Sunday, May 23, 2010

California Dreamin' ~ BQF

Since I finished my California Dreamin' quilt
right smack dab in the middle of Amy's Quilt Festival
I figured I'd go ahead and enter it.

I made my first quilt in December of 2008
when I was 8 months pregnant with our 8th child

It was quickly followed by another quilt
that I finished just 2 days before my sweet Lexi was born;
I had most definitely caught
the quilting bug!

After drooling over the fabric for almost 6 months
I finally decided to order it.
I'd only purchased designer fabric one other time
so this was a really big deal for me!
I thought I knew just how I was going to sew it up,
but then I started second-guessing myself.
After all, it was only my 7th quilt
what did I know??
So I just let my lovely fabric sit for awhile.

I finally decided to go with
but I changed up the dimensions a bit.
So I wouldn't waste a drop of fabric,
I cut a 5 inch strip
cut 2 squares out of it
then cut the remainder of the strip in half
and cut those 2 1/2" strips into 5" and 9" pieces.

Except for the two times I sewed merrily along
only to find I'd been using an empty bobbin
and the last 1/2 hour or so I spent with my seam ripper
I can say in all honesty
that I loved every minute of the 962 I spent making this quilt;
this fabric just makes me happy.
And it feels sooo nice.

that's not entirely true;
I didn't exactly love arranging the blocks.
In fact, it was stressing me out a bit
so I just stepped back and let Tony & Tyler
do it for me.
Of course
I stepped back in to help a little....

This was my first time to use white in a quilt.
I love it
but I did worry about the darn thing getting all dirty
before I'd even finished it.

Silly me
I forgot the final step to making a quilt is
- hello -
washing it!

After crinkling,
the quilt is a perfect throw size at 56 x 74.
I briefly considered wrapping it up
and sending it to Jenean as a thank-you
for designing such beautiful fabric
but I quickly decided she couldn't possibly love it
as much as I do.

when you've got a bit of time
fix a big glass of iced tea
Grab a napkin first, though
so you can wipe the drool off yer chin
if you're just dying to see more ;-)

Saturday, May 22, 2010

the new shirt-dress

I've been seeing little shirred sun-dresses
and shirts re-made into toddler dresses for over a year

I decided to combine the two ideas
and use these

I knew as soon as I laid eyes on the red one
that it'd be perfect for a Independence Day sun-dress for Lily.
I spent a buck fifty on it
and started looking for a blue shirt for Lexi's.
I almost passed up this one, because of the bulldog on it
but then I was like, duh! I don't have to use that part.

Don't hate me because I'm smart like that.

These were so much fun to make!

I can see why gals open ETSY shops;

How many shirred sun-dresses out - of - men's - shirts
does one girl need?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

almost finished

if it weren't for waayyy to much of this

I'd have my binding on already.
Which is a shame
'cause today is such a perfect day
for finishing the binding.
I used a sheet from Target
(with a little row of Cali' Dreamin' pieced in)
so I had some excess fabric.
I figured - no big deal
the back is supposed to be a few inches bigger than the front...
Somehow, though
my excess kept getting folded back under the quilt.
After the 6th time
I got smart and cut it off.
Oh yeah,
I'm that brilliant!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

pilot caps

once upon a time
not so very long ago

were just plain ol' shirts.
the poor things
xxs, xs, and s
Of course
I took several liberties with both the pattern
and instructions
but I was so tickled to find them.
- or was it Brandon? -
One of the big boys had
the sweetest little white pilot cap.
It was perfect;
lightweight, so he didn't overheat
but it'd keep the wind out of those tiny baby ears.

I don't know what ever happened to it;
I'd actually forgotten it
until Dana featured Meg
during Celebrate the Boy month.
I want to make one for every little boy
I might ever know.
And their mamas will love me for it ;-)

Monday, May 10, 2010

seams to me

I'm not as accurate of a seam-er
as I thought I was.
Even with careful cutting
and slow-going sewing
with my 1/4" foot
my blocks were somewhat screwjawed.

Josiah and I were both a wee bit sad
as I evened them up.
The strips are all sewn
and waiting to be ironed
so I should have the quilt top finished
by tomorrow afternoon

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

bargains galore

an ugly orange-ish leather jacket
which will one day become cute baby shoes.
I will master them someday.....

dress pants for TJ, should be just perfect as is

2 swimsuits for Aiden-Boy

a dark red corduroy Children's Place shirt
also for Aiden

2 jammie pants - Aiden, again

a like new long-sleeve shirt for Josiah

stripy leggins for Lily

a soft brown Children's Place shirt for Lily
a floral corduroy shirt that goes with it
to be made into a skirt

a long-sleeve turtleneck onesie for Lex'
that I plan to remake into a summer dress

3 cotton/lycra shirts - aka fabric
2 vintage sheets
I'm not just crazy about either of them
but they'll be good quilt backs
especially for a picnic quilt
for $11.50!!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

it's about time!

I'm finally ready to begin playing with my fabric

I felt happy just pulling it out of it's plastic-y mail envelope
and refolding it for its photo shoot.
Sewing with it will be just dreamy
(get it?! :-)