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Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Finish - Robot Baby Quilt






Here is another baby quilt I worked on this past summer and delivered in September.  I got this fabric and made the blocks so many years ago I can't remember the designer or name of it.  At the time I wanted to try "improv style", which for me is really rather difficult.  I'm much better at following the rules!

This was another commission from my sister-in-law, and it now lives in Rome with her friend's little boy.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Finish - Drawstring bags

So, unfortunately my good bud Nicole is moving back home to Philadelphia next week.  Although I've known this was coming for a while, I am pretty sad about this.  Not only was she a good friend to me and a great auntie for Olivia, she was a fellow knitter!  And over here at least, finding someone under the age of 70 who knits is a rarity.  I never would have had the courage to try a cardigan if it wasn't for her.  (She has also been my Downton Abbey buddy for two years!  Who am I going to watch it with now… my husband??)
So besides chipping in for a nice big Amazon gift certificate with the other expat gals, I wanted to make her a little something that would keep me in her thoughts, especially when she pulls out her knitting needles.  I decided a few project bags would do the job.  
I had a lot of fun looking through my stash to find coordinating fabrics.  After a quick run to the merceria, I had matching cotton twill!  

First I did two with some beautiful AMH Field Study.


Then I made one for myself.


Then I had to make two small ones for my daughter and my friend's daughter.


I got the idea from this tutorial but also watched this very helpful video.  I don't think I'm done making these bags yet, but I'm going to keep that under my hat for right now.

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Friday, January 09, 2015

Friday Finish - Wee Wander Baby Quilt





Do you remember the Wee Wander quilt I made for my little girl?  I made it using the Lemon Pepper quilt pattern (I adore this pattern!), and made extra blocks so I would be able to squeeze a baby quilt out of it.  It uses a Wee Wander pink bundle, some Michael Miller Cotton Couture solids, some Mirror Dots, and some Briar Rose strawberries.

A request came in July for a friend of my sister-in-law's, so I quilted it and embroidered the baby's name and birthdate on it.  The quilt was made over the summer and delivered in September.  I actually made two baby quilts for my sister-in-law, but I'll save the second one for next Friday.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

WIP Wednesday - Um, I accidentally started a new quilt...






Hello everyone - Happy New Year.

I know it's been a while since I showed my face around these parts - seems to be an annual thing.  Every fall the blog gets neglected for a bit.  But fear not fellow makers - the lack of writing does not signify a lack of making - the exact opposite!  I have a bit of a backlog of things to show you, but today I wanted to show you a new project.  

I fell in love with Mary's Flying Snowball quilt last spring, and decided that I had to do one in a twin size for my little girl.  I had planned to do this year, but ended up starting it a few days ago.  I had some time in my sewing room, and instead of tediously pinning my Single Girl blocks (started in October), I decided to do a trial block using my new Flying Snowball templates, (bought here) and a beautiful bundle of sweet retro prints, (bought here).  I ended up working away all afternoon cutting and sewing nine blocks!  

I stopped there for the night, and thought about turning it into a baby quilt for one of the two new baby girls we know awaiting quilts.  However, as we are very close to getting Olivia a big girl bed, I decided to continue on and make it a twin size for her.  If I'm going to have to walk her back to bed 100 times a night, at least I'll get to see a pretty new quilt on her bed each time!  (Ugh I am SO not looking forward to her being free at night!)

I'll leave you with a Christmas picture of my little one.  This was her third Christmas but by far the most work to get her to pose and smile properly!  My husband does the lights and picture-taking, and I'm in charge of hair&makeup, wardrobe, and smiles!



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Wednesday, November 05, 2014

WIP Wednesday - The Lottie Cardigan



I've just cast on this adorable little Lottie cardigan from Madder and I'm really hoping I'll have it done for Christmas.  Honestly I'm just hoping I'll finish the thing - since I've never made an actual sweater before!  I'm using Abuelita worsted yarn in sand that I bought last summer specifically for this pattern.  You can find the Lottie here.

Friday, October 24, 2014

A Finish for Friday - I Spy Baby Quilt





This cute little quilt was started in a fit of late night inspiration back in July, but then got lost in summer clothes making and a birthday and then vacation time.  My in-laws spoke for it in August, so last week I got down to business and embroidered their friends' baby's name and birthdate on it.  It's now sitting with a bow on top, waiting for Christmas.
I really love this quilt.  I had kind of a "use it or lose it" attitude when I made it.  I cut up a ton of novelty fabrics that I had been saving but had never been incorporated into any other project and just went for it.  Nothing is repeated more than twice, and I made two other little bundles of squares for future I Spy quilts.
The back is a super soft Alexander Henry Farmdale print, (another print I'd been saving for no reason), and it's bound in cotton gingham.  When I embroider names on quilts I like to hide it a bit, so this time I did it in black like the bees antennae.  I always loved how some painters hid messages in their paintings, so I guess this is my version.
I hope the recipients like it as much as I do!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

WIP Wednesday - AMH Single Girl Quilt





It took me a long time to decide whether or not I wanted to make this quilt, but now that I am, I'm really excited about seeing it finished on my bed.  I am using my AMH leftovers from this quilt which include Field Study, Hand Drawn Garden, and Dowry.  I bought a fat quarter bundle of Pretty Potent when it came out, but I thought I liked it less than the other collections.  Once I started cutting it, I realized I do like it just as much, and so I bought another bundle just to keep my stock up!  (I may also have reordered bundles of all of the afore mentioned lines, and preordered the new collection coming out next month!)
I've only made one whole ring so far (4 blocks), to see if I wanted to do it fifteen more times.  Now I'm just working on piecing the rings.  I've been keeping the quarter rings together in groups, so that I don't duplicate a single fabric within a ring.  Once I get the rings all pieced, my plan is to just sew them to the low volume background with no calculation at all.  By the way, is there anything more annoying that cutting the outside arc of the background with a flimsy piece of paper as your template?!?  I can't wait to be done with it!
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