Friday, October 17, 2014

Another Amelia Baby Quilt

My boss and his wife just had a baby girl who has some potential heart defects (which will hopefully resolve on their own).  I had scraps of Amelia fabric from another quilt and whipped this one up.  I am pretty sure I have enough scraps for at least 3 more Amelia baby quilts.  I originally bought a kit and there was so much left over so I ordered the blue paisley for the stripes and the blue flowers for the backing.  I have added pieces of lavender Amelia that was scraps from another Amelia quilt.  I love, love, love this line...I even have the entire thing in 0.5 yards in my stash for a project for my girls.
                                                         
My quilt holder was a lot more fidgety that I thought.
                                                         
                                                         

                                                         

                                                         

The pattern is an altered version of the Me and My Sister Designs Easy as 10 pattern.  I messed up and forgot the top and bottom strips of white.  The batting is from my ever shrinking stash of scraps :)

In other news my old sewing machine went to sewing machine heaven.  I took it in for annual service and because I was having some issues with it when I was FMQing.  It turns out a little teeny tiny piece of needle broke and severely damaged the shaft.  It was going to be a minimum of $500 to get it fixed.  Instead of fixing it, I traded it in and got a new one.  I am in love with my new Janome Memory Craft 7700.  It is faster, has a bigger throat space and quilts amazingly well!

I am linking up with Fabric TuesdayShow and Tell Tuesday , Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?Needle and Thread Thursday andFinish it Friday.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Baby Quilt

Last year I made a large blue, orange and white chevron quilt for a charity auction and had a bunch of half square triangle blocks leftover.  There were not enough to make the quilt any bigger and there weren't enough to make a smaller chevron quilt.  The baby quilt below came from those leftovers.  I ended up needing to add 2 white half square blocks to finish the quilt out and I have to say I kinda love it.


It is quilted with a simple meandering pattern with block color appropriate thread...I didn't want the quilting to take away from the quilt.



The little "pull throughs" of blue will disappear when the quilt is washed.  Even the backing is leftover from the auction quilt.  I did purchase the orange fabric for the binding and will use up the extras binding with another donate quilt.  Even the batting was pieced together...yeah for destashing!!

This quilt is going to a dear friend who is pregnant with her first baby, a little boy.  Syracuse University brought us together as friends through sorority volunteering and her hubby is a huge Syracuse fan.  Lots of meaning with those colors.  Now to find the perfect book to go with the quilt before her shower :)

I am linking up with Fabric Tuesday, Show and Tell Tuesday , Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?, Needle and Thread Thursday andFinish it Friday.

Sunday Sewing

I whipped up pillowcases for my neice and nephew and I have one more pinned and ready to go for my youngest.  She wanted to sew it herself (at 4) so we will make it tonight.  Super simple tube method pillowcase with French seams.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Halloween Table Runner

I made a similar table runner forever ago...my sister loved it so I gave it to her.  I had plenty of fabric left from the initial table runner so I made myself one.  Yeah for using up scraps and scrap batting!


 
The binding has since been sewn down by hand (so therapeutic!) and it has been through the washer.  The great thing about this table runner is you layer the backing and batting and then sew the strips down...essentially a super easy quilt as you go project.  We have a large table so being able to make my own quick and easy table runners is a must...most store bought ones are too short and look ridiculous. 


My Godmother is going to be a Grandmother

My Godmother is my Mom's best friend and while not a "blood" aunt she is my aunt through and through...my fairy godmother :)  Her stepson and his wife are having a baby in October and my Mom asked me to make a quilt for my Aunt to keep at her house...something to snuggle the baby up in when they visit.

I have had this quilt kit of Punctuation by American Jane forever and in the spirit of cleaning house and using up what I have I picked this quilt...it is actually perfect for my Aunt and her house.

 
My now 4 year old was a willing quilt holder.  She loves the fabric store as much as I do :) How is my munchkin 4?!?!  Her birth marks my quilting "anniversary" too...I had made 1 quilt before she was born and while I was preggers with her and during my maternity leave I made 2 queen size quilts.  She would fall asleep in her bouncy seat to the hum of my sewing machine.  I was bit (hard) by the quilting bug right before her arrival.

 
Instead of putting birth stats in the bottom corner I added this quote from a picture frame my Mom saw at a store. 

 
I love the alphabet backing!
 


Jelly Roll Jam 2-Updated

First things first...my Dad had another stable brain scan!  In his doctor's words, they are flying by the seat of their pants with him...he is 18 months post glioblastoma multiforme brain tumor resection and has been stable with clear scans (Thank you God!!).  A google search of GBM will tell you why they are flying by the seat of their pants with him.  A new study was just initiated this past week on the characteristics of long term GBM survivors and hopefully things will get published quickly so we have some more guidance with his treatment.

I saw the Jelly Roll Jam 2 pattern over at the Jolly Jabber and knew I wanted to make one.  I have been hoarding saving a Jelly Roll of Ruby for what seems like forever.  I love, love, love Bonnie and Camille fabrics.  I ended up ordering some Miss Kate flannel to back my Ruby Jelly Roll Jam quilt what should arrive sometime next week. 

In the mean time, I figured I would try the pattern out.  I went through my stash and pulled a bunch of fabrics that would play off a half yard of "Happy Bugs" by Lioyds & Barton for Timeless Treasures.  I bought this fabric back when I started quilting in 2009 (the copyright on the selvage is 2007).  When I bought the bug fabric I also bought some green and yellow solids from the Shadow Play line by Maywood Studio.  I continued digging through my stash to find fun, bright and neutral fabrics for this quilt and ended up with both a blue and an orange print from the Clementine line by Me and My Sister Designs.  These fabrics were auditioned for my sister's quilt binding but I ended up using the green print.  A black and white stripe, a strip of kona black and 2 miscellaneous kona solids from a jelly roll (blue and red) ended up making it into my super scrappy Jelly Roll Jam 2 baby quilt.




I have to say I love the fabrics together and am excited to whip up another one with leftover strips.  Yeah for stash busting as well!!  I am going to be able to use the black and white stripe for the backing fabric with a strip of leftover pieces from the front (no fabric waste in this house!!).  I also plan on piecing together some batting scraps to further get rid of use up scraps from my fabric closet.  This quilt will go with the others to the Brain Rehabilitation Unit that took such great care of my Dad. 

I have it all quilted up and it is bound...more photos after a run through the washer and dryer.

**Updated Photos**
It is super gloomy and grey here so indoor photos will have to suffice.


 
Not a scrap was left behind.  The extras from the front were trimmed down to 2.5" wide and sewn together to add a visual pop to the backing.

Seriously, not a scrap was left behind.  The extra fabric that was trimmed from the quilt backing was made into binding with the addition of some yellow strips.


The dots below were the color inspiration for pulling the coordinating fabrics.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Monday Morning Stars

I added 2 stars to the mix this week...not a ton, but I was very busy with work this past week with a ton of traveling and we went to a concert Saturday night.

 
The star on the right is from the backing fabric for a quilt that I made for my husband's grandmother.  The star on the right is from the Brown Bear, Brown Bear quilt that I made for my daughter several years ago (it was my first quilt ever!!)


 
 
I also finished up this scarf.  I slightly modified the pattern to make it a tad bit longer.  The pattern cab be found here.  It is a quick and easy scarf.  This is the second time I have knitted up this pattern.  I need to wrap the scarf and put it away for my sister's Christmas gift.