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Gabe’s quilt top finished

Finally got the quilt top finished up! This whole being a parent thing sure is a time suck. But I’m loving and savoring every minute while he’s a tiny lil’ guy… And we lucked out – he’s very easy going and eating and sleeping like a champ.

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I love the Monsterz line for a baby quilt and think this design features it nicely. I’m going to use a lot of it on the back too…

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In other news – on the parenting front I’ve learned one thing for sure: people love to give your baby shoes. It’s so cute I had to take a photo.

Shoes

My sister put it best… “Your kid is like freakin’ Imelda Marcos!”

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

A baby quilt for Gabe

Finally got started on a quilt for Gabe, made by me! The entire pregnancy went by and I didn’t sew a stitch of a quilt for him… but hopefully I’ll get this start finished up this week.

Gabe's Quilt

Oh design wall, where would I be without you? I don’t know how quilters work without one! They are so worth the wall space they take up…

Brrr! quilt top and a giveaway

This weekend I got a quick little quilt top sewn up using the Brrr! fabric by Laurie Wisburn. The wind would not cooperate with me at all while I was taking this photo, but you get the idea…

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You all know that I’m not one to use a ton of patterned fabrics but I felt that a little went a long way with this adorable line. Even my husband thinks it’s really cute. Guess we’ll be keeping this one for the lil’ guy on the way!

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Oh but hey! There’s something for you too!

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How about fat quarters of the whole line? Drop me a comment and I’ll be picking a winner at random on Friday the 6th. Good luck!

First Quilt Top of 2012!

Just finished up this quilt top yesterday. I’m so happy that I’m feeling better and am wanting to get back into the sewing room again these days!

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I went the extra mile with this top and sewed it up using Y seams. I only wanted pieced seams where it made sense in terms of the weave of the plaid … Though I’m gonna go ahead and call it: Y seams are a pain! But I’m really happy with the end result

Detail

I also matched up the stripy fabric in the one place where it had to be pieced. And now I need to quilt it!!

Getting started…

A few years back I made these quilts for some twin baby girls…

Pink & Green Squares Baby quiltPink & Green Zig Zag Quilt

Not much like what I’m doing these days, huh? Well the twins are lucky enough to have welcomed a younger sister into the world, and their parents requested a new quilt in the same colors. I don’t have a lot of those fabrics anymore, but I have some… so I pulled a bunch of pinks and greens.

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We’ll see what I come up with! 

For those of you in the States, hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I’ll be busy cooking and spending time with family for the rest of the week.  See you next week!

Busy quilting

Making big progress on my Habitat Challenge quilt!

Quilting the Habitat Challenge quilt

I don’t know when I’m gonna move on from the straight line quilting… so in love with it these days!

Around the sewing room…

I’ve been planning…

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(Need to get started on the Habitat Challenge!)

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…piecing…

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and quilting!

This actually isn’t how I usually work. Normally I have one project going that I finish before I start another but recently I’ve had too much on my plate to work that way.  Makes me feel scattered but what can you do? I’m still getting work done…

And thank you all so much for all of your kind comments about my latest quilt. There were so many great name suggestions.  I heard Crossroads from a few people and I really liked that, both because the piecing looks kinda like roads (let’s go with it…) and because the piecing crosses itself.  So that’s what I’m going with!   Thanks again for all of your ideas!

Home again.

I’m back in LA after a great visit to New Hampshire. It’s always so nice to go back. I grew up there and then moved to LA for college and stayed. I’ve lived in LA for 17 years now. It’s surreal to think I’ve been away almost as long as I lived there. Anyhow – it was a great visit with family and old friends and it was nice to take a break from everything for awhile.

And now I’m diving right back in! A couple of friends having are baby boys. In fact, one was born just yesterday so I have to get cracking!

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Just getting started on them but they will be simple and come together quickly. Just need to add some more negative space to this one…

And I dove into some fabrics I haven’t touched in ages with this one! Hi brown. It’s been a while… but their registry was all blues and chocolate so it should work out!

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I hope to make a lot of progress on these in the next few days.

Long arm quilting

Happy Monday everyone!

I finished the top for my mother’s quilt ages and ages ago and I finally got it quilted late last week. I have been wanting to get more time in with the long arm at Sew Modern and this quilt is big, so I dove in!

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It’s funny… there’s a part of me that feels like I’m betraying the idea of making quilts on my home machine, from start to finish. Why is that? I need to get over it because the freedom and speed of working on a long arm just straight up cannot be denied. Especially with really big quilts. You’re not going to find me zipping every lil’ baby quilt I make on the long arm, but I think that I’m going to be using it a lot for the big bed quilts.

I have been trying to move away from all over quilting patterns but I thought this quilt, with all of its open negative space, lent itself to one. I’ve seen a couple of quilts recently have that have this sort of stretched out water looking all over pattern and it worked perfectly on the quilt.

Waterish Quilting Detail

I promise it won’t be eleven more months (time flies, huh??) before I get the binding on, finish up and show you the end results.

Oh and thanks so much for all of your comments about Project Runway. It makes me happy that my two jobs/worlds overlap through sewing!

Starting something new.

I’m finally finding time to get back in to the sewing room regularly again and I’m getting started on a commission. Some lovely yellows, tans and taupes were requested I’m adding a little blue too! I like occasionally working with other people’s color choices because you realize you like color combos that you don’t instinctively think to put together. Yellow and blue I work with constantly, but not the tans and taupes. Fun to stretch a little!

I pulled some fabrics….

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…chopped up a ton of strips and started sewing them together!

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We’ll see where this goes from here… just getting started!

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