For the 2017 Westside Quilters Guild Challenge Quilt, we are asked to use 10 solid fabrics to create a 36″ square (or smaller) quilt. It turns out I have almost no solid fabrics in my stash, so together with a friend, we bought a pack of Kona solids from Craftsy. We divided up the pack so we each have 10 for this challenge plus a few extras for our stash.
Next step is to figure out the pattern I want to use for my challenge quilt. For awhile I’ve been wanting to make a quilt showing the path of my family moving from Ohio to Oregon. My parents were both born in Ohio and moved to Oregon before I was born. They obviously didn’t cross over the “Oregon Trail” officially, but I know there are state blocks and also an Oregon Trail Block. An idea is born!
I’ve been following Maureen Cracknell on Facebook and am interested in her Sew-Along program. It’s going to be difficult to keep up with a new block every week for 25 weeks, but I’d like to try to do a few of them. Her fabric choices are often modern and colors that I don’t usually use but are appealing when all put together. I’m sure I want to use fabric from my stash, but not sure yet which ones. Tonight is the first block reveal, so let’s see how it looks. Feel free to follow along with me!
I’ve been enjoying babywearing as a way to bond with our little guy and also get things done around the house or go out in the world with him safely nearby. There are lots of DIY babywearing ideas but I started with something simple.
I bought a used Beco Gemini carrier and I don’t love the print on the front. It also has black straps which really show the drool marks from baby’s new hobby of slobbering over everything. Time to make covers for the straps near his mouth, called Drool/Suck Pads.
The challenge quilt for our guild this year is to create a small quilt using at least one 9 patch design and based on page 9 of a book. I wanted to use scraps from previous baby quilts and choose a book from our nursery. Turns out, I already had squares in my stash that look great together and remind me of the play mat baby loves, with it’s bright colors and patterns. Then, page 9 of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble references a red pebble and I noticed that there are red dots in some of the fabrics. Perfect!
This fall, we moved into a new home, and it’s been so exciting to unpack all my craft/sewing supplies into a new space. There’s cabinets for candles, finished quilts, areas to hang design boards, and baskets of in-progress projects. Half of the master walk-in closet is full already of fabric, ready for future projects.
This display includes a small sewing machine that my mom gave me from Grandma’s house. The needle moves up and down but would need a new bobbin and repairs to be actually used. It’s nice to have a place to show some of my sewing related trinkets.
This display includes two of my first quilt projects. My mom tells a story that when I was three, we lived in Eugene and she sewed little girl clothes for me and for resale in a local shop. While she worked on them, she gave me scraps to play with and eventually to learn to sew myself. She kept one of the first pieces (on the left) and framed it for me to hang in my sewing room. I found the other piece (on the right) and it too deserves a place on the wall. The basket holds some other in progress ideas/fabric for projects to make for baby.
We’re so excited to announce that Baby Boy is due in April!
Only two months away now and my sewing room is full of ideas and fabrics ready to make into something great for him. People also have been generous with handmade gifts!
My Aunt sent me this quilt that was in my Grandma’s linen collection. We’re not sure of it’s age, maker, or recipient, but it’s a great reminder of the heritage of quilts and will be displayed in our nursery.
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One of the fun projects was at my baby shower. I prepared fabric, pens, and onesies so guests could decorate an outfit for Baby Boy. They were so creative and the final products are super cute!
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I also have been making some items for friends with babies. Swaddle blankets, pacifier holders, and burp cloths are fun to personalize and quick easy projects to sew.
We’re going to participate in the Oregon Trail 5K in Oregon City next weekend, so I’m making bonnets for the girls to wear and bandannas for the boys. Found some fabric in my stash purchased in Amish country and also picked out some free fabric tonight at the quilt guild meeting that will work perfectly.
Pinterest offers a bunch of ideas of patterns. I’ve decided to use this one from the Waag Blaag that uses less fabric than some of the other patterns and offers helpful photos of the process.
I’ve agreed to make a quilt for the Aloha Community Library for them to raffle in September. It’s great to have a small nearby library and I hope that things continue to go well for them so they can join the cooperative library system.
I’m going to use dog print fabrics from my stash to make a quilt called “Read to the Dogs”. I even found fabric with dogs reading books, haha! Here’s the pattern I found that I’ll use and some of the fabrics:
I adapted the pattern a little bit to adjust for the fabrics looking really busy and to highlight the “read to the dogs” in the center and use scraps for the back:
Sharon at Sharon’s Quilt Attic quilted it with a dog bone swirling pattern and I added the binding of rainbow paw print fabric. It was delivered the the Aloha Community Library’s board meeting for them to decide how to run the raffle to raise money for their library!
Summer is a fun time to do the Sunshine and Stitches Shop Hop as well as collect patterns and license plates from shops participating in the Row By Row Experience. The SS is an Oregon two week long event and the RR lasts all summer and includes shops across the United States.
The Sunshine promoters asked us to take selfie pictures in front of their shop signs to promote the event. It was a fun way to see who else was participating and log which shops we visit. I’m looking forward to a road trip with my friend Ruth and visiting some shops with my mom this week!
The road trip turned out to be just me, but I still really enjoyed touring 8 shops in one day! I listened to an autobiography of Oliver Sachs thanks to a free audiobook at the library. The scenery, especially on the way there, was so beautiful! Per tradition, I stopped for “fuel” along the way!
The first four shops were Boersma’s in McMinnville, Grandma’s Attic in Dallas (my favorite shop of the tour), Greenbaums in Salem, and The Cotton Patch in Keizer. Second four shops were Bernina Stretch and Sew in Keizer, Sewn Loverly in Wilsonville, A Common Thread in Tigard, and Tea Time Calicos in Tigard. The shop hop asked people to take selfies to post on their facebook page, so I tried to find something unique to do at each shop.
Each shop really does have their own collection of fabrics, personality in decorations, level of hospitality, and sample quilts that make it unique. Since there were not many people in the shops, I tried to make conversation with the employees and enjoy each shop even if I didn’t buy anything beyond collecting the free patterns.
At the end of the day, I had collected some cool patterns, new projects, and lots of creative ideas!
I just found out that I won a gift certificate from Bernina Stretch and Sew in Keizer! Looking forward to going there to find some treasures for new projects.
This year, I made two quilts for high school graduates. Lauren, a long time family friend, is going from Glencoe HS to Oregon State. Katie, our oldest niece, is going from North Medford HS to Southern Oregon. Both girls have played soccer in high school and are really great people. They do have different personalities though, which I wanted to reflect in the different quilts.
For Lauren, I chose to use a package of coordinating fat quarter pieces that I bought on Craftsy. The modern, fresh colors reminded me of her, even though they’re not her favorite color (purple).
After seeing the patterns from Sam Hunter at a quilt guild, I bought the “faster fourteen” one and put together the 14 fat quarters that I thought would look best. Here’s Sam’s version that she uses on the pattern’s cover.
Sharon at Sharon’s Quilt Attic quilted it for me. She used a new long arm machine that is connected to a computer and we chose a design that reminded me of waves. It was mesmerizing to watch the quilting happen automatically, evenly paced and quickly completed. She recommended a bright color thread so it’s “less boring” and I do love how the orange pops and draws out the Oregon State colors for Lauren.
I finished sewing on the binding and mom finished the hand sewing to close the binding and finish the quilt. This top went together in just one day and I love the look of the final product, even though the fabric turned out to be a little busy. It’s definitely a pattern I’ll use again!
For Katie, I chose batik fabrics. For her 16th birthday party, Katie had used squares of blue and purple batik fabric from Joann’s for bandannas for the dueling teams of friends and family participating in her birthday “Olympics”. I asked people to give me their bandannas with the hope of making something for Katie someday. Then last summer, I won some free yardage at the Quilter’s Corner Store as part of the Row by Row Experience. Deb helped me pick out coordinating fabrics. I think it suits Katie’s mature, calm, friendly nature to have a colorful quilt that doesn’t look like the normal bright kid friendly colors I usually use, but rather something more for a young adult.
The pattern is Vice Versa from Karla Alexander. She is a talented quilt designer and teacher based in Salem, Oregon. I decided that I want to use this pattern to make a graduation quilt for each of Aaron’s nieces & nephews, but change the fabric to fit their interests or favorite colors. It’ll be fun to figure out what to do for the others next in line!
AnnMarie from our guild quilted it for me. I’ve always admired her work which is also often modern with unique color palettes and straight line quilting. For this project, I asked for some leaf designs to mimic the leaves in the pattern and to remind Katie of her Oregon roots.
Here’s how both quilts looked the day the girls received them, and pics of the girls too! So proud of their accomplishments and life path so far, and looking forward to seeing what next adventures are coming up for both of them.