Sunday, September 14, 2014

Project Life Week 37

September 7 - September 13

250:365 Hubby issued a challenge: if he keeps the kiddo entertained, can I make a baby quilt in a day for his nephew's new baby girl. 
Sunday: Hubby issued a challenge: if he keeps the kiddo entertained, can I make a baby quilt in a day for his nephew's new baby girl. 
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251:365 So much fun! Now I want to make bags for everything. #trickortreathalloweenswap 
Monday: So much fun! Now I want to make bags for everything. 
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252:365 Woo hoo! I got all the reservations I wanted. 
Tuesday: Up at 4:45am, but I got all the reservations I wanted. 
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253:365 Possibly the best Scrap Bag purchase ever! 
Wednesday: Possibly the best scrap bag purchase ever! 
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254:365 One more swap project cut & ready to be pieced.
Thursday: One more swap project cut and ready to be pieced. 
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255:365 Picked up some pretty awesome things at the quilt show today. 
Friday: Picked up some pretty awesome things at the quilt show. 
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256:365 Home from a party full of 6 & 7 year old girls... I may hide out in here, all by myself, for the rest of the night. 
Saturday: Home from a party full of 6 and 7 year old girls... now hiding out here all by myself. 
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Baby Quilt and A Challenge

Last week my husband's nephew became the proud dad to a beautiful little girl. It will be some time before we can get to Oklahoma for a visit, so the next best thing is to send love in the form of a quilt for the baby.

But I hadn't started the quilt yet. And hubby wanted to send off some baby gifts this week. So Saturday night he issued a challenge... if he could keep the kiddo entertained on Sunday, could I make a quilt in a day. Oh yes... game on!

Modern Roses Baby Quilt

I used Fat Quarter Shop's new (free) pattern Jelly Roll Jam II and it all came together so fast! Just under 5 hours from opening the Jelly Roll to machine stitching the binding onto the front of the quilt. I hand-stitched the binding to the back, so that probably doubled my total time. But I stitched while riding in the car, to and from work Monday and Tuesday, so it really wasn't a big imposition (and I love the process of hand-stitching binding!)

Modern Roses Baby Quilt

I gave serious thought to running out to my local quilt shop for a bit more fabric from this line for the backing. But it started raining Sunday afternoon (and I would have had to actually get out of my pajamas), so I decided to stay home and use what I had on hand. And I love it! It doesn't photograph very well, but in real life that backing is just a shade darker than the colors in the quilt top. And big pat on my back for using what I had on hand (because let's be honest... there's no way I would have left the shop with only my backing!)

Modern Roses Baby Quilt

Quilt Details
Pattern: Jelly Roll Jam II by Fat Quarter Shop
Quilt Top: Modern Roses Jelly Roll by Moda
Backing: Essential Dots in Cayenne by Riley Blake
Binding: Robert Kaufman Kona in Ash
A Lovely Year of Finishes goal here (I'll be linking up at the end of the month)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Project Life Week 36

August 31 - September 6

243:365 Buc-ee + Tervis = AWESOME 
Sunday: Buc-ee + Tervis = AWESOME 
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244:365 I've been putting off a fabric reorganization, but it feels good now that it's almost done. 
Monday: I've been putting off a fabric reorganization, but it feels good now that it's almost done. 
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245:365 And just like that I have a week off of work scheduled & plane tickets purchased. Now to figure out how to tell my little one she isn't coming with me to visit grandma. 
Tuesday: And just like that I have a week off of work scheduled and plane tickets purchased. Now to figure out how to tell my little one she isn't coming with me to visit grandma. 
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246:365 Oh, this will be fun! #modamodernbuildingblocks 
Wednesday: Oh, this will be fun! 
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247:365 Megan and I got fabric in the mail today. Thanks @lindazsews and @supersara20 
Thursday: Megan and I got fabric in the mail today. 
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248:365 I think kitty knows that puppy isn't feeling very well today. She's been hiding among the pillows in my bedroom. 
Friday: I think kitty knows that puppy isn't feeling very well today. She's been hiding among the pillows in my bedroom. 
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249:365 Playing with a bit of Halloween today. 
Saturday: Playing with a bit of Halloween today. 
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Friday, September 5, 2014

A Lovely Year of Finishes - September Goal

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Lots to choose from off my to-do list for this month's A Lovely Year of Finishes goal... most of which needs to be completed by the end of the month. But since my nephew became a dad last weekend, the baby quilt is jumping to the top of the to-do list. I've got the fabric and have picked out a pattern... now to find a few spare hours to get it made.

A Lovely Year of Finishes


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Project Life Week 35

August 24 - August 30

236:365 Back to School dinner was great! Now to convince the little one that she needs to go to bed. 
Sunday: Back to School dinner! 
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237:365 First day of 1st Grade. 
Monday: First day of 1st Grade. 
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238:365 Bags in the works... one for a gift, one for a swap, and one for me. 
Tuesday: Bags in the works... one for a gift, one for a swap, and one for me. 
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239:365 Add John Puller to my list of favorite book characters  Better reserve book 3 from the library. 
Wednesday: Add John Puller to my list of favorite book characters. Better get on the library's list to reserve book 3.
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240:365 trim, trim, trim
Thursday: trim, trim, trim 
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241:365 A little road trip EPP.  The amount of progress I've made on this in 2 years is a bit sad.
Friday: A little road trip EPP. 
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242:365 Hard at work. #legokidsfest 
Saturday: Hard at work at Lego Kids Fest. 
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Dr. Seuss Quilt

I've been in the process of clearing out some of my fabric stash. I love everything in it, but let's be real... the amount of fabric I have compared to the amount of time I have to sew are not anywhere close to being the same. And with Megan almost 7 now, I figured she'd be waning on her interest in Dr. Seuss so I was planning to put my (substantial) collection up for sale. I had a pile of fabrics on my cutting table getting ready to measure, photograph, and list them all when Megan walked in and literally gasped.

189:365 My book-loving little girl asked me to make her a Dr. Seuss quilt.

So a Dr. Seuss quilt quickly jumped to the top of my to-do list. Megan and I spent a lot of time together looking at the fabrics and reviewing quilt patterns. We wanted a pattern that used a good selection of the fabrics we had and also used big pieces. We ended up picking a pattern called Meadow Blocks by Carlene Westberg. Years ago I bought some fabric from Carlene and she had added a copy of the pattern with my order.

Dr. Seuss Quilt

The pattern goes together REALLY fast! My only complaint... some of my fabrics were directional, and the way some of the pieces were cut would have caused my pieces to be sideways. It might not bother some, but I didn't want sideways text prints. But since I had more than a Fat Quarter of most prints, it wasn't a problem for me to cut the directional prints different than the pattern directions.

Dr. Seuss Quilt

And I'm happy to say that Megan LOVES this quilt. She has had it on her bed for two weeks now. She hasn't even let me give it an initial wash & dry to get it good and crinkly.

Quilt Details
Fabric: Dr. Seuss collection by Robert Kaufman
Pattern: Meadow Blocks by Carlene Westberg
Size: 64" x 72"
Pieced and Quilted by me
Link to ALYoF goal here