Monday, September 12, 2011

Free baby quilt pattern with an interesting twist


There are so many free patterns out there. It's getting hard to keep track. (Which is why I like to talk about other people's rather than make my own!)

I ran across this Mother Goose one the other day over at Red Rooster Fabrics. The design was put together to feature a (surprise!) Mother Goose line of fabric, including the panel in the middle of the quilt.

One of the things I liked most about this quilt was the mismatched borders. Oh, mismatched sounds horrible. I mean, the fact that the side borders aren't the same as the top and bottom borders. So they don't match, but they go. It's a great way to add width or length when your center doesn't make for a properly proportioned quilt, and the execution here makes the entire quilt more interesting. Rather than just make the piano key strips longer, they did an extra border with the card trick block. Very clever.

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Friday, September 9, 2011

Cute, colorful and a great stash buster of a baby quilt idea


Spotted this cutie over on Greenleaf Goods blog this week. It's one of her first shots at a quilt to sell on Etsy and it's just adorable. And, looking at it, a great way to cut down a scrap stash! Just pick two colors that work together, grab a bunch of them of all sizes and go to town. The mix of colors, patterns and sizes adds a lot of interest here.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New John Deere nursery fabric line

John Deere Nursery Panel GreenWhen you think farm, you automatically think John Deere - right? Ok, maybe you thought cows and chickens first, but John Deere tractors are right behind for most people when you talk farm.

I've talked about making your own John Deere quilt before and I still really like that line, but I found a new one over at Fabric.com that I just love. The panel is just too darned cute! You have the tractor, of course, but the cartoony animals and their sounds are just perfect for a baby quilt.

The panel measures 36"x44" and you can pair it up with the other three fabrics in the line. I like the middle one for an inner border and the third one for an outer border. The first - definitely for the back.

Oh - and, they're on sale until Sept. 12, an extra 15% or so off. And Fabric.com has free shipping on orders over $35 and they give you a 37" yard. Awesome.

John Deere Nursery Farm Animal Block Green John Deere Nursery Farm Animal Toss Plaid Green John Deere Nursery Farm Animal Scenic Green


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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Cute farm animal fabric - on sale now!

I love when I stumble on a deal I wasn't expecting. Always fun!

And I stumbled on a nice one here that's only good until Sept. 12. I was looking for some new farm animal fabrics for baby quilts and Fabric.com has them on sale. They're already a couple of dollars less than the normal price, and now they're another 15% off. (Or so. Don't get too picky with my math, OK?)

Anyway, there are several lines out there with farm animal fabrics, some as the main focus of the line, some as just one or two random fabric choices. One of the lines includes a panel, which is a great way to get a baby quilt done quickly and easily. Check them out and definitely move quickly before the deal ends. (Oh - and free shipping for orders over $35 and they have a 37" yard! I love Fabric.com.)

A few of the choices I found:

Farm Fresh Small Animals Teal Farm Fresh Animals Brown

Monkey's Bizness Little Farm Cream Monkey's Bizness Little Farm Pool Camelot Flannel On the Farm Barnyard Green

Animal Talk Panel Multi Animal Talk Tossed Animals Blue


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Sunday, September 4, 2011

What to do when you can't sew ...

 
My sewing machine started spazzing out on me. Then I twisted a screw and made things, well, not worse, but certainly not better. So off to the shop she's gone for a well-overdue cleaning and tuning and hopefully restoration, leaving a gap in my craft room that's huge!!

Eight to 10 days, they said. Nice vacation for her. Bit of a challenge for me.

What do you do when you have 20 quilts to work on and no sewing machine to work with?

Cut, Cut, Cut
Let's see. I started by finally making decisions on the last few quilts in this challenge. I'd been dithering and dithering over what fabrics to use and what others to pair them with and was I using up enough of my stash pieces that I couldn't figure out a use for otherwise and ... so on. I seemed like I kept buying new fabric rather than forcing myself to work with what I had, so I buckled down in making these last choices and managed to use up a few things that have been hanging around for years. All of which to say, I got the final seven quilts all cut out and packaged for sewing. That's all 27 quilts cut! Hooray!

Also - great time for focusing on cutting down all those scraps. I might get to the bottom of the first bucket at this rate.

Baste, Baste, Baste
Now that I had all those quilts cut out, I could finally see at least one of my tables, which means I could use it to do some other work. Wow. Amazing how much space you have when your fabric is in the closet rather than all over the room.

So on to basting the two tops I had finished and that had their backs complete. I had two other quilts waiting for basting (not part of the challenge) and discovered their backs weren't pieced yet. Thwarted! But I had these two elephant quilts ready to go, so now they're all basted and waiting their turn under the machine. (I have no clue how I'm going to quilt them. Those applique elephants in the borders are cute, but in the way!)

Stitch, Stitch, Stitch
Since I've finished the handwork for the one applique flower quilt, I moved on to the petals for the next two. Going steadily, but not quickly at this point. But, no doubt, I am able to focus on completing these much better without the machine calling to me to take care of some work back there.

I have four blocks per flower and nine flowers for two quilts, so that's 72 of these three-petal blocks to get done. Yikes! Glad I had all the petals sewn together and ready for stitching. Which means when the machine comes home, they'll be in the queue for sewing together and moving ahead with those. Whew!!

Plan, Plan, Plan
The quilts for this challenge are really all done in terms of planning. The fabrics are cut, decisions are made. So I'm looking at other items around my room that need some work to get them to the next stage. Top of that list is the box of t-shirts I'm going to turn into a memorial quilt for my mom. If I can get a design figured out, I can start adding the interfacing and cut them to size. I'm trying to not think too much beyond that though. I still have a long way to go in the next four months with this challenge.

What would you do if you didn't have your sewing machine for a few days?

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