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:  Drop by Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company
Size:  19” x 25”
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Sanctuary by 3 Sisters for Moda Fabrics

Completed January 2013

This little quilt was inspired by the “Another Year of Schnibbles” blog hop parade.  Each month, a pattern is chosen and each participant makes something with the pattern in their choice of fabrics.  The pattern was written to use 2.5” pre-cut squares of fabric (mini charm squares).

When I saw the pattern “Drop”, I immediately thought of my hoard of single charm square packs.  The “Sanctuary” one in particular.  Particularly, because I had a bit of yardage to go with the charm pack in my stash.  I also envisioned the wonderful dark pink as a mini-flange.

I had a hard time picking only 25 fabrics that the pattern called for and went with 35 instead, to make it a little bit bigger.  Each block measures 2.5” when finished.  The top was completed in November of 2012.

As a participant in the parade, you are eligible to win prizes.  Most are small gift certificates to various quilt stores, a charm pack or two.  Two participants, however, are chosen to win the larger prize – a fat eighth bundle of a particular fabric line from Carrie Nelson, (the designer for Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company) herself!  I happened to be one of the lucky winners of the bundles for that month!  I have to still find a great pattern to use the fabric for, but don’t worry, it will come to me eventually.



Pattern:  Fleur de Lis Flourish by Sue Garman
Size:  40″ x 40″
Methods of Construction:  Hand Applique, Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Rouenneries Deux by French General for Moda

Completed March 2013

This quilt was my first real hand applique project.  My friend JoAnne was working on another pattern from Sue Garman when this pattern came out in Quiltmaker Magazine, July/August 2012.

When constructing this quilt, I used the paper-cut method of cutting out the pattern.  I traced 1/8 of the pattern onto a folded piece of freezer paper and then cut it out like a snowflake.  Once the pattern was cut out, I fused the freezer paper to the back of the background fabric and traced around the pattern.  I then used the back-basting method of applique to construct the four blocks.

Using the Fleur de Lis fabric was a natural choice for this quilt.  I had some extra from another project that is still ongoing (and I ordered a bit more just to be sure!).  Trying to make sure all the Fleur de Lis were going the same way when using scraps was a task.

The quilting of each applique piece took me what seemed like forever to complete.  I went really slowly with my walking foot.  The border quilting was my first “intricate” quilting pattern.  I even photocopied one of the Fleur de Lis “petals” and used it as a pattern to quilt the corners of the border.



Pattern:  Marti Michelle and Homestead Hearth Quilt Shop
Size: 83 x 83
Methods of Construction:  Machine Applique, Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Prairie Paisley by Minick & Simpson for Moda Fabrics

Completed May 2013

One of my favorite types of quilts to make are sampler quilts presented in a block of the month format.  I also particularly like challenging blocks.

This quilt was presented as an internet shop hop “party” (this is where you buy a kit for a different block from 12 different stores selling the individual Marti Michelle blocks and then each store has its own finishing kit for the quilt designed by that shop).  I had participated in a couple of these “parties” previously and had never liked any of the finishing kits. Until this one came along in 2007.

The setting for this quilt was designed by Homestead Hearth quilt shop.

I completed the blocks fairly early – probably in 2009.  There it sat until May 2011 when I finally was challenged to make the top. At the time,  I was still having anxiety attacks over hand applique and I really was not fond of fusible machine applique.  I decided to try a new product, “Charlotte’s Fusible Web” thread.  The product does not act as stiff as traditional fusible applique, which is one of the reasons I really don’t like machine applique.

Typically for me, quilt tops have to “marinate” for a while to either have a purpose or until I feel comfortable with how I want to quilt the project.  This one was the former.  The purpose of finishing the quilt was when I was asked to be the featured artist for the annual Quilt Show.  I thought it would look awesome on the staircase wall – so it was completed just for the show!  Unfortunately, I was not able to hang it on the staircase wall, it was too big!  It is residing above the piano, and looks like it was made for that wall.