March 30, 2012

The Next Big Thing

Other than winning the lottery, I don't have much planned for the weekend  :)

It's probably time to update the project list - so here goes.

1. Finish Will's Dr. Seuss quilt - progress has been made on this - I've now got it pieced and sandwiched.  I just need to quilt and bind it, then done!! It's only about 6 months late. I've gotten very distracted with other projects.

2. Car Seat Quilt #2.  I'm so happy to report that the first car seat quilt/play quilt sold on Etsy this week! So, I've pieced the second one and I'm just waiting for a couple of coordinating fabrics to finish off the top. It should be done mid-next week.  Here's the top without the borders.  This is the new Bonnie & Camille for Moda line "Vintage Modern" - I got it early before it's been widely released, but I LOVE the color scheme!

3.  "Charlotte" - I'm going to call my next BIG project Charlotte since it's for a friend's daughter's big girl bed. I really really can't wait for this project to come together - it'll be a big one - a double size bed quilt.

Here's the fabric selection - the blocks will be bright orange and pink with the sashing in teal and white.  The teardrop fabric on top will be the backing.  I'm using a pattern called "Aromatherapy" I dog-eared last year in my Fons&Porter magazine.   It's a modified 1/2 log cabin.  I think it's going to be great.  We built the fabric selections around the adorable owls which will match some artwork in her room.  I think I'm going to rent time on a long-arm quilting machine to finish this since it's going to be so big!

Fabrics: Terrain Bloom by Kate Spain for Moda
Ten Little Things Owls by Jenn Ski for Moda

I created a virtual design wall on Pinterest to look at the fabrics - I think you get a pretty realistic view of the color combinations that way.

4.  My Flurry Christmas Star is getting sidelined for now since that's not something I will need/want until later this year.

5.  My Tipsy Quilt Kit is also getting pushed down the list as well for the same reason.

6.  Second Christmas Sock Monkey Quilt - will have to wait!

March 26, 2012

The Land of Misfits (aka Abandoned Class Projects)

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedI take classes with the best of intentions.  Usually it's to learn a new technique or skill that I haven't ever tried before.  It's the main reason why I joined the Austin Area Quilt Guild - they do bring in nationally renowned teachers with fabulous classes.   I even sometimes get motivated to tackle something bigger than I would normally because of the cheerleading of the teacher.

And then...  the class ends.  And the projects, well, they sit.  And sit... And sit...

Here are a couple favorites:

This is a folded star pillow from a class I took at the International Quilt Festival in Houston last year - not too big of a commitment, right? A pillow? Well, for some reason when I got home it just didn't excite me as much as it did in the class. I like the colors, but can't seem to take the next step on this one.

This was actually a no-machine-needed project - very cool technique.
This little puppy is the product of a fantastic two-day class by Becky Goldsmith from Piece O'Cake.  It's one block from her Whirlygig pattern.  It's where I learned paper piecing and hand appliqué techniques.  This was extremely time intensive, but I was really impressed with the final block.  I cannot IMAGINE doing a whole quilt like this - it would probably take me about 10 years.

There are more of these sad, unfinished projects.  I'll have to share them again someday soon.  Do you have any unfinished projects you'd like to share?
I'm throwing this out there for W.I.P. Wednesdays by Freshly Pieced...

For those who checked in with me last week, I'm pleased to show my last week's W.I.P. finished!!

March 24, 2012

Rockin' Saturday Night

So, the hubby and kids are sleeping and I am LOVING the quiet house. I need a quick project!

I found a cute pattern for a diaper and wipe case and decided to time myself for fun to see how long it would take to make.  Start to finish - one hour and 8 minutes! Not too shabby.

So here she is:

Certainly not the most perfect thing I've ever made but now I know I can whip up a super-cute baby shower gift in no time.  Throw in a couple of burp cloths and call it a day!

For inquiring minds:

Fabric =>  leftover Ann Kelle Urban Zoologie fabric from the recently finished twins quilts
Pattern => Diaper and Wipe Case from "Baby It's You" by Amy Hamberlin

Now that's how I like to spend my Saturday nights! Well, not really, but I'll take what I can get with a 3 and 5 year old sleeping in the house :)

March 21, 2012

Work-In-Progress Wednesday



I'm thinking about doing the back in white minky dot fabric, but I'm not really sure how that's going to do after I quilt it, so this is sort of an experiment.  Anyone have advice of quilting minky - I've been warned before that it's tough, but I have a bunch of it and I thought it would make a really cozy back to this Car Seat Quilt.

 Stay tuned!

Thanks to Freshly Pieced for hosting WIP Wednesdays!

March 20, 2012

"Dashiell and Leighton"

The twins quilts are done!!  I cannot take credit for the adorable color and fabric selections - that honor all goes to Jenny and her fabulous taste in design.   I wanted to do similar but not identical quilts and chose a ric-rac for Dashiell's and ruffle for Leighton to set them apart.  I actually started these quilts with a pattern in mind but as I was cutting out the pieces I realized that I had so many directional prints that if I cut it and arranged it as the pattern dictated, I would have upside down alphabet and animals.  Rookie mistake! So, I regrouped and decided to make an original design.   I kept it simple and I'm really happy with the results.  Finally, I embroidered their first initial in orange and I think it really added a fun element to the quilts. I loved doing it and the quilts are being delivered to her only 8 weeks after the babies were, um... delivered!!

March 14, 2012

The Project List

The project list is getting longer every day! How can I keep up with them all? Maybe if I put them here, I will remain somewhat accountable for them all.  So, here it goes... in priority order (this does not mean I am necessarily working on them in this order ;)

  1. Baby Quilts for the new Aghamalian Twins (Dash and Leighton) Dash's  is DONE... YAY! Leighton's top is pieced, just have to create the label, put it on the back and quilt.  Jenny picked the most adorable fabrics for the nursery and bought extra for me to make quilts. I didn't end up using a pattern, just mixed strips with simple patchwork and they look so cute!  The babies were born in January - but newborns don't really NEED their quilts right away, do they?  I should be posting these two very very soon. Can't wait for the big reveal.
  2. Purse for my mom - DONE - just finished it today!  The pattern is "Kati's Favorite Bag" by KatiCupcake - it did it without the grommets because, well, I was afraid of the grommets.  Maybe next time.  It's still totally cute and I've now done this same pattern in two different sets of fabrics.  I have plans to do one for myself for the summer.  I guess I better add that to the project list!

3. Dr. Seuss napping quilt for Will - top is pieced,  just need to label and quilt.  No pattern - just used a Dr. Seuss panel and coordinating fabrics. 
4.Making two car seat quilts just to have in my inventory for a baby gift as needed.  Click here for the cute pattern:  Sophie Car Seat Quilt
5. Flurry Star Quilt - found this on the cover of McCall's Quilting - must have done by Christmas 2012: 
6. Tipsy Quilt Kit from Fons and Porter - this was in the first quilting magazine I ever received - and I couldn't resist when it went on sale.  Don't know who will receive it yet, or when I can work on it - but hopefully I will get to it soon.
7. "Big Girl Quilt" for little Charlotte - something with owls - need lots of work on this one!
8.  Another purse for myself (see #2 above!).

March 4, 2012

Lasagna Quilt Tutorial

My best girlfriends and I got together to "bake" up this yummy lasagna - what a fun time we had!

We each picked very different fabrics, but they all came out so well - it shows how versatile this quilt is.

Stacey: Santa's Little Helper by Erin Michael for Moda
Lucinda: Dill Blossom by Robert Kaufman
Tara: Dizzy by Robert Kaufman

Ingredients Needed: 1 Jelly Roll (A pre-cut roll of fabrics - 42 strips, 2 1/2 inches wide)
1/2 yard of fabric for binding (or set 5 jelly roll strips aside for scrappy binding)
3 yds for backing

Prep Time:  The quilt top can easily be done in about 3-4 hours.  We tend to chat while we're sewing so we may go a little slower than others!

Do not pre-wash jelly roll strips - they will fray and shrink.  These strips are made to be sewn without pre-washing.  Because of that, do not pre-wash your backing or binding either - that way, the first time it is washed (always on cold - tumble or air dry) all of the fabric will shrink at the same rate.

Lay out your jelly roll strips in piles according to color.

Then begin joining your strips together as you would binding - right sides together at a 90 degree angle with a little extra on each edge.  Sew according to the dotted line shown below.  Mix up your color selection so that it appears random.

Sew all of the jelly roll strips in this fashion.

* Chain piecing is a good idea here*

Once all of the strips are sewn together, iron the seams open and then trim to 1/4" on either side.  Your strip will be 1600" long!!

The next step is important - cut 18" off of one side of your long Jelly Roll strip to help with offsetting the seams along the way.  If you are making a scrappy binding you need to use this 18" strip for your binding.

Now for the fun part - start sewing!!

Find the beginning and the end of your long jelly roll strip and place them  right sides together - sew together on the long side using a 1/4 inch seam.   Once you get to the end, you will need to cut the end to open it up.  Your strip will now be 800" long. No need to iron the seams now, you can do this at the end.

Repeat 4-5 times until your quilt is approximately 44"x 65"

And here are our fabulous lasagna quilt tops!

Lucinda's Florals

Tara's brights!

Stacey's Sock Monkeys

Make your quilt "sandwich."

To finish your quilt, lay your backing down on a hard surface and tape down with blue painters tape.  Layer your batting over it and then place your quilt top to make a "sandwich" of the three pieces.  Tape the top down with painters tape as well, taking care to line up all three pieces.  Once they are in place - pin or spray baste the three layers together to prepare them for quilting.

Quilt according to your favorite method, either "in-the-ditch" or free motion quilting.  Tara quilted her's in the ditch and it was done very quickly.

I chose to free-motion quilt mine, so it will take a little longer to complete.

To bind the quilt, cut 2 1/2 inch strips of fabric (or use those leftover jelly roll strips) - join them in the same way the quilt top jelly roll strips were, then iron in half the length of the strips.  Sew the raw edge of the binding to the quilt and miter the corners.  Wrap the binding to the back of the quilt and hand or machine stitch down.

Here's the finished product - don't forget to add a label to your quilt!

March 1, 2012

Charm Packs

I've never really used Charm Packs before, but I'm inspired by this cute little project that I hope to make as soon as I can - the "Sophie Car Seat Quilt."  Charm Packs are typically 42 5" squares from a fabric line that include most of the fabrics from that particular line.

What a great quick project for a baby gift.  So, I jumped online and ordered two Charm Packs from these great Moda designers - can't wait until they arrive and I can give it a try.  Pics to follow!