Feb 20, 2017

Fancy Fox quilted!

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Can I just say that I love this quilt pattern by Elizabeth Hartman?

I tried to create an hombre look in this quilt.

I used my favorite matryoshka fabric, just a hint of me :)
What am I saying, the whole quilt is me!!!

I quilted this with a woodgrain design which I love so much!
It's not difficult to do, but is very time consuming.

I practiced on a piece of paper first, so I could get the idea of how my hands would guide the fabric with the free motion quilting foot.

Here is a video on my Pinterest board, that really helped me with this woodgrain method of machine quilting.

To make this quilt even more desirable, I backed it with the softest, silkiest minky!
The color is called "cherry".

I made this quilt for my grand daughter Taylor, for her first birthday 

I took this quilt with me to Monterrey and Santa Cruz last weekend, in hopes of photographing it by the ocean.
Unfortunately, this is the best I could do.
It could be anywhere, lol!

This one's in my backyard, thanks Ricky!

What's a snuggly quilt without a pillow to match?
I thought Taylor might like the little foxes to match the quilt.
In reality, these are wolves from Aneela Hoey's line, "A Walk in the Woods".  
They really look like foxes to me :)

I used some of the fabrics that I used in the quilt.

I don't know if you remember, but I made a blue quilt like this a year ago, which you can find here.
What have I learned from making these two quilts for my grandchildren?
I love the pattern, and want to make a full size one.
I also love all the cute animal quilt patterns that Elizabeth Hartman designs :)
I love my fabric stash, I only had to purchase the minky backing and the binding.
The binding? Yes, I just couldn't find anything in my stash that made me happy.
I have enough fabric in my stash to make about 1,000 more quilts!!
Thank you to all my faithful readers, I love hearing from you!

Feb 13, 2017

My Swoon blocks

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It's the first of January, the Christmas decorations are put away, and there's some time!
Yay, some free time!
On Instagram, there are all sorts of fun ideas concerning quilting!
allpeoplequilt.com published their UFO Challenge 2017.
It was numbered 1 - 12, in a list format.
Beside each number, you wrote what quilt project you were going to finish, for that month. 
On the first of every month, all people quilt would say which number had been randomly chosen.
You would choose the project beside that number and finish it during the month.
What a great idea!
I loved all the Christmas themed posts on Instagram, and was sort of wishing I could have done a project with all my cute Cozy Christmas fabrics.
I found Mel is a Swapaholic, and she was doing a Swoon quilt along, and then I saw that Camille of Thimbleblossoms was also doing a quilt along.
I put two and two together and decided to ditch the UFO Challenge, and do the Swoon quilt along!
Here are my Swoon blocks, I tried to make them vintage looking as much as possible, the soft pinks and greens and blues, with some red thrown in.
The blocks are sewn with Cozy Christmas, but I didn't have enough, so I added some other lines.
I cut all the sashing when I cut the fabric for the blocks, so I just have to assemble the blocks together and the quilt top will be done!

Thanks for reading, I'll see you next week :)

Feb 6, 2017

Quilts for Quebec

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I grew up in St. Lambert, a city just south of Montreal, along the St. Lawrence river.  
When I heard about the senseless shootings at a Muslim Mosque in Quebec City, I was very sad.
I saw that the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild was asking for help for families of the victims.
They were requesting house blocks to make quilts, the dimensions should be 12 l/2" unfinished.
If you are able to help, here is some information.
I  made some blocks from Lori Holt's book, Vintage Farm Girl.

I went to my scrap baskets and chose some happy fabric.

I would have liked to have made more, but with limited time, I was able to make four.
I'm looking forward to seeing photos of the finished quilts.
I know that warm, homemade quilts can offer lots of comfort.

Jan 30, 2017

Fancy Forest quilt

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I just love Elizabeth Hartman's quilt patterns!
I made this Fancy Forest pattern in a blue baby quilt size, you can see it here.

I made my grand daughter Taylor, a Hazel Hedgehog quilt when she was born, but she's out grown it.
You can see it here.
I had the idea to make her another quilt for her first birthday.
I like the Fancy Forest quilt so much, that I thought I would do it in pinks and yellows and oranges.
I just didn't think the yellow belonged, I was going for an hombre style, so I divided the pinks and oranges into 5 color groups.

These are the Thistle blocks.

These are the Frances Firefly blocks.

These are the Fancy Fox blocks.
Hey, that rhymes!

These are the Bunny blocks.

These are the Hazel Hedgehog blocks.

 These are the Allie Owl blocks.

 Here is the finished quilt top, I really love it!
I'm going to back it in a soft minky, and machine quilt it in a woodgrain like I did my blue Fancy Forest quilt.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my blocks, I hope to have the quilt machine quilted this week :)

Jan 23, 2017

Lined Travel Bag and Christmas pillowcases

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I've started making my grandchildren little travel sized (12" X16") 
pillowcases that fit pillows I buy at Joann's, when they come to visit us.
These are the ones I made this year, since they were here for Christmas :)

It was fun choosing the fabric, this one is Charlotte's.
I also bought them the softest little throw blankets I could find!

This one is Bridger's, sort of manly with the bearded gnomes :)

This one is for Kennedy, because she's like me and she likes vintage :)

Last but not least, is Lucy.
I gave her a traditional Santa :)

I bought this lined travel bag from In Color Order.
I made the project bag size, and want to make some more, they're great!

I made this bag to hold Coral, Queen of the Sea.
My little Charlotte loves pandas, so this fabric was perfect!

Thanks for visiting, have a great week!

Jan 16, 2017

Doll Clothes

I have 10 grand daughters, and lucky for them, I enjoy sewing doll clothes :)  
Four of my grand daughters received an 18" doll for Christmas this year, along with a dress I made for them.
My doll Red Rose, is modeling a dress I made for Reagan's doll.
I know that Reagan really likes purple....so does Red Rose!

 I used the pattern on the top left for the purple dress.
This rectangle dress pattern is kind of interesting.
The McCall's pattern dresses have the same pattern pieces as regular clothes, just smaller.
The rectangle dress pattern is perfect for quilters.
You just measure and cut the pieces out with a rotary cutter.

I made this dress for Kylie's doll.

This is the dress I made for Kylie's sister, Neo's doll.

 I found Red Rose at her sewing machine!!! Lol

The rectangle dress pattern is easy, because you cut it up the back, press the seam back l/4" and sew the velcro onto the seam.
Pretty easy!
I don't know if you can tell, but I cut the length of velcro that I needed, and cut up the middle of it.
One length of velcro can be used for 2 dresses.

I always make the dress to match the accessory.

I forgot to take a photo of the dress I made for Lucy's doll...
I used leftover fabric from a dress she wore on Hallowe'en, a couple of years ago.
I asked her 9 year old sister Kennedy, if she would take a photo of Lucy's doll wearing the dress.
This is what her mom sent me!
Two dolls, one named Lucy and one named Dana :)

I also used McCall's 5554 for this dress, the lower right version.

Kennedy who is 9, is very lucky!
She's the oldest grand daughter by 3 years.
Since I had more time, I made her a complete wardrobe for her doll.
You can see it here.
I made quite a few clothes for my grand daughter Reagan too, for her 12" long baby doll.
You can see it here.
I repurposed some clothing for doll clothes too, see it here.
I see lots more doll clothes in my future!

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