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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A gift for Baby Budzo!

Wow, so once again, it's been forever and a day since I last wrote a blog post.  That's mainly due to the fact that I'm frantically working on the first quilt for my now-ten-month-old son, and have made time for little else.  I did, however, find some time to hand embroider some Onesies for my nephew that is due in December.  I'll let the pics do the talking.  

Freehand drawing is not my thing.  The lobster is a clipart from Microsoft, the baby budzo is word art from Microsoft, and the baby bunny is an embroidery pattern by Amy Sinibaldi.  

Once satisfied with the size of the art, I printed it out on Sulky Sticky Fabri Solvy.

See?  It looks so cool when you peel the paper backing away.

It sticks right on the fabric, acting as a stabilizer and pattern at the same time.

I originally went for a satin stitch on the lobster dude, but ended up undoing it.

I used Sulky 12wt cotton to stitch the bunny.  It looked cute, but didn't hold up as well as the others, which used three strands of your standard embroidery floss.  While I adore 12wt thread, I would save it for wovens, not knits.

Here's what I ended up doing with the lobster after unpicking all those satin stitches!

I love how the stitching turned out on this one!  Gator colors for this little guy, of course.  
Well, in my haste to put these in the mail, I forgot to photograph the final results.  Typical.  At least it won't be too long before I see little Baby Budzo wearing these himself.

Until next time, God Bless!

Monday, June 13, 2016

I'm a Winner!

While there are several people in my life who would agree with this statement, I sometimes need validation from outside sources. 

For instance, these comment-and-win giveaways.  I've never won one until this week!  Bernie over at Needle and Foot hosted a charitable giveaway, where she made a donation to the charity of the winner's choice.  I don't enter a lot of giveaways, but I thought this was definitely worth a shot.  What do you know?  I won! 

The beneficiary?  Pregnancy Solutions in Venice, Florida. 

I'm proud to have supported this organization in the past, and am super excited that I won this donation for them!  Please check them out, and check out Bernie's website while you're at it, too! 
As for the quilting--I have a few makes ready to show off, now to find some time to blog about them...until then, God Bless!

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Blocks on the Go, for Quilts on the Grow: April Blocks Complete!

So I've been plugging away at this quilt along all year, and I've done a not-so-bad job of keeping up.  If you haven't seen them yet, here are my blocks for January, February, and March

I find hand sewing to be my favorite method of "making," and EPP is highly addictive, so thanks, Katja, for such fun projects!

Without further ado, here are my April blocks:

Block 14: Willa, who also happens to be my entry into the Modern Quilt Guild fabric challenge:

Sashing Stash by Riley Blake with coordinating solids.
Echo quilting in the center, FMQ in sashing.
 Block 17: Lorna
Michael Miller stripes, MM Cotton Couture solids
Straight line quilting inside, FMQ in sashing

Block 16: Louise
Fabric from my stash with MM Cotton Couture solids
Spiral walking foot quilting inside, FMQ in sashing.
 Block 15: Lorna
Michael Miller Glitz with MM Cotton Couture Solids

Straight line quilting inside, FMQ in sashing.
All four April blocks playing together!
 This is my favorite part: showing the quilting on the back.  It is miles from perfect, but I'm getting better every day.  When this project is complete, it'll resemble a wholecloth quilt from the back!  But I'm getting ahead of myself--I'm only a third of the way done!
Lots of walking foot love this month!
Well, it feels good to have another month's worth of blocks under my belt.  I've already gotten May's blocks pieced, so I've got some quilting to do!

The stack is growing!

This time, I'm linking up to Linky Tuesday and Let's Bee Social for the very first time, so hopefully I'll make some new quilty friends!  Until next time, God Bless!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sewing for #babyschep: Personalized Baseball Mat

So I really, really needed to make something for my son, who, at the time of writing this, is almost six months old. The vision for this project popped in my head while I was still on maternity leave.  My family has an obsession with baseball, so I had to make a baseball themed gift for their only grandson:
Yes, he's wearing a baseball cap!

I found a baseball themed font online and installed it on my computer.  Just do a quick Google search, and you'll find plenty of them, along with instructions on how to install them.  I used the font to type my son's name, and traced the image onto freezer paper in reverse.  After ironing the freezer paper to a piece of blue felt, I cut it out and now had an applique that won't fray:
I used an X-acto knife and scissors to cut out the "holes" inside the letters.
After experimenting with minky fabric for the first time on my niece's quilt, I decided to give it another go-'round on this project. 

In hindsight, I would have used ordinary plush fleece rather than the dimpled minky fleece, because it kinda looks like a golf ball, don't you think? 

Anyhow, I didn't bother using any adhesives or finishing any of the edges--I simply pinned the name and the "seams" to the fleece and topstitched them down with matching thread.

For the inside, I used 1" foam--the type you find in the upholstery section.  This is easy enough to find--I sourced mine from my local Wal-Mart.  It wasn't wide enough, so I hot glued two pieces together, then cut out my circle.  I left a large opening to slip the foam inside the "ball" and slipstitched the opening closed.  All in all, a super-fun and super-fast project.  Now for some BabySchep eye candy:

Linking up to Finish it Up Friday and TGIFF!  Until next time, God Bless!
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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Blocks on the Go, for Quilts on the Grow: March Blocks Complete!

I realize that it's May, but I only recently finished the quilting on my March blocks for the Blocks on the Go for Quilts on the Grow quilt along.  Ironically enough, I opted to machine quilt my quiltlets so that they'd go faster, not slower!  Without further ado:

Block 10: Kelly
MM Glitz and MM Cotton Couture

Block 12: Brandi
Stash fabrics
Block 13: Judy
Stash fabrics

Block 9: Doris
Dear Stella stripes

Block 11: Susan
stash fabrics
Now for the finished quiltlets:

Machine quilted straight lines inside, FMQ in the sashing.

FMQ throughout.

FMQ throughout.

FMQ throughout.

FMQ throughout.

All 5 of March's blocks together.

A view from the back.
That's what three months of quiltlets looks like!  (With a sneak peek of April's fabric in the background)

Hope y'all are enjoying this quilt along as much as I am!  Until next time, God Bless!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along--Rosette 8 Complete!

I've had this guy finished for a little while now, but have just now gotten around to taking pictures:

I skipped ahead to Rosette 8 for several reasons, the main being that I wanted to be able to join my rosettes as I went along. 
Here are photos of the rosette in progress:

Just the center.

With Round 1 attached

Now for the "in situ" photos:
Photographing this beast requires standing on our patio sitting wall!

I'll have to find a place to hang it in order to get a straight-on shot.
Fabrics used: Color Theory by V&Co. for Moda, with matching Moda Bella solids.  At this rate, this'll be a five year project, but I guess that's okay with me!

Until next time, God Bless.
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