Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mummy Bars for a Fall Party!




Thank you, Pinterest, for giving me an easy, almost mess free FUN fall treat to make for Eli's class. {No, Eli did not help me, this was a post-bedtime project for Mommy only!}

A bag of assorted Googalie Eyes, 10 Hershey Bars, and a roll of white crepe paper {The trick is to fold the crepe paper in HALF, the long way.} Plus a glue gun and scotch tape. Easy. So Easy.  
I hope Eli's class loves them!

Thanks for stopping by!
xo
Cristin

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vice Versa Quilt Top - Complete!



I can't believe it!  I have a finished Vice Versa Quilt top!  Ten months, sixteen blocks, six Kona colors, and a few yards of Widescreen in grey and its done!  

Gen X Quilters Vice Versa BOM (block of the month) info can be found here - and its never too late to start!  And… AnneMarie just revealed she'll be heading up another BOM next year, named Moccasin, and an entire kit is available to purchase - so no anxiety on choosing fabrics! Seriously, you need to check it out!  A gorgeous quilt, to be sure!

And… a few more shots of this top: 




Measures 75" x 75"
I plan on quilting it at Sewtopia (Salt Lake City, UT!) as they'll have some HQ Sweet Sixteen mid-arm quilting machines available to use!  Not to mention a free batting station sponsored by Pellon, Bernina sewing machines threaded with AURIFIL 50wt thread, and even a discount on Moo cards that we get to pick up at the event.  Excited does not cover it, for me! So many extra goodies I never expected!

I've got to say, I'm really looking forward to it!  This little getaway will be my first time away from my sweet little 18mo old girls. A day hasn't gone by in the last year and a half where I wasn't known as "Mama!"   I think it will be good for my heart, mind, and soul to be reminded of who I am outside of motherhood.  And a nap. any. darn. time. I. want. 
Yes, please.  


But will I miss these little faces?  I am sure of it.

Thanks for stopping by!
xo
Cristin


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Giant Star Baby Boy Quilt - Finished!



I was itching to make a quilt that was quick, gorgeous, and fun.  I've always admired the Vintage Giant Star from In Color Order so after browsing the color options I opted for four colors and decidedly masculine prints. All from my stash, too.  Shocking, I know!


Each block is 12" square, as I just did some quick math (and a colored pencil sketch) to make it come out to a crib size quilt.  Fabrics include all my favorites!
Lotta Jansdotter Bella in Turquoise


I love the black and white loopy binding (Ed Emberly Happy Drawing) machine stitched for extra strength.  Everyone has their own method for machine binding but I stitch it to the back first, then wrap around to the front and stitch it down.  No pins.  Just a long stitch and folding it over as I go.  The stitching shows on the back just a bit, but I like the sturdy construction especially for a baby quilt that will be washed a LOT. 


And without realizing that the binding and quilting were both loopy...
Some large Loopy quilting finished it off just right, softening up all those 90 and 45 degree angles.  Also, for a baby quilt, I couldn't resist black and white zig-zags for the backing.
You'll go cross-eyed if you stare at it for too long, but wittle infants will love it! haha


The background is Carolyn Friedlander "Widescreen" which I've been using for a lot of quilts lately… even as backing since its 108" wide!  The light grey crosshatch reads as a solid but still gives some interest and texture when you see it up close. 

This baby boy quilt measures 51" x 55" and is for sale in my Etsy shop!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
xo

Cristin