Friday, November 20, 2015

Baby Quilt Finish

A work colleage of mine is having a baby boy!  Naturally, when she made the announcement, my first thought was "Yay - I get to make a baby quilt!"  I almost immediately started looking on Pinterest for inspiration and then found this blog post by Kelby Sews.

There was no pattern or tutorial, so I took out my graph paper book and started figuring out how to make something similar with a small stack of brightly coloured fat quarters and some Kona Ash.

For the quilting, I went with a soft meander with a grey Aurifil thread.

For the backing, I used a super cute fabric with bunnies and metallic thread... it's just adorable (unfortunately, I cut off the selvage and forgot to make a note of the designer and collection).

I like that the back is so soothing and calm and balances out all the brightness of the front.

The finished size is 36" x 42".

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Anja Quilts for TGIFF.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

1-Hour Basket

I'm back with another small finish!

You have probably seen dozens of these 1-hour baskets all over the Internet.  People use them to collect scraps and to store fat quarters.  Some moms even have them in their baby's room, on their changing table for easy retrieval of diapers, bum cream, etc.  These baskets are super versatile and let's face it - they are pretty darn cute and easy to make.

I've had the 1-hour basket on my to do list for months.  And finally, last weekend, I pulled out a couple of Amy Butler fat quarters and some Pellon fusible fleece and decided to make one for my sewing room.

I didn't time myself, but I'm pretty sure it didn't take me much longer than 1 hour.  It came together easily and was a lot of fun to make.  In fact, I'm pretty sure I'll be making more of these baskets very soon.

Have you made one of these?  If yes, what do you store in it?  Would love to know!

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Quilt Matters for TGIFF.

Have a great weekend!


Friday, November 6, 2015

Sewing Machine Wall Hanging

I've been gone a long time... way longer than I thought I would be.  Work has been absolutely insane and by the time I get home at night, after dinner is done, the dishes are put away and I can finally sit down, I just want to watch stupid TV or play dumb games on my cell phone.

So not much quilting has happened lately and if there's no quilting going on, then there's really no blogging to do.  Anyhow, I decided that quilting helps me relax so I've been dragging my butt to my sewing room a little more lately and finally have some stuff to show you.

Today, I'd like to introduce a small wall hanging I made a couple of weeks ago.

I used the Quiet Play pattern you can find here.

I used scraps for the colourful pieces and two shades of Kona for the background.

For the quilting, I chose to stitch in the ditch around the sewing machine and went with swirls in the background.

It felt really good to get back to the sewing machine and finish something.  This cute wall hanging is now pinned to my sewing room wall right above my cutting table.

Linking up at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday and at Quokka Quilts for TGIFF.

Have a fabulous weekend!