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

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

Checkout the Go!Baby from Accuquilt:




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

Mom, I want to sell my “baby” bed! Eeek!

Eeek, is right.  A little background… I spent a mint on a Flexa ensemble when Zack was two with the promise that the “system” will grow with your child through the teenager years… Cool, how wise and thrifty was I?  Yes, I remain consistent with my apparent lack of eventual thriftiness…

Zack sat me down (yes, he is only 7 years old) and said that his bed was too babyish (is that even a word?) and said he wanted to sell it on Craigslist.  Speechless and a little proud that he made the Craigslist connection/obsession, I listened.

I repeat (in my head)… Linda, seek first to understand, Linda, seek first to understand… so I listened with love and patience in my heart.  (Inside, I couldn’t believe that 1. he feels all “grown up and not babyish” and 2. didn’t he know that “investing” in Flexa means it lasts until he goes off to college? )

Then… get this… he asked, “Can we split the money we get for the bed?”  WHHHHATTT? – (to a silly nursery rhyme song in my head?)  Where oh where did my little boy go, just where or where can he be?

First of all, I said no, dear, with the most love I could muster with a smile. It was bittersweet, it was a brilliant and astute question (we have been focusing on financial literacy lately) yet, heeeelllllooo! he didn’t buy the bed in the first place, nor did he get that I had to replace it!

So the end of the story is this… there was $20 to spare, so I broke down and gave it to him from the proceeds.  He is saving for an ipod touch… yes, HE is saving… he must learn this great American lesson now before it is too late!

So here it goes… a new bed, now warrants a new quilt per Zack’s request.  We flipped through our quilt books and he chose a simple, modern, black quilt with red flames!  It will be such a boy quilt! Stay tuned!!!

Look at my handsome and growing boy!!!

Cheers, Linda at QUTI


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

Ella’s Baby Clothes: Repurposed Memories

Okay. This was my second quilt… And yes, wine was involved!

The first cut was the hardest! I treasured Ella’s baby clothes as if I were clinging to precious gemstones or as if it was the coveted outfit we brought her home in from the hospital. And then I took a sip of wine, a deep breath, and … yes… I cut.

I used my embellished rotary cutter and my 4 1/2 inch Olfa square and fussy cut the sweet pieces of fabric. I also kept the pockets, ribbons and even Lola! Cutting Lola, Ella’s fav stuffy, added such a great dimension… And she loves it to this day!

I finished this treasure with a sweet and soft yellow blanket binding-so fun! I believe in using, not just displaying quilts, and this one gets loved a lot! I have even taken a rare nap or two under it, cuddling with Lola.

Oh, that reminds me, I soooooo need a nap!!!

Cheers, Linda