Sunday, December 31, 2017

Christmas Break and the Boys' Quilts

My Christmas Break is coming to an end. This is one of the perks for working for a university! Christmas Break. Of course, the problem with this Christmas Break was the flu! Both the hubby and I ended up with the flu with me having it prior to Christmas and the hubby getting a positive result right after Christmas.

Here's basically what we did for two weeks:
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That's right! Hanging on the couch, puppy cuddles, and lots of Christmas movies!

Oh, and the hubby made fun of my Sam's Club purchase:

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

A Finished Pinwheel Quilt

Back in 2014, I was commissioned to make a baby quilt for my wonderful coworker's first grandchild. Earlier this year, she asked me to make another as a new grandchild was on the way!

This time, I gave the mom-to-be and grandmother a few pattern options as the mom had picked out a pink, teal, and purple theme. All of the patterns were square and/or triangle based. She picked out a large scaled pinwheel. Each of the half-square triangles finished at 10". The final size of the quilt was around 45" squared.

Here's a shot of the embroidery in progress:
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I put embroidery on each side: the baby's first and middle name on one side with a message from her grandparents on the opposite. On the other side is her birth date and time and the other side has her weight and length at birth.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hello, September!

Wow.... It's been awhile, hasn't it? My last post when live back in April!

In the last few months, lots of things have changed! My husband graduated with a degree in CIS from our shared alma mater. He scored a new job an hour and a half from our home. And we moved! We now live thirty minutes from his job and an hour from mine. Yep, that's right! I'm commuting every day! 
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Me and my handsome hubby! 

I spend the hour in my car (each way!) listening to fun podcasts such as Young House Love Has a Podcast, Chris Loves Julia Podcast, and Stuff You Missed In History Class. The first two are about DIY and decor with the latter about fun facts in history. Definitely recommend all three! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Pixel Heart

Some time back, I pinned this fun pixel heart from Robert Kaufman. I decided I wanted to create a play on an "I Spy" quilt but in heart shape. I decided that the original quilt would be too large for a baby quilt. I used 3.5" squares to create this quilt.

I started with 14 fabrics (compared to the 28 fabrics designated in the pattern). I actually ended up incorporating some other fabrics from my other quilts that I really liked - polka dots, elephant print.

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Keeping the fabric in the proper order was the most difficult part!

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I ended up keeping the squares on spare piece of fabric and wrapping it up when I wasn't working on it!

Friday, April 7, 2017

Cobblestone Quilt

I have been following along the Solstice Challenge hosted by Pat Sloan (click here for details). I haven't actually committed to creating the blocks. That being said, I had to create the cobble stone quilt! You can find the details here.

This quilt is wonderfully happy with jelly rolls. I found a fun gold and bright pink jelly roll at JoAnn Fabic. While there I found some prettily patterned teal fabrics to pair with the pink. I was quite happy to find all of these pairing on one trip! 
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I used every piece of the jelly roll to create this quilt. I may have a few small pieces left! 

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Look! There's Zoey!
I took these photos during the same photo shoot as this quilt and this one. I have one more quilt to showcase next week! 

Last look!

Friday, March 31, 2017

"Summer in the Park" in PINK!

As I stated in a previous post, many of my friends are having babies so I've been turning out baby quilts!

This quilt was meant to be as I already had the jelly roll and it perfectly matches the nursery colors! I haven't a clue the name of the jelly roll though I think I purchased it via Amazon. It's been so long that I'm not entirely sure!

I used the video tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company to create a "Summer in the Park" Quilt. I adore the pairing of the sweet pink with yellow.

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This ended up being five blocks by six blocks due to a cutting snafu. Basically when I was cutting the squares I managed to veer off-course and mangled the block. However, I'm still quite pleased with the ending piece!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Elephants and Pinwheels

Back in 2011, I became friends with a fellow online student via email and our online classroom. We chatted quite a bit that term. After the term we continued our friendship via Facebook. We never actually met but we kept up with each other as she moved with her husband and their growing family to his different military assignments.

Last year, she gave birth to their first son and I wanted to gift not only her son with a quilt but her three girls as well. I also wanted to use this fun fabric that I found in my local WalMart.

Thus, this sweet quilt was born!

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I used a fun grey and teal polka dot as one-half of the triangle and used eight other fabrics to create the pinwheels.
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I had a lot of fun taking photos of this quilt (and the others that I will share).

Fun Fact: I actually work at the university that I earned my undergrad and graduate degrees. These photos were taken at the building and grounds of our business college. My husband is a current student there! Funny enough this building was the library prior to the current building. And I work in the new library!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tinkerbell Quilt


That's right! I finally finished it! PLUS it has been gifted! 

I shared about the quilt here and here. This quilt was originally started in 2011. I have not a clue what the name of the quilt is nor where I found the quilt! I do remember that my sister and I spent a long time walking around Hancock's deciding on colors. I absolutely LOVE how the quilt turned out. 

Unfortunately I didn't get many pictures of the finished quilt as I finished it on Christmas morning! That's right; I literally was waiting for it to finish in the dryer so I can go to my sister's! 

Here's a look back to the quilt sandwich... 
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Prepping for quilting

Close up of the hand-quilting... 
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Friday, March 10, 2017

Pretty in Pink Quilt

A number of my friends are having babies. My go-to gift is always a baby quilt though I've been changing up my go-to quilt pattern and using new ones.

I used the Quarter-Cut Baby Quilt pattern to create a quilt in pink, teal, yellow, and gray.  I actually used fat quarters from my local WalMart but they are so much fun! Plus they perfectly match the little munchkin's nursery! 

I'm so glad I stumbled across the pattern while playing around on Craftsy.

The quilt is actually square but I was in a hurry when I took the photos. 
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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Well... Hello, there!

Well, it's been awhile since I posted. It's actually been 248 days... Yeah, just a little while. Nearly nine months. But I've been busy! I've been working, sewing, spending time with my family, and working some more! My job is fun and crazy and has its ups and downs but I love every day!

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you would have seen that we added a new family member!  
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August 3, 2016

I volunteer with a local dog rescue. In August, when they needed an emergency foster home, the hubby and I volunteered to keep her for two weeks. However, we decided that we just could not give her back and had to keep her! I mean, look at her!! 
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Zoey helping me at work!