Friday, October 24, 2014

Scrappy Pillow

Sometimes the most simple thing can bring the greatest pleasure!

I received the cutest little packet of 2.5 square charms from my Schnitzle and Boo mini Swap. 

They are from Treehouse Textiles in Australia. My partner is from there!

I hung them up on my draw erase board with a magnetic clip. Stared at them daily and thought of a million things to do with them and a pillow seemed the best one. 

I played around with them and decided to do a rainbow order, of sorts. 

I had four extra charms and just raw appliqu├ęs them on the back. They belonged with their friends on the front, not in my scrap bins. 

I tackled a hidden zipper. No more envelope backs for me. 

And who doesn't like a black and white binding that pretends to be piping? 

The big problem?  

It makes my undersized loveseat sad looking in comparison. Good thing I bought a slipcover I'm going to reconstruct for it!!!!!

Happy Finish it Friday!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jamie's Birthday Quilt {Block 5}

It might seem strange that I'm sharing her 5th block first, but yesterday was her 5th birthday.   Since my idea was spawned about two months ago, it makes sense to start with this year's.  

I have a few ideas for year 1 through 4. But I'm going to start hunting around first. I want the blocks to be meaningful for each year, so I plan on taking my time as I go. 

If you have any cute "girl" blocks. Please send them my way!  I think I'm going to create a Pinterest board to collect ideas. 


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Birthday Blues

I've tried really hard to get away from posting grief posts ad nauseam on this blog.

But on days like today?  It's hard to avoid.

Jamie Lynn would be five today. I picture a tiny blonde girl, the image of her brothers, with flashing eyes of mischief and a devil may care attitude like her mother. She would be itching to be going to kindergarten this year, but we would be explaining that the rules state she would have to wait one more year.  I imagine there also would be fear as parents. We would be walking that fine line of helping her too much with her dwarfism and also trying to give her independence.

But, alas, she is not here. 

How do you celebrate a birth and death on the same day?  We are still working that out as a family. It was easy the first few years. Balloon and butterfly releases. Cupcakes.

The boys were younger and it seemed to fit. Now it seems odd. Its hard to explain.  It is also a struggle because Button doesn't understand. "Who is this sister I never met, but see pictures. This Jam-ey everyone says is family.  Why were my big brothers mad when I took her picture off the sofa table because she isn't my family?"  Who can really blame him?

My goal this year was to re-channel our "celebration". If the boys asked to do something?  I will certainly do so.  If pressure.  However, I still need something for me.  A few months ago, I decided that I loved this cupcake block I made for a bee quilt so much that I wanted to make one for myself. A new project dawned on that day in my mind.  A Jamie quilt. It's been established that quilting had been a major part of my therapy the last five years. It just makes sense that I should do so on her birthday.   My plan is to make one special block on October 14th for a while. This year will be the cupcake block. 

Throughout the rest of year, I will make the four other birthday blocks. I will not be stressed about it. I will not make myself miserable. I'm not sure when I will stop and call the quilt done. 

I will simply let it just be and have some quiet time with my girl in my studio.


Friday, October 10, 2014

Leaf Potholder Gift {Quilted}

I may have giggled when I had to look up my own tutorial to check if I was remembering something right.  Hubby needed something to send with a bottle of wine as a thank you for someone allowing to stay at their house instead of a hotel this past week.  These potholders are so quick and a lifesaver!!

I'm actually contemplating making some as gifts this year for Christmas.  We shall see!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hex On the Beach {Quilt}

It's done.  Finally!  

Fun to watch the year long journey?

Pretty straightforward.   A kit.  By Tula Pink.  English Paper pieced. 

Chevron longarm quilting by myself.  

Backing and binding are Saltwater by Tula Pink.

I couldn't be more pleased.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Time She Gave The Dolls A Bed Makeover

It seems crazy to do a American Girl bedding when I'm a grown adult and have no girls in the house, but I really adore all the AG girls!

The reason I changed the bedding was that I have a few mini quilts that I can't manage to get up on the wall.  I have room, but want to the to keep my room as uncluttered as possible. I'm already failing a bit, it's a work in progress.  

I decided that the AG bed would be a great way to display them!  I already had this Hawaiian quilt  HERE without a home that I made a few years ago now.

I decided that the green quilt on the red check and toile was just a tad too Christmas-y for my taste. 

I used the existing red check canopy to make the new canopy pattern.  The green plaid fabric was extra homespun cotton from stash I had no plan for. The pretty green fabric is a bird fabric that reminded me of the red toile before.

I've decided that a quick mini quilt project to update the bed will be perfect for the quilt blocks I love, but have no desire to make an entire quilt, like the famous Swoon possibly. 

I think the next mini will be a Mapleleaf mini for the fall. Won't that be fun?

Or I've just truly truly lost my mind.  I
t's okay I can take the heat!!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Mellow Yellow {Quilt}

Things are quiet on the blog as of late. It is summer and even though I'm being productive, it is hard for me to find dedicated time to sit in front of the computer for long stints with all four boys home.  Well, five.  Hubby is around a lot too!

Which brings us to this quilt.  He has been a bit whiny.  Frankly, just put out, that he doesn't have a quilt yet just for him.   He and my oldest son went to Peru on a mission trip and returned the day before our 18th anniversary.  I was determined to do a quilt for him for the day.  However, I was sure that it would be difficult for me to make the quilt I really wanted to in that time period when I had my hands full with the other three on my own.

My solution?  A quilt kit.  Yes, you heard me right.  A quilt kit.  It sometimes feel like a shocking thing to do.  Especially this quilt.  Squares on point?  Really, Heidi?  You can't just figure it out?

Here is my take on quilt kits.   Do you like the pattern?  Do you like the fabrics?  Regardless whether you could create it all by yourself, work out the quilt math, the fact of the matter is time.  I bought this quilt two years ago at the Quilt Festival here in Houston.  I loved it.  My brain said "you can do this by yourself", but I wanted it.  Now.  So I bought it.  I had a bit of regret too. 

Bernetex fabrics

Until I finished it in two days.  Yup.  Two days.
I started cutting it the blocks one evening and had it completely pieced by midnight.
I added the borders around noon the next day.  Had it quilted and machine binding on by the end of the evening of the next. 

Do you love the yellow thread?

I just adored it.  I was really nervous, but read that it really reads cream.  I was going to go with white and I'm so glad I didn't.  Not totally thrilled with my quilt pattern....but I was about "quick" for this quilt.

But the yellow thread on all the different fabrics?


Even on the backing!!!

Borders were my "go-to" free motion leaves and vines and then f-swirls for the thin blue border.

I think the backing went quicker than normal for me too. I had leftover triangles from the corner/sidesettings.  Makes for a nice strip in the middle.

I do have some roque quilted blocks.  I was experimenting in the beginning.

But they were a bit more time consuming so I decided on the other pattern I had.
I was able to finish the quilt early enough to design and stitch out a quilt label on my embroidery machine.  So glad I had the extra time.

The hand stitching took me a bit longer because I was trying to hide it from him the night he came home.  

So next time you are in need of fast...go for the kit.  You really won't be disappointed.  The other part about the quilt is that I didn't have to worry about buying too much or too little. 

Prancer seemed to love this quilt.  She never gets on them, but I found her on it all the time.

The REAL secret about the quilt that it isn't exactly the quilt I plan on making him.
 His "real" quilt is in the works.  But at least I won't hear anymore whining, right?

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