Thursday, April 19, 2012

Morgan's Quilt

I specialize in baby quilts for a reason.  They are small, they are cute, there are lots of options for design plus my imagination just seems to always be geared toward creating these smaller quilts.  Although I love making them - I am kinda picky about who I give them away to.  I mean, even though I love making them - they can be a lot of work, and any artist wants their work to be appreciated.  I'm just sayin'.  So I was glad to have an opportunity to make one for a lovely couple and their new baby girl. Winnie and Vince are teachers at my school and are a very likeable pair.  Miss Winnie is one of my daughter's favorite people so I was glad to have the chance to  make her a quilt for her own little girl. I asked Winnie what she wanted and she was no help what so ever but I tend to be ok with people like that - that way I can do what I want! LOL!.  Some fellow co-workers told me that their house is very "beige" so I took matters in my own hands and decided to incorporate some color.  I actually finished it while I was on maternity leave and had a friend bring it to them, so I haven't had a chance to meet her yet, but know Miss Morgan is cute as can be cause she has a pretty momma! 

Here is Morgan's quilt. Sorry for the not so great pic - I remembered to photograph it right before it was to be delivered!

Its a very simple pattern that I got from a blog but unfortunately - I can't remember which one!  If I remember I will add the link.  But it is a pretty simple sashed square that I used two charm packs from Moda's Amelia line from last summer to complete.  It is simply sashed with 1 1/2 inch strips of Kona White.  The back was a white on white vine print from my stash.  I bought a third charm pack (I think I only used 8 out of the second one) and will put it with the leftover squares and make one soon for my Etsy shop.  This would make a great scrap quilt or another theme (vintage 30's prints, all one color etc.).  Next time I may even set it on point and see how that turns out.  The possibilities are endless.  Here is the special label I added to the back.  The quilt label police in my quilt guild would be proud.

I have quite a few baby quilts planned - now to find the time.  Summer is coming!

Be blessed,

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Making Room For Baby (Part 4) The Quilt and the Kid

I said I wouldn't be one of those moms who is constantly shoving pictures and anecdotes about her children down people's throats.  I am probably failing miserably.  But I do want to take a moment to introduce you to my inspiration for all the things I have posted lately.  Meet Trenton and his quilt..

Around here he is also known as Trent Trent, Mr. T, Man Man, Fella, Booby and Sugabutt (his auntie's name for him). I was able to add these cute graphics on the pics with my new fave photo editing website PicMonkey. It was easy to use and navigate.

About the quilt.  These fabrics are mostly purchased from various shops on Etsy including  Sisters and Quilters and Raspberry Creek Fabric.   I was also able to find some of the fabrics at Jackman's Fabrics here in St. Louis where I do a lot of my shopping for fabrics. The pattern is Turning 20 Again and only used 9 fabrics.  It is a very forgiving pattern. I picked the cars and brown and orange argyles first and the rest just fell into place.  They are by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, in case you are looking for them still.  They are supposed to be organic, hence the slightly higher price per yard.  The back is Soft and Comfy fabric in orange from Hobby Lobby (40% off coupon baby).  This fabric is great on the back but can be a bear to work with if you have to piece it.  It has a definite nap so make sure you look at it from all angles before sewing it together.  I speak from experience.

The quilt dimensions are 60 x 60. I am going to use it as a background for the pics I take of him every month.  Otherwise it is draped on the side of his crib and we snuggle beneath it during our middle of the night feedings, which (thank God) are becoming few and far between.

The dog in the pics is our Great Dane, Nahla.  She is a year old and she and Trent almost share a birthday.  Everytime a quilt hits the floor she thinks it is for her and whenever Trent is in reach she is licking and sniffing him.  Unfortunately, I can't leave her on the floor with him yet cause she is just too big and doesn't know her own strength and I am afraid those paws will do damage.  But I think she is over the trauma of his arrival and likes Trent a lot. 

You can also catch him modeling my quilts on Etsy now.  More about this quilt soon in a separate post.

Yes, he is a thumb sucker!
He has such great expressions!

So there you have it - my other inspiration. I just love him and his sister to pieces. Here they are together on his quilt. Would love to hear from you - I love comments!

Be blessed y'all - I am.
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Monday, January 9, 2012

Making Room For Baby - Part 3 Diaper Strap and Car Seat Cover

Happy New Year!  The holidays are over but I am still rolling through the baby posts!  I will tackle my goals for the new year in a separate post soon - I have a few! God was good in 2011 and I can't wait to see what He has in store for us in 2012!

Car Seat Cover
Our little guy is seven weeks old now and has been riding in style with his car seat cover. We used the car seat we had for his sister (it was very neutral) and just gave it his own flair with this fabric from Michael Miller...

The peek-a-boo hole!

The underside - nice and dark, perfect for promoting sleep!

The fabric is Zoology in Sea which I loved but for some reason, didn't want the whole nusery in it.  I did buy some extra fabric to make a quilt later.  The lining is Kona cotton in Slate. This cover has worked out well and despite the cold and Trent being so young, I don't mind taking him out because it is a great deterrent to strangers breathing on him unless I want them to! Not to mention it just keeps the light out so he can sleep while we are out and about.

I used the tutorial for the cover found over at Wannabe Crafty HERE.  I was very pleased with how easy it was to follow.  I chose it because of the peek-a-boo window, which everyone gets a kick out of.  This tutorial made Nicole's Best of 2011 list and she has the cutest tie tute that I plan to tackle for Trent's Easter outfit!

Diaper Strap
The diaper strap was insanely easy and took all of 45 minutes to make.  I found this cute fat quarter at a quilt shop I stumbled upon in California last summer.  The little dump trucks were perfect for a boy and I loved the orange and red.

the back
 The orange botton came from my extensive button collection that I inherited from my mom when she downsized last year.  The strap easily holds 4-5 diapers and the wipes case.  The tutorial is HERE so you can make one yourself!  I will be adding this to my arsenal of potential baby shower gifts.

So these are just a few of the many projects I tackled for my little guy.  In my next baby post - I'll introduce you to Mr. Trent himself!

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