Thursday, April 28, 2016

My little sister's gift quilt and my first organic wavy line quilting

My little (half) sister is turning 14 tomorrow and in lieu of the normal gift card to Michael's I get her to fun her jewelry-making habit, I decided to make her a quilt. Her mom suggested something orange, but it's REALLY hard to find a bunch of orange fabric that is cute. So I found a pattern that had navy, coral, mint, and grey colors that I think a teenager would like.
I started it about a month ago, and had I not been so indecisive, I could have definitely finished it in a couple of weeks. One issue I had to work around was the fact that I didn't buy enough of the navy floral fabric to totally cover the back. So I ended up with these arrows as the back. Now I'm really glad I did it like this because it's kind of a double sided quilt now!
I'm still not in love with the quilting portion of quilting (I love sewing the tops the most), but I LOOOOOOVE Lorna's organic wavy lines that she uses for quilting over at Sew Fresh Quilts so I decided to finally try them. I think they came out really good. I even did legit binding this time (I kind of did cheater binding before) and realized it's not so bad at all!
I'm pretty proud of this quilt! I got it in the mail today, so it'll be a couple days late. Not as late as the baby quilt for the baby born last September that I still haven't given my friend. Whoops!





I really wanted to take some fancy pictures outside, but time was of the essence to get it in the mail after I finished it last night. So, I made my coworker hold it up in my hallway at school before I dropped it in the mail.
I did cut everything in the quilt (except the fat 12" border around the arrows) with the Sizzix Fabi that I won back in October! I've been kind of crazy buying dies lately so it felt good to use them! I used these: 2.5" strip die, 3.5" strip die, 4.5" strip die, and the 4.5" HST die.

I also got a chance to use my new 4'x8' design wall for the first time! I just took pieces of wood to make a frame and wrapped it in batting and cream colored flannel that matched my wall. I love that it blends into the wall!




The funny part was that my husband asked me if I used any fabric in my actual stash for this. Hahahaha...OF COURSE NOT!

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie

 I'm linking up:
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Baby quilt...DONE! Big sister quilt...started.

I knew I've taken a little break from blogging, but I didn't realize it was a whole 6 months! Wow...the time flies!

I'm an ADD crafter and honestly I've been obsessed with my new Silhouette Cameo for the past 6 months. Now that the thrill of that is worn off a little, I decided to do some sewing again.

I actually started planning this quilt in August because my friend Mary's baby was due in September. I last blogged about it when I finished the top in October here. It sat and sat for a while. My husband kept asking me when I was going to finish it since it was supposed to be a gift from us. I had a bunch of other projects I wanted to start, but I was good and buckled down and got it done (plus I didn't want him to give me any more crap about it!). So here it is:







I think it took me so long because I couldn't decide what I wanted to do for the quilting part. It's not my strong suit, mainly because I just haven't practiced a lot. And of course I could have taken better pictures, but hey...it's done!

So the baby quilt is all ready to go, however I feel awkward giving the baby a gift to the baby and not something for the 5 year old sister, so I'm working on a quilt for her too. This is it so far:



I had to put this on hold though to work on a project for my little sister's birthday. I like how it's coming out so far though!

Until later, happy sewing!
Jamie

I'm linking up:
Sew Fresh Quilts