Wednesday, February 15, 2012

3rd WIP of 2012

A few things to show this Wednesday.

This scarf for Logan is nothing fancy, just something I whipped up real quick for him to wear in this cold weather.  In the summertime he lives in cargo camouflage pants, a t-shirt, bucket hat and flip flops.  Since he pretty much retires his camo pants during the winter, I figured a flannel mossy oak scarf would suffice getting him through until he can break out his fave pants again.

The Princess Pea quilt is complete!  This quilt was not without its troubles (just like my little girl.)   You can read more about it here.

Some Valentine's Bliss Bunting.  Made this Monday night for Logan's preschool.  It looked so pretty hanging in my kitchen; adding a bit of much needed color.  But in the end, I told his teachers that I would make them some Valentine bunting and therefore my bunting and I parted ways.  Just shows that I should make some more for my drab house.

Log cabin quilt

No progress:
Beatrix Potter quilt (working up design)
Barn quilt
Daisy Chain ABC sampler
Kaleidoscope quilt
Skill Builder Sampler (behind)
Husband's shirt
Felt Christmas ornaments
Bottled Rainbow quilt (sorting scraps)

Completed projects: 3
New projects: 0
No progress: 8
Quilt/bind: 1

Check out other works in progress at Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Princess and the Pea Quilt

Here I thought I had this glorious idea; we call my 17 month old daughter Princess Pea, so I thought - "Wow, a Princess Pea quilt would be awesome to make her for her first quilt!"  The wheels turned.  I had it almost all planned out.  I googled it - - and found it.  Yep.  Somebody had already been there and done that.  And guess where it was?  On the Moda Bakeshop site.

The nice thing with finding the quilt done before, is it took all my guesswork out of making my princess.  Oh, I figured I would applique her on, but I didn't know how she would look.  Done!

I hand stitched a face on her.
The Moda Bakeshop version has ruffles all along the edge and the princess is without a face.  So after the applique portion was done I pretty much broke away from the Bakeshop tutorial and did my own thing.

I knew right away I wanted to put Hans Christian Andersen's story of the Princess and the Pea on the back.  I pieced a frame with some scraps into the backing so I would know where to put the story as I didn't want to quilt over it.  Printed the story onto fabric off my computer - and WALLAH! 

This quilt was not without it's frustrations. I don't know how many times I broke out my seam ripper. And I'm not all that crazy about the quilting job on it either;  I must not have had the layers tight enough while basting. I have always pinned basted but am thinking about trying spray basting on my next quilt. 

The pea

As I hand stitched the binding, story, label and pea on, my little pea would cuddle up next to me and drape the portions I was not working on over herself.  She usually isn't very cuddly, so these were precious moments.

Size: 44" x 50"
Fabrics: Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda, scraps I had for the applique.  Face and hands are felt.
Quilting: Stitch in the ditch for the mattresses and free motion clouds in the open space at the top - all done by me on my home machine.
Completed: February 2012

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Do You Believe This?

Seriously?!  I am not sure what happened here.  While piecing the back of this quilt, I double checked measurements.  And before basting it, that all layers had plenty of room for the quilting.   Then, last night, when I finished all the quilting, I flipped the back over to start adding the binding and found this.  Aargh!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy 33!

Today is my 33rd Birthday.  I awoke to such a beautiful morning...

Just a light dusting of snow this year.  The past couple of years, we had so much snow dump the day before or the day of my Birthday that we didn't even get off the ranch.  Which I am not complaining about, I LOVE  the snow. 

We left work early to pick up my little boy from preschool and then go out for dinner (a real treat as we very rarely eat dinner out.)

What a great day!

Friday, February 3, 2012