Sunday, June 26, 2011

Before & After



Quilt Stats:
Finished Size: ~ 59" x 71"
Fabrics: Jelly Roll & Yardage of Urban Coture by Basic Grey for Moday
Pattern: Key to My Heart by Sweet Jane's Quilting and Design

Started: January 2011
Finished: June 2011

A gift for my best friend for her birthday and her graduation from nursing school!

Monday, June 13, 2011


Well, after announcing my Nerves last month to the entire world, I finally built up the guts to try quilting the baby quilt!  And, I can say that I'm fairly happy with the results...hopefully mom- and dad-to-be will be too!  We'll find out soon, as the baby shower is this Wednesday morning!

Here's a shot of the overall quilt...I did a general stipple stitch across the nine-patch and borders.

I started first though by quilting the owl, branch and leaves.  I figured he needed a bit more attention and just stippling over him didn't seem right, so I tried a bunch of different techniques...all with somewhat matching thread to try to hide any major mistakes...

Here's a close up of the leaves - I tried to give them a stem running through the center and then just echoed the leaf shape on the inside.  The branches have just some lines running through to try and give the impression of wood grain. 
The owl...well, I tried to give him feathers.  For his eyes, I did some co-centric circles just to give them some definition and echoed again in the wings.  I can point out all the problems/mistakes, but hopefully it'll be loved all the same...

Quilt Stats:
Started: February 2011
Finished: June 2011

Finished Size: Approximately 40" x 52"
Fabrics Used: Summer's Basket of Flowers and Deb Strain's Saltbox Harvest
along with some random scraps for the applique

Time to get it wrapped up and put into the gift bag with the rest of the loot for mom, dad and baby!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

A Patriotic Birthday

Mom Gnomemade's birthday is towards the end of May, and I thought I might make her a birthday gift this year.  Enter Sandy Gervais' Zippity Doo Dah fabric and a cute little pattern from Art to Heart's Easy Does It Patriotic Book and I had a cute little table runner in the works.

I'm pretty pleased with the way this table runner came out and it made it in time for Memorial Day.  Mom Gnomemade likes patriotic decorations, so I figured this was just the thing for her.  So happy I could find those fabrics.

Plus, it gave me a chance to try out my machine appliqueing skills prior to tackling the owl.  (Sorry mom, you were a test case - but thankfully a successful one.)

Most difficult part?  Attaching those stars to each other so they would lay flat and not show all my hand tacking!