Monday, September 29, 2008

a "fishy" quilt...

I love the fishy blanket.

This is the front.

The polka dot side is the back. Can I just tell you how difficult is was for me to piece that strip on the back ? I really had a hard time with it for some odd reason.

It's done. I had a little snafu with the binding. There wasn't enough for me to bind the entire quilt. In the instructions that I got she suggested cutting the quilt top to a certain size, well I didn't and that left me with not enough binding.

My sister ending up saving the day. She had some scraps from this fabric line and she was going to send them to me. Then I found the orange polka dotty material and used that, BUT my sister (whom I love like no other) is sending me the fabric anyway and I am making some matching pillowcases.

Gavin is taking a nap right now snuggled under his new fishy quilt.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

aria's quilt

This "quilt" is up next. I think I finally got it the way I want it. It is for my niece, Aria. 

Remember the quilt I made for Myra ? It had all these same fabrics only in a different pattern.

I figured it would be neat for the sisters to have somewhat matching blankets.

Alissa over at handmade by Alissa is making a set of quilts for twin baby girls and she gave me the idea to make a matching blanket for Chase. Of course since he is a boy the fabrics will be different, but the pattern will be the same.

Busy, busy, busy....

liquid crack quilting

My kit came in the mail the other day, Monday I think ?

I ripped it open and started laying out the strips. I love this fabric. I love it.

I drank 64 ounces of liquid crack (ice coffee) yesterday and I managed to sew the entire top in less than 2 hours. I also burned my hand on the iron, but that's typical for me.

I love the blue, orange and white combination. I am not the only one, both Ryan and Kegan gravitated to the quilt when they got home. I am making this for Gavin, but I think he might end up sharing with Kegan.

I smile each time I see the little fish in their bag of water. I wish I could get a hold of some more of this fabric, I would love to make Gavin a matching pillowcase.

Today I plan on putting it all together, I am going to machine quilt the top, with a plain straight stitch across. I was going to leave the backing as is, but now I think I might trim a 2-3 inch section off the side of the quilt and incorporate it into the back of the quilt.

Something a smidge different.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

[fabric ideas]

Nothing much is going on in the way of sewing.

I started working on these blocks last weekend but haven't touched them since then.

Still waiting for my quilts to come back from the quilter.

Still have a pile of blue blocks that need to be put together to make Ryan's quilt.

Still have piles and piles of fabric that are attached to ideas.

To top it all off I ordered this baby stripes quilt
kit from one of my favorite sellers on etsy.

Life is wicked busy right now with Gavin's developmental appointments, classes for both boys and sports stuff. I have to squeeze in "me time", which usually gets sacrificed for "sleep time".


Wednesday, September 10, 2008


My favorite craft/sewing blogs (in no particular order)

A Quilt is Nice

Check them out and be inspired :)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

teeny-weeny yellow polka dot bikini

Another one bites the dust.

I sewed my brains out yesterday to get this one finished. I decided against machine sewing the binding. So obviously it took a little bit longer.

It's done, but it's not my favorite.


Gavin likes it. He was helping me take the pictures.

I think I might try and sell this one.

I don't remember what the finished size was, my hand is all cramped up and I am too lazy to get up and measure it again.

The next project is something that Ryan requested.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

i am a baster *ahem*

Remember this quilt ? 

I started in back in April, or maybe it was May.

When I cleaned out all my fabric and sewing stuff for the new cabinet, I found it lurking in the depths of unfinished projects.

That's not true. I did at one time start it and I messed up (as usual) so I set it aside to fix at a later time.

Months and months later.

I picked up a can of basting spray awhile ago. I hate trying to pin the three layers together, I can NEVER do it right. Then everything shifts when I am trying to sew it all together, know what happens.

So I picked up this spray and decided to try it. I really like the results. It was a 2 person job trying to make sure all the fabric was positioned the right way and smoothed out. Good thing Ryan was home for lunch.
So it's on the machine as I type.

Had to take a break to deal with the boys and of course blog.