Posts Tagged ‘quilting’

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Furlough Quilt

October 10, 2013

Hello friends,

For those of you who do not know me personally, I am one of those people furloughed due to government shut down.  I have decided to embrace the time off and be crafty!  (As you can tell, I’ve been blogging, which I’m so excited for!)  I’ve been maintaining a clean home, cooking, and crafting.  I decided late last week that I wanted to quilt.  Nothing big or extravagant.   I’m not completely with it during this pregnancy, so I decided on a color blocked quilt with pretty quilting.  I dug through my fabric stash (not the new stuff) and found some big pieces of fabric that would make for a beautiful, and patriotic, furlough quilt.

I made the quilt roughly baby quilt size.  I’m such a fan of americana colors, it’ll be the perfect addition to our baby’s already bright and happy nursery.   Baby’s grandma already made a bright striped quilt so this will be a second quilt for baby to enjoy!  You can never have too many quilts, right?  🙂

What do you think?

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Furlough Quilt

Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Furlough Quilt

 

I chose to do rounded edges on the quilt because I have never done that before, and I thought it might be easier.  It wasn’t too difficult really.  I found this how-to and then went with it.

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Rounded edges

Cut.Bake.Stitch: Rounded edges

I hope you like the quilt as much as I do.  I will admit, my edging is not perfect.  It could’ve been better if my back didn’t hurt so much while I was trying to hand stitch it.  I resorted to top stitching, which doesn’t always turn out nicely.  I’m very happy with it though and can’t wait to use it!

Happy quilting,
Amanda

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Homemade Baby Quilt

March 7, 2013

Hello!

Ok guys, this is another project I have been dying to blog about, but like the wooden sign, it was a gift – for the same person! I decided early on to make my future niece a custom quilt just for her to roll around on, snuggle in, and have for life! I picked the fabric before I decided on the pattern or shape of the quilt and then ran across an adorable quilt I just had to try. The pattern is from the book Little Quilts 4 Little Kids by Heather Mulder Peterson.

finished quilt

Finished Quilt

The pattern is called “Oh Baby” and it feathers a name and could be done in a couple different ways.  I chose to make it with yardage rather than a charm pack.   I bought fabric called Vintage Modern from Moda because it has a more grown up little girl quilt!  I also chose to back the quilt with a minky fabric so it would be soft and snuggly for my sweet future niece to cuddle with.

Quilt top and Green minky

Quilt top and Green minky

Process:
-I followed directions according to the pattern for the top of the quilt.  (I don’t want to outline them here since the book is for sale.  Pretty sure that would infringe on copyright. But buy the book, it’s cheap an has some great patterns!)

-I also encountered an issue with the fabric I chose: I used a beautiful houndstooth, cut all my pieces, then realized it wasn’t printed on the grain and all my strips were twisted.  I pretty much had to start all over and re-sew the top, but in the end, it was worth it!

-I used a die cut machine for the letters in the middle, which meant I needed a wider strip of fabric for the middle.

-For the letters in the middle, I used Heat N Bond on the back of the grey fabric before I cut out the letters on my die cut machine.  After they were cut out, I attached the letters to the middle strip of the quilt.

-The next step was to iron tear away stabilizer on the back of the houndstooth where the letters were ironed on.  This helped during the embroidery process.

Tear Away Stabilizer

Tear Away Stabilizer

-I do not have an embroidery machine, but I do have a fantastic sewing machine with lots of different stitch styles.  I picked a beautiful X stitch to outline each letter in for the finishing touch.  I used a dark grey thread to highlight the lighter grey letters.

Embroidered edge of letters

Embroidered Edge of Letters

-After finishing the quilt top, I cut a square of the minky green fabric and batting.  I basted all three layers together before quilting it.

basted

Basted Quilt

-I decided to tie the quilt with embroidery thread rather than machine quilt the blanket.

-I went with an eyelet ribbon for the edge to play up the girly, baby fun. I folded the top and bottom layers into the middle and inserted the ribbon between the two layers.  I then top stitched the edge to finish the quilt.

Quilt Top

Finished Quilt Top

Quilt Back

Quilt Back

I was very happy with how the quilt turned out.  I haven’t made a lot of quilts for other people, but I am so excited to be able to give a homemade gift to family!

Happy Quilting,
Amanda

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Our First Christmas

January 7, 2013

This year was David and my first Christmas married!  We have gone our separate ways for a few years, and this year we both went to my family’s home!  We decorated our home together this year and I decided I wanted to complete one holiday craft for us each year.  This year I made us stockings.  I wanted us to have stockings that were homemade, but could also grow with our family.

When the discussion about stockings came up, David and I had the conversation about family traditions regarding stuffing stockings.  His family always puts gold chocolate coins, a magazine, and a few other special treats.  My family always finds a toothbrush, some candies, and other unique gifts in the stocking.  We also decided things in the stocking didn’t have to be wrapped, but they could if they were extra special.  What are your stocking traditions?

I researched and pinned stockings for months leading up to Christmas until I decided to buy fabric and bite the bullet.  I followed the directions provided here: http://www.dsquilts.com/fabric_and_patterns.asp?PageID=214

I did not use the stocking pattern on the directions because I wasn’t a huge fan of the shape.  Instead I layered two old stockings I had at home to create the perfect shape stocking.  (Though my husband might argue it’s too small after stuffing it this Christmas.)  I decided to go with a color scheme for each of our stockings so as we add, each family member can have a different color/theme stocking.

homemade christmas stockings

Homemade Christmas Stockings

Above you can see my final product!  The red plaid is mine and the green is David’s!  I LOVE David’s the most, but they are both beautiful!  I’m very proud of my work.  I cut out, quilted and finished both stockings in two days (work days at that).  I am looking forward to the day our family grows and I get to make more of these.  David thinks I should make them and sell them, but then again, he says that about a lot of what I do (probably because I am so happy when I do this kind of thing).

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment!

Happy Sewing,
Amanda