Saturday, February 25, 2017

One for 2017

I started this one in plenty of time to get it done before this little cutie was born at the end of July, but then life happened and it didn't get done. And then it was going to be done for Christmas and then there was more life and it still didn't happen, but when I planned a trip to visit baby cakes and her family for President's Day, I knew I had to get it done.  I finished it! And it turned out so cute and Katie even remembered the significance of the blueberries. Hopefully there are a few more to follow soon. I've got to get going on one for my brother and soon to be sister-in-law for their wedding in July, as well as one for my baby niece coming at the end of May. Hopefully life will slow down a little at the end of March and give me some good sewing time. I'll keep my fingers crossed but won't hold my breathe.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

2016 Update

This year has been a blur. I can't believe November is already a third of the way over. I haven't gotten to do as much quilting as I would like. School has consumed my time as well as dating, which is a new problem for me that I'm still trying to figure out. I have gotten a few projects done though.

 Receiving blankets are the ticket for friends and family who live far away. The top two are for my cousin Emma who is having a baby this month. I would have made her a quilt, but the baby shower caught me off guard and I didn't have time. The four on the bottom were for my cousin, some good friends from my YSA ward who got married and moved to California, a mission friend and one of my best friends from Jr. High.
This one was for my mission friend Pam. She loves Winnie the Pooh so when I saw the fabric I just knew I had to make her something with it.

I've been working on a few other projects. Not sure what I'll actually get done by the end of the year but I'm glad I was able to get these out to friends and family to let them know I love them and their new little additions.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Quilting, quilting

I spent 6 weeks of my life working on this for my sister. I had her pick out the pattern and colors so I could be sure she would actually like it. Even at that, I resigned myself to the fact that she probably wouldn't use it. Hopefully one day it finds its way to someone who will love it. It's definitely the most complex quilt I've ever done.


This one for Denae didn't quite make the baby deadline since my time was monopolized by Julia's quilt. But I got it done in time for his blessing. I think it turned out cute. Just don't look too close and how straight my lines are. :/



I've managed to squeeze in a few receiving blankets as well and I've been working on some other projects. Hopefully I stay on a roll and get some good quilting hours under my belt while staying caught up on book club, work, school and trying to have a social life.


Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015

Quilt 7 Mario quilt for my friend Brenda. When I saw the fabric I knew I had to do something for her. I gave it to her a couple days ago and as predicted she loved it. Or she was good at faking.

Quilt 8 I've been roommates with Chelsea for 3 years. That's the longest roommate I've ever had! That's three years of her having to put up with my sewing machine always being on the table and my fabric being everywhere. I thought that merited a quilt of her very own. These little giraffes were just so cute and perfect.

Quilt 9 This was a lap quilt I made for made for my friend Christy. She lives in California and I don't get to see her very often. The pattern is called a friendship braid, so she can always remember her friends from so long ago. :)

I didn't make my goal of 12 quilts this year, but I figured 9 wasn't too bad. I was working two jobs and life is busy. Hopefully I can have another productive year in 2016.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Trunk show

I get emails from about a million quilting sites. And I love it. The other day I got this gem talking about an online quilt trunk show. I LOVE seeing other people's quilts so I thought I'd participate as well.

This one is very dear to me. I turned 30 this year and as my big hurrah I asked my friends and family to send me a fat quarter. Out of the fabric I was given I made this quilt. My mom helped me long ago figure out the measurements for the blocks from a picture I had seen and it went together so quickly. I used a tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co for the binding and quilted this on my sewing machine. It's so fun to look at all the fabric and think about the people who gave it to me. Love it!!

Take a look at the other quilts in the quilt show at Whimsandfancies.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Number 5

Finished quilt number 5 for the year. This one has been a long time coming. Last year I had the genius idea to make a quilt for my grandma for Christmas. There are 11 girls on my mom's side (3 sisters, 1 sister in law, and 7 cousins) which would work out great to make a 12 block quilt (easy enough for me to make two blocks to fill that last spot). Well I should have known it wouldn't go together like I planned. It took me forever to do my block and just as long for everyone, except my one cousin, to do theirs. Two people opted not to participate so that also presented the task of creating the extra two blocks. Luckily my cousin Jamee decided it would be fun to come on over to my house and make a couple blocks and her mom also made two blocks. So between the three of us we made the extra three blocks. They were done in time for Christmas so I gave those to grandma and then took them back. I got the top sewn together for Mother's Day. And I stayed up much later than I would have liked last night finishing the quilting on it for her birthday (which was yesterday). So now it's all done! She didn't get it FOR her birthday, but it was finished BY her birthday so I'm counting myself successful. :) Next time I see her she'll get this cheery warm piece of love to always remember us by. :)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Nothing says I love you

I had a mission companion who always got socks in her packages. In her family, they had a saying that "Nothing says I love you like a new pair of socks". My equivalent to that would be "Nothing says I love you like a quilt". And now, a story.

Sometimes you start the second grade and you make a new friend and she becomes one of your best friends and she just happens to live down the street and you just love her. Then in the 8th grade she moves across the state in the pre cell phone, pre email days and you write letters and get special permission from mom to call long distance to see how things are going. Then you get your first email and keep in touch that way and THEN you are finally saved by facebook and texting. 22 years later you are still laughing about Welkerpoo on the nintendo and the ridiculous songs you made up in your "band". Along the way you have marriages and babies and missions and sometimes, you actually fail at being the friend you wish you were. This is where I am going to make a confession. My best friend of 22 years is pregnant with her 4th baby. I'm really good at baby gifts. I LOVE babies and all things cute and little and baby. I give baby gifts to coworkers whose wives just had babies and mission companions I hardly ever talk to and people I've only known for a few years casually at church, but with all that great gift giving, I have NEVER made anything for ANY of my friend Dana's babies. WHAT. THE. HECK!? So this time around I decided to repent and make sure I made this one count. Make sure I got it done in time to actually hand deliver it and not have the excuse that I just never made it to the post office. Because really, nothing says I love you like a quilt, and I really do love her. SO I found the perfect fabric that just screamed Dana to me, found an adorable (and relatively simple) Charm box pattern from fatquartershop.com (LOVE their youtube videos) and went to work.

I was bummed when I looked at the instructions and it said I needed 2 charm packs when I had only bought 1 from missouriquiltco.com and when I went to order another one, they didn't have anymore. :( So I headed to the fabric store to find a couple prints that would work with it and grabbed some great minky that was on sale at the same time. Luckily I found a few fabrics I thought would work okay and got to sewing. It went together SO fast. A couple episodes of Chuck and the top was done!

My visiting teacher came on Sunday and asked me if there was anything I needed. I told her to message me in the middle of the week to see how my quilt was going since I have a tendency to procrastinate when I'm close to finishing, assuming I'll have all the time in the world on (insert day of the week) but then 12 things come up and I regret not working on it when I actually did have time.

But I was on top of it and finished it Tuesday night! It turned out SO good. Probably one of my favorites ever.
Seriously so cute. The minky back was different to work with and made it difficult to slide around when I was quilting it on my machine, but really other than that it was a easy enough. Maybe Dana is lucky I've been such a slacker with her other kids. ;)

I'm definitely lucky that she has been willing to put in the effort required to keep a friendship in contact through the ups and downs and distances of life. It was so great to get together with her this weekend for our annual October Conference ice cream run. Four hours later and we were mostly caught up and only departing because it was so late. She loved the quilt and I LOVE HER!

Nothing says I love you quite like a quilt.