Quilter's Life

Baby Quilts

PrincessPrincessSelvedgesSelvedgesWe have a new grandchild on the way!  Our son and his wife are expecting a baby girl and we are all very excited.  Our grandson is ten years old so it has been awhile since we have had a baby around here!

These two quilts are the first two to help give her a warm and cozy welcome into the world.

I saw this Disney Princess fabric and couldn't resist it.  It went into my shopping cart so fast.....there was a blur!

Each of these fabrics is sparkly. I fussy cut (carefully cutting so the image is

Fussy CutFussy CutPrincess CrownPrincess Crowncentered) each of the princess blocks 6½" for a finished 6" block. I also fussy cut each of the princess crown blocks. They were cut 4½" for a 4" finished piece.  I found this beautiful yellow with gold stars to match the color of the crowns and some of the princesses gowns.  I cut 1½" strips  for a 1" frame around each of the crown squares (they are now each 6½" squares like the princess squares). I laid out the squares in a 4x5 grid alternating the princess squares with the crown squares. Next, I cut 1½" strips of the pink fabric with swirls and used them for sashing (1" finished).  I added a 4½" (4" finished) border made from the purple fabric with swirls and small flowers. Then a 1½" (1" finished) pink swirly border and finally a BackingBackingLabelLabel6½" (6" finished) purple swirly outer border.  

I used a solid pink sparkle fabric for the backing and added a label before quilting an all over design of wandering loops.

The second quilt is made entirely of selvedges (the edge of the fabric which identifies the fabric using information such as the designer, manufacturer, year and colors used).  My daughter-in-law loves alot of color and this is a colorful quilt.

I cut the selvedges so at least ½" of the fabric shows. I think this adds EdgesEdgesMoreMorecharacter to the quilt and makes it more attractive than just using the white strip of information.

I sewed the selvedge strips together (lay one strip on the other exposing approximately ½" of the fabric's design/color-sew very close to the edge to secure the two pieces-repeat to desired size) then squared up (cut so each block is a particular size with straight edges) each block to measure 6½" for a finished 6" block.

I sewed the blocks together into a 5x6 grid alternating the pieces in a BackingBackingLabelLabelhorizontal/vertical placement.

I found an awesome tie dyed fabric for the backing. This beautiful fabric contains shades of green, blue, yellow, orange, purple, red and pinks with a little splash of black. I named this quilt "Colors On The Edge" and attached my label before meandering the entire quilt.

I like to quilt baby quilts with a fairly close over all pattern because it helps strenghten the quilt for its many washings and frequent use.

My hope for these quilts is that they will be comforting, loved alot, hugged tight, dragged around,  napped on,  traveled with, cuddled under, snuggled with during bedtime stories and maybe.....just maybe.....be "the blankie"!

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

 

Back Online/Pressing On

Thanks to my brilliant daughter, we are back online and better than ever!  We had some technical difficulties which were causing problems on this website and I am very glad that she has the knowledge and talent to upgrade it for me. Thank you Susan.

Bounty of BottlesBounty of BottlesWhile my daughter was taking care of the technology, I was busy with some "pressing" business of my own! (sorry, I couldn't resist Smile)

Mother Nature

I am very anxiously awaiting a visit from my sister.  She is supposed to be coming on Friday. I hope she does not end up snowbound.  This is the third day in a row that they have had snow. Not just a dusting......inches of the white fluffy stuff.  It just keeps coming and coming!  This is supposed to be spring but Northern Wisconsin seems to be taking another stab at winter.

Spring Break

Spring Break was wonderful but I did miss my class. It was great to see my children again today. I was greated with hugs and smiles and heard a multitude of stories about their Spring Break adventures.

I got alot accomplished over break and will be sharing my stories and projects with you but for now....a little sleep. I really got off of my schedule during my time off and tired hit me all of a sudden!

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

Happy Easter

Happy Easter!  I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. 

I wish our weather was a little more spring-like but when I heard that my sister got several inches of new snow today, I decided to be happy that it is at least dry here today!

In between Easter Egg Hunts, dinner, chocolate bunnies and spending time with your family and/or friends,  I hope you can find a few moments to work on a quilt!

Happy Quilting,
Laurel

Wedding Quilt

Signature QuiltI finally finished this signature quilt for my son and his wife and gave it to them so they would have it for their anniversary at the end of the month.

National Quilt Week

I had forgotten about March being the month for National Quilt Week!  I was looking at the Accu Quilt website and they are having some specials to celebrate National Quilt Week!  I noticed some sales at Fons and Porter,  American Quilter's Society and Keepsake Quilting too!  Some of these deals are good for the week.   Like I needed another excuse to shop. Smile

I like having a designated time to celebrate being a quilter.  Although I appreciate being a quilter every day, I like a week to reflect how quilting has been good for me and the positive impact it has had on my life.

Snow Day

SquaresSquaresSquaresSquaresand More Squaresand More SquaresYesterday was a wonderful day.  It was a snow day! The Chicagoland Area was hit with a winter storm and with it came that most-wanted five a.m. phone call.  The official---school is closed today phone call which translates into the you can stay in your jammies, have an extra cup of coffee, add three extra minutes to your nice hot shower, throw in a load of laundry and go to your studio and play with fabric all day phone call. I'm not sure who likes snow days more.....the students or the teachers!

Good Busy

This has been a very busy week.  It has been what I call "good busy", when you are very busy but with all good things!

We were able to have our grandson visit us while our daughter attended a conference.  Although he keeps us hoppin', we always enjoy any time he spends with us.  I got to have some fun in my studio too!  I quilted two quilts for a friend in WA, a wallhanging to be presented at a special occasion and I had the great honor of quilting a newbie's (a new quilter) first quilt. 

One Year

PlaquePlaqueHappy one year!

This is the one year anniversary of my first surgery for Ovarian Cancer.  Two surgeries and one year later....I'm doing great.  I still get tired more easily than I used to but I think that is slowly getting better too!  I have wonderful family and friends who helped me through this scary and difficult time. 

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