February’s block was so easy, I may or may not have gotten carried away & cut out the wrapping paper for about 20 more gifts….I guess I’ll plead the fifth on that one! But really, isn’t this the cutest block idea you’ve ever seen?
Chevron Christmas gift!
The pattern for making these can be found here.
Also, I think I finally fixed the settings on my camera to get a more true representation. Check out January’s block, in real life the colors are much closer to this image than the ones on my January post.
January block with a French theme.
And, check out a group photo of the boy-theme blankets I made for my friend. These were so cute & fun to make, I’m glad I took this photo of them together.
Chevron, dots, & solids.
I’m running the 2014 Long Distance Quilting Bee with my cousin Lisa. I took a break from it in 2013 but this year I jumped back in again. I’m glad I did, simply because making 1 block a month makes me feel like I’m doing something for myself (even though its really for someone else) while not creating copious amounts of projects that might stress me out or cause more work in the long run.
For January, Carol asked for a block having something to do with Paris, France. She’s giving a Paris quilt to a friend who lived there for several years. As luck would have it, I had a narrow strip of fabric patterned with a street map of Paris. Because I always saw people sitting at cafes drinking wine when I’ve walked around Paris, this is what I came up with:
I designed this block myself, and am pretty happy with how it turned out. I’m not planning on making many wine bottle quilt blocks in the future but if I were I might try a different technique to give a skinnier slope of the bottleneck.
My plan for 2013 was to take a break from bees to finish quilts that I’ve started but that didn’t happen. My quilts are all in various stages of completion still. I didn’t really sew anything in 2013 once my baby arrived. That is, I didn’t really sew anything until November when I started making these cute little 9-patch blankets for my friend to use with her photography business.
My banner helpers enjoyed this shot.
I ended up making 14 of these little guys. I really enjoyed it, and wanted to make more, but ran out of time. That is, I have time but now that I have 3 kids it is spread out a little thinner than it has been in the past.
More newborn blankets.
I tried taking some pictures of these blankets, but the settings in my camera were a bit off, and I couldn’t figure out how to adjust them.
The orange squares are all the same tone, actually.
In this blanket, the yellow polka dots are all the same fabric. But in the photo it looks like sunshine yellow & squash orange. So strange.
I think this little red, gray, and white gem is one of my favorites.
“Look Mom! I’m a robot! See my robot body??”
Here is a composite shot of the first 6 blankets I made, side to side. I think it would be a pretty cute blanket for someone’s toddler bed:
One of the most fun parts of this project was picking out fun bright chevron & dots & solid fabric colors that I might not ordinarily buy for myself. There really is something about fresh uncut fabric all ready to go that is just so rejuvenating.
This month we were sent fabric swatches from Amy Butler’s Love fabric & were asked to make a wonky log cabin block.
The sample block posted by this month’s recipient was framed in white, so thats what I did with this block. I think my favorite of all the fabrics is the dark blue floral. There is something so appealing about the contrast large floral designs provide when set against solids & smaller prints.
Very fun block to make, and came together very quickly—less than an hour! A win-win combination.
Its been a while since I’ve posted in regards to the flickr quilting bee, Design Camp. The girl assigned February is/was so behind getting her blocks finished & posted to other members that she felt guilty asking people to make blocks for her, so February ended up being a sort of catch-up month for anyone running behind. I’ve only received about half of the blocks from November, so I’m convinced she wasn’t the only one running behind from last fall! For march, we were given gray fabric along with 3 shades of pink, and asked to follow a rough outline to create a 12.5″x12.5″ block reminiscent of tube socks. This block gave me a lot of trouble, more than I’ve had for a bee block for a while, mostly because the fabric stretched in bizarre ways when I pressed it. I’m not sure if it wasn’t shrunk before getting mailed out or what, but I ended up picking out half the block & resewing it in order to reach the proper dimensions. I think the finished quilt will look very fun, but I’m glad my contribution is finished & safely on its way to its new home.
This is a mirror that has resided in my garage for almost a year. I swiped it from my sister-in-law’s garage sale items last summer. Originally it was attached to a long dresser, and I don’t need another dresser…thus I took the mirror alone. I like that its big, but I don’t like how dark it is.
I decided to refinish it using a compilation of techniques from my own past experience upcycling Craigslist furniture, and one of the paint techniques Cyndy uses on The Creativity Exchange. After priming the wood, I mixed spray paint & some acrylic in a bowl & applied it with my finger. I wore a latex glove because I didn’t feel like getting paint all over my fingernails & skin creases. If I didn’t like how it went on, I just added/smeared/mixed paint until it pleased my eye.
The wheat at the top of the mirror looks so much better with its lighter look!
After fingerpainting the mirror with my multi-tone paint, I mixed some wood stain with some light colored acrylic. This I applied with a cheap sponge brush, and after about a minute rubbed it off. I rubbed it with varying degrees of pressure to get a bit of a worn look. Thomas thought it looked like fun, so he joined in with me on this part—he did the part in the photo below, and I think it looks amazing–just like birch bark!
After it was entirely dry, I lightly went over it with sandpaper. I think it looks pretty good! I am still deciding where to put it, but I like the fact that if I get tired of it looking like this, a new coat of paint will give it a complete makeover. DIY projects are so worth it!
This past week I finally found the time to “prettify” some burp cloths. My boys’ burp cloths are half worn out, and I made them from patterned flannel that really scream BOY so it was fun to buy some white burp cloths & scavenge through my ribbon basket to find some feminine samples to adorn them.
Random fact: it is almost impossible to find white burp cloths where I live. I think I went to four different stores, including Target and Walmart, none of which sold these nice, white, traditional burp cloths. What is wrong with them? I ended up ordering these from Amazon. Regardless of the hassle they were to procure, I’m happy with the end result.