It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been resting my arm a bit. I had a GREAT time at the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild‘s first retreat. Great people, great food and great ideas. One of the ladies was working on a quilt using this nifty tool.I immediately came home and ordered both sizes for myself. These rulers are super simple but ingenious! They use either a layer cake or charm pack. I started out with my small one with a charm pack I got a few years ago. First, you start by sewing together your charms and put a border on it. It looks like this.Then you use the little twisty ruler and line it up with the intersections and start cutting out squares from your completed quilt top. (Should have taken a picture of this step) Then you reassemble the cut out squares and you end up with this.
And if you have a dog that thinks the camera was invented to only take pictures of her, you get a quilt that looks like this.
This was a super easy project that I was able to complete in one weekend. It was fairly small and I just did straight line quilting on it.
I love how simple it is to make, but looks like it was hard. I already have two layer cakes to try out the larger size. I’m hoping to get one done in the next week. I’ll keep you posted!
I’ve been doing A LOT of embroidery lately. I can show you the finished product of the sneak peek that I showed last week. Earlier this year, I participated in the crafty pay it forward project on facebook. Anyone who commented on my post got something handmade from me this year. So I made this cute potholder for one of my friends. I got the pattern at Urban Threads.
Last month, I found the Birdie Stitches Block of the Month over at Little Miss Shabby. It was so cute that I decided to catch up and stitch along to make a quilt. I had this charm pack that I got a few years ago in Chattanooga. It was perfect for this project.
Here’s one of the blocks. If you want to see the rest, you can check out my Flickr set with all of my completed blocks!
I also stitched up this cute little pin cushion. The designs came from Urban Threads (of course).
I’ve really been enjoying doing embroidery work. It’s been so hot and my sewing room gets to feeling like a sauna in these temperatures. I like being able to work while sitting on my couch and watching tv. I think I’ve actually injured my wrist/arm with some kind of repetitive stress or tendinitis of some sorts. At least I hope that’s what it is and nothing more serious. So I haven’t been able to do much sewing because I’ve been resting my arm up for our guild retreat coming up on Saturday! Maybe I can finish something up to show next week!
I was at Jo-Ann’s this morning, just walking around minding my own business. All of a sudden I hear, ‘pssst…hey you’. Do you know what it was? It was this fabric!!! It was calling to me!
It is fabric from one of my favorite designers, Alexander Henry. It’s called ‘merry main street’. I think it’s a print that came out last year, but I still LOVE it! It has a great vintage vibe to it and very non-traditional Christmas colors. The best part is that it was 50% off today which made it only $4.99 a yard! I ask, how could I not buy it? After all, it did call to me! I especially love the little girl and her mom. Reminds me of old pictures of my grandma and my mom.
I have a little while yet to figure out what I want to do with it. Any suggestions?
While we’re on the subject of Alexander Henry fabrics, I am dying to get my hands on this print.
I think it is so cool and would make a great Halloween quilt without being totally Halloweeny. I envision mixing it with various prints of pinks and greys….ahhh to dream (or I guess nightmare in this case)! Seriously though…if you haven’t checked out Alexander Henry fabrics, do it. Do it now.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any finished projects to show right now. I have a lot of things in the works….if only I had more time….
The first project I need to get done is my challenge quilt for the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild. All the participants in the challenge received a kona solids charm pack that Robert Kaufman generously donated to our guild.
I have several ideas rolling around in my head. I will post more about this after I’m done and all the quilts have been judged. Our quilt show is scheduled for September 11. Wish me luck!
This is a sneak peek at another project I’m working on. More embroidery. I can’t show the whole thing yet because it’s going to be a gift for a person who may be reading my blog!
This is fabric I received the other day from Connecting Threads. I have big plans for this fabric. Eventually it will become the best.quilt.ever. Trust me and stay tuned!
Another quilt that I have in progress is a blooming nine patch. I took a class a while ago to learn a new technique that gives you perfectly matching intersections every time. It was a great class and I can’t wait to finish this one!
My quilt guild is having a retreat next weekend, so hopefully I will be able to make some progress on this. I could probably show about 20 other pictures of ‘in progress’ projects. Maybe I should pledge not to start any new projects until all my other ones are finished. Nah, it’d never happen! Looks like I should get busy! Maybe I will have something finished to share soon!
Are you ready for more baby stuff? ‘Cause I gotta bunch to show today. Only this time it’s girly…
This is the gift basket I put together for one of my friend’s baby shower last weekend. It was chock full of handmade goodies! She’s doing the nursery in an Alice in Wonderland theme. I’ll start by showing the quilt.
(Please excuse the bird legs!) You can find the ‘And Baby Takes 3′ pattern here. My friend ordered the Alice in Wonderland fabric from Japan. Then we filled in with other coordinating prints.
We chose the blue binding in honor of Alice’s blue dress. I quilted it in a simple diamond pattern. I used every last scrap of the fabric we bought for this quilt. I was lucky to have enough for the back!
(again with the bird legs…)
So this was my first attempt at making a doll. I think that I’ll stick with quilts from now on!
I used the same blue fabric for her dress that matched the binding on the quilt.
Believe it or not, the little white rabbit was actually easier to make than Alice!
I used the rest of the left over scraps to make a couple of burp cloths and wash rags.
I also tried my hand at some embroidery on a onesie and a bib. Going with the Alice in Wonderland theme, I went with the Cheshire cat on a bib.
I also did the Cheshire cat on a onesie and bought some matching pants for a super cute outfit. The pattern for the onesie came from the awesome website Urban Threads. I LOVE their site. I could spend A LOT of time and money there dreaming up projects that I’ll never have enough time to do!
I had a great time at the baby shower and loved making all these little goodies for the soon to be momma!