Monday, January 4, 2010

'Pretty In Pink' Quilt...Cottage Style!

My Grandmother fell and broke her hip this past Fall...and suddenly life changed for her and many members of my family. My G'ma is doing quite well now after a hip replacement but she now lives with my Aunt and although it is a blessing for both of them, it is not without its stresses as well. I started on this quilt for my G'ma after she had her surgery as I knew it was going to be hard for her to leave her home for an indefinite period of time and I wanted her to have a 'lovey' to snuggle with on the couch as she read her books or wrote in her journal this winter.

I chose the pattern from Heather Mulder Peterson's book Livin' Large. The pattern is Pretty In Pink. Heather actually has a recent post where she made the quilt in a Christmas Seasonal color palette. Go check it out when you get a chance as it is lovely!

Here is the front of the quilt I made. I used fabric mainly from the Cotton Blossoms line by Bonnie and Camille for Moda.

I had the long-arm quilter use a swirly pattern for the quilting in a red/brick color that matched the red in the fabric:
I pieced the back as well to give it some design flair!
A close up of the back of the quilt: Here it is laid out beneath our tree in the family room. While the colors do lend towards the winter/Christmas season, it is not meant as a seasonal quilt. But it does look nice and cozy beneath the Christmas tree!
All folded and ready to give to my G'ma for Christmas! The colors in this quilt are exactly what I have in my home: earthy and warm! Good thing I have enough fabric to make another one since I loved this color combination so much! For that quilt I plan to use the same fabrics but use the pattern A Piece of Cake by Camille Roskelley.

I had plenty of links above so you can go and appreciate the works of the women who inspired me to make this quilt, both by pattern and fabric!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Quilted Crayon Roll...

I found this pattern in a Better Homes and Gardens Quilting Ideas magazine. (Page 108) It is a quilted crayon roll.
It holds 12 favorite crayons. I made this one for my niece for her 3rd birthday. I paired it with a Princess coloring book for a sweet little gift.
This is the back of the crayon roll: Here it is all rolled up and tied! It was quite a simple project only taking me an hour or so to cut the fabric and batting, assemble, and sew!

Friday, December 4, 2009

In the Meadow We Can Build a Snowman...

Sleigh bells ring....are you listening...
I've been busy with family, home, work, and crafting...that is why the big blog break.

These are a sampling of some projects I have in the works. I am spending the rest of my free time snuggling with my kids and hubby so blogging continues to be sporadic (at best)!

I wish you a happy, healthy, and above all joyful season!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Praying for Jaymun's Family...

He lost his fight on Earth this morning....Please pray for Jaymun's family.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Fall Simple Little Table Runner...

I was inspired by finishing the Halloween table runner last night with the machine binding so I got up this morning and finished hand sewing the binding for my Fall table runner! I am participating in Show and Tell Friday's at Cindy's today and thought this the perfect thing to share! We had a great crisp October morn. here in North Texas just perfect for an outside photo op of the newly finished table runner.

The fabric used is Gobble, Gobble by Sandy Gervais for Moda.

The pattern is for the Simple Little Table Runner by Camille Roskelley and came from the Moda Bake Shop. She has a great tutorial on the site for it!
The back of the runner is shown above.

The table runner was quilted in pumpkins and vines using burnt orange thread. Quilting was done by Becky at Old Town Quilts in Keller. I hope you enjoyed seeing my newly completed table runner! Go visit Cindy and see more fun items shared!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Halloween Table Runner...made from the Moda Bake Shop Pattern...

Today I finished the Simple Little Table Runner by Camille Roskelley from the Moda Bakeshop !!! How fitting for October 1st! The fabric is Spooktacular by Sanae for Moda.
Here is a picture of the back: The quilting was done in designs of bats, witches, ghosts, the moon, black cats, etc...all Halloween-y things!
Below is a close up of the quilting:
It was such a fun little project. I highly recommend it. I did the binding on this one all with my sewing machine. I started a table runner with this same pattern using Gobble, Gobble fabric by Sandy Gervais for Moda, but I still lack like a foot on the binding where I am hand sewing it around to the back....I just need to get on it! I will post pictures of it when I have it completed.

Friday, September 11, 2009

I Remember...

*Photo courtesy of Seth Hollady Flickr page

This morning I had the most in depth explanation thus far of what September 11, 2001 means with my 8-year-old daughter. I have always talked about it with her on this date, but this morning the conversation was more understood by her so she had plenty of appropriate well asked questions. I admit that I shed more than a few tears by the time we had ended our talk. It is not that it was laden with crying and blubbering but I find it impossible to talk about those planes that crashed into the buildings and the other that our brave 'everyday' brothers and sisters crashed into the field in order to spare other innocent lives on the ground without my emotions bubbling to the surface.

I remember exactly what I was doing on that morning. I was living the 'American Dream'. I was a first time mother, fortunate to be a stay at home mom; my 6 month old baby daughter was playing on the living room floor and I was sitting with her. We had just come in from a walk outside, me pushing her in the stroller enjoying a 'peaceful' morning. My husband had left for work. I had not even turned the TV or radio on that morning...and then my husband called. He asked if I had seen the news and that I needed to turn it on immediately and keep up with what was going on...Our Country forever changed...

We live very near a major airport so the sound of planes flying over is an hourly occurrence and a sound you really get used just fades into the background, so that day, as planes around the country were grounded, the silence was truly deafening.

For some reason I have been more cognisant of this day this year. Perhaps because my innocent 6-month-old baby girl is now an 8-year-old little girl who is gaining more and more insight on the realities of life and what it is to be human and what it is to realize loss and fear and that things like 09/11 chip away at the idea that mommy and daddy can fix every single problem. Perhaps because as we spoke of 09/11 this morning before school, she asked some very adult questions and honestly, after 8 years, I still don't have the answers to give as I too ask those same questions.

We prayed for the families that were immediately affected, we prayed for our troops that are still fighting the fight, we prayed for our leaders, and we thanked God too that we live in such a great Country and that by living here we have the right to speak our minds, our fears, our thoughts, and our prayers....

We will never forget....
*Photo courtesy of The Road Here Flickr page.