Sunday, November 29, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Blocks Galore!

Every spare moment I can find is usually spent in my sewing space; I even run home on my lunch break (2 minute drive) and sew for 30 minutes. I'm determined to complete all 8 of my UFO's by Dec 31st.... it would just be great to have my plate clean and move on to making items for the nursery and what-not.

So... I felt inspired to dig in and start sewing wonky blocks out of my scraps left over from this quilt. As you can see, I've completed two so far... which is good for me! I think I OVER-THINK the process... and need to go with whatever placement comes to mind. These blocks are going to turn into a baby quilt/stroller quilt for my Etsy shop, so no pressure, right? Right! So I'll just whip them out and move on.

I've also decided to learn a few new designs thanks to Alyssa and the girls over at Block Party! Quilting. Not only are they graciously teaching us new blocks, but they're writing a book in the process! And they could be using our little ol' photos too! This first one is a Friendship Star, which I've never made before, but I think I like it! I chopped into my Kei Honeycomb stash, but I'm happy to do so! I love how it turned out! Everyone's blocks are also here on Flickr - if you want to see more! I usually am not drawn to 'traditional' style quilts, but this star is growing on me! I haven't decided yet, but my month for the Sew New to Me VQB is January... and stars could be the ticket! Or hexagons, or strip blocks, or something a la Denyse Schmidt or or or~

My spree of procrastination has officially ended as I started quilting the Big Vintage Quilt last night. Just some basic straight stitching diagonally thru each Log Cabin, but BOY is it a bear to move around! Its quite heavy, and the blocks aren't exactly precise so I have to be extra careful to follow the correct line. If I'm diligent this weekend, I could see it ready for binding by Sunday night! Can I do it? Three days will tell!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

21 Weeks... + first nursery goody + progress

21 weeks = half way there, right? I suppose that's almost 5 months!
I'm not fond of this photos, even after taking a dozen and not liking any of them. Weird light, plus my weird curly hair day - which looks MUCH better straight, I promise. Chopped off a good 4 inches last week. What was I thinking? Meh.

On a better note, the above Owl print from YumiYumi on Etsy is officially mine, size 11" x 14" and I love it! It will be framed in clear glass and hanging in the nursery.... um, soon! Its got all my favorite colors: teal, orangey-red, grey, brown, and green. I think it might go above the dresser/changing area. Its printed on a white background which you obviously cannot see, but check out the link - its gorgeous!

And I AM making progress on my UFOs!!! The Zippy Cars quilt is done, the orange birdie receiving blanket is done... and I'm making progress on the Ohio Sky quilt, and last night just started the orange & grey wonky baby quilt top. I need to START quilting the big vintage log-cabin quilt soon... maybe even tonight. I think I'm going to play it safe and go with straight stitching to quilt it. I cannot see this quilt fitting thru the small opening of my sewing machine, all rolled up, and me being able to move it much for free-motion quilting. I see a big headache.
So - safe is the way I'm going. Nothing wrong with that, eh?

What have you been up to? Any UFOs recently completed???
If not, what are you waiting for?! Off you go!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Zippy Cars Baby Quilt Finished!

Baby Rylan arrived about a month early and this quilt was on my "must finish" list to begin with... so his early arrival really motivated to kick it into high gear! The mom, Jenny, went fabric shopping with me at Sew To Speak and she chose these lovely Japanese Prints and polka dots for her new little boy. I added a light tan Kona Cotton to supplement and I love how it turned out! We got our inspiration from Ashley over at Film in the Fridge and her gorgeous "Sea" Gull quilt.

This print is from Heather Ross (for Kokka) from the Rabbits and Race-Cars line. It's apparently hard to find (online) as I've looked for a good link to anyone who sells it, but couldn't find one for this exact print. I love the little zippy cars racing around - great for a little boy!

The square Cars & Trucks print is also by Kokka... and the blue dots matched the squares really well... and I also used it for the binding.

Free-motion quilted, all washed and dried...
Finished size is about 48" square, which I think is rather large for a baby quilt but then again, I have zero experience thus far. I think it would make an excellent play mat though.

Oh the back... I do love the back. Jenny decided to go with a bright polka dot Flannel by Valori Wells and I'd say she made a great choice! I added a bit of the Kokka since the flannel wasn't quite wide enough... thats probably my favorite part~

Its been sunny here all week, which I think is quite odd for November... so these photos are almost summer-like. I'm sure we'll get a blizzard next week or something to make up for it :-)

Jenny asked me to make a special tag to include Rylan's name, DOB, and arrival stats so I whipped one up with linen tape and a black fabric marker. I wish I had better (aka fancy or unique or fun) handwriting skills but my plain 'ol printing will have to do. Do you like my bootleg editing to blur out a few things for identity protection sake? I kind of enjoyed it, don't know why.

And last but not least, I had to practice my free-motion quilting on something so I grabbed my favorite boyish fabric (Seagulls, by Alexader Henry,) sandwiched it, and quilted away... and I think I'll keep it as a stroller quilt for our son this spring... I particularly enjoy the Neo Geo dots binding. I think it just makes it fun and unusual. Its size is about 18"x 22". My first finished hand-made item to keep for our kid, yay!

How is your weekend going? Ours is defiantly busy, but in a good way. I'm hoping to continue the progress on the Ohio Sky quilt, maybe even get as far as starting to quilt it! We'll see!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

One... or Both!

I'm almost thinking I'll add BOTH of these designs to my nursery fabric stash (more info in my last post)... the Lizzy House Woods would be my "large" print, and the Flower Child (2nd one) could be great for binding on the quilt... and maybe a stuffed animal or two. Its not a large print (from what I can tell without seeing it in person) but still modern and bright. Yeah; might have to grab both of these, then I can start my extensive to-do list. Oh, one is already done, a stroller quilt! I used it to "practice" my free-motion quilting, sneaky eh? I'll take some photos soon.

So... if for any reason you see why these two additional fabrics should NOT be purchased, speak now or forever hold your peace.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

"Lock Up Your Daughters" We're having....

A Boy! I suspected a boy for the past 4 months, but now that its actually true, I'm still getting used to the idea! I always pictured myself with a girl, but now I'm thinking a boy will be fun too!
The above t-shirt was given to me last night by my SIL, Auntie Jess - too cute eh? It will hopefully fit him next fall/winter, its a 6-12 mo size. We made the announcement to our family last night at the annual Bonfire - and everyone seems to be pleased with a boy... although they're just pleased in general with all the babies that have been and will be added to our family. Great Grandpa and Grandpa didn't seem too upset about the news :-)

Here's one of the 3D ultrasound pics taken on 10/27 at 18 weeks... he already looks like Justin to me! Crazy!

(Amy Butler's Full Moon Polka Dots, Erin McMorris' Park Slope, Joel Dewberry's Aviary, Heather Ross's Lightening Bugs)

Last but not least - my Final Answer on the fabric conundrum! Well, mostly. I'm definitely going with these four prints.... I love them all and I can't wait to start the crib size quilt, and about 2 dozen other sewing projects I have in mind for baby. BUT Cheryl over at The Naptime Quilter made a suggestion about adding a larger scale print - which I really think is a good idea. I have nothing in mind - so if you know of any larger prints that would add to this selection, don't hesitate to comment here or email me! I'm open for suggestions!!! Birds... owls... graphic prints - something!? Modern, Fun, and Neutral are my only goals here!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Cozy Baby Hats - Quick Whip-ups!

I've been dying to crochet some fun little baby hats, and by george, here they are! I'm NO good at crocheting a standard round headed hat, so these are somewhat different: they're SO simple, I just crocheted a Rectangle, about 7" wide until it was long enough to fold over and fit on a baby's head. When folded in half, stitch up each side, turn right side out, and there's a fun little hat with pointy corners! I added the little braids for a girl, and pom poms - because they're cute on any baby!

I made these two little baby hats recently... the orange one (roughly 3 mo old size) is going to my friend Amanda's little girl, Janele... and the yellow one I might keep for my little one, to keep warm this coming spring... since its slightly smaller than the orange one, and about newborn size, I would think.

I may have to whip up a few more! They're so fun and quick to make while watching tv or traveling in the car... or sitting at the Dr. office... or wherever else your hands are free and time that can be killed.

Happy weekend to all! Tonight we announce the baby's gender to our family, and tomorrow you all will know too :-) Even my fabric choice for the nursery... stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

19 Weeks and Counting

Yesterday, at 19 weeks! Maybe a little bigger than 17 weeks? Maybe. We do know the gender... and I'll post a few 3D ultrasound pics on Saturday, AFTER we tell our family this Friday and the annual Wilson Bonfire. In the last few days I've felt a few little kicks, which is so amazing to me!

Monday, November 2, 2009

+Two Note-Worthy Events+


How many Unfinished Objects (UFO's) do you have laying around your sewing room? Thanks to Jacquie over at Tallgrass Prairie Studio, we now have some major motivation to get those projects done! Not only will you FINISH all those quilt tops and projects but you could win a fun prize to boot! Click on over to her challenge and get those UFO's done... and breathe easy again!
I've counted my UFO's and I have.... 8 that I want to admit to, and not all are quilts... but all are in various stages of completion:
Baby Boy Quilt - Rylan Andrew arrived Saturday (10/31), a month early!

Vintage Goodness Quilt
Ohio Sky Quilt top:
Yet-to-be-named quilt for my living room:
Crochet Granny Square baby afghan:
A few dozen cloth baby wipes (not necessary until March but hey, why procrastinate?)
Flannel Receiving Blanket for baby, again, why procrastinate? I hope this kid likes orange!
Wonky baby quilt for my Etsy shop:
So thats EIGHT! I've got a lot of work to do between now and January 1st, but I look forward to it, and to seeing everyone's progress on their UFO's... clear sewing spaces, here we come!

I've been a follower of the Block Party! Blog for sometime now... and Alissa & Kristen have some great news! They are not only turning their blog into the Block Party Quilt Along but its going to be a book too! Anyone can join this quilt along, and your block could be featured in the book!

For the big kickoff they're having a giveaway! Here's a drool-worthy photo of one of the two prizes:
So run over there and check it out! I'm ready to learn some new block designs and see what everyone else is coming up with as well, in their Flickr pool! A very cool endeavor to be sure!