Thursday, December 23, 2010

Red Boots dollies

I've made several of these dolls from a lovely pattern by Toni of the Red Boots Quilt Company. Her patterns are just darling and so easy to follow. Here are just a couple of the dolls I've made from her Blogging Buddies pattern as Christmas presents. These are for my daughter and my niece. My daughter got hers early and named her Ginger because she has gingerbread boots on. :0) She has another couple coming but doesn't know it yet. Those are wrapped and under the tree. Thanks, Toni, these are the cutest (and most loved already) dolls ever!!

Quilts for Kids

Have you heard of this organization, Quilts for Kids? You can learn more by clicking on the name. It's a wonderful organization that gives quilts to children in hospitals. I want to start a chapter in my area in order to send the quilts to the local children's hospital. In the meantime, I am making quilts and sending them to HQ. They will send you the kit (or you can use your own materials). You just add batting and quilt it and return it. They do ask that you quilt it pretty heavily since it will be used and washed a lot and that you wash it before returning it. Here is my first finished quilt for them. It took no time at all. It was a very simple pattern. Won't you consider sharing your talents and making one as well?
Downy sponsors this organization and they'll send you a tag to include with your quilt.

A Boy's Story Finished

All finished and quilted. You can see how happy the recipient is.

And close ups of the finished quilt:

Saturday, December 18, 2010

A Boy's Story Cont.

I have finished the top to the Boys Story Quilt (pattern by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched). I am getting ready to quilt it now. My son is very excited. I added borders to the quilt to make it bed size. It now finishes 66 x 80. Here are some of the squares. Hopefully I'll have the quilted finish for you soon.

T-Shirt finish

This quilt was done in rememberance of a young man who lost his life to testicular cancer 2 years ago. If you have a young man in your life. Please educate him and yourself about this.

Christmas Time

And this is one busy elf. I've finished a Rosalie Quinlan small quilt

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New Mystery quilt-a-long!

Quiltville has a new mystery quilt-a-long! I am so excited. I've done several with Bonnie and am always happy with the outcome. They are among my favorite quilts. Her designs are amazing and it's so kind of her to share them as freebies with us. To learn more click on Quiltville above. Here are the colors I've picked out for mine. I'm going with the same color theme as Bonnie, double pinks, green and chocolates. You don't see a lot of my backgrounds here because I have them folded together but they are diverse; lots of shirtings, mostly from Little Quilts. I will wait and pick out my border colors later.

More T-shirt finishes

I've finished more t-shirt quilts for a customer and friend. This time of year is usually busy for t-shirt and/or memory quilts. They make great Christmas gifts.

This one was for her daughter and I stitched her daughters first ballet outfit on the quilt (size 24 months). How cute is this?

Monday, October 18, 2010

New Bedroom = New Quilt

We had to get new furniture for our daughter (she outgrew her toddler bed) so that meant a new quilt and matching throw pillow. I chose the Marmalade pattern by Thimble Blossoms along with the Bliss line from Moda (also by Thimble Blossoms) because it was so girly and fresh and modern looking. It's a wonderful match with the new furniture. Looks like we need some shams now.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pure Sweetness

I made two dresses out of Sweetwater's new line, Pure. I am working on my third dress out of this fabric. I love this fabric line and have other plans for it. This is an easy pattern from a Japanese pattern book I bought from Etsy. I serge my edges using a zigzag stitch on my machine.

And look, a sleeve!

Here is the top back. So easy but so pretty. . A gathered waistline with elastic cuffs.

This is the blouse I made from Heather Bailey's line, Far Far Away. It's a lovely linen/cotton blend so it's a bit heavier for the cooler weather. I used shell buttons by Moda for the back.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Another GO! giveaway

Wow these things are definitely the hot, new item. Get over to Millie's and check out here giveaway. I'm seriously hoping to win one.

Accuquilt Giveaway

The GO! Cutter seems to be THE new quilting item. There are so many giveaways out there. I personally would love to win one and so in hopes of winning I'm letting you know that Jane is giving one away. Check it out here.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Scrap Quilts

I finished the tops of these quilts some time ago but have just recently finished quilting them. I cleaned out my scrap bags for them. And still have a TON of scraps left. I love making quilts from my scraps then looking at all the different fabrics in one and remember where it was used before.

This first one is the Road to Oklahoma pattern. The only part that is not from my scrap basket is the border

This second is made up of strictly Christmas scraps. I made the Log Cabin block (one of my favorite blocks) then found this setting for them that I thought looked sort of like a Christmas wreath. I'm not sure what the layout is called but I like it.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I've been sew busy!

Sew busy making clothes that is. I've been bitten by the clothes bug hard. It helps that my daughter needs clothes for school and frankly everything they sell in the stores either looks like it came from a garbage dump or I'm outfitting a tramp-in-training! I can't believe the clothes out there. I wanted clothes that look like little girl clothes, sweet and original, no sparkles/sequins, suggestive words or words on the butt, no midriff or skintight, etc. Well it seems my only option was make them. And it's been fun. The best part is my daughter loves them. So for now I'll keep making them ;0).

Here is a little top, just a simple pull over made with organic cotton.

This outfit features a kimono style top and slip on shorts.

This top has a simple yoke and three buttons on the back. I had fun with the buttons let me tell you but I'm learning as I go. I'm making this one again in the new Far Far Away fabric. I hope to finish it this weekend. The shirt in this outfit is the same as the pullover (the first shirt) with an added waistband of elastic for a little flare. The jeans are a simple pull-on crop jean with eyelet lace around the bottom.

But I've still found time for quilting. This was a small quilt challenge with the Small Quilt group that I am a part of. I hand quilted this in Baptist Fans. I'm very proud of it.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Boy's Story

I'm working on a Boy's Story Quilt by Anni Downs. I love this quilt. My son is anxiously awaiting it's completion.This lovely quilt is made up of comic strip style stitchery as well as applique and pieced blocks.

I also just finished Abundant Bloom. The pattern is by Bloom courtesy of Moda Bake Shop. I expanded it to make it into a queen size quilt. The fabric is Simple Abundance by Camilla Roskey. I love these colors. Her fabrics are always so gorgeous!

I finished the back with extra strips.

And here is a close up of the flowers I quilted it with.