Two Baby Quilts

I’ve recently finished 2 baby quilts.  One for my boyfriend’s new born nephew, and one for my mom’s friend’s great-grand daughter.

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IMG_3231The first, for my boyfriend’s nephew, was going to be a shower gift.  When I realized that I was not going to finish it in time for the shower, I decided it would be the perfect christening gift.  I made it from a kit that I bought from Cottons, Etc. at a quilt show.  The white parts were grey polka dot in the original kit.  I thought it needed a little brightening so I swapped it out for the white I had in my stash.  The center was supposed to be plain, but since I wouldn’t need to finish it until after the baby was born, I decided to use the embroidery machine to record the pertinent details. I love giving a gift that is personal that can’t be bought in a store. I always hope that it makes the recipient feel special.

 

The second quilt was actually pieced by my mom  (on left in photo) and her friend, Barb (on right).  I just did the machine quilting for them.  They had fun working on the top together and I had fun doing the free-motion quilting!

Currently, I’m working on several challenges.  Our quilt guild has it’s biennial show in October.  Last August, a challenge was presented to motivate us to finish our UFO’s.  We were given the opportunity to list up to 5 unfinished projects that we wanted to finish to put in the show.  I listed 5. Two of which are finished.  Two are well on their way.  One more will not be done by the August 16th deadline.

Things that make me smile:

  • Picking blueberries and cherries
  • And of course, eating fresh picked blueberries and cherries!

Let’s go spread some sunshine!

-Melanie

 

Happy New Year!

The end of one year and the beginning of another year always brings a mix of emotions.  We look back at what we did and did not do in the past year and we look forward to what we hope to do in the coming year.

Where did 2013 go?  It went by so fast!  You’ve probably wondered where I’ve been since September.  In October my mom and I went to Des Moines, Iowa for the American Quilter’s Society show.  It was awesome, but more on that in a future post.  At the end of November I started work on 3 quilts for my boyfriend’s family.  I then spent most of December finishing the 3 quilts and doing the free-motion quilting on a quilt top that my mom made for a friend of ours as well.  Three and a half quilts completed in less than 5 weeks!  Whew! 

When we were in Des Moines, I picked up a kit to make a quilt for my boyfriend Jim’s, mom.  The pattern is Topsy Turvey Quilt from Fabric Cafe.  At their booth you get to choose a bundle of fabric with three oneChristmas quilt 2013 yard cuts of fabric.  For each bundle that you buy, you receive a free pattern.  They have a great selection of patterns that work with three one yard pieces of fabric.  It’s a really great concept.  You can find them at www.fabriccafe.com.  If you’re traveling to a large quilt show be sure to look for their booth.

This quilt finished at 46″ x 53-1/2″ which is a nice size for a couch throw.  If you want to make a full bed-sized quilt then you would purchase a second bundle of fabric in the same colors.

 This quilt top went together so quick and looks so beautiful that I decided to make Jim’s daughters’ quilts using the same pattern.

Hayley's Christmas quilt 2013

So off to one of my favorite quit shops I went, Patchwork Garden on Transit Rd. in East Amherst, NY.  Jim’s youngest daughter loves purple but finding something Christmas to go with it was the tough part.  Another customer came across a beautiful print with presents in lots of vibrant colors, including purple.  It was perfect.  I picked out a pretty beige fabric with snowflakes on it to be the third fabric, but when I got home the beige fabric made the quilt look too bland.  It needed something.  As I went through my stash, the red jumped out at me and begged to be in this quilt.  It was just the pop of color that was needed!

Lesson learned:  Never be afraid to change a plan! 

Miranda's Christmas quilt 2013

 For Jim’s older daughter I found a great snowman print with a turquoise background that I knew she would love.  The red and green fabrics have white snowflakes on them. 

I put “snuggle” fabric on the back of the quilts for his daughters.  It’s a silky, soft, fur-like material that is just dreamy (also found at Patchwork Garden)!  

 

 

Every year people talk about their New Year’s Resolutions.  Usually I make the same resolution to eat better and exercise more.  The difference this year is that I am adding a resolution.  I am going to make a post on this blog every week.  I have so many ideas share.  Some posts will be longer than others, but I will post something every Sunday.  So make it a habit to start your week off here to get quilting tips, find some new favorite tools, and inspirations.  You may even find a good book or a new recipe to try out.

What was the best part of 2013 for you?  What are your goals for 2014?  Drop me a line in the comments section.  I’d love to hear what’s important to you. 

-Melanie