Taggie for Baby Shower

A friend asked me to make a baby shower gift and another friend at work is pregnant, so it’s the perfect opportunity to learn to make Taggie blankets.  Two colleagues at work said they’re invaluable for their newborns…soft, easy to tuck in the carseat or attach to a stroller, babies love playing with or sucking on the textured ribbons.  So my friend and I went shopping at Joanns and found these cute ribbons along with matching minky and flannel fabrics to make the Taggie blankets.

 taggie materials

On to find inspiration/information/patterns online.  For this project, I used a few sources.

  • Minky fabric is tricky to sew because it’s so stretchy.  This site gives great tips about sewing with Minky.
  • Taggie Blankets are popular so when you look on Etsy or Pinterest, you’ll find lots of inspiration.  I used this tutorial which shows each step of the process.

First taggie is for a friend who is a speech language pathologist (hence the letters on the fabric).  She’s having her first baby girl…congratulations! Second taggie is for a friend to take to a baby shower…and it’s a boy!

Free BOM at Quilt Guild

Each month at the Westside Quilt Guild meeting, there’s a free BOM (block of the month) pattern you can pick up to try.  If you make a block (or two or three) using the pattern and bring it back the next month, there’s a drawing and one person walks away with all the blocks.  I like participating when it’s either something I would like to win, would teach me a new technique or block style, or is a color scheme I already have in my stash.  My goal is to only use stash fabrics to complete these blocks.

At the Feb 2014 meeting, I picked up the Rocky Road to Dublin block, published by The Quilter’s Cache by Marcia Hohn.  Her website offers lots of free blocks that guilds and others can use to learn traditional block designs. We were asked to use dark green, light green, and white on white fabrics.  Here’s how my block turned out:

rocky road to dublinNext up is an Amish quilt block. Amish style quilts remind me of visiting my grandparents in Ohio who live near enough to an Amish community that we often visit the shops and restaurants there.  The plain bright colors contrasted with black background is a very traditional look. We were asked to use black background, bright yellow star, and another bright solid for the other parts. Thanks to Deb at Quilter’s Corner Store for the fabrics. I like the puzzle piece part…make the components and then line them up like in the picture before sewing into rows and rows together into the block.

amish star in process

For the June 2014 guild meeting, we’re making Scrappy Mountain Majesty blocks in white/cream/tan and blue/green/brown color palette.  Here’s how mine turned out (second try after a mistake measuring on the last step).  I like how easy the block was and only one matching seam.  Also, it’s fun to be able to find pieces from my stash to use for these blocks.  Wonder how they’d all look placed together in a quilt?  Looking at the pattern maker’s explanation, maybe I wasn’t supposed to sew the halves together.  I suppose whoever wins the batch can decide how they want to arrange all the blocks.

scrappy mountainFor July, it’s a 4th of July Star block in red white and blue (the photo doesn’t show well the tone on tone but the polka dots pop!) This one would be fun to put into a patriotic quilt or table-topper.  I ended up making two of them to add to the stack at the guild meeting (but I didn’t win yet.)

Here’s the one for October’s meeting and check it out included in a charity quilt that the winner of all the blocks that month created:

For November, we’re making neckties:

neckties

In January, I made this block to contribute.

multiblockIn April, I made this block — first time trying a log cabin!

log cabin bom

Here’s the block for May. Not my favorite color combo, but using all fabrics from my stash.

 

And the pattern for the one for June is at this  link http://www.azpatch.com/bom/bom2002/08aug02/bom02aug.htm.  We’re to use white on white and a bunch of bright colors, so I’ll see if I can get that done in time for the June meeting.

Valentine’s Day 2014

I’ve been wanting to create some sort of Valentine’s day wall hanging for decoration and/or a table runner for the top of the piano.  Also, mom gave me the Lil Twister tool and book, so thought I’d give it a try and make the heart pattern.  Enjoy the pics!

Snowy Weekend

Friday was a snow day…got the day off work and the whole weekend at home, so I have time for sewing and cross country skiing in the neighborhood.

I’ve been wanting to make a lanyard for the name badge I wear at quilt guild meetings.  Picked up the findings at Joanns and some sewing themed fabric from my stash.  Here’s the online tutorial I used: http://www.genxquilters.com/2013/03/10-minute-sewing-project-how-to-sew.html

I think it turned out great!  I guess I could have figured out a way to make it adjustable, but it works as something simple for now.  Can I make one for you? Check out the Shop page for more details.

Here’s the view outside my window above the sewing table this afternoon.  So peaceful!

Snow DayHappy February Sewing everyone!

Night of Little Projects

A night of little projects.  I made this wine accessory bag to hold the wine bottle stopper set I got for Christmas.  Fun to use a scrap of a past wine related project and some ribbon to make a custom organizer.

20140130-192047.jpgAlso, finished customizing a package of baby burp cloths.  Again, using scraps, the trucks on a road and bilingual color/number fabric will be just right for a Spanish speaking mom expecting a little hijo.

diapers

Ghana Fabric Projects

A colleague at work purchased 12 yards of fabric from Ghana and wondered if I could make it into a duvet cover for her.  “Sure!  I’ll give it a try!”

Step 1: Fabric. She got the fabric from a family member who lives in Ghana and has this blog of handmade items. http://amaamina.wordpress.com/.  It was up to me to figure out how to wash/iron the indigo fabric, so I found directions on some fabric distributor websites. I also realized we didn’t have enough to do the whole thing in the Ghana fabric, so got a matching dark blue solid at Joann’s for the back of the duvet cover.

Step 2: How to Make a Duvet Cover.  The internet is amazing, truly.  Tutorials are helpful in showing the steps to make something new, so with a short lesson on some new techniques (learned to make a french seam so it looks really nice and finished on every side), I was ready to begin. http://www.designsponge.com/2010/03/sewing-101-making-a-duvet-cover.html

Step 3: Make Space.  If I do this again, I need to find a bigger space to lay out the fabric to cut evenly.  My living room just wasn’t quite as big as a queen duvet cover.  🙂  This picture doesn’t show the blue color, but it really turned out looking nice, with snaps as closures.

queen duvet cover made with fabric from Ghana
queen duvet cover made with fabric from Ghana

Step 4: Dog Cover.  After the duvet cover was finished, she asked for a matching sheet sized piece of the Ghana fabric to be made into a layer on top of the duvet so her two big dogs can lay on the bed but not get their hair all over the actual duvet cover.  Great idea since it’ll be easier to clean and still look really nice on the bed…plus the dogs will be happy to be still allowed on the bed sometimes!

close up Ghana fabricThanks so much, Amy, for encouraging me to try a new experience, for your patience in it getting completed over the course of many months, and for the payment and “tip” of a gift certificate to another great fabric store, Cool Cottons in SE Portland, OR. http://www.coolcottons.biz/

Patriotic quilt

A member of my quilt guild is looking for patriotic quilts to display at the North Plains Library this spring. I’m going to enter this table runner / small wall hanging.  It would be fun to see my work hanging up in a public display!

Home Decorating

Over the years, I’ve made simple curtains for my house and for a gathering room at church. The simplest versions can still be more personal than something purchased.  Here’s what I used to have in the “red room”, using fabric with a great print of salsa dancers!

Spring 2008 032 (Copy)

I’ve also made basic tablecloths and other table runners that are great on tables in and outside.  This is one of my favorite pics showing a picnic with my pup Lucy!tabecloth outdoor (Copy)

Here’s another project I’ve tried making before, but this time had a pattern to follow, so a much improved final product….a potato bag, for microwaving spuds (or tortillas).

potato bag

Random Gifts and Special Orders

Sometimes it’s the random request “could you make this?” that provides the most fun and chance for creativity.

Quilts and Blankets

I love making quilts for friends and family.  It’s fun to pick out the patterns and colors that they might enjoy while practicing new techniques for quilting.