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!

My Birthday

Last Friday was my birthday and I decided to buymyself a present. Traditionally,  I generally buy my quilting notions as presents myself.

These have been out a little while, it seems,  but I have not seen them until recently.  I saw a video and fell in love with the pillow case seen here

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I got the following for a birthday present to myself

The 2″ scallop ruler and pusher,
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The 1.5″ prarie point ruler

PSX_20150411_203243and the 1.5″ mini point ruler and pusher

IMG_20150415_191256IMG_20150415_191408I can’t wait to use them.  Once I finish the current project  I plan on maing one or two pillowcases.

Its March?!? Really?!?

Oh my!  I can’t believe it is March already!  Not just March 1st.  March 6th (evening!).   Where has the time gone?

Oh I know.  It has gone to classes to get ready for my husband’s impending retirement from the military.  It has gone to waiting and fretting over “orders” so we can schedule all of our shipments.  It has gone to prepping a few new items for the quilt show (and a few other super secret things I can’t show yet).

I am alive.  I promise!  Here is a teaser shot of something I am working on right now… sandwiching of a quilt that I am quilting right now.  I hope to have it quilted by Monday and have the binding attached so I can put it on by hand at the Tuesday Bee.

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My mind has also been occupied with trying to find the perfect jewelry to go with my dress for the show’s reception.  So much so that I am dipping my toes into the water of jewelry making (beads and wirework).  Like I needed ANOTHER expensive hobby to have!  I ordered a “class in a box” kit to get my toes wet.  While I do like the colors that the kit comes in, I plan on going and getting other beads of similar nature to match my dress for the reception  at the local bead store– just because it would be easier for me to do something like that than to try and decide between the over three hundred pins I pinned to my Pinterest board.  Plus, since we are moving soon, I don’t want to go full-throttle on this new adventure beforehand… I can see it EASILY getting as involved as my quilting hobby.

I Triple Dare You

To Dresden!  And I took the dare for myself.

I give you Ānuenue – (pronounced “āh-noo-weh-noo-weh” ) – which means Rainbow in Hawaiian. 

if you are just joining me, for the hop, I have lived in Hawaii for the last 5 1/2 years.  We are scheduled to move back to the mainland this coming summer. I have loved our time here and will miss all my friends that I have made here. 

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Every day you see can a rainbow here.  When we move back to the mainland in a few months, I will miss my Hawaiian Rainbows.  I had to make me something to remind me of them and my 6 years in Hawaii.

I dyed the fabrics for this using procion dyes.  I started with Clear Yellow, Sapphire Blue, and Fire Red.  Though not a “true rainbow” as it would have been if I Had used the cyan, magenta, and lemon yellows, but I still like it – because Sapphire blue and fire red are my favorite dyes in those colors.

 

Here is a snapshot of them batching (along with a few other things) from my phone the day I dyed fabric.

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and here are the fabrics after the dye process.

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After the dresden was appliqued to the quilt top and then sandwiched, i  used painter’s tape to mark the grid-lines for quilting.  I will have to say though, this is the first time my grid-quilting has come out so flat and pretty.  My Janome 6600 integrated walking foot really did a good job! 

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When I visited some of the blogs on Thursday, Friday, and Monday, I was inspired to do the following.

Here is “Puanani” (pronounced Poo-ah nah-nee) which is Beautiful Flower  in Hawaiian. Sorry for the not-so good photo – it was really rainy today so I couldn’t take it outside to photograph it.

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I was inspired by these blogs’s posts:

Debby Kratovil Quilts  – inspired by her vortex quilts I saw that the circular shape didn’t have to be just a traditional dresden blade; it could be other things.  From there I wanted to try to make them uneven sizes.  That was the start of this quilt.  That vortex quilt really opened up my eyes to dresdens!

Busy Bee Quilts – inspired the white space in-between the colored blades.

I started working on this quilt on Saturday.  I had the two different sized dresdens and was playing with them to see what to do with them.  I was at a stand-still and thought I would just post this “sneak peak”  below and hopefully find more inspiration after my day of the hop.

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Sunday I couldn’t do anything; we had bad weather and with the threat of the power going off, I really didn’t play in the sewing room at all.

Then Monday morning, inspiration struck again!

Rosemary B – showed me the solution to a problem that I wanted to do if I overlapped the “petals” of the dresdens and have it look like two flowers together; by having shorter blades in between.  I trimmed the one blade that was the problem and voila! problem solved!   Sunshine Girl’s beautiful cog quilt helped with this inspiration too!

Quilting Lodge – inspired the double center for the flower.

Thank you everyone for the great inspiration for my quilt.  I can’t wait to see what everyone else’s blog’s brings!  I was able to finish this up Monday morning (because I have guild tonight- Monday night) and I have to post at 6pm the night before, which is when guild is for me.  The little quilt only finishes about 12×16 – but I couldn’t have made it without the ladies from this hop!

 

And since you have stayed with me this far, here is a treat for everyone:  A tutorial on how to make the rainbow-striped binding that I used for Anuenue.

Be sure to check out the other blogs that are taking the dare today:

January 29th, 2013

A Peach in Stitches <<<—— That is me!

Nancy W @ “that Other Blog”

L3 Designs

Bungalow Bay Quilts

Quilted Delights

Quilt Crossing

Lixie Makes it

A Quilting Sheep

Charlotte’s Creations

Quilt-n-Queen

Domesticity and Other Ponderous Things

Sew Much 2 Luv

A Quilt and a Prayer

Amanda Murphy Design

Little Mushroom Cap

Kathy’s Quilts

Sandra Kaye Design

November Schnibbles

First off – I want to thank Sinta and Sherri for hosting this (and I am sorry I am late posting!!)

This month was a “little bite” and it is called “Drop”.

When I saw the pattern I fell in love with the version with cornerstones and knew exactly what fabric I would use for it:

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This was my first ever charm square pack I bought.  Remember when they came in the collectable tins with patterns to make a small quilt?  I have held on to this charm pack for years (at least 6) waiting for the perfect project to come along for it.

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I made a test block – and boy was it tiny!!  But I persevered and completed all my blocks:

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Don’t they look gorgeous all stacked up there?

Here is the quilt:

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Like last month’s quilt, I changed up the pattern a bit.  Last month I made it smaller, this month I made it bigger.  I couldn’t decide between several of the fabrics, so I chose 35 instead of 25.  I also added a micro-flange (it finishes at 1/8” sticking out) to give it a bit more pop of red.  I was happy that I had a little bit of the Sanctuary yardage still.  I will bind it in that green print so that it is not distracting from the flange that gives it that pop of red.