Friday, November 26, 2010

Wild Betty Quilt Finished!

Last September I started a quilt top using a Hello Betty layer cake and the Wild Thing quilt pattern from Thimbleblossom.  Remember?

Well, I finished it!!  All these snow days gave me the perfect opportunity to put in the last few hours this quilt needed.

For this quilt, I used freemotion quilting... which is both very fun and takes a lot of shoulder muscle!  The freemotion pattern is far from perfect, but I just love this quilt.  The candy striped binding makes me smile every time I look at it.  This quilt looks perfect draped over the end of our bed, but now I want to make some matching pillows... 

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Summer Love Quilt Top

This is a quilt top I started last spring, using fabric from Amy Butler's Love line.  At the time, I stalled out because, once the quilt top was finished, I had no idea how to go about turning it into an actual quilt.  Now, my skillz are a little more developed and I know what to do... but since I will probably continue to procrastinate with this particular quilt, I thought I'd go ahead and take some pics to show you now.

 This is my wonderful husband being a good sport and helping me hold the (very large) quilt up.  He is sporting a look that I like to call, "The Handsome Hobo."

A little bit of summer on a wintry day!

Blue Owl Baby Quilt

On Monday Seattle got its first snowstorm of the year, so I've had two snow days to quilt and sew to my heart's content!  I finally finished the quilt that I bought fabric for back in September. When I finished the quilt, I still had blocks left over (although not enough to add a row and still keep the pattern of the quilt), so I made a little matching pillow.

I really do love these colors together!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Jungle Baby Quilt

My wonderful friend Rosann is having a baby boy in March, which was the perfect excuse for me to make another rag baby quilt!  I tried, with increasing obviousness, to find out what colors/themes/whatever she was planning for her son, so that I could get started on a quilt. 

Here's how the conversation went:
Me:  So, have you started buying things for the baby?
Rosann:  No, not really!
Me:  Well, have you done any window shopping?  Maybe you've seen some blankets or bumpers or something that you thought were cute?
Rosann:  Not yet!
Me:  Well, if you were to start thinking about it, what colors do you think you'd be drawn to?
Rosann:  I don't really know... maybe nothing too bright?
Me:  So like, pastels?  Neutrals?
Rosann:  Ha ha, I'm so not a visual person!  I don't really know!  I like monkeys!
Me:  (giving up)

So I went to the fabric store with "nothing too bright, monkeys" as my criteria, and amazingly, I found the perfect fabric!

Not too bright!  Monkeys!  Hooray!!

From there, it was easy to find some coordinating fabric, and I love the way the quilt turned out:

Now the plan is to maybe make a pacifier clip or embellish a onesie with the same fabric to create a little gift set.  I'm super inspired by the ones sold at The Red Pistachio:

I have several quilt projects nearing completion, so hopefully more posts very soon!

Friday, November 19, 2010


This has nothing to do with anything, but I just had to share this clip of some of SNL's more famous female alums, plus Andy Cohen, doing "The Real Housewives of SNL."  I love all of the Housewives references... "We are fambily!  And we will always be fambily!"