Life’s a Carnival

Hi again! I am so, so happy to be posting today about a finished quilt! I really do not seem to finish as many projects as I wish I did, so it’s always a thrill to put the final touches on a quilt. One of favorite moments of quilting is getting the newly finished project out of the dryer and either snuggling underneath it or packing it up so I can give it away.

This finish is a gift for my boss and his wife, who recently adopted a gorgeous baby girl, Caroline, their second. I was much better about getting a quilt ready for their first daughter, Pixie, but I guess I’m just glad to have this finished while Caroline is still a baby.

I previously posted about some of my process of putting together the top, but kind of quickly moved through making the back, basting it and then doing the quilting and binding. Or at least haven’t blogged about all those steps. Anyway, here it is.

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You can’t see it well in this photo, but I did a cool scrappy binding with various red and turquoise strips, including some fabric with a cross-hatched design that went perfectly with the panels. The fabrics didn’t come in the same line, but was just a lucky discovery in my stash.

I was really happy with how the back turned out (dare I say I almost like the back more than the front?), but happened to have it turn out a bit crooked. Whoops.

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I was able to use a few leftover animal blocks that Jim made for a baby quilt for one of his friends recently! The colors went great with what I was using and the size was perfect. I especially love the cute little monkeys!

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I also used a few scraps leftover from the quilt I made for Pixie! It was the yellow with hello in a bunch of foreign languages.

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I quilted it with white thread in an all-over curly meandering design, and hand-stitched the binding down on the back. I didn’t take exact measurements (whoops again), but it turned out about 33 inches by 45 inches. And it all came from my stash, including a number of scraps. Yay!

On to the next work in progress!

— Christy

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Owl’s well that ends well….

So in my previous post you will notice that I was far from content with the owl that I made.

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Christy was able to modify her construction as I discovered issues with mine.  The instructions were far from perfect, but one of the issues could have been a choice of materials.  By choosing design fabrics I may have been sacrificing one important inherent quality of felt – pliability.  Christy’s owl was plumper than mine and thus much more stable and also just looked less anemic.

Enter my need to modify the pattern to make a more stable end product given my choice of materials.

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As you can see the modified design is more stable.  I made the base of the front and back wider.  I also made the sides wider at the base.  Also the wings, eyes, and beak were all sewn on prior to stuffing and closing the body. I think you will all agree that the modified design will be more functional, though the original does have his own personality.

 

– Jim

 

 

 

More Craft Day Projects!!

So as this past weekend approached we decided to have a craft day to jump start our recent lethargy of crafting.  We have had a pattern for this pin cushion…

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We had some different fabrics.  I chose a mix of sample decor fabrics and Christy was using some felted sweaters … Keep this in mind as you see the end results.  :-\  Christy’s turned out much better than mine though I claim the right to be the sacrificial owl so to speak as I was ahead of her in destruction.  😛

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I have been craving some wings…

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The body comes together

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Percy!

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And the winner is… Penelope.

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— Jim & Christy

Moving forward

It’s been a nutty couple of weeks and I really haven’t been doing as much quilting or crafting as I’d like, but this weekend finally saw some much-needed progress on a baby quilt I am working on. I previously posted a sneak peek a few weeks ago. It’s a gift for my boss and his wife’s new baby, so I’ve had to stay very quiet about this one on Facebook and Instagram.

Here’s what I’ve done previously. I started with a really cute panel featuring animals and bright colors, so I started making some freestyle log cabin blocks featuring some other animal fabrics I had on hand. I decided to use four of the smaller panel portions on the front and then use the bigger panel on the back of the quilt. Once I had some of the blocks started, I decided to lay them out and see where I was.

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At this point I wasn’t sure what (if anything) I was going to use as sashing, but wanted to see how the blocks looked laid out. From here, I had to add a few strips to some of the log cabin blocks to bring them up to a common size. After I did that, I tried them on gray.

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I wasn’t crazy about the gray, so I went into my stash and tried to find another solid that would work. Despite recently having made a solid quilt and working on a few projects with a lot of different shades of solids, I don’t have very many large solid pieces, just lots of small ones. Finally, I decided to go with a bright pink I had. I was a little unsure about the choice, but after the top was together, I liked it more. Sometimes I think I need to push through with my instincts instead of hemming and hawing forever about options that are fine. I can spend way too much time on little decisions.

Anyway. Here’s the finished top!

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(I didn’t think about it at the time, but my little guild of quilting friends decided on a log cabin challenge this year. Nice to think I might have a quilt featuring log cabin blocks done before much longer! I am always finishing these challenge projects at the last minute, so this is pretty awesome in my book.)

— Christy

 

Use the Force!!

I started this quilt a few months back.  I have a light side and dark side.  It was nice to be able to meld my two hobbies.  This quilt was made from some Star Wars fabric I picked up and several tee shirts.  I still have some work to do, but it’s layered and pinned.  I have to admit I am a bit daunted by the prospect of quilting this large quilt.  Wish me luck!!

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—Jim