Halloween goods

I finally got out the Halloween quilt I started last year and finished it just in time for Halloween ’16.  (I finished the bunting last year, just never posted about it.)  Here they both are!

Halloween quilt

Halloween bunting

Halloween bunting

Halloween quilt

I also have to gush over this witch hand-made for us by our amazing friend, Melia. How fabulous is “Wilhelmina”?!?! I smile each time I see her and am beside myself with gratitude over receiving a handmade gift. We feel loved.

handmade Halloween witch from a friend

Halloween quilt

Halloween quilt

I used black minky dot fabric for the back of this quilt and, like all minky-backed quilts, it’s super snuggly. Our boys super-duper love it. I referred back to my old minky blanket tutorial and finished this the same way (except: (1) I remembered to pre-wash my fabric; (2) I did quilt this one–a very simple zig-zag in the seams from each of the corners; and (3) I finished the edges with two rows of top-stitching instead of one because I like the way it looks).

Halloween quilt

Halloween quilt

Happy late Halloween!

More snuggly flannel baby quiltness

After six years of quilting, I experienced a first this weekend: tying a quilt! And I LOVE the result.

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

A few months ago I finished up an almost identical quilt (same pattern, same fabric collection, different colorway) and learned a few things that helped me with this one:

I learned that flannel doesn’t like to be densely quilted (unless you want its “flowiness” stolen). I learned that it’s hard to straight-line quilt flannel without making it wonky, which in turn necessitates lots of trimming to square it up. And I learned that in order to counteract some of these issues without having to trim off half your quilt, you should quit your whining and block your quilt for a nice result (you can tell in the photos of my other quilt that the edges were unfortunately wavy–blocking would’ve eliminated that problem).

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

So this time around, I decided tying was the best route–and I was right! (As always…) It turned out SO soft and snuggly.

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

The Stats:

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

P.S. How great are those polka dots?? They make me happy. I’m gifting this snuggler to my best friend from high school, Jade, whose little man turns one just after Christmas. I hope they love it!

Forest friends flannel baby quilt pt. 2

P.P.S. If I don’t see ya before then, have a happy Christmas!

Table runners and chubby fingers

Guys, I’m coming up in the world. I am now such a hoity artist that I’ve been granted the luxury of two unpaid volunteer photography assistants! They may only be able to model projects fewer than four feet in length, but what they lack in stature they more than make up for in enthusiasm. And chubby fingers—how those dimpled knuckles do slay me.

Plum-ish improv table runner

Here’s yet another project I started sewing ages ago and only recently pulled out of my works-in-progress pile to finish. And I’m glad I did because it’s a perfect addition to the previously bare dining table in our new home (I originally made this and this for myself but ended up giving those away to my mom and best friend, respectively). It even matches our “family quilt“—as my sweetie’s two cuddly boys, a/k/a the chubby-fingered assistants, call it—that we keep on the couch.

Plum-ish improv table runner

Plum-ish improv table runner

What is it about fall that always seems to give me the table runner bug? I love all the plums and purples in Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry and True Colors lines. Combined with my favorite quilting pattern: infinity loops. Here’s one devoted little man proudly displaying the runner for me while exploding my ego by adorably repeating how it is “like, soooooo pretty”:

Plum-ish improv table runner

Plum-ish improv table runner

My original furry snuggler sat this one out and decided to just look on tiredly from her little perch atop her brother’s butt—there finally exist two living beings who can wear even *her* out!

Plum-ish improv table runner

So the next project? Halloween stuff, of course! I’ve got a super cute bunting and simple patchwork quilt in the works and have been more motivated than ever to hang out in my sewing room since it now involves a steady chorus of “ooooh”s and “ahhhh”s by my sewing cheerleaders. Here’s a little peek of what we’ve got going on…

Halloween bunting in progress

I’m most excited about the print with the potion bottles—one of which purports to contain “OWL HOOTS.”  Just put a fork in me.

Fawn baby quilt

I finished this little beauty!

Fawn baby quilt

I’m super excited with how it turned out, and my friend loved it too.  I can’t tell you how happy it makes me and how much it means when the person for whom I make a quilt is grateful and excited.

Fawn baby quilt

This is my first quilt finish since moving up to the mountain suburbs with my love (ahem–I mean my fiancé [blushes happily]), and some deer showed up right on cue to shake their asses at me while I photographed the fawn quilt.

Fawn baby quilt

Also on cue: Layla dog, hating that something else but her is getting attention, ensuring her appearance in at least one photograph.

Fawn baby quilt

Our Love Slut respects no personal boundaries.  (Credit to Krista B. for the perfect nickname.)

Anyway, I love the way this binding stands out with its little pop of saturated coral but also complements the quilt as a whole.  Small-scale prints, especially those with any sort of stripey element, make the best quilt bindings.

Fawn baby quilt

I usually use soft backings like flannel or minky for baby quilts but was hell-bent on incorporating that sweet fawn panel into a quilt so I made two pieced sides.  Otherwise, soft fabrics are the way to go for babes or cold-weather quilts (hello, Colorado winter!  I like chilly weather and am looking forward to its arrival).

Fawn baby quilt

Amanda from A Crafty Fox actually just posted about buying Target sheets to use as quilt backs and I enthusiastically second her recommendation–quilts are expensive to make and store-bought blankets or sheets are a great cost-saver for backing (and look just as cute as yardage!).

I made a Christmas quilt ages ago where I just bought a red microfleece blanket from Target and used it to back what is still one of my coziest quilts.

Fawn baby quilt

I had a hard time parting with this one but cannot wait for the pictures my friend promised of her soon-to-be granddaughter leaving the hospital wrapped up in this quilt.  Couldn’t ask for a better thank you!

Fawn baby quilt

Fawn baby quilt

Fawn baby quilt

xo