Archive | November, 2010

Tweet Tweet Baby Quilt

17 Nov

Oh, I love this fabric. It is so very cute. I also love the fact that I don’t have to cut it. Note to self- buy charm packs. They’re way eaiser.

I just opened the packs up and arranged the squares in the order that I like them. I dig the variety of patterns and colors- I think this quilt is going to be extremely adorable.

Thoughts on the layout?

Close up on the top half:

Close up of the bottom half:

As it stands now, I think I’m just going to do the blocks on the front. I’ll decide later, once it’s pieced, if I want to add a border or some sort of decorative sashing. I can’t wait to shop for backing and binding fabric!

I’m multitasking

16 Nov

I am currently working on both my second, third, and fourth quilts right now. Yes. I am.

I’m making one for my mom as a Christmas gift, and two for my dear friend Andy, who knows some new baby twins that are on their way who need quilts.

This is what I got in the mail today from the Fat Quarter Shop.

Tweet Tweet and It’s a Hoot charm packs. Those little girls are going to have something seriously cute to snuggle up in.

Here’s the craziness of the quilt that my mom is getting for Christmas. I got the pattern from this book, Patchwork.

And it involved me doing this.

The blocks are 12×12 blocks made up of five different squares/rectangles. I chose 8 different shades of green, 4 of yellow, and 4 of white. And all that mess of text up there- it’s me deciding how to arrange the fabric.

Here’s Charlotte helping me out by sitting on my fabric.

And here’s the huge mess I made last night. I finished cutting all the blocks,  and sewing them all is about to start!

Blog Following

8 Nov

I never realized just how many blogs there are out there that involve sewing and quilting until I started getting really into it myself. I have a slight addiction to fabric, so I love following others to find out what they’re doing and what sort of patterns they have available.

I recently stumbled upon Jaybird Quilts– her work is beautiful. She’s doing a giveaway today for fabric from Above All Fabric– it’s open until Thursday!

It’s finally done!

4 Nov

The last step to all of this quilting madness was making a label for it. I got plain white fabric, a permanent fabric pen, and slowly and carefully wrote a message on it. I sewed it on a scrap of the blue leftover fabric, and sewed it underneath the binding.

So…. for the final product.

The front:

The back:

And a nice little collage of the details (Don’t worry, Katy… I washed it before I gave it to you… Charlotte was just quite fond of hanging out all over it.):

I drove up to Tampa two days after I finished up the quilt for the baby shower. The shower was really nice- it was fun to see Katy all pregnant and cute, and to catch up with everyone.

Here we are together with the quilt!

A sneak peek

2 Nov

I’m working on something really cute as a gift for someone…. but I think she reads my blog, so I’m not posting much detail. I will, however, share with you this spoiler.

Quilting and Binding

2 Nov

This part was very fun for me, because I like being able to see scraps of fabric begin to take the shape of an actual quilt… I also like being able to use a foot on my sewing machine that I previously had no clue what it was used for.

Meet my walking foot.

I decided to quilt in diagonal lines across the quilt top, stitch in the ditch along the blue border, and use straight lines in along the outer border of the quilt. I’d never quilted before, so dealing with the shear bulk of the fabric was a bit challenging, but I figured out how to deal with it pretty easily. As I moved along, I took the safety pins out as soon as I reached one in the quilting process. It took me awhile to finish, but I got on quite the roll quilting the top. Luckily my walking foot has a neat little arm that goes in the back of it that helps with the guide lines for sewing each row.

My quilting progress

After I finished off the quilting, I had to square off the edges and trim all the excess off.

I would write a tutorial all about binding the quilt, but I found an amazing one on Above All Fabric that does a much better job than I would. I stayed up until 2am binding the quilt. Although it was tedious work, it wasn’t as difficult as it was mainly just time consuming.

Next time…. the finished quilt is revealed!