Friday, September 20, 2013

Dino's on the loose!

A certain wee tot asked me to make her a new nap blanket for school. She requested dinosaurs, purple, pink, red, blue, and purple. I think this fits the bill.

It presented a bit of a challenge. The fussy cut dinos all started at different sizes, so I needed to get a little creative with the building of the blocks. It worked out nicely I think. I am particularly fond of the pieced sashing. I didn't bind this one, because there is no batting. I backed it in flannel and "pillow-cased" it.

My customer was very happy with the outcome, which is most important. She was also thrilled to be a quilt holder again for the photoshoot.

She's getting better :)

In other news, I have been a busy bee. I have finally made the decision to officially go into business! Wow, it is a lot of work. I hope to be up and running by October 1st. Stay tuned for announcements and changes here.

Have a great weekend,


Linking to Crazy Mom Quilts

Friday, July 26, 2013

Changing Aspens

This quilt is a special one. Someone very dear to me is sick and the reality is, he will not be with us to see the changing of the aspens again. He loves the mountains and all the flora and fauna that goes along with them. This is my way of bringing a little bit of the mountains to him.
When I saw Caroline's, of Trillium Designs, Aspen Grove pattern for the Forest Quilt Along, hosted by Joanna at Shape Moth and Julianna at Sewing Under Rainbow, I knew it would be perfect. Unfortunately, my paper piecing skills are quite lacking and I needed something I could get together very quickly. So, I took the inspiration from the quilt along and created this block design using a "sew and slash" method. I am very happy with the result, and better, was able to finish this in 10 days to give it to the recipient. Time is a precious thing.


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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Two small finishes

I am currently working on a very important quilt with a very short deadline, so this post will be short and sweet. Come hell of high water, this important quilt will be done by next Friday morning. Be sure to check back next week to see it, I think it is pretty special. I am also contemplating a tutorial for it.

I finished these two little quilts last week, but never had the opportunity to post about it. These are destined to be auctioned off. I really like the finished product, especially the sweet 'girl' quilt. I think that pink binding was the perfect finishing touch.

Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Hello, my name is Katie ......

....and I am a fabriholic. It's an addiction I have no problem feeding (or sharing). I took full advantage of the flash sale that Craftsy had a week or two ago. Look at all the goodies I got!

A Happy Go Lucky Layer cake by Bonnie & Camille for Moda

Magic Garden by Sabine Reinhart for Blend Fabrics fat quarter bundle


Spring Promise by Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics fat quarter bundle

Seaside by Timeless Treasures fat quarter bundle (this one was less than $5!)

Medium chevrons by Riley Blake fat quarter bundle. Sorry, I didn't want to unwrap this one just yet.

Menagerie by Pink Light Designs for Robert Kaufman fat quarter bundle

I'm in love with these little hens!

Not a bad haul. What have you purchased lately?

Friday, June 21, 2013

Stash quilt

For the win! I love when I can complete an entire quilt with supplies I already own. I also love when a design idea turns out better than anticipated. This quilt fits into both of those categories.

It has been gifted to a lovely friend expecting her first, a boy, in August. This little quilt turned out to be an odd size. I was more interested in the design than the dimensions, so, I deemed it a tummy time quilt. The fact that it is so high contrast and has several eye catching prints is really what makes this a great tummy time blanket though.

I stupidly bravely backed it in solid white, so my black and color coordinated quilting really shows up. I love the look.

I quilted the chevrons in black and then matched thread to each of the rows of color. I think it makes the back fun, even if some of my stitching was a bit wonky. The crinkle factor helps hide most of that.

My little helper hard at work. She 'helps' tape the backing down and then takes it off all by herself. I basted this at night and left it for her to pull up. As you can see, she takes her job very seriously, not even changing out of pajamas before completing her task.

It feels good to have a finish this week. Have a great weekend!

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Works in progress aplenty

You know, I have been a busy little beaver. Mostly mothering, but I have been squeezing in sewing time. What I have been having a really hard time doing is blogging about it.

No more, I am going to try to be better about getting my projects, thoughts, and happenings out here. It really helps me and I also enjoy the link ups because it takes me to blogs I wouldn't normally visit.

So, without further ado, here are some of the projects I have going....

Auction quilts-Every three years, my husband's family has a family reunion. As part of the festivities they have an auction to help offset the cost of the next reunion. These two crib quilts are my contributions to the auction.

"Boy" quilt. This guy is ready to be basted.
"Girl" quilt. I still need to put a border on this one.


Pack and play quilt-All it needs is binding. That's all! I guess it really should be finished now shouldn't it?

Rainbow quilt-This one has a bit of work to be done. I plan to slice it up a bit and add some sashing. Should be interesting.

I have a few other things that I can't share here yet and I will be back tomorrow or Friday with a finish!

Linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


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