Sunday, February 22, 2015

Baby girl quilt

My sister asked me recently to whip up a quilt for a friend who was expecting her second baby, a girl.  I had an idea in my head for a while and decided to give it a whirl.  The idea started with my love for Michael Miller's Children at Play On Parade fabric.  I just love the scene with the kids, animals and balloons!  So, I decided to use part of the panel as the top quilt, without piecing and add a cute pieced back from my stash.  The pieced back is in shades of pinks and purples and I quilted with some simple organic (aka not exactly straight) lines.  I love how it turned out and hope it is well loved in its new home!


Sunday, February 15, 2015

It has been a while!

Wow, the last few months have been a blur.  Between the holidays and a busy day job, I have had my hands full!  I have not spent nearly as much time in the sewing room lately as I would have liked, however I do have a few projects in the hopper.

In fact, I am a lucky participant in a sewing class dedicated to curves, hosted by the fantastic Rachel at Stitched in Color.  I have learned a lot so far, although I admit to being a little behind in my homework!  :) 

The first couple projects were basic skill builders:

Then it was on to a clamshell pillow!  I just love how this turned out with the solids!  The cutting was much easier than I expected, using a couple of Rachel's tricks!

This weekend, I hopped on the Rainbow Road bandwagon.  I am just in love with this block and can see an entire quilt using this technique in my future!  For this project, I made the block and added some Bella solids in a shade of gray to make a good sized baby quilt top.  I love, love, love how it turned out (please excuse the poor pressing job, I folded it up and then decided to take pictures...)!

Now, off to get some things done around the house.  If I can be extremely productive, I will be able to carve out a little extra sewing time! 


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Cotton + Steel

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining the ladies of my chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild for an outing to Web Fabrics.  While there, I fell head over heels for Cotton + Steel!  I had been drooling over the fabric online for some time, but had resisted the urge to add to my stash.  But seeing the prints in person proved to be too much to resist!  I have big plans for the mustang and arrow prints for Christmas!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


have been a busy little bee this evening in my sewing room.  I received a handful of Halloween prints from a Fat Quarter Shop grab bag recently and decided to use them to make pillow covers.  I added in a few additional coordinating prints from my stash and ended up with 4 pillow fronts so far.

I used a great quilt as you go chevron tutorial by Maureen Cracknell Handmade for two pillow fronts.

The second pair are scrappy patchwork using 2.5 inch squares.

All that is left is to square them up and add backs before next week!

Check out Freshly Pieced for more WIP!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Costume!

What do you get when you start with a few hundred cotton balls, 25 hot glue sticks, a onsie and some scrap t-shirt fabric??  An adorable lamb costume, of course!

I started a tradition last year of making a costume for my youngest niece as a bit of an experiment.  I usually stick to quilting and making things for the home (pillows, mug rugs, etc.), so this has been a fun change of pace for me with adorable results! 

This is where it all began...hundreds of cotton balls and a large pack of hot glue sticks!

I made the hat from scratch using scraps from an old white t-shirt using a tutorial from Sew Liberated (here).  It was much easier to make than I expected.  I used Bella cotton solids for the edging rather than a knit fabric to avoid a special trip to the fabric store.


I cannot wait to see the little lamb is action!  :)


Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Progress has been made on my triangle quilt that I will call Sea Blue!  I wrote about it about a month ago (here) and am happy that it is still plugging along.  I was finally able to get all the rows stitched together into a generous throw that is close to a twin size.  The solid navy backing just arrived on my doorstep as well, so I can happily proceed with basting, quilting and binding! 

The picture is not great since it was overcast and the grass is brown.  I will have to get better pictures of the quilt once it is finished!

Hop on over to Freshly Pieced for more WIP!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Have a great day!


New Finishes

Fall has arrived!  We spent some time last weekend cleaning and organizing closets and I came across some leftover fabrics from projects I worked on a while back.  During a break from organizing (aka procrastinating!), I was able to whip up these two beauties!  


I made a similar quilt top in twin size for my nephew a few years ago.  The panel of the football field from the bundle made a perfect backing!


The herringbone solids for this number were leftover from my very first tote bag.  

I just love how they both turned out!  Both are baby/child size and will be available soon in my Etsy shop!