Friday Finish - Flowering Snowball Quilt

Well, I finished my flowering snowball quilt!  I really love the vintage feel to both this block and these sweet retro fabrics (purchased here).  I think it's the perfect first quilt for Olivia's big girl bed!  We set it up a few days ago, and she hasn't gotten out of bed once after I put her down.  Amazing.  I anticipated walking her back till midnight!  I looked for the perfect (used) bed on the internet for six months before I finally found something Jenny Lind-ish.  We had it painted professionally and I am thrilled with how it turned out.
I was SO inspired by Mary's gorgeous flowering snowball - if I hadn't seen hers this one never would have been.  I would never have had the patience to hand quilt mine though, so I settled for some wavy lines to give it a good crinkle.
It's backed in a 100% cotton vintage sheeting that a friend of mine gifted me from her late mother-in-law's stash.  It was absolutely perfect for this quilt.  I bound it in yellow gingham, not only for the vintage feel but also to tone down the pink.  The nursery had a lot of pink in it, but now that she's growing I want to keep things colorful but not so stereotypically girly.
My mother was so amazed at the curves on this block, I actually made her a video about how I did them, which I think I might put up on the blog.  It's undergoing some changes right now, and I'd love to have a little tutorial section.  Curves seem to scare a lot of people, but with a few little tips they can be not only doable, but actually fun, and it's very satisfying to conquer a new skill.
Olivia is thrilled with both the quilt, and the bed.  I had a lot of that sheeting with the little yellow flowers leftover from backing the quilt, so I made a fitted sheet and some pillow cases too.  I love matching stuff.
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A Wordless Wednesday WIP

Friday Finish - Baby Boy Voile quilt

After I finished piecing the queen size voile top last weekend, I took the pinks and purples out of the stack of 4.5" squares and threw some baby boy colours up on the design wall.  We have really good friends in Rome who are expecting a boy in July, and every summer baby needs a voile quilt!  I decided to soldier on, grabbing a piece of Hobbs Tuscany collection cotton batting, and a green AMH voile print that for some reason I had yards of, and basted a nice little quilt sandwich.  By 8:30 pm I had a finished quilt!
As usual, I had a hard time getting a shot of the quilt without the Olivia and Nina trying to get in on it!
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WIP Wednesday - Spring is officially here

Even though we still have too many overcast days, the chill is finally gone and we are looking forward to summer.  We've been busy sprucing up the garden, adding a few new flowers around the yard, and building a new bird net around the strawberry patch.  My original 60 strawberry runners have procreated, (despite my best efforts to keep them from spreading too much), and I think we will soon be inundated with strawberries.  Going to have to learn how to make jam...

My flowers are blooming, which makes me happy every time I catch a glimpse out the kitchen window.  Olivia scrunches up her face so cute "sniffing" the flowers!

Wanting to sew with voile is starting to be as synonymous with spring as tulips for me.  I have so many 4.5" voile squares floating around my sewing room you would not believe it!  This past weekend I finished the large queen size top for our bed, and next up is a twin size for Olivia's bed.  Her beautiful vintage bed frame has been bought, painted (professionally), and we are just waiting for the mattress to arrive to get it all set up.  I couldn't be more excited if the bed was for me.

I am also anxiously awaiting the postman have a beautiful Cotton + Steel lawn bundle on it's way from Carol and I can't wait to get my hands on it!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced...

March in a nutshell

In March I started working again, after almost 3 years of being a stay-at-home-mom, and boy has it been rough.  I know a lot of new moms miss their careers, but if it wasn't for financial need I would be more than happy raising my little girl and working away on all my stitchy projects.  So far it's been really hard to find time to sew/knit, but that's also been because Olivia's been sick with bronchitis for a few weeks (first antibiotic didn't get rid of it completely and last weekend it came back with a vengeance!).

In order not to lose track of my various wips, I started making a list of the things I was working on, and what my next projects will be when these are finished.  Then I realized I was just in time for a nice Wip Wednesday post! And for the first time in months, I've also got something to share for Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day, so here I am.

Just finished...

  • Flowering Snowball Quilt
I finished this quilt about a month ago, but between rain and harsh March sunlight I haven't been able to get a decent picture of it, and I love it so much, it really deserves a few decent pictures.

  • The Lottie Cardigan
I actually finished this adorable sweater at the very end of January (just under my self-imposed deadline!), but still haven't blogged about the finished product.  I will be doing that soon!

  • Far Far Away Baby Quilt
This was a last minute make but ended up super cute!  Will be blogging about this next week!

In the middle of...

  • Kona Squares II
This is a commission from my mother in law, one that I struggled against for a few months because I didn't want to just make the same quilt again.  After she shot down my best suggestions, I gave in a few weeks ago and started making a twin sized version of my original couch quilt.  Pick your battles right?

  • Palos Verdes Herringbone
Last year I splurged on a half yard bundle of the Palos Verdes organic voile to make something for Olivia's big girl bed.  I finally just said "what the hell" and jumped right in to another herringbone QAYG quilt.  I added a few Cambridge cotton lawn's in solid colours, which also helped make the bundle stretch to a twin size.  I've go the strips made and I'm just thinking about ordering some yardage for the backing.  It's just too gorgeous to go and put a plain cotton backing on it!

  • Single Girl Quilt
I started cutting the 16,000,000 pieces needed for a queen size Single Girl back in October, knowing full well this would be a slow-paced, long term quilt.  Ideally I would like to get it done by the summer.  I've got about six of the sixteen blocks done (with four quarters in each block).  I work on it once in a while when I need a break from the other stuff I'm doing, when I just want to sew without having to accomplish something.

Projects between now and summer

I have a big bundle of Little Folks voile in blue/yellow/green colourways that has been patiently waiting for me to get back to it.  I love the AMH voile quilt I made last summer so much, but it's a bit too small for two people.  I just received another half yard bundle of AMH voiles (above) that I ordered from the ever-awesome Jen, (love her!), and can't wait to mix them all up and make a nice big 90" square quilt.  I'm thinking a nice plus quilt would be good.  As soon as I get that Kona squares commission-monkey off my back I'm diving right in!

Of course the list doesn't count baby quilts which will be made as they become necessary.  I have the one finished that I'll be showing you soon, and two currently on the go.  I also have a shawl to knit and a ripple crochet blanket on the go!  (Re-reading this post I think I might possibly be out of my mind!)

Linking up with Lily's Quilts and Freshly Pieced...

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WIP Wednesday - Nae Shawl

A few months ago I stumbled across the Nae shawl on Ravelry, and last week I finally cast it on.  I've never done a shawl before, so I am a little anxious that after all the thousands of hours it will require, I end up with something decent that I will be proud to wear.

I love the clean lines of the shawl, and the pattern seems simple enough, even though some of the stitches (knitting through back loop, purling through back loop), were new to me.  It's a free download too!

I absolutely adore Lavidaloca's Nae, so I found the same yarn online and bought it in the same colour.  Isn't hers gorgeous?

Wish me luck - any shawl knitting tips appreciated!

(By the way, the last photo is an homage to Amanda at Hey Porkchop, who takes the most beautiful pictures of her knitting on quilts!)

Will be linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced... in a bit!

Friday Finish - About last October...

Ok so I know we're all dying for spring, and nobody really wants to read about Halloween, but I have a few little finishes I didn't want to forget about, so please bear with me!
Last October I was so into the fall atmosphere, I decided to whip up a little fall themed runner for my table.  What better represents fall than some modern maple leaves?  I went through my precious AMH scraps and made a little autumn flavoured gradient selection.  (How gorgeous are AMH fabrics?)  I used a low volume print with a touch of gold metallic from Carolyn Friedlander's Botanics for the background.
In the end I had to cut some leaves out because it would have been too long - as it is it's a yard long!  We also made two jack-o-lanterns because doing them with your kid is a lot of fun and one wasn't enough!

We also made some awesome chocolate sugar cookies and decorated them to take to Olivia's first Halloween party, organized by some of the "expat mommies" that I know.  She wore a little mouse costume we picked out at Carter's in August (I plan ahead peeps!).


My sister in law, who was visiting from Buenos Aires, also requested a little set of four placemats and I happily obliged.  She asked for orange and yellow, and I used the ever awesome Lemon Pepper pattern that I've already mentioned many times here.  I defy you to find a stain on these placemats!

Thanks for going back to October with me for a minute.  Next week: a springy finish!

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