• Finished Quilts in 2010

    Click pictures for full details! Julia's Field of Blessings See Mom, I *Can* Make Snowmen in Texas! All Shook Up Pansies & Primroses Vintage Spring Vintage Baby A Bad Copy
  • Finished Quilts in 2009

    Click pictures for full details! Sunshine & Swimming Pools Loving Hands Boy Woogies Carina's Quilt Front Charity Quilt 1 Charity Quilt 2
  • Finished Quilts: Previous Years

    My sister's quilt Elena's Signature Quilt Cosmic Spiral Simona's Flower Garden ...And Everything Nice The Wool Quilt The Original Woogie
  • Finished Craft Projects

    Traveling Car Playmat Brown Bear Matching Cards
  • Finished Girls’ Dresses & Costumes

  • Quilt To Do List

    *Julia's "Baby" Quilt
    *Bethlehem Quilt
    *Kaffe Fassett String Quilt
    *Star Happy Batik Quilt
    *Red & Tan Single Wedding Ring Quilt (blocks made)
    *Batik Charm Square Quilt
    *Lingerie Quilt
    *Purple & Gold Mystery Quilt (just needs quilting!)
    *Eagle paper-pieced Quilt (@ half pieced)
  • Other Craft Project To Do List

    *Alphabet Matching Card Game
    *Apple/Pear Dress for Elena
    *Pillow Case Dress for Julia
    *Knit Dress for Elena (need to do post!)
    *Knit Shorts for Me

A Bad Copy

That’s what my husband calls this quilt.  A bad bad copy.

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He doesn’t like it because he thinks it is too much like his Woogie, but not as good!  It is, after all, made with his woogie’s leftovers.  But it isn’t a ragged-edge quilt like his.

Instead of a ragged edge quilt, I made a typical top and back out of my flannel scraps.  The quilting was easy on this quilt because I didn’t fool myself into trying to free-motion-quilt it.  I just stitched in every ditch and got it done. I think that’s the perfect treatment for this quilt though.

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I tell him that it is still wonderful and soft and fluffy and will be loved by its recipient, whomever that may be.

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For now, it will stay all folded up and waiting.  Waiting for some new baby boy that deserves a wonderful and soft and fluffy new woogie of his own.

The quilt is 40″ x 48″ and made completely up of leftover flannels just sitting and waiting in my sewing room.  I made the top as part of a challenge, and then finally finished it completely as part of yet another challenge.

 

Edited to add:  Since this is pretty much my quilt journal, I wanted to add that this quilt was given to a little boy Callahan – the newborn son of one of my husband’s coworkers.

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Elena’s Ariel Nightdress

During a particularly boring-to-her trip to Joann’s, Elena spotted some Ariel fabric.  Feeling bad for her, I bought all that remained on the bolt – one whole yard.  (I know, I’m *so* generous!)  Ariel has always been Elena’s favorite princess.  For a good six months as a toddler she named herself Ariel and would often only answer to Ariel.

Luckily, 1 yard of the 60″-width fabric was just the amount I needed to make her a “night dress.”  (They aren’t nightgowns in our house for whatever reason.  Elena named them herself upon her super-exciting discovery of Dresses! You! Can! Wear! To! Bed!).

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I made the nightdress using McCall’s M5969.  Totally randomly, I ask that you go check out the pattern cover that I’ve linked to.  And then let me relate to you what is written on the back cover:

NOTE: The garments in this package are not intended for sleep apparel.”

Now is that not the DUMBEST thing you’ve ever seen written on a pattern just full of pajamas!?!  I obviously know it has to do with legal issues, but it’s just dumb to try and deny that this pattern is for anything BUT sleep apparel.

The pattern was easy, although I admittedly struggled with one of the armholes.  But that was just my issue with not reading directions properly.  The other armhole was easy.

OH, and LOOK at these beautiful seams! So happy to have my serger to have nice clean professional seams!
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Yep, I showed off the good armhole!

I also made the eyemask with the scraps per Elena’s request after she saw the pattern.  She’s had fun walking around blind-folded ever since.

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If I showed you all the pictures I took last night, you would see a progression of Julia chasing her Daddy for a chance to use the water hose!  Obviously, she won and enjoyed spraying the yard while I photographed Elena.

Elena LOVES this nightdress and happily wore it immediately and only took it off for her nightly bath.  Such a better reaction than the one I encountered with the  last garment I made for Elena.

Spring to Finish 2010: My Final Wrap-Up

I was going to do several posts yesterday on the remainder of my projects from my Spring to Finish challenge, but decided not to waste *all* my posts on one day!  I don’t blog enough to do 4 posts in one day!  So you can expect blog posts in the near future on these remaining projects.

My final tally: 10 on my list, and 10 DONE!!!  WOOHOO!!

This challenge worked so well that I think I’m going to do a personal challenge and make another list of projects with another semi-tight deadline so that I can keep racking up the finishes!

As for now, let’s do a full check-in on my list to see exactly where I am.

1. Finish baby Pansies & Primroses quilt (needs binding).  DONE.  Just waiting for a baby to gift it to!  Blogged here!

2. Finish *my* Pansies & Primroses quilt (needs binding).  DONE.  I’ve used it while watching TV several times now.  Blogged here!

By the way, did you know some primroses in other parts of the nation are yellow??!?  I had no clue!  Learn something new every day.

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3. Finish guitar Quilts for Kids quilt (made the top so far).  DONE and mailed!  Blogged here.

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4. Finish love bug Quilts for Kids quilt (made the top so far). DONE and mailed!  Blogged here.

5. Finish ruffle skirt for Elena (she made me buy fat quarters from Joann’s and fabric is poor quality and must not mix with my stash!)  DONE.  In fact, the first project that I finished.  Blogged here.

6. Finish blue flannel baby quilt (made the top so far).  DONE.  Will blog soon!  But admittedly doesn’t look very different than when it was just a top!  😉 Edited to add: Blogged here.

7. Finish my flannel string quilt (made the top so far).  I searched for and found backing fabric for this quilt.  I decided that since I had such an awful time trying to free-motion quilt some of my other quilts that I’m going to give this to my Mom (That Quilter) to quilt for me.  I’m counting this as DONE for this challenge since I’ve found the backing and it’s packaged up to send to my Mom.  I’ll probably wait to blog further on this until it is completely finished, binding and all.

8. Finish the snow man quilt top, goshdarnit, and get it to my mom for quilting!  I must have it done for this Christmas!!!  DONE!!!!  YAY!!!  Obviously very proud of this finish — it has been on my list for a LONG time.  Will blog soon — it is also packaged up to send to my Mom for quilting as I anticipated.

9.  Make Ariel nightgown for Elena.  DONE.  And Elena loves it!  A blog post is already written, but I’ll let you read about it in another day or so. Edited to add: Blogged here.

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She didn’t know what to do with her hands, so pretended to pray.

10.  Make something? for Elena’s teachers at Mother’s Day Out.  I’ll give myself an out and buy something if need be, but I’d like to find something to make them or for their kids.  DONE, as blogged here just yesterday!


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As reward, I said I’d allow myself to buy some fabric without guilt.  Well, um, I might have already picked up a couple things while I was buying quilt backings, so I think I already rewarded myself.  Oops!

Spring to Finish: I Took the Out

My last enumerated Spring to Finish item was:

10.  Make something? for Elena’s teachers at Mother’s Day Out.  I’ll give myself an out and buy something if need be, but I’d like to find something to make them or for their kids.

Well, this one is DONE.  Elena’s last day of Mother’s Day Out/Preschool was two weeks ago and I ended up just giving her teachers Target gift cards.

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“But huh?  That doesn’t look like a Target giftcard!” <– I can hear you questioning from here!

I had seen and wanted to make her teachers nice little purse notebooks.  At the end of the day, though, I decided it was something that was too big and bulky for *my* purse so why would I give it to someone else?  And I *know* everyone can always have fun spending a bit of money at Target, so that’s what I did for them.

But I did make this prototype before I made my decision to go with gift cards.

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Well, unfinished prototype.  This is the front of the notepad cover.  If I complete it, it will either have a button or velcro closure here on the front.

I didn’t use any pattern in the making of this, but did look over several different tutorials and etsy listings for similar notepad covers.

I really like how the pockets came out except for the diagonal interior pocket, but that can easily be worked out with a bigger triangle.  I made it bigger initially and then cut it down forgetting that I was going to lose a lot of it in the seam.

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The back cover, with 2 pockets.

Really my biggest problem with it is that it’s just too fluffy.  I think I would like something hard versus soft, but all the tutorials I did see used fusible fleece.  Maybe go ahead and use the stiff Peltex?  Or maybe just fuse the fleece on both sides instead of just one so everything is a bit stiffer and just more together?

I’m not ready to give up on this project yet because ones I’ve seen are super-cute and they *look* usable — mine just doesn’t seem usable with my current prototype.  I might keep working on this one before I waste more fabric.
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But since I gave myself an out on this Spring to Finish item, I’m taking it!

By the way, just look how much Elena has grown since she started Preschool 2 years ago — here she is on her 1st and last days of Preschool (*sniff* *sniff*).

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Spring to Finish: Quilts for Kids quilts DONE!

The Spring to Finish challenge is almost over, yet here I am with only 3 reported finishes from the 10 on my list!  YIKES!

But right now I am going to add 2 more quilts to my finished list — WOOHOO!

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Back in March, my Mom forwarded me an e-mail about Quilts For Kids:

I *CHALLENGE* you to participate in this effort AND to forward this to all your quilting friends!

Would you like to take part in a FEEL GOOD PROJECT?  Downy Touch of Comfort is sponsoring a quilting project.  It is a “Quilts for Kids Challenge” and it is open to everyone who likes to quilt.
Here is how it works:  Downy has made up a kit for each quilt.  All you need to do is go on line to www.quiltsforkids. org (http://www.quiltsfo rkids.org/ patterns/ request/)  and request your kit. And the great part is the whole project is FREE.  Downy will send you your kit, FREE.  You will receive all the fabric needed to complete the quilt (this means you get everything for the Four Patch Blocks,the Feature Fabric, the Borders, Backing, Binding and label, plus the pattern, and all the fabric is already cut out for you.  All you need to supply is a piece of batting, your labor and your love.
When you finish your quilt, you simply package it up and return it to Downy.  Then all of the quilts will be given to children in hospitals around the country, who are facing life threatening illnesses.
I took the challenge and sent for my free kit.

Soon enough, I received this package in the mail:
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Upon opening, I found a great selection of fabric for a kid’s quilt and an easy pattern:

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I very quickly pieced the top – it only takes a couple hours tops to piece the simple pattern –  but it has admittedly taken me long…TOO LONG…to get it quilted.  I find basting to be a pain in the butt — well, pain in the back really — because I do it on the kitchen floor.  And I have to be sure to mop the kitchen floor first, which, well, I’m not the best housekeeper.

But in between looking at quilts for the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, I’ve been working on basting and quilting and binding my donations!

This is the quilt with the fabrics they provided:
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And here is the quilt with my own fabrics:
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I must admit I am a bit disappointed with how this one came out. I LOVE the conversation print with the cars and flowers, etc. (and THANKS to friend and frequent commenter cia who gifted me the fabric!), BUT I am not in love with my color selection for the alternating 4-patches. My girls seem to like it fine, so I’m sure another kid will also like it, but if I had used some brighter colors I think it would have turned out *much* better.

The quilting also gave me fits:
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My thread broke countless times while free-motion quilting, and I even changed the needle and the thread and my luck did not improve. So these small 36″ x 42″ quilts took HOURS to quilt!

Per instructions, I washed the quilts this morning. I’m so not used to wrinkly quilts — I keep my quilts pristine as long as possible usually!

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I highly recommend challenging yourself and completing some quilts for Quilts For Kids.  As fair warning though, they do ask that you mail the completed quilts back within 4 weeks.  I am putting my quilts in the mail tomorrow and am admittedly late.  I am sure the organization will gladly take my quilts, but I am also sure they would have appreciated me being more timely.

Spring to Finish: Pansies & Primroses done!

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A typical photoshoot of my quilts: I lay them out on the ground, and they are immediately covered in girls! In fact, I just laid the quilts down in the living room to get their final measurements, and the girls are dancing on top of them, wearing princess clothes and singing.

When I chose 10 projects to try and finish within 6 weeks, these 2 were a given for the challenge — I *only* had to put on their bindings.

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These quilts were put on my Spring to Finish list here, and were previously discussed here and here.

When I started these quilts, I simply wanted to make pink flowers on a green background using the pattern Charming Flowers from Simply Charming.

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I must admit I was incredibly surprised when I finally put my first flowers together and they looked like…..pansies!

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…and evening primroses!

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I did the hard work on these last summer/fall — piecing the tops!  Finishing them now for the challenge made for my easiest finishes on the list.  The real difficulty right now – and why I haven’t shown them ’til now even though I finished them the 1st week of the challenge – was finding a field of primroses in which to take their picture!  Hello!  It’s wildflower season here in Austin and last year the drainage ditch next to us was FILLED with evening primroses.  This year?  Not so much.

These quilts have been traveling in my car trunk for the past 2 weeks, and I finally just put them in the best (small) patch of evening primroses I could find.  I have adored these little flowers ever since Elena was a baby and her first spring I plopped her in a patch of them and came up with this cutie patootie picture:

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And then Julia was added to our family and we got this stunner:
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And last year look at both of these beauties in their tutus:
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Ahhhh, I digress!

The big quilt measures 48″ x 60″ and is mine.  It is now my spring lap/couch quilt.  It makes me very happy — spring is definitely my favorite season.
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The little quilt measures 34″x46″ and is up for grabs.  I guess I’ll put it in my quilt room for a while and wait for some little one that needs some pansies and primroses in her life.

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The backs are nothing special, but thought I’d show anyway. The small one is using up scraps, and the big one is that Hoffman purple flower print.
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And of course thanks once again go to my mom for quilting these.  I LOVE what she did.  I love the leafy borders and the great details in the flowers, etc etc.  Thanks!

Spring to Finish: 1 down, 9 to go!

I tend to find that I am either in my room sewing or I am on the computer blogging/reading blogs, etc.  I find it very difficult to do both!  Since there has been radio silence here lately, you can guarantee that I have been doing LOTS of sewing!

We are over halfway through the Spring to Finish challenge right now, and I have finished more than 1 project, but I like to give each quilt or craft it’s own day in the sun.

And well, this skirt is only ever going to have one day in the sun, so I have to take advantage of it.

Number 5 on my list was ” 5. Finish ruffle skirt for Elena (she made me buy fat quarters from Joann’s and fabric is poor quality and must not mix with my stash!)”

I did it!  In no small part with lots of help from my NEW SERGER!  WOOHOO!

This skirt was made with tons of ruffles and great finished edges.  I did it without any pattern.  And Elena wore the skirt for these pictures.  But then immediately took it off.  She has declared the skirt – the one that she BEGGED for – too big and too heavy.

It now sits in her dresser.

But look!  It was cute and flirty, even though it was made with poor-quality Joann’s fabrics.  (I know some of their fabric can be good quality.  This stack was definitely not good.)  They were cute fabrics though!  And now they are just cute fabrics…sitting in her dresser.  Taking up lots of room.  Because, let’s be honest here, the skirt is big.  Oops!