Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Lots and lots of George - WIP Wednesday

Massive progress on the Curious George quilt!  In the end, I was able to cut 32 Georges from the single Pottery Barn pillowcase.  I used 30 for the quilt top with two left over for a pair of pillows.  I used red, yellow, blue and green Kona solids to make the log cabin blocks.  I just randomly cut the fabric bands without measuring and strip-pieced them trimming each side as I went along.  When they were all assembled, I simply squared them all up with a 12.5" ruler.  Initially I regretted not making some of the first rounds of the log cabin thinner so that the outer edgers would have finished thicker, (some are very thin!)  but once all of the blocks were sewn together, I found that I actually enjoy the varied width of the strips, as they break up the monotony of all the solids. 

It took me a couple of hours to settle on a layout, as I wanted to avoid the the same colors touching each other and I didn't want repeat centers too close to one another.  Literally a giant puzzle. 

For the back I made three identical blocks, using the solids to make a four patch bordered with the other Curious George print, and I back-stitched a simple label under the center block.

All pinned and ready to quilt!

I off-set the blocks for the pillow fronts and bordered them with a white fabric dotted with tiny yellow hearts (also used on the back of the main quilt)

A little bonus pair of slippers I started, but have not quite made myself finish the binding.  I need to find a solution to the slippery bottoms (little dots of silicone?) and also the opening for the foot needs to be a bit bigger to accommodate my son's chubby feet. He does seem to enjoy trying to stuff his feet in them and shuffle around, but I need to tweak the pattern and try again...

I am linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced - click over and take a look...

Friday, 27 June 2014

Carnet de Santé

In France the carnet de santé is a very important document.  It holds all of your medical records from birth to adulthood.  You are given your child's booklet in the hospital just after delivery and are expected to bring it to every doctor's appointment throughout their childhood.  It contains birth stats, height/weight charts, vaccine records, any tests/exams/surgeries preformed on your child and a brief summary of each consultation.  Something you DO NOT want to loose! 

Anyway, it's a boring, plain, plastic government book.  At the hospital, mine came with a green cloth slipcover advertising a brand of formula.  So I used the original cover as a sort of template and made a new one much more my style! It ended up being a little more fiddly than I anticipated with all the different parts to assemble, but I am so pleased with the results - and I learned how to add snaps in the process!  I interfaced the inside flaps to add some bulk and added the inside pockets to hold notes & prescriptions. The front and back are two log cabin blocks sewn together up the spine.  I quilted on either side of the seams and then embroidered Louis' name on the front.  

Not sure how many years I have until he is embarrassed by the cover, but I will enjoy it until then...

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Union Jack Pillow - number two

This is the other half of a pair of Union Jack pillows I made for my best friend in 2012.  Intimidated by the invisible zipper, I never finished the pillows.  My mom sewed the zipper in the first pillow when I was home for Christmas 2012, but then we never found the time to finish the second one.  So I gifted just the one pillow last Christmas, and my mom finished off the second pillow sometime last year after I left.  So finally, one year later, my friend now has a complete pair.

As with the first pillow, I used Busy Bee Quilt Designs Victory Garden pattern.  Both pillows share a small red border and solid red backing.  I totally love the Japanese cotton/linen London print. 

Lesson learned : speedy finishes = envelope closures and not zippers!

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

WIP Wednesday - Curious George

I am really excited to start cutting a Curious George quilt for Louis. I unpicked a Pottery Barn Curious George pillowcase and plan to salvage as many Georges as possible..  I also have another George print with zoo animals but only a half a yard.  I want to use only these two prints with solid red, yellow, blue, green and white. I have a few ideas but nothing too specific... Somehow I want to frame the various-sized Georges with the solids and add a splash of the zoo animal print somewhere...maybe the back?

I need to get cracking... Louis is in the middle of a total Curious George obsession, but it won't last forever...

The crocodile is a bonus addition, as Louis is also currently obsessed with Lyle the Crocodile and identifies "Lala" with all crocs!

I am linking up to  WIP Wednesday at freshly Pieced - click over and check out all of the projects!

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

French Pâtisseries Oven Mitt

I have been hoarding a small collection of Yuwa French pastry fabric in various colors for a couple of years with plans to make oven mitts for friends and family.  This first one was a Christmas present for my best friend in Texas - she loves to bake, so hopefully it will come in handy!  

The sugar-sweet pinkness is really neither of our styles, but after debating a more subdued color for the binding, I couldn't resist the fun pop of pink.  The main fabric with the patisserie recipes is a cotton/linen blend, and the cakes are on a lovely, smooth cotton.  Like my previous mitts, I quilted the pockets and main panel with parallel 45° lines.  This time however, I added two layers of batting and one layer of Insul-Bright rather than only one layer of batting with the Insul-Bright.  I cut all of the pieces, including the batting, a little big and then trim to size and round the corners with a plate after quilting to accommodate for any shifting between the five bulky layers. Then I zig-zag around the edges of the pockets and main panel to crimp the layers and allow for the binding to be sewn on easier and neater.

More mitts to come in other colors... 

I am linking up to Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story - click over and check out all the other creations

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 

This little t-shirt came together quickly after a dig through my scraps.  I looked at tons of online tutorials for ideas. In the end, I used the turkey body template from SHYby DESIGN (slightly enlarged) but went with rounded feathers. I really wanted to use the bright orange t-shirt but also wanted orange and red feathers, so decided to add the inner row of feathers in the darker colors so they wouldn't blend into the t-shirt and then use the lighter greens and yellows against the orange shirt.  I just ironed the shapes on with some Heavy Duty Wonder Under and haven't bothered sewing the applique down. I imagine it would last longer if I did, but I don't think he will wear the top enough for it to matter... 

I love these little potimarron squash and can't stop buying them.  There are everywhere in France this time of year and so tasty - they have a firm, dense flesh and a hint of chestnut taste.  They make an excellent pumpkin pie.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

WIP Wednesday - rainbow baby quilts & sewing machine cover

A sewing machine cover has been on my to do list for quite some time, and now that my son is tall enough for his wandering fingers to reach the sewing machine's fun knobs and buttons, it has become a priority! 

My machine sits out in the living room on a table, so a recent redecoration dictated the color scheme. Orange has replaced red as the main accent color in the room, so orange it is!

I was inspired by the vertical strips on Rashida Coleman-Hale's sewing machine cover in I Love Patchwork. I have added a few more columns of color and of varying widths, and rather than the grommet and tie closure she uses, I am planning to add sides and make it more like a closed box - just as soon as I figure out how to attach the side panels...  

I also have all the strips cut for coordinating rainbow baby quilts for two newborn twin girls. Ready to start piecing...

I am linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced - click over and check out the other projects.