I just wrapped up my first gift swap and I can now say, it wasn’t nearly as scary or stressful as I thought it would be. I’ve always been pretty intimidated by all the online swaps, scared that my partner wouldn’t like what I sent. But Amy talked me into her Twitter Secret Santa Swap, basically because it was a $15 limit and everyone wasn’t required to include a handmade item.
I received Cajame Creations for my partner. It was fun because we don’t have the exact same style, so I was pushed to do a bit of research (ahem – blog stalking) to see what she would like.
Since our price limit was low and I wanted to get a lot of bang for my buck, I headed to Etsy to find a fabric scrap pack. I knew she liked shabby chic and bright colors, and I found a great set of Jennifer Paganelli and Paula Prass fabric. I also included a few colors of baker’s twine, because, well come on, you can’t have enough baker’s twine!
She also had recently posted about her “bucket list” and one of the items was buying a camper and traveling across Europe. So, I decided to make her a little mini quilt to (one day) decorate the dream camper.
This embroidery pattern is from Sublime Stitching. I used some of the fabric scraps I bought her for the mini as well.
The secret partner who had me was Amber! You can probably imagine my joy at seeing a package at my door from Hawaii and knowing it must be from Amber.
She really did a perfect job on my gift. She sent me fabric and the new Doll Quilts book – both of which I didn’t have! She sent a Hawaiian Christmas book for my kids (they LOVE it), a calendar so I don’t forget the million things I have planned, some Hawaiian themed mints…but most beautifully she made me a wonderful necklace which my daughter promptly stole from me! I love it all Amber, thank you so much.
I really enjoyed the swap, I definitely think I will be doing one again. I think the best part was knowing that the recipient would be someone who would appreciate a handmade gift.
December 20, 2011 10 Comments
It’s finished! I still can’t believe it. I have been working on this quilt for 6 months and boy am I glad to have it completed. So many things to say about this one…
Oh, SO many lessons learned and things I would have done differently on this one.
1) I made the first 3 blocks forever ago and then waited months to make the rest. I didn’t write down anything – sizes, seam allowance, squaring up size…not smart.
2) I switched sewing machines in the middle of making the blocks. And used different feet. Again, I wouldn’t recommend this! LOL
3) I used charcoal thread in the bobbin and really am not happy with how it looks on the back. Sigh.
4) In my quest to be Rita-like, I tried machine stitching the back of the binding instead of hand sewing it. Let’s just say, I’m no Rita. LOL
This quilt ended up being a 64″ square which I think will be perfect to fit our family for lunches in the park this Spring. The binding is a stripe by Lizzy House Red Letter Day. I know I just used that for a binding, but I had a lot and I like it. Although the sashing looks black, it’s really Kona Charcoal. And the prints are just a rainbow selection of my favorites.
The back is 9 large squares using giant blocks of colors from the front. This part was a bit painful for me as I used up some of my favorite out of print fabrics. But I kept telling myself that I bought the fabric to use, not to hoard. So use it!
I quilted it using free motion and used Warm and Natural batting. I prefer Dream Cotton Request Loft batting and even though it’s more costly, I think I will go back to using that. It’s more lightweight and I feel like it’s just a better quality.
So now I’m moving on to my quilting bee quilt, my Dolce quilt and my Hope Valley quilt. Always more in the pipeline than coming out of it!
On a side note (but more importantly), today my little man is turning 1. Happy Birthday Kyler!
March 11, 2010 24 Comments
It’s about time, right? I love this quilt, but it has been hanging over my head for what seems like forever. I think it’s my love of it that is the reason behind the length of time it’s taken me to create it. First I wasn’t sure of the layout. I wanted it to be perfect. Then I wasn’t sure what to do for the backing. Then I wasn’t sure the thread color and quilting design. And already I’m not sure of the binding. Does this ever happen to you?
Well I have quilt a few quilts in progress, so I decided I needed to make a decision and act. Here’s to one step closer to finishing this quilt!
February 26, 2010 7 Comments
I will save the story behind this quilt for when it is actually finished, but I wanted to share the quilt top because I’m so excited to have finished it last night! I think the bright colors will be what saves me during the long winter ahead. It is, of course, inspired by one of my quilting idols, Rita of Red Pepper Quilts. I hope everyone else in US is staying warm out there!
Off to sew Christmas presents! Nothing like a deadline!
December 12, 2009 27 Comments