Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Inspired to want fabric...

I've been browsing through all the quilts entered in the Blogger's Quilt Festival (see my previous post) and I've determined two things.

1. There are a lot of talented quilters out in the blogosphere and I'm very inspired.

2. I want Hope Valley fabrics by Denyse Schmidt.  I want them bad!!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Quilt = Done = Yay!

I just finished my very first quilt... and I'm naming it: Bunny Boy.

I'm almost amazed that I finished, and in plenty of time to wrap it up for the baby shower it's going to be gifted at.

I have to say, I'm really happy with the way it turned out even though I know there is room for improvement (particularly with the mitered corners on the binding - ack!). 

This quilt by Erica at Craftyblossom was my jumping off point.  I first saw it by google searching for "modern baby quilt" and I was immediately drawn to it.  Later looking around Etsy I was drawn to Craftyblossom's shop and then her blog where I saw the quilt again.  I made some changes, used primary colors and added a border, but I definitely wanted to give credit for the inspiration. 

My college roommate is having her first baby in August and this is for him.  I think it'll be perfect for some tummy-time.  I love the bunny applique, but I will admit that the placement of the applique was determined so that it would best cover an imperfection - don't tell on me.  

And how fun...  I finished this quilt just in time to enter the Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2010 at Amy's Creative Side.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Binding is my Bain...

I'm so close to being finished with my first quilt that I can taste it.  It's been a steep learning curve, but I've been really proud of my progress.  That was until I got to binding.  The last step between me and a finished quilt is apparently the hardest step.  I machine quilted the binding to the face of the quilt and I've been hand stitching the binding to the back.  I stitch, I pick out my stitches.  I stitch, I pick out my stitches...

Then I invested in some binding clips and it's gotten much easier.  Perhaps I'll finish this weekend. 

Note the beautiful batik used for backing on this quilt is from the stash my mother-in-law gifted me.  I really am one luck girl.

How Many Yo-Yo's?

This is what inspired me to learn to quilt...

The rosette quilt by Ethan Allen that was featured in an HGTV Dream Home a few years ago made/makes my mouth water.  I couldn't afford to buy it for $700 and I'd want it with a white background anyway.  So how hard could it be to make?  I started making yo-yo's before I did any math.  After making a basket full I figured out how many I'd need.  I still intend to make this quilt someday.  Someday if I sew a few yo-yo's a week for the next 20 years. 

In the mean time I have these hanging in my bedroom to satisfy my yo-yo cravings.  The frames are RIBBA from Ikea.

Sewing in Texas...

It looks like I'm going to be doing all of my sewing in Texas pretty soon.  My husband was offered a job in Fort Worth and we're 99% sure he's going to take it.  More details to follow, but I'm probably going to be looking for a quilting guild in Texas starting in August.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

1st Project...

I've finished my first project since deciding to blog. 

My mother-in-law recently moved.  Because of the move she did some major decluttering and I was the happy recipient of a ton fabric from her stash.  I thought she would enjoy getting some of that fabric back for her birthday.  She got it back in the form of a tote bag.

These aren't the greatest pictures.  In my excitement over finishing the bag I wrapped it up without remembering to snap any photos.  After my mother-in-law opened up her package, my husband got me a few good shots, but he didn't manage to get a picture of the inside of the bag or the zipper that gave me so much trouble. 

I'm happy to have my first bag under my belt and I know it's being put to good use.