Finally Finished Quilt

A woman I work with started a quilt for a friend who was going to have a baby. They were going to work on it together and then the friend ended up moving away. Fast forward four years and another baby later….and the quilt had not been finished. It was mostly done, just needed a little more quilting and binding. I said I would finish it up for her.

The quilt is actually way more simple than it appears. My co-worker and her friend bought several already quilted pillowcases from Pottery Barn. They just cut them up and stitched them back together. I think it’s pretty adorable. Anyway, I just finished up the quilting and did the binding. I love the binding. It was blue stripes which made it diagonal once I made it into bias tape.

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Squirrely Get Together Baby Quilt

Another project I wrapped up over my long break.

After seeing  David Walker’s Squirrely Get Together line, I could not resist buying some. I especially love the pink squirrels!

However when it came to actually sewing this quilt, I struggled. I rearranged and sewed pieces together and tore them apart several times. (Several other combinations not pictured. Neither are the piles of thread that covered my couch.)

I finally decided on this and here is what I ended up with. This quilt is also for sale in my shop.

I used a pretty puffy batting so it’s fluffy and soft and wonderful. I kept the quilting simple and just stitched squares within each square of fabric.

Recent Sewing Projects – Solids

As I said in my last post, I had nearly two weeks of non-stop sewing. Here are a few non-quilt related items I made.

I purchased a charm pack of Bella warm pastels. I didn’t really have a plan for it but liked the colors. I just started cutting and sewing and it turned into this little panel. I wasn’t really sure what to do with it, but I decided the pillows on my couch were starting to look a little tired, so I turned it into this little pillowcase.

I had sewn a string of these little squares together and liked it with the Kona gray so much, I decided to make a super simple quilt.I really love the simplicity of this quilt and it was so fast. I currently have it for sale in my shop.

 

I also decided to make a quilt for myself. It’s sort of a lap size. The colors are a little different in person. I love it.

I originally had it laid out like this. I wasn’t really loving it so I ripped it apart and redid it.

I love this way so much more.

I had some pieces left over so I made this little pouch. I hadn’t done much quilting, so I used this as practice.

 

That’s all for now. Even more projects coming soon!

It’s been a while

Clearly it has been a while since I’ve posted anything here, but it wasn’t because I wasn’t making anything. I’ve actually jumped head first into quilting. I’ve actually finished several and have several more in the works. A friend told me about this awesome new little fabric shop near my house that’s all modern fabrics. I go to open sew there every other Saturday and get to hang out with some other sewers since sewing can be sort of a loner activity. Also since I work at a school, I still have winter break. I had two weeks of nearly non-stop sewing.

Want to see some of what I’ve made?

After I made Clara’s quilt, I had more of the same triangles left over so I made another similar quilt. My co-worker ended up buying this one for her youngest daughter for Christmas.

With another set of the same triangle pieces, I made this rainbow stripe quilt. This was the first quilt I sold from my shop! Very exciting.

 

Sorry for the bad iPhone pic. I wasn’t really thinking about documenting quilts while I was working on these earlier quilts. I did this one for a co-worker. She commissioned two quilts for family members who were having babies.

This is the second quilt. I cut up all of the triangles for both quilts at the same time because they were using the same fabrics. My co-worker, Angi, just asked me to make two of the same quilt because the two babies were from opposite sides of her family and would probably never meet each other. After the first quilt, I decided to play around with the triangles and showed Angi this style and she LOVED it. So two quilts with the same fabric but different looks.

Just a few of my earlier project. More on the way!

Art Squared: Fountain Square, Indianapolis, IN

I’m getting so excited for Art Squared and the Fountain Square Art Fair, I can barely contain myself! I went last year and had such a great time. They have something called Masterpiece in a Day and tons of people are just out in the streets, creating artwork. At the end of the day, everyone takes their piece to the Murphy building and everything is displayed. There is also a parade put on by local groups and companies and all the galleries and restaurants are open. It is a ton of fun. You don’t even have to spend any money if you don’t want to, but there are plenty of opportunities if you do want to shop (wink wink).

Get more information about Art Squared.

I’ll be showing at the art fair. Here is my postcard I’ve been giving out. I hope to see you there!

Recycled Magazine Boxes

Several years ago, while I was in college, I posted this tutorial on my flickr. It’s gotten quite a few views and I’ve even seen it posted on Apartment Therapy! I thought I’d share it again here. Enjoy.

I hoard magazines. I cannot bear to throw them away even if I know I will never take the time to look at them again. Here’s a way to use those magazines I feel too guilty to throw away and create a colorful recycled magazine box for your home.

These are the (much pricier) inspiration:

(Tutorial after the jump)

Start with a page from an old magazine

Start folding the page at about a quarter inch thickness until it has a little bulk to it. I don’t suggest using the whole page, it get too thick.

Glue the edge and cut off the remaining page. You now have your first strip. Roll it into a circle like you are making the base of a coil pot.

Continue making strips and rolling them until you reach your desired diameter for your box.

Make sure it doesn’t get away. I clip mine so the glue can dry without unrolling.

Roll a strip that is about an inch thick (or whatever works best for your box). Glue it to your roll. You’ll now have what looks like a lid. To give it more support. Make thinner strips and glue them to the outside of the thicker strip until it looks kinda like this.

Here’s what the inside looks like. You can see the inner part is a thicker (about one inch) strip with the little ones glued to the outside.

Make another roll for the bottom. Be sure to make it slightly smaller so the lid will fit on the bottom. Here is my lid next to the beginning of the bottom of the box.

Do the same with the bottom as you did with the top in making a thicker strip to glue thinner strips to on the outside, but be sure your big strip makes a circle that will fit inside your lid. Do not put the thinner strips all the way to the top so it creates a little ledge for the lid to rest on.

Another view.

The top pink strip is actually tall enough that it is glued to the bottom of the box. On the outside of this piece, I glued thinner strips so it all looks the same.  Finished! Please excuse the messiness. this was my first attempt.

Enjoy! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment.