Large Swoon Baby Quilt

This is a quilt I finished for a dear friend of mine who is about to have a sweet baby boy.

I'm really proud that I was able to piece the front with fabrics from my stash. That's always a win!

I had originally thought that the front wouldn't have enough contrast but I love how it turned out.

I chose teal fabric for the backing and solid navy for the binding. I love how saturated the binding is in contrast with the rest of the quilt; it adds an extra punch of boy.

For the quilting on this I used my favorite meandering free motion quilting pattern. If you'd like information on this kind of free motion quilting, check out Elizabeth Hartman's post here. 

I followed Lynne's tutorial from Lily's Quilts. You can find her post here.  It was so clear and easy to follow. Great job Lynne!

For the packaging I kept it simple like it usually do but I had time to wrap it in craft paper before writing on it. Ha. I like it a lot more this way. I just used a sharpie to write on the front and thick twine to make a bow. I baby Drew enjoys his quilt when he arrives! :)


Neutral Scrappy Pillow Work in Progress

This is a pillow cover I quilted recently. I was inspired by Amanda's (Crazy Mom Quilts) scrappy pillow she posted about here. I chose neutral scraps because I need a neutral pillow case but, ugh... It just looks so bland to me. I was thinking I may add some bright piping or binding on the edges to spruce it up. I also thought I could maybe appliqué a big "B" in the middle for Bynum. I'm not sure yet. I'm still brainstorming. I just know it's too plain for me right now. If any of you have any ideas, please let me know!


Ford's Fabric Banner

I recently made this little "Ford" banner for a friend that was throwing a baby shower. I love the look of linen and white together. It's so pretty and clean and will match any decor. I love the scrap fabric banner they made to put behind it! So cute. This is the second banner I've made like this. View the first one here.

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Scrappy Pillow Complete

I finished my scrappy pillow I previously posted about here!

It's so bright and fun. It turned out kind of small, but that's ok. I like having a variation of sizes on our couch. There's such satisfaction in completing a project made out of scraps! :)


Cutting Guide: Square Cuts from a Fat Eighth

I have to be honest, I haven't made a quilt using fat eighths yet! 

I know some of you have just finished a fat eighth project and have extra ones on hand you would like to cut up and use in your next project! If you are unfamiliar with fat eighths, they are half the height ( 9" x 22")  of fat quarters ( 18' x 22").  

The chart above shows the square cuts you can obtain from fat eighths.   

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Quick Pencil Case

I made this little pencil case the other night as a birthday gift for my dad!

I used camo canvas that we had on hand and a bright orange zipper.

I added a little leather knot to the zipper pull. I think it makes it a little manlier. What guy doesn't love a little leather?

I followed this simple tutorial by A Spoonful of Sugar. I was short on time so I eliminated the piecing of the outer fabric. You should go check out the tutorial and make one for yourself or someone special. It was a quick fun project that will hopefully be useful!

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More Mother's Day Potholders

Here are a couple more potholders I finished a few weeks ago for mother's day. These two were for my mom and Gran.

Like I mentioned in my previous post a few days ago, I used Amy's tutorial from Nana and Co. She has a great step by step tutorial on how to create these. View her tutorial here.

The main prints I used in this project were pulled from a Serenade layer cake I have by Kate Spain for Moda. The ruffle and binding fabric was some I've had on hand for a while. The gray is a Kona solid I think, and the white fabric is canvas I purchased from Joann's. 

Again, I wanted to make this extra personal so I decided to stitch "Mom" on the white canvas. I did this by writing out "Mom" with a disappearing ink pen on my fabric. I then dropped my feed dogs and used my darning foot to stitch over what I had drawn. I tried to make the down strokes a tad thicker for the text to look similar to calligraphy.

For the quilting I used my old faithful meandering free motion pattern.

Here is the one I created for my grandmother. Again, the patterned fabric is from my Serenade layer cake.

I call my grandmother "Gran" so I decided to stitch that on the canvas. I do recommend starting out with a big piece of canvas so you can cut it down after you've stitched the name one. This gives you more control with the border of negative space.

Here they are together! So cute. 

They each took only one night after work to complete, which isn't too bad! 

I love the way they turned out and hope my mom and Gran did too. :) I need to make one for us. Although, it's so much harder to motivate myself to make projects for our home verses projects for others. I always have a deadline with gifts. I need to start making deadlines for myself!

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