Thursday, December 30, 2010

Kindle 3 Cover

Santa (my mom) brought me a Kindle for Christmas! I love it and wanted to be able to drop it in my purse. I used some of the scraps from the mother-in-law quilt to make one.

The kindle just slides right in.

It Velcros shut once you slide it all the way in.

I quilted the whole thing with diagonal lines. I really like the way it turned out and how it feels.

I'm thinking of selling these. Any thoughts?
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Hooded Towels

I used this tutorial from The Cottage Home to make these cute hooded towels for Lily and Jacob for Christmas. Lily loves hers because it's like her baby brother's. I really like it for Jacob as well because it wraps him up nice and snuggly! He's too big for the baby towels!

It takes one big towel and one hand towel. I got these on clearance at Target for about $3 total per set.

This polka dot material I got at Wal-Mart years ago, I think.

This rainbow swirl is St. Jude material from a scrap bag from Hancock's last year. Lily picked it out of my stash, but didn't know what she was picking it for! I really liked how these turned out and think I will make a few more for them. Now to find 2 cute hooks for the bathroom for them!

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Mother-In-Law Quilt

I finished this quilt for my mother-in-law for Christmas. It's really the first quilt I've made that wasn't for a baby. My baby quilts are a little larger than traditional baby quilts, but this is by far the largest quilt I've made. It was 54x72 before washing and it shrank a bit more than I expected. She loved it and it will be great for cozying up on the couch.

The fabric is all just from Hobby Lobby. I honestly don't love the way it turned out, but it's not horrible. The blue was what killed it. I had to do something to keep it from being too busy after that, so I added the green. I don't really like that either. Maybe if I had done an additional border of green around the edge to tie it all together...

It is quilted in diamonds with verigated green thread. I will not use the verigated thread again. It made the quilting look a little messy because you could see it really well in some places and not in others.

I really liked the back. This is folded in half short sides together.

I don't love it, but it turned out alright. I love that I'm finding better ways to do things each time I make a quilt.

My next quilt is for my daughter. I'm using a Michael Miller fairy panel to make her a bigger blanket. She says her "special" blanket is too little and her feet stick out!
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Monday, December 20, 2010

2011 Lofty Quilty List

For 2011 I have a couple of quilts I want to try to make. First I'm going to try to do Birdie Stitches Block of the Month. I love to embroider and I like to quilt. Hopefully I'll end up with something I love.

I also have all of the fabric to make The Orange Quilt. I have a bunch of orange and aqua Jay McCarroll fabric that I got on clearance at I love it and I think this would be a great quilt to use it!

I would also like to make a zigzag quilt. Maybe a zigzag rainbow.

I also have a Punctuation charm pack and Adoring Christmas one. I would like to make a gift quilt with the Christmas one and maybe a baby quilt with the other one.

I have also gotten 30 30's reproduction fabrics. I'd like to make a 2 inch hexagon grandmother's garden with them.

If I get all of these quilts made in 2011, I'll be so excited. If I get half of them made, I'll be pretty proud of myself!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Ho Ho Holiday Swap Ornament

AnneMarie over at Gen X (and Y!) Quilters hosted a holiday swap. You sent 3 other people fat quarters and then made an ornament for one of them using the fabric you received. I made a 1/2 hexagon star. Not the best picture, but I really like how it turned out. If I were going to do it again, I would be a little more careful with the hand stitching. I hope that my partner, Elizabeth, liked it as well.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Works in Progress

Before the holidays I thought that I wanted to make all of my gifts. Ha! I've been working on things, but not really a lot of Christmas gifts.

I am participating in a fabric swap. I got these 3 fat quarters and am supposed to make an ornament using at least one of them. I'm having a hard time coming up with a good idea though. I have to finish this by December 1.

This is going to be a quilt for my mother-in-law. I'm having a terrible time with it. I think it's the blue fabric, but it's too late to go back now. More on that later.

These are my daughter's dolls. She wants to make stuff when I make stuff so she's been making these dolls. I pin some white cotton to a piece of cardboard and she draws her dolls. I'm supposed to cut them out and sew a back on them so she can stuff them. They actually turn out really cute. We've done a mermaid and a little girl already.

This is my hexagon project. It's going to be a throw for me, but I stopped working on it since I have so many things I want to do for Christmas. I can't wait to be able to just pick it up again.
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Gnomes for Baby

Last weekend I finished this quilt for my nephew, who is to be born in January. It is based loosely on the tutorial found here.

I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I think it's the perfect blanket for playing on the floor.

The gnome fabric is Gnomeville from Michael Miller. My brother has a thing for gnomes, and when I saw this fabric online, I knew it would be perfect for his little one.

The back is my favorite. How cute is the little clothesline?

To be honest, I had a couple of things I would change. I ended up with 3 beautifully mitered corners and one kinda messed up one. Probably no one will notice except for me, but I hope to do better on those next time.
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