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Pink Chevron Quilt

If someone mentioned chevrons to me a couple months ago, my first thought would have been this:

Although I’m not a traffic engineer, my day job involves public infrastructure which includes roadways and traffic signs.  FYI..this particular sign indicates a sharp turn in the road.

You can kinda guess where my train of thought was regarding chevrons, so when I saw a Pinterest post from a friend of mine regarding her chevron wall, I initially thought it was kinda odd that a traffic sign was being used as inspiration for home decor.  Then realized that it was a brilliant idea! Chevrons serve as inspiration for fabrics, rugs, home design, cards, scrapbooking, shoes and quilts!

Of course…QUILTS!  I just had to get to work on a chevron quilt when I first saw them on Pinterest, and started this project a few months before Lauren was born.

I’ve been meaning to do a blog on Lauren’s Chevron Quilt for some time now, but could never get the right picture to post. The quilt doesn’t seem to show up nicely in indoor photos, so I brought it outside.  I must say, this quilt looks a lot better in real life than on this blog.  Hmmm…not sure what I’m doing wrong with my pictures.  I either need a better camera (than my iPhone 4S) or I should take some photography classes.

I used the pink prints from Robert Kaufman’s “Pick a Bunch”  layer cake that I bought from Missouri Star Quilt Company, and a pink and grey print that I picked up from Walmart along with a white Kona solid for the zig-zag pattern.  The flower border also comes from the “Pick a Bunch” collection, that I bought separately at Sew Special on Maui.  The binding was a purple Kona fabric.

Here’s a close-up shot of the quilt…

I also got to play with my free-motion quilting foot, but only used it on the border.  The more I practice, the better I’ll get….but yay!  I love being able to do free-motion quilting!

If you’re a beginner quilter, like me, you may want to consider a chevron quilt for one of your first projects.  A chevron quilt is a great beginner’s project because it involves squares and triangles, and piecing them into a predictable pattern. Here’s a link to a great tutorial from The Crafty Traveler, entitled Chevron Quilt.

Enjoy! =)

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Echo Quilt Progress, Heart Pillows for Mastectomy Patients, Final Weeks of Trimester 3

Before I begin my report on my progress, I have to extend a big “mahalo” or thank you to my husband for getting me a new sewing machine. He bought it for me a few weeks ago, but I never got a chance to thank him on my blog. Thank you sweetie!

Buying a new machine was completely his idea. In fact, I think it was meant more for him. =) Here it is…a Brother SE-400.

It’s a much quieter machine than my Singer, and it has all of the fun stuff to make sewing more efficient (automatic threader, thread cutter, drop in bobbin). I was ok with my old Singer machine, but my husband thought it would be a good idea to get a sewing machine that also did some embroidery. I have yet to try the embroidery functions (he’s already tried it out and loves it!), but what I love is that this machine allows me to do free motion quilting! This leads to the next topic…

Echo Quilt Progress

I’ve been making slow progress on my Echo print quilt, but I finally took some time yesterday to piece the backing together, add the batting, and run it through my machine using my new quilting foot (yay!). Here’s what I have so far:

This was the first “large” quilt that I have ever put together, measuring about 76″x76″. Since January, I’ve made two small baby quilts (patchwork and a rag quilt), each at about 36″x36″, a super easy “quilt as you go” quilt for my son, and a yellow/black quilt that he uses when he takes a nap in the afternoon.

One thing different about this quilt from the others that I’ve completed is that I used a free motion quilting foot for the first time and attempted to “stipple” this quilt. Each quilt that I’ve made so far have been all “stitch in the ditch” quilts. If you’re like me, and completely new to free motion quilting, my advice to you is to practice, practice, and practice…and also to learn the different quilting functions on your machine. I practiced a lot using leftover scraps of batting and broadcloth, but my biggest mistake was not knowing which quilting functions worked best for the stitching that I was aiming for.

I had completed the outside (white) border with what I thought was the stippling stitch, when the “light bulb” went off in my head, prompting me to try a different stitch. I think you can see the stitching in the next photo which shows the back of the quilt.

There were a great many number of errors, but the optimistic side of me believes that this was a great learning experience! I thought of giving this quilt to my parents or to my brother and his family, but I’ve gotten so attached to it that I might keep it for myself. I know…pretty selfish, but it’s just that this was the first “big” quilt that I put together. Besides, I had so many mistakes on it…maybe it’s best to keep it for myself for now. =) I promise to post pictures of the completed quilt with the binding. I hope to get that done in the next few days!

Heart Pillows (For Mastectomy Patients)

I had some other projects that I had been working on since my last blog, but I think the most important ones were the pillows that I made for someone dear to me who will be undergoing a mastectomy in a few days. I’ll blog more about my thoughts on breast cancer and how it has affected my family and circle of friends in an upcoming blog post, but I did want to share what these pillows looked like and how they bring comfort to patients who have undergone a mastectomy.

My mother had a mastectomy in 1999, and during her recovery, she received a small, rectangular shaped pillow from the volunteers at the American Cancer Society (ACS). She was encouraged to use the pillow under her arm so that it could relieve any pressure on the stitches from the surgery. Recovering from a mastectomy can be a very painful experience. From what I understand from my mother, the pillow made a difference in helping ease her pain and making her recovery a little more comfortable.

I think it’s so wonderful that there are volunteers at ACS who took the time to create these pillows for patients recovering from a mastectomy or a lumpectomy. When I found out that a “special” person in my life would be undergoing a mastectomy, I decided to create a pillow that would help ease some of her pain.

I searched the web to find a unique pillow pattern and came across a website called Heart Pillow Project. The instructions are simple and so easy, and the stories shared on the website are wonderful. I’m inspired to make more of these for other patients!

One variation that I made with these pillows is that I added ribbons at the top and tied them together so that the pillow would hang on the patient’s shoulder. I also added a little tag that reads “Made with Love”, just to give it a personal touch.

If you’d like to join me in making these pillows and giving them away to patients or to your local hospital or American Cancer Society office, let me know by sending me a comment or an e-mail. Also, post pictures of your completed work on my Flickr group, Heart Pillow Project 808.

I think this is a great way to make a difference in someone’s life. It lets a patient know that they’re not alone in their recovery, and that someone is thinking of them.

Final Weeks of Trimester 3

I’m about to enter the last stretch of my pregnancy (38 1/2 weeks and counting) and about to “go” any day now! This last phase of pregnancy involves a lot more back aches and difficulty getting up from bed or from a chair. Argh….But I’m so excited to be able to meet my little girl! She’s been very active in these past few weeks, sometimes putting on a show for her dad, her grandparents and for her cousins. My nieces and nephew think it’s so weird when my belly jumps and rolls. Trey’s also been a little more aware of the things that will belong to his little sister and pointing them out to us; her car seat, clothes, diapers, the crib that once belonged to him…=) What’s helped is this book called “The Baby Sister” by Tomie DePaola.

Tomie is one of my favorite children’s book authors, and he’s starting to become one of Trey’s favorite authors as well! Every night, before going to bed, Trey will ask me to read this story to him. After reading the story, I’ll put his hand on my tummy, and we’ll talk about him having a baby sister. It’s been a great way to get him ready for bed and for the big change coming up in our lives!

That’s it for now! Maternity leave starts this week, and I’ll be using this time to get odds and ends squared away and to get some rest. Yay!

New Fabrics!

Robert Kaufmann Fabric!!!
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This collection is Robert Kaufmann’s, Pick A Bunch collection, by Nancy Mimms. I believe the yellow print is also from Robert Kaufmann, but in a different collection.

I ordered a layer cake and a jelly roll from Missouri Star Quilt Company a few weeks ago, and it arrived within days! They’re so awesome! The yellow print was from Sew Special, a fabric store here on Maui.

The collection features different prints in shades of blue, green, red, yellow, mauve, and purple.

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I wasn’t sure what I would do with the fabric when I bought it. Call me an impulse buyer, but I loved what I saw and knew I could make something out of it. I love bright colors and retro prints. This collection was too cute to pass up. I’ll more than likely create another quilt, but my first objective is to create another diaper bag using the yellow print (in the first picture at the very top) as a the main part of the bag.

Here’s a canvas fabric that I bought over the weekend at Fabric Mart in Kahului….

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Cute huh? Not sure what I’ll want to do with this, but I loved the colors and the design! If you’re ever on Maui, check out Fabric Mart on Dairy Road in Kahului. They have a large collection of Hawaiian and Asian prints at great prices.

That’s it for now! I think I’ll get started on my second diaper bag in a little while…Till next time…=)

Echo Print Jelly Roll and Charm Pack Quilt

One of my favorite online quilting/fabric shops is Missouri Star Quilt Company. I browsed their website the other week and found a great deal on their Echo print Jelly Roll and Charm Pack by Lotta Jansdotter. I bought two of each with the intent of making a lap quilt for myself or something for the kids to snuggle up with.

I think it was the colors used in the prints that caught my eye. Then I realized that I had a wall hanging that was very similar to them! I have one in green (as pictured below) and another one in cranberry red. It sort of reminds me of a lehua blossom.

In the past week or so, I spent some time in cutting pieces for for my blocks. I decided to go with an easy block pattern, just taking the charm pack square and using the jelly roll strips to create a border. When do I find the time? I usually get to work on my sewing late at night, when the little one is sleeping or when he and my husband are playing with his cars or trains. =)

Here’s what I’ve completed so far! I used strips of white Kona fabric and 2.5″ in squares to create a sash around the blocks. I have yet to complete the border to this quilt top (maybe a grey border) and finish it with the backing and binding.

Hoping to get it all done this weekend! My husband and I however, have so much more to do before baby arrives in a month. Will keep you posted!


DIY iPad Sleeve

iPad sleeves, cases, and covers can be very pricey, and sometimes you just can’t find the right color, pattern, or style that fits your needs. My husband has been talking about designing his own iPad sleeve or case for some time now because he can never find the right one. So last night, I went back to the sewing table to work on a basic iPad sleeve project.

I found a great tutorial from Amber at oneshabbychick.typepad.com that had easy to follow instructions with pictures.  I consider myself a beginner when it comes to sewing, so I really appreciated Amber’s tutorial.

I decided on using some leftover fabric from quilt that I made for my son (Which reminds me, I should blog about that project as well…it was sooooooo easy!).  I also did a slight modification by using an elastic band and a button instead of a velcro flap.  Here it is!

Not too bad for my first try!  My stitching is kinda off, but I think it adds character. I think next time however, I’ll use coordinating thread. =)

I wanted a sleeve that was a bit sturdy, so I used a heavyweight fusible interfacing.  It does the job well, but you do end up with a super stiff fabric and creases like the one you see in the picture above.

The tutorial calls for 4 pieces of batting for the for the cover pieces and the lining. Some may want their sleeve to be a little thinner, but I think that having the 4 pieces of batting creates the right amount of padding for your iPad.

I’m using a first generation iPad in this sleeve.  It sticks out just a little bit, but it’s because I used a bigger seam allowance when I pieced the fabric together.  I tried the sleeve using my husband’s iPad 2, and it works perfectly well!

Yay!  Success!!! I am so happy that I found the tutorial from oneshabbychick.typepad.com, and suggest that you give it a try!  What I’d like to do with my next iPad sleeve project is to add a pocket to the front of the sleeve for my iPhone.  I may also want to add an applique to this current sleeve to give it a cutesy and craftsy touch.   Stay tuned!!!

Baby Rag Quilt

It’s been a while since my last post, mainly because I’ve been keeping myself busy with numerous quilting and sewing projects.  As I mentioned in my previous post, my husband and I will be expecting a baby girl sometime in April.  In preparation for her arrival, I decided to make a couple things for her.  I’m not sure where all this energy is coming from, but there’s something about having a baby that gets you motivated to create things.

Shortly after I finished my patchwork quilt, I moved on to a flannel and fleece rag quilt.  I found a great tutorial from one of my favorite YouTube contributors, Missouri Quilt Company.  They have so many great ideas!

I chose flannel fabrics with a mix of pink, green, and brown for my rag quilt and cut them into 5-inch squares.

Then I created sandwich pieces using the pink fleece squares as a backing and sewing two diagonal lines through the piece.

Here’s what it looks like when you sew the sandwich pieces together using a 1/4″ seam allowance:

The next step is to snip the edges, being careful not to snip the seam.

And here’s the finished product!

One of the things I love about this quilt is its softness and the texture created by the raggedy edges.  It’s so unique!  This quilt is pretty small, about 24″x30″.  The next time I make a rag quilt, I think I’ll use larger pieces and use a larger seam allowance.  I’d also like to try using minkie fabrics for an even softer quilt!

This was a quick and fun project, and I was super happy with the end result!  I’ll end my post here with the tutorial from the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  Have fun creating your own rag quilt….enjoy!

 

My First Quilt

I finished my first quilt last week. Yay!

I’m not sure what inspired me to get out and buy fabric, dust off my sewing machine (after a 5 year hiatus) and piece together these cute little squares.

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I think my baby girl, who I’m expecting in April, played a big role in having me reunite with my sewing machine and fall in love with quilting.

One of the first things I did was find a great four-part tutorial on YouTube from Missouri Star Quilt Company on how to make a baby quilt from start to finish. As you can tell from the photo above, I decided on a pink and green theme. Choosing your fabrics can be time consuming and overwhelming, but I made it a point to have some fun in picking out the colors and designs.

After cutting my fabric into four-inch squares, I laid them out in a patchwork pattern.

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After sewing the pieces, I just fell in love with what I had at that point (..about 1:30 in the morning…was I tired? No…). The cutting and sewing (and lots of thinking and reviewing the YouTube video) took about 4 hours. I know that seems like a lot of time spent just to get to this point in the quilting process, but I had the energy, and I thought it was all worth it to create something pretty for my baby girl.

The next day, I got back to work on my quilt and started on the borders. I used some of the leftover green fabric to create the inside border, and a different pink fabric for the outside border. I also used this pink fabric for the bottom layer of my quilt. The completion of the borders signaled the completion of the topper!

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I secured the topper to the batting fabric and the bottom layer with safety pins, and got started with my stitching. Since this was my first quilt, I decided to use a stitching technique called “stitch in the ditch”.

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After that step, I cut out the excess material using a rotary cutter.

I think the most challenging part was creating the binding.

Although the binding doesn’t look too bad in this photo, I struggled a bit with this step. I think the challenging parts were creating the mitered corners and tucking all of the fabric and batting material into the binding.

When everything was complete, I was pretty satisfied with the final product and so proud of it. I’m really looking forward to using this quilt this Spring!