WIP Wednesday

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The Soul Blossom baby quilt is basted and quilted, y’all!

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I decided to go with a meander just like the tutorial, and I think the texture is fabulous.

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I would love to make this quilt again, and next time I plan to try more intricate FMQ designs.  However, with so much solid negative space I was a little scared to try designs on this one.  Next time.  I’m getting there.

For the binding, I chose a beautiful print from Kate Spain’s Sunnyside line.  I think the words fit with the feel of the quilt, and I just love teal and gray.  Winning.

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Sneak peak at the back!

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Soul Blossom Baby Quilt

Last week, I worked on some bee blocks for ScrapBeeLicious, and one of the blocks had me doing applique with petals.  It was on.  Once I got used to the technique, I knew I had to make a quilt I’d seen by Lindsey of LRStitched.  You can find the tutorial here – it’s so easy!

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After cutting out all of the petals, I was ready to work on the lay out!  In my mind I was going to use white, just like the tutorial, but then I went and saw a beautiful baby blue in my stash… hmmmmm.  I showed my husband, and his inner modern quilter said, “I think you should use gray.”  He was so right.

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I made my quilt slightly larger than the tutorial, so I used the center lines to work from the inside out.  I made sure that there were two inches between each circle, and I worked that blue washable marker.  Worked it.

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photo 3I love this quilt.

I just love it.  Even the ironing part…

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This quilt also marks the first time I used the blanket stitch on my machine.

Now I want to applique everything.

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I can’t wait to finish this quilt and list it in my shop later this week!  It just reminds me of summer and has a completely girly vibe.  I love it!

Friday Finish

Let’s be honest.  I haven’t turned on my sewing machine since this weekend, but I did manage to find time to take photos of this baby quilt.  That counts as quilting this week, right?!  Baby quilts are the best.  I just love how quick they are to quilt, and that I don’t have to set up the quilting table because they are so tiny.  I based this quilt off of the fabric I bought for the back – and I love it!

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Is there anything better than simple rainbows?!

(Yes, free fabric, but I digress…)

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Is this back amazing, or is it amazing?

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Every time I get perfect corners it’s like the first time all over again.

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And there’s a Friday Finish which could really be called a Christmas Miracle this week.  I want to pass a law where days have to be 30 hours.  I just don’t really know how to get the earth’s rotation to get on board….

Anybody else having that kind of week?

This quilt is now listed in my Etsy Shop!

WiP Wednesday

I’ve been feeling rather lethargic this week, and I’ve ignored my sewing machine since I finished all of the flying geese. Which, speaking of…

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I have all of the remaining blocks back… and I LOVE it!

Last night I had the sudden urge to sew.  Luckily I’ve had a baby quilt basted for quite some time, and it was great just to knock it out!  Sometimes simple sewing is the best.

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Before I knew it, it was quilted.

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And now I’m ready for binding!

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I need to keep a store of baby quilts so that I can have more nights like last night!

Baby Quilt

A few months back I found this wonderful, whimsical, and colorful fabric.  I knew immediately that I wanted to use it as a quilt back:

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There is so much to love here!

For the front, I decided to pull out the beautiful colors in the back and create a simple rainbow.  Two charm packs later, I was happy.  Plus, it was quick and painless.  I.love.quick.

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I have a list of tasks miles long, but this weekend I was able to chain stitch away for this quilt and last night I basted it.  This has been the world’s longest week, and sometimes you just need a few minutes of fabric therapy.  Who knows when I’ll get around to quilting it, but the basting is done!

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Why do I have so much to do?  All I want to do is quilt, quilt, quilt!

Friday Finish

The thing I love about baby quilts is that it means there is a new baby!  In January the cutest little boy my family has ever seen was born (the first grandson on my Mom’s side) and he is jokingly referred to as the Prince.  I knew I wanted to use Comma fabrics for his quilt, and this weekend I finally got around to making the top.  As this year is the year of FMQing I tried a new technique to me and I’m happy with the results.  I especially love how it looks on the back.  Without further ado, The Prince’s Quilt:

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Finally, when you’re at a fabric store taking pictures of your recent finish, you should always photograph it with the fabric display.  Duh.

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It’s always so exciting to send off a baby quilt, especially because I LOVE getting those beautiful pictures of special babies using the quilts that I have made them.  I treasure each picture I’ve received and I hope The Prince loves his quilt.

Linking this one up to all the Friday parties!

WiP Wednesday

This week I’ve been in need of some sewing machine therapy.  Thank God for the baby quilts.  This was just the size project I needed to work on, and let’s be honest, that I had time to work on this week.

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The hubs was oh so gracious to let me use his floor…

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I decided to try some FMQing on this top, especially since I’m making it for a family member and they are more forgiving.  Plus, I’m only going to get better if I practice, right?

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I love these little boxes!

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Binding is up next  – not sure about this binding choice…

Catching Up

Whew, this weekend I needed to catch up on Bee Blocks.  I’ve still got two more blocks to go (Rachel, they are coming now that my machine is back!!!) These blocks were both fun to make, and my bee mates from the NJMQG chose wonderful fabrics.

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I’m digging the grey linen in this one… on my list to use soon!  Then, as I was finishing up with these blocks and looking at my to-do list I decided I didn’t want to do anything on it.  Which is the story of my life.  SO, of course I added to it.  Because that makes sense.

Welcome, baby quilts.

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For the rainbow quilt I chose the fabrics based off of the back – wait for it, it’s amazing.  Then, the comma quilt will be heading to my brand new baby cousin.  Since I can’t get to him, I want to send a giant hug his way.  I’m hoping to have the comma quilt done by the end of the week.

Sometimes you just need to make a simple baby quilt.

Portholes, baby

First things first, don’t forget to comment on my 100th post giveaway if you haven’t already.  Thank you to everyone who has left new lines for me to covet.  Y’all are the best… said no budget ever.

Now onto quilts.  A finished quilt, at that!

Get ready to sail with these one, friends.  A sweet friend of mine is expecting a baby boy any day now, and I can’t wait to gift this quilt.  When I heard the nursery theme, I immediately started envisioning portholes and waves.  I think it’s been achieved!

ImageI just love these prints and that the quilting looks like ripples.  And, if you’re staring at the binding (like me), don’t worry, we’ll get there!  First, let’s check out the back.  I mean, really – is there a cuter print?

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Why yes, yes those are little lobsters.  I KNOW!

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I have to say it, give me a second to brag.

CHECK OUT THOSE CORNERS!

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I just love these adorable nautical prints, the tiny zig-zag applique stitches, and these lobsters.  It’s really all about the lobsters.  Does anyone else love binding the most on their quilts?

I’m linking this baby up to every Friday party!  Happy Friday and quilt on, friends.

Portholes

I’m alive and I survived my first week with students.  There wasn’t a lot of sewing, emailing, communicating, or cooking.  In fact, there was very little of anything other than teaching, teaching, and teaching.

ImageThis picture is a pretty accurate representation of my week.  I will say though that I made it through with the help of my friends.  So many of you sent me emails – which totally made my week.  I did manage to start a baby quilt that needs to be finished ASAP.  I love that babies provide the best deadlines!  I hope to have it finished by Friday… we shall see…

I’m going with a nautical theme, using the Don’t be Crabby line, and I love it!  I’m playing with the whole idea of portholes, and I can’t wait to quilt this sucker.  I’m using fusible interfacing for the circles, and then using some zig-zag stitch on my machine.  I know, I’m so helpful.

One little fishy, done.

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A stack of circles, done.

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I just love these happy circles!

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And, finally, here’s the layout for the quilt top.

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What you expected a good photo at 11:00 pm?  Ha.

Now I’m just sewing these suckers to the fabric.  You see, I thought this quilt top would come together quickly.  Until I started stitching them to the top.  No one prepared me for this.

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Baby zig-zag stitches are so not my thing.

1 down.  14 to go.

Oh, and  happy day.  My 100th post is coming up this week and I have a super sweet giveaway that I want to keep for myself – get excited!