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!

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.


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.


Pattern:  Traditional 12-step Dresden
Size:  17.5” x 17.5”
Methods of Construction:  Hand Applique, Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  hand dyed fabrics

Completed February 2013

I made this wall-hanging for a blog hop (a listing of different blogs all talking about the same subject, organized by one or two “host blogs”) in February.  It was called “Dare to Dresden”.  I had seen it advertised to gather participants.  I suggested to my friend Maureen that she should join the blog hop; she had the cutest little mini Dresden quilt she could showcase.  The more I thought about it though, the more I had wanted to join too.  I had never made a Dresden quilt of my own before.

When I thought about what fabrics to use, my immediate response was “Rainbow”.  I had previously created my own hand-dyed fabrics and knew one of the basic learning to mix the primary colors was to make a 12-step rainbow.  I dyed the fabrics.  The only problem… most of the Dresden plate templates I came across was for a 20-part Dresden.  Even the “EZ Dresden tool that I ordered was for a 20-part Dresden.

What to do?  I didn’t want to waste the fabrics that I had hand-dyed and I really wanted to use them in this project.  After many attempts of Googling “12-step Dresden”, that I came across an actual pattern.  It showed how to make your own.  I then drafted the size of circle that I wanted to use and then divided it into twelve parts to make a template.  From there I completed it like any normal Dresden.

The cross-hatching in the background was gridded with tape and I used scraps for the binding.  To see more photos about this quilt plus a tutorial on how to make the binding visit here.

I have seen rainbows from day one since I came to Hawaii and this made me think of all of those beautiful rainbows.  I had to look up on Google what “Rainbow” meant in Hawaiian – “Anuenue”.


Japanese Jigsaw

Pattern:  Japanese Jigsaw by Tracy Brookshire
Size: 24″ x 43″
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  At Water’s Edge by Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabrics

Completed February 2011

This reversible table runner was made after attending a lecture the guild had with Tracy Brookshire.  She had a very interesting slide show of her work and of a quilt show in Japan.

Tracy was selling patterns and templates for the Japanese Jigsaw.  I had seen several guild member’s quilts at shows and decided I wanted to make one.

At the time I bought the pattern, I had joined “Layer Cake of the Month” and “Jelly Roll of the Month” clubs from The Fat Quarter Shop.  I received a Layer Cake (Forty 10” squares) and a Jelly Roll (Forty 2.5” by the width of fabric) of the same fabric line – this was the only time that both were received in the same month.

The pattern called to have 9” squares cut into quarters.  I figured a layer cake would be optimal for the pattern.  I set out to make the pattern.  I laid the squares out on my design board in a pleasing manner, but forgot to number them when I took them down to work on something else.  I then put away the project for a while.

The backing was made with the matching jelly roll strips to make it a reversible table runner.



Pattern:  Art Quilt
Size:  12” x 14”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Applique, Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  various Batik fabrics

Completed February 2013

This little wall hanging was a result of the “Dare to Dresden” blog hop that I participated in.  After completing my Anuenue quilt for the hop I was loving Dresden blocks.  I would see them everywhere in the blog world.  My day to showcase my quilt was in the middle of the hop, so I had plenty of time to see what other’s had done before me.

I was inspired by many on the “Dare to Dresden” blog hop to create this quilt.  You can read more about it here.

The whole time I was making this quilt, I kept saying “beautiful” to myself, and they are flowers.  I had to look up on Google what “Beautiful Flowers” meant in Hawaiian – “Puanani”.

As my time in Hawaii comes to a close for now, I will be forever reminded of it by this quilt and my Anuenue quilt.