Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pretty Yellows

As promised, here's a shot of my pretty little stack of yellows. There were 32 of these lovely blocks when all was said and done, and I must say I'm quite pleased with how they turned out. Yellow is such a happy color, and I think these blocks will add a little extra sunshine to my quilt when it's finished.

I know I mentioned in my last post that I hadn't posted the pinks... but I somehow missed them in my search because I snuck them in a post at the beginning of the month. I do, however, have a little preview of the oranges to share today. I have 13 finished so far, with quite a few left to go.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Festival of Scrappiness (Part 2)

Here's Part 2 of my scrappy saga (click here for Part 1), which I've separated into two posts so I can enter both baby quilts into the Festival of Scrappiness:

Quilt #2
This baby quilt is slated for donation, though quite a bit smaller than the first at 32 x 41". Do not adjust your monitor... this one is insanely bright! All of solids you see in the quilt are scraps from the nursery bedding set I made before Miss C. was born almost five years ago (eep!).

I went through a phase about six or eight months ago where I thought I loved modern, improvisational piecing... so I gave it a go. But by the time I got to block #23, I was sick of it and shoved the entire project to the bottom of my WIP bin. I guess I didn't really love it as much as I thought, eh? Flash forward to about a month ago when I found them again and wondered what in the heck I was going to do with them.

Even after finishing an extra block, I knew there simply wouldn't be enough blocks to make an entire quilt so I hopped on over to JoAnn's and found (amazingly!) the perfect fabric to complement the craziness of the blocks. I added some sashing to the outside using more scraps to complete the top, and I must say it's grown on me. It's not my taste, but it's fun and bright. Perfect for a baby!

Postage Stamp Quilt Update
And lest you think I've forgotten about my postage stamp quilt... I'm still working on it. So far, I've finished 215 blocks and worked my way through all of my red, pink, coral, aqua, blue and yellow squares! I'm still working through the oranges and when those are finished I'll be left with one last color: green. (And while I was counting my blocks, I realized I haven't yet posted photos of my pinks or yellows. Oops! Looks like a post for later this week...)

Wow! Two baby quilt tops finished and one massive postage stamp quilt in progress. That's a lot of scraps!

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Festival of Scrappiness (Part 1)

I can't believe it's time! Over the next several days, quilters across the web will be posting their scrappy quilt projects at Stitched in Color's Festival of Scrappiness in a happy conclusion to the Scrap Attack Quilt-Along.

If you've been following along here, I've been working on a scrappy postage stamp quilt for the quilt-along (my very first!). A few weeks ago I realized that as much as I wanted to enter that quilt into the Festival of Scrappiness, there was no way I was going to finish stitching up all of those tiny squares and sew all the blocks together to make a top in time for the festival.

So, I spent a week working on two scrappy baby quilt tops (that I was planning to make anyway) to use as my entries instead.

Quilt #1
This top is going to be a large baby quilt for my sister-in-law (40 x 49" in size), who is expecting baby girl #2 in late June. She's not a huge fan of pink for her girls, so I decided to go with bright green. After a little digging, I found exactly what I was looking for: a bag of bright green scraps and another bag of black-and-white ones. Both bags were filled with scraps that I set aside when selecting colors for my postage stamp quilt. They weren't a good fit for that project but I knew they'd come in handy later.

All of the scraps were cut to 6" lengths and 2, 3, or 4" widths. After a laying everything out, I stitched them all together in order by size... first smallest to largest then back to smallest again, repeating the pattern several times to get the quilt width I was after. I was able to get four rows out of the scraps, but that wasn't quite enough for a quilt so I found a remnant of white laying in my bin to pull it all together.

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Read on for Part 2...

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Reds Completed

I love how my red blocks turned out – all 34 of them! It's such a fun color, and I'm guessing these little blocks are going to really make my quilt shine when it's finished. These have actually been finished for quite some time now... at least two weeks, I believe. I've also included a little sneak peek at the yellows. They're finished, as well. I just haven't had a chance to snap a photo of the stack yet.

The Scrap Attack Quilt-Along party is coming up in just a few short weeks and I know there's no way I'm going to get this quilt top finished in time. I was really hoping to finish by the end of the month but there are just so darn many of those tiny squares to sew and not enough free time to sew them. I was a little disappointed at first, but if I'm perfectly honest I also felt a little relieved to let go of the pressure I was putting myself under. Now I can finish it at a more leisurely pace.

That said, I still really want to participate in the party, so this past week I whipped up two scrappy baby quilt tops. One is for my sister-in-law who is expecting her second daughter and the other is for donation. I'll post about each one later this week, after I've had a chance to take some photos.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Pretty Little Dress

This pretty Tina Givens fabric showed up in my mailbox about a week ago, courtesy of the lovely Erin of Billy Button Design. I found Erin's blog through the Fugly Fabric Party back in February. She was giving away several fabric bundles, and I was lucky enough to snag two one-yard cuts of not-at-all-fugly Tina Givens prints.

I took one look at this pretty cream, yellow, purple and gray print after ripping open the package and immediately knew I would use it to make a teeny-tiny newborn dress.

I should note that this is my very first attempt at making a baby dress. I always wanted to sew for Miss C. when she was a wee babe, but never found the time or energy. She was a very needy baby and I was a first-time mama. Combine the two and one doesn't exactly feel up to doing much sewing!

That's said, a dear friend of mine (the same one for whom I made the yet-to-be-revealed quilt) is very pregnant and just passed her due date a few days ago. I thought she could use a little something sweet to dress her baby girl in after she comes home from the hospital, so I whipped up this dress a few nights ago using the (free!) Infant Peasant Dress pattern from Sew Much Ado.

Though I love the dress pattern as-is, I decided to switch things up just a little bit by using a coordinating print for the sleeves instead of making the dress using a single fabric. I think it added that little extra *something* to make the dress just perfect.

It's rather silly, I know, that I can't bring myself to reveal her other gift before giving it to her while blogging about this one before it has even gone in the mail. The quilt is just so special and took me so long to make that I just can't bear to stick it in the mail or spoil the surprise online. So it sits in its pretty wrapping, waiting for her little girl to arrive so I can deliver it in person.

But I can't wait on this sweet little dress – it's going in the mail tomorrow. Who knows, maybe it will arrive the same day as her baby girl!

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Leaning Tower of Pieces

If you can believe it, I've finished 158 blocks! That leaves me with... oh, only 56,700 to go!

Now that I've powered through the pinks – 41 blocks – I'm on to the reds. I've finished 22 of them so far and am hoping to finish the last 10 or so tonight.

And to think I still have green, orange, yellow and (maybe) purple left to go!

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