12 Quilts in ’12 – May!

May was a month of therapeutic sewing.

During the last week in April, my husband and I received the terrible news that one of our friends had died, along with his father, in an accident.  To say we were devastated would be an understatement.  The day after the funeral, I also found out that my cousin’s grandmother had passed away unexpectedly.  All of this news left us reeling and a bit unsteady on our feet.  Initially it was helpful to plan flowers, funerals, food, etc., but we soon ran out of things to plan.

Fortunately, the universe sometimes helps you out with some much needed perspective, and I have also had eight friends deliver happy, healthy babies this month!  Focusing on new life, instead of loss, has helped tremendously.

So in that spirit, I dove straight in and made this baby quilt for a friend who is due in July.

I backed it with more of the DS Quilts circle dots.

This is the third month in a row with a Walk in the Woods quilt as my finish…

…and I blame Aneela for making such perfectly adorable fabric.

This is possibly one of my favorite quilts I’ve ever made!

Sometimes I work on projects with no intended recipient and the perfect person comes along later.

I was fortunate to have that happen twice this month.

When C thought my rawhide string blocks would be perfect for our friend’s newborn nephew…

…I immediately realized the rawhide swoon quilt would be perfect for our friend’s mom…

…who is coping with the loss of both her son and her husband.

I hope these handmade gifts can help in some way.

I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to have the HMQG retreat the weekend after the funeral.  Not only was a trip to sew with my girlfriends a great distraction, but they helped me complete the two quilt tops above and I made this fun jelly roll race quilt for myself!  I can’t show the whole quilt because we’re doing a fun challenge, but I will soon!

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Let us know what you finished this month (and enter to win a handmade coin purse and a fat quarter) over at Liz’s!

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12 Quilts in ’12 – March!

Spring is a time for rejuvenation and new beginnings and it also must be the time for babies, because I have been making baby quilts like crazy over here!  I have 3 finishes to share with you this month!

First, Jen and I were going to a baby shower for a friend of ours from law school.  Since she had planned a pink and grey nursery, we decided to use Aneela Hoey’s new line, A Walk in the Woods.  Jen had a charm pack and whipped up a quick quilt top using the Oh, Fransson! Charm Squares Baby Quilt pattern.

My job was to quilt and bind this sweet quilt, but yardage of Aneela’s adorable line wasn’t out yet.  I had the pink gingham in my stash and really wanted to use it for the binding, and after much deliberation, I chose the grey Circle Dot from the Aunt Edna collection for DS Quilts as the backing.

I quilted this with a simple serpentine stitch (someone blogged about this last year, but I just can’t figure out who!) and the whole combination seems to have sparked a mini-trend!  The best part is that our friend absolutely loves this sweet little blanket.

Next I was inspired to cross an easy peasy WIP off my list.  After letting this brilliant quilt top linger for an embarassingly long time, I quilted it in only 20 minutes!

What was I waiting for?  Probably someone to have a boy — I still don’t have a recipient for this quilt!

This quilt is small, only 36 x 36, so I was easily able to back this with a single piece of planet fabric.  I also bound it in Kona orange, which I used on my last Robot quilt, too.

The fabric is Robots by David Walker for Free Spirit fabrics, and I have a good stash of it.  It must be popular with everyone else, too, because I even saw a quilt made out of this fabric in a TV commercial!  How funny is that?

This quilt is ready and waiting for the next baby boy announcement!

Finally, I have some really exciting news… My cousin is pregnant!!  Since my brother is a lot younger than me and my cousins who do have kids are a bit older than me, this is the first person I’ve grown up with to have a baby!  Naturally, I am so thrilled for her and I know she is going to be a great mom.  She is keeping the gender a surprise, so I asked her what type of quilt she might like or what her nursery plans are.  She said that she would like something green and yellow.  While that concept was percolating, I was reminded of the 1001 Peeps line and instantly thought of my cousin.

1001 Peeps is a fun Arabian Nights-themed fabric with rich purples, peaches and blues (in fact, the purple colorway is “Persian Purple!”) and I think it’s fun and gender neutral.  One of the reasons I loved this line for my cousin is that she is very bold with color and loves to mix rich tones.  I especially think she will like these fun braids.

The quilt top is 42″ square and the backing fabric has all kinds of characters for a baby to check out, like Aladdin, snake charmers and fun little camels (who can’t spit on you since they’re, well, illustrated)!

I used this fabulous dark blue and black geometric for the binding, perfect for the sophisticated baby I know my cousin will have.  I also added a label so baby would know who it’s from!

The other reason I loved this fabric for her is that she now lives in Dubai, so it seemed really appropriate.  Even if this doesn’t match her nursery scheme, it can travel in their stroller to the beach or anywhere else!

But Cuz, I don’t want you to think I wasn’t listening!  I have already pulled a really fun spring green and yellow bundle to make the quilt you did ask for as well!

Now I just have to pick the perfect pattern…

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Let us know what you finished this month (and enter to win a fat quarter bundle of text prints and a handmade goodie) over at Amy’s!

12 Quilts in ’12 – February!

I’m really glad to show you my finish this month, primarily because there actually is a finish this month!  I had lots of wedding showers on my agenda (including one that I hosted) and a surprise visit from my parents.  Throw into the mix a few really late nights at work, and I didn’t think I would get anything done!

Well, with many thanks to Jen, who came over Sunday before last and made me work, here is my February Finish: 

The adorable Lorax quilt is finished and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out…

I love the colors and the shapes…

…the adorable messages on the back…

…and the Kona Papaya binding!

Let us know what you finished this month (and enter to win a charm pack (of Pez!!) and two FQs) over at Liz’s!

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And since today is Wednesday, I’m also making this my WIP Wendesday post.  I did manage to finish the quilt that Jen started for me last week.  I copied someone’s fantastic idea and did a serpentine stich on my machine.  Does anyone remember who blogged about this recently?  I can’t seem to find the post again, but basically you lengthen your zig zag width and stitch length and your machine automatically does this:

Easy peasy!  Another one bites the dust.  Can’t wait to get this list under 10…

2012 WIPs:

  • Hexagon Quilt
  • Robot Kaleidoscope Quilt (top basted)
  • Lorax Quilt (basted)
  • 3×6 Bee Top (top done)
  • Christmas Patchwork (top done)
  • HMQG Row Robin (rows finished)
  • Hello Betty Star Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide String Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Rawhide Swoon Quilt (working on the blocks)
  • Grinch Pillow Cover (top done)
  • HMQG Habitat Challenge (quilted)
  • Embroider Bee Quilt (blocks done)
  • Neptune Hexagon Project (an ongoing project)
  • Quilts for Kids
  • A Walk in the Woods Baby Quilt (top done)

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 1
New projects: 0
WIPs: 11

 

365 – Week 7

Monday (blue – So Sophie dot? In purple?  I don’t think so, fabric.com)…

Tuesday (heart – delicious hearts)…

Wednesday (phone – bought a new case, but I can’t commit)…

Thursday (something new – my new pinboard – love!)…

Friday (time – time for mono pez)…

Saturday (drink – we served drinks in mason jars tonight)…

Sunday (something you hate to do – quilting, apparently! this has been basted for nearly 3 months)…

Friday Finishes

Tomorrow I am going to a baby shower, and I am not going empty handed:

One of my favorite patterns recently has been this kaleidoscope pattern.  This is the fourth quilt top I have made using this pattern (which is actually a ruler I have been borrowing from Liz), but only my second finish.  I think this will be perfect for this little girl, who is going to have a butterfly theme in her nursery.  Even the kaleidoscopes are a bit like butterflies!  I also love that the Hushabye line is full of hidden animals (bunnies, ducks, owls, butterflies) and, of course, I chose the butterflies in pink for the back, along with a strip of the brown owls.  More photos are over on flickr.

Some may not consider quilt tops to be a “finish,” but I sure do!

I can’t wait to get this quilted up, and maybe someone could have a little boy?  Everyone seems to be having girls!

Next up, I have a plan to use a charm pack of Little Apples along with one of these jelly rolls to cook up something really sweet:

Enjoy your weekend!