Mini Quilt Monday

I’m thinking of taking the next few weeks and working on some mini quilts. I would like to tackle a type of block or quilting style in each that I have not done before. What do you think? Anyone want to join me?

This mini is just such a quilt. I’ve done a bit of hand stitching, but not “official” embroidery from a pattern in a quilt until now. These adorable animals are patterns purchased from Penguin and Fish. They are great for newbies, with the most complicated stitch being a chain stitch and french knot.

Jellyfish:

Alligator:

Whale:

Newt:

X-Ray Fish

This mini quilt is a baby gift finished just in time for a friend. I don’t think she reads my blog…or at least I hope not!

The blocks are made up of brightly colored squares from my stash. The embroidery has been done on Kona Ash. Each square measures 8″ finished.

I added a thin white border around the center section and then Riley Blake’s Feeling Groovy stripes as a thicker border. The binding is from Lizzy House’s 1001 Peeps. I think the bright colors will be perfect for this special baby as she grows. :)

The back is a fabric I bought awhile back at Ikea. I just really like the feminine but modern look.

I quilted this a few different ways. First I quilted straight lines 1/4″ on each side of the nine center block seams, backstitching at the start and finish. Then I went completely around the white sashing and rainbow sashing. Hopefully the below photo shows what I’m talking about a bit better.

Overall I’m really happy with this mini quilt! I hope the new future owner takes a liking to it as well. :)

Pelmet Boxes

Pelmet Boxes

We moved into our new house last May and I am still no where near finished decorating. Everything takes a lot longer with kids! :)

While I was at Ikea over the weekend, I noticed an adorable duvet cover on sale. It was only $12.99 (and actually included a blue sheet and striped pillowcase as well). I thought that would be the perfect bright, fun fabric for his windows. Initially I thought maybe I would use them and do drapes, but that’s a bold print for that much fabric down the wall.

Then I remembered these adorable pelmet boxes on Flickr. They were a bit girly for my son’s room, but I thought rectangle ones would be perfect. (Directions here) One trip to JoAnns and a few hours later and the windows were done! I just LOVE how they turned out. We still need to add the white molding on the wall between the green and blue paint, but we are getting there.

I would recommend you plan a way to hang them before making them. That part is left out of the directions and my husband had to fashion a triangular box to attach to the part to mount some hanging hardware. It’s definitely not professional. But hopefully we figure something better out for next time, because I’m thinking these would look great in our bedroom and bathroom as well.

Pelmet Boxes

Pelmet Boxes

Ikea Fabric – Who Knew?!

ikeafabric

My daughter is turning 3 this week (I can’t believe it!). We went to Ikea yesterday to look around for decorations for her fairy party. Naturally I found a lot of things not related to the party, but just *had* to have. “It’s only $1.99″ I told myself. While I was looking at their adorable children’s section, I noticed they actually sold fabric! Am I the only person that didn’t know this? I only had time to look at the kid’s section – the natives were getting restless – but I noticed they had regular fabric as well. I couldn’t believe the deal. Two yards of fabric for $8! I’m thinking this would make the most adorable children’s quilt, fussy cutting out the little animals. Another project to add to my list!