Modern Baby

A few months ago, while I was still in school for my first degree and working part time, my husband asked me if I would make a crib bed skirt for his coworker.  She couldn’t find the right colors that she wanted and knew I sewed.

I figured the best way to have her pick out colors was to send off my moda bella solids color card and have her pick from that.  Once I did that I sat down to order the fabrics.  Wouldn’t you know it, one of the fabrics was no longer in stock.  I tried to get one that was closest to the color, but without the color card, it was hard.

The Fat Quarter Shop fortunately had new color cards in stock on sale.  I love this thing.  Since Bella Solids are my “go to” fabric for backgrounds, I love having this on hand!  Especially when I am looking for a particular color to match.


Today was her baby shower.  I started working on this project around the 5th and you can see the start of the project here.



Here is one side of the skirt.  I couldn’t get a good picture of it laying out.  The colors are actually more turquoise than blue that it looks like here.  The colors are more true in the post from before.

I finished the crib skirt on Wednesday night.  Since it was a commissioned project, I still wanted to give her a gift.  I purchased extra fabrics and made her a baby quilt.


The pattern is basically Awesome by Jaimie Mueller .  Instead of the pieced strips, I did solid strips for each row.  I also altered the layout to make it more symmetrical. The quilting was just in the ditch around each block and then diagonally in the blank spaces.  To give it a little more interest, I  went one direction on one side of the quilt and then the other direction on the other side of the quilt.

The quilt was made in about 24 hours from start to finish.  I started the quilt at 10am on Thursday and finished the quilt about the same time on Friday.  That is from cutting, to piecing, to sandwiching, to quilting, and binding.  I don’t ever want to do that again.  I am exhausted!

Here is the label I put on the quilt (sorry for it being blurry, my hubby took the photo with his phone because I forgot to).  The reverse side says:

Made By Kimberly West


Because my husband forgot to pick up a card when he got the gift bags, I made a quick card this morning before dropping it off.

20150417_095708I used what I had on hand and just purchased the shape from the Silhouette store.  If I had more time I would have made something else, but it is still cute.

Now to take a small break before the start of the next project!

20 Years


The other night, my husband celebrated his retirement from the military (though he doesn’t officially retire until August 31) with his coworkers.  Here is is giving his speech.  He just had a small-ish get-together with his coworkers and some of our friends at a restaurant.  He didn’t want the pomp and circumstance of a formal retirement ceremony.


He had intended to give me my “retirement gift” for being married to him and supporting him for the last 20 years in the military that night -a new charm for my Pandora bracelet.  One that I have been eyeing since he bought me my bracelet and first charm.  He forgot.  but I forgive him.  He had a lot going on.


Here is the rest of the charms that I have.  He has bought all but one that was given to me by two dear friends as a going away present from my bee that I ran for the last 4 years (the crown because my husband already gave me the ‘queen bee’).






Here is the actual bracelet.  I love it!  Each charm has a story and I love each and every one.



I love my husband and I wouldn’t have traded the last 20 years for anything. 

Leap Year

Yesterday, Carrie of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. gave everyone a free pattern of “Leap Year” for those who have participated in this year’s “Another Year of Schnibbles” (THANK YOU CARRIE!!). It doesn’t even release for the general public until Wednesday for PDF and a couple of weeks in print.

I decided to make one in pink and one in green (yes two of them) because there are two little girls next door that will be moving away next month. They are sisters that play with my daughter all the time. One’s favorite color is pink and the other is green.


They are cute and they were fast. They were also made from stash. This may end up being my “go to” baby quilt when I need one in a hurry, I will just add a couple of more rows

I really should have been working on other things than making two new quilts, but I couldn’t resist these.

What’s Up Doc?

This month’s Schnibble was completed on Monday – just before I had to leave for guild.

I did it in “Twirl” by Me & My Sister Designs. I had recieced a charm pack from my secret pal last month and so I bought a second one and some yardage for tthe back. It was a very easy pattern, but I could only do one block at a time because I wanted to make sure the placement was right.

I just quilted in the ditch around the card trick blocks and then again around the HST border piecces.

Here is the back – lime green of course.

It turned out so cute. I did have a photo of my top and my friend Jo Anne’s top together, but alas, it is on my laptop and the laptop is at the repair facility.


Green Birthday Goodness

Saturday, my bee, the Sassy S&B Quilters, celebrated my birthday.  Though I wasn’t intending to get gifts (that wasn’t the whole point of the party – it was supposed to be an all-day bee from 9am to 11pm; my husband’s work ruined it and we had to end at 6pm) I did receive a whole bunch of yummy green birthday goodness.


This is me and my kids. There were Lime green balloons and look to the right in the photo – lots of birthday goodness!


Here is some fat quarters from my friend Janie – I love the limes… a play on my favorite color “lime” green.. haha!  She also gave me some lime green masterpiece thread (I forgot to take a photo of it) and made the most awesome brownies… she can bake for me anytime!


Here is some fabric from Bev – I collect the Hula Girls!  I have note paper, coffee mugs, etc in that same design. It is funny because she didn’t know I collected them.


Though these weren’t technically a birthday gift, JoAnne brought these (among other fabrics) for a freebie table; Bev picked them up and said that I was the one that needed the lime greens… 🙂



Sylvia gave me this great keychain lanyard.  It is on my keychain and helping me find my keys a bit easier in my purse!


Maureen made me this bear out of this great green batik.  She also made Red Velvet Cream Cheese brownies and Red Velvet cupcakes… which is my favorite cake…


Roxy made me this great rubbish catcher that sits under my sewing machine… it is made out of that laminated fabric… really cool!


Connie brought the pink tulips and Lily brought the yellow tulips.  Though I have a black thumb, I am going to try really hard not to kill them.



Serena gave me this great kit for a batik table runner.  I can’t wait to put it on my “to do” list!


Bonnie and Elaine gave me the above scissors and card pouch; they wouldn’t tell me who did what… but I love both!


Ellen gave me these four lime batik fat quarters… yummy!


Sue gave me one of her patterns – her first published!!!  I can’t wait to make a bag with it!


Lila gave me these awesome snips and the needles – I have been using the snips every since I got them. 


Thank you everyone for making my birthday (party) very special – even though we didn’t get to sew all day and night.  Maybe this summer we can make it up.