Thursday, August 13, 2015

Boys Will Be Boys

I'm not sure how the age of 2 became known as the "terrible twos"
because now that son is three, the terrible twos feels like it was a piece of cake compared to three so far.
Is three the age of mood swings? 
Sometimes if people see he's having a bad day and ask what's wrong with him, the only thing I have to say is, "He turned three." 
People who have young boys or who have raised boys tell me that it's typical and reassure me that it's just a stage he's going through. And I cling to the hope that it will pass quickly.
If not, I'm in for a looooong year! 
As they say, "boys will be boys" and my son is the perfect example. 
A typical high energy little boy who likes to run around in his underwear, stick his tongue out, and laughs if you say "stinky face" or "fart head".
As much as he drives me crazy, I absolutely LOVE him and love having a little boy!! 
Boys are wild but so much fun. 

I've had it on my mind lately to make a boy quilt since I've sewn a lot of baby girl quilts recently.
I absolutely love blue & green together and happened to have quite a few of those colors in my stash so I started cutting and sewing what I already had in my stash. 
This is what I came up with. 
I love a simple patchwork quilt with striped binding.
It was so much fun taking pictures of this boy quilt!
I took shots where l know little boys love to play and near things they love.
For instance, little boys and their love of tractors...
...and swings...
...and fields to run around in and get dirt and tics.
I look forward to listing this in my etsy shop that will be opening SOON!!
I'm counting down the days!!! 
I'll release my opening date soon!
So stay tuned and thanks for following along!

**And HUGE thanks for all your kind words of support and encouragement when I announced I'm opening shop this past week! You all are so sweet and bless me immensely!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Moonlit Sunset

I recently had my first sewing endeavour with Cotton&Steel fabrics, and can I just say, 
I'm completely smitten.
I ordered a fat quarter bundle of Moonlit fabric by Rashida Coleman-Hale.
I knew I wanted simple lines with this quilt since there are so many geometric prints in the fabric that needed shown off.
 It's the perfect quilt to snuggle under, to take on a picnic, or cozy on when counting the stars. 

After all, the fabric is called Moonlit.
I'm kicking myself for not taking pictures of it with the blue moon last week, but oh well. Instead I snapped shots of it at sunset.

Doesn't it just make you want to sit outside on your back porch and listen to the crickets sing or watch the flashing lights of lightning bugs?!
You can't go wrong with a beautiful sunset under a comfy crinkly quilt. wrinkled up so nicely just like a newly washed quilt should.
 I hope you love it as much as I do.

 It will be for available and up for sale soon because....
...big news...

I'm opening shop!!!
That's right...I'm opening a shop over on Etsy! 
I'm thrilled, nervous, anxious, but so excited!!!!!!!
I've been working so hard and can't wait to share with you the details!! 
 Stay tuned!!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Reversible Baby Quilt

 I'm so excited to share with you a baby quilt I just finished for a special baby girl! 
I love the coral & mint colors in this quilt! 
The special perk to this quilt is it's REVERSIBLE!!

I originally had intentions of this baby quilt to just be a strip quilt.
(You know me and my love of strip quilts!!!)
But I felt like it needed something more. The strips seemed to be too simple, too plain for such a special baby girl. So I set the strip quilt top aside and started a new quilt top with the scraps I had left.
 I'm smitten over triangle quilts right now so I knew right away I wanted to have my hand at a triangle quilt.
And I'm so glad I did because the fabrics worked perfectly together as triangles!
And since I had a leftover quilt top lying around I thought it would make the perfect "backing" for this quilt which in turn made this quilt reversible! 
How awesome is that?! Genius idea (*pat on the back)
I quilted along each side of the triangles which gives the back even more pattern and texture to the strips.
After a fresh wash, it wrinkled up ever so nicely the way a fresh new quilt should.
This one is going to be hard to part with, but I love it's going to a friend of ours and their soon to be baby girl! I hope they love this quilt as much as I do!

...and a few last pics for your viewing pleasure....

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mary's Quilt

I know I say this every year, but wow the summer is flying by!!
How are we already so close to August??!
Unfortunately, my July hasn't been as productive as I wanted it to be. 
It's so hard to get some good quality sewing time when I have 2 very young children and all the summer activities that come with the beautiful weather. And my sister got a tonsilectomy last week so I've been trying to help her as much as I can or watching my niece & nephew so she can get some rest. I've witnessed my husband getting his tonsils removed and now my sister. I'd be fine if I don't ever have to get mine removed-recovery is less than a pleasant one!!!! Yeow!

Anyways, I have managed to finish one quilt order so far. 
My mother in law Mary loves baby-sized quilts to use at a table-cover so she asked me to make her one that match her new curtains. I LOVE when she asks me to make things for her because she leaves all the designing and creativity to me which makes it a lot of fun for me.
I'm obsessed with triangle quilts so I sewed up some random half square triangles and got to sewing. 
I didn't have a pattern or design in mind until I was done sewing them and laid them all out to figure out how to sort them.
I love when half square triangles are random and abstract. In fact, I have another HST in the making.
But since this quilt is meant to be a large table-topper, I wanted to make sure it had more of a dramatic middle or center to the quilt. That's why I decided to put a Sawtooth Star in the middle. And instead of the triangles being random, I made them more into points to give a symmetrical look.
 That's what I love about HSTs! They design possibilities are endless!!
I'm not all that good at triangles yet, I've been practicing and trying to get better at them. So I appreciate my Mother-in-Law giving me a chance to play around with triangles and even some free motion quilting.
The quilt has many flaws and is far from perfect.
But one thing it does have is love!
I spent a lot of time, love, and effort trying to make a quilt she would enjoy
so I hope she loves it... flaws & all. Afterall, it is handmade.
There's just something so special about a handmade quilt.
They are one of a kind.