Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Quilts and Baby Things

A couple of weeks ago, our local quilt guild hosted the AGM for the Ocean Waves Quilt Society. Over 100 quilters attended the event held at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. It was a day of camaraderie, meeting old friends and making new ones. A highlight of the day was the impromptu quilt show that was made possible as members from far and near brought in some of the quilts that they had completed over the winter. We had a horrendous winter outside but it was a perfect winter inside for quilting! Here is a look at what we saw that day...

Lots of inspiration! Today I am also sharing a few more baby things that went out West for the soon-to-be grandson. First up is a couple of portable polka dot change mats I made to coordinate with the diaper bag. I bought a couple of mats at a local department store and made the covers by adapting a free tutorial I found HERE. 

I changed the pattern a bit so the mat would fold up into a larger rectangle to reduce extra bulk since I used a home-decor fabric for the cover.

With a baby boy on the way, I couldn't resist making a few necktie bibs. I used flannel for the fronts and a terrycloth for the back with Velcro for closing. I googled "necktie bib tutorials" and adapted a few patterns to make mine.

Burp cloth tutorials are a dime a dozen, so I found a pattern I liked and made a few to start with more to come. I again used flannel for the front and terry for the back.

I had some flannel scraps remaining, so I made a flannel receiving blanket with a solid flannel for the back....

and wrapped it up with a little velcro clasp...

Finally, a couple of nursing covers, made using this pattern HERE. I love how the new mommie who designed the pattern added a little pocket because she needed one. You can see I have a new love affair with teals, aquas, and turquoise...hope new mommie does too!

So there you have it. Today I will be spending time with my Stars and Strips, a little quilt designed by Terry Atkinson that I am making for the shop. I bought the pattern and had cut the fabrics years ago, so it was like a gift to find it all ready in one of my totes just waiting for me!

It's a great day for quilting!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Meet Stella, the Perfect Diaper Bag

Good morning from sunny Cape Breton. I want to say a special hello to Diane who I met in Atlantic Fabrics in New Glasgow the other day. Diane is a multi-talented quilter, seamstress, and knitter who reads my blog religiously and recognised me from my picture. The picture is several years old, but the short grey hair is a given! Diane came up and introduced herself to me, and I also met Kim, her quilt friend who works at the shop. So nice to meet you ladies and share in the love of quilting with you!

When I finished the three baby quilts for DD and DSIL's soon-to-be-born baby boy, I started on a diaper bag with the intention of filling it up with baby things. Today I'll share with you the making of the Stella diaper bag, designed by the fabulous mother-daughter team at Clover and Violet.These ladies design the niftiest things, and their bags have become a specialty! Stella was just the one I wanted to make, with the idea that it could be used for the new baby, or used for a trip to the gym for DD. In my mind, a bag for many reasons! 

I ordered the PDF pattern from their shop and those sweet generous ladies also included an extra free "Louisa" pattern with the order. That may have to be the bag I make for me. Thanks, gals, you are the best! 

I chose a blend of grey and white for the fabrics in a combination of chevrons and polka dots to complete this bag. I used primarily home decor fabrics I ordered from Fabric.com for the outside of the bag, and quilting cotton for the lining, ties, and trim. 

The chevron fabric was a perfect choice for quilting!

As you can see, I used two sizes of polka dots to compliment the bag, cotton twill for the facing, and quilting cotton for the ties and trim.

I especially love that the ties can make the bag bigger or smaller. 

Don't you think the bottom of the bag deserves to be seen again?

I didn't add the magnetic clasp for closing just because I remember the days of overfilled diaper bags and the need to keep filling.

The inside pocket was a perfect place to put my label.

DD loved the Stella bag and was very impressed that I could make more than just quilts...giggle...we quilters can make anything, right?

Next time I'll show you the little treasures I made to fill the bag. It's a great day for quilting!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Elephant Parade

Continuing on with my series of baby quilts, I present to you "Elephant Parade", the third baby quilt I made and gifted to my DD and SIL for their first baby due in June.  

This quilt design was offered early in February as a free quilt along by blogger/quilt designer Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts. The minute I saw it, I knew I would make it. Lorna is so gifted at quilt design. She knows what works and what appeals to quilters, so I, and many others, jumped on the elephant bandwagon and started sewing. Although she offered Elephant Parade as a free QAL, I purchased the pdf pattern from her so that I could print out a few pages at a time. Because it was to be a gift, I didn't share pictures of my progress on my blog, but now that the quilt is at it's new home, here goes...

As usual, a windy day for the photo shoot, complete with snow banks and Woodworker Hubby doing his best to hang on to the elephants! I quilted it from edge to edge with a serpentine stitch and love the effect of movement it gives the quilt. Thanks, Lorna, for the idea!

The quilt started with a lot of little pieces yet it was very easy to follow along due to Lorna's excellent instructions and pictures.

Before long, the mama elephants were pieced and waiting for their embroidered eyes.

They just weren't complete without their babies...

I love the little critters that Lorna added to the design...

and what a great idea to add the flowers and a little red bird or two!

I couldn't wait to sew everything together and I even managed to follow the instructions so that all the elephants and critters were going in the direction they were supposed to be going! 

This was a joy to make and a joy to give. I put a cosy flannel on the back and hope that grand baby boy will enjoy this quilt for years to come. Lorna has set up a Linky party so if you click HERE you'll see lots of terrific Elephant Parades from all over the world. 

Do elephants really fly?  

It's a great day for quilting!

Monday, April 20, 2015

A Quilt for All Reasons

I just returned from a wonderful visit "out West" visiting my DD and her wonderful hubby. I was so excited to be there, enjoying lots of hugs and the emotional highs of seeing baby-in-the-belly move! As a proud mom, I sat by DD's side at her baby shower as family and friends shared the presentation of baby gifts and embraced the excitement over this little boy baby who is due to arrive sometime in June. Needless to say, I brought a suitcase full of hand crafted gifts with me that were very well received and now I will share some pictures with you in the next few posts.

Of course, I made a few quilts... The safety concerns of newborns dictate that very little bedding be used in their cribs but we quilters know that a quilt is so much more than a bed covering. Whether the quilts will be used as wall hangings, play mats, for warmth in strollers or car seats, as bed coverings when the little boy is in a big boy bed, or taken from room to room in his little fist as a cuddle quilt, I know these quilts will get lots of love.

One of the quilts I made was bought years ago as a kit at a LQS that has been closed now for several years. When we found out that we were to be grandparents of a little boy, I immediately went to my cupboard and pulled out my Just Ducky flannel kit. The pattern, designed by Bonnie Sullivan, was also featured in the December 2009 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting

The kit included a variety of lovely flannels just waiting for me to cut into them.

The pinwheel blocks worked up quickly...

and the duckies were just too cute! 

I used a small blanket stitch to do the machine applique

and embroidered the eyes for safety reasons-no buttons on this quilt! 

A few seams to fit everything together..

Viola! A finished Just Ducky quilt, all ready and waiting for our first grandbaby boy!

The kit included a flannel for the back and a wonderful check for the binding....such a cosy cuddle quilt! The size, 44" square, translated into a quilt that took very little time to machine quilt.

As you can see, my loop de loop quilting is continuing to be my "go to" choice of quilting designs.

I love making baby things! 

Thanks so much for coming by. It's a great day for quilting!