Love Birds Baby Quilt

Happy Friday!  Today I want to share with you a sweet baby quilt that I made as a gift for my BFF’s new grandbaby.  Our kids grew up together, and so her kids I treat as my own and vice versa.  It really is great to have such a special friend, and so OUR new grandbaby needed something special.

Just like the red fox quilt, this quilt also centered around a yard of fabric that I found and just had to have.  This fabric is by Deena Designs for Free Spirit.  Aren’t these cute little love birds just adorable?

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And then I just couldn’t bear to cut the fabric up.   I did manage to cut a 3-1/2 strip off of it for use on the front, to pull the front and the back of the quilt together, but the rest became a large block on the back of the quilt.

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I raided my stash for coordinating pink, green, and blue tone on tone fabrics.   I love this combination of pink and green and have used it before for other quilts.  First for a Mexican Rose quilt (pictured below).  This was the first quilt pattern I designed and it is still for sale on Etsy.  And then for a quilt that I made for my cousin’s baby (couldn’t find a picture of that quilt).

Mexican Rose

Mexican Rose

For this new baby quilt however, I needed to mix in some blues and brighter pink in with the green to match the love birds fabric.  Alternating 9″ blocks created a simple, modern baby quilt.  I just love how it turned out!

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The quilt finishes at 45″ square.  I quilted a simple curved design along all 4 edges of each square using a half-circle of cardboard as a template.

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And even though the quilt itself was finished when she was only a week old, I didn’t ship it off because I wanted to add a quilt label to it.  I have been trying to be more consistent with adding quilt labels to all quilts that I make.  But it is certainly a last minute thought, and not something I have already designed.  I am ashamed to say that I finally had the label made, attached to the quilt, and the quilt delivered when she turned 6 months old.  I need to automate this part of quilt making somehow.  5-1/2 months to make and attach a quilt label is quite ridiculous.  I did have a lot of other things going on though, so I’ll give myself a break.

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Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

The Story of a Survivor

This is a story about a friend, and a quilt.  It all started with a package of pink and green 5″ squares that I picked up from a local quilt store.  In the package were several squares of fabric with the pink breast cancer ribbon.  As soon as I saw that pink ribbon I knew I wanted to make a friend, a breast cancer survivor, a quilt.   This friend has been a breast cancer survivor for 6-7 years now.  And although I didn’t know her at the point in her life that she was battling this horrible disease, she truly is the definition of a survivor.  To say that her journey of breast cancer was probably the lowest point in her life is an understatement.  But she overcame and she beat cancer’s butt!  More than that though, she is thankful for the journey and for where it took her.  She uses her past experiences to be an ‘angel’ to others taking the same path, and she has walked over 180 miles to raise money for cancer research.  So, in celebration of life, in celebration of her journey, and to honor her for her continued fight against cancer, I felt that using my talents to make her a quilt was a small way that I could recognize and support her.

from her facebook page

from her facebook page

The two small packages of squares that I purchased were barely enough for a baby quilt, so I raided my stash and scrap bin — turns out I have quite a bit of pink and green fabric — and found enough matching fabric to make a lap quilt.  A total of 154 5″ squares to be exact

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I had the top pieced in fairly short order and then it sat for almost 4 months.  My favorite parts of quilting are the designing, picking out the fabrics, and piecing the top.  I find so much satisfaction in the creative process of it all.  Sandwiching the quilt and actually quilting it all together is a drudgery to me.  Might I feel different if I had a long arm?  Maybe.  But my brain doesn’t find that part as stimulating, and I therefore just don’t enjoy it as much.  But it has to be done.  So, when I went to the beach for a weekend in November with my guild for a retreat, I thought that would be the perfect project to take with me, and hopefully complete before the weekend was over.

And, I am happy to report that I did finish it.  It took the entire weekend, but it was quilted and bound before I left.   I was able to take pictures of it before I left the coastal region.  It was such a beautiful day and the sunshine really brought out the bright colors. I love it!  It finished at approximately 55″ x 70″.

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The back was pieced with even more of the same pinks and greens.

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And she loved it too!  Dear friend, may you continue on your journey of inspiring others!

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Linking up with Finish it Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts, Link a Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya, and Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Half Square Triangles

I started cutting and sewing half-square triangles (HST) for the quilt I decided to do for my parents.  I wanted the quilt to have a scrappy look with 10 or so different fabrics in each of the two colors.  But golly, this is a lot of cutting and trimming.

Putting the HSTs together really isn’t that bad.  I’m cutting my fabric so that I can sew and then cut 50 HSTs at one time.  Ironing and trimming to size comes next.  I realize that trimming them to size is probably the most important part, but it is taking forever.  This is what 400+ HST units look like.

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Only 800 more to go…

The embroidery design I’ve been working on for the baby blanket is now looking like this.

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And just because she couldn’t let me have the camera out without taking a picture of her..

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So what are you working on?

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday.

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2012 Year in Review — Quilting & Sewing Part I

With working 10 hours a day and babysitting the grandbabies at night, I haven’t had much time to get any new projects done so I thought I would share with you some things I completed last year.

I started the year finishing a UFO which was a quilt for my son. He had a wonderful sweet white Pit Bull named Khane that had died about 6 months previously, so I made my son a photo quilt to remember him by. I had only known his dog for about a year, but when he died, I also cried like I had lost a family member. Between me, my son, and his girlfriend, my husband said he felt like he was at a funeral home. Khane was the best dog and I would have another one like him in a heartbeat. Anyway, I picked out 10 pictures that really showed his personality, designed a easy blocky pattern, picked out some masculine fabrics, and made a memory quilt in his honor. The pictures were printed onto colorfast fabric sheets so hopefully they will last for a while.  My son loved it!

My wonderful son

My wonderful son

Khane memory quilt

Khane memory quilt

Not exactly sure what I did after that.  My photograph library is pretty slim up until summer. It might have something to do with working 50-60 hours weeks.  I hope to do better than that this year.  So fast forward to summer.  I was still working 50-60 hour weeks but decided that I needed several simple things to sew.  All of our sandstone coasters were broken, so I decided to make some scrappy fabric coasters.  I just love these coasters.  They are colorful, they were quick to make, and they work wonderfully.  I even took one to work to use on my desk there.

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Up next, I made a laundry bag for my son’s girlfriend.  She was headed off to college at East Carolina, and every college student needs a big, sturdy bag to carry home all their dirty laundry.  I found some ECU fabric and matched it with some solids.  I lined the inside with duck cloth to make it stronger.  The original pattern came from the InStitches book by Amy Butler, although I did make a few changes as I went along.

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To round out the end of summer, I made an apron for the monthly challenge with Art Gallery Fabrics.  This was the first monthly challenge I participated in and I won!  I was thrilled!!!  Honestly, I would have participated in all of the monthly challenges, but I had just found them while searching the internet one evening.

The apron is my original design, it is reversible, and turned out so cute!  I love the Art Gallery fabrics — they are so soft and so easy to work with.  I am currently about half-way done getting this written up into a pattern.

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The next project was also for an Art Gallery Fabrics monthly challenge.  The challenge was to make a computer bag and it had to have an insert pocket.  Well, I really wanted to make an iPad cover, so I ended up making both in matching fabrics.  This was made with their Indie line of fabrics.  These are also original designs.  I hope to get them written up into patterns this year also.

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Guess I’ll close for tonight.  Until next time, may you have blissful dreams.