“What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you.”
― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Art Gallery Quilt

I have had an art gallery sugar charm pack for quite some time.  In the interest of not taking everyone to the fabric store, and using stuff from my stash, I have been really focusing on easy projects I can quickly do.  I love to sew and it relaxes me greatly, but it's summer and I have all these kids to play with, so in order to have the best of both worlds, easy and fast projects are the way to go.  I have a small quilt I made about seven years ago for my oldest.  It is the perfect size to fit in the pack and play, or to lay a small baby on.  I decided I wanted another for Tessa, and this charm pack was perfect.  I also added some hot pink minkee.  My niece has a blanket with textures that she loves, so I thought maybe Tessa would like that too. 

I really only had a little minkee, so it is just in the middle.  The fabrics are bright and cheery and the whole quilt measures 35" square. 

 I quilted an all over stipple.  I love the back, I almost considered making it into a bag instead.  I only had a yard, so not much is left over.  I had a stripe for the binding and decided to do it on the bias just to be sure I remembered how.  Sometimes when you don't use a skill you lose it, and I could tell I hadn't made bias binding in a long time.  But I love stripes on the bias, it really makes a difference.
Gratuitous baby shot, she wasn't thrilled about being on the wood floor I don't think.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Burp Rags

If you have a baby that spits up at all, you know the value of a good burp rag.  I have had two babies that spit up a little and two that spit up a lot.  I wash burp rags more than anything else.  I decided to make a few pretty ones as they will be my fashion accessory for the time being.  They are all made of scraps from other projects, which was nice.  I am terrible at utilizing my scraps and making these motivated me to try and think of a few scrap projects. Suggestions are welcome if you have any great scrap ideas as well.
Top row: Russian Nesting dolls by Hallmark, Blush by Moda, unknown.

Bottom row: Pop Garden by Heather Bailey, Chocolate lollipop by Anna Maria Horner, Westhill by Heather Ross

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Neptune Finish

I took my time getting this quilt done.  I really only worked on it in little spurts, it takes me a while to get back in a sewing groove after I have a baby.  Anyway, here is the finished product, I really love how it turned out. 
 The pattern is from Moda Bake Shop.  I did add a few inches around the outer border that aren't in the pattern on the website. I know the sashing looks white, but it isn't.  It has an almost taupe shade to it. I quilted it in what reminds me of ripples in water, but in a non concentric design.  The backing is Neptune also with a strip down the middle.