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…

Do your quilts hang low, do they wobble to and fro?

Can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a bow…? Hang-Ups are QUTI’s new fav!!!

While trying to transform Ella’s room to meet her new 5 year old expectations (her what??? Exactly…I digress)… I Googled (is that actually a word yet?), to find an easy way to hang a few quilts.  Her stark white walls needed a quick splash of color!

Yippee!  Look what I found!

It was a miracle that I could find tacks and voila, I had wall art!  Check it out!

Hung Up!

As for the quilt, it was a first attempt at a quilt concept I am in the process of perfecting, I hate the trunk, but love Ella’s Pre-Kindergarten friends in the tree…

Here is how you use them, I loved how I could just use tacks for a quick install or use the cool hard core tape option-I am now a quilt hanging rock star!  Ok, not really, but I felt righteous!

What are other ways you use to hang and display your quilts? 

Cheers!   Linda at www.quti.org

 

Eva Bernina gets a new dress…

A new dress for Eva!

On a whim-I know-shocking!-I made Eva a “dress” fitting for the royalty that she is… White waffle weave fabric keeps her warm inside and a pretty pattern shows off her shape… You all know I LOVE rickrack so of course she got some of that!

Voila! Cute red polka dot ribbon keeps her dress on and discrete!

Cheers!  Linda at www.QUTI.org

 

 

 

 

Pillow Fight…QUTI of my first stipple!

It was time to expand my horizons! Linda entrusted me with the use of the beautiful Eva Bernina.  I wanted to use the last of the special pieces of my dad’s old clothes to make a few early Christmas present pillows.  To complete the pillow top, I wanted to do my first stipple.  For a girl who is often too uptight and worried about doing things the “right way”, this was a great experience. To stipple, you really have to loosen up and let it flow. Linda helped me to use her stipple stencil to chalk out my path, we did a little stipple practice on some scraps and then I was on my way.

So much fun! To be honest, I ended up not following my stenciled path which is obvious to anyone who looks too closely at the pillow but I found my groove after a bit and I love the way it looks.  In the middle of my stipple, I did hit a bit of a snag…ok, a big snag, when I broke the needle on Eva Bernina.  Yikes!  Linda, being the wise, patient teacher that she is, didn’t blink an eye, she changed out the needle in no time flat, and I finished!

I so enjoy quilting because it makes me push myself to learn new techniques every day.  What a great model for our children in the pusuit of being life long learners.  I’m off to create some Christmas gifts now…

Cheers,

Kelly

 

Go Baby Go! My New Tool and Love… Pink and Green! Woohooo! So QUTI!

Ella says “Wow, mama, what a fancy pink bag-can I have it?”  Heeeellllloooo!  No, silly this is for our Baby Go!  Our what?  Not every bag that comes through these doors is shared with a 5 year old girl ya know! Why not? she says…Nevermind…go play with your Barbies sweet girl!

So here it is, organized so beautifully in the perfectly matched (great marketing Accuquilt!) bag for the self proclaimed, bag hag!

I love the roomy pockets, the multiple sections and I feel soooo organized and sassy!

I fun and purposeful tool!  Stay tuned for more posts and projects using my wonderful BabyGO!

Cheers! Linda at QUTI.org

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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