Nine Months until Perfection

Yup.  It’s been quiet around here.  Well, quiet on the blog at least, at home, not so much.  We have been busy adjusting to life as a family if four and soaking in as many sweet baby cuddles as we can!

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And this lucky little guy has the BEST quilt that was made for him!  The ladies of the VBMQG surprised me with an amazing quilt that they all worked on.  Knowing that I love Tula Pink, they used her modern alphabet pattern (and lots of Tula prints too!) and gifted the most perfectly sized quilt!

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This quilt will be so wonderful for all those late night feedings, you better believe that I’ll be snuggled under it as well!!

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Clover Sunshine Plus Quilt

Clover Sunshine Quilt made by KD-Quilts

Finally.  I can finally show this quilt off!  My guild had decided that we wanted to support one of our members and have a challenge using only her fabrics.  So over the past six months, members of the VBMQG were using Alison Glass’ Clover Sunshine (and any other Alison prints people wanted to use) and created some gorgeous quilts.  Check out #vbmqg on instagram or the VBMQG facebook page to see some of the other quilts. 
Clover Sunshine Cross quilt by KD-Quilts

I chose to use some of the Alison Glass blenders along with Clover Sunshine to make a cross/plus quilt.  While it’s not an original quilt, or even a challenging quilt, it is something that I always wanted to make and these fabrics were just screaming to me to become a plus quilt

Swirls and Flowers Quilting

I quilted swirls and some pointy flowers, to sort of mimic some of Alison’s flowers in the favorites print in Clover Sunshine.Clover Sunshine Crosses by KD-QuiltsI used my binding machine for the first time on this quilt.  I must say, it was super fast not having to iron all the binding and it came out WAY better than any of my binding in the past.  I am officially a fan of that Simplicity Binding Machine!
Clover Sunshine Quilt with Copper photobombAnd camera hog Copper couldn’t let me outside taking pictures of a quilt without posing for the camera as well!  He’s a natural!

 

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Winter is a Time for Stitching

So I am a huge cold weather wimp.  I’m always cold, even in the summer.  I live in an area that doesn’t get much snow, maybe a little dusting once or twice a year. Not this year.  We have had a few weeks of the white stuff.  And even though I am always cold, I LOVE THE SNOW!!!

But when it comes time to being inside when it’s cold and snowy, I don’t want to venture far from the fire and quilts.  Especially not to go in my sewing room.  It’s over the garage and just never feels warm.  I swear I can feel cold air coming out of the vent even though I’ve had the heating guys out twice to check it out!  So needless to say, there has been a lot more knitting by the fireplace than sewing going on around here.

I’ve been working on a Brandywine shawl off and on between projects.  The yarn is the most luxurious cashmere/silk blend that husband picked out (all on his own) for a Christmas gift. I really wanted this to be done for Valentines day, but there is so much left to do, that I decided to just enjoy making it and it will be done when it’s done.

My Follow Your Arrow mystery knit along has been taking most of my knitting time.  It will be finished this week and I can’t wait to block it and see what it looks like off the needles!  It has been such a fun knit.  I’m debating starting a new one with some different clues and seeing how different it will turn out.  If you are a knitter, I totally recommend this pattern!  Seriously, so fun! You can check out all of the different pattern combinations on instagram with #followyourarrowkal

And of course I have socks on the needles.  2 pairs in progress right now.  Both are SO close to being finished too!

And slowly but surely, there has been some quilting going on…..

And now back to sit by the fire and work on warming up.   Hope you are all staying warm and happy wherever you are!

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City Bridges. A Finished Quilt

For some reason, this quilt has taken me FOREVER to make, get pictures of, blog about.  I had lots of love hate feelings for this quilt.  That combined with being so exhausted this pregnancy, and taking full advantage of the three year old’s naps and sleeping then instead of sewing.

I had all sorts of plans on taking pictures of this quilt when I was in Detroit with some old buildings as the background.  It was going to be awesome.  Really the best photo shoot for a quilt that I have ever done.  Obviously, that didn’t happen.  So when you are looking at these pictures, pretend the quilt is hanging in front of some falling apart downtown buildings and not just outside on a too sunny day.  Thanks!

City Bridges was completely inspired by a story book one bed time.  There was a train going over a bridge, and it screamed quilt to me.  I wish I still had the picture I took of the story to show you!   I had a bundle of Center City by Jay McCarroll just waiting for the perfect project, and this seemed like it would be just right!

I love this fabric line.  The mix of the purples with the reds and browns is just so perfect. (not to mention it looks great in my living room!)

I quilted straight lines in all of the white.  The skinny bits were quilted 1/4 inch apart while the fat zig zags are 1/2 inch apart.  In all of the print, there is loopy scrolls FMQ. I love how the solid Kona Berry back shows off all of the different quilting.  (and this is probably the 5th quilt I have backed in Berry this past year…)

So there it is, City Bridges, the quilt that took me entirely too long to finish, but so happy to have it!

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Warm Hands in Frigid Temps

      Well goodness, how is it January 10 already?! I had meant to do a big 2013 recap, a welcome 2014 post….and the days keep rolling by, without written posts. We spend Christmas through New Year with family in michigan. I REALLY needed that time away with family and it gets harder to leave every time. But as with all things; as nice as it was to be away, it’s great to be back home, organized and back to routine!

I did however manage a finish over the break. Colorwork/faire isle knitting was on my want to learn list since about the time I first cast on a knitting project.

And so, like I do with everything, I jumped in feet first and taught myself how or do it. It wasn’t hard at all. I just need to make my floats looser. I thought they were, but when I put them on, the fabric was still a little tight.

They fit beautifully! And the double yarn makes them really warm.

I’m thinking a striped cowl is in order now that I’ve overcome my fear of knitting with two colors!

What crafty fear have you overcome by just by jumping in?

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A Much Needed Case

I, like most people, am rarely without my iPad.  I have an “everyday” case on it, but I wanted something more to keep the charger and stylus with it.

Since this was a fun project for me, I dug into the precious stuff (really I need to do this more often!) I put together some of my favorite Alison Glass prints and got to work.

I didn’t follow a pattern, just used the measurements of my iPad with the case on. I wanted it to close, so I added the band to close it up. It also covers up the zippered pocket for a clean look on the front.

My iPad slips right behind that zippered pocket. The pouch folds up and I’m ready to go!

I fully intended to write up a quick tutorial for this, but I was running out of time and my pictures for the second half aren’t so hot, so I might not post the tutorial. We will see. In the meantime, I’m super glad to have this case all made up. When spending so much time sewing for others, it was great to make a little something for myself!

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Well Hello There

It’s been awfully quiet around here, don’t you think? Between holidays, and the freezing cold temps and this growing baby zapping all of my energy from me, I haven’t had much time in my sewing room lately. So sad! But here’s what I have been doing….

I finished knitting not only my first ever mitten, but it is also my first go at color work. It was so fun to follow the pattern and watch the picture emerge!

I FINALLY finished quilting this WIP. I started it in August people, August! I HATE having things sit not finished. There just wasn’t time between deadline sewing to get it finished. Now to get the binding on and show it off!

I made some pillows to go with my Christmas quilt 
that I made earlier in the year. The patchwork one really is straight, the way it’s plopped on the couch makes it all funny looking and of course I didn’t realize until after the picture!

These socks got knit up. This was the first time I have used a slightly larger yarn and plain vanilla socks. They were a joy to work on!

I cut up some of my favorite Alison a Glass prints for an iPad case (I’ll share it next week!)

And lots and lots of this by the fire and tree. It’s been nice taking the time out of my usually busy schedule to relax in the afternoons. I sure hope you are finding time out to enjoy the Christmas season too!

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Holiday Hostess Series

I don’t know about you, but I am SO ready for the holidays to be here!  I’m so antsy to get the tree up, listen to Christmas music, eat way too much delicious food and most importantly, having time to spend with family!

I love everything there is about the holidays, and when Jennifer asked me to participate in her holiday hostess series, I couldn’t be more thrilled.  With so many events and gifts that need to be made this series is a great help!  I know I’ve added a bunch to my to sew list!

I’m over at Ellison Lane today sharing my tutorial for a casserole oven mitt of sorts that doubles as a trivet.  Perfect for getting your dishes from the oven to the table!

And did you see? There are some amazing prizes up for grabs! You can enter to win them using the rafflecopter below.

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Don’t forget to check out all of the other awesome tutorials as well! But be warned, there’s a lot you will want to make!

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Diagonal Madness Quilt

A few months back, I was asked to make Kaffe Fassett’s Diagonal Madness pattern.  This quilt was made with a kit, using all of his prints to make a replica of the quilt in one of his books.

Now, I have never been a fan of Kaffe’s prints.  Absolutely nothing against him.  And honestly, I don’t know what it is about them that I haven’t liked, he uses so many of “my” colors.  I don’t have a scrap of his fabric, and haven’t had the desire to get any.

Then I started making this quilt.  Cutting each print, I decided I was liking it more and more.

Then sewn all back together.  Yeah, I no longer have a thing against Kaffe prints.  In fact, I found quite a few that I would like to add to my stash to incorporate into some other projects!

The backing is a subtle check.  In my opinion, it compliments the squares and the craziness of the top perfectly!  The binding is all scrappy from left over scraps.  It is quilted with a few straight lines, just as Kaffe had done in his book.

This quilt was a joy to make (after all the cutting was finished!) and was super hard to give it away.  It is so bright and cheery!  I am so happy that I had the chance to make this quilt and pass the cheer onto someone else!

 

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A Very Important Work in Progress

It’s been a little quiet around here since I’ve been working on a WIP that has taken all my time and energy.

And lots of fabrics like these are being used.

And he won’t be finished until April.  Until then, I’m just thankful to have found my appetite and energy again!

And I’m finally ready to get back to work sewing!!-

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