like my other sewing machine cover.



The back panel is still being formulated in my mind.  I'll keep you posted on it.

Other things on my list for this week are piecing the back for the Quilt of Valor our local MQG is putting together and cutting the fabric for a baby quilt I'm making for a friend.  For the Quilt of Valor, each guild member made a few blocks for the quilt.  Katelyn over at Sing While Crafting assembled the quilt top.  I'm creating the back and will be basting it.  Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation will be quilting and binding it.  It's a wonderful group effort.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Lava Lamp Quilt

This quilt has been fun to put together.  I've had a layered cake of Simply Color in my fabric cabinet for what seems like ages and I'm really glad I finally put it to good use.


The city of Memphis recently finished this bicycle archway for the bicycle trails throughout the city, and I new this would be the perfect location to take pictures with this fabric collection.  I didn't take into consideration just how tall it was, or how close an extremely busy road was to it.  It was difficult getting a good picture and this was the best one.


I liked being able to create the columns by color.  I was a bit disappointed there wasn't enough pink to create it's own, but then the splash of pink throughout adds a bit of a modern flare.   



This is also the first time I did free-motion quilting on a quilt.  It's nothing fancy, but it was a big leap for me.  I'm looking forward to growing in this area.


I found this print at Joann's for the back.  It's a fun design and it brings in most of the colors from the front.  My son was also playing peek-a-boo with me from behind the quilt trying to make me laugh while I was taking pictures.  He's such a goofy kid.


I finished off the quilt with an aqua binding which tied in both sides of the quilt.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Works in Progress

I have a finish that I've been dying to share with you, but I haven't been able to set time aside to take pictures of the quilt yet.  Hopefully, that will happen today...keep your fingers crossed.  In the mean time, here are the current projects I'm working on.

I've started working on the back to my X-Plus quilt using the scraps left over from the top.  I'm currently sewing together all the corner trimmings creating HSTs. 




They measure 2 1/2" after being trimmed.  I'm allowing randomness to prevail in my assembly of these HSTs and I'm really liking the results.  Once I finish sewing these together, the rest of the back should come together quickly.

I've also been working on some EPP to created the front panel of my new sewing machine cover.  I finished one cover already, but my second machine is getting a bit jealous.




This project is a bit slow going, but it's an excellent project when I'm away from my machine.

I also had the privilege to attend a wedding last weekend for the lovely couple who received the wedding quilt I finished a few weeks back.  It was a beautiful ceremony and reception.  I even got my husband of 9 years to dance with me for more than one song...a first in our marriage.  :)


I've also gotten to snuggle with the beautiful daughter my best friend just adopted.  Here is a sweet picture of her new baby.


 She's already snuggling with her new quilt, which makes me smile.

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