Thursday, February 28, 2013

Spring Time Flower Basket Quilt

Hanging in my kitchen!  So happy!  I love it.  

Spring Basket Project Finished!

I have been working on this basket wall hanging project for a few months now.  I go down to my sewing room and look at the fabric and imagine what it should look like and then put it away. This went on for months!  Then I decided I just need to jump into it and stop over thinking it. I finally decided on the flowers and ironed appliqu├ęd them.  And then let months go by again because I couldn't decide how to quilt it.  I don't know what happened, but it finally came to me how to quilt this project.  I have never quilted like this before and now I think I am hooked on it.  It was so much fun!  I just treated it like I was drawing pictures and not worrying about it.  Treating it like art.  I have always loved to just doodle and I told myself that this was for me so I could have fun with it and experiment   No stress about it turning out perfect.  Now I want to make more like this and trying more applique designs and be adventurous with my imagination.  I can't wait to hang it up in my kitchen.  Right on time for spring!

Tiny Dancer Birthday Quilt

I made 2 quilts at the beginning of this month for my neighbor's kids.  This is the quilt I made for their daughter.  I think it turned out so sweet.  She is a little dancer and loves pink.  She was so excited to receive this quilt.  She is my daughter's best friend too and my girls both have quilts with some of these fabrics.  That means something to me.  I hope she looks at this quilt and always remembers us.  I am also hoping that after we move my girls and her will be pen pals and forever friends, even though we will live on opposite sides of the country.

My Prayer Quilt

I finally finished my quilt.  This is MY quilt.  I started working on it years ago, about 5 years ago to be exact.  I am so happy to have it finished.  My husband is working on a way to hang it up on the wall right now.  I would love to have it hanging up in our room, but I am not going to be able to do that until we move into our new house...whenever that may be.

My Sewing Room

Here is my sewing corner.  I finally got it all cleaned up and organized.  I even donated 2 bags of fabric and felt!  The only reason I got it this clean was because our realtor had to take pictures.  We listed our house this Saturday.  Quite a bitter sweet feeling.  I am happy to move back to Arizona, which is home and is where all our family is, but I am also so sad to leave our first house and all of our amazing friends here.  I am praying that our new house will have an extra room so I can still have my sewing space.  I have been quite spoiled with such a large basement where the kids can play and I can sew.

My son Brian made this for me for Valentine's Day.  It is his first hand stitching and probably his last. 

My Sister in Law made this sign for me. I think my plant looks a little sad, but I wanted to show the sign.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Repurposing Crib Bumper Pad Cover

I am cleaning closets again today.  I just finished the girl's closet.  This is the window in their closet, their closet could almost be a small room!  I found Haley's crib bumper pad cover that I made her crumpled up under a pile of old clothes.  I am sure you can tell it was crumpled. lol  But I had this idea, I think it turned out to be good one, to make it into a valance for their closet. I really didn't want to throw it out or give it away because I had made it.  I love it.  I just need to iron it, but that will have to wait until all the closets are cleaned out.  I have already cleared out 4 bags of clothes to give to the Salvation Army and our neighbor!  I can't believe how much I have just been putting away to go through for another day.

My sweet baby Haley!  In her crib when everything was still brand new.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Unfinished Projects Finished

I mentioned last time that we are moving.  I am in the process of cleaning out closets and rooms.  I am diligently working on my sewing area.  I go through a drawer and find lost fabric and start a new project.  This is how I am cleaning my fabric up.  I am using it!  In my drawer today I found one unfinished quilt top and 2 quilt squares.  So I sewed them up and made 2 quick pillows for my 2 year old. I can't wait for him to wake up from his nap so I can give them to him.  I also finished another quilt last night.  I found a pile of squares and quilt blocks a few weeks ago and made them into the quilt they were supposed to be.  This will be a very special gift so I can't post pictures yet.  But it turned out amazing!  I am having so much fun!  So here are my pillows I made during nap time today!

Side one of the little pillow.  

Side two!  I love that I found these squares because they match his quilted wall hanging in him room perfectly.

This was a quilt I was never very happy with because I didn't like the green.  I think it is great as a pillow case.  Now it is more useful too.  I may need a longer pillow for it.  

Friday, February 8, 2013

All Boy Quilt

We have amazing neighbors here.  We love our house, but our neighbors make living here so much fun.  The kids have so many friends in all the houses around us.  Living here at this time in our life with 4 little ones will always be special to me.  

One of our neighbors in particular has become very close to our family.  It will be so hard to say goodbye when we move.  Which I don't think I have mentioned yet on my blog.  My husband is being medically retired from the army and we are moving this summer back to Arizona.  It has all been very sudden.  I am still trying to understand everything that is going on.

So for my therapy I am making quilts again.  It really helps me to remain calm when I am stressed.  It is also my way of cleaning my sewing room.  I don't think that makes sense, but my thought is, if I make more quilts I will have less fabric to move. :)  Sounds like a great plan to me.  Plus I don't like cleaning my sewing area because I always get distracted by new fabric and then find myself in a new project with a bigger mess around me.  I really need help in the organization department! lol

So I have distracted thoughts today!  Back to this amazing All Boy quilt I made!  I made this for a very special boy that I help get on the bus every morning for our great friends and neighbors.  I wanted to make him a quilt that he would love to sit and look at, enjoy, and was super soft and cozy.  I knew he loved colors, super heros, cars, and balls.  I had so much fun making this quilt for him.  

My kids asked me how I would even know if he liked this quilt because he can't talk.  I said he shows emotion and I would know.  I wish I had the camera so I could have taken a picture of his bright smile when he saw the quilt.  He loved it!  He beamed with happiness and it was such an amazing feeling for me to watch. He was so excited over all the colors and started pointing out all the little details I hoped he would notice!  He took the quilt to the floor and laid it on his lap and started petting it and pointing to himself with a big smile.  This moment was a blessing to me as much as it was to him.  This is why I love to quilt.  He can snuggle in this quilt and feel safe, warm and loved and I have these feelings in my heart knowing this.

I used flannel for the border and throughout the quilt.  So there are textures to the quilt on the top.  The back is also super soft snuggly flannel.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Making our Christmas Gifts

I can finally publish this!  I forgot I hadn't!  These are the gifts my daughter created for her Oma, Abuelita, and Great Grandma for Christmas.  She drew her picture, chose the fabric, traced it onto the applique sheet, cut it out, and placed it onto the background fabric.  I then ironed it onto the background fabric and did the sewing and quilting.  She was so proud of her gifts and they were all from her.  She even signed the back.  I am so proud of my little sewer.  She inspires me!

Her drawing.  This one is for her Great Grandma.

All ironed on and ready for me to sew.

I love her color choices.

Her drawing. This one is for her Oma.

All ready for me to sew.

Her drawing of an angel.  This is for her Abuelita.


She drew the eyes, nose and mouth.

Finishing touch was signing the back!

Finished for Great Grandma!

I love her owl!  She drew this all by herself too!  And she is 6. :)  

Teaching My Kids To Sew While it Snows

I know this isn't a great picture, but I only had my phone handy.  
It has been a cold January here and we have had a few snow days that canceled school.  On these canceled school days I try to get creative with the kids so we don't all go crazy.  I thought why not try hand sewing.  They will all sit still nicely on the couch and sew little pictures onto fabric.  To my surprise it worked and my son wanted to stay up all night until he finished his.  My little Haley who is 4 became frustrated with the project and didn't last very long.  I think this is a great idea for 6 and up.  I was proud of her for trying though.  I let them each pick out a stencil design and I stenciled it onto the fabric with a marker that disappears with water.  Brian let Haley pick out his design.  He really can be sweet.  I used 3 threads of colored floss and larger needles.  They got the hang of it real quick.

I am very proud of them and their first hand stitching project. 

Earlier that day we played!

Jacob's first time in the snow or at least realizing it is snow.  He was ok with it as long as it didn't touch him.

Had to add this one.  He got a bath in the sink because of a very bad diaper rash. He still looks little to me. :)