Thursday, April 29, 2010

Utah and Another Girly Quilt

Last weekend my wonderful husband let me get away to Utah to see friends and family. It was a short, but sweet trip. Here are some pictures of the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point that Kathleen and I went to. The weather was perfect! The flowers were beautiful! One of the best parts was they had Kettle Korn, mmmmmmm, my favorite.

Kathleen and her family just adopted a sweet Ethiopian baby girl. I went to the baby shower and gave her a quilt I made her using Swanky Layer Cake and a pattern from Moda Bake Shop. I'm still just a beginner quilter, but this pattern was easy to whip up. I attempted to stipple the quilt with my new machine and it did wonderful. I love how it turned out.

I appliqued Sitota's name on the quilt. Sitota is an Ethiopian name meaning Gift of God. She is such a good, sweet, adorable baby.

Like the last quilt I made, I machine stitched on the binding, easy and looks good, I think.

My boys had their pinewood derby race with the Cub Scouts. Tanner's car did quite well, and Spencer...well... he's done better in the past, but they all had fun.

Friday, April 16, 2010

A Quilt for Aria

Here is Aria my brother Chris and his wife Emily's daughter isn't she adorable? I'm excited I will be flying to Utah this weekend to see them and friends. The last time I saw Aria she was just an infant, now she is a 1-1/2 yr. old.

So I have all this girly fabric and what can a mom with four boys do with girly fabric? My first project was a quilt for my niece Aria. Unfortunately this took way longer than I had anticipated. I did a lot of hand quilting along with machine quilting, and with my new sewing machine I was able to finally finish it. In case you are wondering what fabric I used, it's Sultry by Basic Grey, I used the pattern Arcadian Garden which uses a layer cake.

This is actually my first "real" quilt. I made a couple of rag quilts for my boys, but this one took a lot more work. I love the way it turned out, especially after washing it. I love the crinkle look.

You can see that every other square was hand quilted and the others machine quilted.

Finally for the binding, I sewed it on instead of hand stitching it on. I really like it, it's not going anywhere, very strong and way faster.
Now that I've done this quilt, I've started another one, and I can't wait to show you.