Monday, April 7, 2014

In progress: An equilateral triangle quilt

I was completely blown away the first time I ever saw an equilateral triangle quilt. It was so beautiful, so completely orderly.

And I added it to my list of quilts that I wanted to make.

Flash forward a few years and I finally took the plunge... after picking up the handy-dandy Sidekick Ruker from Jaybird quilts.

Look, I know I'm probably the very last quilt blogger to jump on this bandwagon... but listen up ladies: If you haven't tried this ruler yet and you want to make an equilateral triangle quilt then get yourself online right now and order one. 

It really is that good. It slices! It dices! It juliennes fries! Oh, wait... 

It doesn't do all that, of course. But it does allow you to cut perfect diamonds, triangles and half triangles in four sizes. And putting it all together has been a snap.

I'm nearly finished assembling a semi-scrappy quilt top, which will soon be transformed into a baby quilt for my sister-in-law, who is expecting baby girl #3.

Here's a sneak peak....

Isn't that going to be so cute? My goal is to finish the top by the end of the month. I can't wait to see it all put together!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ethereal: A Mosaic Contest

Rachel at Stitched in Color is hosting another mosaic contest with Lark Cottons, this time with the theme of "Ethereal".

I love pastels and Lark Cottons has an amazing selection to choose from, so I had a lot of fun searching for the perfect fabrics for my collection last night. The entire collection was inspired by that cloud print. I love how it came together.

There's still time for you to add your own mosaic to the contest. Hop on over to Stitched in Color for more inspiration.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I almost chickened out.

This little skirt is the birthday gift that almost wasn't.

Those chickens... the eggy polka dots... the sweet little underskirt. Adorable, right?

Well those chickens almost didn't make it any further than the UFO pile.

Let me tell you a little story...

Miss C. was invited to a school friend's birthday party a few weeks back. I knew I wanted to make a skirt for the birthday girl, so I started hunting through my stash for something cute and girly. I had almost settled on a striped aqua print when I noticed these cute chickens peeking out of a pile of studio scraps that I'd purchased from JAQS Fabrics not too long ago. Amazingly, there was a full half yard cut in there. Score!

Remembering that the birthday girl's family owns chickens, I gave myself a hearty pat on the back for my genius fabric find and started sewing. The kids, of course, were asleep for the night so I didn't consult with Miss C. on my fabric choice like I usually do.

By the end of the evening I had the skirt sewn, raw edges serged and the casing ready for the elastic. All I needed to do was show Miss C., measure the elastic against her waist and check the sizing on her once the elastic was inserted.

What could possibly go wrong?

Here's how our conversation went the next morning:

Me: "Morning, C.! I made a skirt for A.'s birthday last night, check it out."
C: "It's very pretty, Mommy!"
Me: "Thanks! Do you remember that A.'s family has chickens at their house? I thought she might like the chickens on this fabric since she loves her chickens."
C: "Oh... that's good, Mommy... because their dog ate all the chickens."
Me: "WHAAAAAAAA????? The dog killed the chickens???? This is bad! I can't give her a chicken skirt!"
C: "Don't worry, Mommy. It's a good thing. Really!"

The party was this past Saturday. Of course, the million dollar question is, "Did you give her the skirt?"

Yep! I debated it in my head all the way to school, even planned out some alternate fabric choices. The birthday girl's mother wasn't at drop-off, but I confessed shared the story with another mother and she assured me that the family was going to be getting more chickens in the future after some thorough dog-proofing of the coop.

Whew! Crisis averted. 

Oh, and the birthday girl (and her mother) loved the skirt.

Friday, February 28, 2014

A step closer.

I'm closing in on the home stretch of my aunt's quilt, having finished the quilting last week and the binding last night. 

Now all I have left to do is hand stitch the binding to the back. 

I can't wait to wash it up so I can pack it up and send some sunshine to my sweet aunt.

You can find this post linked up at A Lovely Year of Finishes, which is hosted by Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bitter Sweet Designs.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Best friends.

I always wanted a sister when I was growing up. Three brothers are awesome, but that secret wish was always there.

Now that I'm all grown up, I love watching my girls play together. Check out Little Miss C.'s jump rope prowess!

Friday, February 7, 2014

The sister quilt

It's been almost a year since I put the last stitches in my postage stamp quilt. To say that I love that quilt would be an understatement.

I find myself folding up and placing it back on the couch nearly every day, since it's constantly pulled off for snuggling, hiding, and reading. And every time I pick it up I'm warmed by all kinds of good feelings.

I love the bright colors, the scrappy one-of-a-kind postage stamp blocks and the memories it holds.

It's been a long time coming, but I'm finally ready to finish its sister quilt. Those of you following along about a year ago might remember that when I finally finished stitching up all of those postage stamp blocks I discovered that I had enough to make two lap-sized quilt tops.

When I first finished both tops I had a recipient in mind for the sister quilt, but something never quite felt right and I just couldn't bring myself to finish it. I suppose I just had a feeling that the quilt was meant for someone else. So I let it sit unfinished near my sewing machine, figuring the right special someone would come to mind someday.

A few weeks ago my mom called and told me that my very favorite aunt has been diagnosed with a serious illness.  It only took a moment to realize that my sister quilt had finally found a home.

So I brainstormed with my mom on backing fabric and we came up with this pretty little Pam Kitty Love print that we found on sale at Fat Quarter Shop (It was 50% off ladies! Who says the good stuff never goes on sale?! They're out of this print, but there are a few others from the collection still on sale.).

I decided to do the same spiral quilt design that I used for my quilt. I want my aunt to be able to look at her quilt when she's resting and know just how much I love her. Chances are, someone in my house hundreds of miles away from her will likely be snuggling under its sister at the very same time.

Right now I'm about two-thirds of the way through a spiral quilt design and I'm making it my goal for the month of February to get the quilting finished by the end of the month. I'm linking up to A Lovely Year of Finishes, which is hosted by Fiber of All Sorts and Sew Bitter Sweet Designs.

Friday, January 31, 2014

I'm starting early so I'll actually finish on time.

That's theory anyway.
See that Santa print in there? That's a vintage flannel remnant my mom gifted to me a few years back. She'd been holding on to it in her cedar chest for years and years, having originally used it to back the family Christmas tree skirt. Somehow she knew it was my favorite (seriously, how do moms do that?).

I was so excited when she gave it to me and immediately knew that I wanted to turn it into a quilt.

Then it sat.

And sat.

Waiting for some vintage fabric friends to come along.
I finally had a good excuse to go fabric shopping last September when I received an Etsy gift card for my birthday (from my mom, of course!). I found the green print first - isn't it the perfect '70s Christmas print? Then the red one came along (it was just a little piece, so it's just going to be found here and there on the quilt top). I'm not sure of its age, but it seemed to be about the right era.

After that I stalled. There really aren't that many vintage Christmas flannels out there you know. And modern flannels just aren't the right shade of '70s green.

Finally I found that striped print. It's probably more '80s and early '90s, but I like the colors and I'm not set on making a perfect, era-correct quilt. Just something warm and snuggly... and a little bit kitschy.

I think I'm on the right track.

Now, if only I could stop getting sidetracked by other (more pressing) projects. Then I could finish it well in time for next Christmas!