Archive for ‘I Made This’

September 3, 2012

The Amazing Flying Quilt

This is the strip quilt made from those previously posted fabrics.  We took at trip over to The Winspear Opera House for a fun photo shoot.  Strip quilts are fast becoming my favorite.  I especially like the combination of wide patterned strips with skinny bright solids.

Baby Girl Strip Quilt Reflection

I think it turned out great, the fabrics my friend Jennifer picked out really worked well together.  The perfect quilt for a new baby girl!

Baby Girl Strip Quilt Flying 3

Baby Girl Strip Quilt Hanging

I added a little something special on the back.

Baby Girl Strip Quilt Monogram

July 2, 2012

Plus One

I’ve been delinquent in sharing my projects with you.  I made this quilt for some friends in Dayton who just welcomed a little girl into their family.  I’ve been wanting to try a Plus One quilt for a while now.  I think this is the quilt that made me finally decided to make one.  Our friends are a strictly University of Cincinnati family and so it was a red, black, and gray quilt for them.

True to form, I made a grid using AutoCAD and then used Photoshop to which fabric to buy.  When the fabric arrived, I ended up swapping out a few fabrics in an effort to make the selections look more like a baby quilt.  I’m not sure if I succeeded but I think the end result turned out nicely.



As an added bonus, I appliqued  a C-paw on the back which I then quilted around to bring the design to the front.

Believe it or not, I started this quilt last December but it was another 4 months before I finished it and another 2 months before I’m managing to share it will you.  I’ll try to be a little more on top of it next time.


May 23, 2012

Another Weekender

Remember a way, way long time ago, like October, when I mentioned that I was making an awesome Christmas gift?  Well, I foolishly gave that gift without taking any photos. Last month I went on vacation with my family and was able to get some photos of it in action.

It’s another Weekender.  That fabric is Lace from the 2010 Ty Pennington fabric collection.  He’s got some great patterns in his collection.  The inside is lined with this French Ribbon in Blue from the Heather Bailey’s Garden District collection.

The best part is that it works.


May 14, 2012

The Elevated Envelope

I know I’ve talked about the Elevated Envelope swap once or twice before, check out Ephemera Press for more details (and to sign up for the next round!).  Well, the deadline for postmark was May 1st so I can finally share what I’ve done.  I chose love notes for my theme because aren’t love notes really the best kind of notes?  I think so.

Elevated Envelope 1

Elevated Envelope 2

I started by putting plain resume paper through my sewing machine using an assortment of decorative stitches.  I thought it looked nice and lacy.  I used 4 colored threads to create a gradient in the stitches with the color palates inspired by the super awesome American scientists stamps. I ended up using the William H. Johnson stamps though because I think they are more lovey.  The envelopes were lined with brown craft paper for more stability and filled with some goodies to help other people share the love.

Elevated Envelope 3

I included the following: a teeny tiny envelope filled with 2 bonsai stamps and 1 postcard stamp, a family recipe for some delicious chocolate heart cookies, a note from me on an awesome Texas themed postcard, and a blank postcard to spread the love.

Elevated Envelope 4

Everything was packaged away and promptly mailed on May 1st.  I hope the recipients like their envelopes!

Elevated Envelope 5

Elevated Envelope 6

I was left with a craft table (dining table) that looked like this. Looks like fun, doesn’t it?  Go sign up for the next round! Group lists are being mailed out June 1st.  I will see you there!
Elevated Envelope 7

April 23, 2012

Burp cloths 2.0


You may remember these burp cloths that I made a while ago.  I decided to fancy them up for a little guy named Milo.  I added some embroidery and a binding.  You know how I love to sew bindings.



I love them. They are such a pretty and practical gift for new parents. I have it on good authority that the cloth diapers make the best burp cloths. They are super absorbent for any and all baby messes. The embroidery makes them extra special.



Off they go to new mama, daddy, and baby. Happy Birthday, Milo!


March 21, 2012

Sewing Day

A way long time ago, like before Thanksgiving, I hosted a sewing day for my friend Jennifer.  I taught her to use my sewing machine and we each made one of Anna Maria Horner’s Figure 8 Scarves.


Dan Bennet for Rowan Premier Lord in Blue
Lotta Jansdotter Ruta in Navy


In retrospect this was maybe not the best option for a first foray into sewing as it contains both hand stitching and large pieces of fabric.  Regardless, foray we did and at the end of the day we both came away with this cute scarf.


March 12, 2012

New Wave: Signed, Sealed, Delivered

I shipped another quilt last week to one almost-born-baby.

I finished this quilt back in January and just now have gotten it photographed and in the mail.  It could be my favorite quilt to date.  There is something about those whales…

I used Elizabeth Hartman’s New Wave pattern and found it incredibly easy to follow.  I chose to machine quilt staight lines following the gray sashing to bring the zig-zag pattern to the back.

The finished new wave measures approximatly 51″ x 55″.  You can see all the fabrics I used here.


February 19, 2012

Potholders with a Pocket


I went to a wedding shower yesterday. I don’t know about you, but I always struggle with what to buy for gifts. I never want to buy completely off the registry because I like surprises. However, I’m always afraid that I might not nail the new couples style and I don’t want to leave them with anything they don’t want or have to return. This time I ended up buying the bride a sil pat off of the registry but I wanted to pair it with something a little more special. Hunting around online, I found this tutorial on Oh Fansson! Perfect. I whipped these up with some fabric from my stash (the Crate and Barrel by the pound fabric. Awesome!) to match the brides black and white kitchen. In addition to two layers of batting recommended by Elizabeth, I added a layer of Peltex I had left over from a Weekender. It’s a tad stiffer than I wanted for the pot holder but I think it’s perfect for a hotpad.



October 31, 2011

New Wave Sneak Peak

We’re moving right along.

October 24, 2011

Progress Report: New Wave Quilt

This New Wave has a lot of cutting involved.  A lot.  It’s clearly evident in my stack of 72 trapezoids.  That’s 4-6 cuts per piece.  That’s 288-432 cuts and that doesn’t even include the sashing (we are getting all mathy up in here lately).  Of course, I didn’t actually make all 432 cuts.  I did get smart and cut many pieces at once.  Still.  It’s taken days, but  they are very pretty.  I’m eager to see how this one comes together; there is something very charming about those whales and pinwheels.
When I first saw a photo of the New Wave quilt you know what I thought?  “Gee that sure looks pretty.”  You know what I should have thought? “Gee look at all those pieces.”