“We’ll eat you up, we love you so!”*


I recently did a book review on Happy Quilts! by Antonie Alexander, which you can read by clicking here. At the same time that this title came across my desk, I also needed to make a baby quilt for a gift. And of course, being the efficient over achiever that I am, I also saw an opportunity to try a little something that Juan and I have been thinking about for a while. Three birds with one stone. Although I don’t really like killing birds, but you get the idea.

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From the book Happy Quilts!

I love children’s literature, and I love to give books as baby gifts. When I saw Alex’s pattern, “Wild Thing,” I was inspired, and wondered if I could do a small quilt inspired by both her pattern and the book Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.


I had wanted to try quilting a background and adding raw edge applique after the fact, and the phrase “his ceiling hung with vines and the walls became the world all around” kept sticking in my head, so I thought I’d start there. I loaded the background on sideways into Juan’s arms and began searching for vine patterns. I found a few, and used a verigated thread that had green and brown in it (King Tut Bulrushes #910 by Superior Threads).


I took the quilt out of Juan’s hands and using fusible web, attached the applique pieces to the top. I used a Sizzix Big Shot Pro to cut out the moon, and hand copied three of the monsters from Alex’s “Wild Thing” pattern. I used colors that reminded me of the child’s book, and a very busy backing to hide any flaws in my little experiment.


Then I loaded the quilt back onto Juan so that I could use his programmed circles to stitch over the circle appliqués. Then I took the quilt away from Juan, again, and used a domestic machine (Ruthie) to blanket stitch around all of the raw edges.


I had some fine corduroy left from another project that was just perfect for the binding, although not the easiest stuff to stitch down by hand!  I use a thimble on my middle finger and a set of needle pullers on my index and thumb to help with the thickness.


I also made a stuffie from Alex’s book to go with the quilt, and he traveled around with me for a few days. Truthfully, he was difficult to let go of.


But in the end, I did let go, and I hope this sweet baby and his parents enjoy it!  Still, I might have to make my own stuffie.  Wild thing, you know.

*Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Not a WIP anymore-

IMG_6359I started this project quite a while ago.  I was totally engrossed by the colors in this line of fabric from the first time I saw it.  Backyard Baby was designed by Patty Sloniger for Michael Miller, and I don’t think I can get enough of it.  I didn’t have a reason to buy it or anyone to make anything for, but I couldn’t resist finding a reason to work with it.

IMG_6373So, I started this baby quilt using the traditional Indian Hatchet block.  It sat on my design wall for a long time, just making me happy.  Then I got an invitation to a baby shower, and the deal was sealed.

IMG_6266I hadn’t been sure how to quilt it, but was thankfully struck by inspiration.  I decided I wanted the quilting to loosely follow the design of the hatched block, so I “freehanded” straight diagonal and vertical lines throughout the quilt.  I was pleased with the outcome, although I was also reminded of why I am looking forward to having a longarm machine one day!

IMG_6375Once it was complete, I sent one of our daughters out with quilt and camera in hand and told her to take a few good ones.  I really love her perspective.  One of these days we will get a decent camera.  As well as a longarm quilting machine.

520 in 2014

I have a tendency to set crazy goals.  I do this for a reason.  They are often almost not attainable, and again, I do this for a reason.  I am competitive.  Not athletic, but competitive.  I want to make the goal, but if it is too easy, it is boring.  So I set my sights pretty high.  One of my goals is to do 520 hours of service in a year.  That’s 10 hours a week.  I’ve never come even close to meeting it, but I know I will one day.  Before I started this project, I was up to 106 hours.  Way behind schedule, but I’m working on it.

2014-05-23 10.46.33Before you think I am terribly altruistic, I must explain that I had some selfish motivations on this particular project.  I wanted something easy to work on for a minute because I get tired when working on big projects and I need a break.  Also, I wanted to test out a couple of things- machine quilting with a new walking foot, using basting spray instead of pins, piecing batting with a fusible tape and making bias binding with a ruler I bought a while back.  All worked out well, and I learned quite a bit.  I’ll expound on the techniques and tools in another post, but for now, here’s the finished quilt…

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Click the pic for more info on Project Linus

This quilt will be donated to a local chapter of Project Linus via the Relief Society at my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  We have a goal of donating 200 blankets and/or quilts by the end of 2014, so I need to get crack-a-lackin’.

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For this sweet quilt, I used the Ziggy Baby pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew.  You can click here for a link to the website, which includes info about purchasing patterns.  I like that the site offers the pattern in both a paper and PDF form, so you can click and print for immediate satisfaction!  I also like that this pattern actually is two patterns, one for a chevron style quilt, and the other for a “step” quilt.  Two for the price of one is often a good thing.  Also, this particular quilt came as a kit that I purchased from one of my favorite local quilt shops- Intown Quilters.  You can click here for their website, and I think you will be glad you did!

Well that does it for this edition of 520 in 2014.  Oh, and this quilt took 24 hours from cut to bind, so I am up to 130 hours.  Still lagging a bit, but better than last year at this time-

Want to join me on my journey?  Post on Instagram with the hashtag #520in2014 and let’s see how you are spreading a little kindness in your part of the world!

I have no self control.

So, I really do try to actually finish a project before I move on to another one- key word being “try.”  Truth is, I have no self control.

Last week we welcomed a new grandbaby into the world.  A granddaughter.  This is our third, the first two are wonderful little boys.  My husband and I have 7 children together.  Yes, you read that correctly.  I had 4, he had 3.  We would have liked to have had a child together, but when we got married the “7” were ages 8-18, and it just wasn’t realistic.  So, we decided that we would have grandchildren together, and so we do!  I imagine that between all of our children, we will have quite a few grandchildren as we go along.  I’m very excited about that.

Speaking of excitement, I came across this pattern for this really cool baby quilt, and even though I have other things to work on, I knew I had to make this for Miss Addy!  Immediately!

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I am a collector by nature.  I can’t help it.  If I like it, I want multiples of it, and I want to keep it forever.  (Do we feel an episode of hoarders coming on?)  This has not always been a helpful thing in my life, however I have begun to get a little more control of it.  This pattern is one of the examples of how I have gotten things a little more under control, and how my collecting nature is also beneficial from time to time.

I do love creative magazines.  I do not love having piles of them around and not being able to find anything.  So, I rip out the patterns and/or ideas that I like, put them in plastic sleeves and keep them in a notebook.  This has ended up being an interesting habit, as it has saved me some money.  This pattern, for instance.  This pattern (“Hey Diddle Diddle) was featured in a magazine some time ago, but it is now a purchasable pattern called “Playtime!” by Karie Patch Designs.  She has several patterns that use this really cool template and technique, and I have wanted to make one for a long time.

What I love about this pattern is that it uses a 3-D bowtie block, which you can attach toys to for the child to play with.  Keeps toys in place rather than flying across the room, and is just WAY cute.  The pattern that I have from the magazine includes a template for the 3-D bowtie.

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Karie Patch Designs has since produced a plastic template for the 3-D bowtie, which makes things much easier.

While I am all about easier, and all about a new ruler, I am also all about cheating, as I have mentioned before.  I was so excited to make this quilt, and since there were no quilt shops near me open at 8:30 Saturday night, I knew that the only way to meet my desire for immediate satisfaction was to cheat.

So, cheat I did.

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First, I measured the template provided in the magazine pattern, then decided I could probably do it with my ruler.  I will admit that my measurement is not exactly the same as the one in the pattern, but close enough, and it turned out great.  I decided my 3-D bowtie should be 3″ wide, so I lined up the 1 1/2″ mark diagonally on my squares (one stacked on top of another).

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Whacked.

Play Date 5Whacked the other side.

I then sewed down each side of the “tie”, leaving both pointed ends open.  I turned the “tie”, then following the directions in the pattern, attached it to the background fabric, with a little twist.

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Cute, huh?  Then, when the quilt is finished, you can just attach toys (you know, the kind that hang from car seats and strollers and such) to the 3-D bowtie.  When it is time to pick up baby, quilt, and toys, the toys just get picked up with the quilt.

More to come on this one…

Ready for Baby Boy and Baby Girl!

They are finally done, and not a minute too early as those babies are due any time now! I am so excited for this sweet family and hope and pray for all good things for them. What a blessing to be able to be a part of this.

Well, here they are- all finished and super cute!  This "Houndstooth" pattern by V and Co. has been so much fun to make, especially using the Quarter-Square Triangle Ruler by Creative Grids.  The color combo just about lit up my world, and I hope it does the same for those sweet babies.  Their mommy has been waiting a while for them, and deserves a lovely nursery to welcome them!

Well, here they are- all finished and super cute! This “Houndstooth” pattern by V and Co. has been so much fun to make, especially using the Quarter-Square Triangle Ruler by Creative Grids. The color combo just about lit up my world, and I hope it does the same for those sweet babies. Their mommy has been waiting a while for them, and deserves a lovely nursery to welcome them!

I hope this isn't the photo that WordPress chooses to post to Facebook, only because it is not nearly as fun as the others!  Along with the quilts and knitted pillows, I also made crib skirts for each crib.  I love this domino dot in black and white- it is a great punch to add to the solid colors in the quilts.

I hope this isn’t the photo that WordPress chooses to post to Facebook, only because it is not nearly as fun as the others! Along with the quilts and knitted pillows, I also made crib skirts for each crib. I love this domino dot in black and white- it is a great punch to add to the solid colors in the quilts.

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I was really excited to find the backing for Baby Boy's quilt.  The architectural bridge drawings just seemed to give it the right finishing touch.  Modern and sophisticated, but also decidedly boyish.

I was really excited to find the backing for Baby Boy’s quilt. The architectural bridge drawings just seemed to give it the right finishing touch. Modern and sophisticated, but also decidedly boyish.

And just as I loved the backing for Baby Boy's quilt, I was just as thrilled about the backing for Baby Girl's quilt.  The birds softened the lines of the houndstooth, and the color was perfect.

And just as I loved the backing for Baby Boy’s quilt, I was just as thrilled about the backing for Baby Girl’s quilt. The birds softened the lines of the houndstooth, and the color was perfect.

The crib quilts finished about 40"x40" with each square in the quilt 2 3/4" finished, but the pattern does have directions for larger quilts.  However, the larger quilts use the larger version of the Quarter-Square Triangle Ruler and each square in the quilt is larger.

The crib quilts finished about 40″x40″ with each square in the quilt 2 3/4″ finished, but the pattern does have directions for larger quilts. However, the larger quilts use the larger version of the Quarter-Square Triangle Ruler and each square in the quilt is larger.

I hate that there is so much glare on this photo and that I didn't notice it before I shipped off the quilts!  Anyway, switching the dark and light greys made Baby Girl's quilt a little softer palate than Baby Boy's, but still modern and crisp.  I really love how both turned out.

I hate that there is so much glare on this photo and that I didn’t notice it before I shipped off the quilts! Anyway, switching the dark and light greys made Baby Girl’s quilt a little softer palate than Baby Boy’s, but still modern and crisp. I really love how both turned out.

Don’t fall to pieces- we’re almost done!

All laid out and ready to roll- don't forget not to turn on the ceiling fan!  This is the version of Houndstooth by V & Co that I am making for a set of twins.  This is the one for baby girl.  Baby boy's quilt has the greys switched around, making his a darker quilt, and mint green in place of the peach.  I've already pieced baby boy's quilt, and now it is time for baby girl's!

All laid out and ready to roll- don’t forget not to turn on the ceiling fan! This is the version of Houndstooth by V & Co that I am making for a set of twins. This is the one for baby girl. Baby boy’s quilt has the greys switched around, making his a darker quilt, and mint green in place of the peach. I’ve already pieced baby boy’s quilt, and now it is time for baby girl’s!

Unless I am working on a project that required row piecing, I actually really prefer to piece my quilts in sections.  I find that I am better able to maintain accuracy this way.  You can see here how I have pieced this top in sections, starting with smaller units and building up to larger ones.

Unless I am working on a project that required row piecing, I actually really prefer to piece my quilts in sections. I find that I am better able to maintain accuracy this way. You can see here how I have pieced this top in sections, starting with smaller units and building up to larger ones.

Using this method means I only have one especially large seam (usually right down the middle, or thereabout) to deal with, which makes me happy!

Using this method means I only have one especially large seam (usually right down the middle, or thereabout) to deal with, which makes me happy!

Finally- my tops are both pieced!  Amazing how much smaller quilts are from when you lay them out on the design wall to when they are all put together!

Finally- my tops are both pieced! Amazing how much smaller quilts are from when you lay them out on the design wall to when they are all put together!

Firstly, I cannot turn this pic to the correct position no matter what I do.  You'll just have to turn your head or your screen or whatever.  Loving technology at this moment. Secondly, I love rulers.  I can't even tell you how much I love rulers.  I love this ruler, the Folded Corner Clipper by Prairie Sky Quilting.  I don't actually know for sure what particular project it was created for, if there even is one, but it cuts a perfect 45 degree angle.  I use it most often for piecing binding, like in this photo.  I also love The Binding Tool by The Quilters Mercantile Inc.  It takes a minute to get the hang of it, but once you do, it's fabulous.

Firstly, I cannot turn this pic to the correct position no matter what I do. You’ll just have to turn your head or your screen or whatever. Loving technology at this moment.
Secondly, I love rulers. I can’t even tell you how much I love rulers. I love this ruler, the Folded Corner Clipper by Prairie Sky Quilting. I don’t actually know for sure what particular project it was created for, if there even is one, but it cuts a perfect 45 degree angle. I use it most often for piecing binding, like in this photo. I also love The Binding Tool by The Quilters Mercantile Inc. It takes a minute to get the hang of it, but once you do, it’s fabulous.

You are probably going to get sick of hand binding pictures.  I can't help it.  I really enjoy doing it, so I have to show it.

You are probably going to get sick of hand binding pictures. I can’t help it. I really enjoy doing it, so I have to show it.

Here's an interesting problem that comes up from time to time- especially on white or black fabrics.  When the fabric is being manufactured, occasionally a stray thread from a previous run flies around the room and ends up getting woven into the new run.  It's not a flaw- it's just something that happens.  Kind of like finding a little piece of stem in a can of green beans.  Anyway, this little blue guy doesn't belong, so I just carefully pick it out using the same needle I am sewing the binding on with.

Here’s an interesting problem that comes up from time to time- especially on white or black fabrics. When the fabric is being manufactured, occasionally a stray thread from a previous run flies around the room and ends up getting woven into the new run. It’s not a flaw- it’s just something that happens. Kind of like finding a little piece of stem in a can of green beans. Anyway, this little blue guy doesn’t belong, so I just carefully pick it out using the same needle I am sewing the binding on with.

You can see where I have pulled the stray thread, however, it will just about disappear after the quilt is washed.  No matter how you look at it, this little spot is way less noticeable than the blue thread that I removed.

You can see where I have pulled the stray thread, however, it will just about disappear after the quilt is washed. No matter how you look at it, this little spot is way less noticeable than the blue thread that I removed.