Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Indecision and Picnics

Apparently this has just been indecision time. While I was trying to decide how to complete the butterfly quilt, I moved on to quilting this baby quilt. I used a bit of an all over swirly pattern (someone probably has a real name for this, but whatever.) I HATED it. I not only thought the quilting pattern took away from the quilt, but I didn't think I'd done a good job. So, I spent a few days ripping out all of the quilting. And, then requilted it. I'm not quite ready to show the completed quilt yet, but it is completed. Yeah.
We go on a lot of picnics around here. At least two a week, where we sit on the ground. I've been talking about making a quilt for picnics, and finally got around to it. I knew I wanted the quilt to be cheap, or as inexpensive as possible. So, when JoAnn's had a good sale, I bought all of the materials for the quilt. About $25 worth I think. I also wanted the quilt to be pretty easy to make. I borrowed this book from the library, which had the perfect quilt design. It took me just a couple of hours to complete the quilt top, though quite a bit more for quilting. I quilted it with an all over stipple. I also wanted the quilt to be bright, as in stain-resistant. I think I got that. We've already picnicked twice on it, so it already has peanut butter, jelly, milk, and cheese spilled on it.
I believe it is about 60 X 80. The green for the sashing was the first color I chose, thinking grass stains.

(I can't seem to get the color right on these photos. The quilts are a bit brighter than they are showing up. I'm having a hard time editing lately.)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I'm working on an applique baby quilt. I knew that I wanted to make a bright, butterfly quilt. In 2004, I made this baby quilt inspired by Eric Carle, containing a butterfly.
I loved the bright colors, and wanted to make something totally girly this time. I found this batik and used it as my starting point for fabric choices, though the colors are a bit outside of my comfort zone.

I now have the butterflies appliqued together, but not the whole quilt pieced. One of the butterflies is bothering me a bit. I'm not a big fan of bright pink, so that pink, ugh. I bought quite a bit of that pink, too. I guess I thought it really went well with the butterfly batik.

So, this is where I need your help. I planned this background, with strips of purple and the butterfly batik on either side of the white. I'm not sure how well you can see them in these photos. Should I keep it this way?

Or, should I add a bit of the pink, so the pink on the butterfly doesn't stand out as much? Or, would a pink binding tie things together enough (attempts at showing a pink binding in above photo with the wad of pink on the side.)

Or, should I lose the purple and just have the butterfly batik between the white (like in the photo below?)

Or, should I tear out all bits of that bright pink from the butterfly, replacing with some other color? Like maybe a lighter pink?

Or, do you have other suggestions? Please be honest, I do want input. (though I did spend quite a bit of time designing and sewing this, so, you know, be kind.)

Monday, July 6, 2009

A few projects

My current WIPs.

I certainly am more (cough) organized when I have only one project going at a time, but I'm definitely not bored with anything when I have a few sewing projects all in various stages.

Easy quilt top, almost completed
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Applique from the beginning of a baby quilt
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And a sandwiched, ready to be quilted, very feminine quilt

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Pizza Quilt

I made this quilt for Brad, a friend of mine who is recovering from a brain injury. I tried to use masculine fabrics in a simple design. Ashlyn thinks the orange dots are hilarious and calls them pizza fabric, hence the name of the quilt. I was originally planning to add a few more different design blocks, but decided that I would just stick with these two as I was putting stuff together. I used some of the different designs for the back.
The yellow might be a little bright, but I like the back otherwise. Notice the three pairs of feet behind the quilt. Allen was being such a goofball about holding up the quilt that the kids thought it must be great fun to hold a quilt, too.

And the goofball holding the quilt when I asked him to turn the quilt around to show me the other side.
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