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Bibs

I’m so excited by your responses to the Summer Sampler Series quilt along! Whether you plan on making all 12 blocks, just a few or are watching from the sidelines (to be lured in later – HA!), I think we will have a great time together.

Beach Weekend

We spent a long (5 day) weekend up in northern Michigan for the holiday weekend.

Daddy Birthday

The 4th of July is not only Independence Day here in the USA, it is also Mr. Fresh Lemons birthday. There was lots of celebrating and fireworks.

The drive home Tuesday was long, lots of traffic on the road. I spent Wednesday recovering from the “weekend”, grocery shopping, unpacking, doing laundry. The glamourous side of being a stay at home mom. Today I just wanted to get back into the sewing room and work a little project. Feel like I accomplished something. Does anyone else have days like that? I decided to have fun pulling fabrics and make some bibs.

Patchwork Bib

I think both of these would be cute for a boy, don’t you? The Echino one is pretty gender neutral which is always nice.

Echino Bib

I’m not sure what I will do with them yet. My SIL is pregnant and finds out in a week whether it’s a girl or boy…might have to hold onto them a little while longer. Otherwise they will probably find their way to my Etsy shop.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend!

July 7, 2011   11 Comments

Odds and Ends

Breezy Good Folks Strip

I hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We certainly did and now that we have returned home, we are getting a dose of winter temperatures. I have been avoiding going outside to take photos, but things I wanted to share were starting to pile up. So I braved the cold and wind (see above photo) – it is just plain blustery here in Chicago!

Good Folks Strip

I had quite a few strips of Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks line left over as scraps and I finally put them to good use for this crib quilt top. I probably can officially say this is my favorite line of fabric. It reminds me of something you would buy in Anthropology – so bohemian.

Zen Garden

I’ve also added a bit of new fabric to my stash. I loved this print, Zen Garden, in Patty Young’s new line, Sanctuary. It’s such a great basic to have on hand.

Dr Seuss

In the spirit of the holiday’s, I finished my first Christmas gift for my 1 year old son. I affectionately call him Linus as he drags his blankets all over the house. I’m hoping he’ll love this Dr. Seuss blanket (with a ribbon tag). The back is a soft blue plain minky. Very cuddly.

EcoEnclose

And finally – and this is really getting into the minutia of my life over here – I ordered new packaging for my rag quilt kits in my Etsy shop! Boring, right? Oddly enough, I’m pretty excited about this. I ordered some felt off Etsy a few weeks ago and it was sent to me in a bag made by EcoEnclose. Biodegradable, reusable, made in the USA – it was such a great thing! So of course I needed to get some too.

I hope everyone is sewing up a storm for the holidays. I have a few things on my to-do list and hopefully I get motivated to stop huddling under quilts on the couch and start working.

November 30, 2010   11 Comments

Fairy Tales Quilt

Fairy Tales Front

One of my wonderful friends just had her second baby – a girl! She was team green which was very hard for me to accept since I knew I wanted to make her something. :) Sigh….I guess it was her pregnancy though. ;) Honestly, I never thought I’d be interested in not finding out girl or boy beforehand, but when I saw the message that the baby was born and it was a girl, I was REALLY excited. Like crazy excited. I guess team green will do that to you.

I actually had a feeling it was a girl so I had been scoping out ideas online. Initially I was going to make something like Ashley’s Animal Sherbet Squares quilt. I even have the fabric. The nursery is safari themed and I thought this would add a great girly touch to the room after being used for a boy the last 2 years. Then I got wind of the Spoonflower printing fading issue. (This digitally printed fabric fades after a few washes.) And I didn’t want to put all that work into something that should last forever, just to have it look bad after 3 washes.

So I started looking again…and found this sneak peek by Nettie at A Quilt is Nice. Before I had a daughter, I would have told you that I would never want or get anything “princessy” for a baby girl. I didn’t want to push the “princess” thing. Well, now I know it’s an unstoppable force. And I also know it makes little girls inexplicably happy, and that makes me happy. So I go with it. :)

Fair Tales Corner

This quilt is made of 3 things I normally don’t use – a fabric panel, a jelly roll, and a vintage sheet for the binding. I just *love* stripy bindings and it seems I find myself using them on most of my baby quilts.

Fairy Tales Binding

I quilted free motion on the sashing only, which you can see best on the back photo. I used some solids to make a stripe on the back. It measures 34″ x 34″.

Fairy Tales Back

Kara, I hope you and baby L love this blanket. If not, you know my little princess will take it off your hands. LOL

And speaking of babies…look what hatched under our deck!

Baby Birds

I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

May 27, 2010   12 Comments

Beep Beep Boy Quilt

Beep Beep Boy Quilt Front

This quilt is a special present for a baby boy. I don’t want to spoil the surprise for who it is for, so I’ll just leave it at that. :)

I was inspired by a couple quilts found on Flickr. First, Christin at Hazelnut Designs used this fabulous Japenese fabric on a boy quilt she made recently. I immedietely went over the Etsy to buy a bit! I had originally intended on using it for something for my son….but then I just thought it would be perfect for this project. Maybe next time Kyler!

The design was inspired by a quilt by Sarah over at Looking In, Urban Amish. Isn’t it beautiful?

I added little blocks on the back, scraps for a minimalist modern feel. I used charcoal because I thought this would be a great play mat for the floor, and this way dirt won’t show!

Beep Beep Boy Quilt Back

I quilted this using straight lines spaced about 2.5″ apart. The binding is a fun stripe by Lizzy House. Seriously, who doesn’t like striped binding? The final quilt measures about 46″ x 40″.

Beep Beep Boy Quilt Back Close Up

January 15, 2010   7 Comments