Sunday, June 7, 2009

I have been making things!

Last Sunday I when I was dressing for church I put on a newer black shirt that was begging for a new necklace. I looked at the clock. I had at least 5 minutes before we had the leave so I grabbed an old silver chain, my pliers, and my box of do-dads. In less than 30 seconds I found this crystal that I salvaged off a broken Xmas ornament and a bird charm from Michael's. It was so satisfying to whip this up. I left for church with a new necklace sans makeup. I did brush my hair though. :)

100% linen front, 100% red and white cotton backing. Appliqued letter embellished with hand embroidery to mimic cotton fabric. Binding is a small red and white polka dot fabric repurposed from a thrifted sheet. Machine free motion quilted in natural colored cotton/poly thread.

A few nights ago I finished up this baby blanket for a newborn baby girl. It was crazy simple to make and was inspired by Heather Ross's Weekend Sewing book. In the book she has a soft wool baby blanket project that has the initial letter detail. Basically I used the solid surface theme and the letter to whip up this blanket. I also tried my hand at the free motion quilting option on my machine. Once I got the hang of it, it went pretty well. But to tell you the truth I wouldn't want to quilt anything larger! It's been washed and dried. I was a bit nervous about the red bleeding, but as a precaution I washed the blanket on its own with a cup of white vinegar and everything came out fine. The only thing I wish I would have done differently was use a lighter weight batting. But I was using what I had on hand. It's a great weight to be used as a play mat.

9 comments:

  1. that is beautiful! i love the necklace and the fact that a fab new accessory was more important that n makeup!

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  2. I love this necklace and how spontaneous it was! Very cute applique quilt too. I am so excited to be taking my first quilting class at my local shop. It starts this Thursday. I can't wait to catch the bug! Glad to see you're back blogging!

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  3. Handmade Jewelry > Makeup any day, in my book.

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  4. Is it weird that I just whipped up two baby quilts this week and wish I had used thicker batting, but used what I had on hand?

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  5. i love the necklace! and what a sweet baby quilt, too. i love the initial on it.

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  6. You blog is quite enjoyable. I love the quilt. It is darling!

    May I ask, what type of sewing machine you use? Does it have on/off option? Do you like it? Is there another you might suggest?I am looking for a new machine. I need to find one that does free motion quilting and has an on/off switch.(would like some embroidery options too...but $) I have tremors in my leg and it can make using the pedal a bit difficult.

    Do you have any suggestions?

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  7. a newer black shirt!?!

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  8. That is a fantastic baby blanket! And the necklace ain't too shabby either!

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