Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WHO got their baby quilt done in time? I DID!

As mentioned in an earlier post about a week and a half ago, I needed to get this baby quilt done and I hadn't finished the top yet... see post called I'm A Procrastinator. :-)
But I got it finished in time to give to the expectant mom this past Monday at her baby sprinkle at the office. Here is Jaime with the quilt at our lunchtime celebration. 
But let's back up to getting this cute quilt completed.  As mentioned, I drafted this design (with permission) from a quilt I found on Pinterest.  Once I was done with the applique and piecing, it was time to baste it.  Yes, I still baste with basting thread on the floor.  Definitely my least favorite part of the process.
I chose this soft lavender chevron print for the back. 
I freemotion quilted "peacock feathers" in the background....hmm, wonder how the owls feel about that...
and a freemotion leaf vine in the borders.
The eyes and lashes were machine stitched on the baby owl.  So cute!
It was finally done.  That was a quilting marathon in one day!
I pulled out my Janome to machine quilt this.  It does a wonderful job and likes all the rayon threads, unlike the finicky Viking.. :-)
Next came the binding.... I cut mine at 2 1/4".

and, of course, the label.
Someone seemed a little jealous of these cute little owls.  She didn't think I could see her looking for them. 
So happy to have this quilt done and delivered!  Now we just have to wait for the baby to do the same!

Happy Stitching,


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching - A Bountiful Life and More!

I have been working on my A Bountiful Life quilt blocks. The current block is called Assorted Bouquet.
This is how the block looked earlier this week.  Lots of leaves in this one!
My husband jokes that I am always making leaves.  This is the life of an appliquer!
Here is my paper pattern to give you an idea of what the finished block will look like. 36 leaves in the pattern. 
The block pictured in the book has the leaves all appliqued in the same green.  I chose to add more variety with some darker greens and a lot of different fabrics. 
 The pattern also has a lot of leaves with stems under the flower stems.
I included some of these and the others I simplified with just leaves, no stems.
 Again, more leaves, some of mine without stems.  Anytime I can simplify a pattern, I do it!
We will be thinking about days like this today in the Northeast.  Forecast is for extreme heat and humidity.
Maybe you will be lucky enough to be here...
I will be staying inside with the air conditioning and enjoying some slow stitching on my Assorted Bouquet block. 
And also doing some of this as I finish up the binding on the baby quilt.

Stay cool and Happy Stitching!


Linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

"I Am a Procrastinator"

There.. I said it out loud.  I  have a girlfriend who insists that I work better under pressure.  She is probably right.  
Remember this fabric from a post back in APRIL?  I mentioned that I needed to make a baby quilt.... well guess what.  Fast forward almost 3 months and the baby is almost due (August 6).  And I am hosting a "Baby Sprinkle" at work for this little one in a little over a week!  No Pressure!!!  (why do I always do this to myself?)
It's not quite as bad as it sounds.  A few weeks ago (LOL) I started cutting out this quilt. It's a pretty simple design... but I have no pattern.
I found this quilt on Pinterest and fell in love with it.  And since the new mom has decided on lavender for her baby girl's room, I knew it would be perfect.  As I said, there was no pattern available for this quilt so I realized I would have to draft my own.  I always feel uncomfortable doing that, so I contacted the designer and asked her permission to draft a copy of her design.  She graciously said yes, as long as I didn't sell the pattern.  No worries on that. 
I changed the design to a different size and some additional design changes were made.  Once I had the pattern drawn out and the tree branch sewn down, I started adding the leaves.
I don't typically use fabric spray adhesive, but in some cases it is the best alternative to fusible.  I didn't want the stiffness you can get from fusible web.  And since this is a baby quilt, I wanted to keep the fabric as soft as possible.  I just needed to hold the leaves in place until I could stitch them down.  This worked perfectly. 
Once they were all in place I could stitch around each leaf to raw edge applique them to my background.  I like the look of the raw edge leaves here. 
Next came the owls.  Making sure they were the right size for the tree branch, I drew them out onto freezer paper to make my pattern pieces. 
I don't think I will have too much trouble with these bird feet! LOL

Please,  if you see a design you like, do the right thing and contact the designer before copying.  We all like to share and we all are inspired by many.  But please check first before copying an original design. 

I need to get sewing!!! 

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy July 4th to Everyone in the US!

Lucy and her friend Mr. Frog want to wish all of her friends a very happy July 4th!  She doesn't like the fireworks too much, but she does like all the red and white stripes in the flags!
We are having a very rainy 4th here in New Jersey.. and I think most of the Northeast.  Good day to stay inside and sew.
I have embroidered the crest on top of my peacock's head.  It looks more appropriate than the pattern, which had an applique piece that looked more like a chicken comb.  
You can see an actual peacock crest here.  We used to live not far from a peacock farm.. beautiful birds, but boy are they noisy! LOL
I will finish up the tail feathers today.  And maybe start the next block - Assorted Bouquet.
I traced the pattern to my pieced background.  Since it is such a dark and rainy day today I had to get a little creative.  I don't own a lightbox so I lowered my sewing machine into my table and placed a light under the plexiglass insert.  It worked great and I just needed to move my pattern and fabric around so it was over the light.  Easy-peasey!  Just be careful the light doesn't get too hot.. it could warp the plexiglass. :-)
Lucy hopes you enjoy the weekend and have a safe and festive July 4th holiday!  She is just going to spend it on her flag quilt on the back of the couch....
Until she gets tired of Mr. Frog and pushes him off the couch!

Happy Independence Day!
Happy Stitching!



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