Sunday, April 4, 2021

Rainbow Baby Quilt

My spring break is nearly over and I managed to do a little bit of sewing. I finished all the muted rainbow blocks, appliquéd the hearts on, and got them all together. Plus, I pinned, quilted, and bound it!
Sorry for the terrible picture, there was so much glare I could not see the screen on my phone. I used a plush pink backing I ordered it online from Joann's knowing I would be making this quilt soon. I think I am all caught up on my baby quilts for now... The rainbow block sans the heart is from Bonnie & Camille's Shine On book.
I ordered some peach fat quarters for this quilt, but other than that all of the fabrics including the background are from my stash! The finished quilt is 45 inches square.
I am keeping up with the My Favorite Color Is Moda BOM. This is block 4.
This is block 5, so April is complete! 

I am also working on 16 pencil pouches for my 5th grade students as they will be moving onto middle school and I give them a custom made pencil pouch in the color of their choice with their initial. I fill them up with goodies. I have painting scheduled for my sewing room along with some other rooms in my house for the week of April 19th, so I will get the pencil pouches done this week and start carting my stuff out to the garage and shop in preparation. I am planning on purging more stuff---less is more! I want my new house to be pretty minimalist especially in my sewing room.

I go back to work in person tomorrow for the first time in more than a year. I have students to test and it is much easier to do face to face. My actual teaching will still be online to maintain cohort guidelines from our state. I am 3 weeks post my second Moderna vaccine, so I feel protected. I will continue to wear a mask and keep socially distanced, but I am really looking forward to being around other people again!


Friday, March 12, 2021

March Madness


Hi! Sorry I have been a stranger, but I am getting ready to downsize/sell my house and that is taking up a lot of my time. It is shocking how much junk you can accumulate in 16 years. I remember when we moved into this house, we had empty rooms--lots of them. Going from a 900 sq. ft house to a 2400 sq. ft house was a big change, but we have managed to fill it up along with the garage. We park two cars in the garage, but it is nearly a three car garage, so it has plenty of storage space. I uncovered things I moved here from California that I have not touched especially many UFO quilting projects. I will be donating them to some local quilting groups--if I haven't made them yet, I probably won't!

My new house is being built and won't be ready until sometime in August. The real estate market in our town is crazy with homes selling in hours--one sold yesterday in two hours! Especially homes that are in my price range. With the help of my friend/realtor, she put me in touch with a builder that was going to be building a spec home in the neighborhood I like the best. It has a new section of lock and leave homes where the snow removal, front/backyard lawn mowing, and irrigation water is included with the HOA dues. It is also very quiet and on the outskirts of town. So now instead of him building a spec home, he is building it for me! I have selected my lot, floorpan, and some of the finishes (I will get to pick them all out eventually and get to pick where the electricity outlets go).  It also includes the landscaping and sprinklers for both the front and back. I have never had a brand new house, so it is fun and exciting to get to participate in all these decisions.

My sewing room is actually going to be bigger than my current room and when I told my builder about my quilting, we decided to put an extra large window in it to help with natural light. We actually added in quite a few windows throughout the house. The whole house will have luxury vinyl plank flooring, so I am excited about being able to roll furniture around in my sewing room. My dad is going to build me a new cutting table on casters to take advantage of it!

The block pictured above is from the February block of the month (BOM), My Favorite Color Is Moda. I am doing the coastal cool color way for my new house. My current house is mostly browns and greens.
For the BOM, they had us do all the cutting ahead of time which makes it much quicker for assembling the blocks. This is block 2--it just reads water to me. There is a pond in my new neighborhood that I am looking forward to walking my dog around.
Here is block 3. I whipped up both of these last night.
I did make 2 more Labyrinth baby quilts in February and I already gifted one of them. Here is the other one!
That makes 4 of them in the same color palette. I bought a fat quarter pack with animal prints and with the help of it and my stash I squeezed out 4 baby quilts!
I quilted this batch more heavily and used gray minky on the backs.
I had today off as an end of the quarter vacation day and to get my second dose of the vaccine! It is hard to believe that a year ago today our school district shutdown and we went into lockdown for the rest of the school year. It is devastating how many lives have been lost to this horrible virus.

Today, I started on these muted pastel rainbow blocks for another work friend. She is due next month, so I need to get cracking. I am using the rainbow block pattern from Bonnie and Camille's Shine On book. I am going to appliqué hearts in the space under the rainbows. We have a big snowstorm on the way, so hopefully I won't get any side effects from my second dose and I can stay in my pjs and get this baby quilt done!

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Labyrinth Finishes

I have two more baby quilts done and delivered! I used a pattern I bought electronically on Etsy called Labyrinth. It is charm pack friendly. I made mine with 36 blocks and they finished at 50 inches square. Here is the first one 
and the second one. It is just as easy to cut two at one time!
I ordered a couple woodland fat quarter packs in grays and blues also on Etsy to make these. Plus, of course there was some digging into my stash too.
I had mentioned in my last post that there has been a definitely COVID baby boom in my town and I need to make two more of these ASAP. I started cutting out more fabric for them yesterday.
I used the cuddly minky backing on both of them and quilted in a grid pattern with my wavy stitch. I bound one with navy blue Kona and the other with a charcoal Kona.

I have a couple of girl baby quilts up next--one in muted rainbows and the other is another Fresh as a Daisy with a greenish/teal background.
I decided to treat myself for Valentine's Day and I bought a kit for my Favorite Color Is Moda Sampler in the coastal cool color way. This is being done as a Block of the Month. I have so many UFOs, but I really want to switch my house's color palette to more blues and cool colors. I think this will work perfectly on my guest bed. I better put a new blade on my rotary cutter because you need to cut everything first which will make doing the monthly blocks easier, but is going to take me some serious time this week.

My school district has arranged for teachers to get our first vaccine on Friday. They have cancelled school for our students both in person and online to help accommodate our vaccine appointments. Those of us that are getting the vaccine have the day off and those that are choosing not to get it have to work at their school buildings. The district has also decided that teachers who do not get vaccinated will have to use the own sick days if they contract COVID, but those of us that get vaccinated and still get COVID will not have to use our personal sick days. For this entire school year, if a teacher got COVID or was forced to quarantine with their class/child/spouse their own sick days were not used. I am happily getting the vaccine and I will enjoy my Friday off to work on all my quilting projects! Stay healthy!

Sunday, January 24, 2021

First Finishes of 2021

Snowy morning greetings! I finished three baby quilts this last week. I used one fat eighth pack and some blenders from my stash.
I set one horizontal and
the other two vertically.
I used minky backings. Two were a silvery gray and one was charcoal.
I quilted two of them with my wavy stitch in following the blocks going vertically and horizontally every three inches.
And I did one vertically with my wavy stitch every 1.5 inches. The design for these quilts is a free pattern/tutorial you can find here:
COVID has definitely brought a baby boom among teachers in my town! I started working on two more baby quilts yesterday. Both are woodland theme and in blues and grays. I cut out fabric to make them both yesterday.
I got the blocks for one sewn together yesterday. I am using a pattern called Labyrinth and I bought it  on Etsy. I ordered some more gray minky for the backings from Joann's this morning--my local store is out. I have two more baby quilts to work on after these--one is a muted rainbow using the rainbow block from The Bonnie & Camille Quilt Bee book and the other needs to be a mauve and green. I have to figure out a design and fabrics for that one! 

Have a great week!


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Last Finish of 2020

I squeezed in one more finish before it is 2021. This is the Bricks Baby Quilt that I made for my friend that is adopting. This modern quilt really features the fabrics and comes together quickly. I used this free tutorial:
I made my version slightly wider, so finished it is 45 x 51 inches after washing.
I got my Pfaff back last week from servicing and so I didn't get around to quilting it up until yesterday. I used a charcoal minky and quilted it vertically with my wavy stitch. 
I need three grandma quilts for all boys, so I ordered in a fat eight bundle of On the Go from Moda designed by Stacy Iest Hsu. The fabric has cars, airplanes, street signs, tractors, and all kinds of darling transportation related items. There was enough fabric for two, but then I dug into my stash for some blenders to add in so there will be enough for all three. I have another charcoal minky backing for one and ordered turquoise minky for the other two. I might set one of them with its bricks going horizontally. 
We had to put our sweet border collie mix, Lola, down on Monday. She was such a fantastic dog and she had a long life living to 15.5 years old. She will be missed--RIP Lola! Have a Happy New Year!


Saturday, December 12, 2020

My Sunday Best Sampler Finish

This beauty has been done for awhile, but I hadn't had a chance to get some pictures. This is My Sunday Best Sampler Quilt which I did as a sew along with Corey Yoder and Sherri McConnell. Here is a link to their book: I love this quilt, but I kind of regret not making it bigger to use as a bed sized quilt for my guest room. The navy sashing is gorgeous. I may just need to make something similar and bigger...
Rachel quilted it with a sweet floral pattern that goes well with all the Bonnie and Camille scraps I used for the blocks. I forgot to get a picture of the backing, but it is a gray with navy and white flowers.
I preordered this kit before summer as a birthday present for myself and I think I may make it larger than the pattern calls for my guest bed. Isn't it lovely?
One of my teacher friends is fostering a baby that will hopefully turn into an adoption. She and her husband are amazing people and will be fantastic parents. I asked her the nursery's color palette and she did teal, navy, and orange with bicycles as a theme. She specifically asked that the quilt included no name as once their adoption is final it may change--so no name quilt this time. I quickly ordered some bicycle fabrics on Etsy and looked for a simple quilt design. I found this free tutorial for a Bricks Baby Quilt:
I made mine a couple of bricks wider and decided to add in some gray fabrics in the colors. I love how modern and cheerful it looks. I think I am going to straight line quilt it vertically. I already picked up a dark gray minky backing curbside from Joann's along with a navy Kona for the binding.
Speaking of binding, I am hand binding this beautiful quilt for Rachel this weekend and she has another one almost finished with the quilting that she needs in time for Christmas. We have had some snow and it is cold, so I am happy to cuddle up on the couch with some cappuccino and binge on Netflix while binding. Have a great weekend!


Sunday, December 6, 2020

Touchdown Quilt Finish

Look what is done and shipped! This Touchdown Quilt was made for a 16 year old foster child, Diego. I volunteered to make it through a charity on IG called @quiltforachild. I supersized the quilt by adding an extra column of footballs plus a top and bottom border. It is 70x71 inches.
I can't even count how many Color Catchers I used on this and finally I picked up a bottle of Synthrapol from my local quilt shop. One wash with the 2 teaspoons as it calls for did not do the job, but half a small bottle and another wash did the trick. Diego's favorite color is read and there is plenty of red in this!
Rachel did an amazing job with the quilting! She chose this football pattern that had helmets, footballs in various sizes, and whistles.. The quilting shows up so well on the red backing with the black thread.

The request for this quilt and quilts for seven other foster boys came out in September. The delivery would coincide with Christmas, so Gwen asked if we could include a gift along with the quilt. My daughter and I got several gifts and a stocking with lots of goodies for Diego too--we had to send everything in two boxes to Tennessee. I hope this makes a memorable Christmas for him!