How I spoil my kid

I guess that should say kids but my oldest child seems to get spoiled in this way more than the youngest. Totally not fair at all. I’m not even going to make excuses. Hopefully some day I can even the score but at this rate it will be hard for her to catch up. See my oldest begs for quilts and blankets to be made for her. She has 6 quilts and I can’t even begin to determine how many blankets she has. She steals them as I make them. Or sometimes she just steals the fabric and pretends it is a blanket. One day I received a message from her daycare teacher admonishing me for sending my child to school with just a piece of fabric as a ‘blanket’. She of course was kidding, mostly.

This is the first quilt that I made my oldest. We were team green. Or team ‘I rather wait until the birth to find out so that I could pester my husband daily about boy and girl names.’ He was a curmudgeon when it came to names. He turned down many awesome names because they were ‘weird’. Obviously he didn’t grow  up as one of 500 Amandas in his class.

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Owls were all the rage back then. You know way back in 2011. I picked out some other adorable owls but I was told by a few that they were much too creepy.

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These Owls and Koala’s were adorable! While I was making it I was sure this was a very gender neutral quilt. I was delusional. Pregnancy throws off my sense of right and wrong. This was purely ‘boy’ oriented as I was convinced I was having a boy.

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Surprise! I had a girl! She wore a lot of boy clothes at first. Poor thing! I was also convinced that my second was a boy as well. Nope. I’m 2 for 2. I’m leaving it at that.

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Back to the quilt. This was my 2nd quilt ever. I was super proud. I didn’t even have a pattern for it. The wise quilting ladies at the quilt store helped me figure out all the Maths. Another pregnancy truth is that it robs women of their ability to do simple math. I’m still recovering this skill. One amazing thing about this quilt is that I used free motion quilting! No one told me that was a hard thing. I used free motion on my first quilt in small amounts and for this one I went all out. Now I’m much more reserved in my use as I’ve learned it is hard so now I fear it. It’s all mental.

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This quilt is loved though. Alice loves it and it is a staple in our quilt rotation. However, she is a girly girl and as she has aged (almost 4 years) she gravitates to her quilts that contain pinks, purples, dancers and Hell Kitty (her word for Hello Kitty). She has also expanded her tastes to pieces of black sequined fabric with raw edges that I hear from daycare spread sequins all over the place. I chuckle every time she decides to take that fabric to daycare with her. IMG_9256-2

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Where it all began

Many moons ago I use to be obsessed with knitting. I loved to spend time buying lovely wools, yarns and I would even spin some of my own. I was HARDCORE into yarn. A few times I was tempted by fabrics but I turned my back and went back to my wool. I outright refused to sew. Well that’s not true there was that time that I had to sew 30 smocks for work but that wasn’t really sewing. AND I used Walmart fabric that was $2.99/metre. So that doesn’t count.

Upon finding out I was pregnant with my first child and being underemployed I discovered this urge in me to make a quilt for the baby. So I went to my local quilting store to take a look. I had no clue what I was getting into. No clue. I was still under the impression that the actual quilting was a waste of time and ridiculous. Boy was I foolish! So long story short I walked in, fell in love with a quilt for me (not the baby), signed up for a class, bought a new sewing machine and started to hoard fabric.

IMG_9227At this point I had no clue there was such a thing as traditional quilting or modern quilting.

IMG_9255-2I did know that the dark cranberries and forest green fabrics didn’t call to me.

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Then I found fabrics online that made my heart happy. And that is when I found out that I was in trouble.

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Deep, deep, deep trouble.

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This is the quilt that started it all. This is the quilt that I grab first to curl up under on the couch. This is the quilt that my children play with almost daily. This is the quilt that helped me find my passion. For this quilt I am most thankful.

2015

So we are a month into 2015 and so far I’m pretty pleased with it. I think 2015 is going to be a great year! I’ve taken a lot of time to stop and think about where I am, where I want to go and what is really important to me. The one thing that I keep coming back to is that I need to slow down. I always feel the need to do it all, to do more and to be everything to everyone. This year I’m trying to change that. I need to slow down and enjoy where I am, who I’m with and what cool things every moment has for me. A big part of this is that I’m learning how to say no to people or projects. I also need to keep reminding myself that to end up where I want to be I need to be present in the moment I am currently in. Anyway, enough with that crap, I was so busy last year with getting stuff done that I didn’t get to share a lot of what I actually accomplish. So here are some pictures from one of my favourite quilts this year.

238My friend contacted me and said she was looking for a wedding gift for a friend and would like a quilt made. She had some scraps from the wedding decoration to give me to incorporate into the quilt. So she sent them my way and gave me a few idea’s and told me to have fun!

183The box had some great, vibrant colours to work with so I went to my stash and started to build up coordinates to fill out the quilt. We had decided to go with Anna Maria Horner’s Feather Bed Quilt. It was perfect for a scrappy quilt and is always gorgeous.

photo (41)It took me a couple of miscuts to figure out how to get the feathers to cut out properly but once I got it it was smooth sailing.

Earlier that summer I had made a trip to purchase some fabric from a friend and had bought some Habitat Singing Forest fabric by Jay McCarroll. I just loved it. I’m not completely sure why but I was just drawn to it and knew it would make an awesome quilt back.

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I wasn’t disappointed! This quilt was the perfect fit for it!

For the quilting I just decided to follow the direction of the feather vanes and surround each feather. On the back of the quilt then you would have an outline of each feather with no quilting within it. I forgot to take pictures of this. Here is a grainy close up of the front.

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I also decided to try cutting actual bias binding for the first time. This Riley Blake Happy Stripe fit the colours in the quilt perfectly!

il_340x270.443981967_3oyzNormally I just straight cut my binding but I knew cutting these stripes on the bias would be the perfect echo of the vanes in the feather.

IMG_3119The finished product just made me so happy. I equate the happiness of me finishing a quilt I’m absolutely in love with to what some people call a ‘runners high’. Let me tell you I do some running/jogging/moving my feet while gasping for air and I have never once felt ‘high’ or super happy after a run. Usually I just want a cheeseburger or a milkshake or to not move for a month. The feeling I get after finishing a great quilt keeps me going for days and this quilt kept me going for weeks.
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Theme Thursday – Fast & 12 in 12

I’m combining two things today. I’m obsessed with this quilt that I made. The colours make me happy. I made it in 2 days so it was fast and it fulfills my need for a quilt this month for 12 in 12 (12 quilts in 12 months).  I’m warning you, this post will have many pictures because I love this quilt sooooo much.

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I woke up Monday morning feeling guilty. You know the Mum guilt you hear about (or experience first hand)? It eats away at your soul. I was feeling guilty because poor Miss CharChar didn’t have a custom made quilt by Mummy!

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I had made her blankets but hadn’t gotten around to a quilt for her. Her older sister has 4 quilts. 4!

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I was the worst Mum ever! I am totally giving my kids complexes! If CharChar could talk she would tell me ‘you love my sister more than me!’

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And she might be right. JUST KIDDING! I totes love Miss CharChar more. KIDDING! But I did feel bad that she didn’t have a quilt yet.

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I  had this layer cake of Moda’s vintage modern fabric that I bought a couple years ago at a store that no longer exists. So I dug it out and put it to good use.

photo 3(2)The colours are perfect for a little girl. (Don’t get mad at me for talking about girl/boy colours see it has red and blue and green too!) And look at how those squares line up! Perfect! Not every one is that perfect but the ones that do make me really happy.

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I think Miss CharChar loved it! She even hid under it.

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Where’s the baby?

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She blends right in!

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The sickly baby and I cuddled up under it and watched some tv. Rest is very important when you are ill.

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The first day of making this quilt I managed to piece the entire front. Then that night I went to bed and my oldest woke me up (aka scared the poop out of me by standing and staring at me) at 2:30am and then I was awake, wide awake. I couldn’t stop thinking about the quilt and what I was going to put on the back. I first thought of a teal damask that I had and then thought of this geometric pattern (Geometric in Aqua for Fun & Games by Riley Blake) and knew one or the other would be perfect. At 3am I was still thinking about it so I tried to read to get my mind off of it. At 3:30am I desperately tried to go back to sleep and at 4am I got up and made the rest of the quilt. I didn’t have enough of the Geometric so I HAD to add in this other fabric (not sad at all!).

IMG_9186The back makes me uber happy. Katie that fabric in the middle is leftover from your quilt! I love that fabric. It is Garden Rocket in Turquoise in the Lilly Belle Collection by Bari J. Ackerman. I may have to order more. I think a little dress would be perfect in this for the one of the girls.

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The binding I think is perfect, in my opinion. I like my bindings to stand out a bit from the rest of the quilt. The green is very close to the green in the fabric in the main quilt. It was from my latest Rainbow Must-stash club and is Bee My Honey collection by Mary Jane Butters for Moda Fabrics.

 

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And I love it!!!!!

Did any of you complete a goal project this month? I want to hear about it!

Next month I’m going to make Alice a quilt for her bed so it looks complete for once instead of a pile of various blankets and quilts. She says “I like pink and purple” so I guess that is what she is going to get.

 

Theme Thursday – Green

I’m late again! Sorry. I didn’t know what to write about. I like green. I have green things. Grass is green. Leaves are green. Stupid winter stole all our green. I will never see green again. Green I miss you! That was all I had which does not make a great blog post. So here is a list about the things I have learned since being new (green) to quilting.

1. It is incredibly hard to sew in a straight line.

2. Sewing overtop of a finished piece is called quilting and it actually does something. (I was so confused about this part before I started)

3. Fabric is flipping expensive and addictive. No matter how much you have you will always want more and you will always be fabric poor.

4. When you arrive home with your fabric it is totally acceptable to put it in a huge pile and roll in it.

5. If a quilt looks easy you are dead wrong. It will be hard and you will make a lot of mistakes but they will be your mistakes and you will learn something.

6. Getting lines to line up is hard work.

7. Sewing machines are dangerous and can hurt you.

8. Quilts shrink, a lot and you need to take that into account when designing it.

9. Cutting in a straight line is hard. Even with a good ruler.

10. Rotary cutters are dangerous and can hurt you.

11. Friends will ask you for interesting quilt designs and you will agree and then you will hate your friends but then you will love them because you learned something new and cool and they are forgiving when things aren’t perfect.

12. You will want to plan a quilt, buy fabric, cut the fabric and start sewing it together then get excited about the next quilt and plan it, buy the fabric, cut the fabric and start sewing. The next thing you will know that you will have 5 quilts on the go.

13. Free motion quilting is hard. Unless you have a beer or 5, then it’s easierish.

14. No matter how beautiful the quilt you are working on  is you will see another quilt by someone else and want to make it too.

15. Nothing makes you happier than cuddling up under a quilt you made.

If you haven’t quilted before you need to. You really don’t need anything special, special things just make it easier. It is hard to obtain perfect but quilting isn’t hard. The imperfections make the quilt even better and a quilt with a mistake is just as warm as a quilt without a mistake. Go quilt!

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12 in 12 – January

Better late than never right? Sooo I finished 3 quilts in January. Quilt simple quilts. I only have pictures of one so far. I’m not sure any quilts will be done in February. I suck at this! hahaha. I have 2 assignments and an exam to write. I may have procrastinated a little too long this time. Anyway here is the elk quilt. I love it. It’s organic cotton front and back with a bamboo batting. LuxuriousIMG_8842 IMG_8844 IMG_8843 IMG_8840 IMG_8839

What did you get done in January?

 

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2013 is history. I’m so looking forward to 2014 but I want this year to have some purpose and something to show for it. SOOOOoooooooo I’m committing to 12 things in 12 months and I want you to join along! This year I’m going to make 12 quilts in 12 months. I hear someone laughing, Katie stop laughing and I promise yours will be in your hot little hands before the month is done. You don’t have to make quilts to join in. Just pick 12 things and do one a month. Maybe it will be to read a book each month, try a new restaurant (I may try to do this too), take 12 pictures, remember to vacuum 12 times or go to the gym 12 times. I don’t care what it is just have something to show for yourself that you did something this year! I will post pictures during the month but on the last Friday of the month I will have a special post showing my finished product(s) and if you are joining in we can showcase all the stuff completed.

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January is whole cloth quilt month for me! I have a couple quilts that I am trying desperately to finish so I wanted something quick and easy this month to fit in when I need a mental break from the other quilts.  So they will be like the one pictured above (I wish I had more of that fabric!), simple fabric sandwiched with a nice warm centre and then quilted.

So join in! Join the insanity! I promise by the end of the year you can at least say that you tried! What is your 12 in 12 going to be?