Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Two Recent Quilt Finishes

This is an Indiana baby quilt I sewed for a baby girl turning 1 this month. I made it just like the green and grey version I made for our family 3 years ago.

What a fun challenge to use up many scraps I don't always get to sew with!

Indiana applique baby quilt

For the background, I used sparkly Essex linen in Midnight, for a subtle shimmer.

 Pink and grey quilt back

The quilt back is a fabric called Wilmington One Sheep, Two Sheep. The baby's mom and I were both really happy with how it turned out!

 Craftsy quilt kit close up

Last summer, I sewed with a quilt kit for Craftsy as a sample maker. But since it's for the holidays, I thought I'd share it with you now . . .

 Craftsy quilt kit 

The Stars Squared quilt kit is now available for some holly jolly sewing!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Elliot's First Quilt

Elliot's first quilt

You know those fabric scraps that you keep around because you feel bad throwing them away? Recently, our quilt guild did a scrap swap, and I ended up with all of the extras in my big tote.

This week at church, our kids were learning about upcycling and I remembered the infamous bag of scraps. I explained to the kids that they could make new items out of them. A special guest, the owner of Liz Alig (fair trade fashion) came and talked to the kids about the impact of empowering women in poverty to sew clothing.

The class was intended for older kids, but Elliot (4 1/2 years) was at my side. He picked out a few scraps of truck fabric to take home. And then he kept taking more, and more, and more! He couldn't wait to get all the stringy scraps home and make a "bed" for his doggy and monkey. Most of these scraps were tiny (selvages!), but I did manage to find some decent size pieces.

I trimmed the fabric into squares and rectangles, and helped with the arrangement, but he picked all of the fabrics himself, helped me piece them into a top, and helped with the straight-line quilting.

 Elliot's first quilt

Sewing with kids isn't always glamorous or tantrum-free. But today it was pretty sweet. He loves his new stuffed animal quilt and it fits right in with the monkey shorts and stuffed animal sleeping bags we've made together.

Happy sewing!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Grill Master Apron: Machine Embroidery for Totally Stitchin' Magazine

Summertime is for grilling, and I recently had the chance to do some custom machine embroidery on this grilling apron. Isn't it fun?!

Grilling Apron

Instead of sewing my own apron, I bought this apron from Amazon so I could start embroidering right away. Plus, I loved the bright blue color! I used Madeira thread in white and silver.

Grilling Apron

I stitched it all on my Baby Lock Destiny II. I love how you can "fast forward" or "rewind" your stitches (and see it all on screen!) in case you need to go back and try something again.

You can also check out my Home Sweet Home mini quilt (a free mini quilt pattern I designed with the Destiny's scanner and IQ designer).
Totally Stitchin Grill Master 2

The project instructions and embroidery file are available as a FREE download in the summer edition of Totally Stitchin', Baby Lock's online magazine. Check out the preview, and if you like what you see, just put in your e-mail for access to the whole magazine!


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