Monday, January 30, 2012

Monster High

Here is the finished version of my skull blanket that I made for a friend. Her daughter loves Monster High and is getting a room makeover for her birthday. I was lucky enough to be able to make the blanket!

It was not that hard, until I started to sew with the backing fabric. It stretched and moved around everywhere! It was not the easiest thing to work with.

On the back I had a little bit of extra fabric and so I put a small little skull.

My daughter loved this quilt. She really wants me to make one like this for her! What girl would not want something like this?!

I should have some more quilts to show you - if I get pics taken - I just finished up two here today!

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Fire and Ice

I have been spending some quality time with my sewing machine lately. My sister who also loves to sew sent me this quilt top to quilt.She made this last year with her local quilt shop for their block of the month program. Makes me wish I had a quilt shop around me that did something cool like that!

This quilt is different than any quilt of mine. For some reason I really like the white background on quilts. This was a fresh different kind of quilt for me to work on.
I quilted it with mutilcolored thread and did stars randomly throughout the quilt. You can see it good here on the 'ice' squares.
Doesn't that quilt just look awesome!?
The quilting is harder to see here on the 'fire' squares.

But this quilt is now on its way back to my sister. This is exciting for her because she has yet to have any quilts finished! I think she will love this, I know it has me looking at branching out of my light colored backgrounds that I love!
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Sunday, January 22, 2012

T-shirt quilt

I have been sewing like a mad woman lately. A gal I know wanted a t-shirt quilt from her college days and other shirts that she has collected. Of course I told her I can do this.  I have the top all done as pictures here:

The only thing is she is moving in 2 weeks. I know that I can get it done, but having such a definite deadline I am not used to!

But all I have left to do is quilt it together - probably the most time consuming part, but I think I can get it done!

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Guessing Game

I have a fun game for you to play today. Someone asked me to make a quilt for their daughter. This will be in the center.

Can you guess where this skull came from?

Stay tuned to find out and see the finished product!
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Monday, January 16, 2012

Christmas Quilt

This is a quilt I made last year and I never showed you all. I love it - especially since it was just Christmas! And I was mia for a few months at the end of the year. But I am here now and have this great quilt that I love to share with you!

I got all these squares from a grab bag of fabric that I have had in my closet for a while now! Something like 2 years, but who is counting!
I had a pattern for this quilt that I used, it was quite easy - just sew all the squares together! The hardest part was finding something to use as sashing. I ended up using some pine cone bough fabric that I had in my stash as well. It worked well because it was light and did not distract from the squares.
I quilted it with a simple all over loop, and love how it turned out!
I love how the red binding really pops!

And I just finished quilting a 'Fire & Ice" quilt for one of my sisters, I hope to get some pictures of it before I mail it off to her and share it with all of you and share it with her to see!
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Autumn Table Runner

 I have to say that I have the best sisters E.V.E.R. I know that everyone probably thinks that about their sisters, but really mine are great. This runner is a gift for one of them - late Christmas to be precise!

I finished the table runner I talked about last week here. I was done on Jan 2. Not to bad for a late Christmas present.

I just love how it turned out. Ignore the glare from my table. Conan and I thought that a thick glaze would be great for our table - especially with the kids that we have. And it is great! But that is beside the point. This is the free pattern that came with my new curved ruler . It was easy to read and understand. I have to say that I have been quilting for so long, that it doesn't take much explanation for me to figure it out. (Now don't I sound a little bit cocky?)
 It was a little bit tricky to sew because I am used to straight lines, but after a couple I got the hang of it, and there were just a few seams that did not match up perfectly. I did a simple line quilting. I followed the edges of the curves on the colored pieces about 1/4-1/2 inch apart and then did one line of stitching on the cream just outside the curved. If that makes any sense! You might be able to tell looking at the picture.
 I also have been doing something new on my quilts this year. I have been putting my name on the back of my quilts. Now that I have done it on a couple, I am thinking I should add the year too. But this way if someone likes what they see they know where to find me!
Again, I am loving how this looks on my dark table! I think that I might have to make one of these for myself. (especially since they are super quick!)

I have been sewing like crazy and I have another quilt almost done for another one of my fabulous sisters! I will try to post is later in the week.
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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Christmas Clearance

I know you are probably not expecting a Christmas decoration post, but I found something great on clearance this year. I did not go out and look for any good Christmas clearance this year. But when I saw these I just had to get some!

I was at Ace looking for something and I found these huge red jingle bells. I just love them, and knew that a few of them needed to make it into my home. 

My friend has this super cute jingle bell on her door and I love it. I decided that I was going to make one of those.

I got two new scarfs for Christmas and one still had that little round thing on it and it was the prefect size for what I was wanting to do.

I attached the scarf circle to the bell and then took my twine and wrapped it all the way around. I glued the ends so that they would not unravel. Easy peasy.

I then added a little ribbon bow just for good measure and because it looked really plain and boring without it.
And then I hung it on my door - for like a day before I put all the Christmas decorations away. But I will sure be enjoying this next year!
Our weather here has been super and we have loved being able to play outside and not freeze for the last few days before winter break was over! But now the kids are back in school and I am trying to regain my house!
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Monday, January 2, 2012

A.G. Photoshoot

 Sometimes looking at the photos of my projects, you may wonder if I can even take good pictures at all. Even I wonder sometimes!

Guess what, I can! Well at least these pictures make me think I can.

And here is some proof of this said talent.

My dear friend wanted some photos to send out in her Christmas cards and I helped her out. 

It does help that her family is super cute and easy to photograph!
I used some actions from Pioneer Woman to alter a few of these photos, and give them a little bit of a boost and a touch of professionalism. And I just love how they turned out!
Maybe I just take crappy pictures of 'things' and better pictures of people. But don't worry I won't let it get to my head!

I hope that you are all having a great start to the new year. I am putting the finishing touches on a few quilts and hope to share them with you soon!
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