I totally forgot to photograph this quilt I made for my mom’s birthday last August. While we were visiting this weekend I used the chance to get Mom to model it for me:). I am presently wallowing in melancholay as … Continue reading →
I love love love this BBC vest pattern from ShwinDesigns! My daughter is suddenly a toddler and now can wear some seriously stylish things. Thanks to shwin and shwin, a super cute denim vest is one of them. The racer back is irresistible. I can’t wait for her to try it on.
Wow I’ve fallen off the wagon! I see I haven’t posted in almost a month! We went to a cottage for a week and It shook up my routine. Anyhow, I have made a few things – namely these sweet little floor cushions for little bums. I used the great tutorial found at livingwithpunks.com . I picked the fabric from my new favourite source: spoonflower. OMG if u haven’t considered fabric from there you are seriously depriving yourself.
The only thing left to decide is how many more to make.
I have been a bit quiet lately but that doesn’t mean i haven’t been sewing like a bandit. I finished the baby quilt for Felicity, whipped up this fun little linen skirt (with pockets that are lined with stripes – making me happy just knowing they are there even if you can’t see them).
Peek -a -boo striped pocket lining
Soft cotton-linen blend (a left over from the baby houndstooth quilt)
Finally found a use for these snazzy blue buttons I’ve been saving for years
Seams are hidden with a strip of left over dinosaur print binding tape
I also finished the Geranium shirt for Scarlett (turns out she won’t be able to wear it for another month or so). Pictures of that later.
Now I’m onto another throw-sized quilt (for a room to be determined later). This last project sort of crept up on me. I have been planning on starting the king-sized houndstooth but I haven’t been able to decide on the colors yet. Feeling the urge to get going on something, I took a look into the ever-expanding pile of scraps and it came together. I was inspired by the fabulous book “Sunday Morning Quilts” by Amanda Jean Nyberg. I’ve made a number of quilts from this book and thought i’d try using up some fabric strips I’ve been stock-piling. Thing was, the more I pieced, the more I realized I didn’t actually have enough just scraps to make the damn thing with. So, I ended up cutting some special fabrics I’ve been holding onto. In the end I think the pop of those prints is going to make me like the quilt even more. Sometimes things made from just scraps feels like a project made of second -rate left overs. This time it won’t.
Strip by strip…
Toes not included
I just began piecing and realized it was becoming a bit too loud to be a quilt for our bedroom, but perfect as a throw for the basement , and perfect for our cottage (once we finally buy one. Given the intensity of the front, I’m thinking the quilt backing will need to be a bit more serene. Thoughts on what color I should make the binding?
Friends of ours just welcomed their first child- a sweet little thing they named Felicity. Other than Kerri Russell, I cannot think of any one else I know with that name. So precious. Felicity’s parents didn’t want to know ahead of time if she would be a boy or girl so I chose the fail-safe green for her welcome to the world quilt. I have to say that I am not a fan of making gender neutral baby things because I typically don’t like soft green or pale yellow much. As a nurse, these colors just remind me of hospital rooms. That said, I found a great compromise with this animal print and a contrasting bold backing which I picked up with a feature “Plus” in the middle of the quilt front. I have an unnatural affection for zig zags/chevrons and have been dying to work them into something which made this quick little project a delight. At the end I decided to quilt the accent squares in a zig zag pattern which looks great up close and has a great texture to the touch. Not sure if the photos will do it justice though.
By the time I actually finished it, Felicity had been born so I added an “F” to the back for a bit of personalized interest.
Raging success- will totally use this pattern again. Here’s the finished Houndstooth!
I almost like it too much to give away
Back side folded over
I decided NOT to pre-wash my fabric this time so now I have to see how it washes up. I had a hard time deciding what pattern to quilt it with so i chose big squares and a few diagonals. This worked out nice given my fabric shifting basting problems described earlier.
If I were to keep it (which I’m not) I think it would look awesome draped over my Mother’s Day present! We just won’t tell the baby it’s for that it almost didn’t make it to him:)
Am I really the only one who HATES basting quilts? And by “hate it”, I mean I loathe it. I suck at it. Hard. It has only occurred to me recently that I should finally try basting spray. Yet, I still plod away with my safety pins and lumpy, creased sandwich. Help me…