Sunday, January 31, 2010

First Completed Quilt of the Year!

Ta Da! Well, here's the finished project. Hopefully my first quilt of many (at least 12) this year! ;) As I had said in my post earlier, this is an "I Spy" quilt for my son. After finishing the quilt top, I was so excited to finish the complete quilt that I pretty much finished the rest in half a day. I am still not a pro when it comes to the actual "quilting" part of it, but I am experimenting and am hopefully getting better with each quilt. I did simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting, as well as a few wavy lines throughout.
I didn't want to cover up the "I Spy" squares with a bunch of quilting patterns, in case it would confuse my son. ;) So, I just did alternating wavy stitches along some of the green and blue sashing.

I was very happy with the back of the quilt, too! I was glad that I had a bunch of the blue and green fabric left over from the front of the quilt. So, I decided to incorporate some of that on the back as well. I used cotton batting and did a simple wrap-around binding with the back fabric piece.

My son was so excited to start finding different animals and objects! I love watching him point his little finger to all the blocks! I am so happy he loves it! The quilt is now keeping him warm at night, as well as keeping him busy with a quiet activity (at least for a little while) during the day! :)


Thursday, January 28, 2010

More Craft Hope for Haiti...

I donated two more of my tie onesies to the Craft Hope for Haiti Etsy shop. Purchase these through the Craft Hope for Haiti shop and all proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti. They make a great gift, and you can donate to a great cause at the same time! :) Click Here to view the listing!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Quilt #1 progress...

Hello, everyone! As you may remember at the beginning of this year, I mentioned that I had a new goal... to make a quilt a month in 2010. Well, here is quilt top #1. I should be finishing the actual quilting in the next couple of days. Just in time for my personal deadline.

This quilt is an "I Spy" quilt for my son. It has 48 blocks, with 47 different "I Spy" squares. I collected a bunch of different fabrics for the "I Spy" squares, and will probably end up having enough to make another "I Spy" quilt! I tried to get a bunch of things that I know my son would be able to recognize and also things that he loves, such as cars, balls, animals, shapes, and of course, "Wubbzy"! ;) I used blues and greens in between the squares. I saved the last corner square for my tag.
I will update with more pictures once I complete the quilt.
Now its time to work on my quilt sandwich... :)


Friday, January 15, 2010

Craft Hope for Haiti

Craft Hope for Haiti Shop Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time

After hearing about the disaster in Haiti, I wanted so much to help out in some way. I was so glad to see that Craft Hope stepped up to help out. The wonderful people at Craft Hope have set up a custom Etsy shop where crafters can donate their handmade items so others can purchase them. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Doctors Without Borders, who will do what they can to help the people in Haiti get the medical attention they so desperately need. If you have an Etsy shop, or are a fellow crafter, please donate your handmade items to this special Craft Hope for Haiti Etsy shop. I donated a sock monkey and a tie onesie (both pictured below), which I imagine will be listed tomorrow sometime. Click on the button above to check out the shop for some very cute gifts for a great cause!

Here are the items I donated:


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Craft Hope Project 6

Craft Hope Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time

So, I've added another project... I love seeing what each new project is for Craft Hope. This will be the third project I have participated in. I really think what they are doing is so great! Project number 6 will be helping The Orphan Foundation of America's Red Scarf Program. We will all be making red scarves for foster teens. The winter has been so cold in so many places across the U.S. It will be great to help warm up some teens this winter. I am blessed here in AZ, it is really nice weather. No need for scarves where I am at. I am also glad that I learned how to crochet! In between my other projects, I will be making at least one scarf, maybe two to send out. If you know how to knit or crochet, please help out in making some red scarves for these teens. The deadline is Valentine's Day, February 14th! Click on the Craft Hope box above for more information.


Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year, New Goal!

Well, let me just start out by saying how extremely sorry I am for the past 3 months of non- blogging. I have had an extremely busy holiday season with my new Etsy shop, and also dealing with some health issues at the same time. I am doing fine now, and I am also very glad that I had so much success with my shop. I am taking a little break from Etsy so that I can restock my shop and work on other things. Anyways, I wanted to let you all know that I will be making some changes to my blog, and hopefully starting a new blog about my goal for this year. Last year, I made my first four quilts, and I have really gotten hooked on quilting... and am now addicted to fabrics! Oh my goodness... there are some lovely fabrics out there! Well, my goal for 2010 is to make a quilt a month... or more. I am pretty sure I can do it. I currently make very simple quilts, so I'm pretty confident that one quilt a month should be fairly easy. Once I start getting into more advanced techniques, I might not be able to do that many. But, anyways, that is my goal for this year, and I am so excited about it! I am already at work on two different quilts. One will be an "I Spy" Quilt for my son, and the other is going to be a Valentine's quilt for my hubby. I will send pics of the works in progress soon. In the meantime, enjoy this pic of my last quilt of 2009. I was not happy with the first quilt that I made for my niece (my first quilt ever). But, the biggest reason why I decided to make her a different one was because when I saw this fabric, it screamed her name! It was the perfect theme and colors for her and I just had to get this fabric! :) As usual, I did a very simple quilt, and not much actual "quilting" to it since I wanted the fabric to really be the main focus. Enjoy!

Front. I used the Castles and Carriages fabric from Studio R Designs. My niece is a major princess, and her room is decorated in pinks and greens.

Back. I used the Princess Tonal Pink fabric from the collection and wrapped it around to the front for a simple binding method.

Closer view of the back fabric, and very simple quilting. I don't know how to do all the fancy designs yet.

I gave this to her for Christmas and she loves it! Yay! :)