May 21, 2015

Andrea's Quilt - Granny Squares

Andrea finally gets her own quilt!



Since the baby quilt I made for Audrey matched the nursery, and we kept the nursery the same for both girls, I felt like I was off the hook for making Andrea a baby quilt. Forget that I had them 16 months apart and was working full time. 



But after I really got back to working on Audrey's quilt, and they'd see me working on the hand quilting, Andrea quickly realized that Audrey was getting a pretty quilt for her bed and she wanted one, too!  

I've had granny squares on my to-do list and decided to go the easy route and use some Moda mini-charms of Bonnie and Camille's Scrumptious line and I raided my white stash for all the white squares. That means they're all a little bit different shade of white, but I was more than happy to use up my scraps. 


I used the tutorial from Blue Elephant Stitches since she used 2.5" squares, but didn't add the border, just the same sashing. 


I had this sweet pink print in my stash and pieced it with some white to make it big enough (and knock down my stash even more!)

This quilt is about 44"x55" and I machine quilted it to knock it out and get it on her toddler bed. I bound it in the same pink from my grandmother's stash that I used on Audrey's quilt. 



And just in time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I'm entering it into the small quilts category. Thanks, Amy, for hosting again, and thank YOU for stopping by!

May 15, 2015

Audrey's Woodland Bloom Quilt

Welcome, Blogger's Quilt Festival friends!
So glad you could stop by!

I finished this quilt just in time for the festival and I'm so excited to share it with you!


This quilt began its life over 2 years ago when my oldest was around 13-15 mos old and I was very pregnant with my second. We were getting her big girl room ready and this Woodland Bloom fabric fit the colors perfectly. 


Fast forward two years, lots of indecision on the pattern, tracking down another charm pack or two of out of print fabric, and lots of hand quilting, and tada! She finally gets her quilt!


I outlined the X's and all the sashing and then did a petal shape inside each arm of the X. Can you see it in there?




I added a second border using a polka dot from Connecting Threads I found in my stash that matches that deeper pink PERFECTLY and used the same petal template I made for the X's to do this quilting in the border. 


The backing is pieced from my stash and I made the binding from my grandmother's stash. 



All I have left to do is make a pillow sham and maybe some pillow cases that match! And make a big girl quilt for my 2-year-old!



Thanks for stopping by! Thanks, Amy, for hosting!  www.amyscreativeside.com Enjoy the festival!

April 3, 2015

Some Projects I've Finished

I've been wanting to make some bow organizers now that my girls have hair (ha!) and finally got around to it. I used a couple of frames from Ikea, some fat quarters, batting, ribbon and hot glue. I took lots of pictures as I did it and I'll post a tutorial later. Super cute, huh?


I've also been dreaming of an Easter tree, but gave up on finding one with branches, and went with an Christmas tree turned Easter tree concept. I got a foam cone, some glitter eggs from the dollar store, and used every bit of happy ribbon in my stash. Plus some. It is so happy!


Now, back to my main project. Quilting Audrey's quilt is taking forever!

Andrea's Birthday

Andrea turned 2 in January and I neglected to post about her party!  She requested monkeys, so we went all out. 

Monkey ears were made...


Chocolate monkey cake was baked...

    

And decorated...


Banana pudding was made...


The Christmas tree was turned into a birthday tree...


And we all had a good time!





We kinda forgot to give her the present from us until the next morning (womp womp), but she didn't seem to mind ��


Can't believe she's two!














February 2, 2015

Andrea's Room and Two Embroidery Finishes


My youngest is now 2 (!), and it's time for a big girl room. We're keeping the crib for a while and we'll make it a toddler bed soon. We moved her to the other side of the house next to sister so they can be close and share a bathroom.  Maybe we'll regret that when they are teenagers!

Here's the view when you walk in the door. 


I fell in love with these sweet prints from Rifle Paper Co. They're sweet and girly, but vintagey and grown-up enough that she can have them for a long time if she wants. 



They *just* fit in these little frames from Ikea that I reused from the nursery. We might redo the lamp, too, but it's looking just fine right now. 

Here's the corner across from the crib. We found the sweet faux silk curtains at Target. We brought the rocker from the nursery so we can read books and we stole one of Audrey's dressers. 


I did these little name embroideries for each girl. I designed them myself, or rather, I found a decorative letter that was embroiderable, a font that I liked for the name, and the meaning of their name and a verse to go with it and typed it all up. I then traced it onto a piece of fabric with a wash-away fabric marker.  Then I borrowed the colors from those sweet prints and -tada!

 
Here's Audrey's:


I still need to hang this cross stitch. My mom did this ages ago as a baby gift that never got gifted. I found it stashed away in the trunk in my old bedroom. It just happens to be the bedtime prayer we say with the girls!  So Mom let me have it and here it is!  I reused a frame from the nursery as well. 


In order to frame these stitchings, I used a tutorial from Needle n Thread http://www.needlenthread.com/2007/12/finish-work-how-to-frame-piece-of.html

Erik ordered this fabulous monogram on eBay, painted it, and mounted it on this faux palette he distressed after watching several YouTube videos on "making old wood". Didn't he do a great job?  We did some extra backup mounting into a stud since it's pretty heavy and, well, hanging over our sleeping beauty. 


She loves her new room!