Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Finished Projects

Here are a couple of quilts I've made recently for baby showers.  
Both for boys and both backed with knit.  

I like how soft and pliable knit washes up.

Friday, January 23, 2015

square for Mardie and other projects

Here's my square for Mardie.  Sorry it's so late!

Polaroid quilt for Anna Claire for Christmas. Minky on the back. It's quilted in lines between the "pictures." I wish I had asked for a meander. But she LOVES it:

Two pillows for my sister:

Super-sized Swoon throw quilt for a friend for Christmas:

I joined a row-along in my quilt guild (which I won't do again).  This fox row is for a friend in the ward who lives on Red Fox Trace:


Emily sent me additional fabric after I mis-cut a piece (thank you, Emily!).  Since more fabric was on its way I figured I should make two figuring I need more practice at reading directions. :)  I love this design!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fortune smiles

The lighting messed up the colors but I have long loved this navy and this olive green. I hope you enjoy it too!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

ideas please

Hi friends-
It won't be long until I am ready to topstitch but I don't know what to do.  Could you please share as many ideas as you can come up with?  I am not sure whether to avoid topstitching in the polaroids or avoid them.
Emily- please share your polaroid quilt.  I saw the top and it was amazing.  I'd like to see how you topstitched it. :) 
Thanks again to everyone who sent me fussy cuts.  I love them.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Persimmon by BasicGrey for Moda

For those asking, Here's the collection I found my navy print in. Persimmon by BasicGrey for Moda. I love it all!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Good Fortune for Emily

Here you go Emily. I had lots of fun making this for you.

Good Fortune for Emily

I'm excited to get back in the "square"! However, my blogging skills are extremely rusty! Thanks Emily, this was the perfect square to get me going again!

Some finished works

No, I haven't finished the block for Emily yet.  I mean, it's still way too early in the month for that. :)  But I did take a few photos of some things I made for, and during Christmas.

The first one is a little tree skirt for my youngest daughter's mini tree in her room.  She chose the fabric from my stash, and then I got to work.
I used my Dresden template and quilted it with a simple swirl pattern. 
I am really happy with how it turned out, and it gave me the courage to try an even bigger one for our tree. But I didn't buy enough seam binding to go all the way around, so that was set aside for a bit.

I also made a fabric Christmas tree, including decorations.  Good thing, too, since we didn't get our real tree until the week of Christmas.  This way, the kids still had a spot to put their presents they made at school.
After Christmas I needed to make a quilt and pillow for Alexandra's new doll, Molly, and her new bed.  Fortunately, I had a fat quarter of material that already looked like it was pieced together.  So then I just added batting and Minky for the back, and quilted it with a simple cross-hatch pattern, following what was already printed on the material.  She is very pleased.  And it coordinates perfectly with the quilt and pillow we made earlier for Emily.
That was the best fat quarter bundle I ever purchased. :)

Naturally I also found some time to quilt for me.  I sewed a few more heart blocks and then assembled them into a quilt top.
  But I decided at the last minute to add a tiny black and white border, and naturally I ran out of the right black.  So while that is being sent through the post, I used the odd blocks to make a small wall hanging for my friend. 
Hmm, don't know how to flip that around,  Oh well.  I am really pleased with how it turned out, and can't wait to get the big one finished the same way!

And just for fun, I took some photos of these adorable Santa's my former neighbor made for us one year.  There are actually 7, one for each of us, but the kids have hidden them all over the house, and these are the only ones I could round up for a photoshoot.
They are seriously so cute!  And they are just big enough to hide a mandarin orange and a few nuts. I love them, and am now on a hunt to find the pattern so I can make more.
It looks like it's sort of a log cabin square, but not quite.  Unfortunately she moved away so I can't just ask her. If I ever find it, it may turn into my block of the month. :)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Modern cross is in the mail!

I have embarrassingly had one of these finished for a bit and just finally finished the other and took pics but they are signed, sealed and in the mail!! I hope you enjoy them and I am sorry that they are so tardy!!

I did do a bit of sewing over Christmas. I may or may not have assisted Santa in refurbishing these American girl doll trundles that were handed down to us and just needed new pillows and quilts. My girls LOVE them and are constantly having sleepovers now!

My goal for tonight is to finally put beccas triangles in an envelope with a stamp because it's time to face it that the "I'll give them to her the next time I see her" plan is really failing miserably!! So sorry! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Good Fortune in Your Future

Emily, I see something coming your way in the mail very soon....
I am kind of in love with this pattern.  I can't stop thinking about how cool this looks and I'm 100% in awe of Emily for figuring out all the measurements.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

yes, drill sergeant!

i finished a few things this last year- and i felt the red laser beams in a recent email so i thought i would get these out there.

i'm currently hand quilting a voile quilt. it's something that I've been collecting scraps and pieces for for a few years-
i can't seem to locate the full size picture of it, but i'll post as soon as it's finished. i used a wool batting, which is new for me, and so far i'm really loving the feel!

this one is for my youngest. i sent it off to be professionally quilted and didn't love the results. back to hand quilting for me :)

GRANNY SQUARES!!! so in love with this one. it's next on the "to be quilted" list. isn't it fab?!?! nice works, ladies!

this is one that i made for my mom for her birthday. i've had the entire collection of flea market fancy sitting on my shelf and it was calling to me.
i hand quilted the entire thing. i love the way it turned out. 

a baby blanket for a friend here in germany- i have another *noah* blanket in the works as well. 

just some pj pants for my littles. my almost teenager informed me that this would be the last year for matching pj bottoms....the end of an era. brat.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Happy New Year

I did not want to start 2015 out with 2014's work, but here it is and so I am.   Mardie, I am pleased to inform you that one Patriotic Star block is finally headed your way!  It was so easy to whip up and I can totally see this quilt being happy in your home.

And, in continuing the theme of this post, here's my Blue Ribbon Quilt from 2013 (*disclaimer* it did not actually win a ribbon of any color, especially blue).  It's been done for quite some time but I hadn't posted yet.  I LOVE the way it turned out and am still planning on getting the pattern into my Etsy shop... some day.

I always get excited at the start of a new year for 12 Squared.  I love seeing what you all come up with and having a platform to chit-chat-sewing-n-stuff.  If you've got some blocks from last year you're behind on, there's no time like the present!  Blow the lint off your machine and catch up so you can start 2015 off fresh!


January - Good Fortune

 Here goes 2015!

I fell in love with this quilt design (by Rashida Coleman-Hale) on Pinterest.  It's kind of a modified Arkansas Traveler.  But it's only available in a kit with fabric for $95.  Trust me, I even emailed the company!  So I had to improvise and pull out my pencil and ruler (yes, I'm THAT stubborn).  I have mailed the tutorial and gray background fabric.  This picture is my color inspiration (navy, dark orange, olive green, and white)... 

So find two fabrics in those colors and let's sew! Here is my finished square: