Monday, April 29, 2013

May the Force Be With You

A few weeks back, my cousin Anna, commissioned me to make the crib bedding for her soon to be son. She was having trouble finding just what she wanted. Anna and her husband are game programmers and self proclaimed nerds :)

She bought this fabric from Spoonflower and sent it to me.

This is a Southern CA baby, so I left the batting out and just went with minky on the back.
Baby Bumpers were a first for me, but they were a lot easier than you would think. I think little Ben likes it. You can buy the foam at Joann's (with your 40% off coupon) and they have instructions inside. This tutorial was really helpful too.

Ben is enjoying his new bedding

He needed a matching diaper cover, even if they are a little too big. Oh well, if you can count on one thing for sure, it's that babies do grow :)
The fabric store had some grey chevron fabric that was perfect for the Crib skirt. Amazingly, I found one on Amazon already made. Thankfully Anna is a good sport and bought it from Amazon
Ben has one of the most incredible nurseries I have ever seen! He has artwork on the walls that match the fabric in the quilt, a jedi lamp, light saber night lights and a big furry Woompa rug.

Friday, April 26, 2013

A lot of sCRAP Happening

I got into a groove last night, and finished up some sCRAP blocks. Sitting at the sewing machine for long periods of time hasn't been happening since my misstep with the stairs. Did I mention that before? I thought it was just a sprain, but two weeks later I'm in a boot. It just happens to be my sewing foot too.

The good news is my Bernina has this amazing foot free option. You unplug the pedal and sew with a stop/go button.  It took a little getting used to, but is a lot easier than you would imagine.

These sCRAPPY blocks take just the right amount of time for my fickle foot.

Here is sCRAP block #2 (pun intended). These scraps are from Avery's car seat cover, a couple of left over Dresden plate pieces, and a few miscellaneous scraps.
 #3, my favorite so far, has left overs from a quilt that I'm making for Anne. (A get well soon gift for her back surgery that won't be quilted until I can stand at the quilting machine for more than ten minutes). Don't you just love the gray and yellow?
#4 is just OK, but I think the brown will help pull in some of the browns from block #1. The picture is not so great either. More left overs from Anne's quilt and a couple of squares from a swap.
I've added these to the new Use That sCRAP Up flickr group. Be sure to add your sCRAP projects as well, I would love to see them :)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

I am so doing this!

I am so excited! Have you seen the Dr. Who Stitch Along? With all of the wonderful projects out there and so little time to fit them all in, I've been very selective with my commitments this year. I couldn't resist this one that I stumbled across today!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Use Up That sCRAP!

The week before my Mom's 64th birthday, she was laid off - I know! Then about two weeks later, her sister passed away unexpectedly. It has obviously been a really hard few weeks for her. I thought she could use a pick me up so I pulled out a layer cake that I had laying around. It was one that I bought on sale, but never got around to using. I cut the layer cake up to make a Block of the Month project for my mom. Every two to three weeks, she'll receive a package in the mail with a block pattern and precut pieces. Hopefully it will give her a little something to keep her hands busy.
 Anywho...I was left with a bunch of scraps that were too big to toss and too few to keep.
Marion and I were talking about what to do with these types of scraps, then we came up with a fun idea.  Rather than store the scraps for some future project that we may never get to, we could make a 12" block. We'll just keep using up the scraps as we go. Eventually, we'll have enough 12" blocks for a scrappy quilt. Here is my first block.
We're committed to use up the crap Scraps! Feel free to join us and use the button on your blog.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Happy Birthday Sue!

So my friend Sue had a birthday coming up and I needed to find the perfect gift for her.  She's a sewie friend, so it had to be a sewie gift.  In true quilters fashion, I decided on a wall hanging about four days before her birthday.  If I had decided on something sooner, I would have procrastinated until four days before her birthday anyway, right?
The pattern came from the talented Charise Randell from Charise Creates. It was in QuiltMaker's quilts from 100 blocks 2013 Spring edition.  Since Elephante and Friends was in the same magazine, I already had it on hand.
It was a little intimidating at first since there were a lot of small pieces, but once I stopped worrying and actually started, it was slick as a whistle! It was great to scrap buster too.
My layout was a little different than the original pattern because I wanted to put the name of Sue's business on it.  She sews more garments than quilts and loves dress forms.

When it came time for the border fabric, I knew just what I wanted...a good neutral color with dress patterns on it.  I couldn't find anything (remember that I waited until the last minute). All the shops were closing and the next day was Sunday.  What to do?

Then it dawned on me, call Sue! She has more fabric than any of us could use in a lifetime.  So I called her and asked if she had anything of the sort.  She did but was a little reluctant to give it up because she loved it.  I told her she would get it back in some form.

 It was perfect, don't you think!

 I can't quite tell, but I think she liked it...

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Zombie Apocalypse

It's coming....

 Are you ready?
Walking Dead cloth pad now available in my Etsy Shop.

Monday, April 1, 2013

April Hello Moon

You've got to know when to hold 'em and know when to send them off to the quilter! I have been working on this quilt for a magazine for some time now, and decided it was time to get a few things off my plate.  I handed it off to Konda for some wonderful machine quilting. It felt good to get it off of my to do list for a while!
With the quilting taken care of, I spent most of my time catching up on orders. The pads were stacking up like hot cakes!

I did have time to squeeze in the April block for Hello Moon :)

You can find the instructions here. For the background, I've been using Silver Dot from Laura Burch Basics by Clothworks Fabric. Have fun sewing!