Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pillow Swap



I belong to a small online quilting group and this summer we decided to do a pillow swap.  A girl can never have to many throw pillows, in my opinion, so I joined in.  My swap partner requested orange and grey, so that is exactly what I did!


I flip between buying patterns and drafting them myself.  This is one of those times that I bought the pattern.  I bought it from RebeccaMaeDesigns on Craftsy.  It went together very well, although a little time consuming, there is a LOT of seams in this pillow!

Backside of Pillowtop

I opted for a zipper on the seam and piping to help conceal the zipper.  It came out great on the outside, and gives a nice clean back.  However, I should have planned a little better, the zipper was pretty messy on the inside.  Next time.


I like it a lot, maybe I will make one for myself someday!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Little Boxes Quilt

This quilt has been completed and on my daughters bed for a month or so now.  She was very happy to have a quilt made by her Mama.

The pattern is Suburbs by Cluck Cluck Sew.  It was a super fast and easy quilt to put together!  I, of course, chose my favourite fabric, solids (Kona Cotton) and made the houses pink and purple at my little girls request!


Since the quilt was finished I have been looking around for a place that I could take a picture.  It needed to be a place that my two girls could help me with.  I finally found it!  The quilt is almost full size.  It actually fits on a full mattress with no drape, the biggest quilt I have done yet!


I quilted it on my home machine, lots of straight lines.  I love that my kids all have quilts on their beds now.  I finally feel like I am putting my stamp in my house and making it a wonderful home for my family.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Mini Quilt Swap

I  recently participated in my first non-fabric swap.  Schnitzel & Boo Mini Quilt Swap, to be specific.  

I found it hard making a gift for someone I do not know.  When I received my partner's information with her likes and dislikes I must admit I was confused.  Apparently, I should not become a profiler!  I scoured the information I was given and finally picked my inspiration.

My first source of inspiration was inspired by Lu Summers Porthole quilt.  My partner mentioned this quilt and also that she liked jewel tones and applique.  I set to work.
  • Step one:  Background.  I looked for an interesting background, but was at a loss until I found two whites that I liked.  I began cutting, sewing, cutting, sewing...you get the idea.  I think in the end it creates dimension in the quilt.

  • Step two:  Fabric.  I Googled jewel tones, searched my stash and decided that Indie by Pat Bravo would be a good choice.  I used a couple large washers from my tool room for the template.  Did a basting stitch, tightened around the washer, ironed, removed the washer, ironed again, removed the basting stitch and hand stitched it to the background.
  • Step three: Quilt Back.  This turned out to be easy, when I went digging in my fabric cupboard I found some Indie already stitched together.

  • Step four: Quilting.  I chose a circle or pebbling technique to fill in the background.

  • Step five: Label.  My favourite way to make a label is embroidery.  I love how clean it is.

  • Step five:  Binding.  And done.



At this point I was done and feeling quite pleased with myself,  then it appeared...  A post from my partner showing an example of her likes.  Time to start second guessing myself.  In the end I decided I still wanted to gift the above mini, but that maybe a small gift coming from a different angle was in order.  It turns out my creative process took me straight down the path of a second mini!

Inspiration for this one came from this post.

This one was a lot of fun to make.  I love the applique pieces.

I did free motion quilting to "draw" the bird and stitch down the flowers.  Matchstick quilting for the grass and some gentle curves for the sky.  


The last part, shhhhh, don't tell.  I completely messed up the quilt label.  Now I know why I like to stitch them.

Last step before sending it off was to add a couple crochet washcloths.


I hope my partner likes her goodies.  Even though the two mini's are quite different, both were designed with her likes in mind.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Baby Boy Whole Cloth Quilt


I know, I have mad skills when it comes to naming my quilts!!  But, I do get them done and enjoy every minute of it, so that is all that counts right?!

This baby quilt was an end of year gift for my child's elementary teacher.  He loved his teachers this year and when I found out one of them was having a baby, I decided to make a quilt.


It took a while to finally make a plan.  My plan: TEXTURE.  I found a great light blue fabric with a linen look to it and added a perfectly coordinating minky back.


I think the texture on the back turned out great.  I chose to do a dense quilt pattern to increase interest, but also to keep it nice and secure.  Perfect for snuggling baby or laying on the floor.


The finishing touch was the satin binding.


I wish the best for Mama and her new little baby.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Ukulele Bag

For my birthday this year, my husband bought me a Ukulele.  I do believe he is hoping for me to get good enough to strum along at the campfire this summer!

It may happen, I will do my best :)  I have been practicing 'You are my Sunshine', a good beginner ukulele song.


Of course if I am going to be carrying a ukulele around with me, I am required to have a great gig bag.

I looked on the internet and found a great quality black bag with 1/2" foam, but I just couldn't put such a unique instrument in black.

I continued to look and saw some colourful quilted ones, but they did not have as much structure as I would like, so I set out to make my own.

Step 1  Fabric:  Recently I bought some Joel Dewberry Ginseng scraps from a local girl, Kristie @ OCD: obsessive crafting disorder(who makes amazing things).  I am so glad I did, because they turned out to be the perfect fabric for my bag.


Step 2 pattern:  I thought I would take pictures of my process, but I did a little to much sewing and very little planning.  I did trace the ukulele and draft a pattern piece from the tracing.  After that was very little measuring and a lot of improv.


Step 3 fabric prep:  I lined each exterior piece with a stiff sew in lining and a medium weight iron on.  I quilted them together which gave the bag some added character and stability.  I also used 1/2" foam to give the instrument padding and add structure to the bag.


Step 4 through the end:  sew, seam rip, sew.

I borrowed my little man to model the gig bag for you.



I hope you are enjoying my finishes, it is rare for me to have so much blogging time.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Handmade Dolls

I made these dolls last year using this pattern from Make It & Love It.


The blonde/pink hair one was the first one I made.  She was a gift for my 4 year old.  Somehow I turned her arms upside down.  I blame my natural ability to ignore instructions!  I used this tutorial to make her hair.  

I stitched her face, mostly making it up as I went.  I drew a few samples on paper, then using pencil drew it on the fabric.  I made her smile crooked on purpose (I like crooked smiles, my older daughter does not agree).


When December rolled around I felt the need to relax and do something just for fun.  The pink hair doll named "Candy Cane" (named by my 4 year old) was created.

I was much more relaxed with her face and just stitched it straight on.  I was hoping to make her look the same as the first doll, but when I was making her the blonde doll was missing.


Turns out they are a little different, but not too much.  I used Kona Cotton Flesh colour for her, it really works well on dolls!  I also read a little tip to use crayon to create rosy cheeks dolls.  It also worked well.  I coloured the cheeks, then used an eraser to smudge it.



I love that their clothing is sewn on.  That way they are always dressed!


The little doll blanket they are posing on was made by my six year old.  I had a pack of precut flannel squares.  He pieced the top of the quilt and did the quilting.  I did most of the binding, but he did do a few inches of it himself.  He made it for his sister.


Thank you for letting me share with you!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Cross Quilt

I finished this quilt, made for my 3rd child, last month and today was the day that I was able to photograph it.


Today was the perfect spring day (March 23) to enjoy a trip to our cabin with our snowshoes!

On the way out we pass this fantastic little church, I always love seeing it.  My hubby was happy enough to pull over, strap on the snowshoes and help me snap a couple photos.


I love the following picture, I think of a giant abominable quilt man!


Next up was our place.


Laying the quilt in the snow allowed me to capture the wonderful texture in the quilt.


The binding is simple.


I love finishing another quilt and I believe my son is enjoying it as well!

Here I am on my way back to our vehicle, quilt and camera on the back, little girl in the sled.  The other three children in front and hubby in the back with his camera phone.


We all had a lovely day and I think I have a few good pictures.  Thank you for sharing with me.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Cross Quilt
Size: large twin
Front: Kona Cotton Solids
Backing: Sheeting
Quilting: straight lines around the crosses
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