Friday, September 25, 2009

I think he likes it!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Proud of Myself

I made a simple blanket for baby N. last week so I could practice stippling before finishing Mr. L's toddler bed blanket. I was perhaps overly proud of the results. Its been a long time since I've been proud of something other than surviving this pregnancy. Hurray for a new sewing machine!!! And yes, I really need to learn how to take better pictures of quilts--preferably pictures that do no involve painters tape on my living room wall. (I did update my photos. Too bad it was a cloudy wintry day!)

The back of Mr. L's quilt. I think I like it better than the front...I hope to finish it in the next two weeks so I can give it to him for his birthday. Yep, I think I started it last fall. :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I Love Flights of Fancy

This is one of my favorite fabric lines. You will notice pieces of it crop up in a number of projects. I made this quilt for a wonderful friend's new baby boy who was born earlier this summer. It coordinated with her nursery colors, and I loved loved loved the fabrics. My original idea didn't quite pan out. But of course, I'd already cut the fabric for the original idea. So, I had to incorporate some white into it. Quite a bit of white. Again, its a good thing I'm having a baby girl, or I think I would have kept this one for myself.
Lessons Learned: Lesson #1--Make a sample block before you cut all of your fabric. Lesson #2--quilting on a not great machine, even with a walking foot, can make you want to pull your hair out and scream. Lesson #3--Its really hard to match up a pieced back and pieced front if you are a bit haphazard about it. Lesson #4--Maybe I will get better at this? Including the photography? :) Lesson #5--Pay attention to the directionality of your fabric when you are cutting it! And sewing it, I guess.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Quilt For Baby Z

I made this quilt for a favorite baby of a favorite couple of ours. It was my first true baby quilt (that I have made all by myself).

Lessons Learned: Lesson #1: Agh. Quilting takes almost as long as piecing. Who knew. Lesson #2--I hate my old machine. Tension, tension, tension. Lesson #3--Online tutorials are worth their weight in gold.

Yes, My 3 Year Old Named This Blog

Serendipity is the heroine in the Mustang Gonzales stories his dad has been telling him all summer long. And Mr. L is the three year old. He gets to save the princess on occasion. He loves it!