Category Quilts

Charm Squares Baby Quilt

A friend of mine had her first little boy recently and I had the honor of sewing up this little quick quilt for her! It’s Elizabeth Hartman’s Charm Squares Baby Quilt.

Charm Squares Baby Quilt

I’m really happy with how it turned out – I hope she likes it too! I tried to go with colors/patterns she said were in her nursery.

Charm Squares Baby Quilt

There’s also a grey chevron nursing cover to go with it all, because after all, I do love the practical things in life! 🙂

 

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Word of the Year 2014

This Triangle Wheel Quilt Block is definitely an example of how difficult simplicity can be to achieve. Somewhere along the line, I must have measured something wrong, but I did my best to fix it and I’m pretty happy with the results! Someday I’ll get better at making triangle points align…

Word of the Year Quilt Block

I’ve had my word since January 1 this year but hadn’t been able to pick a block and find the time to sit down to make it. (A review of past years: 2013 – Deliberate, 2012 – Gratitude, 2011 – Belief, 2010 – Trust). Jude and I baked some cookies and then I sent Jason and Jude out to deliver them to neighbors which lead to much needed silence and alone time. Ahhh.

I started this 2014 year exhausted, tired deep to my bones. Often at the start of the new year, I feel invigorated, ready to kick some tail and start the year off with a bang. Everything seems possible. It all feels new.

This year, I hardly wanted to get out of bed. 2013 sapped me dry. I feel empty. I guess planting a church can do that to you. I promise, eventually I will sit down and write about this experience. There has been a lot to process, so many roller coasters.

Becoming a hermit sounds excellent to me right about now. 🙂

Word of the Year Quilt Block

Which leads to my word of the year: balanceMental steadiness or emotional stability; habit of calm behavior. Equilibrium.

Doesn’t that sound nice?

There is so much to balance in life, marriage, parenting, work, faith, friendships. Food, cleaning, social media, blogging. Sewing, knitting, TV, movies. Often everything feels totally off balance because I have a problem saying ‘no’ to things.

This year, I will say no without guilt. I won’t go to everything, even if I can go. I will aim to adopt a slower pace. I will focus on enjoying the little moments. I won’t allow myself to be defined by exhaustion or how full we make our schedule. I will give myself space to think and process.

But I won’t become a hermit, I won’t withdraw from relationships, I will keep working at the things that matter.

I know this is a hard to achieve lifelong goal, but I think this is a good year to fixate on this word. Things are only going to get crazier and I have to have some framework for balance. So here we go. Let’s pursue some equilibrium.

Word of the Year Quilt Block

I used the stem stitch to embroider the word on the block, turning the equilateral triangle on it’s point, as if to … balance.

Do you have a word of the year? Something to help you focus on the year ahead?

 

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Jude’s Stripy Quilt

The quilt is finally done! I decided to go with a navy blue for the binding and I’m happy I did – it seems to anchor all the wild color. I made the binding super wide because the overall quilt was a little more narrow than I would have liked. Ah well, you live and you learn.

Jude is so excited about his new big boy quilt. He quickly rounded up his animals (Pig, Mouse, Panda and Giraffe – we have creative names in this house) and wanted to take a picture with his new quilt. I think that means he likes it.

Jude's Stripe Quilt - all done!

I’d like to get a few more things put up on the walls (easier said then done when your walls are solid concrete) and then I will give you guys a final reveal of his new big boy room.

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Jude’s big boy quilt backing progress

Made a bit of progress of the blocks for the backing of Jude’s quilt. You can start to see the houndstooth pattern forming!

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I think I’m going to love how this turns out!

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the ‘big boy’ quilt top

You may remember the colors that I picked and the inspiration for Jude’s new room. . . Well, I finally got started! It has been quite some time since I’ve sat down and sewn anything. You know. Life. That, and I have been on a SERIOUS reading kick (uh, I think I’ll be at 8 books this month by the end of this week (p.s. Do you guys still like reading my book reviews here? ‘Cause I kinda moved all that to GoodReads.)). Sewing took a back seat.

This was a great way to jump back in. I did not prewash the fabric and thanks to some awesome cutting skills from the ladies at SewMamaSew, I just zipped stripes off with my rotary cutter in 2″, 3″, 4″ and a few 6″ strips. I allowed for a 12″ chunk of grey at the top and bottom and randomly joined the strips matching up the left edge the whole time. Funny because you can see how different bolts of fabric vary just a bit in width (on the right edge).  This came together so fast. It’s a twin size and it’s a touch long so I may be trimming down a bit.

I ordered a bit too much fabric so I’m going to make two stripped, giant, floor pillows for his rooms too. I think those could be a lot of fun to have around.

Jude's big boy quilt top

Every time I look at these colors, I like them more! And I can’t wait to start the back. I’m looking forward to figuring out how to piece the houndstooth patterns for the back. I am torn on what to use for the binding – some stripes? Polka dots? Solid color? Patchwork of solid colors? We’ll see.

The good news is that Jude is already trying to hijack it to put on his bed – “Can we put the NEW blanket on my bed?”. He doesn’t quite understand that it’s not done yet. I think he likes it!

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Jude’s quilt colors

Getting fabric in the mail has to be one of life’s little pleasures. Such beautiful colors greeted me this time! I ordered the fabric for Jude’s new ‘big boy quilt’ and I love them all. All Kona cotton solids, left to right, kumquat, medium grey, windsor, lagoon, aloe (my favorite and likely the color of the paint in Jude’s room), aqua, sand, peridot, cactus.

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When you quilters are making quilts, do you prewash? I always have in the past but I have heard conflicting stories and I’m anxious to cut into these great colors!

 

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WIP Wednesday: scallop quilt, done!

Finally finished the scallop quilt! Hooray! I’m pretty happy with the results. I had fun continuing the scallop motif across the rest of the quilt with the quilting. I think it turned out pretty good.

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I used a solid purple flannel for the back and it is so cozy and soft!

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Here you can see the quilting a little better – it’s not perfect, but I’m ok with that. The thread I used varied with the color on the front, so if you look very closely to the back, you can see what color is happening on the front.

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Not super obvious, but fun nonetheless.

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I hand sewed the binding on because I didn’t want a zigzag stitch showing and taking away from how graphic the design of this quilt turned out. I used Rendezvous by Khristian A. Howell for Anthology Fabrics for the binding. Love it.

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 1
New projects – 0
Currently in progress – 0 (4 waiting on the sidelines – Macaron dress, purple dress, swimsuit, stripped bag), now I have to decide what to do next!

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

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WIP Wednesday: shower gift, quilt basting and more

Can you say, easily distracted by instant gratification projects? Well, I needed a gift for a friend’s baby shower! I had fully intended on making something for her since she is the sort that appreciates hand made. . . enter the free infant peasant dress pattern. Oh did I mention she’s having a girl? It’s so fun to get to sew little girl things. This little peasant dress was no exception, and it was so fast! It’s sized for an infant but I’m thinking it could easily turn into a tunic shirt and last for longer than the infant stage. The fabric is cheery and fun: Brook Yellow Sunshine Dots CP Designs for Studio E.

Infant peasant dress with crochet flower embellishment

I added a little crochet detail, well, you’ll see why in just a second. I mean it’s cute, but there’s totally another reason.

Peasant dress

Embraced the yellow and grey for the color theming, whipped up a bib and burp rag. Thought the ruffle would make the bib a bit more girly and fun.

Ruffle bib and burp rag

And here’s everything in completion. Oh yes, those little simply summer sandals were a part of the whole ensemble. That’s why there was a necessity to add the little crocheted flower to the dress. So adorable.

Baby shower gift

In other news, the scallop quilt top is pinned and I have begun quilting. I’m excited about the outcome of this one. You will have to wait and see for the results!

Scallop quilt pinned...

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 3
New projects – 3 (well they were last week’s new projects that got completed)
Currently in progress – 1 getting quilted (4 waiting on the sidelines – Macaron dress, purple dress, swimsuit, stripped bag)

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

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WIP Wednesday: scallops, shorts and babies

Finished up the quilt top for the scallop quilt! I love it so very much. And I especially love how easy it would be to decrease or increase the size of this quilt. Turns out I didn’t need to pin to get precise curves. Very proud of myself!

Scallop Quilt Top

Now I’m contemplating what the back of the quilt will be. It’s for a baby so I might just get some soft flannel. . . Hoping to find some polka dots that are complementary to my color scheme. We will see. And then I will have to make a decision on how to quilt! Any suggestions? My current leaning is to quilt the scallop pattern across the whole quilt.

Scallop Quilt

Points, again, aren’t perfect, but they still make me quite happy. Progress, folks, this is big progress for me.

Scallop Quilt

And remember how I was telling you about the shorts I bought to shorten a bit? Well, they were a quick fix! Here are the before and after shots:

These shorts still had their original tags on them. And they may be my favorites (I am wearing them as I type right now)!

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And I couldn’t resist snatching up a pair of shorts in my favorite color! Ohh look at those sad, pale legs – the summer will be brutal to you!

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They look black but they are actually navy. . . So much less ‘mommy’ once they are a little shorter.

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And finally, some khaki shorts. I can’t remember the last time I’ve owned a pair of khaki shorts. . . but I do now!

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Whew. I have certainly made my peace with the necessity of shorts while staying home with a kiddo! Previous to this, I didn’t really own any shorts. And really, I have nothing against a good capri or bermuda short (I have 3 bermuda from my thrifting haul and several other pairs from last summer), but with the heat that is sure to come this year, fingertip length shorts will likely be what I’m reaching for during the day to day.

And finally, some new fabrics for my next project! These are some organics from the monaco by monaluna line – they will end up as some bibs and burp rags for a friend’s sis-in-law. I love getting to work with such pretty fabrics!

New fabrics

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 4
New projects – 1
Currently in progress – 2 (1 waiting to be quilted with 4 waiting on the sidelines – bibs/burps, Macaron dress, purple dress, swimsuit)

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

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WIP Wednesday

On to precise curves starting with a block that is incredibly versatile, the drunkards path block. I first learned about this block from Jenn and Amanda at one of our sewing retreats.

I wasn’t feeling super inspired when I was picking out the fabrics, so eh, they’re just ok. But it’s a big learning project more than something I would use a bunch. The class showed us two ways to complete this block, one with pins (left four) and one without (right four):

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Sadly, my results were much more consistent and less warped using the pin method. I think I have a tendency to tug and stretch if I don’t use pins but it’s so much slower! Oh well, sacrifice time for precision, I guess. Hopefully this is one of those things that I’ll improve on over time.

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These will be pot holders in the end, but I couldn’t resist playing around with some different formats. I love all of the different things you can do with this block. Like this, oh my!

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I’m certainly feeling better about these precise curves and can’t wait for the next couple of projects – they are so cute!

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This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 1 (rainbow road quilt)
New projects – 1 (drunkard’s path blocks)
Currently in progress – 1

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

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