Thursday, 21 February 2013

"A Walk In The Woods" Charm Square Quilt

I finished another lap quilt today. I am amazed that I had enough batting scraps in the house to piece together batting for four lap quilts/throws and a baby quilt. This one is made with the fabric line called "A Walk In The Woods" by Aneela Hoey for Moda. Like my "Sherbet Pips" quilt it is made with two charm square packs. I have one more like this to post, when it's finished, made with "Bliss" charm squares.
Those are my husband's feet under the quilt and my little daughter's feet just to the right of his. Normally I would crop that out but I thought it was cute. These photos are taken in an afternoon sunbeam coming through the window so not the best light but better than going out in the cold.
Here is a closer shot of some of the cute fabrics (and the shadow of my head - not so cute). This quilt features Little Red Riding Hood and The Big Bad Wolf. My daughter is thrilled with the theme and even got her Little Red Riding Hood book out today in honour of the big finish.
I was wracking my brain trying to think of what to back the quilt with when I remembered a bundle of Sweet 16's that I've had for three and half years and still don't know what to do with. They are a very soft, thick flannel. I pieced 35 of them together for the backing. When I was making the quilt sandwich I realised that it is very difficult to get the seams on the backing lined up parallel with seams on the front. So we're just going to be happy with the seams running a bit off kilter. (My husband actually said he really liked that so I'm going with that. This shot has no feet but shins instead.)
Here is a closer shot of the border and binding (blue with red mushrooms). I just quilted with with a walking foot stitch-in-the-ditch style. I may add more quilting later but I don't want to quilt over the little characters. I was going to post a closer shot of the centre Sweet 16 on the back but can't get it to upload for some reason. It has sweet little bunniesj and flowers on it. Thanks for stopping by. I think we'll be reading "Little Red Riding Hood" this afternoon under the quilt in the sunbeam.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Home Made Stuffed Animal Toys

This week I was hard at work making stuffed toys for my children and their friends.

These two adorable creatures were made for my daughter's friends who are twins and were turning 5. The elephant was a pattern by Retro Mama. You can see more about this one in this post.
The monkey is from a pattern by Indygo Junction called "Yo-Yo Monkey" (#IJ862) that came out in 2009 and I am just now getting around to sewing it. There is also a yo-yo monkey in the pattern packet but I didn't have that kind of time. I used fabric with sock monkeys on it to make the monkey. So cute! He has plastic pellets in his hands, feet and bottom to give him some weight.
Here is a closer shot where you can see the sock monkey fabric better. This fabric was by Moda and came out a couple of years ago I think. I also embroidered his face.
Yesterday I finished two more elephants. I posed them like this for Valentine's Day. The blue/grey one is for my son who has been waiting eight months for it. I used scraps from a yoga bag I sewed a couple of years ago to make it. The fabric on the ear is an Amy Butler fabric. I'm not sure about the body. The other elephant is identical to the first one I made and is again a birthday gift for a little girl who is turning 4. My daughter has received a lot of birthday party invitations lately. This post adds some major cuteness to my blog don't you think? Until next time, happy sewing!

Friday, 1 February 2013

Charity Baby Quilt

Here is a sweet little baby quilt that I whipped up. It literally only took about three hours to make.
I used one charm square pack of "Summersville" by Lucie Summers for Moda. The quilt is on one of those little kids chairs from IKEA to give you an idea of the size. I made one of this size for my babies and they are so great for travelling in vehicles and strollers. Crib sized ones drag on the stroller wheels and can be cumbersome so I found my little one got a lot of use.
I think little babies will find these prints very interesting to look at. Especially the black and white ones for very new babies. I love the little houses and trees. There's even a little Tudor style building on what looks like  Main Street.
I machine sewed the binding. This was my second try at this technique and it turned out much better. I learned that it works best if you trim the batting and backing right to the edge of the quilt top. Then you are sure not to get any stitches in the binding when you are sewing on the back. This quilt will be given to a charity collection of baby items at my church.