Quick quilted gift for a cool kid

Here’s yet another of my previously finished projects that was really quick and fun to make! A while ago I started a quilt-as-you-go project with wonky log cabin blocks made out of scraps. I made a few blocks but then got distracted, as I so often do.

Then I needed a gift for the daughter of a good friend of mine. Just like me as a kid (and uh, still now), Sydney loves stuffed animals. My friend often posted cute photos of her on Facebook, with Sydney’s animals being put to bed in a variety of funny locations around the house. My favorite was when a few of her animals found a bed inside her soccer shin guards. 🙂 This inspired me to make her some bedding for them.

I used one of the quilt-as-you-go blocks as a mini-quilt for her animals and also made a few pillows to go along with the quilt. Since the block was already quilted, I just had to bind it and then make the pillows, although it would be a quick go-to project from start to finish as well.

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I really need to make more small quilts! They are so quick to finish and also give me a chance to try out new blocks, quilting patterns and other techniques. I love the idea of having more of them hanging up around the house as decoration, too. So many ideas, not nearly enough time!

— Christy

Bags Galore!!

In the second installment of my bag series, I went back to the first bag I ever made.  This is a cutting board tote I made for Christy.

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I decided to make this after helping Christy get ready for a weekend with her quilting guild.  She didn’t have anything to help carry the many rulers and flat items such as cutting boards.  It was made with freestyle piecing with many sewing/quilting related fabrics.

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I made the top to look like a classic yellow ruler by appliqueing some black strips to look like measurement increments.

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The long pocket in the front is made to hold the long ruler and has a cute button to keep it closed.

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All in all this was much easier than I though it would be to make.  It was a fun project.  Stay tuned for a more nerdy bag in the next installment.

— Salty Jim

Adventures in bag construction

While I am relatively new to quilting and sewing, I have been adventurous in the types of projects I have taken on.  One thing I really enjoy making is bags.  Over the next week I hope to chronicle the different bag projects I have finished over the last 12 months.

The first bag I want to share is a simple drawstring bag I made this past winter.  This is great to hold dice, buttons, or small toiletries.  In addition you can make custom gift bags.

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— Jim

Photo Friday

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I have so, so many works in progress and here is just one, a giant hexagon project that I am (slowly) paper piecing. I am using some of my very favorite fabrics in this one (I seriously love those fuchsia dots!), including a lot of large scale prints. I don’t have a ton of these hexies sewn together yet, but with blocks this big, I hope this will make for a large bed-size quilt.

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We’re doing another craft day tomorrow, so I hope to have some more photos to post of progress of some sort this weekend! I am so close to having a hand quilting project ready to bind, and I also have some other projects more than halfway finished. I hope it’s a productive weekend for you, too!

— Christy

Back(b)logged — wonky log cabin quilt for Melinda

Hi again! I’m back with another quilt that I made quite a while ago, but hey, it’s new to everyone else, I guess.

This was a fun project for one of my friends as a wedding gift. I can’t imagine my time living in Texas without my friend Melinda. We had so much fun working together and hanging out. Sadly though, we both ended up moving away, and while it’s worked out great for each of us, I’m sad I don’t get to see her in person anymore. More than anyone I’ve ever met, Melinda loved college basketball, especially the University of Kansas, where she went to school. She also loves dogs more than anyone I know, so when I made this quilt for her and her husband, Robby, I knew I had to combine the two.

The quilt was planned around some KU fabric I found (here in Indiana, I think, which was kind of odd). From that, I got my color scheme, red, yellow, blue, black and white. I also used some dog fabric I had been collecting for another project, and then mixed in a bunch of other coordinating fabrics from my stash.

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These wonky log cabins were a lot of fun to make, but oh, did I underestimate the time it would take to make them. It probably didn’t help that the strips were cut really narrow, and the random piecing didn’t make the process any faster. I also remember that this quilt was one of the messiest and most disorganized I ever worked on, with piles of strips laying around, and me rooting through them looking for the right size, color and pattern for the next seam I planned to sew.

Despite the challenges, I love the way this turned out. Kind of wild, crazy and fun like my friend, Melinda. I really hope she and her husband are enjoying the quilt as much as I enjoyed making it for her!

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I quilted it with some wavy horizontal lines. I wanted to keep that part of it simple, so it wouldn’t distract from the craziness of the blocks. I used some spare blocks on the back along with a blue patterned fabric. I bound it with a cute red polka dot.

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I miss you, Melinda! I hope you’re doing well!

— Christy

From the back(b)log — quilted red pillow

I love to quilt and craft. There’s no question about that. And I love the idea of quilt/craft blogs. I love to read them, constantly finding new items that inspire me. I also love the idea of me blogging, but historically (and honestly), I suck as a blogger.

I mean well. I really do. I work on projects, I take photos, I download them to my computer, but that’s kind of where I grind to an all-too-familiar halt. Hence, I have a TON of backlogged quilts and projects I never got around to posting about. So forgive me if some of my projects for this new blog are kinda old. I hope I can get a more complete record of my quilting and crafting efforts and maybe become a more regular blogger in the meantime!

Anyway. Speaking of old projects, here’s the first of many.

I made this pillow on a whim, uh, quite a while ago. If it helps put a time frame on it, I think it was one of the first projects I machine quilted. (Oh lord, that’s been a few years. But at least less than 8. I don’t know if that makes me feel better or worse. Haha.)

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It was a really simple design, just some solid red with some small red scraps, that mostly came from a small roll of fat eighths I got at Joann Fabrics in a bunch of different colors. (Oh, those fabrics have been used in a LOT of projects over the years.) I quilted the body of the pillow in simple wavy lines, but used a different pattern on the strip of scraps.

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The pillow is currently not being used because my couch is a dark red floral that really doesn’t go with much of anything, including this pillow. Sigh. Someday though, I am bound and determined to get a simple, monochromatic couch and I will have a nice backdrop for all the pillows I have made (and am dying to make).

— Christy