Thursday, December 15, 2011

Disappearing 9 patch

Another quilt done!  This one is for Gracie's preschool teacher.  I'm pretty sure she doesn't read my blog so I am posting it before we give it to her next week.  She is such an awesome teacher so I wanted to do something special for her.  Her favorite color is teal, and I decided to do a disappearing 9 patch (the correct way, not the ridiculous way I did Gracie's quilt!)

I had some teal and yellows left over from my previous quilts, so I just had to buy some blues (Hello, Black Friday!) and the border and back.  For the binding I usually just use what I have and do a scrappy binding. I love the way that looks.

I thought I had bought enough of the backing but I must have done my math wrong!  So, in the spirit of Tim Gunn, I had to "make it work".  I actually like the way it turned out, but it was a lot more work than I was planning on!!

I finally bit the bullet and did a stippling for the quilting of this one.  I took the class so long ago and I have been too afraid to try it on an actual quilt!  I couldn't decide on any other straight line quilting (besides stitching in the ditch - and that sounds so boring to me!) so I just did it.  It's not perfect.  But it's ok and I'm glad I did it.  You can definitely see the difference from where I started to where I ended.  Practice really does make perfect!

And OF COURSE, Gracie was painting at the other side of the table when I was quilting, and OF COURSE it got on the back of the quilt, and OF COURSE it was cheap $1 Joann checkout line paint that isn't washable.  Sigh.  But, you can't really tell, and at least it's for Gracie's preschool teacher who is used to having paint on everything :p  I tried to keep my cool, and Gracie kept yelling "MAMA!  You ruined my project!!"  Oh Gracie.

Another quilt that I love!  Next up is another gift quilt, probably more of a twin size, and then we have another baby on the way to some of our friends, so I'll be keeping busy!

In my spare time (ha!) I have made an earbud holder for my earbuds and some infinity scarves (thanks Pinterest!)  I have a few more scarves to do and I want to make a case for my iPhone!  I love that I know how to sew and can do all of these small projects!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

A quilt for baby Sofia

Another good friend of mine just added to her family through the miracle of adoption!  A baby girl!  I love doing quilts for baby girls!  She told me that they were going to decorate her room in pinks, purples, bronzes and ivory.

I went to Joann Fabric on Black Friday.  I know.  It was CRAZY!  I waited in line for an hour and a half just to get my fabric cut (I was buying for 2 quilts) and another 45 minutes to check out.  But it was an extra 25% off your entire order, so I think it was worth my time :)

I used a pattern I purchased from Oh, Fransson! (I love her blog).  It is called New Wave Quilt.  I bought it when she was having a 50% off sale (because I am so frugal :p)  This was an awesome pattern - so easy to follow and this quilt came together really fast (2 days.  I was a machine.)

 I wasn't really sure how I felt about it until after I had done the final wash.  Now I really am in love with it.  And I'm happy to report Heidi and baby Sofia are in love with it too!

I already started a lap quilt for Gracie's preschool teacher for Christmas - I'm just doing a disappearing 9 block, but I am having a hard time getting myself motivated!  I am also working on some other small Christmas gifts!  Hopefully more updates to come soon!