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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Solidarity on: January 11, 2012 03:06:09 PM
In December 2011 the Austin Modern Quilt Guild worked together to make a charity quilt.  Members of the guild donated 12.5 x 12.5 blocks, using only solid fabrics.  I collected all the blocks, made the top and back, helped two other guild members long-arm quilt it, and then I did the binding.  The final size is a generous twin.

 

The quilt was donated to Artists Against Cancer, a non-profit organization to help those who work in the arts in their battles against cancer.  Artists Against Cancer held a silent auction that December to raise money for our fellow quilter.

BTW, I love the tag I made for the back!!!



More details on my blog.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Easy & Modern Charity Quilt on: September 27, 2011 12:39:06 PM
Central Texas has been hit by severe drought in 2011, and in September, there were multiple wildfires, including a major one in Bastrop, which took out 1500 homes.  Modern Day Quilts is holding a quilt drive, so I made two quilts (so far) for those who have lost everything.  This is one of those quilts! 

I wanted something I could put together quickly and FINISH UP before October starts.  And quickly it went! I did the top in about 2 hours and assembled the back, basted, and quilted that weekend.  Binding was completed a few days later.  Just waiting to finish one more quilt and then off both go to the donation drop-off locations!

This is the front:



This is the back:



Of course, both sides are fairly simple and the quilt is pretty much reversible.   Grin

More details on my blog... including a link to a TUTORIAL for the quilt!

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Shower - Appliqued Onesies and Diaper Cake on: August 01, 2010 04:52:59 PM
Another baby shower!  Previous baby showers that I've posted about are here, here, and here.

I'm on a "onesie" kick.  I dye onesies and applique fabric to them.  Total hand-crafted baby goodness.  Here are the pink and grey shabby chic onesies I made for a baby shower this weekend.



And... as every baby shower needs... here is the obligatory diaper cake.  Smiley



From the diaper cake photo, you can see a photo of each parent-to-be, when they were little kids.  I thought it was a nice personal touch. 

I made a door sign with Microsoft Paint.  Super easy and I love the way it gets the party started!



One of the games we played was "Guess the baby photo".  I talk about the rules in my "Potty Like Rockstars" baby shower post

At the last minute, I actually couldn't attend the party that I had worked so hard to plan.  My co-hostesses and the mom-to-be took a photo with my baby photo at the end of the party.  Awww.... super sweet!



4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Crate & Barrel Inspired: Bermuda Stripes on: January 21, 2010 02:51:31 PM
A few years ago I made this striped quilt.  Its twin sized. 



Its based on the Bermuda Stripes quilt from Crate & Barrel:



I made a plaid queen sized quilt for my sister some years earlier and I still had fabrics leftover. Paired with some white fabric, they would be perfect for this quilt!

Creating the quilt top was fairly easy. I quickly cut stripes of the plaid and white fabrics. I varied the widths by up to 1/2 inch. Sew together and press. Voila! A top is made.

The construction of the quilt, on the other hand, was more intense.

This was the first time I ever "quilted" a quilt before. All previous quilts had been done with yarn ties. I wanted to recreate the quilting in the Crate & Barrel quilt. So, I stitched every stripe in my own quilt "in the ditch", aka stitching in the ditch. About 1/3 of the way into the process, I thought the quilting would never end! And I NEVER EVER wanted to "quilt" a quilt again after that!

Another first on this quilt? The binding was sewn on, but I had no idea what I was doing. This was before Heather Bailey's infamous tutorial hit the internet and the instructions I had tried to follow were confusing! I sewed the binding to the front and back and its kind of hideous to look at!



My dog isn't too impressed.  But I like it.  Smiley

Lessons learned from this quilt? Try, try, try new things. I saw something that inspired me and I went out to try to figure out how to make it. It might not be perfect, but it was great practice.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My First Quilt: Around the World (circa 1995) on: January 06, 2010 10:18:02 AM
I recently found a photo of my first quilt.  I made it my senior year in high school. 

I used the book Around The World from the quilt-in-a-day series to make it.  This quilt is almost 15 years old and we still use it!  Its kept at my parent's cabin in northern Minnesota.  I used a high loft polyester batting and it keeps us warm on cold nights.  Smiley



Back in 1995, navy blue and forest green were "cool" colors, so that's what I used in the quilt.  Some of the fabrics have faded over the years.  I know today I wouldn't pick those colors for a quilt -- especially all the floral fabric.  I wonder what I will think of some of my other quilts in 15 years! 

You can read more about the quilt on my blog!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Modern Floral Baby Quilt on: November 15, 2009 10:26:28 AM
Another baby quilt!  Two baby showers, two weekends apart...  The last one I made was the Texas/UTEP two sided baby blanket

A couple of months ago, I found this brilliant orange/yellow/grey floral fabric and I couldn't wait to make a baby quilt for my friend's baby.  The front is random squares.  The back is the floral fabric with a strip of the same fabric on the front.  The blanket is quilted in the ditch around each square and then diagonally. 

My favorite part of the quilt are the ruffles around the edges!

THE FRONT:



THE BACK:



A couple more photos, in our living room.  This blanket matches our furniture and decor.  Smiley







7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Make a charm pack - another swap? on: November 03, 2009 08:50:07 AM
I am so late to the game.  I was reading old quilt posts and saw this quilt top by chimes

There was a Charm Pack Swap this summer and I missed it.  Here are the photos.  There were talks of another swap, but I never saw that it happened. 

Would anybody be interested in joining?  I wanted to post here, in case the rest of you never read the swap board (like me!).
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Bahhh!! Just two more "sheep" in the Halloween crowd on: November 01, 2009 02:54:21 PM
Do you ever feel like "one of the many" at your job?  In life?  Sometimes we feel that way... so we dressed as sheep for Halloween this year.  

 

My boyfriend bought the sheep masks online and I bought the fabric from Joanns.  I sewed our costumes from scratch  I made a pair of shorts and a "hoodie" for each of us.  Voila!  We had transformed into sheep.  They weren't the best of costumes, but I think it worked okay.



We celebrated Halloween in downtown Austin, Texas, with the other tens of thousand "sheep".  Most of the night was at a Butthole Surfers concert.  My favorite comment of the night was when we were standing in line for beer: "Look at your guys... just like the other sheep."  That guy got it.  Smiley

After the show, we walked to 6th Street, where thousands of people of people gather.  All sorts of people come downtown... Those dressed in costume. And those that don't dress up, but want to see the "crazy" costumes themselves.  Comments we heard, walking around (not including those of a sadistic sexual nature), included:

  • One, Two... (counting sheep)
  • Oh, how precious are you two!
  • Baaaaaahhhhh

Here we are with the BIG BAD WOLF.

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Texas / UTEP Baby Quilt on: October 27, 2009 08:06:34 AM
Some friends of mine are having a baby in December.  The mom-to-be is Texas Longhorns graduate. The dad-to-be is a UTEP Miners graduate. Both are big football fans. Their lil' baby boy even has a sports themed nursery waiting for him!

What was my baby gift? A Texas Longhorns / UTEP Miners baby quilt.



The UTEP Miners side was made using the school colors (orange & blue) and a white background.  A friend gave me a Miners t-shirt, which I used for the UTEP logo and the Miners pickax.  The best part of the t-shirt was the Texas Longhorn, stamped with a pickax!  



The Texas Longhorns side is a myriad of Longhorns fabric and a t-shirt.  Texas fabric is much easier to come by, especially in its hometown!  I had the best time creating wacky, modern blocks with Texas fabrics.  




The quilt was binded with black & white fabric, to tie the two sides together.   I quilted all over in a random pattern.  Washed & dried.... and the quilt was given to mom at a shower this past weekend!

You can see details on my blog, too!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / "Let's Potty Like Rock Stars" Baby Shower on: June 14, 2009 06:00:32 PM
Wednesday night I hosted a "Rock-n-Roll" baby shower for a friend. 

I created the invitations in photoshop, made a coordinating diaper cake (complete with low-top black converse shoes as a cake topper -- just like her mama's!), and a friend and I made earrings from giftcards as thank you gifts.

Diaper cake:



Invitation:



Shower favors -- homemade earrings.  FROM GIFT CARDS!



We played three games:

1. Guess the baby from the photo
All guests brought (or emailed me) a baby/kid photo of themselves.  It was a lot of fun.  We had 19 baby pictures, so it was pretty tough to figure out who was who, but I think everyone liked it.  I decorated the poster board that held the photos with "VIP cards".  Here is an image of the mom-to-be's card:



2.  Dirty Diaper Game
This seems to be a classic these days.  Five diapers, five different candy bars melted in the diaper.  We had so many guests, so instead of letting guests pass around the diapers themselves, they only got 5 seconds to guess, and then it was off to the next person.  All three hosts of the shower passed the diapers around, so it went by pretty quickly.

3.  Ice Ice Baby (aka, "Oops, my water broke!")
Buy some miniature plastic babies (available at craft stores--got mine at Hobby Lobby) and some small plastic cups. Put a baby in each of the cups (I used ice cube trays), pour water in it and freeze them. Each guest receives one ice-baby. Whoever can make the water melt first and announces "my water broke" wins a prize. 

I found the perfect party plates at Target:



And here were the iron-on onesies I made, which we used for decorations:













Thanks for letting me share!
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