Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Applique Onesies

I made these appliqued onesies for Holly's youngest for Christmas.  I saw a few tie ones on etsy and thought that would be fun to make and dress up those onesies a little.  I searched and found directions on how to do make them on the blog:  Crap I've Made .  She has tutorials on lots of things, and she had a template for tie and octopus.  The other images I just printed out clip art and traced them on the Wonder-Under.  The edges are intended to fray a bit, but since kids grow fast, I think it will be fine. 

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Cd Player Bags

Shh!  These are Christmas Presents for Holly's oldest three.  She is getting them CD players so she can have some peace in the car.  I was tasked to make bags to carry them in.  The have velcro along the top and the handle crosses over the bag - attaching at the opposite end from each other.  I used the knowledge I gained from making other bags to create these.  I even made a practice one first.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Holly's Hanging

The summer I moved to Washington - 2007.  I stopped at Holly's house in Boise on my way to and back from Utah.  She has recently moved to her house and was working on decorating her office.  I volunteered to make a quilt wall hanging for her office.  I used the Picket fence pattern and scaled it down to fit the wall. 

Friday, October 16, 2009

Last Weekend's Bags

The only projects I got done last weekend was creating two bags. the first was a little bag for my friend Holly's youngest Avery. Her birthday is in October and I didn't have any great ideas so I decided to make her a little purse. It's probably a big purse to her, but I think it can hold a lot of great things - I think her favorite dolly will fit in it too!. I used charm Squares and just sewed them together for the outside and handles. Then made a lining out of a coordinating fat quarter.

I also made a bag for Megan Watson, the long-term substitute that is teaching the English class next door. We share students. She also did her student teaching with my students last year. She's been a trooper trying to plan lessons, learn how to be a teacher, and handle all the issues our students seem to have. I chose some fabric with words on it - Authentic by Sweetwater for Moda - to bring in that English teacher thing. I took a pattern from Moda Bake Shop by Nicole from OurCozyNest.blogspot.com and changed it a bit for Megan's bag. I really like it and I hope she will too!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Anne's Queen Size Quilt

Last winter my mother had a magazine with this quilt on the cover. The quilt is called Frosted Windowpanes. What I liked about it was the fabric from the Coverlet collection and it was Red & white which is a favorite combination of my friend Anne Nicole. I sent her a picture to see if she liked it and offered to make it for her. She did and I made it for her birthday and Christmas. I finished piecing the quilt on Anne's Birthday. I showed it to her when I was in Dillon this summer, left it with mom to be
quilted, brought it home on the plane at Lincoln's baptism, and finished it the binding while watching NASCAR races and movies. I finally got it off this week - about halfway between her birthday and Christmas! It's a queen size quilt and I hope she loves it!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Underground Railroad

Mom decided to clean out her stash and give away some quilts she didn't really want to finish. She had started this quilt and had two squares done. I took on the challenge of completing this quilt. Mom sent the fabric and the book and off I went. I like the way the quilt turned out and I enjoyed making the different blocks.

Jingle All the Way

This is a quilt I made in the Fall of 2007 in my first quilt class ever. I took the class at my favorite quilt store in Southern California, Cotton and Chocolate. The sample quilt was beautiful. My classes were during the big fires that surrounded Santa Clarita (and we got three days off school for). The quilt is from the book 11 Laps from Fats and is called Jingle all the Way. I used fabric from the In the Pink line by Buggy Barn. I enjoyed the three other women in the class and my instructor and I really like the quilt.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Anne Nicole's Civil War Blocks

For the Christmas of 2007 I made my friend Anne Nicole a small quilt to hang in her house in Savannah. She has an old fashioned wash stand and I wanted to make a quilt she could hang there or anywhere else in her house that she wanted. I called her oldest and had her measure so I could make something that would fit. I also wanted to learn how to paper piece, so I decided I'd make her some Civil War blocks from the Civil War Diary book. It's an appropriate choice since she immersered herself in the Civil War when she moved to the South. I like a lot of the blocks and most turned out pretty well. I sashed them with a tea dyed/stained muslin and a blue border and backing.

Courthouse Steps with Terri Nussbaum

Earlier this year I took a class at my favorite quilt store here in Washington - Carriage Country Quilts in Des Moines, WA. The class was a courthouse steps quilt and it was taught by Terri Nussbaum, the author of Quick-Change Quilts. I used my stash of Civil War and other reproduction fabrics in hopes of taming the huge pile. I had to be really careful and plan out the quilt so that all the blocks would match up with the right block. The quilter did an amazing job quilting it. I wasn't sure I'd love the blocks this way but I really love this quilt and I can't wait for it to get cold so I can use it!!!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Roger & Andrea's Quilt

This is the quilt I made for my friend Roger & his wife Andrea. They live in New Zealand. I met Roger working at the Oak Glen Outdoor school when I had to take a semester off from BYU. We've kept in touch all these years and I even met Andrea when they came over for a vacation before they were married (or even engaged I think). I was emailing Roger about their new house they were building and I decided to make a quilt for their new place.

After visiting my favorite quilt store Cotton & Chocolate in Thousand Oaks, CA I knew which quilt I was going to make. The pattern is called Strips 'n Bits by Bloom Creek. The fabric is from the Shangri-la by Three Sisters for Moda. I thought it provided the perfect earthy colors & nature motifs I wanted in the quilt. My only request to the quilter was if a fern could be embroidered in the center of each block. I had a couple of examples of New Zealand ferns. My mom said the quilter's son recognized the fern patterns because he's into rugby.
The quilt turned out beautifully. I was so happy with it and very excited to send it off to New Zealand.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Daughter of the Union - Flag Cradle Quilt

This quilt is from a pattern and kit I bought at a quilt store in Georgia the second time I visited the Fullers when they lived in Swuanee. Before that trip I had my mom teach me how to piece by hand since at the time Anne didn't have a sewing machine, but wanted to learn how to quilt. We went to the quilt store (I think it was Stitch n'Quilt in Lawrenceville) to pick out some fabric for her project and I picked up this kit. The pattern in the kit was designed by Barbara Brackman and it's titled Daugher of the Union. It has directions for three Union Flag quilts. I chose to make a smaller version of the flag Cradle Quilt. I pieced and quilted it by hand. I probably finished it in either 2005 or 2006. It hung on my classroom wall in Santa Clarita when I was teaching U.S. History.

Quilts for Roger and Andrea's Girls

After my first year back in Southern California I was sewing up a storm and needed some projects. I spent a lot of money that summer on quilt stuff while visiting my parents in Utah. They had just had their shop hop and I decided to make a bunch of quilts and they had lots of great kits! But who to make them for? Making quilts for my relatives would be weird since my mom makes quilts for them. I had already made gifts for my best two friend's children. I was corresponding with my friend Roger in New Zealand about the new house they were building and decided I'd make quilts for the family. Roger & Andrea's quilt will get a separate post, but they have three girls and so I made three quilts. I've never met their girls, but I always get photos at Christmas, plus the year before I had gotten yummy gifts from New Zealand for Christmas with my card. I didn't really know much about their personalities except Tyler Rose liked horses and Kenna was into Bananas in Pajamas and none of those things made it into the quilts. I had to work quickly since they would need to be quilted and mailed at least a month before Christmas. Somehow I did it. I don't know who got which quilt. Here are the three girls in 2009:

Tyler Rose, Keanna, Mckenzie

Here are the three quilts:

This quilt is the pattern Remember when by Itty Bits & Pieces. I bought this kit at Elaine's in Utah. I can't remember what fabric collection most of the fabric was from, and I was skeptical about it when I took it out of the kit, but the background quieted down some of the crazier prints.
I also bought the kit for this quilt from Elaine's. the pattern is Dots and Daisies by Piece by Design. The fabric came from several collections.

this quilt was made from my stash. I had some charm squares and other fabrics that went with each other so I ended up with a sort of windmill pattern sewing two charm squares to a larger rectangle and then rotating the blocks.
Roger said that the quilts matched the girls perfectly. I hope and those few cold New Zealand nights they help keep them warm or have picnics on those sunny days!

Picket Fence

This quilt I finished recently. I bought a jelly roll of Daydreams by Deb Strain for Moda a summer or two ago. I haven't done anything with them until I finished a quilt for my friend Holly's office and decided to try the same pattern with the jelly roll. The pattern is called Picket Fence by Stitch Studios. I worked on the blocks during the winter and early spring. I finished the top at our family reunion in April and sent it home with my mom to be quilted. I brought it back home two weeks ago and finished the binding. Here it is:
You'll notice that the quilter put in some butterflies and dragonflies in the quilting.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Quilt for Avery Virginia

Avery is Holly's daughter. I made a really easy blanket for each of Holly's girls when they were born, but I didn't do one for Avery - so I made one a little later for her.

The fabrics are In the Pink by Buggy Barn and the pattern is one of the Turning Twenty Patterns. I ended up making a different quilt from the same fabric because I liked this quilt so much. If I'm correct I had this finished and quilted in the Fall of 2007.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Holly's Lap Quilt

This is a quilt I made for my friend Holly for Christmas 2007. She was using a lot of blues in her family room and so I made a quilt to match. This quilt is from one of those what to do with a nine patch - sew it and then cut it into four - rotate and sew together in rows. I believe the fabric is the Chocolat line by 3 Sisters for Moda. Holly is still using the quilt in her family room at her new house! I love it more every time I visit and see it.