Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Wonky, Improv Chevron Quilt

This is my last quilt to post for the year. It's also one of my favorites for the year (I have lots of favorites). I made this as a Christmas present for my older sister. The design is inspired by a mug I saw somewhere a long time ago. It took me a while to figure out the best way to piece the strips, but I'm very pleased with how it came out. Creating this quilt ended up being more time consuming than I planned and actually took me two months to finish. I had to take a few breaks from it because the piecing drove me a bit crazy at times.

The final size is about 58" x 75". The chevron rows vary in width from about 6" finished to 12" finished. The skinny sashing between each row varies from 1/2" to 1 1/4". It's bound with a simple navy chevron print. The backing is gray chevron minky (I also used a layer of cotton batting). My sister selected the colors which I've fallen in love with. I'm considering switching up the colors in my bedroom to use the navy and coral together. 

All pictures below were taken my my sister after she received the quilt last week.

Monday, December 30, 2013

My Newest Quilt

One of my goals for 2014 is to work through my stack of minkie I've purchased for quilt backs over the years. This particular minkie has been in my stash for at least a couple of years. The other night I came up with a concept and pulled fabrics to turn this guy into a quilt.

We'll see, this might be my first finish of 2014!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hoping to Adopt

It's pretty rare that I share very personal info on this blog, but I wanted to share my sister's news that they have decided to adopt. Diana is six years younger than me, and I'm biased, but I think she is adorable. After several years of infertility, she and her husband Marc have decided to pursue adoption to build their family.

You can find out more about them on their blog: We Are Hoping for a Family

Adoption is not an easy process for adoptive parents or birth parents. I worked as a social worker in adoption for about five years and saw the ups and downs of this process. I also saw amazing relationships develop between adoptive and birth families as they shared this experience. If you know someone considering adoption, please feel free to pass along Diana and Marc's information.

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Can-Can Skirt

I bought the Can-Can skirt pattern from Made a few years ago. I never made it. Finally, I decided it was time to try sewing with chiffon and braved it. I'm not a huge fan of sewing clothing. It's not my creative love. It don't do it often, and it drives me a bit nuts. My girls love how their skirts look, but I won't be making more anytime soon....

Child #1 refused to pose and changed out of her skirt as soon as we arrived home from church. Child #3, on the other hand, will do just about anything to get her photo taken and happily obliged me with a few poses.

The chiffon is soft and fluffy and ruffly--everything a little girl could want. It makes for a pretty good twirling skirt as well!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays!

The other evening we had a surprise visit from a special guest. The kids were ecstatic. After Santa left, Little Dude desperately searched outside to catch a glimpse of the sleigh. I love the excitement and anticipation they experience leading up to Christmas. It makes it all the more fun.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season!

Monday, December 23, 2013

A New Baby Quilt

December always becomes a slow blogging month for me. Either I have too many other things going on and can't find the time to blog, or I want to wait to blog my projects until after they've been unwrapped on Christmas morning. This December seems to be a combination of both.

Earlier this month I finished a quilt from this stack that I can't wait to share! It's a design I have wanted to make for quite sometime now.

It's currently sitting under my sister's Christmas tree. I even gave her the responsibility of photographing it for me. We've had so much snow lately that outdoor quilt pictures haven't been working out too well.

I do have one small finish to share today. Recently, it seems many of my friends and family members are having new babies. My typical default for baby gifts is a box of diapers. After having twins, I know you go through a lot of diapers, but at the same time it's a bit of a boring gift. I decided a couple months ago that I wanted to make some baby items to have on hand for gifts rather than facing the inevitable crunch time and heading to the store for my default gift.

Several months ago when I received fabric from Timeless Treasures to make this quilt, the rep also included some various Sketch cuts in quilting cotton and flannel leftover from Market. These pieces were all different sizes and many had large chunks cut out. This little quilt came out of those scraps. It's approximately 40" x 40". I wanted to do something very simple using only what I had. I used quilting weight fabric for the front and flannels for the backing. This quilt came together in a short amount of time. It was a great distraction when I needed a break from a much more challenging project I was in the middle of. I'll tuck it away for now to use as a baby gift for someone down the road.

The backing is simply strips of flannel cut WOF. The width of the strips depended on how much fabric I had. I love the simplicity of the design (both front and back), plus the sketch flannel backing is so wonderfully soft.

I love making little projects only using what I have on hand. It makes me feel a bit better about my fabric obsession when I actually use a bit of it!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful holiday season with friends and family!