little girl’s crib

why is this little girl so happy?


It could be because there were bigger fish to fry in 2011, and so for the first 5 months of her life, she did not have a matching crib linens.  Don’t you know that everything is better with coordinating bedding? Her crib situation had been sorely neglected, so the look on her face will certainly tell you how happy she is now!  I had made a small quilt for her ages ago.  I ended up loving it so much that I realized I wanted to do more with similar fabrics and design her side of the room to go with the darling fabrics from that line.   I’ve slowly worked on her cute little crib (which was once her brother’s) to make it hers.

What would I do without Pinterest?  I found a tutorial for a simple crib skirt with a little box pleat in the front and I was finally inspired to finish my to-do list for Ruby’s crib.  The best part is that it’s only covering the front and the left side which was less work overall, and it’s secured with velcro strips directly onto the metal mattress frame!  So when I have to lower the mattress in a few months, I can adjust the panels by moving them up and secure them with the velcro again under the mattress.  Easy Peasy… done and done.

oh dear, this picture kills me.  did you know miss r has an octopus for a twin?

it’s one of the many good things about being “snowed in.”  …back burner projects finally get completed.

curtains for mom

My mom and step-dad have a little bathroom window at their place that was in need of some type of window covering.  I found some adorable coordinating fabrics and made two small panels with tie-backs and a ruffle at the bottom and packaged them up in time for Christmas.  They’re lined, so they have a finished look on both sides, and it was my first time adding a ruffle to curtains!  I didn’t take many of pictures before shipping them off, so I’m hoping to get a picture of it this spring when we visit and it’s hung in its proper place… but for now here’s a sneak peek:

geo print with a ruffle

The fabrics are from Denyse Schmidt’s line of fabric that is sold at Joann’s.  I find that Joann’s fabric quality is hit and miss, but their premium and designer collections are much better.  Now, combined with a Black Friday sale and 50% off coupon, the material was quite a steal!  And I love the colors.  The main fabric is cream with a geometric print in olive and navy/gray.  The ruffle and tie-backs are the same dark blue/gray and it goes with the existing decor, but adds a cute retro look.  I can’t wait to see how it looks at their place!

curtain fever

wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve said much on here, but there’s been lots going on, that’s for sure.  There have been trips to two sets of grandparents, parties to plan and parties to attend, thanksgiving at our house, and so on and so on.  but between all the busy-ness, there has been curtain making.  lots and lots of curtain making.  I took a break from quilting and dove into the world of home decor fabric.  so now I can say I’ve made black-out curtains, lined curtains, curtains with grommets, curtains with tie-backs, and curtains with ruffles!  (whew!) alright shall I continue?  …curtains for itty bitty windows, and floor-to-ceiling panels… curtains for me, curtains for my babies, curtains for family…  and now? well, i’m exhausted.  and I don’t want to make curtains again for awhile.  but, I’ll post some pictures soon :-{)

Stacked Coins – Take Two

This is the second stacked coins quilt I have finished, and boy are they different from each other! This one’s been finished for a few months, but I thought I’d put some pictures up.

The fabrics are some Amy Butler fabrics that I had been saving for the right project, and when I first spotted that gray solid (Kona Cotton Solids – Medium Grey) I knew I wanted to try something with a dark background.

It is so different from the traditional colors and cream colored sashing on the quilt that I made for my grandparents.

Anyway, I tried a lot of new things on this quilt…. nothing too fancy, but stuff I’ve wanted to try out but never had the courage to take on:

1) Straight line quilting. I was sick of stitch-in-the-ditch quilting, and had always been scared of trying any other type like free motion or straight lines. I also don’t have a walking foot attachment for my machine, which is supposed to make the whole process easier. I was surprised to realize that it was much easier than I thought it would be and I really enjoyed designing where to put the lines and making precise lines throughout the quilt.

2) Pieced quilt back. This is a really popular thing to do in modern quilting. I was taught to quilt by a wonderful family friend who makes lovely quilts, but they are more traditional and I hadn’t been introduced to this idea until recently. Putting in a strip of the extra Amy Butler fabrics gave the back some character, and it worked well with the blue flannel I had purchased.
3) Binding with scraps. I’ve only used one continuous design before for all of my previous quilts. When it came to binding this quilt, I didn’t have enough of a single fabric to do the whole thing, and I didn’t feel like buying more, so I started doing the math to see if I could make enough binding out of my leftover Amy Butler Lotus fabric. Hooray! There was enough! Here’s the best quilt binding tutorial I always refer to.
So there it is! I think it’s my favorite quilt to date. I bought the fabric when Ethan was just a newborn, so I’ll probably give it to him someday…. but I think I’ll hold onto it for myself fo a little while 🙂

Trying new things

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In an attempt to make some headway in some of my projects that are in various stages of completion, I needed a pocket that could hold a thing of baby wipes. After looking through different online tutorials, I decided to try my hand at a gathered pocket with some decorative trim. I’m really happy with the results!

>Cute Car Seat Cover

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Two problems:
1) My Infant carseat is silver and blue… not girly.
2) A summer baby… Hmm, how am I going to keep her cool, out of the sun, but also, out of the way from all of those strangers who feel the need to harass my baby!?
Thanks to this tutorial and this tutorial, I created my own removable car seat cover/sun shade:

The fabric is so so cute and girly, and is one of the fabrics in the blanket I made for our little girl. I also used some of the same yellow and raspberry tree print for the underside. I knew I wanted to use the yellow, but came up a little short, so while the pieced backing was not my original plan, I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Peek-a-boo! No baby in here yet!

>Little Girl Goodness

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Seeing that we’re expecting a little girl in July, my spare time has been used making necessary (okay sometimes not-so-necessary) items in preparation for her arrival!
We have plenty of baby stuff, but are definitely lacking in the pink/frills/floral department.
So, here’s the lightweight baby blanket I made for our baby girl:

The fabric is from Moda’s It’s a Hoot line. I love the cute little owls and the tree designs. I used a charm pack and some of their tree fabric in a bright raspberry color. The backing is a light blue flannel and I absolutely love the cheerful yellow for the binding, which was some fabric from my stash.

Next up on the to-do list was a coordinating carseat sun shade.

>I did not think this would happen so quickly

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Haha, no… don’t jump to conclusions y’all.
It started when Noah asked me to fix a pair of his pants. I got out my sewing machine and sewing kit (some people have frilly sewing baskets, I use an old tool box)
Then something happened. What started as an innocent fix-it project turned into this:
And this:

And this:


Of course, in order for all this to happen, you need this:
I packed up my sewing stuff, quilting tools, fabrics neatly in bins last September, thinking it was possible I wouldn’t be pulling it out again for months??…. years??

But, I’m so glad that I’ve had the desire to jump into a new project (which has now become 3 different quilt projects, of course) and that Ethan is a relatively easy baby who will play with his toys on a blanket for a few hours in the evening while I can fuss over design, layout, piecing, etc.

I was inspired by this stacked coin quilt, and am hoping to do 3 different quilts based on this design.

So, while I didn’t think I’d be quilting again this soon… it feels good to be back in the swing of things.