Sunday, May 20, 2012

Secret Project Finally Revealed... and Blogger's Quilt Festival!

It's been nearly four months since I finished this beautiful baby quilt for my dear friend. I had originally planned to give it to her at her baby shower back in February, but Master W. got sick and I had to stay home.

I spent a day or so debating with myself as to whether or not I should wait and hand deliver it or simply drop it in the mail (she lives two hours away so we don't see each other often). In the end, the quilt was just too special for anything but a personal delivery, so it sat wrapped and waiting until the baby was born and we could arrange a day to visit.

Flash forward to this past weekend when hubby and I were finally able to meet the sweet and super adorable Miss I. for the first time... and deliver her quilt in person!

I'm so pleased that my friend and her husband loved the quilt.

My friend S. has a great love for rabbits, so when I was dreaming about making her baby's quilt I knew I had to somehow include a rabbit print. After hours of searching online fabric stores for inspiration, I finally stumbled upon Sarah Jane's Dolls print for the Children At Play collection. Not only did I fall in love with the sweet scenes of little girls playing with their dolls, but there was a little rabbit popping up in one of the doll prams!

That single image sparked my imagination and led to the design of the quilt you (finally!) see here. I decided to do sawtooth stars (a first for me) with fussy cut centers containing images that reminded me of childhood. If you look carefully at the stars, you'll find cuts from:
All the of the star points were made using coordinating prints I picked up at JoAnn, with one or two prints pulled from my scraps. I pieced the back using up all of the leftover strips of fabric, along with a few other prints I picked up for the project (Balloon for Children at Play and Tortoises for Little Apples). The binding is some leftover pink polka dot fabric that I happened to have sitting in my stash at the time. 

Many thanks to the super sweet Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts who helped me out with some great advice during this project. If you haven't been to her blog before, be sure to stop on by. She is awesomely talented!

This is by far my favorite quilt, and it's the one that brings me the most pride... so much so, that I've entered it into this year's Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side

I hope Miss I. enjoys it for many years to come. It was a pleasure to make and a joy to give it to her.

You can find close-up photos of the front of the quilt on Flickr. This project has been linked up at:


Monday, May 14, 2012

Fugly Fabric Winner!

Congratulations to our Fugly Fabric Party Winner: Sallie!









Sallie's name was drawn randomly, the old fashioned way: with numbers written on a paper and everything tossed into a hat! 

I've emailed Sallie for her mailing information and hope to hear from her soon. If I don't hear back by Friday, I'll draw another name.

Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and entering to win!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Another Fugly Fabric Party!

Lucy at Charm About You is hosting another super fun Fugly Fabric Party where quilters can swap or giveaway some of those fugly fabrics we all have languishing in our stashes.

I don't have too many fuglies left after the great purge, but I do have a little something that I'd be happy to give away to one lucky winner.

To be honest, I actually like this little floral print. I just haven't been able to find a use for it so it's been sitting in my stash for quite some time now. And since we're hoping to move this summer, now is a good time to start purging my fabric bins again.

You will receive approximately two yards of this pink floral print. I don't think it's designer, as the selvage simply states: "Copyright – Peter Pan Fabrics Inc."

All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post. You can leave a second comment for a bonus entry if you are a current or new follower.

Please remember to include a way for me to get in touch with you in your comment, or simply make sure you're not a no-reply blogger. I'll close the giveaway on Monday, May 14 and announce the winner the following day.

Thanks for stopping by! And be sure to check out the other fabulous fuglies up for grabs over at the Fugly Fabric Party!

UPDATE: I've closed the comments and will select a winner later this evening. Thanks for entering!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Wedding Quilts: Let the Countdown Begin

My oldest brother and my youngest brother are getting married a week apart in October. (Apparently we like to do weddings in pairs in my family since my middle brother got married just a month or so before I did.)

I've been thinking about making each couple a lap-size wedding quilt for a few months now – something they could snuggle under on the couch to watch movies or just hang out. I'd been putting it off, though, out of nervousness since I had no idea how they'd react. Would they even want a quilt?

I finally worked up the nerve to ask my oldest brother and his fiancee a few weeks ago and to my great relief they said yes! They both have very specific, very modern taste, so I wanted to get a lot of input from them. I knew their quilt would consist of clean lines and modern prints but was reluctant to simply surprise them with something since there was a good chance it might not fit their taste.

After sending them an email with a bunch of links for inspiration and some back and forth emails, they came up with what they wanted: a whole cloth quilt. They chose two gorgeous fabrics:
Assembling this quilt will be a snap. The challenge is going to be in the quilting. One of the links I had sent them for inspiration was for this gorgeous quilt made by Krista at Spotted Stones. They loved the the sense of movement and the modern feel that the long arm quilter (who is clearly awesomely talented!) imparted in this quilt and have asked me to do something similar for theirs. It's going to be a fun challenge, and I've already asked the wonderful Rachel at Stitched in Color for a little advice before I get started. Thanks, Rachel!

So far, I've only ordered the Mod Basics print as it was a bit pricey and I need to wait a few weeks before ordering the rest. It arrived yesterday from Del Ray Fabrics (super-speedy service there, by the way). Isn't it lovely? And just look at the sweet way they wrapped it up for me!

Now the countdown has officially begun. I have yet to approach my youngest brother, mainly because I want to finish this one first so that I ensure that I can actually deliver on my promise before October rolls around. They'll still get a quilt, though... I'm just crossing my fingers that it will be finished in time for their wedding!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

I finally made something for myself!

I love to sew for my friends and family. So much so, that I often "forget" or simply find excuses not to make things for myself. Deep down, I think it's easier for me to make something for someone else because I'm so indecisive when it comes to my own sense of style.

Do you find yourself falling into that trap? Or are good at treating yourself to wonderful made-by-me goodies?

Well, the planets must have been aligned this week. Not only did I receive a gorgeous set of scraps in the mail, but I also happened to see Svetlana's post over at s.o.t.a.k. handmade about an adorable armrest pin cushion that she made this week using a tutorial by Amy at During Quiet Time.

The moment I saw it I knew: that pin cushion tutorial and my new scraps were meant to be together.

Of course, in that same moment I also realized that I had long ago pinned that very same tutorial. Note to self: check your Pin Boards more often for project inspiration. That's why you have them!

This was such an easy project, made easier by the fact that there were a great quantity of 2.5" squares in the scrap bags. There were enough, in fact, to make all five of the nine patch blocks without having to cut a single square!

After making the blocks, I sorted through my own scrap bin for the binding fabric, coordinating yellow for the pin cushion itself (the pretty orange Heather Ross print also came with my scrap goodies), a pretty pink to line the pockets and the muslin to balance it all out.

Don't you just love my oh-so-organized system? Sew first. Check for coordinating fabric later!

I just love how bright and scrappy it is. I know it will make me smile every time I pull it out for a little hand stitching on the couch.

You can see all the pretty details in the photos below. Can you tell that I'm just a wee bit happy with how it turned out?

You can find this project linked up at:







Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Feeling Scrap Happy

Look what arrived in my mailbox on Monday – direct from Australia!

I've been checking my mailbox every day for weeks, and attempting to use the power of my iron will to make the international postage system to somehow move at faster pace. My impatience patience was finally rewarded with a washi tape-covered envelope from none other than Amy of Badskirt Amy!

The very generous Amy sent me these seven little bags of super-gorgeous, drool-worthy scraps. Amy was a guest blogger (and prize sponsor) of the recent Scrap Attack Quilt-Along hosted by the lovely Rachel over at Stitched in Color and I was randomly drawn as the winner of her prize. Yippee!

I can't wait to find a project (or two or three) for these lovelies. Until then, though, I'll have to content myself with taking them out of their little bags and admiring all of the amazing prints.

Thanks Amy and Rachel!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

One color down, one to go!

I've finally made some headway on my postage stamp blocks. It's been a few months, but I've finished the last of 30 orange blocks. Aren't they incredibly bright and cheerful?

When I first started this quilt, I was a bit worried that I wouldn't have enough orange to keep up with all of the green, red and blue scraps I was cutting into. Thankfully, I was able to swap for some orange scraps through the Fugly Fabric Party back in February (psst... there's another one coming up soon!) and I ended up with enough orange blocks to round out my quilt.

Next up is green... and I can say with confidence that this is my last color.  I don't think I can bring myself to cut any more tiny squares! I'm still in the process of sorting those out, but I should have a block or two to show you soon.