Friday, January 31, 2014

Pretty Pinwheels

Every summer my younger sister takes my family pictures and in return I make her a table cover.  This year I decided to make a lot of pinwheels. I’m pretty excited about how cute they turned out.

Pretty Pinwheels

It’s made from a Riley Blake fabric from a few years ago.  Each pinwheel block is 9 inches across.

Pretty Pinwheels 4ss.

Pretty Pinwheels

I think I’ll keep this pattern in mind for future projects. It’s simple, but so pretty!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

My Star Sister’s Quilt…. no wait! My Sister’s Star Quilt!

While visiting my family over Christmas break, I had to do a little fabric shopping.  Well, A LOT of fabric shopping.  That’s what happens when you have to wait six months between each shopping trip.  You over do it…  just a bit.  I usually drag my mom and sisters along too, cuz it’s more fun that way. 

So, we decided to meet in the parking lot of our first of many quilt shop stops.  And my older sister, Steffanie, gets out of her car with a big smile on her face and gives me a big hug and smiles big again…..  Curious.  Then I notice the bag in her arms. Curiouser and curiouser. “So!” she says.  “I just happened to bring along this big ‘ol unquilted quilt with me….. just in case you might want to take it home and quilt it…..!”  Ha. Mystery solved.  How could I say no to my eight month pregnant with her third boy sister?  “Sure” said I.  “I’d be happy to.  I LOVE to quilt queen size quilts!”  Not.  Just kidding.  Everybody knows I would much rather plan and piece a quilt than quilt it, but I’m getter better at the quilting and my finished projects are starting to look pretty decent.  Who knew that I’d get in the super awesome quilt mode and get it done two weeks after I made it back home?

So here it is, my sister’s quilted (unbound) Urban Cowgirls star quilt.

Gorgeous isn’t it?  I decided to use an all over leaf pattern for the quilting. (Sorry, it’s a little hard to see.)

Steffanie's Urban Cowgirl Star quilt

I’m loving it so much, I might have to make one myself.

Steff's Star Quilt Urban Cowgirl

She made it over a year ago and it’s just been sitting there waiting to be quilted.  I’m happy I could help her finally get it finished!


Friday, January 10, 2014

Valentine’s / Spring Wreath

I haven’t been in the crafty mood for quite awhile, until this morning.  I woke up and wanted to clean and organize the house and add some cute new decorations.  I’m sure much of that is due to the weather being in the high 60’s here (crazy!) and the Christmas stress that has melted away since I got home from vacation. So, I made a quick trip to the craft store and picked up a few things to revamp my old grapevine wreath.

I didn’t want a Valentine’s Day wreath, I wanted more of a generic wreath to hang on the door through spring.  But, I tend to get bored with the same old décor day after day.  So, I had this great idea to add my holiday décor to the center of the wreath and change it out from holiday to holiday. 

My youngest daughter and I set out all of our wreath knick knacks I bought and we wrapped, cut twisted, and poked until we came up with this…..

It’s just a few floral stems, burlap, and a ‘centerpiece’, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  Now, I can add a little green for St. Patty’s Day, yellow for Easter, and maybe some dark blue and red for 4th of July!

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Pinwheels and Stars Baby Quilt

I can finally share pictures!  Yeah! Super busy get ready for Christmas time and go visit family vacation time is over! Yeah!  Not that it wasn’t fun, I’m just very, very tired. 

Now, I get to share pictures of one of the cutest quilts I have ever made.  Yes, I love it that much.  And yes, I gave it away to my super, awesome, big sister, Steffanie.  She is having her third boy (good luck with that) and totally deserves to be spoiled.  So here it is, ‘Pinwheels and Stars’.

Little Things Baby Quilt

The fabric line is “Little Things”.  I bought a fat quarter bundle, so I have just enough to make a throw quilt for myself. Grin.

Pinwheels and Stars Baby Quilt Folded

I was inspired by this adorable quilt I found on flickr and knew I had to make my own version for my sister.  When she pinned the original quilt onto pinterest  (after I had started working on it) I knew I had picked the right pattern!

One of my favorite parts about the quilt is the back.  I put some extra time and effort into quilting it and ended up with this…..

Quilting on Pinwheels and Stars Quilt

To quote Doctor Who, “I Know!”

Didn’t it turn out brilliant?  I’ve never done 1/4” shadow quilting on both sides of the seam before.  Let’s just say it took awhile.  But the finished result was worth it.

Pinwheels and Stars Baby Quilt

Pinwheels and Stars Baby Quilt 3

Now, I just need to wait a few more weeks to see my new nephew bundled up in it.