Monday, June 19, 2017

Naomi is 9!

Naomi had a great birthday! Daddy worked from home so she got to open her presents in the morning with her cousin. She was really excited to open an Amazon box, just like mom and dad.



She only asked for one toy, and the rest was more grown up items. it was kind of weird, but that is something I will need to get used to. So we got her a couple books, an alarm clock, and the Game of Life.




She really wanted flip flops and sandals, which her aunt and grandparents so nicely took care of. She ended up with 6 new pairs of shoes, not counting the roller skates. Her she is all decked out with some of her birthday things.



For dinner she asked for tator tot cassarole, and doughnuts for dessert.


She specifically asked for the candles to be in a circle on her doughnut.


For her activity, she asked to go camping at Grandpa Bob's property. We have to delay that a few weeks, but she is excited to go!
She is growing up too fast!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Recent fun stuff

 Recently, my friend hired me to recover the seat cushion that spans a whole wall in her sitting room. She has lived in that house for over 10 years and she had never recovered it the whole time she had lived there. It was starting to get holes and wear marks. I had never done anything like that, but i was willing to try! The hardest part was take the cover off. It even had a zipper on it. It was also kind of tricky trying to get it in my car to get it back to her house, but we made it!

It turned out so great, and it matches her blue piano!


Also this month I reached 400 sales in my Etsy shop! The thing that has been selling the most has been my wreaths. They were very popular for mothers day.


I have been venturing out into the hand quilting world. I recently discover a group that gets together once a month and makes hand quilted quilts to raise month for a local hospital. So I try to go for at least an hour each month. That ladies there are so nice and happy to show me how to do it. They are also really happy to tell me about their great-grand kids! I am probably as old as their grand kids.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Recent Special Orders

 These are the special orders I have completed in the last few months.

The rag wreaths are getting pretty popular.



My mom requested a table runner that would be Spring/Summer.


And finally, I had a request for a twin size flag quilt for a Boy Scout Court of Honor. It is huge!






Monday, February 27, 2017

Another Baby Quilt

I have another cute niece or nephew coming in a couple weeks. This family has lots of fun when the new baby arrives because they don't ever find out the gender till the baby arrives. Then they like to torture the rest of the family for a while till they finally reveal to us the name and gender of the new arrival. Its torture, but it is fun. 

When they announced their first baby I was struggling trying to figure out what kind of baby quilt to make for them. I didn't want to just make some thing neutral. I wanted it to be fun. At the time, they lived a few states away from the rest of the family. So I finally decided to make quilt that was a map of the United States. It was quilted around each state line. It even had tiny hearts quilted around their city and around the city where the rest of us lived. Definitely a test of my free motion quilting skills. 

For their second child I kept with the theme and did a map of the world. It didn't have the country borders printed on it, but I followed the continental borders. The oceans had loads of swirls and drifts in it. 

The child coming soon is baby number three. So I have to follow the theme! This one is a map of the solar system.


It took some time to find a panel that I liked. This one really got me. Yes, its not accurate because it still identifies Pluto as a planet, but I don't care.


I followed the orbital lines then expanded it outward. I loved doing this with my walking foot.


On the back I used some awesome tie dyed flannel. It is super soft and it is the first time I used flannel as a backing.


The next time they have a baby, I might have to find a panel of some constellations, or the Milky Way. I love this theme!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Latest Stuff

December is over, so now I have more time to focus on other things! Like Quilting!

I have been working on about 8 or 9 projects. One of which is this fun baby quilt for the future Baby H.
I have a thing going with this side of the family. Grandma picks out the fabric and I make the quilt. Its pretty fun that way because they let me do whatever I want. 

I found inspiration for this one from one of the many pins on my Quilting Pinterest board. 




I really like the way the polka dots worked into it.



Next, Santa brought me this super cute kit in my stocking so i just had to dive right into it.
 It is my first 100% hand made project. Even the binding is hand sewn which is a first for me.

I worked on it mostly in the car, waiting for kids to get out of school, or in the evening, watching a show.



I love the way it turned out. I am very proud of it. The only problem is that I don't know what to do with it!


Friday, December 30, 2016

Elephant for my Sister

 I have an old, really beat up quilt for my grandmother. It has holes every where and there is no way it could be saved. Well, one day a few months ago, my local quilt shop sent out an email about this...



It mentioned something about turning old quilts into something new. What a great idea! So I made this for my sister for Christmas. I didn't give her any explanation, but she knew right away what it was and where it came from. And she loved it!


(I have plans for another one for someone else who I know would really like it! And if there is enough quilt left, I might do one for me too!)

Quilts for my Kids

 Earlier this year we repainted the kids room so decided that they needed quilts to go with their "new" room. So I drew up two patterns, found a color scheme that went with their room and their favorite colors.

So first I started with Naomi's quilt. I started last spring when I could work on it when she was in school.

Her quilt was very random. I started by throwing out the squares and made sure they were mixed up real good.

Then straightened them up.


Then sewed them together with the sashing.


Then quilted it. I kept it simple with straight lines.



She loved it. 


For Alana's I had a hard time deciding with way the pattern should go. This one has three different squares. Pretty simple. 


This one has 5 separate blocks. it takes more planning, but is funner to look at. My husband voted for the second one. 


So, after bed time during the summer, and after she started Kindergarten, I sewed it all together.


See, its fun to look at!


I got it pinned together...


And quilted it with a bunch of diagonal lines.



She loved it too!


I love how they are different enough that when they grow out of liking to be the same, they can be different, but yet, they still work together with each other and the color scheme in the room. As you can tell, Noami's favorite color is pink, and Alana's is teal blue. They also picked out the colors for the room. I was really surprised when Naomi picked yellow fro her wall color