10 Jul

Star Baby

I enjoy making baby quilts. They can be anything I want, and they’re not too big — so they go relatively quickly. I enjoy using fun, cheery fabrics I don’t usually use in my artwork, or in decor for our house.

Star Baby

When I found out that a high school friend’s daughter was having a baby, I knew I wanted to make a quilt. Something “fresh and modern.” Here was my excuse to go buy hip fabric! Then I remembered the mushroom fabric I had bought because it was too cute to pass up, and the polka dots I envisioned for an ongoing paper piecing project but that didn’t work as well as I had hoped. Perfect!

Star Baby

I decided that liberated stars would work well with my two fabrics, show off the mushroom print well, sew together easily, and look appropriately happy and youthful. I used the last of the wool batting (that I have a love/hate relationship with) and paid special attention to smoothing, but not pulling, using lots of pins, and keeping my fingers crossed. I removed a lot of quilting, but still ended up with some tucks on the back. Puff and I are just not meant to be. But…. who doesn’t love a light, squishy, baby quilt?! I quilted it in a simple grid to begin with, but then decided it needed some sparkle with silver holographic thread on some diagonals. Then the stars needed outlining. Then more outlining! Now I had too much white grid, so I picked some out.

Star Baby

In Goldilock’s words, it’s just right. Definitely worth the extra time and effort. I think I make nice mitered corners too.

Star Baby

08 Mar

A Pair of Pretty Projects

I promised to show how I display Jude‘s spirit cloth on a pillow. In keeping with her style, I stitched it, raw edge, with embroidery floss, to a linen/cotton pillow form with a damask-like floral pattern. I was happy to find a dusky pink crocheted trim from my sister in my box of goodies and sewed that along the edge of the pillow. The finished piece sits on a glider in my bedroom, often accompanied by our cat who always finds the most comfortable place in the house.

I’ve also finished the scrappy, wonky, stars quilt and it is now on it’s way to my hubby who will see that it gets to a wounded soldier. I’ve named it, thanks to Claire‘s Grace‘s (sorry, my bad — didn’t bother to check) comment, “Stars at Dusk.”

Here’s another view.

27 Feb

I Won!

I am victorious over the scrap bin. Yes, it lives to fight another day, but I can now reach in and actually rifle around to find appropriate fabric bits to work with. So much better than the solid mass of cotton it was two weeks ago.

It took two quilt tops to make a dent in the bin: first the Zigeunerquilt (still in quilt-top form until I feel like finishing it off), and second, this:

I had expected to make the stars very scrappy, but I came across a lump that was once the off cuts of a friend’s rusty/stripey quilt and really liked the way they looked. It was a rather big lump, so using it had a very positive impact on the scrap reduction. The purples did not come out of the scrap bin, rather the purple drawer in my regular stash. It had not been getting a proper workout, so this whipped it back into shape (meaning the plastic drawer doesn’t bulge anymore). I’ll back and baste it today and probably quilt it this weekend. I’m not sure if I’ll send it to Tia for the Brushfire Quilt Project, or to my hubby to be given to a soldier at the field hospital on the base where he works/lives.

10 Feb

Brushfire Blocks

I’m having a serious attack of so much to do and so little time. In the flurry of making pillows and skirts, some garments for me,  and even working on an art quilt, my mind is going a million miles an hour. The doing begets more ideas and my sketchbook is overflowing! Then there’s the stuff not on the list that pops up, like the Mushroom Swap — count me in!

Yesterday was an appeal for quilts in response to the devastating brush fires in Australia. I usually like to donate closer to home since wherever that is, there always seems to be one group or another on the edge. But, seeing as I’ve recently donated locally to the Red Cross and the Hawai’i Food Bank, plus this particular project is the brainchild of another US military spouse (who I met through a playgroup military mom friend from back in Germany — the military is a small world) and we all look out for each other (for the most part), AND it was just two blocks, not a whole quilt — well, count me in again!

I’d never done these Liberated Stars before (although I’d seen them and understood the concept). They are fun to make! Great for scrap bag management!

These are off to Australia soon, and I am back to trying to bring some of my ideas to fruition.