Sunday, October 2, 2011

Project Updates

I haven’t had a chance to post any updates lately but I have been busy and I’ve finished the “Dressed To The Nines” baby quilt top and have an appointment next Saturday to machine quilt it at Bits N’ Pieces.

DSC01353I just love how it turned out and I hope the new parents do too.  I know the finished picture didn’t turn out very good because of the lighting in the basement where it was taken.  If you’re wondering about the blue dress on the right, it’s Liberty of London fabric that I bought back in 1990 when I went to England---boy that was 20 years ago!

DSC01355DSC01354Some time ago, I installed those energy saving bulbs in the basement and garage light fixtures and you know they take a few minutes to get bright.  They have saved me a lot of money though because I frequently forget to turn off the garage lights.

I was able to use up some old 70’s yardage for the back and a bit of the backing from by RRCB quilt as well---hooray for that!  

Can’t show you the back just yet though, that would give away the surprise.

Here it is together…again sorry for the poor lighting.  I have some cute little decorations to add to the dresses once they’re quilted. 



I’m wondering if it will quilt OK. I used Steam A Seam Lite 2 for the appliques, but they still seem a little heavier/stiffer than the background fabric. Should I quilt it all over or just the backgrounds? Anyone have experience machine quilting fused appliques before?

I recently picked up a Moda charm pack called “ Santas Little Helpers”.  It’s a Christmas charm pack with a sock monkey theme.  I just loved the prints and the the colors.  When I saw it I knew I wanted to make a Christmas stocking for Calvin.  I think he’ll love it.  Who doesn’t love sock monkeys?

I’ve been experimenting with making pinwheels.   I found a neat method of making half square triangles from 5” charm squares on the Missouri Star website.  Check it out

I’m thinking of sewing the ones I’ve made into fabric, quilting that and then making the stocking body from the pre-quilted fabric.   What do you think?  

I also found a cute sock monkey embroidery design on Bunnycup Embroidery.  I think it would look cute on the cuff of the stocking with Calvin’s name. 


There seem to be so many blocks that can be made from 5” charm squares. 

Till later….


P.S.  Have you put up any Halloween decorations yet?