Modern Quilts, Home Decor, and Handcrafted Clothing

Advent Calendar

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I finished the advent calendar over the weekend – just in time! I am loving how it turned out, although I must say it took a LOT longer than I had anticipated. More on that later. (First, can I give a shout out to my 3 year old holding the quilt for me in the above photo? I think my husband’s job as photo assistant may be in jeopardy! LOL)

I followed the tutorial on Sew Mama Sew by Elizabeth of Oh Fransson. I had actually been looking at this tutorial back in the summer and thought “why would I make this now? I’ll wait until closer to Christmas!” HA There’s something stressful about having a deadline like December 1, when you are rushing to get ready for the holidays.

So…why it took me so long. Mainly, it was those pesky numbers. I’m not good at freehand sewing around things, especially 1.5″ numbers. Lots of tight curves and it’s very obvious if it doesn’t look perfect. I thought this would be a perfect time to use my new embroidery module on the Bernina to do appliques! Well, it was….but it was not a quick task. Lots of hooping of fabric and stabilizer. Lots of trimming fabric. And I failed to consider that most numbers on the calendar are really TWO numbers (24 = 2 and 4). So that part took about 5 times longer than I thought. :)

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Forming the pockets took a bit of time but after that it was smooth sailing.

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You can’t really tell, but on the front, the white is a Michael Miller fabric with snowflakes. I thought that was a cute variation.

The back view shows the quilting. I did free motion in the borders, a bit challenging not to hit the pockets and sew them shut accidentally.

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I’m going to fill these with candy and hopefully start a fun tradition at our house for years to come!

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November 23, 2009   16 Comments

Twin Surfer

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I finished my first twin quilt! This quilt was made for my husband’s cousin’s son (got that? LOL) who is moving to his “big boy” bed from his crib. I had a great time making it, and I feel like I’ve really accomplished something as it’s the biggest quilt I’ve made so far.

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I was thinking of everything I used for this quilt…12 yards of fabric, 130-7.5″ squares, 500+ meters of thread, 1 package of batting, 350 basting safety pins, 3 hours of sewing binding….I feel like I should finish by singing “And a partridge in a pear tree!”

This one is quilted free motion and it took about 4 hours which was less time than I expected. I knew that binding would take a while though and it did! Totally worth it though. Does anyone else start getting REALLY excited when you see that you are almost done hand sewing that binding and nearing completion?

The back is a Kona Solid and stripe of the fabrics used on the front.

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I just love these “windy quilt” photos. And one thing we have a lot of in Chicago is wind.
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I also made a pillowcase using this tutorial and a throw pillow from the scraps. I think this will make an adorable little boy room that he can grow into for years to come!
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November 16, 2009   19 Comments

Two Special Rag Quilts for Two Special Babies

Rag Quilt

When I was pregnant with my daughter who is now 3, I joined an online group of other expectant moms who were also due in October 2006. It was such a great group. We had many other first time moms like me as well as some moms that had already had children who provided much needed advice and words of wisdom. Fast forward to today and we are still together. We have watched each other’s babies grow to toddlers and supported each other through marriages, divorces, illness, more births, and the extreme sadness of death. Many of us have met and become friends in real life. This group of ladies is a huge part of my life now.

I made these rag quilts for the new babies of two of our moms. These moms have babies just a month or so younger to my Kyler’s age of 8 months. And those babies are both facing challenges. One will be having open heart surgery in less than 2 weeks and one will be having a kidney removed next month. These surgeries are expected to fix the medical problems for both, but these are major surgeries. I think anyone, especially a parent out there, can sympathize with the emotions their parents are feeling right now. So I post today with these rag quilts, to request prayers and positive thoughts for these tiny babies.

November 11, 2009   9 Comments

A Little of This and a Little of That

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I have a lot of projects going on right now. A lot. I need to stop starting new things and wrap a few up! I thought I’d share a bit of what’s in the pipeline. (And the scary thing is, this isn’t everything!)

The string squares above are not for another string quilt. :-) I remember saying it’d be a LONG time (if ever) before I take a project like that on again. Well, ever since I saw these pillows from Ashely at Film in the Fridge, I knew I needed them for my couch! I’ve had an Arcadia jelly roll sitting here for just this purpose for a few months it seems. Well, I’ve started!

Riley Blake Twin Quilt

My husband’s cousin asked me to make her son a quilt for his first “big boy” bed. Of course I would! She picked out Riley Blake fabric, mixed in some surfer prints, for an adorable twin quilt. I finished the top this week and am waiting for the backing fabric to come in the mail.

Katie Jump Rope

There is a quilt in the book Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts that I’ve adored since I purchased the book. Well, I decided since I didn’t have ENOUGH other things going on, that this would be the right time to start it. LOL I’ll be using fabric from Denyse Schmidt’s Katie Jump Rope line. I actually have all the patterned fabric cut, but need to cut the white still.

Bibs Front

Bibs Back

And today, just for fun and instant gratification, I made my son some new reversible bibs. I just took one of his junky bibs and traced it with about 1/4″ extra on all edges. I put a layer of batting in the middle and poof! Instant adorable bibs!

I still have that second MoMo Wonderland quilt pinned and waiting to be quilted, and have started this tutorial for an advent calendar. (That one has an obvious deadline!) So what are you working on?

November 2, 2009   7 Comments