Friday, June 2, 2017

A Couple More Book Bags

Hello!  I know the blog's been a little quiet lately.  Life has been wonderfully busy with the weather finally starting to improve here in New Hampshire, the new grand baby distraction (the best kind!), secret sewing and more time exercising!  Recovery from surgery in November has been a very long and slow process.  I finally am feeling enough strength and confidence in the leg to go back to some of my regular fitness activities.  I have joined a local fitness center and have returned to yoga practice!!  Hooray!  So many sore muscles now but it's all good!

A few years ago I made a book bag for my mother-in-law who has used it for many visits to the local library where the bag received compliments from the librarians.  I've been thinking about making a book bag or two to donate to her library in recognition of how great the staff have been to my voracious reader mother-in-law.  Heather Givens latest fabric collection Literary was the obvious choice for these bags!

 I love the stamps and library cards!



On the bookshelf side I embroidered book titles.  Classic book titles for one bag.

Books that probably don't exist (but should!) about South Portland, Maine.

Even the lining has book piles.

I believe the plan is to raffle off the bags for the benefit of the library.  I'm so happy to help!!

I highly recommend this fun pattern by City House Studios.

Kathy




Thursday, April 27, 2017

Baseball Shield for Baby

To say that we are a baseball loving family might be an understatement.  I was raised in the dugout at the little league field helping to score my brothers' baseball games while my Dad coached.  Some of my fondest childhood memories involve taking the train into Boston to see the Red Sox with my father.  Fever Pitch is my definition of the perfect movie. Well, you get the idea.

My son plays on a vintage base ball team, rules circa 1864.  The games are played on a field with corn stalks in the back (yes, they do have to go into the corn to field balls) and people bring blankets and picnic baskets to enjoy an afternoon of this gentleman's game (and there are women who play also!).  Watching these games is idyllic for any baseball fan.

You might recall I made my son a special uniform shield for his last big birthday.
Well, the creative mind in my household (my husband!) observed that our new grandson needed to have a shield to watch his father's games!

This bib was so much fun to make, I'm sure there will be more in the future!  Here is the tutorial I used.

My Tula Pink City Sampler has moved to the quilting stage.  This is an epic quilt and therefore warrants an epic quilting effort.  Even though I am using my Sweet Sixteen to FMQ it, given the size and weight of this beauty, quilting still equates to a workout.  And good news, my FitBit gives me steps while quilting!!  Win win!!

I finished my second knitting project.  The pattern is from the Craftsy class Knit Lab.  Nothing fancy but the right project for building knitting muscle memory.
My third project is a scarf with all kinds of increases and decreases.  Another long term project I suspect!

Off to "exercise" with my Tula Pink quilt!
Kathy

Friday, April 21, 2017

Finished - A Quilt for My Grandson

The most incredible, amazing, wonderful thing happened!  I am now a grandmother! Levi is a healthy, beautiful and incredibly loved little boy.  It's really quite impossible to put into words what my heart is feeling about this little human being.  So, I won't try.  Instead I will speak in the language of quilting.
This little quilt was made for loving and quality belly time.  The pattern is Super Star by Kate Blakesley of SwimBikeQuilt.  

This was a fun one to quilt and I love how soft and squishy the flannel backing looks.

Please be patient with me, I may be a little distracted with baby sewing and snuggling for a while.



Friday, April 7, 2017

Tidying Up Before Baby

With the grand-baby arriving soon, I am hesitant to start any new projects as I am quite sure I will be fully distracted by the new addition to our family and don't need to add to my list of WIP's!

When we had our home on the market in 2015, I went through a no sewing period to ensure the sewing room looked as neat as possible for showings, a very stressful period indeed.  I managed to sneak in and cut up some squares of peachy and low volume fabric.  That bag of squares sat around until a few weeks ago when I decided I needed to work with some brighter colors during this never ending winter.  Digging into my  scraps I cut more squares to yield a queen size quilt.

 To be honest, I am not sure about this quilt yet and that's really the first time I've felt this way after completing a quilt top.  I added some blue and mint green colors because why not.  

My goal is to make this a summer quilt for one of our guest bedrooms.  Quilting always makes things better so I am optimistic this will work out fine.

In really big news. my Tula Pink City Sampler has moved to the next stage...it is basted.  Unlike the quilt above, I have loved this quilt from Day One.

In my spare time, I'll be contemplating my quilting plan.  One can never accuse me of rushing to a finish!



I have to share with you my good luck!  I won this fabulous bundle of patterns, book and fabric from Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting as part of Amy's IGQuiltFest!  And the list of projects that I "must do" just keeps growing!

Sewing down my fabric stash has been a goal of mine and I have really tried to avoid buying fabric (except of course the necessary baby sewing fabric which doesn't count!).  The combination of this gorgeous collection by April Rosenthal (Sweet Marion) and a sale at the Fat Quarter Shop resulted in my purchase of this FQ bundle, the first time in a very long time I've purchased an entire collection.  So many of my favorite colors!

Sewing machine just dropped off for a tune up.  Hand sewing projects being organized.  Baby will be here soon.  All is good.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Window Treatments and Baby Sewing!

Just a quick post to assure you I have been sewing, maybe not quilts, but still sewing! You might (?!) remember that my first grandchild is about to arrive.  In an attempt to be a little helpful, I made a couple of faux roman shades for the nursery.
 They really do look great in the lovely nursery that the parents are preparing for their baby.
And then I had to make a few burp clothes and found a nice pattern for a perfect shape.

I tried three different backings...minky, cotton and fleece.  We'll find out what works best!
And we dog-sat this cutie for a few days so the future mom and dad could do some final home renovation before baby.
I've also been working on hemming a pile of panels for a kids' camp! I'm happy to help but looking forward to some quilt sewing!!
Wishing you a great weekend!
Kathy

Friday, March 17, 2017

Finished - Shimmer Quilt!

In my slow progress to add quilts to my home decor, I finished a quilt for the family room!  The quilt is intended to accompany a bunch of pillows I made last year.
The fabrics are from a collection of dark blues, aqua, turquoise, mustard yellow fat quarters that I have been collecting. The room is wall to wall greige so some pops of color are needed.
After piecing the quilt top I was so fortunate to attend a class at QuiltCon with Angela Walters experimenting with different patterns. Coming home, I stared at this quilt top considering my normal course of an all-over quilting pattern and decided to take a different approach to FMQ'ing this one.

Circular feathers in the middle, diamond outlines, pebbles, orange peels and loops combined to make quilting this top so much fun.  A little slower than an all-over pattern but a lot more fun!

I quilted the colored sections in a soft minty green Aurifil  2845 and the pebbles in the white space with my go-to Aurifil 2021.

I love, love this backing fabric.  I had originally purchased it as the backing for my Tula Pink City Sampler quilt but found that it wasn't really the white background I wanted.  For the family room this greige color background will be perfect!!

The backing fabric is Story News Print by Carrie Bloomston.

The pattern is Shimmer by Cluck Cluck Sew and I loved making it!

Friday, March 10, 2017

A New Tote Bag for QuiltCon 2017

Of course I needed to make a new bag for this event!  As it turned out, when QuiltCon came around I still needed one crutch for getting around and a bag with a long strap for cross body wear was essential.
 The pattern is Anna Graham of Noodlehead's Gingham Tote Bag from her amazing book Handmade Style.

The fabric is an Essex linen and Yoga is For Everyone by Willow Creek.  I couldn't resist the subtle humor of this print!

Like all of Anna's patterns (and I have made many!), her instructions are clear and the finish is very polished looking.  I used iron on fleece for the body of the bag for stability as well as in the straps for extra padding.  In the future, I will not put the fleece in the handle as it made the straps a bit too thick for my sewing machine and four needles were sacrificed in the process!


I love the look of the leather straps and the metal zippers.


The tote bag worked just as I had hoped at QuiltCon, allowing me to carry a bag large enough for shopping (!) and navigate with the crutch!

Have a great weekend!
Kathy
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