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.

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

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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.

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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
http://www.peachquilting.com

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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!

A Few Finishes

While I was out of school on winter break a few weeks ago, I managed to get a little sewing done.  I made some gifts for family that lives near me for Valentine’s Day.  Now that they have their gifts, I can post about them.

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This one was for my niece L. She loves the dolls of LaLa Loopsy.  I found the fabric on spoonflower and ordered it.  I had the blue and the yellow.  Yellow is her favorite color, but I didn’t have enough of any yellow fabric to make the ruffled parts, so I opted for just a contrasting band.

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Here is the one I made for my other niece, M.  She absolutely loves anything with mustaches on it.  The new fabric “Honky Tonk” by Moda,  fit the bill.  I added a brown Moda “solid” to it.

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I made this little runner for my SIL and BIL for V-day.  It is from Northcott’s Stonehenge Line.

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Last, but not least, I made some napkins for my MIL and FIL.  Again, “Honky Tonk” by Moda fit the bill, paired with the same “Solid” by Moda that I used in the pillowcase above. 

I had a wonderful time making these gifts.  They were small enough projects that I didn’t feel overwhelmed (well, I would have preferred to have had a ruffling attachment for my sewing machine for the pillowcases).  I was elated to get to spend time sewing in my sewing room instead of working on homework, longingly looking towards the fabric side of the room.

Bouncing Baby Boy

Pattern:  Bounce by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company
Size:  39” x 48”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  various blue scraps

Completed January 2013

A dear friend of mine that I met while living in Oak Harbor, WA recently had a baby.  I like to try and make a baby quilt for each of my pregnant friends, though sometimes it doesn’t happen until well after the baby is born.  This time it was going to be different.  She was due in early October.  I had asked her to let me know what she was having when she found out – another girl – that would make two boys and two girls.  I was happy for her.

I kept procrastinating and procrastinating over the summer when it would have been the best time to make the quilt and get it sent out early.  I then went back to school for a few months and ANY quilting was out of the question during that time.  The beginning of October came and I thought I should make the quilt, but something kept holding me back. When she gave birth, her baby turned out to be a boy – he was just shy in the ultrasounds.  I am glad I procrastinated now.

At the time of the birth, Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company released this pattern.  It was chosen for the “Another Year of Schnibbles” parade for that month.  I figured it would be perfect for making a baby quilt for my friend. I found most of the blues in my stash and my friend Maureen helped me with some of the others.

I really loved the way the border was pieced.  I loved it so much, I put it on the back of the quilt and around a matching pillowcase that you can see here.

I guess this was a lesson to me to wait until the child is born to make the quilt because you never know if the technicians have their information right or wrong.

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2012 Quilt Challenge

Pattern:  by Erin Russek
Size: 13″ x 13
Methods of Construction:  Hand Applique, Hand Embellshed,  Hand Quilting, Machine Piecing.
Fabrics used:  various Batik fabrics

Completed April 2012

This quilt was created for last year’s guild challenge.  The theme was applique and embellishment.  Both of the things in quilting that I have not ever done before.  I was actually afraid of appliqueing by hand – though you could do any type of applique you wanted for the challenge. You can see the other challenge quilts for 2012 here.

I chose the pattern from the blog One Block at a Time by Erin Russek.  She offers a free applique block of the month pattern every year.  I had long admired the patterns, but was not sure I could do them myself.  I bit the bullet and reduced the pattern size to ¼ to fit the challenge requirements.  My friend JoAnne taught me how to back-baste applique and I was off and running on this quilt.

This quilt was the jumping off for me to do hand applique.  While still not my favorite way to create a quilt, it is relaxing sometimes and is extremely portable.

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Pineapples

Pattern:  Pineapple Tidbits by Buggy Barn
Size:  53” x 57”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  hand dyed fabrics

Completed November 2010

In September 2010, I took a class offered by the guild to learn how to hand dye fabrics taught by Joan Santoro.  I had a lot of fun in the class.  While taking the class, I talked to my friend JoAnne that I had always wanted to make the pattern Pineapple Tidbits by The Buggy Barn, and had always thought that hand-dyes would make it beautiful.  She agreed and we decided to both make the quilt and dye our own fabrics to make it.

I dyed the greens, oranges, and backing for the quilt in October.  JoAnn and I then met to make the quilt.  I completed the top in November 2010.  It did not take long for me to complete the quilt after the top was done – less than a month.  I showed the quilt in the 2011 Hawaii Quilt Guild Show.

It remains one of my favorite quilts.  I have reduced the pattern size to make a smaller sized block for when I need an “Aloha” quilt block for someone leaving the island.

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