Wednesday, November 3, 2010
I made this crooked blue quilt for my daughter Ava a few years ago. I was drawn to the color and patterns because the brown simply made the blue pop. I had seen a similar quilt pattern on Amanda Jean's Crazy Mom Quilts blog and knew these fabrics would do nicely for the pattern and I think it turned out well. I learned a lot making this quilt. For example the quilting on it took forever. I quilted around each individual square which meant a lot of pulling and tugging under the machine. It took me a long time to finish the quilt because it was overwhelming for a fairly new quilter. I also realized once it was done that it was really not wide enough to be a true full sized bed quilt. All of the negative aside I loved it and so does Ava. The frayed edges softened up and she loves to snuggle under it. I love that the colors are dark and yet it has a brightness to it. I'm sure it will be one I remember forever.
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Posted by VanillaBean at 5:03 AM
Monday, October 11, 2010
Wow I can't believe this week has finally ended. It feels like I've been going and going and yet not getting anything done. But in actuality I did only I've forgotten to take pictures to prove it. I finished my second set of squares for a family quilt, (will post soon), finished a quilted wall hanging for my niece, made a horrible quilt top for a friend's daughter, and then made her a new blanket which is pictured in this post. I also made a quilted wall hanging for my aunt the week before but couldn't find the camera in time to take a picture, (was hiding in the Garage). On top of all that we had two b-day parties to go to (one we had here for the little girl who received this blanket), and also a book club meeting. I'm thankful to have this all done because I have a ton of sewing to do before Christmas and still have b-day presents to complete. Never a dull moment.
For this quilt I went out of my comfort zone as far as color. (Still working with squares because I'm still trying to get more experience before I move to more complicated patterns) I usually use brown as my solid color but wanted to try to use black this time. I loved these fabrics although I will agree that two of the fabrics are a little too similar to really tell the difference. Still I enjoy this toddler blanket. I hope she does too.
Posted by VanillaBean at 8:33 AM
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Just finished this baby quilt for my son, Riot. He's two months old and has had a monkey theme going since being born. Most of his clothing has had a monkey or two on it, and we call him monkey sometimes. My Aunts also made him an adorable quilt with a Curious George theme not knowing about the monkey theme. I had bought this material a week or two ago from Joann's and had the top done within a short amount of time. I wanted to have a small rag top texture like I did for Ava's blue quilt and within the next few washes I'm sure it will turn out very cute. I'm pretty happy with this blanket, my squares actually lined up and were almost all the same size. That's a big deal for me. I have one blanket left to make for my daughter Nova and then will have made all the kids a blanket with a square theme. Looking forward to picking out her fabric:)
Had to share a picture of my gorgeous boy!
Posted by VanillaBean at 11:07 AM
Friday, September 17, 2010
I spent most of the morning yesterday working on this project. April had kindly given me the car seat Jakob had used and while it was in nice condition I had planned to sew a new cover for it eventually. A few days ago I found this adorable Dinosaur material at Joann's on sale and I loved it. Of course it took me a few days to get the time to sew it and yesterday I made the time. I love it and think I did a pretty decent job for doing it on the fly and in between taking care of Riot and Nova. I did mess up here and there and accidently cut of the elastic that hold the bottom down but for the most part it turned out ok. Also I didn't have a neck rest so I made a matching one out of a baby toy I had that the kids never liked. Very happy with the end results. Now to finish his blanket:)
Posted by VanillaBean at 9:22 AM
Saturday, September 4, 2010
I had to share this picture my friend sent to me of her sweet little boy. The blanket he is wrapped up in is one I made him this past summer. He is the sweetest boy and knowing he is sleeping in something I made for him makes me very happy! It's nice to see someone enjoy any gift but especially one that you made for them. So sweet!
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Riot was born July 14, 2010 and sadly I did not have a blanket for him to come home too. Not that I didn't want to have one ready I just ran out of time to do it all in. I finally decided on the material this past weekend and took the time to cut it on Sunday. I'm excited to make the it and am keeping the pattern simple as to have time to finish it before Sept. 11. That is the goal at least. I call him my little monkey so I think the fabric is appropriate. He is so cute and monkey like. I'm loving having a son, (at least having one as sweet as he) He's a keeper!
Posted by VanillaBean at 8:11 PM
Thursday, August 12, 2010
I finally finished this small baby blanket for my friend Laurie's son, Alexander. He is a sweet boy who has the greatest baby laugh. I started to work on it in March, before he was born in April, but my machine started to act up. Then we moved and next thing I know it's July and I still hadn't finished it. Thankfully it matches she bedroom set. It's a little crooked like all my quilts are but made with love. Who can go wrong with Classic Winnie the Pooh? Also the picture is not great but it will have to do. Now on to all the squares I'm doing for a family square swap!