August was a fun month (there was not a lot of working going on) so I feel relaxed when I look at these pictures. I also feel like I got a lot done looking at these pictures which sometimes I forget in real life when I’m thinking about all the items I did not complete.
Happy (almost) Fall!
I was very excited to make a baby quilt for a friend of mine who is having a baby boy (her shower is today! and I have been waiting to share for what feels like so long). She decided to decorate her nursery with orange and aqua so I started there with my fabric search and ended up selecting a Fabricworm bundle of Jay Cyn organic fabrics that mixed the woodland creatures and chevrons in orange, aqua, and other pretty soft shades. The fabric felt soothing and cute – perfect. It took me a while to figure out the pattern I wanted to use to showcase some of the cute fabrics and ultimately I ended up a square in a square.
I thought I was going to make each square the same so I started with the white border, but then I didn’t do that. I didn’t have a plan then, but just kept laying out all the squares on my bed and moving them around as I went.
I was aiming to separate the outer patterns so that two bark fabrics were not next to each other, but also alternate the inside squares so two elk centers were not next to each other. I think I was successful.
I backed with Minky Dot in yellow and then quilted a grid around the squares with white, orange, and blue thread. That was not my favorite with the Minky, but it went a little faster than expected – bonus.
I just love the final product! I hope Kate, Steve, and baby do, too.
It doesn’t scream orange/aqua but it will complement everything (hopefully) really well and bonus it is super cuddly thanks to the Minky backing.
Happy Labor Day weekend!
Not much crafting can be done as of now for the wedding, but I had to do something so I made cute cards for my bridal party asking them to “bee” in my wedding.
I used the Rhonna Designs app on my phone to make the front and back of the card.
Everyone got the same front
I made this one using the “mask” feature so that you can have the overlay in front of the picture. Then I added a test box over that for the “will you?”
I made two backs. One for maid of honor
and one for bridesmaid
I started with a background and added the love stamp. Then, I added each line of the text as a separate text box so I could change the font and color, re-size, and move the text box around. Then I added the bee from the images that came with the app.
I printed the “pictures” on card stock and used washi tape to attach it to a more colorful piece of card stock. Then I tied the card to their gift (it was a bee necklace) and I was ready to go.
I also printed a quick ringer bearer card to go with the bear I got for my two year old nephew from Wedding Chicks’s free printables.
Although he is a little young for a card and just threw that so he could go show his bear to his mommy.
I’m a little late in the posting but better late than never. On July 30th, this project was completed.
Then, on July 31 Alana came into the world. Good timing baby girl. Well I hope Alana and her family are enjoying their new quilt and time together.
There is some pretty exciting stuff in there so look closely. I hope you find the two new babies that came into the world – Congrats Conti’s and Updegrove’s – and my new bling!
Upstairs is a hard place for Mugar. She likes carpet and couches but most of all being around the bf and I so if we are upstairs she wants to be there too but there is a lack of soft places. She usually ends up in my sewing chair or the bf’s work bag. I tried to fix the situation today.
I started with these two items from Home Goods after seeing lots of dog beds online in both baskets and suitcases.
Mugar was skeptical
Then I made simple envelope pillow covers with Anna Maria Horner velveteen for pillow inserts that I took some stuffing out of so they fit in the basket and suitcase.
She is still a little unsure but I think she will come around.
I missed the shower this weekend, but I went ahead and sent a quilt to Baby Tupac and Heidi’s shower.
Friends from kickball, guess what color their team was, are having a baby!
For a couple of years now we have also been having “Down By the River Weekend” which is a weekend of tubing, frivolity, and campfires with the satellite game. I’m actually usually asleep by this time but I hear a lot about how much Male Conti knows about the stars. He is a rocket scientist and all, so I believe it. I wanted to incorporate both “orange” and “stars” into the baby quilt so I went with orange stripes and the big dipper.
Do you see it? I love the way it turned out, so hopefully they do to. I’m excited to meet Baby Tupac when he arrives in July!
I think I have more variety than in previous months, but Mugar is still the most common target in the pictures.
Lucille Friday is here and so is her quilt/blanket! In case you are confused, any place that I previously referred to Baby Blanche well she arrived in the world on May 6th as a healthy baby named Lucie. Blanche was her in utero name. Here she is with her cable knit blanket-
I made her a quilt that feels more like a blanket because I used Minky Dot fabric on the back and did not add batting (middle layer) since she is a summer baby. I started on this back in March so had to dig through pictures to find the start. I used the In Color Order Giant Vintage Star Quilt tutorial to get started although I made my triangles smaller so it was a baby sized quilt. I started with Tula Pink’s Saltwater in coral and gray and then added more fabric from my stash.
I opted to not repeat any of the coral and pinks but have multiple grays.
The top came together fast once it was all laid out.
I hit a little bit of a wall then and just stared at the finished top (and a couple of other projects) for a month or two. I knew I wanted it to be soft but was nervous to use the Minky Dot fabric because I had heard how it is a pain and slippery and a mess. I jumped in anyway since I knew the end product would be great.
Quilting was easier than I thought although it won’t win any kinds of awards (the swirls/loops are a little messy). I like how you can see it but it also kind of blends in.
Totally worth it -
So good for snuggling
“No pictures, please”
Captioning baby pictures as if they are talking is so fun. I’m so glad Lucie is here so the world can now get to know her.