Sunday, February 27, 2011

Around the Zoo

I started a new baby boy quilt this weekend and I'm calling it "Around the Zoo". I am attaching the circles to the squares with an applique stitch. I love all the fun blues and greens, and all the prints I'm using have circles in them.

Here's a close up of this cute giraffe.

And an update on my Soul Blossoms modified bento box quilt - I finished quilting it Friday and am working on hand sewing the binding on. I will show the finished product as soon as I get that done.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sew Sara's Scrap Swap

I just signed up for Sew Sara's Scrap Swap. Go check it out if you are interested in swapping some of your scraps. I know I could use some variety with mine.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

New Fabric

I just received these new bolts of fabric from Michael Miller for my Etsy shop. I love getting new bolts of fabrics. The Toot Toot with the little cars and trucks is so fun. I'll be listing these in the shop later today.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Modified Bento Box Quilt Top

I just finished putting this quilt top together this evening. I like how the modified bento box design has come together with the Soul Blossoms fabrics. I'm going to start working on the back tomorrow. Maybe I'll be able to start quilting it this weekend. I'm thinking straight line quilting on this one, any thoughts...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

"I'm cutting them up so I can sew them back together"

Troy and I were in the Rose Room today and I pulled my Soul Blossoms project back out. I started squaring up the blocks to 16" and chopping them into four sections. As he was playing (with a triangle of fabric, a safety pin and a little plastic square, he has a great imagination) he asked me what I was doing. I said "I'm cutting them up so I can sew them back together." After I said it I thought to myself, that sounds a little silly. Troy looked a little puzzled and asked Why? I tried to explain the Bento Box to him but I think I was just confusing my 5 year old. I did get them all cut up and am now working on sewing them back together.

Another little story about Troy earlier in the week - On Wednesday I took him to get his blood tested. As soon as the nurse was ready with the needle he insisted he needed to go to the bathroom. In the bathroom, he said to me "Mom, needles are for fabric, not for people." It was just so cute.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I fell of the wagon ... but for a good cause

Yes, that's right, I broke my fabric diet this week. Yesterday I went to JoAnn's and picked up 2 1/2 yards of terry toweling and 1 1/4 yards of this pink polka dot fabric. I needed to test out a hooded towel pattern that we're using for Newborns in Need.

I also learned how to use the applique stitch on my machine to put this cute heart on the towel.

This set turned out pretty good, and fairly easy. The hardest part was making the bias cut binding and ironing it to make it easy to sew on. With the fabric I bought I should be able to make 3 towels and 3 washcloths.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Slow Progress with Nicey Jane

Well I've only made slow progress this week. It seems like I haven't had much time to sew, and even the evenings when I had time, I was too tired to get much done. Our dishwasher broke last Sunday, I spent Monday shopping for a new one and today was consumed with installing it. Oh well, maybe tomorrow I can get some solid sew time.

I like how these blocks are coming together. I'm not using all of the Nicey Jane patterns that I've collected. I thought the Swing Toss in Pink was just too much pink when I added it to the mix. I really like more of the blue/green feel. And I think my 2 new favorites in this collection are the Lindy Leaf in blue and the Welcome Road in Slate, I love how the blues and grays mix.