Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Birthday Pillow.

Yesterday was my friend S's birthday. And as I was terribly overdue for giving her a Christmas gift too, I knew her birthday gift had to be extra special.


So I made her a Hazel the Hedgehog pillow. I used a bunch of fabrics from stash, including a bit of my favorite tree batik print for his eyes and nose. The background is a white on white stripe that came into my collection at some unidentified point. I can't remember purchasing it...yet, there it was...


The back doesn't quite match the front, but I like it. (It reminded me of some of S's handpainted fabrics too.) I used an envelope closure, but I like the binding finish on the panels that the pattern suggested. I do a lot of envelope closures for my cushions--usually because I don't have the right size zipper on hand and I can't be bothered to go to the store or wait--and I think I'll start adding the binding. Time will tell.

This is finish #3 of 14 off my Q2 FAL list, woo! Now, to get those other eleven done!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Rainbow pajama pants

My linen dress and I are having a bit of a standoff. I require a more precise fit, and she is remaining mum and refusing to tell me how to best execute that. (What a jerkface, amiright?) Then, I caught sight of my fabulous new rainbow pajama pants waiting to be photographed. Game. On.


I was hunting through my sewing closet a few weeks ago for who can remember what, when I stumbled across a ziploc bag from the far away past. (Or, like ten years ago.) It was the fabric for BFF pajama pants.

I met my BFF in freshman French, and we quickly became tight pals. At this point, we've spent most of our friendship living in different cities--and even different continents at one point--but we've remained close friends, and she is my bestie. And when she was living in England, and I was in the US, I had this great idea that we would make pajama pants on one of her visits home so that way, even if we lived far apart, we'd remember each other because of our fabulous pajama pants.

I knew almost nothing about sewing. We went to Wal-Mart to pick out fabric, bought quilting cotton and a pattern that was probably for beginners, bought some fabulous trim, and cut up our fabric. I severely underestimated how much time it would take us to finish even one pair, so when she left to go back to England, I promised to finish the pairs and mail hers. I finished hers. And mine sat. For TEN YEARS.


Of course, the fabric got separated from the pattern, and I'd already cut the pattern pieces. Thankfully, pajama pants are forgiving, and my body shape hasn't changed too dramatically from college. I started assembling, guessing at the instructions. When I initially tried them on, I realized the waist band hit me extremely high. So I cut off some of the fabric. And then I cut more because they were still high waisted. And then I cut even MORE because they were still practically at my shoulders. Except that time, it was a bit too much, and now they are ultra low waist pajama pants.

Did I mention that I'm not sure we prewashed the fabric? So the first wash of these babies might be disastrous. One leg is about 1/8" shorter than the other, but you would never know if I didn't tell you, so I'm calling it golden.

Best part of the story? I called my BFF to tell her I finally had my pajama pants, and she was delighted. She still has hers. Still wears hers. Apparently they are covered in holes and about to disintegrate, but she has them. She says I can wear mine for the next ten years of our friendship, and maybe in 2025, we'll make two new pairs and wear them together. I love that we can talk about 2025 and know that we will still be besties.

This is finish 2 of 14 from my Q2 FAL list

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Happy Green Mini Quilt and Some Other Stuff

In the last week or so, I've had three small finishes from my Q2 FAL list. Since my list is about a bajillion items long, that still leaves me with a bajillion minus three to complete, but I've started, and this mini is the first I get to share with you.


A friend of mine is moving into a new place soon, and I thought she needed a small mini quilt to liven up her walls. That green is her favorite color, and I used some of the LV EPP flowers I've been making. It's not fussy. I didn't do much quilting--I left the appliqued flower lines to do that business for me--and the backing is the same green fabric as the front--a Moda grunge fabric that converted me to Moda grunge fabrics--but I like it, and I hope my friend will too. This is finish #1 of 14.


Also on the table for this week were suck pads. (Isn't that the most horrible name? But there it is.) For funsies, I told my husband I made suck pads, and he grimaced and looked at me as though I'd lost it. It was fun. Poor man.


(Suck pads are made to protect my Ergo baby carrier straps from the inevitable baby slime.)

I have been enlisted to make an additional four sets for other babywearing mamas in my life. But they take about five minutes to make*, so it's not that big of a deal.

*That may be a slight exaggeration.


Finally, I made my husband a bow tie. The plan was that I would make myself a pretty new dress, and I'd make him a bow tie, and I'd dress our three kidlets in matching shirts and we'd all look adorable for the family photos we were supposed to take this evening at a lovely park. The weather is not cooperating for an outdoor shoot, and my dress isn't done, but my husband loves his bow tie, and he proudly wore it to work today, and he was so adorable, and it made my heart so happy to know that I had made him something that he really really loved.

And now he wants a whole set of them. (Of course he does.) 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Q2 FAL List.

Q1 wrapped up well enough. Five of nine finishes, which is maybe more than I thought I would manage. For Q2, maybe I'll polish off more? But probably not. I had originally thought my list would be tiny compared to last month's, but that is soooo not the case. Nine felt extravagant last time. This quarter's...wow. I had no idea I had this many projects waiting in the wings. (And my list was originally longer!) So I best be getting to it to knock some of these off! 


1. My Nephew's Quilt
Fabric and pattern selected; cutting commenced


2. Banzo's Quilt
14 of 16 blocks done


3. Gypsy Wife Quilt
50% done with handquilting


4. Tula Pink City Sampler Quilt
all blocks done, need to set and finish top


5. BFF's Tote
Third 241 Tote of the year! fabric and pattern selected


6-8. Quilt for my Grandma, my Memaw, and my Great-Aunt
fabric selected, pattern selected, need to start cutting


9. Dress for Me
fabric and pattern selected


10. Quilt for Dad
11 of 12 blocks done


11. Epic Bday gift
front is pieced; need to finish
DONE


12. EPP table runner
fabric and pattern selected, templates ordered



13. Mini Quilt for L
EPP started, need one more hexie flower
DONE



14. Pajama Pants for Me
my oldest UFO--pieces cut out; need to be pieced
DONE

I'm linking up! Are you? 

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Joanna's Quilt


Joanna's story is not mine to tell. I will say that some bad things have happened, and she needed a quilt.


I finished a quilt top ages ago, intending it for Project Linus. But there was never time to finish it up, so it sat folded neatly, waiting for its time. When I heard Joanna's story, I immediately felt the urge to make her a quilt, but as time is a scarce commodity around these parts of late, I wasn't sure how to make it happen. Then, I remembered this top. I slapped a bit of white around the edges to bring it up to 51" square.


Quilting was quick too--straight lines on the diagonal. Fabrics are various solid whites, and Kate and Birdie's Bluebird Park and Autumn Woods. I machine bound it using scraps of the prints, and I have to say, this is my best machine binding to date.


I pulled the backing from stash. I've had both of those prints for ages, waiting for the right project. But best of all, I pieced together a tan and white checkerboard strip that divides the quilt back. And on it, the members of my home fellowship signed it with thoughts and prayers and scripture. I won't share a picture of that--it's a bit personal--but it makes my heart happy to know that when Joanna wraps this quilt around her shoulders, she'll be wrapping herself with love.


This is finish #5 from my Q1 FAL list.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sunday Stash.

It has been awhile since I've had a fabric week of this magnitude. A LOT of fabric has arrived at my house this week. But in my defense, most of it is for my newest nephew's quilt. That bean-o will be arriving in late July/early August, so I have a bit a of time, but when I'm going to need several weeks to agonize over whether or not the quilt is going to be genius enough for someone related to me, well, it's going to be a tight squeeze to get it in the mail on time.

Fortunately, I started freaking out over the quilt about five seconds after my sister told me she was pregnant for the second time, so I got some of my worrying and planning out of the way early on, and I've spent the last few weeks awaiting the gender unveiling. The quilt I made for my most adorable niece--she takes after me, of course--is still one of my all-time favorite quilt makes EVER, and I couldn't have my nephew languishing with subpar Audreyness. Years from now, I want him to enter adulthood confident that he is one of the coolest beings ever because how could he not be with a baby quilt like this? (YES, it is that important. Don't try to downplay this! It will effect his FUTURE.) 


The quilt plan I chose required most of this stack. Okay, technically, the top three fabrics are for other things, but doesn't that stack look super sweet?


My first dive into the Architextures world with four of the cross-hatch prints. Poppy, Curry, and whatever creative names they're using to refer to White and Black these days.


Another first, these two are my Essex Linen purchases. Chambray and Indigo, and I'm pretty much sold on using them for my Tula Pink CS quilt top. You know, when I find some free time to layout the kajillion blocks and sash them together. Until then, they will look pretty in my stash and remind me of exciting future events.


Ah, Kona. I never knew I would fall so hard for solids. Yet, here I am, in a very serious love affair. (Kona, forgive me my brief flirtation with the Bella Charcoal near the end of the stack. No one had Kona Charcoal in stock, and I was not about to place a fourth order for just that. My love for you only goes SO far.)

Kona Colors, from left to right: Corn Yellow, Lipstick, Papaya, Amethyst, Sunny, Jade Green, Punch, Maize, Sunflower, Candy Pink, Hyacinth, Bella Charcoal, Kiwi, Lake. It's a weird color palette, I give you that. But work with me here. It will be (or at least should be) genius.


From the new quilt shop that opened a few weeks ago, some Fresh Cut by Basic Grey. I don't know that I've purchased much Basic Grey before this, but I really like some of the prints in the line. I especially liked this floral, and when I saw they had one FQ cut and ready to go, I couldn't say no. While I expected that I would hate EPP, I find it's quite the contrary--I really enjoy it. And I have a larger-scale project in mind for using bits of this.


Also from the new LQS, some green flannel to back my oldest's quilt, and some truck fabric. I made the mistake of taking my three-year-old to the LQS with me, and he was pretty insistent that we needed trucks. And then I thought, why not make my older boys matching cushions with their initials on them? Again, because I apparently have a kajillion hours of free time waiting to be filled up with quilting projects. Except I don't. Not at all! But it's a happy thought, and I'm sure I'll use it somewhere. Eventually.

That's all for today. I'm linking up with Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles. 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Handquilting.

I know things have been quiet around the blog, and there are a lot of reasons for that. Family in town, husband out of town, homeschool planning for the fall, birthday party planning for two kidlets, and my writing career is about to hit a huge milestone that has required quite a bit of my attention of late.


But that's not all. My heart has been heavy, and I haven't known what to say here. I've heard so many sad stories lately about bad things happening to people I care about. Several friends have lost a parent, people are very seriously ill, and while none of these things are directly happening to me, my heart hurts for them. It's hard to keep a positive attitude when there seems to be so much pain around.


But I'm trying. I haven't gotten much sewing accomplished during the day, but my evenings have been filled with handquilting and Netflix.


Work on my Gypsy Wife quilt is coming along slowly, but I'm enjoying it. Lots of echo quilting and straight lines, but in various colors (and weights) of thread. I love the look of it, even if it will take me until the end of time to finish.


I've started more EPP flowers for a friend of mine who recently lost her mom. I have plans to make a cushion cover for her, which I had better finish up soon since I'll be seeing her in a couple of weeks.


And I cut fabric for a birthday gift. A loooooooong overdue birthday gift. But it will be epic (I hope) when it's done, so that will make it totally worth the wait, right? RIGHT.

I usually feel a bit overwhelmed with my to-do list, but recently, it has felt impossible. My husband took this past week off though, and we crossed several things off the list. There are still several things hanging about--like fixing my dishwasher, eep!--but I'm hoping after this weekend that I will feel that the list is back under control. (Then I have to start another big mountain of things. My newest nephew's baby quilt! A quilt for my daddy! Placemats for my mama!)

I'm not the only one who feels this way, am I right? In the meantime, I will be stroking the new fabric I received this week for my nephew's quilt. I feel this quilt will be downright opulent given the number of fabrics it will require, but this baby is blood, and he deserves an amazing quilt. Come back tomorrow for Sunday Stash, and I will show it all to you! Until then, have a most lovely Saturday.

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