Saturday, May 25, 2013

Crabby Baby Quilt

No, not for a crabby baby!

The couple I made this quilt for last year are now having a baby in July.  Their wedding was on the beach last year and they chose a beach theme for their nursery.  I just got back from the shower and boy did she get a lot of ocean themed gifts!  

This quilt is my interpretation of the ocean/beach theme.  I finished it at 10 am and the shower began at 11:30 (plenty of time!  Gotta love a deadline!!!)

I tried to make the beach, water and sky.  I used different quilting stitches in each color, too.  The crabs came from Patches, a local quilt store. We live in Maryland so crabs are on many items.  I ironed them on and quilted around them as I went.  

One of my favorite things about this quilt is actually the back.  I used minky so it is very soft and has a nice weight to it.  I absolutely adore how the wavy quilting and the crabs show up on the back!  So cute!

I quilted the pebbles with pebble quilting!  Ha!

 I got to use some beachy and watery fabric from my stash.  I did buy that fabric with the cute little blue crabs.

 As I was making the quilt, I cut each layer with both layers right side up on top of each other.  Then I used the curve method to sew them together by bringing the part under the foot together about an inch before you sew it.  No pins!

I did have to rip one out and try again as I must have pulled it too hard and it was a little ripply.  And I ripped out some of the quilting that was really horrible because I forgot to put down the presser foot (it is hard to tell on my machine with the darning foot-is it like this on all machines?).  Ahhh!  Adventures in sewing!

The back is not this poofy-just the light I guess.  Can you find the crabs?

I used a light blue crab as the label. Thanks to my daughter for holding the quilt!  See her cute shoes?

 I love to make baby quilts!  The good news is I have a few more to make!

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Sunday, May 5, 2013

Quilt Blocks for Boston

quilts for Boston

I made three quilt blocks for Boston.  The Boston Modern Quilt guild is collecting blocks to give to survivors of the marathon tragedy. We have all been saddened and shocked by the actions of the two brothers.  Someone from my guild is collecting blocks from us tomorrow. I used the Boston Marathon colors of yellow, gray, blue, and white as requested.  I hope they can cheer someone up!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

A beautiful day for a wedding!

We are having perfect Spring weather this weekend!  Just beautiful!  My whole family was at the wedding of my son-in-law's sister.  The flowers were blooming, there was a fountain gurgling, lovely green grass- just perfect! My little grandson was the ring bearer (not that they let the five month old hold the rings!) and both his parents were in the wedding.  My granddaughter made friends with the flower girl and they had a lovely time running and dancing.

I gave the newlyweds a quilt, of course.  It is my Madrona Road challenge quilt and has been done for a while but I couldn't take any good pictures of it (I was laid up for awhile).  So here it is:
Madrona Road Challenge Quilt

Side One

This is the flipside of the quilt-I actually quilted from this side.

I used some curved straight line quilting and some fun curvy fillers.

All rolled up and tied with a bow!  I remembered to label it.

I really do love having a quilt with two sides!  Sometimes the back is my favorite side!  Anyone else?

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