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Graduation Quilts

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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.

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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!

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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.

Christmas Gift Projects

This Christmas season, I had a fun time creating a few gifts and special orders.

Lana requested a few infinity scarves, and I made an extra one to give as a gift at the quilt guild meeting.  At the guild meeting, I received a handmade gift of a zipper pouch filled with notions and a few fat quarters!

Ellen requested that I copy a pattern for a kids apron she made for her son years ago, using fabric especially for her grandson and granddaughter.  They turned out cute and I practiced using bias tape.

I made a tree skirt (free pattern here) for Asami and Matt.  This turned out to be an easy and fun project, and using the big space for ironing and laying out pattern pieces at Sewing Saturday was helpful.

I also made a table runner for my friend Jill at work.  She just bought a new house and I wanted to give her something sunny and positive for her new space!

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At school, we came up with the idea of a “Season of Caring” where each advisory class came up with a project.  Ms. Lowe’s group decided to make no-sew fleece blankets for charity.  Great job, kids!

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I’ve been working on this baby blanket since after Ryan was born this fall.  It’s finally done as his belated Christmas gift!

 

 

Holiday Bazaar on November 8th, 2014 (updated)

Mountain View Middle School in Beaverton is hosting a Holiday Bazaar again this fall.  I’ll have a booth there for both my So Sew Gifts and Demarle at Home products.  Hope to see you there!

fall 14 bazaarI’m getting ready to make more taggies and potholders to sell at the bazaar:

Update: It turned out that I didn’t attend the bazaar this year.  Instead, I spent the day with Aaron and his family.  His lovely older sister Kira passed away Saturday night from the effects of cancer.  On Friday night, I made this blanket to take to her…it was much more meaningful than anything I made to sell at the bazaar.  Her sister Ambika had suggested making a blanket for her or others who were staying at the hospital, and I had fabric that was intended to make her headscarves plus matching blue fleece.  So I thoughtfully created a simple blanket and took it to her that morning, covering her up with love in my own way.

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Brown Bag Sale and other Great Finds

When visiting mom in Arizona at spring break, her quilt guild hosted a “Trash to Treasures” sale.  It was fun to look through the goodies and I found quite a few treasures, including 12 Amish style blocks ready to put together into a project.

Then, at Powells in here Portland, I found a funny chocolate recipe quilt book for only $1!

At this month’s quilt guild meeting, they had their annual Brown Bag Sale.  Some items were available to “ticket and take it” for one or two 25c tickets, other items were a raffle, put your ticket in and hope to win, and a few bigger things were listed on a silent auction.  I helped out with the process and came away with a few goodies, mostly patterns and quilt magazines, but also some Christmas fabric, a bilingual panel to give mom for a charity quilt, and a few templates and rules.  Great additions to my stash for only $10!  I even won the raffle for 3yds of marching band fabric to donate to a friend’s stash (she and her husband are both band directors).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baby Imogen’s Quilt

My college friend and his wife recently had a baby girl, and I had a great time making a baby quilt for them.  The idea of a jelly roll quilt was appealing because of the number of fabrics that could easily be included, to give an “I spy” type quality to the quilt top.  I used the Jelly Roll Inspirations book, Birthday Gift pattern and started with a Moda jelly roll that included circus theme (for one of the baby’s uncle who is in a circus), music theme (for another of the baby’s uncles who plays cello and piano), and modern bright colors perfect for a Portland couple.  Deb at Quilter’s Corner Store helped me pick out the fabric for the back, white tone-on-tone, and yellow/gray polka dots for binding.

Next step was to learn how to piece together the blocks using those 2.5″ jelly roll strips.  Friends helped me decide the placement of the blocks to be the most visually appealing and one friend helped me put hundred’s of pins in to hold it in place for quilting.

Since so far, I only feel confident quilting in straight lines, that’s what I did, using a gray thread so it wouldn’t show up.  Along the way, I found a “humility or truth block”, one of the white rectangles is sewn inside out, which proves it was done by human hands and indicates good luck for the recipient!

I put on the binding with Lucy’s company during the snow storm of 2014, and presented the quilt in mid-March to Imogen.  Hope she and her family enjoy it…I surely enjoyed the creative process of making it for her!

 

Taggie for Baby Shower

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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.

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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!

Night of Little Projects

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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.

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Random Gifts and Special Orders

kindle fire covers for Katie and Jenna

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

Quilts and Blankets

My first quilt, started in high school and finally finished!  Made from swatches of decorator fabric.

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.

Pillows

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Over the years, I’ve made so many pillows and pillowcases…it’s time for a nap!

 

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