Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Another Baby "I Spy" Quilt


So, I finished another quilt this week... just in time to enter it into the Blogger's Quilt Festival contest! If you haven't already, check out Amy's blog by clicking on the link above. Check out all the beautiful quilts! :)

As you know, I love making baby stuff... and I especially love making quilts, so I decided to make another baby quilt, with a favorite "I Spy" theme. 

They are so fun and simple to make, and a great way to use up scraps! 
Oh yeah, and kids love playing "I Spy". 
My son still uses his, and now my daughter is getting good at "spying". ;)

I did a mix of solid colors and different children's fabrics... some favorite characters too!
 I tried to keep it somewhat gender-neutral. 
I quilted with my usual meandering stipple, but didn't want to quilt over the "spy" fabric, so I just quilted the borders and sashing. I also added some "tags" by putting pieces of folded ribbon along the edges as I was sewing on the binding. I used a scrap piece of alphabet fabric for the binding.

I also kept the back simple again. I had this good size piece of flannel fabric with safari animals on it. It will be nice and snuggly for babies. I plan on listing this in my Etsy shop soon! :)

Hope you're having a great week!
 Happy Halloween!


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Another Pinwheel Quilt


I'm entering this quilt in the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side. Check it out, enter one of your quilts, or vote on all the beautiful quilts! I think I'll put mine in the throw quilt group. 

So, I've been trying to use up some of my fabric. I'm always buying more, then I don't end up getting to all my millions of projects swimming around in my head!

 I had a layer cake and a panel of the Cherish Nature collection by Deb Strain, and finally decided to use it! I paired dark and light colors together to make some easy pinwheel blocks. Knowing I was just shy of the 20 blocks that I needed, I decided to add a couple of panel pieces in with the blocks to make the quilt the size I wanted.

I also used some panel pieces for the pieced backing, along with Kona Cotton in Natural. The batting is my normal 100% cotton batting, so it's warm, but still breathable. I quilted a meandering stipple all over, and finished with a chocolate brown for the binding. 

By the way, this quilt is for sale in my shop! :) I love this fabric, with all the little birds, bees, eggs, and trees. It would make a great quilt for a nature lover, or for anyone who enjoys these earthy colors. The quilt is a nice throw size for the couch, or even a large baby quilt. 

Here's a better view of the back...

...and a closer view of the quilting and binding. 

I'm hoping to add more quilts to my shop soon. :)
Hope you're having a great weekend!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

More Baby Stuff...

So, I went to a friend's baby shower yesterday. 
She is also having a baby girl. :)
I made her a few things from me, and a few things for my sister-in-law to give her. 

I made this quilt for my sister-in-law to give. The baby's room will be in a star/moon theme, so I was happy to find this baby quilt panel in my stash. Some animal friends reading a bedtime story in the moonlight. I found some other fabrics in my stash to match as a border. 

I left the back simple again in a pale yellow flannel. Nice and soft. Did I tell you my son has been helping me take pics of my quilts? Hence, the cut off bottom of the quilt pic. He's almost 6... so not too bad. ;) Funny... I'll let him hold the $$$ camera, but not the quilts! LOL! I can just imagine him dragging it on the ground, or putting it over his head like a ghost. Those would make for some funny pics!

Here's a closer view of the panel. I think it's kinda sweet. The animals are so cute! 

I did an all-over meandering stipple, but added a few stars here and there. Can you see them? I found a perfect stripey (is that a word?) fabric for the binding. 

Here are some more things I made: 
Sorry for the bad lighting. :/

A fun little outfit. Onesie with heart patch, heart tights, and ruffle skirt. You can find a great free pattern for baby tights here, and you can get ruffle fabric here. It makes it super easy to sew up a pretty ruffle skirt, and many other clothes!

I love making pj's for any age. I think baby pj's are my fave, though. So tiny! You can make your own pattern for pajama pants using some old pj pants. Here is a great free pattern for baby pj pants. 

I like to applique a little snippet of the pant fabric to a onesie to make it more like an outfit. 

I know it looks like I'm using a lot of blue fabrics, even though these are for a girl, but I was trying to go with the theme. The fabric for these pants is called Moon Phases from Lizzie House's Constellations collection.  

I found a panel for a quiet book, with Snoopy and Woodstock, which also had lots of stars and moons throughout. Panels make it easy to make a homemade gift! :)

I made another onesie outfit. Just sewed a skirt around the waist of the onesie. Here is a great tutorial for a onesie dress. 

I used more of Lizzie House's Constellations fabric to make a snuggly baby blanket. 

Some more onesies that I sell in my Etsy shop as well. :) Tutu bum onesie...

...and necklace onesie, also with a little ruffle bum. :)

Burp cloths are easy to make with some cloth diapers and a strip of fabric. A little fancier than a plain burp cloth, and I know they will get a lot of use! 

 Did I tell you I love making baby stuff? Yeah. I do. :)

Hope you're having a great weekend! 


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Circle Quilt for my Niece

I think circle quilts have got to be one of my favorites to make. 
They are pretty easy and quick to put together. Especially when you have the right tools. I love using my EZ Quilting Easy Circle Cut acrylic template with my rotary cutter. Since I have a hard time just drawing circles, the template makes it way easy for me to make a perfect little fabric circle. 

My other favorite part of circle quilts, is the raw edge applique. I love the way the circle edges fray after washing. There's something charming about a little bit of fray. ;)

This one is going to my new niece, who is expected to arrive right around Thanksgiving time... my favorite time of year. Her mom requested aquas and pinks, so instead of buying new fabric, I went through my stash and found all different kinds of pinks and aquas that still look good together. I think it kind of looks like an "I Spy" quilt too. 

Again, I went with a simple back, using some baby pink fabric, along with a hexagon of AMH velveteen. 

I also made a bunch of onesies for my niece (necklace onesie, and tutu-bum onesies), as well as some pjs and burp cloths. I love making baby stuff! :)

Also, if you notice, my shop is now open again. Selling some more onesies, a quilt, and some fabric from my stash. Check it out! :)