Quilt Show

i’ve had a few ‘firsts’ this weekend.

one was attending my first-ever quilt show! it was supposed to be just me going, but then our almost-2-year-old daughter wouldn’t let me get dropped off alone so it was a family outing. we saw some fabulous quilts (if i can manage to get the pics off my phone, i’ll post them on here) and bought a little kit to make a toy from foam blocks. not sure yet if that’ll be a toy for our own Little One or if it’ll be gifted, so details to come.

the other ‘first’ was first time in a long time that i’ve gotten a quilt to progress as quickly as i did this weekend. i’m working on a quilt for a dear friend who’s expecting her first child, a girl. it’s not a big quilt, which helped it come together fast, but it’s also a great one (if i do say so myself). can’t wait to finish it off and then send it away so i can share the goods with you (the few of you who actually read this anymore).

so, plus side: yay quilt show and quilt progress! down side: nothing to share with you fine people… yet.

what teaser posts have you been drafting lately?

Big Girl Quilt Top: Done!

i’ve mentioned before, numerous times, the comforter quilt i’m working on for my daughter. it’s going to be comforter sized with some decent draping for a twin mattress (which seems HUGE to me as i’m putting it together). but it’s looking good so far!

lucky me: i got some sewing in over the past few weekends and finally got the top all put together!


Comforter Quilt Top: Done!

i’m super excited, though you wouldn’t really know it since i haven’t done ANYTHING since finishing the top. oh well. my daughter’s not even 2 years old yet, and nowhere near ready for a big girl bed… i’ve got time.

what big milestone have you reached recently?

update: linking up to Lee’s WIP Wednesday! go check out what others have done and leave some love for them! and/or join us and be a link-er-upper too!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Samplers – Begin!

the samplers have begun! or, at least the first couple of blocks have started to come together… there’s plenty more where that came from!

but i thought i’d give you a run down of my plans, and expand on my previous post a bit. so here’s more details on the breakdown:

the blocks

copied from my previous post, here’s linkies to all the blocks that will be inspiring my samplers:

Quilt 1 Quilt 2 Quilt 3
disappearing 4-patch spider web star the letter ‘e’
interlocking squares circle of geese maple leaf
card trick 8 point star bird patchwork
dresden √ minnesota block  change the ‘noel’ to ‘love’
drunkard’s path starburst diamond ticker tape randomness
cathedral pinwheel crossed star airplane block

the minnesota block is the only one i’ve actually finished. but i’ve started on the ticker tape randomness block as well. plus, now i have all my block styles decided upon. (the airplane block on quilt 3 used to be TBD)

the colors

quilt 3 is sort of my family sampler. our last name starts with ‘e’, i love all maple trees and birds, Hubs and i are both aerospace engineers (hence the airplane block), and **the ticker tape randomness won’t actually be random. it’ll be scraps and snippets from all my favorite projects to date, like little snap shots from those times in my life and those loved ones who the project was gifted to. i took a picture of the planned layout already. see below. so anyways, as a family themed quilt, i’m going to use our wedding colors as the main scheme: red and yellow. i’m currently thinking white sashing, but i’m not completely decided on that. no matter what, my stash doesn’t have that many reds, so i’m toying with the idea of making this a “warm” quilt.

Ticker Tape Randomness Block

quilt 2 is my star sampler, incase you didn’t notice from all the “stars” in the block names. the color scheme for this one was inspired by my friend Amanda who is a very talented professional photographer. she recently shot a wedding with the colors kelly green and navy blue. i love those colors, both apart and together, and i have a decent amount (or at least SOMETHING) of each in my stash, so that’s the combo i’m going with for the star sampler. i think some bright white sashing will really help all those stars pop (as if they won’t already)! if quilt 3 is the “warm” quilt, this one will definitely be the “cool” one!

Minnesota Block

quilt 1, the geometric sampler, doesn’t really have any major underlying theme or heartfelt idea behind it. it’s got curves and straight lines, circles and squares and diamonds, an amalgam of block styles really. as such, i’m going to make it a scrappy rainbow of colors and just say “anything goes” on there. that should help keep it fun and cheap, because i’ve got plenty of scraps and pretty prints!

the quilting

i’m also hoping to use these samplers as a way to practice / perfect my FMQ technique. i’d love to have each quilt, or even each block, showcase a different FMQ style. there are definitely some great samplers and tutorials already out there, like the ones here and here. but honestly, i’m not really thinking that far ahead yet.

how do you get more practice and add to your abilities?

Quilting is Not Free

free motion quilting is difficult. and as such, i’ve kinda given up on it.

for the Little One’s quilted christmas stocking, i just followed the zig zag pattern that i had pieced together.

and my recent post about my first quilt inspired me to finish off the doll quilt made with the same fabrics. i had attempted FMQ on the DQ a few times before, but was never really happy with the results. so this time i just left out the “Free” part and followed a simplified version of pattern on the blocks.

DQ Front

i like how it turned out. sort of a + and o design since the blocks are pretty much based on those simple shapes.

DQ Back

i was thinking of using all the scraps leftover from the LO’s stocking to make some bias tape for binding. but after realizing that it would be very seam-a-licious, that and the fact that the light starry fabric is very thin, i decided to just use up more of the green plaid. as you can see, i’ve started the binding, but still have more than 3 sides to go. more hand-stitching on my to-do list!

how do you quilt your DQs?

My First Quilt

i made it in high school;  i don’t even know if there was a specific reason i made it. maybe because i had the fabric and wanted to use it? i dunno. don’t remember.

as my first attempt, it’s definitely got some flaws; mostly seams with too-small of an allowance that have popped (and been popping almost since the completion date) and were hand-repaired.

i’ve only used it a few times.

First Use of My First Quilt

but it’s snuggly.

it was a really simple design, 4 alternating squares arranged in a checkerboard pattern, surrounded by a round of a 3rd print, and all of that made 6 times and then connected by narrow sashing.

My First Quilt - Top

the sashing left much to be desired.

My First Quilt - Sashing

it had a simple back.

My First Quilt - Back

and no binding. i made it pillow-case style (layer everything inside out, sew all edges except for one opening, turn right side out, sew the opening, then quilt the rest) so it’s wonky at the edges. i did some simple stitch-in-the-ditch for the quilting.

the thread colors are all wrong for the fabrics chosen, at least on the front.

My First Quilt - Popped & Repaired Seams

but hey, who cares? i had to start somewhere. plus, setting the bar so low at the beginning meant i could only get better from there!

do you have a first project/race/achievement that got you started? share it!

You’d Better Not Shout

ever since we got pregnant, i’ve wanted to make all my favorite things even more special for our daughter. and the holiday season (november & december) is my FAVORITE time of year! maybe because my birthday is also co-mingled in there, but probably mostly for all the family events. and i’m talking LOTS of family events. and sweet treats. i’m talking LOTS of sweet treats!

we recently spent a week in MN visiting my parents and extended family while also celebrating a close friend’s wedding (and ate cake). it was a little chilly, but still beautiful!  we were also able to visit Hubby’s parents during that trip (they cat-sit for us) which was great. yay free help (plus they fed us home made key lime pie)!

since there really won’t be many more free weekends between now and the new year, i gotta make these last few before thanksgiving count!  i think that’s why i’ve been doing my best crafting/sewing after dark lately. last weekend, i spent an hour after the LO went to sleep making this: (and dishing out a lot of “shhhh! don’t wake her up!” aimed at my husband while he played video games)

Homemade Zig Zag Stocking

which is a HUGE improvement over these ($1 ea at Target a couple years ago):

Baby's 1st Christmas and other stockings

the stocking came together quickly, less than an hour (not including cutting time completed on a previous night). i actually cut out WAAY more pieces than i needed for the stocking; not sure yet what i’ll do with the leftovers. anyways, i modeled the stocking after this one (image below ala cluck cluck sew) except i didn’t do the double hour glass blocks, or follow her tutorial. mainly i didn’t add lining to my stocking, just quilted the front and added a piece of christmas-y flannel to the back.

Quilted Christmas Stocking by Cluck Cluck Sew on Pinterest

Quilted Christmas Stocking by Cluck Cluck Sew on Pinterest

i’m debating whether i should add the LO’s name along the cuff. since it’s so unique, i don’t think we’ll have any trouble figuring out which one is hers.

either way, i can’t wait (for Santa) to fill it!

what do you do to make your favorite things special for your loved ones?

update: although i’m not giving this one away, i might use the extra pieces to make one for a little boy/girl in need care of this event going on now at purple panda quilts:

Stockings for Kids

Samplers – The Plan

so after taking measurements of the 2 sides of the workbench that i plan to cover with sampler quilts, i’ve come up with the sizing: 2 blocks by 3 blocks, each 10″ square with 2″ of sashing in between and around each block.

that should make a 26″ x 38″ small quilt perfectly sized to block the view of all the ugly clutter under my workbench. which, of course, means that i’ll have to make sure it all STAYS under my workbench!

this size will allow 1 quilt on the short side of the workbench and 2 quilts across the front, all hung from their short sides by eye hooks we’ll screw into the bottom of the table top. here are the blocks i’m planning on trying (most are inaccurately identified, so look at the picture in the link, not the name of the link):

Quilt 1 Quilt 2 Quilt 3
cute & simple spider web star the letter ‘e’
interlocking squares circle of geese maple leaf
card trick 8 point star bird patchwork
dresden minnesota block change the ‘noel’ to ‘love’
drunkard’s path starburst diamond ticker tape randomness
cathedral pinwheel crossed star tbd – leave suggestions!!!

i tried to pick a few that’d be simple, a few that’d be difficult, some that would have meaning and others that would just be fun or pretty or both!

what do you think of my selections?