I found a pattern on the internet for a cute little fabric bag. You have probably all seen it. It's called the OneHourBag from KelbySews. It actually took me a little more than an hour but who is coating. Maybe I am too meticoulous. I used Pellon 809 Decor Bond instead of fusible fleece interfacing. The basket is made from two fat quarters ( one for the outside and one for the inside) then scraps for the handles. I have loads of fat quarters so it was fun going through them and choosing the color combos. I finally decided on some prints from Cotton and Steel (probably my fabric fabric line right now!). I picked up a huge supply of their fabric at QuiltCon in Austin last year.
That's it, no more!! I have either got to give these away or figure out what to do with them. You know, it's fun every once in a while to create something quick and easy to get that instant gratification. There is nothing better than the wonderful feeling you get when you finish a quilt but sometimes that can takes weeks or even months. This was happiness one hour at a time!!
Just wanted to show you the letters I painted to hang on the wall in my studio. It's so great to be able to put something on the wall for fun. I'm not worried about coordinating colors or design......it's just my studio and is supposed to be CREATIVE!
I found some wooden letters at Michael's and painted them red, my FAV color.
Hanging them on the wall was more difficult than I thought. Not totally straight but then who really cares?
PieceLoveQuilt for me and Peace, Love, Beer for the hubby!
I recently posted about my first attempt at making clothes for my grand babies. It actually wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I ordered a pattern online from Children's Corner called "Johnny" to make little rompers for Grayson and Kyler. Made two sets - one in gray and white seersucker for them to wear with a white shirt for their Dedication Ceremony at church and the other in navy and white seersucker for their photoshoot. Kirby and I love seersucker, could make them one in every color! Well probably not pink! Once I finished the rompers we took them to be monogrammed. A monogram just really gives the outfit a finished look.
The monograms look awesome but I started thinking, "Can't I do that myself"? So I started researching embroidery machines and decided on a Brother PE 770. Keep in mind I know absolutely nothing about embroidery. Nothing! I mean nothing! I wanted to find a machine that could do the basics and beyond but had to be easy to learn. I couldn't wait for my delivery to arrive. I was so excited for UPS! I opened the box, pulled the machine out, tried not to stress, read the instructions, figured out how to thread the machine, loaded in a design and IT WORKED!! Of course I have not done anything at all fancy yet....it's going to take awhile. I'm still learning about threads, needle sizes, stabilizers, how to format the design, etc. I have managed though to do a few things. I added Grayson and Kyler's names to some denim rompers I previously made (I didn't do the appliqué) and made a small lovey tag blanket for a baby gift.
Lots more to learn and not enough hours in a day!! SO HAPPY!!
Kirby asked me to make a vintage style quilt with a modern flair for a photo shoot she had scheduled for the twins. She wanted lots of color contrasting with a white background. I had recently made a quilt with all black and white print fabrics that I though would be perfect. The quilt is time consuming with lots of piecing and corners to match but it's for my grand babies so nothing is too difficult!
The pattern, Snapshots, is from Elizabeth Hartman's wonderful book called The Practical Guide to Patchwork. It's made using a jelly roll with 36 two inch patch blocks. I chose Darlene Zimmerman's Bunny Tales by Robert Kaufman fabric. I thought the colors were cheerful and youthful and the prints were charming. I used Kona Snow for the alternating color to give it a soft and cozy look. The pattern makes the vintage style fabric feel modern.
Look at all these gorgeous colors and prints!
Sewed alternating strips of Bunny Tales to Snow and then cut into 2.5 inch strips.
Pieced 6 strips together to make the 36 patch blocks.
Pieced all the blocks together, did straight line quilting and finished it off with a striped binding. I love straight line quilting!
Added a special label. Don't forget to label all your quilts. It provides an opportunity for the recipient to always remember the special person who made the quilt for them.
I finished the quilt just in time for the photo shoot. Mom and boys love it which makes me so so so happy!
I think the photo shoot was a success. Not because I think my quilt turned out beautiful but because my grand babies are soooo adorable. Can't wait to see the pictures!!
Hi! My name is Tricia Young and I live in Houston with my husband Jay. We live in a 60 year old house with lots of character which means we are constantly updating or fixing something. My mother taught me how to sew when I was very young. Back then, our sewing room was a closet. Now I have a whole "studio" and I love it! I am also a new grandmother to the two most beautiful twin boys ever. I am fortunate to live close to my wonderful daughter and son-in-law so we get together frequently. In addition to spending time with my family and quilting, I also love to cook, decorate my house and shop for clothes.