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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!

I finally made a t-shirt quilt! It is for a graduate of Sweet Briar College, Class of ’99.  (Go Vixens!)  The picture looks a little bit blurry because the breeze kept blowing the quilt.  You get the idea anyway, I hope.  Sweet Briar’s school colors are pink and green.  It’s an all girls school so that just makes sense, right?  I used a pink and green stripe fabric for the back and binding and I quilted all over with a free motion stitch.

Disclaimer: Some of the t-shirts were a bit warped and I couldn’t get them to straighten up before interfacing them.  I still think it’s a gorgeous quilt that represents a lot of memories for a pretty awesome person.

Wonky Stripes

Try as I may, I just can’t come up with a witty post title for this one.  So, I’m stating the obvious.  I made a Wonky Stripe Quilt!  I know you’re all saying, “Um yes Kristin, we can see that for ourselves.”  Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!  I love how striking the blue and white are together.

This quilt is for “Miss Chelle” a dear, wonderful, lovely woman who is expecting her first child (obviously a boy) in a very short while.  I originally met Chelle at church.  I’ve gotten to know her over the last year and not only is she a friend but she’s also assumed the role of watching Catherine for a few hours a week so that I could work, clean and basically maintain my sanity.

Chelle is a super talented, crafty person who makes the most adorable embroidered animals on onesies.  I don’t have any pictures of them, but trust me, they’re soooo cute and tiny!  She gave me all of the fabric for this quilt and I made it for her.

There’s the back.  Just as cute, right?

This quilt ended up being about 30″ x 40″ which is the perfect usable size for a baby or toddler.  I used about 20 pieces of fabric per strip of stripes.  I free motion quilted it and made the binding from the same fabric as the back of the quilt. 

Whaaaaat?!  Seriously, it’s almost been 3 months since I last blogged and I can’t believe it.  It has not been intentional at all.  Here’s what I’ve been doing…

I had a couple of Stroller Quilt/burpcloth/bib orders. I then had a craft show the last weekend in April/first weekend in May.  It was great.  It was only for one day due to horrible thunderstorms on the second day, but even so, it was a great craft show.  After this craft show I had 2 new orders to do.  (One shouldered dress and 7 quilted winebags)  By the way, have I shown you the quilted winebags yet?  No?  I’ll make sure to post some pictures. After my orders I had a quilt order, then vacation, and now VBS at my church!  (fyi, I’m co-leading the arts and crafts and am LOVING it!)  I think that pretty much catches us up.

Here is a picture of the winebags.  They are quilted and soooo cute!  They sold like hot cakes at the craft show and like I mentioned I had an order for 7 after that!So cute, right?

Here is a picture of the baby quilt I made most recently.  I was sent a couple of pictures of a nursery for a soon to be born baby boy.  I immediately recognized one of the fabrics used in decorating the nursery as a Michael Miller fabric I had seen before.  I based the quilt around this since I knew that it would compliment the colors in the nursery.  I found the pattern on Pinterest and loosely modified it to fit my needs.

I’ve got another baby quilt to make and then a t-shirt quilt order and then we’ll see what’s next!

By the way, you are welcome for the Elton John tribute picture of my silly 3 year old.

A friend recently told me that someone she knew had made a “faux chenille quilt.”  I had never heard of this before, so immediately looked it up on the computer and found a fantastic tutorial.  Basically, a faux chenille quilt consists of four layers of fabric (no batting) that you sew together on the bias, in straight lines, 1/2 inch apart.  When you are done with “quilting” the layers together (which, by the way takes a LONG time) you cut in between each quilting line, bind it, then wash and dry.  The end result is gorgeous!  

I chose to use a lavender and white Shabby Chic (by Timeless Treasures) print for the “back” and then white flannel, lavender flannel and a lavender and white stripe for the remaining three layers that make up the faux chenille portion.  

I will say that upon the suggestion of the tutorial I used, I bought the faux chenille cutter, which saved me a great deal of time when it came to the cutting portion of the quilt.  

Catherine immediately hijacked this quilt, and I totally let her because frankly, she’s so stinking cute.  I’m happy to say I  have already received an order for one of these, along with a matching bib and two burp cloths!

The tutorial I used was this one.  And just so you know how hard it is for me to say no to Catherine, here’s a pic of her being adorable.  

What’s this?  Well, I’m so glad you asked.  This, my friends, is my idea of a fantastic baby shower gift.

It consists of a double sided stroller quilt, approximately 28″ x 36″, two coordinating burp cloths, a coordinating, double sided bib and a matching hair bow/rosette. Here’s the “front” side of the quilt with the matching burp cloth, the “front” side of the bib and the adorable hair rosette.

Here’s the “back” side of the quilt with the matching burp cloth and the “back” side of the bib.

Here is everything together.  Ooooh, so sweet and perfect for a baby girl!

Here it is all bundled up, packaged and ready to be given as a shower gift.  These are available to be purchased by custom order.  I’m working towards making a few bundles ready to sell for my craft show in April.  Think of me next time you get invited to a baby shower!