Friday, September 18, 2015

The best thing I've ever made.....

This project has been a long time in the making. My husband and I tried to start our family when we got married in 2009. We struggled to get pregnant but were able to in early 2014. That pregnancy ended in miscarriage and I had about given up hope that we would be able to have a child of our own. A few months passed and Thanksgiving day 2014 we found out that we were expecting again. I was hesitant to get excited until after we saw the doctor. The pregnancy progressed smoothly and we were planning for the baby to arrive in early August, Two weeks before I was due I was admitted to the hospital due to complications. Mirabelle made her way into the world on July 23rd. She is by far the cutest thing I have ever made!

Now that she is 8 weeks old and I am getting a little more sleep I have started sewing again. The best part is that if I bring her sleeper into my craft room the sound of my sewing machine soothes her right to sleep. If she isn't sleeping then she "talks" to me while I sew. Since Mirabelle was born I have finally gotten this quilt done for her. I have a few more in the works for her but they are behind a few more urgent projects.

This quilt originally started with inspiration from a quilt I had seen on the cover of Quilt Magazine called Spring Cleaning. You can find the original here. It started as a quilt I was making for our master bedroom and a way to work away at my scrap bin. In the end I changed gears and changed it to a smaller quilt for the baby. And although I used a lot of scraps I still have a mountain left.

I finished the top at the end of April. I had some trouble finding a backing I liked. It was one of the few times I was willing to pay full price for fabric but couldn't find anything I liked. I came across this fabric in Allegan MI. It was an end of the bolt clearance and they barely had enough to back the quilt. I love the storks and babies. I couldn't be happier with the fabric just got lucky and got it for a steal.

I think I auditioned every fabric I owned for the binding. I settled on blue with
white stars. 

I even broke out the manual and figured out how to do more than a straight stitch on my fancy machine to make a tag with her name and birthday. Pictures of the baby on the quilt coming soon. Linking it up to Finish it up Friday @ Crazy Mom Quilts.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Fantastic Finishes.....

Ok so it's been a hot minute since I posted. Here are some of the things I have finished up in the meantime.

August do.good.stitches Nurture circle blocks. The call was for any star blocks in red with a white background. I went with my favorite block, Scrap Jar Stars found here.

September do.good.stitches Nurture circle blocks. The call was for a block called Granny's front porch from Canoe Ridge Creations and the instructions are here. 
Using this color pallet

Here is how they turned out, I have blue fabrics a plenty!!!Wish I had more of that great purple in my stash.

Here is the finished top from July for the nurture circle of Do.Good.Stitches. The pattern is called Americana Rose. I blogged about it here. I have to quilt it and send it off to the charity group. 

That's all for now, more on the latest happenings will be posted soon.
Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts 
Finish it up Friday