12 Quilts in ’12 – October Link Up

This month’s finish was completed on the plane on the way to Washington, DC (where it was gifted to an adorable 5 week old boy),  so I guess you’ll have to trust me that it was completed!

This quilt is one of the two that I shared here and I truly can’t decide which one I prefer!

I love this fabric, by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller.  It’s super cute!

And flying geese are great for little boys, so it’s a perfect pairing.

I know I’ve been terrible about blogging, and my three readers have apparently noticed!  I may not have had time to blog, but fortunately I’ve still had time to quilt!  My September finish was the other version of this quilt:

I promise to share more on these two later!

And even though I spent most of August on vacation, I had a finish early in the month.  I finished up this quilt JUST in time for a wedding.

Obviously you’ll have to take my word on it, since I can’t find my pics!

~

What did you finish this month?  Link up below and enter two win 2 fat quarters, chosen based on your personal style!!

Giveaway details:

  • Blog about your finished project or post a picture of it to flickr
  • Link up to your project here
  • Any project you finished this month is eligible, but please link to only one blog post/flickr picture (it’s okay if you blogged about multiple finishes, we love that!)
  • Entries for this giveaway will be open until Wednesday, November 7 until the link widget closes
  • The dedicated folks who enter all 12 times will be entered to win a grand prize next January!

If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment below!



Advertisements

12 Quilts in ’12 – July Link Up

Hello and welcome to the July installment of the 12 Quilts in ’12 Challenge!  I’m hosting here on my blog, but Amy and Liz are playing along, too.  We hope you will join in!

I was a bit busy at work this month, and while it’s kept me away from the blog a bit, I’ve still managed to get a lot done in my studio.

Two of our friends recently had a baby girl.

They came to visit us (and show off baby Claire), so I made her this quilt.

I hope it will match their pink and grey nursery.

The fabric is A Walk in the Woods by Aneela Hoey, which I have used here, here and here.

For the pattern, I took the very popular Swoon pattern by Camille Roskelly and blew it up to 48″!

I’m a little late on a quilt for baby Maya, but one of the benefits of being late is that you get to know the baby and her personality a bit better.

I see pictures of Maya nearly everyday on Instagram, which I just love, and I know she is a very chic and sophisticated little lady!

So I came up with this quilt, which is predominantly neutral, but with some fun pops of color.

The perfect amount of whimsy for a baby, I think!

Inspiration for this quilt found here and here.

~

What did you finish this month?  Link up below and enter two win 2 fat quarters, chosen based on your personal style!!

Giveaway details:

  • Blog about your finished project or post a picture of it to flickr
  • Link up to your project here
  • Any project you finished this month is eligible, but please link to only one blog post/flickr picture (it’s okay if you blogged about multiple finishes, we love that!)
  • Entries for this giveaway will be open until Monday, August 6 at midnight
  • The dedicated folks who enter all 12 times will be entered to win a grand prize next January!

If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment below!



12 Quilts in ’12 – April Link Up

Hello and welcome to the April installment of the 12 Quilts in ’12 Challenge!  I’m hosting here on my blog, but Amy and Liz are playing along, too.  We hope you will join in!

April and May are all about babies, apparently — I have several friends due within two weeks of each other and all but one are having girls.  Since they are all planning pink and grey nurseries, they are all pretty much getting Walk in the Woods quilts!  I made this quilt for my friend Kelly and blogged about the quick turn around here.

The strips on the back are leftover from the first quilt I made with Jen.

I will definitely make another whirligig quilt, it’s so striking.

This line has the cutest details…

…perfect coordinates for binding…

…and washes up so snuggly for baby!

Several more of these pretty quilts are in the works!  Here is a sneak peek of the next:

Since my anniversary was one week ago, this month’s prize is inspired by my bridesmaids gifts (Jane Market bags and AMH voile scarves):

 2/3 of a yard of AMH home dec fabric!!

Giveaway details:

  • Blog about your finished project or post a picture of it to flickr
  • Link up to your project here
  • Any project you finished this month is eligible, but please link to only one blog post/flickr picture (it’s okay if you blogged about multiple finishes, we love that!)
  • Entries for this giveaway will be open until Monday, May 7 at midnight
  • The dedicated folks who enter all 12 times will be entered to win a grand prize next January!

If you have any questions, please email me or leave a comment below!



WIP Wednesday: The 30 Hour Quilt

Jen and I have a friend at the office who is pregnant with her first baby.  Her little girl is due in the beginning of May and we have been planning to make her a baby quilt out of the Walk in the Woods line since the nursery scheme is pink, white and grey.  Thinking I had plenty of time, however, I took no action.  When a group of us decided late last week to take her to lunch today, I wished that I had already started on a quilt for her, but figured she wouldn’t mind getting one a little later.

I offered to go to PB Kids to pick out the group gift, but when I got there, everything was catalogue/internet only!  I got a super cute pink storage basket and some of her linens and a bath wrap to go in it, but the basket still looked sad and empty.  Jen quickly offered a swaddling blanket made out of beautiful AMH voile and flannel, but I knew it was time to hit the cutting mat and bust out that baby quilt.  And so began 30 hours of quilting (as seen on Instagram)…

Sunday, April 1:

5:30 PM – I leave PB Kids, kicking myself for not having already made a quilt.  Since I have a WITW Layer Cake, I wonder if I can make a whirligig quilt in less than 3 days.

5:45 PM – I make a stop at Jo-Ann and a simultaneous phone call to Frieda to find out about supplies and feasibility.

6:30 PM – With a bit of advice from Frieda and a new ruler in hand, I get home and set out my layer cake squares, focusing mostly on the pinks and greys.  I decided on a 5×5 layout of layer cake squares, which yields a whirligig block layout of 6×6, or a 45″ square top.  Perfect for a baby!

7:30 PM – My husband is on his way home and texts me asking if I can get dinner ready.  Uh, doesn’t he know about the quilt-mergency going on over here??

8:30 PM – Dinner is over and I start sewing together layer cake squares.

9:00 PM – My excitement about finishing is short lived — I need to add a border.  After a bit of stress, I decide on white.  Start watching Shahs of Sunset — my desire to call everyone I know and explain that not all Persians are like this is only slightly outweighed by my desire to finish the quilt.

10:00 PM – Begin cutting out the whirligigs.  This really hurts my knees and I feel old.

11:00 PM – Finish cutting out all the whirligigs.  I think about assembling them, but Barclay sits right in the middle of it and wags his tail.  Blocks fly everywhere and I go to bed.

Monday, April 2:

7:00 AM – I assemble blocks into quilt top while watching Desperate Housewives.  Thank god I have such good help.

9:00 AM – I go to work and think about the quilt constantly.

5:00 PM – At home, I prep the backing and the binding.

6:15 PM – It’s time to baste the quilt and I realize I have no batting.  Seriously?  Another quilt-mergency?  Do. Not. Have. Time! Convince husband to eat dinner at a restaurant near Jo-Ann.

7:45 PM – I baste, quilt and attach the binding to the front of the quilt.

10:15 PM – In bed, I hand stitch binding to the back while watching Frozen Planet.  (Seriously, if you’re not already watching this show, you have to start.  Two words: criminal penguins.)

11:30 PM – I’m finished!!  Desperately fight the urge to text Amy and Jen at this late hour.  Sleep.

When people see my quilts, the number one question they ask is “How long did that take?”  I usually have no idea because I often work on projects over a long period of time or on several projects at once.  Also, I keep track of all my time at the office in order to bill clients and I do not want to do that at home!  But this time I can say that this quilt took me approximately 12 hours of focused work over a 30 hour period.  Even I am really amazed that I finished this quilt so quickly.  This probably means that most of the time I’m just being lazy!

I also think this was a great choice of pattern and I’m thrilled that I was able to find the ruler at Jo-Ann.  I think it’s a fun pattern that packs a great punch — and obviously it can be done quickly!  As a bonus, I ended up with this cute “charm pack” from the waste — the best part is that the prints are on point!  I can’t wait to use it.

Here is our baby gift, all assembled!

She loved it!

2012 WIPs:

  • Hexagon Quilt
  • Robot Kaleidoscope Quilt
  • Lorax Quilt
  • 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
  • 1001 Peeps Quilt
  • Spring green/yellow/grey baby quilt (bundle ready)
  • Sherbet Pips apple core project (in progress)
  • A Walk in the Woods Whirligig Quilt
  • ???

The cold, hard truth:
Completed projects: 1
New projects: 1
WIPs: 12

365 – Week 13

I’m coming off of a pretty busy month at work and this week was a bit about being lazy, catching up on things at the house, enjoying dinner with my husband and life with my pups — so it’s all Instagram today!

Monday 3/26 (started a new WIP and  it’s a bit harder than I thought)…

Tuesday 3/27 (took a nap with this sweet guy — Barclay desperately wants to be a lap dog like Coco and today his wish came true!)…

Wednesday 3/28 (at nearly 3, Barclay is so grown up and well behaved — we are so lucky!)…

Thursday 3/29 (my hubby goes to work a lot earlier than I do, so sometimes he puts the dogs in the bed to wake me up; here Barclay is not doing his job!)…

Friday 3/30 (so glad Amy suggested mani/pedis)…

Saturday 3/31 (beautiful flowers at my friends’ wedding)…

Here is my March Mosaic:

Sunday 4/1 (decided tonight to make a quilt. to gift this coming wednesday.)…

What an exhausting week!