Saturday, July 13, 2013

I Spy in the Park X2

As I continue to join the I Spy squares, I decided to go to the light side and join these with matching size squares in Kona Winter White.

 The border is an unknown green leaves print.  The backing is a piece that I have been saving and I almost couldn't bring myself to cut it, however, I am so glad that I did now that I can see the finished product.

 Playing the I Spy game on this quilt is like getting two games in one.  You can still play "I Spy" with your little ones but you can also flip the quilt over and play with miniature cars or animals.  The backing is " Park and Ride" The Alexander Henry Collection 2011.  I topped it off by binding it with the black and white stripes of Tidings" of Great Joy"  by   J Wecker Frisch for Quality Treasures.  Straight line quilting lets the I Spy pictures remain clear.

Two of these darling quilts are posted in my shop this week.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Carriage Blanket #5

I finally finished carriage blanket #5 in a series with subtle colors of Lion Brand Cotton Ease and one bright pop of color.  This last one has all the bright pops of color, Deep Purple, Rust Orange and Turquoise that were in all the others.  This would be a perfect shower gift even if the gender isn't known.

It is the Super Simple Baby Blanket from The Purl Bee.  I love the simplicity in all their patterns.  This blanket is light enough for warm weather but warm enough for cool nights.  Completely machine washable and dryable.  I have posted this blanket in my  shop today.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Love Lives Here.

This warm and wonderful baby quilt came together with another fabulous find at Fabmo.  A beautiful line of decorator fabrics already cut in 2.5 inch strips with a beautiful name.  "Love Lives Here" by Carpin for P. Carter P & B Textiles.  I added the tomato red and turquoise to bring out those colors in the prints.

 The sashing is Chocolat by SPX.  The backing is a wonderful geometric print call Primitiva by Jane Dixon for Andover Fabrics.

The binding seemed to bring all the colors together.  Fusions Ombre Collection by Darcel Phillips for Robert Kaufman.  I decided that the only way to quilt it was with straight lines emphasizing the stripes in a subtle pale green.

I can see more variations of this quilt in my future.  I love the deep rich colors and not all babies love pastels!  This little bundle is in my shop today.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I Spy in Black.

Quite some time ago, I participated in several "I Spy" square swaps.  It was great fun to receive 100's of squares of fabric that you don't see locally every day.  I kept the squares for a while, then sorted in different color themes or background before I started to make any tops.

Last summer I made the first quilt for my grandson, Theo, with squares that had black backgrounds and I surrounded them with black Kona Cotton. The backing is a colorful dot on black and I used a crayon print for the binding.

I had enough to make a second quilt which has now been posted in my shop.  This is a great teaching tool and can be played with all ages.  Start out simple with "I Spy" colors or shapes. As the kids get older you can play with more detail.  Great  way to wind down at naptime or bedtime.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sweet Safari Baby Quilt

Sweet Safari is finished and posted in my shop today.

 I had a lot of fun quilting this little cutie once I decided on all the cross stitching.  It started out as a Layer Cake by  I added pale yellow Kona Cotton and cut up some of the cake into small sets of squares.  The backing just happened to be a great find from Fabmo and worked perfectly for the animal safari theme.  I was trying several different colors for binding but finally remembered that I had seen some Sweet Safari yardage and I opted for the little animal print for the binding.  I am also making some matching burp cloths with both prints.  They make wonderful shower gifts.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Life Happens!!

It has been a tough May and June to say the very least in our family.  My grandson was in a terrible auto accident on June 14th.  As a result, I have spent more time to and fro to the hospital than in front of my sewing machine.  I was able to get a lot of knitting and crocheting done as I needed to be portable but very little sewing.  I mentioned last month that I had a terrible case of startitis, so I guess it is a good thing that I have been able to  come down with a case of finishitis this week.  As we go through the week I will feature each of the finished projects that are going into my shop.

I received a wonderful package in the mail this morning that really picked my spirits up.  I had been trying to expand my networking over the last couple of weeks by adding new blogs to follow and other twitter accounts that share common interests.  I was over at Pile O' Fabric looking at Alyssa's latest project, and happen to see a contest she was having.  Well, I decided to enter, of course, and low and behold, I won.

 The prize is a marvelous boxed collection of Tula Pink, Aurifil varigated quilting thread.  Just in time for my case of finishitis.  Now the only thing I have to do is decide which beautiful color I should use first.  Thank you again, Alyssa for the wonderful contest.  I will be checking back often.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Twinkle Toes

A preview of some new upcoming items to the store.  These little new born booties or as they are called in French, Chaussons mignons, are just the cutest.  Thanks to the wonderfully clear pattern from Purline en vaudrouille, and shared in Ravelry.  The pattern is in French as well as English.  I am doing them in 100% wool to keep the little tootsies warm.  I just love how petite they are for the new wee ones.  More wonderful colors to come, and some that aren't so girly for the new little guys.