Wednesday, April 25, 2018

#22's Quilt...


I dislike calling grandchildren-to-be by a number, but when I don't know what the little muffin's name is going to be, that's what I do. We are expecting another grandchild in July -- our 22nd grandchild and our 14th granddaughter. We used to be pretty even-steven when it came to the ratio of grandsons to granddaughters, but recently we've had a run on girls. I've been making a few things for the little angel and hope to get all the items shipped off this week. Here's the quilt I made for this little one...


It's not particularly a girly-girl kind of quilt, but I think it's adorable. The inspiration fabric is this woodland print...


This fabric has a taupe background with white, cream and coral touches. I combined it with three other fabrics in coral, taupe, and white, and I decided on a daisy pattern for the quilting.


I used the woodland print for most of the back fabric with a strip of the other fabrics...


I hope one day to find this quilt trailing behind our granddaughter. I love well-loved quilts!

 

Monday, April 23, 2018

Squirrels, tee-pees, arrows and x's....


I love fabric. I love the textures and the colors, but most of all I love the prints. For me quilting is all about the fabric. That's one of the reasons I choose to make quilts with big blocks. {Also, the thought of making an intricately blocked quilt makes my head hurt.} This particular quilt I absolutely adore because of the mix of printed fabrics...


I found the squirrel fabric and built the quilt around these adorable creatures. I love their rosy cheeks.


The arrow and tee-pee fabrics were found at Hobby Lobby...


Because I love the fabrics and the color combinations on this quilt, it's going to have to go to a special little one. Don't know who yet, but it'll come to me in time. I finished the back with the tee-pee fabric and scraps from the rest of the quilt fabrics...


The longarm quilter used a "woodland paw print" design. It has paw prints of deer, bears, bears and other creatures...


I love making these simple quilts. They are fun and easy to assemble, and I love giving away something that I've created myself.


Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my little eye some...
adorable cotton duck fabric for children's projects!


Source:
Fabric.com from Premier Prints Inc.:
Lightweight cotton duck fabrics designed for children's projects, featuring seals,
elephants, cubs, arrows and more!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Spring Bouquet...


Our garden, and I'm sure yours, in starting to green up, and I'm loving all the little buds and blossoms that are coming out. Today I made a spring bouquet of my own...


I made what looks to me like a bunch of ruffled pink carnations with this 2D cake decorating tip...


The recipients just had a new baby girl join their family, so I thought this little bunch of flowers would be just the thing for dessert. 




Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Lots to do...


I've been traveling a lot the last few months, but in between the time I've been on both coasts {and in between}, I've been busy with a few projects. We have grandbaby #22  due the first part of July, so I created a new little quilt for this 14th granddaughter. I don't know when it happened because we were pretty even-Steven between grandsons and granddaughters for years, but in the last few years the girls hit it out of the park and now we've almost got twice as many granddaughters as grandsons! We are so grateful for each one of those kiddos. They bring such utter joy and happiness to our lives {as do their parents}! Here's a sneak peek of little Miss 22's {she doesn't have a name yet} quilt that I made her. It isn't bound yet, but I wanted to share the adorable daisy quilting that I chose. It mimics some daisies in the printed fabric...


I also picked up another quilt today from the quilter's. I love the combination of fabrics on this quilt. Squirrels, arrows, tents and x's -- how can you go wrong? It looked like this before I took it to the quilter...



I asked for a cute pattern that is animal prints for the quilting. Love how it turned out...


When I picked up these quilts, I dropped off the one below. It's the little girl version of the gold & black quilt above. LOVE these gold colors...


And, finally, here's a baby quilt in the making that I started this week. Looking forward to getting it done and dropping it off at the quilters. It's a different pattern than I've done in the past, and I really like it...


So... there's been a lot happening, but this is nothing compared to some of the big changes we plan on making in the next few months. After living in Colorado for 32 years, we are moving to Massachusetts {or southern New Hampshire} this summer. It's going to be a huge move for us, but we are very excited for this new adventure!


Friday, March 23, 2018

Friday's Fabulous Finds...


I spy with my Etsy eye some...
blush.


Here are some pretty Mother's Day Gift ideas,
starting from top left, clockwise...

Natural Bathing Gift Set
Pegboard
Spa Set
Succulent
Marble Pendant Necklace

Wishing you a fabulous weekend!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Monday, March 05, 2018

Baby Girl Quilt and Burp Cloths...


I love soft, muted colors for baby quilts. When I saw this fabric, I knew it was perfect for a little one our family is expecting in April...


The woodland print is adorable and I love the soft sage and pale pink with it...



 

I usually have a few scraps of fabric left over from a quilt, so I often make some burp cloths to accompany it.  My girls love these burpies because they are so absorbent. They are made from prefolded cloth diapers -- so easy and the fact that they match the quilt is an added bonus! Here's the tutorial.


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Border for little boy quilt...


Yesterday I asked a question on my blog and on my Just Another Hang Up Facebook page. I pieced a little boy quilt yesterday and needed advice as to what color binding I should use on the quilt, which looks like this...


Black was the most popular comment, but gray, white, and taupe/tan were also suggested. When I asked that question, I had no idea what color to use for the border. I had considered all of the colors that were mentioned, and I thought any of them could have worked with the "right" fabric. Unfortunately, I was considering fabric from my stash and (later) a fabric store, and I couldn't find that "right" fabric in those colors to compliment the quilt from those two sources -- both of which have an extensive supply available! If you look at the photo above at the colors around the edge of the quilt, they are mustard and mostly black. There wasn't enough contrast in the binding if I used black fabric for the border, so I moved on to other colors. Then I latched on to this combination, and I knew I had a winner!


I love the barely off-white with gray flecks fabric, and the mustard check fabric made the little boy quilt more playful than the other more subdued colors I'd been considering.


I've never tried a double border like this, but I learned that it can be really useful when pairing fabrics. The mustard check fabric didn't look nearly as good right next to the mustard squirrel fabric. It needed a little space between the two to make them both shine. With this technique a black border would have worked too, with the same white with gray fleck fabric between the quilt and border, but I like the more playful mustard color.


I love how this turned out and I can't wait to get it quilted. I think I'll go with an outdoorsy theme, like animal tracks for the quilting design!


Thank you for your input yesterday. I appreciated it!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Half Square Triangle Baby Quilts...

A couple of weeks ago I came across this cute photo from "The Wooden Triangle" on Pinterest.  These are wood blocks painted as quilt squares. {Love them.} All of the designs on these wood blocks are half square triangle patterns, which are so quick and easy to sew up.


I usually make my baby quilts from half square triangle patterns, and I prefer to use large blocks so I can piece a quilt top in one day. If you look at the blocks above, each one of the wood blocks could be an adorable baby quilt. I was attracted to that block on the top of the photo sitting on the table...

When I make a quilt, probably because I'm a newby at this and I don't want to make a mistake, I always sketch what I'll be doing. This helps me lay out the fabric squares the right way up before sewing. For example I wanted all my squirrels and all the teepee tents the right side up and all the arrow fabric going in the same direction. {See photos below.}


{Please ignore that I do not know how to spell "squirrel" on that  piece of paper -- it's not a word I use every day.} Anyway, you'll note that my sketch replicates the wood block above. Here's the top I created from this pattern today...


There's nothing I love more than a sunny day in Colorado, but it's hard to get a good photo with all that gorgeous sun shining. Here's the up-close version...


This little kid quilt is a wacky combination of fabrics, but I love it so much. The teepee and arrow fabrics are from Hobby Lobby. Love that touch of gold in the arrows. The squirrel fabric is Cotton +Steel Magic Forest Squirrels Neon Yellow. I usually put a 4.5 inch frame or boarder on my baby quilts, so the question is...

"What color fabric would you choose to frame this crazy little quilt?"

Monday, February 26, 2018

Little Girl Scrap Quilt...


Here's the second quilt I finished that I made with fabric from my stash. This one is similar to the one I posted a couple of weeks ago, except it's got more soft blue tones...


I get a real sense of accomplishment when I make this kind of quilt. I love that I'm using my stash...


I'm generally drawn to more modern fabric designs rather than these little 1930'ish reproduction prints, so I was really surprised I had plenty of them to make a couple of baby quilts.


I chose another flower pattern for the quilting for this little one. I love that the quilting reflects the flowers in the fabrics...


And the backing for the quilt is just more of the same light blue. Using my scraps makes me feel very frugal and accomplished...


Monday, February 19, 2018

Little Boy's Scrap Quilt...


I was inspired by a photo on the internet (don't ask me where I saw it -- can't remember) to make a scrap baby boy quilt from blue and gray fabrics in my stash. I had plenty of those colors from the quilts I made last year. I tried to make it a little abstract. I've decided I don't do abstract very well. There's something about it that goes against my grain. I've seen some beautiful quilts that are abstract in nature, but I have to work so hard at it that it's not fun for me. Anyway, here's what might be my one and only attempt at an abstract quilt...


I chose an ABC pattern for the quilting. I'm not sure you can see it in these photos, but it's cute.


The back is simply more of the same fabrics that I used on the front.


I don't have a recipient in mind for this quilt yet. I'm hoping to get a stash of baby quilts so that I can choose one and give it away when there's a need.


Wishing you a wonderful day!