July 15, 2015

Another Quilt Finish

In between all the Summer activities, I was able to recently finish this quilt for my cousin's new baby boy that was born back in February. Can't wait to take it to him at the end of the month and get some cute pictures of him actually laying on it.  I just love this pattern and the fact that it's all hand quilted. It was my go-to project when sitting at the machine for hours on end was too much.  I could sit and hand quilt while watching movies all day long.  I actually picked the fabrics out before he was born.  And even though they are old fashion and wanted to be surprised to see if it was a boy or girl at the birth, something just "told" me it was a boy and luckily it was as this woodland creature fabric is just perfect for a sweet boy living in the country!


It measures about 54" x 58" which is ALOT bigger than I first planned.  So that was another reason I took my time quilting on it because it would have totally swallowed him as a newborn.  Now they can use it more of a playmat on the floor as I'm sure at almost 5 months, he might be starting to get mobile.



All fabrics came from Joann's.  I like to start with one main fabric that has alot of color and then pull in accents usually via fat quarters to compliment it.  The turq is Kona and sews up so nicely.  I love how it really pops as the binding.  That was machine sewn to the front the wrapped to the back and hand stitched down with regular quilting thread.
 

The top was hand quilted with DMC floss in gray and turq.


Since my measurements were a wee bit off, I added a scappy border down the back.  I'm REALLY trying not to over-buy fabrics so I don't feed into my already troublesome fabric hoarding! LOL


This boy!  He cracks me up.  He was my photo helper before swim lessons that day.  But after so many photos, he demanded a break.  
Guess he's in the Quilt Union!

Well, back to the machine!
Chow for now - Jenn



July 10, 2015

Quilt for Mother Emanuel

My guild from Texas posted this and I wanted to share to see how many sweet quilters would be willing to send some love to the Emanuel AME Church.

Click on this link and it will take you to the Charleston Modern Quilt Guild and you can read all about it.  I'm mailing off my brick today!!

As a great quilting community - let's embrace this church and show them how much we care and wrap them in Love!

Post a pic of your brick and tag them on Instagram:  charlestonmodernquiltguild


Thanks friends!
Jenn

July 07, 2015

Summertime

Holy shmoly!  Where did June go?!?!  School is out, summer camp has started and we just finished our stay-cation.  Yeah that's where June went!  Well, in the mean time, I have still been busy at the sewing machine.  Some personal, some for commission.  I'm loving it all.  Also gearing up for a Craft Fair in November at my daughter's new high school. YES!  I said High School!!  In the Fall, I will have a 1st grader and a 9th grader!  Lord - help me!

But on to further quilty news......This first one was a present for one of my oldest friend's daughter who just graduated high school and will be attending our alma mater in the Fall Tarleton State University!  We are so proud of her!


 After a quick trip to visit those fine folks, the kids and I set out for our stay-cation.  Just some local stops around town, but fun still never the less.

I also recently got this lovely quilt back from my quilter.  It's one I actually get to keep!!  At the time I made up the top, it represented a pc of each vintage sheet that I owned.  Yeah - that's 90!!  I MIGHT have a bit of a problem......lol.  Well 91 if you count the backing fab too.


Also during our stay-cation, the kids and I celebrated my girl's 14th birthday with a trip to the Dallas World Aquarium.  What a fun time!

This little dude was so cute!!

I'd swear when I told the boy to say CHEESE, the fish did too!!

Cool giant crabs!

These little guys were my favorite!

After the aquarium, we finished it out with a photo op in BIG D.


That face!  Lost 3 teeth in as many weeks!  Hasn't stopped him from eating everything in the house though!

Well, Summer is still rocking and rolling at our house.  

More quilty-ness to show soon.

Jenn




May 21, 2015

Pixelated Alphabet - Another Blogger's Quilt Festival Entry

So here is my other entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival over at Amy's Creative Side.  I'm entering this into the Original Design category.

I call this pattern Pixelated Alphabet!  The pattern and/or complete custom pillow cover are both available in my etsy shop for purchase.  The pattern for a single letter or the whole alphabet each come in 4 different sizes - pillow to a large throw.  The pillow covers featured below are approx. 24" x 24".

These particular pillow covers were a custom order for two darling little sisters named Jillian and Jeorgia.








Each pillow cover has a hidden zipper for easy removal.  Throw in the washer/dryer and slip right back over the pillow form.

Easy Peasy!

Have fun looking over all the other entries in the festival!!

Don't forget to vote!!

Thanks,

Jenn

May 19, 2015

It's Blogger Quilt Festival Time Again!!!

Amy from Amy's Creative Side hosts the greatest blogger quilt festival each year.  I love that I can go to her blog and see so many amazing quilt artists all in one place.

Here is my entry for this year's festival.  It's my Red and White Charm Quilt from a swap that Karen at Sew Many Ways hosted back in 2011.  Each swapper was to send Karen 125 5" squares cut from one red and white print fabric.  I honestly have no idea which one I sent but I totally love the mix that I received back to make into this beautiful quilt.  I hung onto the top for a few years (obviously since I just finished it up earlier this year!), but I have a good reason.  I was waiting for the perfect vintage sheet backing.  Yeah that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Here she is!  It's approximately 75" square.  I decided to bind it in a dark navy print to really frame the whole thing and give it a small touch of patriotism.  The squares came from all over the world!  37 US States, Canada, Australia, Holland, Scotland, Malaysia, Slovakia, Israel, United Kingdom and Thailand!
How amazing is that mix I ask ya?!  

The back is also very yummy and so freaking soft!

 That backing is to die for!!



 Just a glimpse of the binding process.

So that's my entry - head on over to Amy's blog and check out the other entries!!

Jenn

April 29, 2015

I'm Alive!! Possibly buried under a pile of quilts.........

WOW - it's been way to long since I've blogged.  A bitter divorce and life had taken over and well, I made it through the other side.

But that doesn't mean I haven't been sewing the whole time I've been MIA.  I've made so many lovelies that I could probably post every day for a year and still not show you all I've been working on. 

I can't wait to get back in the swing of things and show you all the great projects that I've cranked out during my absence.  

However, here is my latest work that I'm most proud of.  Introducing my Pink Lemonade Pixelated Heart Quilt.  She's for sale in my etsy shop now!

As most of you know, I'm a HUGE lover of vintage sheets.  I have stacks and stacks of them!  So I finally cut into a few of my utmost favorites to make this beautiful quilt. I paired it with a few white on white cottons and Voila!  This pixelated pattern is one of my favorite.  

Big squares + huge heart = quilt top!







So how's that for a welcome back nugget?!?!

I'll be back with more later on loves!

Smooches!
Jenn

January 08, 2013

Etsy Shop is Locked & Loaded!

Happy 2013 my fellow quilting buddies!!

I've decided that 2013 is the year to really focus on getting my quilting talents noticed and hopefully in turn, reap the benefits of it.

My sweet daughter, Emma, has been nominated by her school counselor to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C. next summer!  I know!  I'm so super excited for her.  What a great opportunity and tons of experience that will help her for years to come!  I'm so proud that her counselor saw the qualities in her that would make a great future leader.

Anywho....the whole trip is expensive.  Therefore, I'm going to be busting my single-momma-butt to help raise a ton of cash to get this girl to Washington D.C.!!  She even gets to go to the White House!!  Man am I jealous!  
Therefore, I'm starting to stock my etsy shop with all kinds of quilty goodness.  It's a work in progress so check back often as I hope to be continually adding new goods.  All items are ready to ship.

Here's a small sampling of what's over there now.

The first one is a simple doll quilt measuring approx. 22 1/2" x 22 1/2".
 This next beauty is a baby quilt measuring approx. 33" x 44" made out of reclaimed vintage sheets.  It's a little piece of heaven!  So super soft!

So help spread the word if you would.  I'd love it if it spread like wildfire throughout the blogging community.

Many thanks!!  Stay tuned - more to come!!
Jenn