Saturday, November 14, 2009

More squares

I got some more pretty fabric cut up!
And my kid just woke up.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Oh Cherry Oh Finish!

Like I said in my last post, I have had this quilt done for a few weeks. Now that I finished my books, survived the flu coming to reside at my house, and have been all around lazy, I am posting!
I love love love this quilt! The bright colors make me so happy!

I machine quilted this one with a diagonal crosshatch to mimic the lines in the fabrics. Simple, fast, and totally suits it!

I had 4 extra blocks, so they got incorporated into the back. It is hard to tell from the picture, but the main fabric on the back is the yellow and white flower print.

And Zoey has given her stamp of approval! She really now needs to be washed...But she's so dang cute, I had to include this picture!

And here's the string quilt progress! All my blocks made, paper torn off, and squared up! Now it is sitting on my ironing board waiting to be pieced. I LOVE this one too!

My list of projects is growing...and most of them have a Christmas-y time limit...but this one is still at the top of my list. Because really, my kid is almost 6 months old and I haven't finished her quilt yet!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Monkey in the Middle

For some reason, Kirsten's hubby is obsessed with monkeys, so somehow, that became the theme for Kirsten's baby shower. In the past, I have made many baby quilts that were just a yard and a half each of 2 different fabrics, one for the front and one for the back. Instead of quilting, I just tied with yarn and usually used (prairie) points for the edging. Kirsten has one of these quilts that I made when she was a baby as well as one that my best friend gave me for a baby shower gift. These quilts saw lots and lots of use and love and Kirsten still has them packed away in her cedar chest. They have held up and are wonderful snuggly quilts. This was my plan for Kirsten's baby and I decided it would be fun to purchase the fabric and then use it for the table cloth for her baby shower. This was before she introduced me to the evil LQS :) So we headed to Joann's and the only cute fabric that we could find that had monkeys was decidedly NOT girly fabric. But we decided that adding the hot pink as the backing color would make the quilt girly enough. While Kirsten was settling into life with a new baby, she had lots of time to discover quilt blogs and of course, introduced me to them and I was hooked! But I was still adjusting to the random, wonky quilts that are so popular now. I was raised on structured, matchy matchy patchwork quilts. In fact, a really long time ago, I attended a "Quilt In A Day" class at my local Clothworld (now Joanns) and started making log cabin quilts using that method. Somewhere I think I still have a half finished double irish chain, but I digress. I couldn't imagine finding fabric that would go with both the monkey fabric and also the hot pink solid fabric, but then Kirsten told me about a LQS that she had discovered so I headed over there for what has proved to be a nearly weekly pilgrimage. I used to sew, LOTS, I even sewed the model garments for Clothworld's displays, so we were in fabric stores very frequently when Kirsten was little. We were there enough that by the time Kirsten was about 3 or 4, she knew my favorite fabric store as soon as we pulled into the parking lot. But I have to say I LOVE our favorite LQS! So, I found 2 other fabrics that I thought would compliment each other as well as the 2 fabrics I already had and got to work. And that was the beginning of a rekindled fabric obsession! The result was this cute quilt that I hope Kirsten and Zoey will love for a very long time.

I fussy-cut the monkeys for the "Monkey in the Middle". This is a close up of my favorite monkey on this fabric.

I had made one extra block just in case, so I decided to use it on the back. The fabric for the back wasn't quite wide enough and I love the "new" pieced backs, so I just made a checkerboard strip and surrounded it with more of the sashing fabric. And of course, I labeled it. That way in 50 years or so, Zoey's granddaughter won't have to try to figure out who made this quilt like Kirsten and I did back here.

Okay Kirsten, you can have Zoey's quilt now.