Thursday, October 21, 2021

Baby Quilts - Plan Ahead!

 As we were getting ready to leave for our mission to Latvia, knowing that we were going to be gone for 3 years, I decided to plan ahead and make baby quilts! I was hoping that I would be getting more grandchildren while we were gone, but I would never want to deprive them of their baby quilt from Gramsie - that would NEVER do! So I decided to make quilts ahead of time and put my daughter-in-law in charge of them so she could make sure any new babies in the family got a quilt. 

She happened to be expecting a girl, so the first quilt was for her baby. I love how it turned out, and it was able to use scraps I had left over from previous quilts, I don't think I bought any new fabric for this quilt. That is a rarity for me.

I was trying to get all packed up since we were putting everything from our house into storage, so using scraps seemed like a good idea. Of course, it has my label on the back.

I am so grateful for creative people! I saw a picture on Pinterest of a quilt like this, but no link to the pattern, so I made my own.

I decided to make a simple pattern for a quilt that would be quick to put together. I love the colors of this quilt! It turned out great! I'm happy with the results. 

A few years from now I wouldn't want anyone to say, "Where did this quilt come from? Who made it?". And of course I want some little child to see the heart and know that Gramsie loves them.

Isn't this an adorable pattern? I first saw it when one of the ladies in our Tuesday Quilt group made one, and I fell in love! You can find the Giraffes in a Row pattern here

I love polka dots, so the background and the back of the quilt are little dots. I just love how this quilt turned out, and it's been snatched up already! My daughter was expecting and when she saw this one she claimed it for her baby. 

And last but not least, another quilt made from the same pattern as the aqua one above. Except for the first one that is pink and was claimed before I got started on the rest, all these quilts are  baby neutral. I didn't want to worry about whether my quilts would be appropriate for whatever kind of baby we get!

This quilt reminds me of Legos, a favorite toy of all children, I think. I can't wait to have more grandchildren and see who it goes to! What fun!

I love making baby quilts. Not just because I love having grandchildren, but they are cute, easy to quilt, and there are so many adorable patterns out there. I have a finished baby quilt on my table and another that I'm working on next to my sewing machine. I think all babies should have at least one quilt. 💗

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Little Dino

 I made this Little Dino quilt for a family I know that recently had a baby boy. There is a serious lack of quilting fabric here! There are quite a few little fabric shops but they are all for clothing. I guess no one quilts here? Every time I give someone a quilt they look astounded. 

When I went looking for fabric I found one store that had about 20 bolts of quilting cotton. So...that's why I made a dinosaur quilt. Two of those bolts were of dinosaur fabric, and that was the cutest thing I could find. When it was finished though, I was a little disappointed. Sometimes what I see in my head isn't what actually what I end up with.

I decided to go back and FMQ a dinosaur inside each of the dark blue rectangles. I found some coloring book pages online, printed out about 5 different little dinosaurs, then traced them onto the quilt and sewed them in. Here is a close up of one.

I made a label - this is for the Green family. They named their son Forest - Green. Of course, now I'm thinking of names for their future children: Hunter, Kelly, Jade, Emerald and I can think of several that I hope they won't use. I hope they don't have so many children that they run out of the "good" Green names, ha ha!

Sunday, June 27, 2021

 A Singer Car?

I don't know where this came from or who made it, but my daughter sent me this picture and asked me if it was my next car. This is awesome - but I'd still just spend that money on a nice sewing machine! :D

Monday, May 24, 2021

Riga, Bugs Life Baby Quilt

So - before Covid we committed to sell our house because my husband was going to be the President of the Baltic Mission. So, to make a long story less long, we sold our home and then couldn't get to our mission because of the pandemic, we lived with friends or in hotels for months, and then we finally made it to our mission 9 months late. Whew. So, we have been here for almost 2 months. We received all the things we stored to ship to Latvia, so I have my Bernina! A very nice lady I met just had a baby last week, so I'm making a baby quilt. That was actually a pretty short story!

There was a little sewing machine here with some notions and some fabric, so I adopted some cute bug fabric and put it with some fabric I had in my shipment and made a boy baby quilt. I have the top finished, hopefully I will get it quilted and bound this week.

Some of the fun is missing though - I don't have any quilty friends here! No one to point out how perfectly the corners in my four-patches come together. No body to say, "Hey, all your little bug squares are right side up!". You know, things quilty friends say and it makes you feel good.

My Quilting Queen friend would notice all those little things, but wouldn't mention anything I didn't do well. Of course, I would point those out to her, in case she hadn't noticed (ya know, that red gingham was printed totally off grain!)😄...  I miss her! I also miss the little group I would get together with at the church on Tuesdays.

I finished a whole bunch of quilts before we moved, but I was so busy, I didn't have time to put them on the blog, so now that I'm missing all my quilty friends, I will gradually put them up here and pray for comments from kind strangers!

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Reading Pillows

I made Reading Pillows for each of my grandchildren this past Christmas. The pillows have a pocket on the front for a book.  I got each of them a book that I thought they would love. I had fun searching out embroidery patterns online.

I couldn't find one for Harry Potter or Ghost Busters, so I found an embroidery pattern with the design and added my own words. They loved their pillows!

These were so awesome in fact, that several of my friends made them for their grandchildren too! Of course on the back of each one I put this:

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Flower Baby Quilt

I made this quilt for my niece - I am really pleased with the way it turned out! This is another pattern from Sweetpea Embroidery. I quilted the flowers after I sewed the quilt together, so I basically just used the pattern for appliqueing the flowers on - which is by far the easiest way to applique, IMHO.

Hello again...and sailboats

Wow, it's almost been a year since I posted anything. Yikes!

My life is about to change - my husband has been called to be the president of the Baltic Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a 3 year assignment where we will be responsible for about 100 missionaries, most of whom are 18-21 years old. We will be living in Riga, Latvia! The more I learn about that beautiful part of the world, the more excited I am to go!

I did finish the quilt I talked about in a previous post, so I thought I would share. I owed this second grandchild a quilt!

This quilt is for Sam, he shares a room with James and their bedroom has a nautical theme, and I wanted this quilt to be similar to one I made for his older brother, so I designed this one.

I made lighthouse blocks and sailboat blocks. I had fun quilting them - I don't know if you can see that I have "light rays" quilted as if they are shining from the light, and swirly wind in the sky.

The Sailboat blocks have the swirly sky and water waves on the lower part of the block.

The quilt I made for big brother was for his toddler bed, so it is much smaller. I didn't want to get into making another quilt for each child, so I took the old quilt, took off the binding, added another border around the whole thing so it is the same size as the new quilt. I know you're not supposed to do that, but I did anyway! :)  Of course, now I look at these pictures and wonder why I didn't do two borders, the first one gray like the other quilt. Oh well. Better done than ... something. What is that saying?

Now they each have a twin sized quilt with the nautical theme and they both love their quilts!

I sure do love these boys!!

Of course I always document this on every quilt!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

A tiny project

My grandkids from Indiana are coming to visit - YAY! I was talking to my 4 year old granddaughter
and I told her I had a little bed just for her - she said, "Oh, I hope it's pink!".  I guess that decides it, what else can I do?  It's this ugly green cot that I bought 20 years ago and have used on and off when I needed an extra little bed.

So I bought some pink flannel, then decided I'd better get blue too! I made a reversible cushion to go on it, one side pink, the other side blue, and it ties to each of the four corners. She got here today, good think I finished yesterday!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

On my sewing table...

I don't post nearly as much as I should! So to keep me motivated to keep working on my projects I'm going to occasionally just show you what is on my sewing table as proof that I am actually working on things.  I always intend to make blog posts about what I'm doing, but sometimes I give them away before I remember to take pictures!

I'm working on a twin size quilt for one of my grandsons. I have the middle of the top done, still needs a gray and then navy border on it :)

Please ignore all the mess - if I ever get myself caught up on things I will straighten up. Or I will invite Ruth Ann over, that always motivates me to clean up my mess!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Patchwork Panache - top finished!

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away I started this quilt...

In 2013 I started a blog post by saying that I had started this quilt a long time ago, HA HA! You know how life happens.  At that time my sister-in-law and a niece were learning to quilt, so I did a long distance tutorial on several of the blocks. Then things got busy, I put it away (again) and it fell off the radar.

I joined the quilt guild here in my little town, and every Tuesday a bunch of ladies get together and
sew at a church nearby. This is just a third of our group.

I decided that this was the perfect time to work on my unfinished projects. This was the oldest one (I think), so I started there first. I just pack it up in my sewing bag, and don't un-pack when I get home.  I have other things I'm working on in my sewing room. So after a few months of working on this on Tuesdays I have finally finished this top - WAHOO!

This is a free Block of the Month pattern that you can find here.

It is wonderful to finally have this finished - now to see how long it takes me to actually get it quilted! :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Brother CS6000i

I have a new little brother! Well, actually, since I cracked the screen on my Bernina while taking it to sewing day I have been paranoid that I would somehow damage my machine again, so I bought a light weight little inexpensive machine so I can tote that around instead.
I bought it on Amazon for $150, which is less than I paid to repair my Bernina - and it does a lot more than I would have expected!

I called it a "back up" machine, and my husband asked me how many back up machines I need - well, my main machine is my Janome Horizon, backed up by my BabyLock Ellisimo, backed up by my Bernin 560, which is now backed up by my little Brother. I also have a feather weight, a serger and a treadle machine, but I don't think those count, right?

Do you think I might have an addiction problem? 

Well, back to my little Brother. It came today so I opened it up and tested it out to make sure it does everything it says it will do. The stitches look great, it was simple to wind a bobbin and thread the machine. It only weighs 13 lbs., which is about 10 lbs. less than my Bernina, and 20 lbs. less than my Janome...  I was afraid I would feel like I was sewing on a toy machine, but it didn't feel like that at all.

It came with several feet, even a walking foot! I think that is pretty handy.  I will only be sewing on this when I'm packing it around, so I probably won't be using most of the stitches and feet, but it's nice to know they are there if I decide I need them.  :)

It also has a hard cover, which is handy for packing it around. I think I'm going to like my new little Brother.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Lady Bug Wall Hanging

OK, I KNOW! There are two glaring errors that jump out at you, right? Sigh. This was just a cute little project I decided to do, simple, no stress, for practicing some free motion quilting, since I haven't done any for quite a while.

By the time I realized what it was going to end up like it was too late for me to be able to do anything about it. Sigh. I know that is all I will see every time I look at it. I guess I'm going to have to give it away!

It is a cute little wall hanging. I got the pattern at a store in Orem, Utah but I can't find the pattern online.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Bernina Cracked Screen :(

I know that sewing machines, especially computerized ones, and more especially touch screen ones are fragile. I really do! I am always very careful with my machines. Really. Careful.

I've been taking it to weekly sewing days with some of the ladies in my quilt guild.  One week as I watched several people bringing in their wheeled cases, I thought, "I should get one of those.".  I am very careful, honest! The next week I was bringing it out to my car, holding it by the handle, and I leaned it against my leg (to prevent it from bumping against my leg, see? Careful!), and I reached over to open the door and I heard a tiny "pop". It was such a little sound I figured I must have just moved over the speed button.  When I got to our sewing day and put up my machine I discovered that I had cracked the screen! It still turned on, and I figured I would just use it with a cracked screen.  I was sad, but oh well.  Then I tried to use the touch screen to change the stitch I wanted to use. With a cracked screen it seemed to not be able to tell where I was touching, and I couldn't adjust it! SADNESS!!

I called the Bernina store, and they gave me an estimate that to fix it would cost between $125 - $600  - YIKES! We took it in right away, they don't order the part until the machine is there, so I crossed my fingers. Two weeks later they called and told me it was fixed, and it cost $200. I am of course very relieved, and I think that was excellent strategy on their part. If I was worrying that it would cost $600, I was very happy to pay them just $200. How else could they have me feel happy to pay that?

And I did buy myself a rolling case to take it in! Isn't this cute? I saw it online and went and picked it up at JoAnn Fabrics.

It even holds all my stuff! That is a lot easier than bringing my machine by the handle and carrying a big bag with all the supplies I might need!

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A Pirate Baby Quilt!

I have a new grandson! That makes grandchild number 8 for us. I love babies - there is just nothing like holding a newborn baby!   :)
Of course I made this baby a quilt (and a receiving blanket and burp cloths)  I forgot to take a picture of the receiving blanket and burp cloths but I do have a picture of the quilt!  I decided to go with a Pirate theme because I found some cute Pirate fabric. I also found a free pattern HERE that worked well with this fabric. I like how it turned out. It is a simple pattern that didn't take a ton of time - which is good because it seems like I have about a million things I'm trying to do right now. 
They call the pattern a play mat because of a one directional print that they used around the outside of the quilt, and it faces a different direction on each side, so there isn't a "right side up".

Now that the baby is here I'm trying to spend time over there everyday to help with the older kids (a 4 year old, 3 year old and 20 month old).  Their mom needs any help I can give her!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sweet Pea Sewing Tote Bag

I am a bag lady, I admit it. I love purses and bags and they catch my eye where ever I go. I have way too many, but I made another one and I LOVE it! This is my new favorite tote bag!

It was designed by Sweet Pea Embroidery Designs with a few extra blocks put in from designs that I already had. I love the way it turned out! This is a bag that shouts "I LOVE TO SEW" doesn't it?

I added a zipper pocket and some patch pockets to the inside. Me. This bag is Me.

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