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.

A Little Patience

Pattern:  Anita’s Arrowhead
Size: 45” x 59″    
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Hand Dyes

Completed May 2012

This quilt was made with Indigo Shibori fabrics that a friend made  (the blues) and hand dyes that I made (the reds).

My friend Wendy Pulsifer made not only the Indigo fabrics from the blocks, but also the border Indigo and the backing was made by Wendy as well!  I had the Indigo  fabrics for a long time before I found the perfect pattern for the quilt.  The pattern, Anita’s Arrowhead  seemed to be perfect once I added a red hand-dye to it (which was an adventure to dye!).

I named this quilt “A Little Patience” because I definitely needed a little patience to work on it.   Between the bias edges of each block, the new quilting technique I used, and the running out of fabric for binding just as I was about to bind it… it screamed for me to be patient!

I want to thank Wendy for encouraging me to finish this particular quilt for the show and the gift of the backing fabric!

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Awesome

Pattern:  Awesome by Sunflower Seeds – for Moda Bake Shop
Size:  46.5″ x 55.5″
Methods of Construction:  Machine Piecing, Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Buttercup by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics

Completed January 2012

This top was made in April 2011.  I am known in the guild for the use of Moda pre-cuts, especially Jelly Roll Quilts.  If you don’t know what a Jelly Roll is – it is 40 strips of fabric, 2.5” by the width of fabric.  I had to include at least one Jelly Roll quilt in this collection since it is what I am known for.

This quilt top was made when I was sewing with my friend Susan one day.  I kept having to rip the seams because I kept sewing them wrong.  Even after I thought the top was complete and posted about it, I noticed there was still a messed up seam.  The pattern was very simple, it was just a matter of distractions while sewing – namely fun and friendship.  Strait line stitching was the best for the quilting to accentuate the lines of the quilt.

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Oh Peacocks!

Pattern:  Quilted Tote Bag by Val Wilson
Size: Large Tote Bag
Methods of Construction:  Machine Quilting.
Fabrics used:  Plume by Timeless Treasures

Completed April 2013

This bag was made while taking the latest guild class by Val Wilson.  I learned so many new tricks with this bag.

I chose to use this peacock fabric before I realized that the pockets that the bag intended to have would cover up the beautiful peacock.  What to do?  I agonized about it until the class got to that step.  I had started to just omit one pocket so that the peacock could shine through.  I then realized with some of my extra fabric, I could make a hidden pocket!  By matching up the lines of the peacock, I made a pocket that still showed off the motif.

I also added a zipper to the top since I like to have a little more security in my bags than just one button that the original pattern called for. 

The fabric was bought again while out with friends.  I have made a matching laptop sleeve and a matching tablet sleeve with the lining fabric for when I travel to the mainland next month.

The beaded zipper pulls are also my creations.

Val Wilson’s pattern is a great one!  I can’t wait to make another!

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