Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sending a quilt to be quilted: a follow up

I have been meaning to post an update to my previous post for the past few weeks, but I have had a hard time working on this quilt.  But now that it is done I wanted to share a few follow up thoughts.
Finished Giant Giant Hexagon Quilt
Overall, I am happy with how the quilt turned out.  The quilting mostly looks pretty good and I love that the quilt is extra big so my husband and I aren't fighting over the blanket.  I do not love that I ended up having to trim 1/2" plus off of each side to get rid of the folded over fabric and that there are several places in the quilt where the quilting is not lined up.  Most of the other issues are less noticeable now that the quilt has been washed.

After my previous post the quilter responded and and apologized and ended up refunding my money.  That is not why I made the post and I did not expect anything from her, but it was very kind of her.  

I know that I am not the only person who has had issues with this quilter because two separate people contacted me after my post correctly guessing who the quilter was because they had similar issues recently.  This quilter was highly recommended to me by several people and, while the experience was upsetting and surprising, it would not deter me from sending quilts out to another quilter.  My expectations of and communication with the quilter would definitely change the second time around.
Finished Giant Giant Hexagon Quilt
Finishing up the timing on this was perfect since we also just finished our bathroom remodel and I thought I'd share a few photos since the remodel has been taking a massive amount of my time and energy lately.

The process was painful, but it was worth it.  Now I just need about a zillion dollars to redo the rest of the house.

Speaking of our house, if you follow me on Instagram you may have already seen this, but look who we found on our front doorstep yesterday!
Yes, it's a rattlesnake.  And I did not realize it was a rattlesnake at the time or I would not have run to get my camera.  But this guy is now safely in the hands of animal control and hopefully this will be our last rattlesnake encounter for a while!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Virtual Baby Shower

I am so overwhelmed right now.  My fellow members of the do. Good Stitches Wish Circle are amazing and talented and generous and threw me a virtual baby shower.  Today was the designated day to open the gifts.  My kids were just as excited as I was so I let them help me open everything.

Before I get to the photos I just want to thank these ladies for all of their love and support.  I hope they know how much their thoughtfulness means to me!  I am far from being ready for this baby to be born and this made me feel so much more prepared.

Caitlin made the cutest alligator (crocodile?).  My daughter has already tried to steal this for herself.
Virtual Baby Shower
Maggie made this adorable hat.  I am hopeless when it comes to yarn but Maggie is amazing!
Virtual Baby Shower
Steph made some really cute burp cloths, bibs, and a soft toy.  My kids wanted to know why I don't make cool stuff like this, ha ha.  
Virtual Baby Shower
Becky made this really cute diapers/wipes pouch.  She also included some diapers and wipes which is amazing because I haven't bought any yet!
Virtual Baby Shower
Kirsten sent some wipes, a binky clip, a diaper strap, and some bandana bibs.  This baby is going to be so stylish :)
Virtual Baby Shower
Virtual Baby Shower
Lynn made some adorable, thick, very absorbent feeling bibs which will be awesome if this baby spits up like his big brother did ;)
Virtual Baby Shower
And Rene' sent a super cute hat and outfit and a quilt that she bought from the Auction for Eleni.  Knowing that the proceeds from the quilt went to help Rachel makes it extra special.  
Virtual Baby Shower
Virtual Baby Shower
Virtual Baby Shower
Seriously, how amazing are these ladies?  And I still have one more gift to look forward to from Kelleigh.  Thanks so much guys!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Reel Time Tablerunner

Welcome to the third day of the Reel Time blog tour.  This collection is from Zen Chic and it is wonderfully reminiscent of Comma, which is my favorite Zen Chic line.  These are a few of my favorite prints.
Reel Time Fabrics
I decided to make a table runner using a little of most of the prints in the collection.  The truth is that I couldn't pick favorites and wanted to use everything.
Reel Time Table Runner
The colors of the prints really inspired me; I love how that within each color, the prints are similarly colored, but there is enough of a difference in value to give the finished project some dimension.  

I am looking forward to picking up yardage, especially of the low volume prints. 
Reel Time Table Runner
Make sure to follow along with the blog tour to see lots of other projects featuring Reel Time.
11. April
Lynne Goldsworthy from Lily’s Quilts
12. April
Nettie Peterson from A quilt is nice
13. April
Erica Jackman from Kitchen Table Quilting
14. April
Lee Heinrich from Freshly Pieced
15. April
Amy Smart from Diary of a Quilter
16. April
Nicole Daksiewicz from Modern Handcraft
17. April
Rochelle New from Lucky Lucille
18. April
Kelly Smith  from,
19. April
Lisa Cox from A Spoon full of Sugar
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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Prepping for Baby (and a shop update)

I have been somewhat limited as far as what I can do to prepare for this baby.  We have about 5-ish weeks left and have been in the middle of a major bathroom remodel for the past month.

Earlier this year we discovered that there was severe water damage (and mold) in the wall behind our shower.  And then we found out that before we moved in, there had been mice living under the tub and the droppings were still there.  Gross, gross, gross.  Our master bathroom was completely ripped out and the other bathrooms have been without sinks, counters, or mirrors.  Everything has been displaced.  But the remodel is finally done and I can finally start putting things away.
flannel burp cloths
Fabrics are all flannel.  From left to right: Cloud 9 Fanfare, Cloud 9 from Joann's, Sarah Jane's Children at Play, and another Cloud 9 from Joann's.  
While I have been waiting for the bathroom to get finished up I cut a very large stack of burp cloths from some small-ish flannel scraps I had sitting around.  I have been sewing a couple together here and there, but then I realized that I should probably just buckle down and finish them so that I have some for myself and so that I am prepared for gifts.  There are LOTS more than the ones pictured.  I should have enough to last a while.  

In addition to making these and completely cleaning out and rearranging the house post-remodel, I also listed a couple more quilts in my Etsy shop.  I really hate to part with quilts that I have made, but I just do not have room for them.  

And, thanks to the remodel, I am sorely unprepared and underfunded.  So I have decided that until the end of the month, everything in my shop is 10% off with coupon code NEWBABY15.  After the end of the month anything that is remaining in my shop will be gifted or donated to make room.  

Monday, April 6, 2015

September (!) do. Good Stitches Quilt

I have been continuing my do. Good Stitches catchup and was able to put together some blocks that have been sitting on my shelf since September.  I do not like to let things sit around that long, but I kept forgetting about them until I was in the middle of a new project and they just didn't get done.
do. Good Stitches August Wish Circle
I bumped this quilt to the top of my list last week and made 1 last block and put everything together.  We made these blocks using my tutorial which makes a block that looks like a string block without the paper piecing.  I am so over paper piecing right now.  

The back of the quilt is some leftover Britten Nummer fabric from Ikea that was leftover from another project.
do. Good Stitches August Wish Circle
This quilt will be donated to Project Linus. And just in time because I have a stack of February blocks waiting to be put together.  

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

do. Good Stitches Blocks Catchup

I have gotten shamefully behind on my do. Good Stitches duties, so I am playing catchup.

First I put together our February blocks. Since it was my turn as quilter last month and I knew it would be a little while until I could put the quilt together, I put these off. I asked everyone to make 2 of these double pinwheel blocks in warm pinks, oranges, peaches, and yellows where the larger pinwheel was a darker shade and the smaller pinwheel was a lighter shade of the same color.
double pinwheel blocks
I also needed to hurry and get my March blocks finished so I could get them in the mail.  Kirsten requested that we each make 2 of Allison's Heart Blocks, one in blue and one in pink so that she can put 2 quilts together.
heart blocks
Our circle (the Wish Circle) has put together some gorgeous quilts lately.  I can't remember which of the quilts I have shared, so I will just show you a couple of recent finishes.

Caitlin's Geese in the Round quilt.  You might have seen this on display at QuiltCon and it's amazing.  I love it.
Geese in the Round Quilt
Steph's Friendship Star Quilt.  I love the colors that Steph chose and how cuddly it looks.
WISH friendship star front
Kirsten's 4-penny patch.  When Kirsten posted the block directions for this quilt, I knew it was going to be amazing.  How happy are those colors?
Our WISH Circle 4-penny patch quilt is done! #dogoodstitches
Rebekah's Goldfish Cracker quilt.  This is going to make someone so happy.

All of our quilts go to Project Linus.  If you are interested in getting involved with do. Good Stitches, you can find out more information here.  

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Finished Art Gallery Knit Blankets

Thank you for sticking with me through the tutorials to make these blankets.  I hope that at least someone out there finds them helpful!  You can find part 1 here and part 2 here.  
art gallery knit blankets
I thought I'd take a minute to post a picture of each blanket along with the fabric details.  All of the fabrics used here are made by Art Gallery fabrics.  Their knits are 58"-60" wide and are wonderfully soft.  
art gallery knit blanket
Blanket: Buck Forest Mist, Binding: Adventure Springs 
art gallery knit blanket
Blanket: Make Patches Shabby, Binding: Peachy Custard Solid 
art gallery knit blanket
Blanket: Adventure Springs, Binding: Amaranth Solid
art gallery knit blanket
Blanket: Bullion Fronds Carnation, Binding: Turquoise Solid 
art gallery knit blanket
Blanket: Serape Ferver, Binding: Deep Dark Ocean Solid
art gallery knit blanket
Blanket: Binding: Untangled Ribbons, Binding: Strawberry Kiss Solid
art gallery knit blanket
Blanket: Follow Me Moonlight, Binding: Tin Tint Solid
art gallery knit blanket
Blanket: Cottagely Posy, Binding: Sahara Sun Solid

And since I promised to let you know what I did with my leftover knit from the smaller blankets, I am turning them into the most wonderfully soft burp cloths.  I saw this idea over at Made by Rae and they are knit on one side . . . 
knit/double gauze burp cloth
and Cotton + Steel double gauze on the other.  I used this template to create the shape.  
knit/double gauze burp cloth
They are so soft and light and perfect.  And very cute.  

Please let me know if you have any questions about the tutorials.  

Most of the fabrics in this post were provided by Art Gallery Fabrics at my request.  I have done my best to portray my honest opinions.  
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