Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Teacher Gifts

Last week at the very last minute, I decided to sew up some bags for my kids' teachers instead of going the gift card route.  It was definitely much faster than last year's gift, but I wanted to keep up the tradition of handmade and this pattern was about as much time as I could manage with this little guy (who is now 1 month old!).
August is 1 month old
I used some canvas prints from Fabricworm for the outside of the bags with coordinating prints for the lining.  I had forgotten how fast this pattern was and thank goodness, because August is a little colicky.
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Harper picked this cute Teagan White print for her bag.  I love this print, and this line in general.  It is so sweet.
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Jonah picked a Charley Harper print.  Initially I wasn't really feeling this print, but in person it is really great.  This bag was a little hard to give away.

We are lucky to have had excellent teachers this year and I wish I could have done more to show them how much we appreciated them.  I can't believe I will have a 2nd grader and a kindergartner next year!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Quilt Remix

Since I have been spending lots of time with a baby sleeping on my shoulder (not that I'm complaining, it's amazing!) and haven't been able to do any sewing, I thought I would spend some time playing with different fabrics in my Skopelos Quilt layout (in case you missed it, I wrote up a quick tutorial here).  I worked with fabrics from each of my sponsor's shops.  It's amazing how using different fabrics can change the look of the quilt! 

I am in love with the First Light collection.  This would be a fun quilt for a baby boy.
fabricworm

I stuck with Cotton + Steel prints for this quilt and really like how alternating the white Kerchief print makes the darker prints stand out.
fqs

I love rainbows and I am in love with this new collection of basics from Lecien.  
shabby

This is another great combo for a baby boy (or any boy). 
fabriccadabra

Lizzy House is amazing and I am in love with her Natural History collection, especially the dinosaurs.  
lark

My Mom just came into town and since she is going to want plenty of her own baby snuggle time, I am hoping to have a little sewing time this week so hopefully I will have something new to share with you soon!

Friday, May 29, 2015

New Pillows

About a year-ish ago I made new pillow covers for the couch pillows (see here and here).  They have endured quite a bit of abuse from the children over the past year since they like to treat them as trampolines and the covers were looking pretty shabby. Before the baby was born I wanted to get new covers made since I knew I would be spending lots of time on the couch.
new couch pillows
Well, I got the front of the pillows made and quilted but then August decided to be born 6 days before his due date so they didn't quite get done.  Since then I have managed to fit in 5 minutes of sewing here and there and somehow that was enough to get them finished.

Both pillows were made from scraps.  This one from quarter log cabins:
new couch pillows
And this one from rectangles:
new couch pillows
I forgot to get pictures of the backs of the pillows, but they both have a zipper (using this method) and are backed with Essex linen in black.

I was positive that one of my pillow forms was 2" bigger than the other so I made a 20" pillow and an 18" pillow.  But it turns out that the pillow forms are the same size and 19" pillows would have been perfect for both of them.  Oh well, maybe I will remember next time.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Welcoming . . .

August Miles Jackman
August Miles Jackman
born May 15, 2015
8 lbs 9 oz, 21 inches

Early Friday morning I woke up after my water broke.  After a rushed trip to the hospital, this little guy was born 13 hours later.  
August Miles Jackman
He has lots of dark brown hair and a bad case of jaundice, so we are currently spending lots of time sunbathing.
August Miles Jackman
While I was in labor we managed to narrow the name options down to 3 choices and once he was born, August felt like the right one.  It is a family name on my husband's side that I really felt attached to.  Miles doesn't have any particular significance other than the fact that we liked it :)
August Miles Jackman
So far he has been really good at sleeping during the day screaming at night, though that seems to be getting a little better. 

I will definitely not be doing as much sewing for a while, but I can't imagine that I will be able to completely stay away, so expect to hear from me a little more sparingly over the next few weeks.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Scrappy Kaleidoscope Quilt

Welcome!  I almost missed out on the Blogger's Quilt Festival this year since we have a brand new baby in the house (details to come soon!) but I didn't want to completely miss participating.
scrappy kaleidoscope quilt
You can read more about this quilt in the original post here, but as I looked through the projects I have made over the past few months, this was definitely my favorite.  
scrappy kaleidoscope quilt backing
It is amazing what you can do with leftover pieces of fabric.  This quilt makes me want to work with scraps more often.  And flannel.  I love quilts backed with flannel.
scrappy kaleidoscope quilt
Finished size: 64" x 72"
Category: Scrappy Quilts
Kitchen Table Quilting

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Modern Medallion Workbook (and giveaway)

Last year I was approached by the wonderful Beth and Janice to submit an idea for a book they were working on.  The process of writing a book is long and I have so much respect for Beth and Janice after getting a little glimpse of the process - I could never do it - but the book is amazing!
Here it is: The Modern Medallion Workbook.  The best thing about the book is that it's a workbook, which means that you could either follow the patterns or use the patterns and techniques in the book to create your own quilt.  It is so much more versatile than your average book and I will be using it as a reference and resource often.
Oviedo Medallion
When I made the quilt I was a little obsessed with Allison Glass' new (at the time) Sun Print and Clover Sunshine fabrics and they directly inspired the design of the quilt.  I combined them with coordinating prints and love how happy and colorful the quilt turned out.
Oviedo Medallion
I kept the quilting pretty simple and did my favorite diamond crosshatch over the entire quilt.  The finished quilt has a great, soft texture and doesn't compete with the happy colors.  
Oviedo Medallion
C&T is generously giving away a copy of the book to one lucky winner.  To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post.  The giveaway is open to both US (for a physical copy of the book) and International entries (for a digital copy of the book).  

The giveaway will be open until May 25th at 5pm PST. 

All of the contributors are sharing information about their quilts and giving away a copy so make sure to check out the other stops on the blog hop.
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