Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Announcement & News

I opened an Etsy shop! I decided to try selling a few of my handmades on Etsy-quilts, quilted pillow covers and kitchen towels, tote bags, coasters.

I plan to also list some baby items, like bibs and burp cloths once I get the time and materials to make them. We will see what comes of it, but I think it will help me keep my sanity this winter. Something to do while cooped up in the house.

Also, I've added a couple of pages to my blog. At the top under my blog banner, I have links to my Etsy shop and a page that lists my quilts. If you are ever interested in seeing more of my work without clicking through lots of previous posts, this page will be helpful.

That's it-thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Where was I?

Oh yeah, I have a blog. I have been sewing things...just preoccupied with this business of being a stay-at-home mom. Or SAHM as all you acronym-savvy folks out there know...it's a whole different sub-culture I'm finding. And I love it. I'm so blessed to be home taking care of my baby girl, watching her change and grow. She is doing something new all the time! Every week is different.

Anyway...today I'm sharing a little about Lorelai's baby quilt. Probably a year or so before I even got pregnant, I decided I had to use Bonnie & Camille fabrics for a baby quilt if I ever had a girl. I LOVE their fabric lines, specifically Ruby, Vintage Modern, and Marmalade. These lines are all a bit old news now, but I love the fresh, cheery colors, the sweet designs, and vintage flair. After considering a few blocks and quilt designs, I settled on 'Mother's Day Bouquet' from the Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs book. I liked the simple flower design and thought the blocks would show off the fabrics nicely. I sized the quilt down from the book to be closer to 50" x 50", a nice baby quilt size.

I actually finished piecing the last block for this quilt just an hour or two before I went into labor. I love that Lorelai's quilt brings back memories of her birth. She's not even a year old and I'm already nostalgic.

With a newborn in the house I just wasn't up to quilting this one. I wanted it finished so I could start using it, so I took it to the local long-arm quilter I've used in the past. She quilted it with an old-fashioned rose pattern and I love how it complements the fabrics.

The back of this quilt is special too. At my baby shower, each guest filled out a fabric square with their signature, a message, or drawing...whatever they chose. These squares are pieced into the back for Lorelai to read and treasure when she is older.

I finished Lorelai's quilt this past winter and we've been using it regularly as a play quilt in our living room. It is already well-loved :-). And I couldn't pass up this opportunity to share these photos of Lorelai on the quilt...I just love when she blows raspberries!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

A Baby Boy Quilt

Last August my best friend had her first child, a sweet baby boy. We were pregnant at the same time, she was just a couple months ahead of me, and it was a blessing to have a friend to go to with the strange parts of pregnancy (moms you know what I'm talking about!). And now she is a blessing to me because I can ask her all kinds of 'first time mom' questions, it's all very fresh for her too!

So naturally I had to make her a baby quilt. Awhile back we both loved and bought fabric from a Connecting Threads line that had robots and circuit boards (don't remember the name now), in case either of us had a boy. My friend began making a sweet baby quilt from her robot fabrics, so instead of going with that theme I picked a boyish color scheme. A quilt that maybe he could grow with. Or at least a quilt that wouldn't look bad on the couch if it came to it ;-).

I really liked the look of patchwork around that time, especially smallish patchwork.
So here it is:

 Love that quilty texture! A local long-arm quilter quilted this one (she did my modern maple quilt too) and she did a beautiful job. I came up with a relatively quick way to make these blocks. By creating strip sets and then cutting them into rows I was able to get two blocks of opposing order from each fabric pairing. Any interest in hearing more about my method? I'm sure it's not new but I could post a tutorial...

 I chose blues, greens, teals, greys and a little white to give it a look of variety while still playing in the little boy blues and greens realm. The dark navy wasn't in my original plan, I was trying to pick 'baby boy' colors, but I ended up adding it to give more contrast and 'pop'. I like that navy in there.

By the way, has anyone noticed the comeback navy blue is making? I'm starting to see it everywhere. And I like it :-).
Isn't this robot print perfect for the back?! Ahh...back when there was lush green grass and above zero temps. Miss those days!

Friday, January 31, 2014

The lost quilt

Remember these blocks? They were born from a color palette I was interested in exploring. I blogged about them here and here. I loved the color combination, but was having trouble with the layout...how to turn the blocks into a finished quilt top. It didn't seem sufficient to just smash the blocks together...I wanted something more interesting.

After quite a bit of playing around, and adding another block, I finally came up with something I like. Here's the finished quilt:

I really like the chunks of solid color...I think the original blocks had too much off-white negative space for me on their own. I like color.

I quilted this one with soft wavy lines. I really like the effect, and plan to use this quilting pattern again in the future.

 I even hand-embroidered a label on the back. I used Pearl cotton thread. It took way too long! And my embroidery skills are sub-par. So I either have to get much faster or invest in some printed labels :-).

I made this quilt 'just for fun' so it doesn't have a home yet. I'm sure the right opportunity will present itself, and in the mean time, I don't mind have extra quilts in the closet!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mother's Day/Father's Day Quilt

Last winter I decided to make my parents a quilt and give it to them for Mother's and Father's Day. Now that it has long been gifted, I can share it on here!

My parents love the fall (like me) and have their house decorated in beautiful fall colors. So of course I had to make a modern maples quilt and my palette became burnt oranges and reds, tarnished golds and deep, rich forest greens. Here's the stack I started with:

I wanted a mix of off-white neutrals for the background rather than just one solid color. The effect I was going for was a kind of shimmery, subtly variegated background. The backing would be the colorful leaf print sitting on top.

I made the leaf blocks at a weekend quilt retreat so it seemed like they came together in a snap. We did have Downton Abbey to keep us going too :-). I decided to place the leaves haphazardly throughout the quilt to make it look like they just fell that way. Please forgive the photo quality below-I was sewing on the binding on the way to my parents house to gift it so no time for lots of photos!

My mom snapped this picture, I'm holding it up with my lovely sister. I'm about 3 months preggo here :-).

I think my parents really liked this quilt, it sits on their couch now. I found myself craving a throw like this...maybe some day.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


She's here! Our little cupcake made an early debut on Saturday November 9th 2013. Meet Lorelai.

 She definitely took us by surprise! We didn't have a hospital bag packed, no car seat in the car...it was a bit of last minute scrambling but everything went smoothly and she is very healthy. We are so blessed.
These last 2 months have been a whirlwind-but a good one. Somehow I have managed to work on a few sewing projects here and there, namely Lorelai's quilt. My goal is to get back into a rhythm of blogging soon. Once Lorelai is on more of a schedule it should (I hope) be a little easier to do this. Babies-they do what they want!

I hope you had a peaceful and blessed holiday season :-)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Hello again!

It's been awhile...a long while. But if you haven't guessed from the photo above we've had some big changes to prepare for around here. Yes, we're expecting, and it's a girl! We are so excited to welcome Baby Hardcore and we're now only three and a half weeks away from her due date! It seems like this pregnancy has flown by, almost as soon as we found out we were expecting we started renovating our house. We added a guest room to our finished basement, so with that project and getting Baby Hardcore's room ready...we had one busy summer! I'm glad it's all done now and we can relax for a few weeks before she makes her appearance.

I'm working on a baby quilt, hoping to get it done at least near the time she's born, but I've also been busy scheming plans for all the cute clothes I want to make her. Girls are so fun to dress! Now, I've been pretty much terrified of apparel sewing, but I thought sewing for babies has to be easier. They are small...and they don't have as many curves and angles to work around-right? So I tried a simple dress first.

I'm in love. I'd been waiting for the perfect project for this adorable gnome fabric and the idea for a Christmas dress was born.

Those little gnomes kill me! So cute. And I love the added detail along the hem that the rick-rack provides.

I used this tutorial which was very easy to follow and comes with a pattern to print out. I highly recommend trying this dress if you have a baby girl to sew for. I'm pretty sure I'll be making more! Now to make her a little gnome hat...