I have been on a quilting kick recently (although I don't consider myself a quilter, but that is another story....) and decided to make Wee a quilt for his birthday. I mentioned it earlier, but that was the project the universe was conspiring against me on with the delayed supplies. So, in my waiting for supplies, I decided since my nephew's birthday is coming up in May, that he also needed a quilt for his first birthday. (If you are related to said nephew and reading this and want to be surprised on said nephew's birthday, it is best if you divert your eyes away from the screen now.)
I used mainly stash fabric, since I started it right after I cleaned out my studio/office, but did manage to snag 4-5 new fabrics to include, since I didn't have quite enough in my color scheme. Have you seen Lotta Jansdotter has a line at Joann's? I bought a few prints....But hey, it went straight into a project, AND I am totally elated to have the leftovers in my scrap bin. I need to be doing more of this kind of crafting!
Here it is! All finished and crinkly from the dryer.
I went with grays and aquas and blues, perfect for a baby boy I think. Probably fairly gender neutral even.
I used the basic pattern from this book to do the quilt. However, I used this hexi template tool, which is really, really, really cool. It was pricey, but I already have plans to make another hexi quilt to go on our couch and I can see hexi quilts will become a go-to for me.
I added one extra row of hexi's to the pattern to make it a bit longer. Also, I did use a batting, where as the book said to use just fleece. I wasn't going to use fleece on the back, I was going to use a black/white/gray/aqua/blue quilting cotton, BUT, I found 2 yards of this really squishy nice fleece in my fabric stash as I was cleaning out, which I decided would be perfect for this project. Yeah stash project!
I am very pleased with it. This was my first attempt at quilting beyond "stitch in the ditch," and my lines are a bit wiggly still. I used a variegated cotton quilting thread in blacks and grays for the quilting, but you can't really tell unless you look really, really close.
I used rayon batting from Pellon that I had left over from my sewing book and it is lovely. I would definitely use it again. Also, this was my first time using 505 basting spray, and I ADORE it. It made basting SOOOOOOOO easy. I have done it by hand and with fusible batting so far since I thought the spray would be too stinky to use inside. But spray basting is my new basting method. I won't dread basting ever again! And it wasn't stinky, in case you were wondering.
This was also my first attempt at machine binding. I love to hand bind, but I decided since this is to go in my nephew's crib and will likely see a lot of washing, machine binding would probably be the best option. It came out OK, but I think I prefer binding by hand still!
The finished quilt is 39" w x 52" l after washing and drying, perfect crib and lap size. It is very snuggly!
Thanks for checking out my quilt!
Hey all! How are you this lovely Sunday? We are having a gorgeous day: not too hot, not too cold, and loads and loads of sunlight. It is just beautiful.
A few scenes from my sewing room today. I shared more on Instagram, if you follow me on there.
I have been feeling majorly maxed out with all the running around for P, so I skipped out on a family gathering today, sent Mr Danger and the kiddos, and instead had the first house-to-myself day I've had in probably 6 months or more. I have been working on Wee's first birthday quilt all day (his birthday was 3/5, oops.). I am just trying to relax and take a minute to refresh.
Anyone else having a sewing weekend? Or you all out in your yards soaking up the weather?
Thanks for stopping in!
I told you new patterns, and I meant it! Meet my newest sewing pattern, Mack:
Hop over to my etsy shop and where you can order the pattern and get the download instantly. The holidays are right around the corner, why not start on a sewing project for gifts all those kids in your life now?
Oh my goodness guys, I totally am sneaking in and releasing a pattern with no prior warning! Meet my newest SEWING pattern, Herbert the Bear:
How cute is this guy? I am totally in love with him. This is one of the secret projects I have been sewing up for my big craft show this weekend. I thought it would only be fair to give you online folks something exciting as I go into this exciting craft show weekend. Nice, right? I do what I can.
I hope you guys love him as much as I do! I have been really into sewing recently, and since it has been 2 years since I brought out my first couple sewing patterns, I figured another one was due. The pattern includes 2 sizes, and directions on how to make all the variations I am showing here. He is super simple, and super fun and rewarding, he would even make a good first sewing project. Perfect timing for kids getting out of school for the summer, right?! I love him because I can get several finished in one nap time. That is how I determine how complicated a project is these days....
I have him listed for sale in my etsy shop, as an instant download, so go order him for a weekend project! If you are going to the Fremont Solstice Fest in Seattle this weekend, you can come check the pattern out in person, plus check out all the finished bears I have for sale. I will be in the garage (on the right, I believe!).
I know I normally let you know before I put a pattern out, but holy cupcakes the last couple weeks have been a wild whirlwind of show prep. I have been sewing and working like a total mad-woman. Every time I look in the mirror I have fuzz, or stuffing, or bits of fabric stuck in my hair. Yesterday was the final crowning moment when I was washing my hands after going to the bathroom and found I had a giant wipe of red paint down my cheek. Awesome. Sometimes I remember exactly why it is I work at home.
But, I am almost, ALMOST ready for Fremont this week. I am really looking forward to getting out to a show again (I used to do them all the time with my bag business) and I am even more excited to see the in-person response to my Herberts and Maxs and Ruperts and a couple other new things I can't share here yet :). And, after this weekend, whatever finished Herberts I have left will be going up for sale in my etsy shop. Double awesome, pattern release today and finished items next week!
Alright, gotta go finish a couple last little show prep details up before the munchkin gets up from his nap! Happy Sewing!
I had the best day in my studio yesterday. It was one of those days I live for, one of those days that keeps me creating. I sure love those type of days.
Sometimes I find what I do incredibly hard. It is so hard for me not to be able to share! I mean, isn't that a huge part of why we create, to share our creations with others? I don't share because I feel like I have to keep projects under wraps until they are finalized and ready to go. Sometimes start to finish things take say, years. All of my dinosaur patterns were written before Peanut was born and came out after his first birthday, for instance. But since you are most excited about creating in the moment, I thought I would share a little sneak peek of what I am working on right now. Hope it peaks your curiosity! I'll be done with it soon, definitely this year.....
I am looking forward to a weekend with the hubs and the munchkin, and spent in my studio to get some work done! Hope you all are going to get out and get your summer started early. Seems like there is all kinds of stuff happening this weekend!
Who boy, this week started out with a bang and hasn't gotten much better. I still can't tell if I have a bad flu/cold bug, or bad, bad allergies. Either way I feel pretty crappy. And Peanut...after spiking his fever, and it going away tuesday, thursday he broke out in a terrible heat rash from head to toe. And, he is teething, his first upper tooth broke through about a week and a half ago and the second one I swear is the same length, but will not break through the skin. He is SO incredibly, crazy, cranky (which he NEVER is), pretty much all I have done this week is hold him and try and quiet his crying.
BUT! He is feeling better today and I managed to get some FINISHED ITEMS up into my etsy shop. That's right! I finally have some sewn critters for sale. I know, right? Finished robots and monsters. I am pretty excited! I have 4, oops sold one while writing this! I have 3 for sale, 2 robots and now 1 monster. I thought I would give it a try with just a couple and see how they go. If you want one but miss them, or want a different color or something, let me know if I should keep sewing them up. I think I mentioned earlier I forgot how much I like sewing while I was making monsters for Presley's Birthday party, so these were pretty fun for me to put together. Here's pictures!
See one you like? Hop over to etsy to check them out. Can't wait to hear what you think!
Be sure to get entered into this month's giveaway for Cast On Bind Off, too!
I've spent the last few days getting ready for a big Presley birthday party on Sunday. Today I sewed through a dozen Max monsters for party favors. Can't wait, it should be fun (it is monster themed, of course). I will be sure to post pictures next week!
Hi there. Nope, no baby yet. (I just like to preemptively strike these days since that's all I hear.)
Ready for the rest of the nursery sewing projects?
The crib bumpers and crib sheets I made. Plus a couple monsters I've made (recognize a Hugo from the book? The yellow guy we found on clearance last fall at Babies R Us. For those of you who have mentioned it too, I am aware of the SIDS/Bumpers risk. They are not really to be used while baby is sleeping (they come out quickly with velcro). I just couldn't pass up another place to bring in a punch of color in the room.
More Boppy covers.
A swaddler. Also from the Lotta Jansdotter book I have been mentioning. Retro cowboys outside, lovely flannel inside.
I am sitting here realizing I have not gotten pictures of several other projects though, including my 2 baby wraps and a danged cute little hat. And if he doesn't get here in a timely fashion I may just give up and start on some more sewing projects, too. I wanted to wait on pants, a diaper cover, some shoes/clothing items until I can measure against him, but they may just start getting sewn anyway.
I have had such a good time sewing! I had forgotten how much I love it. And it is so QUICK compared to knitting. Hmm, now I am feeling a little inspired to get some more sewing in....
My helper (who I am told I have to come up with a better name for) is coming this afternoon. Maybe I will do some more sewing while I am up in my office when she is here......