Tuesday, September 27, 2011

A quilt for baby girl!

A friend of ours just had a baby girl!  I was making her a "gender neutral" quilt because she wasn't finding out the sex of the baby in advance.  But as soon as I found out it was a girl I decided to make a "girly" quilt, because everyone I know is having a boy or not finding out the sex!

I did another zig-zag quilt, because I am temporarily obsessed with them.  Pink and grey.  Another quilt I love so much and had such a hard time parting with!

And I was SO excited to find this black fabric for the backing at Joann's.  It is just perfect!

I did straight line machine quilting on both sides of the zig zag seams in pink cotton thread.  I really love the effect... I am so glad that I started machine quilting.  I still have yet to do free motion quilting, but that is coming.  Just trying to get up my nerve!  And all of these pictures are post-machine washing, so it is all nice and crinkly!

A few more pictures:

We leave for Disney in 9 days!  Just finished a Bambi dress for Gracie and still need to do the Princess Tiana dress!  Almost done with our Pirate Costumes, too, I need to find a child size pirate hat to complete Gracie's costume!  I'll do a separate post on the Disney dresses and Pirate costumes when I am done with all of them!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Finally done with a quilt!

I finally finished my first quilt on my new sewing machine - and I am in LOVE with it!  It is the first quilt I ever machine quilted and I really like how it turned out!

I used the safety pin method for basting... I may need to use 505 spray for my daughters quilt because that would be a lot of safety pins!

I just used my walking foot and straight stitched along the zigzags in the white with white thread.  It worked really well and am excited to try some other machine quilting!

I love love love the "crinkly" look that the quilt got after being machine washed.

And I made a tag for this quilt - the first time I've done that.  I'd really like to get some professional looking tags, but this will do for now!

I have lots on my plate now.  Working on another zigzag quilt now (pink and grey) for a baby girl that was just born.  I am really into zig zag at the moment!  Also we're leaving for Disney in 2 weeks and I have 2 dresses to make for my daughter and our Halloween costumes for the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.  We are all going as pirates!

Friday, September 9, 2011

What have I been up to?

Well, I made a few "Disney" dresses for two of Gracie's friends that will be going to Disney this month!

The first was for Amelia - she wanted Princess Tiana fabric (and now that Gracie has seen it, SHE wants a Princess Tiana dress for our trip, even though she doesn't even know who Princess Tiana is!

And another Cars dress, for my dear friend Mesa's daughter Emily!  They are having a Cars party for Emily's little brother and this will be a perfect outfit for the party!  Plus they will be at Disney the same week we are, so we are looking forward to a little photo shoot in Emily and Gracie's dresses.

I just finished a baby quilt top for a friend of ours who is due in less than two weeks.  She isn't finding out the gender of the baby, so I was racking my brain on what to do for a quilt.  I just LOVED the zigzag quilt at Cluck Cluck Sew, and I used that as my inspiration!  I am also going to do the zig zag straight line quilting, and it will be my first time... So I am nervous and hoping it turns out well!

Sorry, another iPhone picture!
This quilt is so vibrant and beautiful in person, when I do my "finished" pics I will use my Nikon!