Thursday, January 22, 2015

Snapshots Quilt Along

I am doing the Snapshots Quilt Along from The Fat Quarter Shop, are you?  This is a really cute quilt.  I bought a Jelly Roll of Daysail by Moda and I'll be able to use it for some of the blocks, but for the larger pieces I will have to improvise from my stash. As these are some of my favorite colors, that should be no problem.

There is a tutorial for for the block as well as clear instructions to follow.  I had no problem making this first block and look forward to making the next.  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Babies Babies Babies

Don't drink the water!  All around me are expectant mothers, and one of them is my own sweet daughter-in-law.  Yes, sometime in February I am going to be a grandmother!  Yippee! 

 I've been working on a baby quilt with adorable stitched designs by Bronwyn Hayes of Red Brolly.  With all the other projects I have going on, I'm afraid this one won't be completed until he's two!

They have chosen vintage airplanes as the theme for the baby's room, and I am working on a airplane block quilt against a background of a flight path. Their colors are khaki, red and hunter green.

This giraffe quilt top I made is for another young lady who is due in March. I love this fabric.  The giraffe fabric is a fuzzy flannel and his muzzle is Minkee.  I embroidered his face by hand and added black rick rack for his mane.  His "horns" are a cotton knit with knots tied in the ends and sewn to the quilt.

This little elephant quilt was made for a friend who was also becoming a first-time grandmother. With this quilt I learned a little bit of basting adhesive spray works great to tame Minkee.  It's really best to spray that stuff inside a box or outside, though.  My iron and scissors were sticky for hours!  For the elephant's tail I braided some gray yarn and stitched it behind the raw edge applique on the elephant.  This will be a fun textural quilt for the baby with the Minkee and chenille fabrics.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tammy for All Seasons

Mdm. Samm from Sew We Quilt has come up with another fun project.  Surprise -- we're not quilting this time!  This time around we are showing off our embroidery and cross stitching skills.  (Unfortunately I discovered mine are lacking, but that didn't stop me from trying!)  For our projects, Brook Nolan of Brooke's Books created the cutest retro designs and Cori Blunt of Chitter Chatter Designs created darling Pinnies. 

Both ladies made up 4 seasonal designs -- Winter, Fall, Spring and Summer -- from which we could choose our favorite.  I chose Fall.   

For my Pinnie I used a charm pack of Autumn leaves and a bright orange batik print for the ruffle.  Just for fun I added some bright buttons at the bottom. 

This was my first time making a Tammy bag.  This is Mdm. Samm's design, which is available from Craftsy or Connecting Threads.  This little purse whips up quickly and is roomy enough to hold a myriad of things.  I had some difficulty finding the right size handles, but was pleased with its design.

 The best thing about this little purse is that it will make the perfect gift for several of my girl friends who are having birthdays soon.   I made this one for me.  Although it's a little purse, it is roomy enough inside to carry all your little essentials.  For me that's my tea bags and Splenda. 

I couldn't end this post without saying thank you to Mdm. Samm, Brooke Nolan, and Cori Blunt for their wonderful designs.  And a BIG thank you to Mary Winegar for hosting this hop. It's been great fun!

Thank you so much for stopping by.  Be sure and visit the other talented ladies listed below. 

January 13, 2015

It Seams To Be Sew ( changed date till 16th)