Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Un-quilting (mostly)

Linking up again with Freshly Pieced.

 So I didn't make as much progress on as many WIPs last week as I wanted to, but I did successfully turn one WIP into a Finish!! It is the cutest little bright baby boy quilt

I also started the quilting on this little pretty, but am now, unfortunately, in the process of ripping it out.

The backing puckered! So thanks to the advice of IG and my mom, I'm going to re-baste it and try again. I thought I had it as taught as I needed, but apparently not.  See the damage:

Yikes! At least I can rip it out while sitting on the couch watching old One Tree Hill episodes.
Hopefully I'll have more progress on my x and plus blocks by next week! And maybe have another finish or brand new WIP to report as well.

Thanks for checking in! 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Any Way You Go :: A Little Man Baby Quilt for Jude

So in the vein of sewing baby quilts for old roommates, I bring you a new baby quilt story: version 3.

This one is for a former roomie who is a bright and wonderful woman! She is full of life and joy and I totally missed her wedding last May (and neglected to send a gift, too). Tacky me.  I know.  I'm totally embarrassed about that, but I really want to make it up to her.... so I wanted to sew a special quilt for her first baby, a little boy who should be here on or before next Saturday.

I'm so pleased that I actually finished this before he arrived. Now, I just hope it gets TO him, via the USPS, before he is born.  I started it Super Bowl Sunday. I had the top pieced the next morning. Had it basted and was quilting it the next Tuesday. I attempted FMQ for the first time (on a real quilt on it). My stippling was decent. My long loops were OK, too. But I got stumped after that, so the top sat in my closet, haunting me when I dug in my stash, for the next four weeks. Finally, a week or so ago, I pulled it out, ripped out the old quilting, and started quilting it from the back, simply following the chevron lines.

It is not perfect. Not even close. But I absolutely love it and how bright it turned out.  I really hope my friend and her first little one love it, too.


Pattern: Quick Triangles Baby Quilt Tutorial from Lindsay Sews (this is an awesome tutorial, with a TON of layout options. Not too mention that it is super speedy because the blocks are large.

Fabrics: A collection of bright prints from my stash with a large yellow and white chevron print for the back.

Quilting: By me, straight lines following the chevron backing.

Finished: April 13, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WIP Wednesday: My first WIP link up

So for the first time, I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced!

I have a few too many projects going right now, so I'm making myself finish several before I start any more (not counting the x and plus quilt I started today by making my very first block).

This is a little mini quilt top that I need to quilt and bind and at the bottom of it is a picture of my first x and plus block. Loved making that block, so it is no wonder that it is such a big trend on Instagram and Flickr.

This baby quilt needs nine more quilting lines. My goal is to finish it tomorrow, because that mama will be induced a week from Friday. I am planning to bind it by machine (first timer here) and write the label. These are big steps for the sake of speed. I've only ever hand bound (hello, good movie watching time and I love handwork) and hand embroidered labels (because I don't like the look of written labels). But for the sake of expediency and because this quilt will not be an heirloom by any means, I'm just gonna forsake my normal routine and get a move on. #finishit2013 right?

Oh, and this is actually the back that you can see. I'll post a picture of the top when I get finish! 
The next WIP is a way late baby quilt that needs to be quilted. This is a terrible picture of the top (colors are off) but I'm super excited about this one because my friend has no idea that it is coming and she waited a REALLY long time and through a very hard journey to get her sweet baby boy.  She did her nursery in a vintage circus theme, so I think Petite Odile by French General will compliment the little Big Top Nursery really well.

The color is much better in this picture below. It also shows the border detail that you can't see above.

I've got a few more projects going on, and I actually have some tops at the quilter, too, because the Lord knows I just can't do it all. Maybe by Friday I'll have some finishes and then I can show up here again next week with all new WIPs. (Except the x and plus blocks will not be finished or even close).

Have a great, and productive, week!


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