Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Make Life Quilt Complete!

It's DONE!

. . . and before baby girl was born this time!
Mrs. Angie is being induced tomorrow (so remember her, Daddy Ryan and Baby Girl in your prayers!) and Baby Girl will have a nice warm quilt waiting for her.
I'm really pleased with how it turned out.  This one was 100% machine pieced and quilted. I even machine stitched on the binding. I like the way it looks on this quilt.

The quilting is just simple lines. Right now that's the best I can do machine quilting. But I like the way it works with the very linear front side. 

The back is this sweet little paisley, Angie's favorite print of the bunch. Very cute.

We're looking forward to your arrival Baby Girl! Can't wait to meet you!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Make Life Baby Quilt

Well here it is, the latest baby quilt, for new Momma-to-be and The Bug's favorite babysitter, Angie.
She picked the fabric and I thought this brick path inspired design was a great way to showcase it.

The more quilting blogs I read, the more I realize that I really don't have a clue about appropriate piecing.  I probably should have made blocks instead of strips? I don't know. My approach to quilting is based on my knowledge of garment sewing and one semester long class in "Fiber Arts".  

I am having fun learning by doing though. And I am trying to improve my technical knowledge.  I am really enjoying the quilting month features over at Sew Mama Sew, especially this series on quilting basics! So helpful! I can't promise I'll ever be a technically accurate or meticulous piecer but it's good to have the knowledge of how things are supposed to be done.

My primary fear with this sweet little baby quilt is that Ms. Angie's Amish relatives are going to see it. Yikes! I'm not sure I can handle that kind of pressure!!

So as a celebration of the end of tax season for Michelle and the near end of Spring Into Art planning for me we are going to the International Quilt Festival in Chicago next weekend! I am so excited! It can't get here fast enough!!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Easter Sewing

I opted out of making the Bug's Easter dress this year.  Things are crazy at work right now planning  Spring Into Art .  There's lots and lots of behind the scenes planning going on here during the work day and not a lot of creativity or motivation left for sewing projects in the evenings.

But I did manage a few small projects for the Bug's Easter basket.

A new puzzle requires a new puzzle bag, of course.
And a princess puzzle bag requires a bit of fancy embellishment.  A little bit of ruffle (left over from the Can Can skirts!) and a vintage button from grandma's stash add just the right ammount of "fancy". 

And I finally got around to making a crayon roll.
I made a few errors in measuring so it doesn't lay as flat as I would like but it functions and it's cute and right now that's good enough.

So far, the Bug likes it so much that she actually puts her crayons away.
And to whomever invented these twistable crayons--THANK YOU!!  I am loving them.

Work on the Make Life baby quilt continues. Baby girl is due in May so you should see some pictures of the nearly completed project soon!! I'm not hand quilting this time though. Perhaps if I had until next May I might consider it.

Oh, and tax season is almost over! Can we get a collective sigh of releif? Michelle should be back sewing again soon. I miss you sis!