Friday, June 29, 2012


Just working a little with some Seaside fabric this afternoon.

 seaside fabric squares 1

I cut everything into 6” squares and then decided to see what they would look like on point.  I suppose if I was thinking ahead (who does THAT?) then I would have cut the print with the children on it on the bias so they would be “facing” the right direction. 

Here is everything not-so-neatly placed up on the design wall:

Seaside Fabric Riley Blake Design Wall

I’m using Kona Eggshell for the sashing – it’s a beautiful match to the off-white tones in the Seaside prints. 
As I was cutting I noticed these sweet little flowers in the selvedges:  Love it!

seaside fabric selvedges

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summertime Squares

I’m really enjoying Summer.  I felt like we had a long, miserable winter so I’m really liking the hot weather we’ve been having.  The kids and I are crossing a lot of things off of our Summer Bingo card.  What is Summer Bingo you ask?  I first saw it here.  I downloaded her free printable and customized the activities for our family.  The kids like to look at it during breakfast and decide what fun thing we’ll do that day.

A few days ago I pulled a stack of green fabrics from my closet and started putting them together.  I built this quilt around the little tree print - I really, really love those little trees. 
That stack of fabrics became this:

summertime baby quilt

I am calling it “Summertime Squares.” (40” x 40”)  It’s just so summery with the shades of greens and the light yellows.  It reminds me of the trees in early Summer when the leaves are filled out, but not yet deepened in color. 

rolled up quilt

For the quilting I did straight line quilting on the diagonal.  I was going to go across the quilt in the other direction as well, but as I spread out the quilt to mark the first row I decided that it looked perfect the way it was.

green baby quilt

Just as a note – painters tape works great as a guide for straight line quilting.  I can line it up using my long ruler, press it down well, and then I just follow the tape edge with my presser foot. 

green quilting

Summertime Squares is in the shop!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Today & Tomorrow

Today I did some basting…

 green quilt basting

…some quilting… (the green tape marks my next stitching line)

green quilting

…and some binding.

green quilt binding

Tomorrow I'm going to start cutting this:

seaside 1

Seaside (by October Afternoon for Riley Blake) made it’s debut today at my LQS.  I had to buy some.  Just a little.

seaside stack

Does it not just SCREAM “summer” ??

Friday, June 22, 2012

Charming Lucy: free quilt pattern

charming lucy quilt pattern

This quick little quilt needs just one charm pack and 5/6 yard of Kona Snow.  It finishes at 35” x 35” (before quilting and washing.)  I love this size of quilt for babies and it also happens to be the perfect table-topper-size for my current dining room table. 

For the binding I chose the blue dots…

Lucy's Crab Shack Binding

..and for the backing I went with the blue/green plaid from the same Lucy’s Crab Shack line.

Lucy's Crab Shack backing 2 
 If you make one too, I’d love to see it! 

[You can download or print the free quilt pattern here]

Charming Lucy quilt

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Undo and Redo

Well I had a few starts and re-starts but I finally have a completed quilt top made from that Lucy’s Crab Shack charm pack.  A little unpicking never hurt anyone, right? 

This pile of charm squares and kona snow…


…became these blocks…

lucy's crab shack 2

which then became this top!

lucy's crab shack

I’ll show you the details on Friday.  You know, It’s nice to be back working at my sewing machine just a little.  I’ve been doing so much hand sewing of bindings lately – I missed being able to actually create something.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Playing Around

Lucy's Crab Shack Charm Pack

Saturday afternoon I made a quick stop at my LQS and spotted this charm pack.  Twelve minutes later I was home and had it open.  I love when I get my hands on a new line and love at least 80% of it.  You know, sometimes there’s a line of fabric and I like maybe three or four prints.  Not this one.  Have you seen it?  How ‘bout this color combo:

Lucy's Crab Shack charms

Or maybe the raspberry pinks with the navy?

lucy's crab shack charms 2

Well, it didn’t take me long to cut into it and start……something.  I don’t know what yet.  I have some blocks up on the wall that include Kona Snow.  So far I like it.  I might need one more charm pack and some yardage.  Looks like I’ll be making another “quick” trip to my LQS tomorrow.

lucy's crab shack charm pack 2

Friday, June 8, 2012

Two Blocks From May

These are my two blocks from May for our IMAGINE at Do. Good Stitches group
We were asked to make a Rolling Stone block using orange, yellow, green, aqua and white. 

imagine block 1

For my blocks I used this tutorial from Elizabeth at Don’t Call Me Betsy.  She has you make the corner blocks using paper piecing and the rest of the block is traditional piecing.  The blocks come together quickly and were fun to make.

I wish I would have chosen a little bit brighter yellow for this second block.  It is more “yellow” in person, but just not as vibrant as the first block.
imagine block 2

After seeing all of the other blocks for the month I am looking forward to seeing how the quilt comes together!

Have you joined a virtual bee yet?  If not, you should!  There are many to choose from and there are always new ones starting.  Some go for a full year and some are shorter.  It’s a great chance to get to know other quilters, learn some new techniques and even get outside of your comfort zone a bit. 

I think this is my fourth or fifth bee and my favorite one so far!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

One More Crib Set

Back in April I wrote a brief post about how I had received a custom order for a set of crib bumpers and a pillow to match this quilt:

tiny mary mary 7

These were sent long ago to their new home, but I never posted photos of the finished project!

The customer wanted solid white bumpers with yellow ties and the same blue checkered binding that was used on the quilt.

white crib bumper 3

For the pillow I repeated the same half square triangle pattern from the quilt and added a thin border around the HSTs. 

pillow 3

I quilted the front of the pillow, but not the back panel.  There is a flap with a 2-button closure so the pillow can be washed if needed.

pillow 5

I have to say that I really enjoyed working on a couple of smaller projects for a change!  All of the pillows I’ve made for myself have been on the simpler side.  I think I need to do a few more like this one!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Patriotic Sewing

patriotic sewing

Summer has begun here.  Kids have been out of school for over a week now.  The first community parade of the season is this weekend.  It was 96 degrees today.  And I did a bit of patriotic sewing.  This will end up being a tutorial/pattern which you’ll see more of next week. 

Meanwhile, I have some hand sewing to do.  Two and a half quilts are waiting for their bindings.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Little Butterflies

A couple of months ago I received a custom order request that I was delighted to fill.  The customer wanted a pillow sham and a set of crib bumpers to match this quilt:

Unlinked Twin Size Quilt

Because the quilt had been made about 6 months before, I had some hunting to do in order to find more of the same fabrics.  Thank goodness for etsy and other online fabric shops!  I found some of the fabric here and some of it here

The customer also wanted me to incorporate some of the butterflies from the orange print.  I did some raw-edge applique butterflies on the sham:

butterfly pillow sham

butterfly applique 2

with just a bit of embroidery for the body and antenna of each butterfly.  I first showed you my “test” butterfly here.

I used just enough straight-line quilting on the sham to give it the quilted look without it being distracting. 

butterfly pillow sham stitching

The straight-line stitching also ties in with the crib bumpers:

butterfly applique crib bumpers

One side of the bumpers is solid gray with a few butterflies here and there.

  butterfly applique crib bumpers 2

The other side is made of strips of varying widths using all of the fun prints from the quilt.  The binding has to be my favorite:

crib bumper binding

I’ve always loved this stripe.  It’s from the Happier line by Deena Rutter (Riley Blake). 

The little one who gets to enjoy all of these butterflies is due to arrive in just a few weeks.  I’m impressed that mama has the nursery all set up and ready!  I think that with both my boys I was sewing bumpers, sheets, curtains, etc well after they were born.  Good thing babies sleep a lot for the first few months!

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