Friday, March 23, 2018

Double Finish

You saw the Totoro quilt I made for my new great nephew.  
Well my other niece just had a baby too (they are SILs).  
I had not made a quilt for her first baby as my SIL (her mother) is also a quilter. 
 I got UNENDING grief over that from her, LOL. 
 How those babies needed a quilt from their Aunt Pam 
(Never mind their grandma had mad them a gazillion!!)  
So I decided that when this new baby came I would make one for each of the girls.

I thought this mermaid was perfect for the "big" sister.  
I found the cutest gold metallic stripe for the binding.
The mermaid pattern is by Kidgiddy and can be bought here, if you need to make one too.
Just note that I designed my pattern around the mermaid.
I also mirror imaged her which is not in the original pattern.

One mermaid was done with silver metallic accents

The other was done with gold metallic accents.

This is the finished quilt front.

I was kind of excited about this label too.  
The floss was variegated and I added in some sparkly filament.  

I think this silly girl loved the minky back the best!

For her sister's quilt I decided to keep going with fantasy and made a unicorn quilt.  
The unicorns are paper pieced (like the mermaids).  
I continued the sparkly fabric too and used it liberally!  
I was super excited to find the gradated fabric that I used for the inner border and the binding. 

Notice that some of the unicorns have the same stripe for horns that I used for the other binding!

Kathy, of Threadbear Quilting, quilted it with magic wands in variegated colors and it is just perfect!

These were so fun to make!

Pattern is by Unicornharts and can be found here if you need to make one too.

The back is castles and unicorns in flannel.

More variegated floss (without sparkle) for the hand embroidered label.

One happy little baby wrapped up in her new quilt!

I am so happy I can finally share these finishes with everyone!
I am linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for finish it up Friday.

Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Happy Stitching!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

She's Engaged!!!

My daughter got engaged last weekend on Saturday!  
My hubby and I knew it was supposed to happen.  
We were so happy and excited when they called us on Sunday!

I love the look on his face in this photo!

Congratulations to the happy couple!

He did a great job choosing the ring!

Let the wedding planning begin!!


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

WIPs With Friends

Since instituting my Google monthly goal spreadsheet with my friends I find
 I am being even more productive than I was before. 
 It is crazy, but I put some pretty lofty goals on it each month then kill myself to achieve those goals.  Now, every month won't be like that but for now it is working for me.

I have been working on some binding (with a helper of course)

My oldest daughter used to draw dragons. 
 She drew this one a long time ago and I promised I would make him into a quilt. *sigh* 
What was I thinking??  
Well I have come across him again and think he needs to go on the list of things to work on. 
 I blew up the drawing and have traced all the parts on to fusible.  
That is as far as I have gotten, LOL. 
 His name is Prismata.

On my goal sheet is also doing my Bee blocks every month and I finally did this month's blocks.

I also put one Ocean Waves block on the monthly goal list.  Here is this month's block.

Additionally I have been working to finish the green quilt's binding. 
I am almost finished with this one.

I leave you with Finny giving me a couple of "shaky" hugs. 
 He wraps his little paws around my arm and just squeezes so tight his whole body shakes! 
 It is the cutest!

Now it is your turn to link up with what you are working on.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Finish

I have several quilts that I have not been able to post about and this is one of them.  
My niece and nephew were expecting their rainbow baby. 
 I asked about what they were going to do the nursery in.  then answer was "Totoro".  
Say WHAT?!?  
I had absolutely zero idea what that was. 
So, Google to the rescue.  
I looked and LOOKED for something I thought would make a great quilt.  
I saw loads of cute things but didn't think I could translate them into quilts.  
First order of business though was to make a chenille blanket for them.  
I actually found some cute Totoro fabric to use for the back of the blanket.  
Here it is all finished.

I LOVE to make these for baby showers.  They are so soft, babies just love them!

I was swooning over the blue and green chenille.

This is daddy taking baby Q home from the hospital, wrapped in his chenille blanket.

This is the painting I fell in love with. The big animal in the center is Totoro. 
I thought it was so adorable and I thought I could make a quilt from it.  
FIRST though I had to ask the artist if I had permission to do so.  
Sakura Dragon, gave me permission to do it. 
I bought a print of this for the baby's room and framed it.  
That was also part of the shower present.  
This photo doesn't really do justice to how gorgeous the print really is.  

This is what I came up with!  
I LOVE how it turned out. 
 I used minky for the three little animals 
(which I had never done before). 

The quilting could not be more perfect!  
Done by Threadbear Quilting.  
Well done, Kathy!

The little black balls are called Soot Sprites.  
I had the hardest time trying to decide how to make them. 
In the end I chose a black fabric that had lines of different sized white dots running through it. 
 Some of the dots were close to the others so I cut out fusible circles and 
fused them so there were white "eyes" positioned where I wanted them.  
Then if there were any of the neighboring white dots showing, 
I colored them in with black permanent marker! 
 I was pretty pleased with myself!!  
Finally, I did a french knot in black in each white to form the eyes.  
To make the spikes, I free motion stitched around them and worked my way around each circle making the spikes thus securing the circles at the same time.  
I did the scribble stitching around all of the rest of the applique to outline everything and 
free handed the sprouts near the acorn.  

This shows the quilt (prior to my outlining anything) next to the inspiration painting.

So you see that you can take anything you find and turn it into a quilt 
(well maybe not anything, LOL), 
just be sure to ask permission if it is someone else's artwork! 
 I sent a photo of the quilt to the artist too.  

I will leave you with this adorable newborn photo that shows the hand embroidered label on the Totoro quilt. 

(Photo credit Grace Street Photography)

I am going to link up with Crazy Mom Quilts Friday Finish post.

I hope you enjoyed learning about my process.  Have a happy weekend!


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

WIPs With Friends

Believe it or not I actually have something to share today!  YAY!  
I managed to make a couple more Scrappy Triangle blocks.

I have been working on binding this little gem that I can't show until the baby arrives and I can gift.
Can you see Hallie's feet in the background?  
She is never far away.

I can only show you the back since I don't want to give it away. 
 I found the cutest flannel fabric for the back too.  
My quilter did fairy wands in multicolored thread for the quilting.  

I also started on the second book in the Saxon Chronicles last night.  
I love this series!
Linking up to Sew Fresh Quilts

Your turn.  
Link up whatever you are working on right now and inspire us all!!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Vacation Loot

I thought I would do a quick post with most of the things I picked up while I was away.
A certain someone was particularly happy that I was home!

First up, I found some Kinder! At the shop in Glendale, Ohio.  
I love the apples and the frogs. 
 I am also collecting dark greens for an MSU quilt. 

 If you happen to have any that read like in this photo and would like to share 
a 5" square with me I would be so grateful!  
I don't seem to have a lot of variety.  
The green can have white in it also, like dots or checks but I am looking for that shade of green in particular, or just a bit darker or lighter.  
Email me and I will send you my address.

I found these at the shop in Plant City. 
 The first one is a great background.  I fell in LOVE with those cats. 
 The next one is a gradation from green to purple and the last one is a great blender.  
I had some but used it all up.

These I found in Lake City Florida.  
Can you see what is in that first print? It is from the book The Mitten, by Jan Brett.  
I used to read that to my kids!  I was super excited to find that.
  I didn't even know I wanted it either, until I saw it.
Then more greens for the MSU quilt.  
Some toys from the TV show Rudolph (one of my hubby's favorites), some red and green for Happy Christmas, some super cool blue and orange blenders and that metalic gold stripe?  
That one is a fabulous binding when done on the diagonal!

These were bought at the Cotton Patch in University Park Florida.  
Another binding stripe, those adorable mermaids (for a chenille blanket), more greens and look at that super cool +/x background fabric!!  
All the heart eyes for that one!

I found these at the Fabric Shack in Waynsville, Ohio. 
 More Kinder.  
The first white said it was from the American Made line, and it is muslin.  
It felt so silky I wonder if that was right? 
 It felt like an Art Gallery fabric.  
Also, it was pretty inexpensive, so I bought some for backgrounds. 
 I seem to go through white like water, HA! 

The last white, which is super difficult to see, has random sized circle outlines on it. 
 It was oddly soft, so I may need to starch it, but I have been searching and searching for a background for a particular project (that must remain secret) for actual YEARS. 
That gradient fabric up above was one I thought would work, until I found this white one.
 Each time I thought I had it I would decide the fabric was not right.  
I *finally* believe this may be the one.  
If that's the case I can finally move forward with that one. 
 Fingers crossed.

One last parting shot of my baby cuddling up with me last night.  
She is getting so old now (14) and is beginning to get the old lady fur 
as well as appears to be losing weight.  
She is a sweetie.  

I bought a few patterns that I did not photograph and a new 6.5 x 12.5" Creative Grid ruler 
(I have worn the numbers off my current one, LOL)

If you have any questions on need to know what a particular fabric is please message me.  Additionally, if you have any green 5" squares you would like to share you can email me for my mailing address at