What I Did This Week #5 – WIDTW

Hey lovlies! Another weekend down! :::insert high five here::: How was your week? Anything eventful, exciting… or lots of awesome sewing? Personally, I don’t have anything exciting or eventful, but I DO have lots of sewing. I have been entirely busy all week. There was only one day this week I did not stay up until Midnight sewing and that was last night. I could have, but decided I’d relax for the night because I knew Friday night I would be up late doing even more. Lets recap:

I did show my face again on Instagram as I did spend the weekend with a friend and as always with her, I enjoy myself. We seem to connect in a way where we could literally just look at one another and know what the other was going to say. Each time we are around one another (which is at least once a week) we laugh pretty hard as there are several times we look at each other because we said the same thing at the same time (1, 2, 3 jinx!) or either one was just thinking what the other just stated. It’s pretty crazy and sometimes creeps us out (in a good way), as we even ‘sigh’ at the same time and so forth. In any case, my whole point to this ramble is that it really is pretty awesome to have a friendship of that sort. We definitely have our heated discussions, but we have always maintained respect for one another. We are both really strong individuals and that can be difficult between two women, but we discuss our friendship and what we expect from it on the other party quite often.

What is even better about our friendship, is I can be in my sewing room and we can talk away and I still am able to get quite a bit done. Being originally from Southern California, I really have not connected with many people and especially since I am into what many refer to as my “grandma style” and “old soul”; therefore we seem to spend our weekends much differently. ;o)  With that being said, what I spent doing this past weekend was shopping in my sewing room… I need to do this more often! (I found about 10 more fabrics to bolt while looking for more fabric… ha! It hides everywhere!)

The one thing I was really excited about doing this week which I normally don’t, was I had this random urge over the weekend where I kept thinking of sharks (which my husband LOVES and has a dream one day to go Shark Cage diving… I am thinking 10 year anniversary?). Anyhow, while I was at work this week and had down time, I began doodling/drawing away and trying to come up with a simple shape version for him… so along came these.

I have begun the construction for the shark and have hit a few rough spots as I am also trying to write a pattern for it, both piecing and paper piecing. When I hit a really frustrated moment with the shark I decided to work on a bone-y fish friend for the shark. As you can see, he came together really well and I could almost do an entire quilt in those. Lastly, I randomly tried working on a beaver (I think their cute in an ugly way) and the colors seem to throw me off on the drawing (hey, I was working with pencil and highlighters) but I needed some contrast. I think once I put fabrics to the test it will really work well (and I also added ‘feet’ to the front of him) to give it more body. What do you think?

I did also finally finish that baby girl crib quilt set. Phew! The new mother loves it and I can’t wait for the little girl grow up and be snuggled in her forever quilt. Made especially for her.

And oh yea, I showed a sneak peak on the gift I was doing for the #craftybirthdaybash1 (@jennyrach for January month); here is another sneak peak of it all complete. Still can’t show it all yet though, she has not yet received it. All in all, I would definitely say that I feel very satisfied with what I have accomplished this week. Progress is all that matters but when you make BIG progress, it makes you feel just a bit better.

Now that I showed you What I Did This Week, what all did you do this week? Care to show it off, because I’d love to see!

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Winter Frost – a Quilt Crib Set

Can you believe that we have officially begun the 4th week of 2015 already? Come this weekend, it will already be February and two weeks of there, love will be in the air all over us! While today isn’t Valentine’s just yet, I do have some love to share with you! That baby crib quilt set I have been working on, the one I have spoken about for the past few months off and on… ya that one, it is finally done. I am now able to share it as it has been received at its forever home!

This quilt was very difficult for me. It was difficult for me because it was not something that I would run-to or appealing to my eye when I was working on the overall design of it. I loved the animal prints, I loved all the prints themselves… but I was finding difficulty figuring out what to do with all of them.

 I believe what made it the most difficult was the pressure I put on myself as the mother-to-be at the time’s original focus was the owls in this print line. Unfortunately there weren’t many owls in the panel due to the way it was cut. Luckily her fiance is a fisherman/hunter and so she was in love with the entire line to begin with. I didn’t allow the pressure to be removed from me until near the end though (now only if I can do that from the beginning and I would have less stress).

I ended up quilting it really with lots of loop-de-loops with a few leaves and flowers mixed in along with the baby’s name, full name and initials randomly throughout. I love the extra personal touch that it gives the quilt as they can’t really go ‘unpicking’ the quilting… it is forever bound to them and them alone.

I apologize for the horrible photos, the weather has not been nice enough for me to take it outside without possibly getting it muddy and with the light fabric print on this one, I couldn’t risk it. Once again a solid back color was used (customer request) and the quilting always shows through really nicely, including the nativity seen with the panels in the center… I was surprised to turn it around and realize you could actually tell what the animals were from the back quilting. More tracing quilting in the future? I think so.

One of my favorite parts of this quilt is the border. I just did wavy lines back and forth and tried to slant them to the angle towards the corresponding corners. It ended up looking like zebra print, which fits with the animal theme and I think it fit well, it framed it nicely to say the least. Once I did finish this quilt, I was much more satisfied with it and taking a step back, I really admire the pix-elated feeling of the low volume and darker volume fabric. It’s a very sweet and soft quilt, with not allowing it to be too girly for a mom who is not so girly and tolerable enough for the father who is a serious hunter/fisherman.

Along with the quilt I also made two crib sheets and two large floor/cuddle pillows. They were approx. 24 x 24 pillows and thought they would be perfect for floor and couch snuggling. I quilted them both with diagonal straight lines. I really wanted to keep those for myself (I am obsessed with pillows). The new mother received the package this past Saturday and she LOVED it. When she let me know she received it and gave me a generous compliment, there was a joke that she would finally be going into labor that night now that the baby’s quilt had arrived. Wouldn’t you know? I woke up the next morning to see that she had JUST delivered their first bundle of joy? Her water broke at 12:05 a.m. I was so happy to see them all happy, healthy and full of smiles! I can’t wait to see the newest little one enjoying her new personalized quilt!

I won’t lie, it makes you stand a little taller and smile big when you receive compliments such as this. I was just very happy they all loved it.

Here it is… now sitting in its new forever home. How cute is this baby room? Now to add baby to the picture and it would literally be picture perfect.

I am linking up to Main Crush Monday w/Cooking Up QuiltsFabric Tuesday with QuiltStory and Finish it up Friday w/Crazy Mom Quilts; make sure to join in and strut your stuff!

WIDTW #1


Yesterday was the first set of steps for (re)creating me, I’d like to see you hold me back now. I feel lighter than I have in awhile and like I am making clearer choices for myself. Marking the 4th year since I moved from Southern Cali to Kansas and not seeing any of my friends for two years has made me think about them a lot more than usual. I do intend to make it back home for a visit next year, I am thinking early summer time. 
What I Did This Week…
… I worked on a commission quilt for a baby girl, who is to be born in January 2015. Her mother picked out the fabric line as she loves owls and we hoped for more, but all other owls were more ”cartoony”. Her fiance is a fisherman and loves hunting, so I think this is a great compliment to the masculinity with the deer, polar bears, foxes and forest theme as well as feminine with the owls, snow, soft color tones and the Pearl Pink bordering the center squares which will also border the entire quilt and be the back of the quilt. 

So I lay on the floor after I lay a quilt out on my design wall. I am not sure why I do this or where I picked it up. I do lay on the floor quite a bit when I think. So that’s probably why I do it, as I am really thinking about the entire quilt in a whole and before moving forward to the last steps of the quilt I am visualizing and making sure there are not any last ideas or thoughts I have. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I try those ideas out and sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t… I guess I just like giving myself that one last look. 
I am then often met by one of my three dogs. Today it was my Beagle who is the eldest, Peanut.
… I worked on and completed my quilting for the hexagon flower patch quilt. Now to just get a binding on it.

… I worked on taking advantage of Selfish Sunday Sewing and as I had mentioned Monday, I ended up getting farther along than what I had said, but didn’t take pictures to prove it. When I got home from my day job on Monday I finished piecing the top together as I had it in four large sections already pieced. I will be working on the backing for this so I can get to quilting it.

What Have YOU been working on this week? Anything exciting that has you #gettingquiltywithit ?Make sure that when you share on Instagram you use #gettingquiltywithit. 

I am linking up today with WIP Wednesday w/ Freshly Pieced and Lets Bee Social w/Sew Fresh Quilts. Join in on the party and show your stuff off!

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Baby Quilt Set – A Friday Finish

Happy Friday!!! This is a quick Finish it Friday where I am linking back up with Crazy Mom Quilts. I have spoken about this baby quilt here  originally when I had the layout in the process, and again here when I was in the cutting process and then lastly here when I completed the top.

The blanket and the remainder of the package arrived to its forever home this week, so I am now able to share it all with you! The set includes:

1 Crib Blanket
2 Crib Sheets
1 Set of Crib Liners
1 Something Extra (pillow in this case)

I was nervous and hopeful that the 2nd mom-to-be welcoming her 2nd daughter Emma into the world would like it, and she loved it! I was enthralled and even kept asking to be sure that she wasn’t just trying to be nice. I know, I should have more confidence but when it is a friend, you definitely want them to love it and for some reason I wasn’t so sure of myself on this one. I am hoping I am not the only one that does this?

Well… there you have it! The final finish of this baby crib quilt set! Her best friend is pregnant and due in January, she has come to me for a crib set as well! Off to the next one! I hope you enjoy the remainder of your Friday and have a great weekend! Hopefully beautiful weather mixed in with some great sewing time!

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