Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fall Wreath

So I wanted a fall wreath, not Halloween. I scored a good deal on a huge pack of paper that included fall, Halloween, and Christmas papers. I got a straw wreath with a 40% off coupon and got started. I cut 10 pieces of paper into strips, they were anywhere from 1/4" up to 1/2" wide. I curled them around my fingers about 4 times, stuck a straight pin in them and pushed it into the wreath. Then I repeated that about 200 times. I picked a cute "Jack-Be-Little" pumpkin from the garden and hung it on my wall. (I planted these pumpkins specifically because I want to decorate with them every year but I refuse to buy them from the store.)

I think I'll make a few more for some other holidays!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hugest puffy quilt so far

So "hugest" probably isn't a word, but this blanket I made was sure HUGE! A client ordered a full size puffy quilt for her little girls new big girl bed. It was pretty much like making 4 crib size quilts and then attaching them together. I have to say that it looks amazing and so comfy! I also know why I don't want to make many more of them that big. They are so heavy and hard to finish off because the end product pulls so much on my machine. But, I propped it up on some chairs and the table next to me and pushed through the heavy part. It's beautiful and I hope the lucky little girl in North Carolina likes it as much as I did!

Here's a picture of my little guy breaking it in for me. He loves to lay down on them but I shoo him away quick so no grubbies get on the new quilt!

They also ordered a valance and curtain panels to match. The valance is so cute in the horse and boot fabric from Riley Blake. The panels are bright pink with a large brown band at the bottom and they are lined to block out almost all light. I used a really heavy duty lining that is a virtual light and heat barrier.
The bed skirt seemed like miles and miles of fabric all gathered up to create a really full skirt. The brown band at the bottom is a miniature of the brown band on the curtain panels. It turned out so cute!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Love this blue and brown!

Here is the surprise for my SIL (hope she's slow to read my blog!) because I couldn't wait to post it! I used all scraps from making her baby set to make her a matching puffy quilt. I loved working with these fabrics again and I love when there are different textures mixed into the same quilt. There is a medium weight fabric, a minky fabric, and a cotton. I love the piping around the edge and I think I'll start making more of my quilts with a piping edge. This could be used as a play mat, a throw quilt on the end of a bed, a quilt to snuggle on cold Wyoming nights (for our 7-8 month winters!), or even a throw rug on the ground in front of a crib. I can't believe I got it ready for her baby shower which is in 5 days. Now to finish the valances and her baby's room is done, well not the painting but that's not my department!

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