Saturday, June 25, 2011

Single Girl Quilt Top

Except for the borders, I'm finished piecing the single girl quilt top. I set aside some time yesterday afternoon (while my husband looked after our little one) and sewed my little heart away. That made me happy...I felt like I got something accomplished! Yeh!

I must admit - I did make a small mistake and sewed the blocks together with a 1/2 inch seam instead of 1/4 of an inch. I couldn't find my pattern with all of this reorganizing that's been going on in my house so I just made the seams a bit bigger. It's fine - it just made the overall size a tad smaller. It's going to be a little playmat for Miss P anyway, although Miss G might steal it away from her little sister (that's been known to happen since Miss P was born!)

I'm really glad I had a chance to work on curved seams. Once I found a method that worked for me, it was no problem. (The best way I've found to piece the inner and outer backgrounds to your rings is to first crease each piece in the middle (as suggested in the quilt along and DS' instructions) and place a pin - then match up your ends and pin, THEN go back between your three pins and pin appropriately. This avoids your ends not matching up/fabric overhang once completed.)

I'm still contemplating making a bigger version using my DS stash. We'll have to see. I'd also love to do this pattern using solids. It would look really cool!

The single girl quilt pattern is a great project to work on in stages given the tedious nature of using pattern pieces but the results are definitely worth the effort!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

Ok, I admit it, I was jealous of my husband and three year old...don't they look like they were having a great time as Mommy and baby P took lots of pics!!

Happy Father's Day!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Here are those string blocks I was talking about in an earlier post. I started this project some time ago with the intention that I would slowly do a block here and there using up my scraps and then someday make a picnic blanket or play mat.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

What's your vote?

You know those scraps I've been cutting into two inch squares? Well I decided I would focus on various shades of pink, orange and yellow and make up a quilt for my youngest daughter..yes, you're right, another quilt on the go!!
I love love love the colors Faith used in her Lemon Squares quilt (wish I would have bought it...oh well). Isn't it gorgeous!!

Here are some of the designs I'm thinking about:

Then there's this one which Ann Marie S made from The Funky Bag Lady. I love the use of patterns and solids:
mermaid quilt top

So what's your vote? Would love to hear your thoughts!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

What to do with scraps?

There's the million dollar question! My scraps have been accumulating and at one time I bought some scraps so I could save them for a strip quilt. I've made some blocks here and there but it's still a WIP. I'd like to eventually make a picnic quilt out of it. There's tons of bright and cheerful prints.

Then there are those pesky little scraps so I thought - why not cut them into 2 inch squares? I was shopping in the States this past week and saw Accuquilt's 2 inch square I know it's being lazy, but I bought it! I was in Joann's, they had a sale, need I say more? :)

This afternoon I decided I would take a handful of scraps, run them through the Accuquilt and voila, here they are. These are literally just a handful - paying no attention to colors, patterns, nothing.

I'd love to hear people's thoughts on what kind of blocks/quilt to make. I do love a postage stamp quilt using a solid (I like white personally) to break up the patterns. That's just one thought....and then there's the color scheme to think of. I am partial to red, pink, orange and yellow....then there's always red and aquas and I've even seen red, light pinks and aquas which is pretty. What are your thoughts?

I leave you with one last question...can you identify this fabric for me?

I think it might match the crib sheet I just bought my little one from Dwell Studio (Paperdoll line). I'd like to make a matching crib skirt and thought the pinks might match because they're very light and subtle. I've also thought of a shot cotton or Moda Crossweave to change things up a bit. What do you think?

Thursday, June 2, 2011

6 Months

My wee one just turned 6 months recently so I had my little photo shoot with her and her sister the other day. I dressed them up and they had lots of fun on Miss G's big girl bed! I am always amazed with the connection they already have. Little Miss P completely lights up when she sees her big sister and makes all kinds of sounds to get her attention. Then they look into each other's eyes and laugh and giggle. Already!! It honestly makes me melt....and in those moments I remind myself that I am soooooo lucky to be their Mom:) It's these moments that we must cherish!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Day in the Life....

Well it's been a few weeks since I've blogged last and a lot has been going on. Unfortunately, it hasn't been all that interesting re: sewing and quilting! We've had two sick pets, some wisdom teeth removed, strange rashes and car repairs! Kinda crazy - but the pets are now on the mend, the teeth are gone and my stepson's mouth is healing and the car is in the shop. All is well, but I do think it was kinda weird/funny that I was syringe feeding almost everyone in my house last Friday!

As for projects, I whipped up this little hat for Miss G recently. I've had the Lazy Day pattern for quite some time now but finally pulled it out and made a "test" hat using some Ikea fabric I had laying around. This one turned out a little too big but my three year old will eventually grow into it. What I love about it is that it's reversible. She's asked me to make her another one using Hello Kitty fabric:)

I've had one last block to make for Shea for the Pieced Together Quilting Bee II. I honestly don't know why I haven't finished it before
now because I've never been this late before for anyone!! I really need to apologize to Shea but I think that with all of the changing rooms in my house, some worries about family and taking care of my little ones - well you know the rest. I hate when something is nagging at you and you avoid it....well I guess that saying is true "the more you resist, it persists!"
So, I made Shea's block this afternoon using Moda's crossweaves. Shea's color selection is bold and beautiful in my opinion. I really like how my block turned out because it really was made improv style!

Her only request was that the block was made with 90 degree angles, no wonkiness....squares, rectangles, or strips. I hope she likes it!
I have to run right now because my little one is not wanting to go to bed and my husband and I would like to watch a movie together (which is a rare thing these days:)
More tomorrow!