A Quilt for a Pampered Pet! The BabyGo! Delivers!

Another commissioned quilt for the Wicked Step Mother…Hmmm, something is so wrong about making a quilt for a dog but it’s for family-what can I say???

There are no words here...

A little background is in order… my father and my Wicked Step Mother (a shared affection in deed :-)), welcomed Zoe into their lives in 2005 and their lives have changed forever.  First of all, they are obsessed.  So much so, I think Zoe ranks over their own grandchildren…really, I think an intervention is in order!

Here is evidence.  I would like to think that this was staged as a joke, but I am afraid, it might not be…or perhaps they should explain in their own defense?

Ok, back to quilting… I used my awesome Accuquilt Go!Baby with my new Rick Rack die!  Woohoo!  Both rock-get them!  Check out the starter set!  And sign up on their website for 22 free patterns!  Join the other 50,000 friends on Accuquilt’s Facebook page!

Woohoo!

The Layers

 

So I cut my rick rack with ease using my lovely Go!Baby.  I layered my fabric with interfacing to make it all cut perfectly with the interfacing!  I am telling you-the Go!Baby makes this sooooo easy and fast! My interfacing of choice is my favorite Pellon Wonder Under 805 (love this stuff-check it out!).  Used my Warm and Natural Batting (again, love this stuff, won’t quilt without it!) and sealed it with a minky dot cuddle fabric… wow! do you think I can change the name and keep it instead?  Ha!

 

 

And so, I machine quilted the rest using white and metallic threads to make it even more festive! Yes, festive for the Zoe, it does seem so wrong… but if it were your precious baby, you would do the same I suppose!

Zoerrific!

Postscript:  I just know I am going to hear it from my brother… he sent fabric and threatened me that I better not make Zoe’s quilt before his-ooops…  Here is my defense… he ordered a king size quilt-the quilters will understand, the brother won’t… peace out…

Olivia for Olivia!

Ella was invited to a lovely 6-year-old party for one of her best buddies named Olivia and I just couldn’t resist making her a “namesake keepsake” to bring along…  The girls dressed up in their princess attire, had their make up, nails and hair done, and they flaunted down a run way of sorts for good ol’ fashion “best friends forever” fun!

Ian Falconer rules! Ian Falconer is an award winning author, illustrator and stage designer. He is also the creator of Olivia, our favorite piglet. Olivia has been the subject of many of Ian's books including Olivia (for which he won the Caldecott Honor in 2000), Olivia Saves the Circus, Olivia's Opposites, Olivia Counts, and many more including this year's Olivia Goes to Venice.

Check out Olivia's website for more fun!  http://www.oliviathepiglet.com/

BFFs rock! 

Flamin’ Hot Big Boy’s Quilt…

Zacky, my sweet, sweet, almost 8 year old boy, approached me while quilting and asked why Ella has so many quilts… Ah….hmmmm…. quick on my feet…. I asked if he wanted one for his new big boy bed (knowing this is where he was heading).  He said yes, I want a quilt with flames.

Flames?  This is not exactly what I had in mind when looking at fabulous modern quilt books full of simple and beautiful ocean blue quilts with angelic young boys slumbering under…

I decided that it will be his quilt after all, so I better figure this out.  I ordered flame material online (I wasn’t about to search the State of Hawaii for this one!) and decided to adapt a pattern from my fab modern quilt book.

Then the family got involved in designing! The funny picture is Zack’s shorts left over from folding laundry got accidentally pinned to the back of the quilt!  LOL!

Okay, I decided to test out and practice my machine quilting techniques so I quilted each circle differently!  Silly and fun, I tell you…

Cheers!  Linda at QUTI.org

Don't worry...be happy!

Feeling Raggy? Baby Go Makes Being Raggy, well… Fun!

A follow up to a previous process post… Here is the finished product.  Ella and I used our Baby Go! to cut our raggy fabric with yummy colors and milky white backing…

We had fun and make a great mess cutting our fabrics… Then we pieced 20 blocks into a pattern to make a cherished gift.  It is smaller than expected but now we know to use more blocks for a bigger piece.  It will be a great cuddle piece for just the right baby!

Cheers!  Linda at QUTI.org

Got BooBoos? A Cute 5 Year-Old Creates a Hello Kitty BooBoo Buddy!

My daughter loves her booboos!  She makes them up just so she can be dramatic and get a icepack or a bandaid (they are so fashionable now-a-days ya know).  And yes, I have been known to sport a Hello Kitty or Dora bandaid when I really needed one and these were the only things within reach!  Ahhh, the joys of motherhood!

Reading my, yet another new, sewing/quilting book, (yes I am a bag and a book hag!)… with Ella by my side, she picked up my post-it notes (yes, post-its are up there with my Sharpie obsession!), and tabbed her booboo project in this great book-Sewn By Hand.

Being the hyper and all so patient mama, I decided it would be best to do this not by hand but by machine!  So smart...

So off we go and thirty minutes later-voila! Booboo buddies R Us! I highly recommend this fun and quick project with your little ones!  Cheers! Linda at QUTI.org

My first machine…shopping under the influence of too many choices!

After a few weeks of having quilting lessons at Linda’s house, it was time that I took the leap and purchase a machine of my own.  This was it!  I was really going to “do” this quilting thing.

I was excited, and so was my mom (aka Grammy) who is also my neighbor and was looking forward to sharing this investment with me.  Grammy used to sew once upon a time, but somehow forgot to teach me!  Her old workhorse of a Singer had been a good machine, but sadly when loaned to a friend years ago, it was never to be seen again.

So off we went to the local sewing machine store to shop.  Linda said that rather than just look online, I needed to “touch” some real machines to get a sense of what I liked.  What I liked?  At this point, I didn’t even know what I liked!  Do I want a heavy machine?  Brand specific?  A certain size? Alas, the trip was worthwhile as the well informed salesman actually let us sew some stiches on a few different machines.

I found one that met all my criteria, and was whipping out my credit card, when our shopping savvy friend gave me the signal to slow down.  She was already ahead of me and had looked up the model of the machine I liked online.  Of course, they were cheaper online, but I was conflicted.  Earlier that day, knowing that we’d be going to the store, I had secretly pictured myself at home later that night sewing on a sparkly new machine.  Hmmm, patience is a virtue?

So we walked out of the store, machineless, and I spent the next few hours at home tracking down the model of the machine.  I also had to try to beat the system in terms of finding a way to get around the ridiculously high shipping charges often tacked on to items being mailed to Hawaii.  I was lucky and through Amazon found a retail store on the mainland that would send it free shipping. Woo hoo!

So I waited, and waited, excited to get home each day to see if it had been delivered.  Once the “approximate shipping date” came and went, I kept my cool and gave it two more days.  By day three of “Seriously, where’s my machine?” I shot off an email to the retailer, and lo and behold (maybe by my putting it out into the universe), my machine arrived that afternoon.

Isn't she beautiful?

The Singer Confidence 7467. I do love her and promptly named her Singeria (recipe for the machine inspired cocktail to follow in a future post).  The only slight disappointment is that it did not include a walking foot like the one at the store had as part of the accessories package.  But, all in all, no complaints.  Lots of options for fun stitches, it’s sturdy, sews straight, and as Grammy marvels, “Sewing machines are so much more user friendly now!”

 

 

 

So, in the spirit of helping other fellow newbies with some direction and inspiration, tell us:

  • What machine (or in Linda’s case, machines) do you have?
  • Did you name your machine or are we just quirky?
  • What tips would you provide other newbies?
  • If you could buy any machine, what would it be?  Dream big!

Cheers, Kelly

I know, I know… like I needed another thread of fabric… let alone more flower pins!!!

I just couldn’t resist!  Lame, I know… I was shopping with the family this past weekend for random house stuff (well, if I label it stuff, do you really think one needs it?)… Linda, focus, oh yes… back to the story.  There was a fabric and notions section in a nameless large box retailer – wooo hooo! I sooooo got in trouble – a new sewing box (well it was bigger and more “alive”), flower pins (yes, in new luscious colors I didn’t have, come on-a must have, right?) fat quarters (really Linda?), fat quarters for the 5 year old (ugh!-the fruit doesn’t fall too far from the tree, right?), and other “stuff” in the cart, 30 minutes later.  Thank god my son and husband came or it could have been worse as I didn’t have the chance to touch all of the fabric bolts!!!

So, here are some of the fat quarters with my luscious flowers pins~!  So if quilting is my therapy, perhaps I need a new treatment regime?  :-)

I am thinking that I will make a rag quilt with these fat quarters, I have the flannel and the new die for my Baby Go!  Fun!

Now, of course, I don’t even have a baby to make this quilt for but it will be fun making it!

If you make it, it will come… eeek! What am I saying?  I have all the wonderful children I can handle!!! Ha!

 

Cheers, Linda of QUTI,  Shopping Under The Influence of the Five Year Old

Geeezzzzz… everything seems to have another QUTI purpose!

Ok, I was at Safeway, yes, the grocery store, the one I frequent for the staples of life… milk, eggs, fruit, oh wait…. the impulse isle-a fabric throw made of recycled material! $6.99 what a deal? and for a 60×60 piece of fabric-come on quilters, don’t you agree?  Being impulsive and a little ADHD, yes… I bought it!

Feeling righteous for buying an eco-friendly product, and oh so thrifty (it is so not me, but I am trying), I thought I could embellish it with my new Baby Go! Did I say I was impulsive and a little ADHD?  A friend gave me a beautiful Amazon Gift Certificate and I got my frivolous and all important new quilting tool.  Okay, I am sorry, Baby Go, you are not frivolous, you are a tool.  I stand corrected… yes, by myself.

Okay, I digress, or progress, who knows… I pulled out the Baby Go for the first time- WOOO HOOOO!  Geez… a little cute girl thought it was fascinating as well… Ahhh, another “teachable moment” – that is my new code phrase.

Focus Linda.  Okay, but isn’t she cute?  I so love her… Yes, Ella primarily and yes, also the Go Baby…

Onto the project, right?  I pulled out the eco-find and decided to Eva Bernina the flowers (it seemed to so tropical and fun) to embellish with these great pops of color.  Oh, and of course, the colors are so our QUTI colors-yes, I have QUTI on the brain!!!

The sick part of this story is I woke up in the middle of the night and had to sew the binding.  Yes, you “heard” that right.  After sleeping for four hours, I woke up at 1 and sewed until 3:30am… I must seek professional help I am sure!!!!  I even talked to myself and said “Linda, this is lame… why are sewing in the middle of the night? and why can’t you stop?”  I said, back to myself, “Well, I just need to finish the binding so I can feel like I accomplished something.”  “Oh,” I said, “That’s lame.”  I said, “Yes, it is but it is soooo me!”

Well, there it is… just four flowers and my beautiful binding!

Cheers!  Linda, Blogging Under The Influence

Zacky’s Cuddle Quilt… Cherished Memories

Zack, who is affectionately called Zacky by me (I am sure I can keep calling him this for a few more years (he is almost 8 years old)…) asked to make his first quilt a few weeks ago.  Now, at first, I was a little hesitant since I had so much to do but then realized that this was a “teachable” and precious moment and opportunity.  We took a vintage Hawaiian quilt panel and cut it up.  Then I found (I have quite a collection!) coordinating fabric of linen and black Kona yardage to piece together.

I kept it simple and promised quietly to myself to be patient and not critique his uneven rows or inaccurate piecing!  He did an amazing job!  I quilted it and did the binding and voila—a treasure…

Then, we got dirty by painting our hands to memorialize the precious moment in time… Ella joined in!  We call it our cuddle quilt… I just know I am gonna miss these moments someday!

Sometimes you just need a sense of accomplishment (albeit perhaps false but whatevers) …

When your days or week just seem to never end and you look back and say… “What exactly did I achieve this week?”… A simple project is just what the doctor ordered!

I followed these amazing directions from http://www.prudentbaby.com/2011/06/mitered-corner-cloth-napkins.html and voila…

There.  Something finished. contained. and so beautiful.   I am feeling better already!

Oh, and yes, it is the little things that bring me so much joy… flower pins-yes-I AM that geeky to get excited over something so simple and sweet!

Cheers, Linda