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We’re still around and costuming! We’ve definitely slowed down a lot though with life getting busy and some of us having kids (holy cow), but we’re all still active and you’ll see updates here and there.

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I had a bit of spare time yesterday so I hauled out my recently finished teacup quilt for photos. This is actually one of the very first quilts I ever made but it’s been sitting in my closet waiting for the day that I felt confident enough with free motion quilting to attempt quilting it. I finally came to the conclusion that FMQ and I are not going to be getting acquainted anytime soon, so I sent this off to be quilted. I used the Tea Cozy pattern out of McCall’s Quick Quilts. The fabric is a mix of Lakehouse Dry Goods and Bunny Hill’s Windsor Lane collections. I love these fabrics so much! How can you go wrong with teacup fabric?! And the back is super cute too… I haven’t decided yet where I want to use this quilt, so for now it’s hanging out on top of my fabric bins. The post [...]
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 10:05:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Tako Sun Hat
Last month, I released my very first PDF pattern: the Tako Sun Hat. I’ve been meaning to blog about it but somehow, I never got around to sitting down and doing it. I suppose it’s because I don’t really have a whole lot to say other than: first foray into PDF Patterns… yay! =D I needed to make a hat for the Grub to take to preschool so I decided I wanted to try to make a hat based on takochu, a Japanese octopus stacking game. I have a slight obsession with takochu and I own a lot of them. I has a very much incorrect assumption of, “Oh hey as long as I’m making a pattern, I might as well write up a PDF pattern ’cause it will easy, right?” WRONG. It took so much more time than I ever expected. I had a ton of fun doing it but [...]
Tue, Jul 05, 2016 5:37:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Sealife Quilt
The second baby quilt this year was for Doris. She had a nautical theme for her nursery with a special request for narwhals. We decided to use the Fish & Bubbles pattern, but we put our own twist on it. Instead of fish, we did sea animal appliqués. After picking out batiks for the blocks, we spent a bunch of time trying to decide if we wanted fish or animals (or both) for the sea life. We even considered doing all narwhals, but thought that might be a bit much. =D In the end, we decided to go with three different sea animals and lots of pretty bubbles. I purchased 2 designs from Lovely Stitches Design: the turtle and the jelly fish. We couldn’t find a narwhal appliqué we liked, so I ended up creating one. Not too bad for my first time digitizing an embroidery machine appliqué! The quilting was a simple wavy [...]
Thu, May 26, 2016 6:07:00 AM, Continue reading at the source
Totoro Quilt
More baby quilts! I need the people around me to stop having babies for a bit so I can take a break from making baby quilts! =) In all seriousness though, the last 2 quilts were for some of my closest girlfriends, and Mi and I had so much fun making them. First up was a quilt for Lorelai. Last year, we dressed up all our babies in Totoro costumes so it seemed appropriate to gift her new baby with a quilt in the same theme. We used fabrics from Michael Miller’s Pitter Patter and did a 9-patch block layout. I took screencaps of all the prints, mocked up the blocks we planned to make in Photoshop, and printed them out. Then Mi and I spread them out over the dining room table and agonized over the block layout. We were on round 5 or 6 of trying to randomize the block [...]
Fri, May 13, 2016 5:29:00 PM, Continue reading at the source
Kate Spain Good Fortune Jelly Roll Quilt
I had originally intended to quilt my Kate Spain Good Fortune quilt myself, but I had a slight miscalculation with my Mouse and Stars Baby Quilt. I had taped the mouse quilt to my floor, and then realized it wasn’t baby quilt sized. It was quite a bit bigger and all I had was baby quilt sized batting. Oops. Taping down quilts in my house is a big to-do because I have to move all the tables, so I really didn’t want to have to redo it. The only piece of batting I had that was big enough was already being used in my Good Fortune quilt sandwich, but I hadn’t started quilting it, so I decided to steal it for the baby quilt. After that, it seemed silly to do the quilting myself, so I sent it out with the I-Spy quilts to Melissa at Sew Shabby Quilting. As always it [...]
Fri, Mar 25, 2016 8:00:00 PM, Continue reading at the source