Monthly Archives: November 2015

Something’s Fishy

I just finished a quilt of a kind I’ve never made before: a commission. While working on a bunch o’ baby quilts for work-related babies, one of my coworkers wondered if I could make one for her brand new nephew. Apparently his nursery is “nautical”- fairly vague- but I took that to mean fishy. If it is preppy and plaid with blue anchors and such, well, oops…

I found an ocean themed print that I adored, and then I went stash-diving.

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This pic makes me so happy. I really love these fabrics together. I ended up adding some more as I went, as the pattern I used, Charm and Squares by Elizabeth Hartman, lends itself very nicely to scraps.

Life got in the way- our vacation in September followed by what seemed like a million obligations in October. Halloween is by far our favorite holiday, and we had so many fun things to do last month! But then November arrived and I finally found some sewing time.

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Please pardon the terrible photos. When I finally finished, I was so eager to take it to my colleague that I tossed it in my car before I stopped to take photos. So the hallway by my office had to suffice.

If I had it to do over, I would have been much more careful about the placement of the yellow fabrics. And Not had the ocean fabric making that strong diagonal.

That obligatory monday morning quarter backing done, I can honestly say I love this one. Especially the back.

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That’s a Kaffe plaid shot cotton that has been in my stash forever. And it was literally a perfect match. Plus, look at how wonderfully crinkly it got after one washing!! I was going to use a peachy-orange for the binding, and that might have been a better choice for the front, but the ocean fabric made the back pop perfectly.

Now for the hard part. I’m supposed to tell my colleague what she owes me. I’ve never done this before- added a price to a quilt. Advice?

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Wordless WIP Wednesday

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Swoon-worthy Finish

Apparently my September beach vacation- which was awesome, thank you for asking- derailed not just my blogging but also my crafting. Shame on me… I have actually done SOME sewing since then, though admittedly not much. Also some, but not so much, knitting. (And about a million Halloween events and other stuff too…) I finally got off my tuchas and took some photos of my minimal accomplishments for you. I have been watching all your work- especially if you’re on IG, and you’ve been doing some great stuff. I’ve missed chatting with you all!

This is just one of the many baby quilts I’ve been working on lately. I have had that dinosaur batik in my stash for more years than I care to remember, and when I learned one of my colleagues was having a baby- who turned out to be a lovely little boy- it seemed perfect. Not that I wouldn’t use dinosaurs for a girl (I got quite the lecture about this from my daughter) because I totally would. But they just seemed perfect for this little man.

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He’s such an adorable little guy… And while I was finishing up this quilt, I found out 2 more colleagues are expecting, so I have more work ahead (both plan to find out sex of the babies, so I’m waiting to start until after the 20-week ultrasounds.) Plus 2 other work friends who each had their first baby last month- 1 top done, one quilted and ready for binding. Meanwhile, though, let’s stop to admire this one.

I used this recipe from Lily’s Quilts to make one giant swoon block, and then I added a border of more of the dinosaurs. Because, dinosaurs. It went together SO fast- this is a great baby project.

IMG_9854 IMG_9855 IMG_9851 IMG_9852I used the power of Google and Pinterest to get quilting ideas for this project- and I love the way it came out. I kind of want to make the same quilt all over again just so that I can quilt it again…

Linking up with TGIFF and Finish It Up Friday.

And crossing my fingers that I can get back into the bloggy swing of things…

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