Sunday, April 28, 2013

Piecing a back

I have never pieced a back before, but had to for my current project.

Why had to? I only bought 2 yards of my backing fabric (bought from Honey Be Good), which is a very large repeat print. When it arrived, I also wasn't thrilled by the layout on the fabric—the birds were facing away form each other! And one side had black birds, the other blue. I wanted to mix that up.

Also, my quilt top is 52 inches wide.

The front:
The back:

Fabrics are mostly from Saffron Craig's Banksia Bloom line (a got a fat quarter bundle and 2 yards of the large kookaburras). Filled in with Art Gallery Pure Elements Parisian Blue, Robert Kaufman Quilter's Linen Stone, Kona Cotton Orange, and Lotta Jansdotter Bella Ball and Leaves Poppy. I have Ann Kelle Remix Dots in Tangerine for binding.

This is all sandwiched up and ready to quilt! First, though—making dinner, eating dinner, and more laundry. Maybe some card games too.

Linked to:
Fresh Sewing Day 
WIP Wednesday

Friday, April 26, 2013

A little washi

A perfect use for washi tape—to perk up a 99 cent store gift bag, card, and tissue-wrapped gift. All of which was then crammed into a priority mail box. Any bow would have been crushed, and I am sure the bag was.

Why are priority mail boxes so odd-shaped? I simply cannot find a gift box to fit in them well, so I always end up with crushed gift bags.

Friday, April 5, 2013

big finish!

Yay, a big finish for me!

I've been pretty quiet lately, because I have been working on this. A baby quilt for a new cousin.

Pattern: disappearing 9-patch, in an attempted random arrangement
Fabrics used:
Lizzie House Pearl Bracelet Tin Man,  Riley Blake Ombre Dots Navy and Green; V and Co Ombre Solid Graphite and Lime Green; Print and Pattern Boy Toys Let's Go Sky (2 prints); Michael Miller Clown Stripe in blue and green (not sure of exact names); binding is Kona Glacier

I am entering this in the Mar/Apr Le Challenge, since the theme was geometrics and I was making a baby quilt this month. How's that for perfect? A geometrics theme and a baby quilt came together the same month. Did the theme affect my quilt? Not consciously, but I think it did because I had geometrics on the brain. I had been thinking of doing a much simpler (or maybe I should say "simpler") quilt of strips of my fabrics, different widths, etc, but all WOF. I think this worked out much much better. I love patchwork, and the trick used to get the disappearing 9-patch makes the patchwork look more complicated, but I also think it helps match up those corners, and it helps move the different fabrics around the quilt.

Linking to:
Finish it Up Friday
Show off Your Stuff
Happy Hour Friday
Sew Darn Crafty
Take-A-Look Tuesday
Show and Tell Tuesday 
Fluster's Creative Muster 
Fabric Tuesday

Monday, April 1, 2013

April Fools!

This blog may indicate that I haven't been working on anything, but that is not the case! I will have a big finish soon, and then another! Why have I not posted about these projects? Probably because I have been working on them, ha ha.

But in honor of April Fool's Day, I had to trick my boys.

A Pin Win!
After trolling about pinterest for some ideas, I settled on meatloaf "cupcakes" with mashed potato frosting and actual cupcakes  with "mashed potato" frosting.

It didn't fool the boys, but the husband was a little freaked out, and wouldn't taste anything until the boys told him what everything was. He said it was delicious, but would not put both "cupcakes" on his plate at the same time.

I am terrible at piping frosting, and I am equally terrible at piping mashed potatoes.
13-year-old says meatcakes are great, and I should always make meatloaf this way. Nooooooo!!!!!

Linked to:
Take-A-Look Tuesday
Fluster's Creative Muster