Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The ABC's

What would kind of quilt do you make for a baby whose parents are both English teachers?

Well, an alphabet quilt of course!

I set my Summer Sparkle Star quilt aside for awhile to get going on this one.

Hopefully, I'll have it completed before school starts in a few weeks.

My blocks are made with Dilly Dally fabric from Me and My Sister Designs and Bella Bleached White Solid fabric too.

The pattern is basically from the Moda Spell It With Fabric Blog Hop that happened back in February.  My blocks are sized a bit smaller to make the quilt baby sized.

I wanted to make some letters during the blog hop.......those quilts were amazing........but I didn't really know what I'd do with an ABC quilt.

When this opportunity came up, I thought it was the perfect excuse to go make some letters! 

Originally, I wasn't planning to make the letters white.  I was going to use some of the same fabrics that I'm now using in the background.

It just wasn't going well for me when I tried to lay out my color combinations.

Then, I was lucky enough to be reading the blog Happy Quilting and I saw Melissa's post about her recently finished ABC quilt.  

She had used a white solid for her letters and the background fabrics we were both using were bright fabric lines from Me and My Sisters Designs, so that that gave me a general picture of what my quilt might look like.

I loved it.

Problem solved!

Thanks so much Melissa!

I'm off to get a few more letters done before I make dinner and then drive a boy over to cross country practice.

If I get a chance to take a few more pictures of the next letters tonight, I will.  

Maybe I won't get the letters out of order this time, like I did in the first few pictures I took. Ha!Ha!

  Glad I caught that mistake!  I guess as long as I don't do that in the actual quilt, I'm good.

Wouldn't that be embarrassing? LOL!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Jersey Girl is finished

I'm glad to be able to post a finish this week!

The summer is just flying by and I hope you're enjoying it.

I know we are!

This one has been done for a few weeks and it's now hanging in the hallway, not in the backyard.

  That's a good thing, because we've gotten so much rain.

Not that rain is a bad thing, you just don't want your quilt hanging outside when its raining.  Inside is definitely better.

Here are the stats on this one-

It's Jersey Girl designed by the amazing Carrie Nelson.

I made it for a Schnibbles parade back in January, I think, and I used fabrics from both the Reunion and the Road 15 fabric lines by Sweetwater.

You can read a few of my posts about piecing it, and about quilting it too, if you click herehere, and here

For the quilting, I did some flowerlike swirls with my Bernina 820 on my quilt frame.

I'm pleased with how it turned out, even though I haven't been practicing as much as I probably should be, to have nice quilting stitches.

I have good intensions, but as I'm sure you know, there just aren't enough hours in the day!

Oh, I love the backing on this one too!

I forgot to get a picture of it this time, but you can get a look at it in the picture below that I swiped from my own previous post about quilting it.

See it on the back roller?

It's from the fabric collection Just My Type by Patti Young.

Next time I take some pictures, I'll try to take some of the back for you.


Here is one last picture of it before I'm off to enjoy the pool weather while we can!

The aisles at Target are full of school supplies already and a few super-bright lime green folders even found their way into my cart yesterday.

I might not be doing much sewing, blogging or commenting recently, but I've been keeping up with your posts and I've been enjoying relaxing with my family this summer.

It won't be long before school will be back in session here, and then I plan to sew up a storm!