Wednesday, January 18, 2012

WIP: Finish line!

As always, I make plans and God laughs.

Actually, I don't think he even knows I exist...small potatoes over here...but I sure make Mr. Boss laugh at my "to do" list!

What messed up the plans?  A quilt.  Actually, TWO.  So I really shouldn't complain!


Baby Boy Quilts
Two little boys took center stage on Friday.  To read about them, you are welcome to go Monday's post and find out about their stories.  Very special baby boys!!

Baby William's Elephant Quilt

I was able to fix the cut corner (also in Monday's post).  I think I successfully added a rope embroidery stitch from the elephant's trunk to the heart.  I also removed the button eye. It started to bother me that I might have made a possible choking hazard.  I am still on the fence about it's replacement!


 

And...it made it on Ole Betsy (my long arm machine) yesterday!



 Now to trim the edges and get to work on the binding!  

The biggest challenge?  I dived right in and used soft and cuddly fabric as the backing and everything I read said it would be a challenge...and it was!  Stretchy, stretchy, stretchy.  And my thread would occasionally get caught.
But I followed advice I found on some other blogs that said to just make sure you have a lot of excess fabric.  I am glad I went for it, though, it will be so soft on his skin!

Baby Connor's Giraffe and Hippo Quilt

I finished blanket stitching his name and embroidered eyes that I am really thinking would look good on the elephant now!



*Tutorial for the eyes HERE*


I was too tired to do the binding of William's quilt last night, so I loaded Connor's up on the machine and it is ready to go if I find some time today or tomorrow!

Christmas Quilt

ON HOLD for at least a week.  After I finish the babies' quilts, I am going to pack up for my scrapbook retreat!!!

Organization

Last week I said that I wanted to get three things done...and I did.  I tore out my favorite photos/inspirations and the rest of the catalogs and magazines in the trash.  My photos for the retreat are printed and sorted, and the DVDs are all organized.  I shared it HERE and there is also a really cool link to a right/left brain creativity test that a lot of quilters/sewers in my online sewing group that just loved to take it!


I am not going to pretend I will get much done this following week, so I won't make goals.  I am always too tired to get to business when I return from my three day scrapbook retreats.  And I really don't feel like having my husband NOR God laugh at me again!

I can't believe the retreat is already this weekend. 
WOOHOO!!!!

(and hoping I can get the ladies to let me take some photos of our retreat place and some of the amazing work they do!)

LINKING UP WITH LEE AT FRESHLY PIECED AGAIN!!!



Thanks so much for stopping by today!!!




11 comments:

  1. Awww, such cute animals on the baby quilts! The quilting is amazing too! Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

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  2. I loved both of these cute quilts on Monday and I love them still today too! The bright primary colors are so adorable against the light background and your quilting is so nice. I would not have been brave enough to use the soft backing so kudos to you! Have fun at the retreat!

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  3. the quilting looks so beautiful! Such a sweet gift. ♥ (and I want an Ol' Betsy!)

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  4. The giraffe eyes are neat! What's the name of the stitch you used? And I'm with Tracey -- I want an Ol' Betsy, too. :>

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    1. I used a woven spider web stitch. I just added a tutorial here: http://boysbuttonsandbutterflies.blogspot.com/2012/01/woven-and-whipped-spider-webs-tutorial.html

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  5. Seriously....you are SOOOO talented!!!! How precious!!
    xoxo

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  6. Great job quilting and I love the giraffe's eyes, those would look good on the elephant too. I love your stitching between his trunk and the heart. So cute!

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  7. I love the embroidered eyes on your animals. The quilt is so cute! :)

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  8. tooo beautiful and what special quilts!

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  9. Beautiful! What's the secret to loading the minkee onto the quilting frame? Mine was a big fat fail!

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