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.

Finished Twinsies 3

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.

And Sew It Begins . . .

Yummy, don't you think?  This is the fabulous color combo picked by a savvy soon-to-be mom of twins!  She's having one of each, and this is going to be one knock-out nursery.

Yummy, don’t you think? This is the fabulous color combo picked by a savvy soon-to-be mom of twins! She’s having one of each, and this is going to be one knock-out nursery.


We actually picked the pattern, "Houndstooth" by V and Co., before we chose fabrics, so that played a part in why we went with solids.  As you can see, the pattern is intended to be two colors, and obviously we have more than that.  Here's where my craziness enters.  Why follow directions when you can make yourself nuts making up new directions?  We wanted the colors to alternate in the houndstooth pattern, with a consistent background color to tie it all together.  This meant making a lot of notes on the pattern to figure out how much to cut of each color to get the appropriate number of strips to in turn get the correct color pattern.  Confused yet?

We actually picked the pattern, “Houndstooth” by V and Co., before we chose fabrics, so that played a part in why we went with solids. As you can see, the pattern is intended to be two colors, and obviously we have more than that. Here’s where my craziness enters. Why follow directions when you can make yourself nuts making up new directions? We wanted the colors to alternate in the houndstooth pattern, with a consistent background color to tie it all together. This meant making a lot of notes on the pattern to figure out how much to cut of each color to get the appropriate number of strips to in turn get the correct color pattern. Confused yet?


This pattern has multiple sizes included in the instructions, and the baby quilt calls for 1 1/2" strips.  I determined how many strips I needed of each color and laid them out for sewing.  I began by sewing the strips into groups of two, carefully following the color lay out.  When I do things like this, I do not do mass sewing.  In other words, I do not go ahead and sew together all of the sets of two.  I actually only sew enough together to make my first set of blocks, in this case, a white to a light grey, and a white to a dark grey.

This pattern has multiple sizes included in the instructions, and the baby quilt calls for 1 1/2″ strips. I determined how many strips I needed of each color and laid them out for sewing. I began by sewing the strips into groups of two, carefully following the color lay out. When I do things like this, I do not do mass sewing. In other words, I do not go ahead and sew together all of the sets of two. I actually only sew enough together to make my first set of blocks, in this case, a white to a light grey, and a white to a dark grey.


It may seem like a good idea to speed through this part, but really, it isn't.  Especially when working with 1 1/2" strips.  I try to slow it down to prevent sliding and inaccurate seam allowances.  1/8" is a lot to lose when you only have 1 1/2" to work with.

It may seem like a good idea to speed through this part, but really, it isn’t. Especially when working with 1 1/2″ strips. I try to slow it down to prevent sliding and inaccurate seam allowances. 1/8″ is a lot to lose when you only have 1 1/2″ to work with.


Okay, maybe not THAT slow.  I was starting to want to punch somebody.

Okay, maybe not THAT slow. I was starting to want to punch somebody.