Monday, December 15, 2014

Baby Geese Quilt

I feel like the past month and a half has been uber productive for me, for no other reason other than I finished not only a divided basket, but this baby quilt. 

Yes, this is my Michael Miller challenge quilt, which doubles as a baby quilt for my cousin's new son. When I got the fabrics earlier this year, I thought they'd make for a fun baby quilt. I was right. 

I had to rush to finish this one though. I had the binding half hand sewn to the the back, when I got a text from my cousin on November 26th - his son was born a couple of weeks early. So I got to work that day, finishing sewing the binding and washing the quilt so that I could gift them this new quilt on Thanksgiving the next morning. 

I just did some simple straight line quilting, which always seems to take longer than planned. Why do I always pick things that take a lot of time? Who knows? But I love the effect. As I was part way through quilting, I was worried that they quilt would be too stiff with all of the quilting, but fortunately it wasn't. The backing is something I picked up at Marden's during retreat a few years ago. I forget what it is. I quilted this with 50wt Aurifil on my Bernina this time around. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Nautical Divided Basket

I've managed to sneak in a little sewing here and there lately, more so the past few weeks than I have in a little while. (That's still not saying much though.) In this little bit of time, I made a divided basket for my parents with a little nautical theme to go with their beach house. I actually gifted this to them a couple of weeks ago, but am just now getting around to writing this up here.

(I'm keeping things honest here - that's my messy sewing room in the back. Yup, things are an absolute mess.)

I really like this pattern, by Noodlehead, and will possibly make a few more in the future. It's easy to put together and makes a great gift. This being my second basket, it went together even easier than the first one, which I gave away in the Boston MQG Sewing Room Swap earlier this year.

Okay... off to go study for finals next week. Wish me luck! 

Monday, October 13, 2014

A Quilter Takes Disney

If you follow me on Instagram (@AQuiltingJewel), you know that I went to Disney World a couple of weeks ago with some friends. The Food and Wine festival is going on at Epcot right now, so we decided to relive our youth, act like kids again and visit Disney. While we were there, the Magic Kingdom hosted the Not So Scary Halloween Party. We weren't really sure what to do for costumes, so I ended up making us custom Mickey and Minnie shirts.

I found a Mickey silhouette online and a Minnie bow, printed it out and copied it onto some Wonder Under. I ironed on the heads and bows and stitched around the outside of each piece. All in all, it probably took me two hours total to make all four shirts. That's something I can work with!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Baby Quilt - Finally a Finish!

Holy Cow! Has it really been more than three months since my last blog post? I guess that's what happens when you mix work, grad school and summer together. I admit, I haven't had the time to do much sewing, but I did manage to get this quilt finished back in June to give to my wonderful cousin before she had her adorable son.
I got a lot of the piecing done at retreat back in March and slowly finished piecing the quilt together and quilted it, echoing around the tumbler blocks in the months after.
I cut the tumbler pieces out using four charm packs and my tumbler die for my AccuQuilt using some Pure charm packs I had lying around.

It was a big accomplishment to get this one done in time for the baby shower. The final stitch went into the binding the morning of! My other cousin is having a baby in December, so I guess I should get moving on that one. Actually, I might turn my Michael Miller challenge quilt into that baby quilt since I'm still working on that. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

AMB Blog Tour Winner

I loved hearing all about where all of the commenters were from and what they enjoyed doing in their own home state. It gave me lots of ideas of places to visit and things to do in a number of places I wouldn't have thought of.

Using the random number generator, the winner of the fat quarter bundle is:

Bethany! Congratulations Bethany, you should have an email from me.

Thanks to everyone for commenting!