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The year of the quilt…

May 15, 2012 2 comments

1. For a girl who loves yellow.

It all started in January when I decided to make ONE quilt.

Then people started having all kinds of babies, and I decided to make my nieces quilts, and I decided my wedding guest book should be a quilt…

And now I’m deep in the throes of the year of the quilt. To this point, I’ve averaged almost one per month. I’ve completely finished three and have finished all but the binding on one of them (it’s machine stitched on, I just have to do the hand sewing to the other side), and I’ve finished cutting the fabric for number 5 and have four completed squares.

For someone who usually starts and stops projects a dozen times before completing them, I’m doing pretty good. I also made 8 or 9 quilted rag bags while I was at it (that led to a week of bruised thumbs from all the cutting!). And a funky looking patchwork monster.

I just hope by the end of the year I haven’t totally burned myself out on quilting. It’s so exciting to see how patterns and colors meld together as I get closer to finishing things, but it’s easy to lose sight of that when working on something annoying (like cutting fabric, or hand stitching binding).

Thankfully, I think I only have two more quilts in the plans for this year, and one is baby-sized. But the other one is a queen. If I think I’ve been overwhelmed by the giant lap quilts…I’m a little scared of how intimidating a queen size quilt will be!

Funky monster. (I guess I didn’t take a picture of quilt 2. I didn’t love it and haven’t figured out what I’ll do with it.)

3. For a special little baby. This is one of my favorites quilts so far. The flannel was cozy and I loved the mix of fabrics.

4. My second large lap quilt. Still need to finish the binding.

5. The start of another lap-size one. I trimmed the pattern down a little since the squares were a lot more work than I expected! I’ve finished four squares. 24 to go!

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Something Fuzzy…

September 22, 2010 2 comments

My crib blanket, made by my Grand-Godmother Rita

The scavenger hunt theme for yesterday was “something fuzzy.”

Since I don’t have pets…that topic sort of stumped me. I also didn’t have time to get to the grocery store shoot a kiwi or peach or other fuzzy food. I thought of taking a photo of my boyfriend’s shaved head, but even that seemed like a cop out.

But to me, “fuzzy” also connotes something comfy. So when I got home I had the perfect subjects. My blankets.

I am a blanket whore. I couldn’t even tell you how many I have total because they’re stashed all over the house…in my r

oom…in  the basement…in the linen closet…in the living room. I have some that are totally sentimental, and some that I just have but can’t get rid of. I LOVE blankets.

And this love inspired my desire to make them for all of my nieces and nephews (granted, I didn’t realize I’d have 10!!).

Growing up, I had this blanket neatly folded in thirds and draped across the foot of my bed.

Because it was on MY bed, I always for some reason thought it was “mine.” Silly kid!

Actually, it was a wedding present made for my parents by Uncle Tom and Brenda. I have struggled for at least two years to try to figure out how on earth people crochet. I prefer knitting because the loops you grab are already on the needles. I could NEVER imagine crocheting this beautiful blanket and then still being dedicated enough to go back over it and cross stitch it! This thing is truely amazing to me with it’s neat little stitches.

This is what my family lovingly calls a “Giggie Blanket.” She must have made dozens of them. Everyone in the family had their very own up to all the great-great nieces and nephews that she ever met (and some she didn’t meet got extras we found when she died). Giggie made these after her eyesight got too bad to do regular needle work, but the holes in the canvas (I guess you’d call it a canvas?) were large enough she could still see them. Most of them feature varigated yarn…which I’ve never been a huge fan of…except in a Giggie blanket.

I like the idea of blankets giving warmth…but not only that. When they’re made by someone you love, I like the feeling that it’s bits and pieces of their love that warm you up.

Besides these few blankets that were made for me, I also treasure my embroidered blankets (like the bunny one I just finished) made by Aunt Ina (who wasn’t an aunt, but it took me years to figure that out!) and Giggie.

And of course my T-shirt quilt. Since nearly half the shirts were donated by family and cousins…that one has a LOT of love wrapped up in it!

Book Review, More Things to Make!

September 17, 2010 1 comment

I recently received my copy of “Stitched Toys: 20 Stunning but Simple Designs” (from half.com of course).  This morning while my coffee brewed, I took the time to flip through it.

I’m in love! The toys are so beatiful! I want some for myself!

Now the only problem I’ll have is figuring out which one to make first. I think the Gonk is in the lead so far!

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Another Project To Do

September 14, 2010 1 comment

I’m always on the look out for easy kids gifts I can make (and if I can make them cheaply, all the better!).

A while back blog.craftzine.com posted a free pattern for these scottie dogs. They’re just too cute! If I ever finish my pillowcase dress project, these might be the next goto. I love that I could use up all my scrap material in them!

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A Look at Past Projects

August 19, 2010 3 comments

Yesterday I rediscovered an archive of older projects I had saved in my picasa account. Since I haven’t actually finished anything since starting this blog, I thought I’d take a look back!

I *think* this was my first baby quilt. It’s made from a kit (it’s so much easier when someone tells you what size to cut everything!). I whipped it up in one evening before my old roommate’s baby shower. I couldn’t even guess how many of these I’ve made since then. They are the main reason my current cross stitch quilt was set aside…this is so much easier!

I used the pattern from that quilt to make this quilt, for Maire, my brother’s fifth kid. I used the flannel from the cute little outfit for the biggest pieces, and scraps I had on hand for the rest of it. Maire was born around Christmas, hence the red and green stars for the shirt.

When Payton was born (my sister’s fourth), I made him an outfit with the same pattern. They’re quite the baseball family!

The same year for Christmas, I made Mariah Strawberry Shortcake pajamas. I think they were a hit since she tried them on right away! (I made them a little big. I think they lasted her quite a while!)

And…the bigest project I’ve ever tackled…

Dad’s T-shirt quilt.

For years Dad saved all of his favorite t-shirts once they got super worn, but weren’t quite to the point of wearing out.

When he got sick, I took those shirts (plus shirts donated by family members) and finally got around to creating this quilt. It’s all shirts on the other side too!

Once I figured out the measurements, it was pretty easy going from there. The cutting is always what slows me down so much on projects! The actual sewing part is SO much easier!

You’ll notice Payton and Maire’s fabrics were reused in this quilt too.

And darn!! I *accidently* sewed that NY Yankees square on backward! 😉

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