Baby Goldfish

Goldfish Quilt

There are two types of quilts I just never get tired of making – squares in squares and quilts for children. Last week a friend asked me to make a quilt for her to give as a gift for a baby shower. She picked the fabric color theme and I got free reign on the quilt design.

Goldfish Detail 4

I pulled a couple fabric stacks and she selected one with blue, brown and some Heather Ross goldfish fabrics. (Sadly, this is just about the last of my goldfish in bags. End of an era!)

Fabric pull for a friend

Each block has either two or three fabrics. They measure 12″ x 12″ each. I decided to do more wavy quilting on this one…thought it was appropriate with the whole fish/water theme!

Goldfish Detail 3

Someone asked me how I did this type of quilting on the Mermaid pillow last week. I used the Running Stitch on my machine (Bernina 440QE stitch #4, looks like a zigzag) and maxed out the width and set the length to around 4. It created these lovely wavy lines.

Goldfish Detail 2

The final quilt measures 36″ x 36″. I think it’s the perfect size for a playmat or draping over the baby on a walk or in the car.

Goldfish Detail 1

I pulled another set of fabric centered around Sarah Jane’s Children at Play line and I made another little boy quilt from that for my shop. It’s all quilted and waiting for binding – I hope to share that with you next week!

Pillow-Palooza

Pillows

A couple weekends ago, on Mother’s Day, I spent part of the day playing with some of my Heather Ross fabric scraps. I made some scrappy log cabin blocks, just having fun coordinating colors and prints. This week I decided to turn those little squares into pillows.

Pillow Detail 2

I thought I would add some ric rac trim to the edges for added cuteness. I’ve never sewn ric rac to the edge of anything so I used this tutorial.

Pillow Detail 1

I quilted the front of the pillows to a piece of batting. Random lines…

Bike Pillow

Straight lines…

Goldfish Pillow

Diagonal lines…

Far Far Away 2 Pillow

Wavy lines…

Mermaid Pillow

The backs are just some cute prints I had laying around.

Pillow Backs

One of these pillows is being mailed out to one of my husband’s coworkers who just had a baby boy. The others have found a new home on my daughter’s window seat!

Project Special Delivery

Project Special Delivery
Photo from Pam – Mama Spark

Several months ago I blogged about a secret project I was heading up, Project Special Delivery. The plan was to make surprise baby gifts for a secret, special mom to be. I was part of a team that made improv blocks for a quilt. We were each assigned a color, I was in the pink/purple group.

Project Special Delivery

Now that the quilt has been mailed and received, and the baby has been born, I can finally share the details! The gift was for Heather Ross. Heather’s fabric has been such an inspiration to so many of us. She also really connects personally to her fans with her weekend workshops and classes. Many people that participated in Project Special Delivery had also met Heather in real life and always talked about what a warm, kind person she is. We wanted to shower Heather with handmade gifts from the virtual world that she has become a part of.

Project Special Delivery
Photo from Pam – Mama Spark

I want to say we had about 35 people create this single quilt. This included blocks for the front, back, long arm quilting, a beautiful hand embroidered message and binding.

Project Special Delivery
Photo from Pam – Mama Spark

Pam collected all the blocks and coordinated the assembling, photos and mailing. She was such a HUGE help and we could not have pulled this off without her.

Project Special Delivery
Photo from Pam – Mama Spark

Heather was touched when she received the quilts and even created these beautiful thank you cards for us, a painting of the quilt. Talk about leaving us speechless.

Heather Ross Thank You Note

It was such a fun project and I had a great time working with so many talented and kind quilters. This quilt was just one of many gifts. Check out the Flickr group for photos of others.

Framed Fairy Tales

Framed Fairy Tale

It’s done! No, this block wasn’t meant to be a quilt…well not a traditional quilt anyway. I found this really cute frame at Home Goods not too long ago. It was actually a framed bulletin board. I thought it would be cool to find a bunch of different frames and use them to decorate my sewing room. (More neat finds later!) I decided to removed the cork board and sew a mini quilt to fit (10″ x 18″). Removing the cork was harder than I anticipated – it involved scissors, a knife and pliers!

Framed Fairy Tale

I thought this mini quilt would be a fun project to try some new things. I added some embroidery to the block. Although I was pretty conservative and just went along with the design mostly, so it’s not that easy to spot unless you see it in person.

Framed Fairy Tale

I also didn’t want to bind it because I was afraid that would add to much bulk for the frame. So I finished it like a pillow, sewing the back to the front and flipping it right-side out.

Framed Fairy Tale

I am really excited to get it hanging in my sewing room. And make a few others as well!