Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mothers Day Project and UFO

One of my friends asked me if she could commission a specific quilt from me. She wanted to see if I could pull together a quilt for her Grandmother for Mothers Day.  She knew it was it was short notice as I'd only have three weeks to find the fabrics, piece it together and quilt it.  I said I was up for the challenge.  I'm happy to say that I located the fabric yesterday and with any luck I will have it in my hands on Saturday so that I can start on the project.  It's going to be a 16 block log cabin done in batik fabrics.  Half the fabrics are in a gold tone color way while the other half has blues, greens, burgundy, and gold (think rich tropical).  She wants the back to have a color splash so I'm waiting for the fabric to arrive so I can take it to my local quilt store to see what inspires me.

As for my UFO.  It's a crazy nine patch that takes a lot of concentration.  It's done in a romantic mauve, seafoam and yellow color way.  I've committed to finishing the remaining 10 blocks, at least one a day.  Then of course they'll need to be sewn together and a backing picked out.  I don't have a specific person in mind for this quilt.  I may keep it or it may go up for sale.  Time will tell.

Here's the color pallet and the end block once it's be cut and sewn together two additional times. (don't mind the little markers on the photo, they help me from getting lost)

Luv in Stitches
Those who sleep under a Quilt, sleep under a blanket of LOVE

Monday, April 22, 2013

Baby Shower gift completed

I'm happy to say that I completed the Forest Friends ensemble for my niece's baby shower coming up next weekend.  The main quilt is a forest scene with animals and a tree with owls and birds.  I also made three coordinating receiving blankets, with different color backings, all in a soft cuddly flannel. 
On top of finishing the quilt, I was able to attend a quilt show at the local Fair Grounds this weekend.  It was hosted by one of the local Quilt Guilds, which I ended up joining before the day was out.  It must have been my lucky day as I won one of the raffle items - a 10 yard bundle of 18 various batik fabrics.

To finish off the weekend I picked up a UFO (unfinished quilt project) and worked on it for a few hours.  It's a crazy nine patch that is cut and sewn back together three separate times.  I can only work on it when I can really focus as one wrong cut and I'll botch the whole thing up.

Not sure what project to begin next.

Luv in Stitches

Monday, April 15, 2013

Quilt Top Finished!!

Well is was a very long and stressful weekend.  My beagle, Sam, ate snail bait which is potentially fatal to pets.  The warning is so small that we never saw it.  I took him to the Vet ER just after midnight on Friday.  Several procedures later, an IV and an overnight stay I'm happy to report that I brought Sam home late Saturday night and he's expected to fully recover. 

Sunday was my day to relax and catch my breath.  I was able to sit down and finish putting the borders on my daughter's quilt.  She decided to have me go ahead and use the bright blue as I had planned.  So I was able to finish the top of the quilt fairly quickly.  The next step is to take her to the fabric store so she can pick out some soft, cuddly fabric in the color of her choice for the back.

So what do you think?
Hippo - The Happy Hedge Hog

I also pulled together a receiving blanket for the young woman at my salon who does my pedicures.  She's due to have a baby girl in about two weeks and she's still at the shop!
Decorative Loop Stitches

All rolled up ready to deliver

This week and weekend I'll be working on a Forest Friends themed quilt and coordinating receiving blankets for my niece, Jamie, who is having a baby boy.  Her baby shower however is on April 26th so I've got to pull them together quickly and get them in the mail to Colorado.

Luv in Stitches

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Figuring out the Border

Well it's Wednesday and I'm just getting around to posting pictures of my almost finished Hedge Hog.  I say almost finished because my daughter is rethinking the Blue in the border.  So before I sew the border on she needs to decide if we should go to the fabric store and pick out another fabric to replace the blue.  I also have to say that creating the 160 half square triangles for the border was a lot more time consuming than I though it would be, but very glad I was able to complete them this past weekend.  Won't take much to finish this cute little guy now.  The joke with my daughter is that while I was working on piecing all the 2" squares that make up the body she kept calling it a Hippo to be funny.  So now she thinks she'll call her new quilt Hippo the Happy Hedge Hog.

Luv in Stitches

Friday, April 5, 2013

Finishing the Hedge Hog

Happy Friday!

This weekend I will be working diligently to finish up a quilt I'm making for my daughter.  It's an adorable Hedge Hog made out of a bazillion 2" squares and 2" half square triangles.  I've got the main body of the Hedge Hog completed and just need to finish sashing or sides which are made up of 160 2" half square triangles.  Not difficult, just time consuming.  I'm really hoping to have the top completely finished on Saturday so that I can quickly put the backing on Sunday.

Here's a peak at part of the finished Hedge Hog..... he's so adorable.  He's put together in 6 blocks and the photo shows 3 of those blocks sewn together.  He's from a line of quilt patterns titled "Patch Pals".

Really looking forward to completing this since this was part of my daughter's birthday present at the end of March.

~ Luv in Stitches ~

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Very First Quilt Sale

Good Morning,

Today I'm shipping my first Baby Quilt!  I know I talked about Monkeys in the Jungle, but it just didn't feel right.  Feel right you ask.... I just means that it wasn't coming together they way I wanted it to and I knew I wanted something brighter.  Trust me, Monkeys in the Jungle is gonna be great for someone out there and I'll post it soon.

So what did I go with?  I changed gears and went with Puppy Transportation.  Which is cute brown puppies driving a Car, Firetruck and a Train.  It's light and dark shades of blue with the primary colors Red, Yellow and Green.  The back is what's called a four patch because it's made up of four different fabrics all cut into 3" squares and pieced together.  I've also personalized the quilt with a label that has the baby's first name and birth date.  Lastly I made a matching Tooth Fairy pillow using the same fabrics as the back of the quilt.

I would love any feedback on the Puppy Transportation quilt pictured below.

Now it's time to decide on my next project.

~ Luv In Stitches ~