Quilts 2011

27 December 2011

I love looking through Fat Quarter Shop's amazing selection of fabric.  And I'm always seeing what the "Blooger's Choice Bundles" contain - they're always awesome!

So it was announced this morning that Quokka Quilts teamed up with Fat Quarter Shop to have people design their own "Blogger's Choice Bundles" of 12 prints and 3 solids.  What an awesome idea!!  And the best part - one person will be picked  to win whole half yards of all 15 fabrics!  WOWZERS!

It was so much fun pouring through Fat Quarter's fabrics and try to narrow it down.  Super tough stuff!  I worked on a couple of different sets.  Here's one that I came up with:

I love greens.  I love aquas.  And I love polka dots.  Can you tell??

And exhale........

Christmas 2011 is in the books.  I sewed until my eyes were crossed, spent wonderful time with the family, didn't get much for decorations up other than the tree, traveled a bit, spent a whole day in my pajamas, got some naps in, and ate way too much sugar.  Successful Christmas!

One of the best parts - having our brand new niece around for her first Christmas!  Here's the cutie patootie with our son after his church Christmas program.  She's only 3 1/2 months old, but they've already got a connection!  

So I sewed a butt load of stuff for this Christmas - 2 t-shirt quilts, a table runner, 2 zippered pouches, a toaster cozy, a minky/flannel blanket, a bib, and an ipod case.  And the only thing I have a picture of at this point is the ipod case (well, the one t-shirt quilt I already posted.)  The rest of the pictures are on my camera.  And the batteries got robbed from my camera to go in our son's Air Hog helicopter present after we neglected to buy batteries for it.  (And can I say that that Air Hog is the most annoying sound in the world?!  It's like a beeping blender flying around our house, crashing into everything. No damage was done to house or people, other than a splitting headache that resulted.  And I'll admit I was a tad happy the helicopter got into some of my fiberfill stuffing and wrapped around the rotor, causing it to stop spinning.  I rescued it, but hid it soon after.)  

Anyhow, once I get more batteries I'll post pictures of all the stuff.  In the meantime, here's the ipod case I made up for the kiddos.  It seems "Ben 10"ish to me.   Which works for our Ben 10 loving kiddo.  

It's got that super hard (and super expensive) double sided fusible interfacing.  I have a bunch leftover after making a diaper bag for the cute baby up above.  The pattern told you to buy 3 yards(and it was like $10/yard!  Thank goodness Hancock lets you use the 40% off fabric coupon on the interfacing).  I was so ticked when I used just over 1 1/2 yards.  So now I have lots of it left over.

When the LQS down the street from our house went out of business, I grabbed a package of grommets.  This was the first time I had ever used them before - it was fun working with them!  For this project they serve no purpose other than to look cool.  And according to the Kiddo, they pass as cool.

The inside is flannel, outside a grey Kona.  And I got to try out a decorative stitch that I've never used before.  

So there's one of the many projects from December.  More to come! (Once I make it to the store for more batteries...)

Linking up...

05 December 2011

T-shirt Quilt

I have successfully finished my first t-shirt quilt! Well, almost done. Just the binding that's left, but I was too excited/exhausted to quite finish it tonight.

Not only is this my first t-shirt quilt, it's also the first time I've been commissioned to make a quilt. A friend wanted to put her husband's shirts into a quilt and give it to him for Christmas. He officiates at bike races and this is an assortment of shirts from the races.

I wasn't too sure about the Michael Miller Citron Gray Bicycles. The color is, um, interesting. It's kind of bright in a dull way. Does that make any sense?! When she gave me the shirts I immediately thought of this fabric, but in a different color way. However my LQS was out of the other color and this is what they had left. So I bought it. And then let the whole project sit for a L-O-N-G time because I was so unsure of the fabric, but wasn't sure what else to use.

But with Christmas right around the corner and a ton of my own projects to do, I had to dive in today and get the thing done so I wouldn't have it hanging over my head any more!

Those citron bikes grew on me. I think it works with the t-shirts. And it was my husband's idea to put the outside grey border on the whole thing. Great idea, honey! Ties it all together (and I had the perfect amount left of that fabric to do the border... I found the piece and it was like it was meant to be. There's only a tiny little piece left!)

Now to do the binding in the morning so I can get it to my friend. Then time to move on to The List. The List being all the Christmas projects to get done.

The List at this point includes:
Something for our son (things he needs are a case for his Bible and a case for his iTouch. I've also got a hunk of Green Packer fleece for a blanket. I thought it would be the backing for a t-shirt quilt, but I don't know if there's time to make another quilt. )

A gift for my mom - she mentioned tonight she'd like a cover for her new toaster oven. Sounds like something I should make!

A couple of zippered pouches for family and friends

That's what I can think of now. There's probably more but I may freak out if I list it all out!

Oh, and there's that whole housework/laundry/day-to-day life stuff that I'm so behind on.

And decorate the house for Christmas.

Oh, goodness.