Working on a baby quilt for a nephew and his wife expecting a girl in July. I used a lot of pink scraps. I will probably get 2 more smaller quilts to sell or donate.
Here is another baby quilt that I have been working on. I am down to the binding. The pattern is “Phoebe” by Sharon Hart that was printed in Fons & Porter’s Fall 2009 Easy Quilts magazine. It is made all from stash except the thread. I had to redo a row because I sewed some pieces in upside down. Luckily I caught it right after I did it so I didn’t have to rip out too much. The back is pieced from 3 different flannels. The biggest piece was just a little too short. That was a blue, green, and yellow stripe. I used the last of a plain yellow and the last of a plain green to make the backing along with the stripe. That left me with just enough(!) stripe for the binding.
This is for a nephew who is having a baby soon. I think that there are 2 more babies on my husband’s side that are due this year.
This is the top of the baby quilt that I am working on for my niece MIchelle who is expecting a baby boy sometime in December. (Oh…that’s this month!) I used “Baby Makes 3″ pattern. You are supposed to use 3 fabrics. I picked 3 colors (blue, green, and white) and cut pieces from my stash. I found green 2 1/2″ strips already cut and used them for the first border. I had just enough of a dark blue background with some fish to use for the outside border. It took ALOT of piecing for the back. It is now machine quilted. I used a green variegated thread to straight stitch about a 1/4″ away from both sides of the long vertical and horizontal seams. I picked up some tips from a Craftsy class “Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot” with Jacquie Gering. The first tip is that “It’s a WALKING foot, not a running foot.”
I am working on the binding now.
And yes, I know, the quilt is pictured upside down, but the picture would look more stupid if the ironing board was upside down.
I finished knitting the black, maroon, & white afghan for a nephew on Thursday night. Today, I started the slow process of weaving in all the ends while listening to 3 episodes of “Craftypod”. It is an old show & some of the episodes won’t load, but I have enjoyed listening to it while knitting. I may do a single crochet edging in black on the sides. I’ll just have to see after I finish weaving in the ends.
Last week, I started on a baby quilt for a niece who is expecting a boy in December. The top is done with the exception of the second border. I am heading upstairs to work on that now. I am using “Baby Makes 3″ pattern. You are supposed to use 3 fabrics. I picked 3 colors (blue, green, and white) and cut pieces from my stash. I found green 2 1/2” strips already cut and used them for the first border. The back will also be pieced. I think that the batting will be pieced, too. How’s that for working from my stash? Anything produced wholly from my stash makes my husband happy, too. I told him that if I die before he does, my sister gets first dibs on anything in my craft room. That includes the 4 (!) sewing machines and 2 quilt frames.
First up is an afghan that I am knitting for a nephew. It was supposed to be for his high school graduation. He is in his 2nd or 3rd year of college. It will be for his college graduation. I only need to knit 12 more rows and weave in all the ends.
The second picture shows 3 quilts that are in various stages of completion. The “Teresa” box holds a snowball quilt top from the 30’s (?) that I will layer, baste, quilt, and bind to turn into a completed quilt.
The “Jonathan” box holds 12-14 monkey wrench quilt blocks. I need to make some more blocks to make a full size quilt. I will probably use sashing strips and corner blocks to make it bigger. Jonathan used a monkey wrench quilt from my grandmother and really liked the pattern and wanted one for himself. He suggested fabrics that reminded him of wearing a business suit. A fabric to represent a shirt, a tie, and the suit itself. It is coming out well. This will be Jonathan’s college graduation present. He just finished his last class. Yeah!
The bottom quilt box is in remembrance of my dad. I started this in a class 2 years ago. The blocks are all done and some of them are sewed together. The fabrics are prints for the US Navy, tools, bowling, and baseball. My sister Teresa and I work on this when we go to the Sewing & Quilt Expo in Fredricksburg. I bring one of my sewing machines and sew the blocks together while Teresa does the pressing. Hopefully, we can have the top completely pieced this year.
We also want to make one to remember our mother. I have a good size box full of cat fabric.
There is also a box full of fabric for a “Scary Monster” quilt. I got that pattern from http://www.shinyhappyworld.com. It will be my first applique quilt.
I also have some sewing works in progress. That’s another post I think.