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I received an e-mail from a woman from Nashville, in March.  She wrote that she wanted to order an adoption quilt for her friend who was adopting a boy from Ghana.  That’s the short story.  The details of the story are both sad and beautiful.  Like, “bring tears to your eyes and change your perspective on humanity” kind of sad and beautiful.  Lori (the woman so wonderful as to order a surprise quilt for her friend) and I set to work on collaborating until we came up with an idea for this quilt.  IMG_0958I have never done a quilt like this before.  I loved every minute of making it.  I love the way it turned out.  Pictures truly don’t do it justice.Adoption Quilt close up

The hearts are placed over Nashville, and Ghana, and are connected by a hand stitched, swirly, dotted line.DSC06106I would love to hear any comments, questions and suggestions.  I would love to make some more of these!

Stepping Stones

I was minding my own business last night when I suddenly realized that I never posted about this quilt!  I had put pictures on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/birdinhandquilts) but never got around to posting a blog.  So, without further ado, here you go.

This quilt was a Christmas order for my customer’s 7 year old nephew.  She wanted a quilt that wasn’t too “little boyish” and would possibly even last him until college.  While flipping through one of my favorite quilt books, Quilting Modern, I found the Stepping Stones quilt.  I modified the layout and size so that it would fit on a twin bed and chose a color pallet that looked just right for a boy of any age.  DSC06028DSC06030This is the side view showing the cute little added “stone”.  I quilted it using two different styles.  For the navy blue areas I free motion quilted with matching thread.  For the “stone” areas I used a geometric, angled quilting style using thread that matched the color of each “stone”.  The binding was comprised of strips of navy blue and patterned fabric used in the quilt.  DSC06020IMG_0477

I hope you all like it as much as I do.  I’m also thinking that a baby sized version of this would be gorgeous.  I’ll add it to my project list.

This is a “Kimono Quilt,” or as I like to call it, “A Quilted Snuggie.”

Kimono Quilt

Kimono Quilt

I received this order right before Christmas.  The person who ordered it had seen this quilt style on Etsy.  The person on Etsy who was making them came up with this style.  (http://artandcraftlife.blogspot.com/2012/01/kimono-quilts.html)  It consists of a lap sized quilt with a slit in the middle.  You drape the quilt around you like a robe and it ends up looking a bit like a kimono.

Kimono Quilt laid flat

Kimono Quilt laid flat

It’s perfect for when you’re curled up on the sofa or laying low at home and want to wear something a bit more stylish than either a robe or Snuggie.  It can also still be used as a lap quilt.  The fabric I chose is from P&B Textiles.  I bought it a little over a year ago to make something for myself.  I fell in love with this fabric.  That combination of grays, blues and reds makes me so stinking happy.  When I got this order I knew in my gut that it needed to be made with this fabric.  Besides, when am I ever going to have time to make something for myself?!  Sad but true.

I hope you like it!

 

Christmas Orders

I’ve been kept busy with lots of work (a.k.a. people ordering Christmas presents for their loved ones) and wanted to post a couple of pictures of orders I’ve had recently.  Enjoy!IMG_0378IMG_0330IMG_0291IMG_0407Here’s a peek at the twin bed quilt I’m currently working on.  I’ll post a full blog about this one as soon as I’m completely finished with it.

My son stated Kindergarten last month.  It’s a huge milestone and definitely a huge adjustment for this mama!  At the same time my daughter started a Pre-K program three mornings a week.  I thought this would mean that I would have all this new found time to sew and clean my house and bake pumpkin bread but nooooo, this is not the case.  Some how, it seems that I have far less time in my day.  How does this happen?  I am baffled and still have not figured out how to rearrange my day to fit it all in.

At the same time as the above paragraph has been going on, I have been slammed with work!  I am loving this and am proud to say that in August and September I received so much work and so many orders that I am booked until Christmas!  (Picture me doing the cabbage patch and running man dances in celebration)

Here are the pictures of a gorgeous baby quilt order I did last month.  The person who ordered it told me exactly the fabric she wanted since her sister, who also sews, was making all of the baby bedding, curtains, etc. for the baby’s room.  The fabric line is Out To Sea by Michael Miller.  The pattern I used is one by Elizabeth Hartman.  I slightly modified it to make it larger.  The quilt ended up being approximately 40″ x 50″.That’s the front of the quilt.  Cute, right?The back of the quilt.  Of course I put a little something special on the back ’cause that’s how I roll.  I usually end up loving the backs just as much, if not more than the fronts.  I love this shot.  This is a close up of the back of the quilt.  I used a free motion, meandering stitch for the quilting.  Ooooh, aaaah, check out the corner of the quilt.

I truly wish that pictures did this quilt justice.  The pink and navy blue combination is just brilliant and just like the others I’ve made, this one is my new favorite.

Wonky Stars

I just realized that I never wrote a post about this quilt!  How could I not write a post about this gorgeous, girly quilt?!As many of you may have realized I am smitten with Heather Bailey’s “Nicey Jane” line of fabric.  When we began thinking of moving Catherine to a big girl bed a year ago,  I had grandiose ideas about making her a quilt for the antique twin bed she would be in.  Well, she ended up getting the queen bed once we decided that the guest room would become my sewing room (Score!) and I had absolutely no desire to make her a queen bed quilt.  For real, if I’m going to make a queen bed quilt it will be for moi! I had already made a lot of these wonky stars so I just turned them into a large baby quilt.  It’s the perfect size for a toddler bed and it’s currently for sale! 

Rows of Ruffles

I fall in love with every quilt I make.  After spending time picking out fabric, finding just the right pattern, ironing, cutting, sewing, more ironing, quilting, etc. it’s hard not to.  But this one?  Guys, this one is my most favorite.  Ever.  And by that I mean EVER.

After perusing Pottery Barn Kids I became a bit inspired by a few of the girls’ quilts I had seen.  I knew exactly what I wanted to make but hadn’t had the time to create it yet.  As luck would have it I had a loyal customer contact me to make another baby quilt. Her only requirements were that it needed to be lavender and white.  Ta daaaa!  The perfect opportunity to make my quilt!I read many tutorials about making ruffles, etc. but could never find exactly what I was looking for.  So, I made the pattern and method of ruffle stablization myself.  I love how it turned out.  I’m thinking this would look super cute for a Christmas stocking too!This quilt is the size of a stroller quilt.  I used Warm and White 100% cotton batting.  The fabric used on the back of the quilt is one of the ones used in the ruffles.  Hopefully you all love it as much as I do!

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