Baby Quilt for a Dapper Chap!

SO! This is a terribly overdue post.  Casey is older now and doing much more than crawling… Read on and you will see

I do love a quilt made of triangles. My love for The Triangle started when Jennifer Mathis from Ellison Lane and Sew South shared her gorgeous “kitchen sink” quilt at a  Sew South retreat. All colors from the rainbow were included and every single kind of design of fabric married together to create a beautiful harmony of textures and hues. In a word …

AHHHHHH-MAZING!

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So above is Jennifer with her lovely quilt. This is 1 of 2.  She made another one later.  Isn’t she cute and so is her quilt! Seriously though…. Jennifer is one of the most beautiful persons I know, both inside and out.  She is so positive, giving, inspirational, creative, supportive -oh gee, I could go on and on…..if you ever get the chance to meet her you will truly be blessed.  Go to Sew South if you are able, and you will know exactly what I mean.

Originally I set out to create a knitted blanket for Meghan and Shawn, our friends (that are in our opinion, family) from the Boston Area.  I chose colors I thought would work with either a baby girl or a baby boy.  Gray, yellow and white.  I knitted along with Maggie Pace in a creativebug course called: How to knit a baby blanket.  I was determined to knit this blanket for Meghan and Shawn and I wasn’t going to give up.

Disclaimer here…. This is the first real thing I have knitted.  In the past I have done a simple scarf, but it came unraveled after a couple times of wearing (Sorry mom).  So to me that wasn’t real knitting.  IMG_0568

Have I ever told all of you out there that I have a “gift”?  I think many of us have this gift, we just aren’t aware of it or we ignore it.  Let’s just call it “women’s intuition”.  We will just call it that for now.

ANYWAY… the colors I chose here, were actually the colors that M and S chose for their baby’s room.  Wow, right?  I think so too.  I also correctly predicted the sex of the baby.  YES…..A BOY!  I had a 50/50 chance.  See I wasn’t kidding about these gifts that I have….

Back to the blanket.  I took this little scrap of yarn everywhere I went.  On a plane, on a train, in the car- while eating lard….no, no, no- I didn’t eat lard, but I had to go there because it rhymed.  You get the idea though, no?IMG_0569

I must have ripped it out and stitched it back together again 20 times (maybe more, cuz I lost count, because all the swearing associated with the counting).  I wanted each stitch to be perfect… I finally finished.  Sadly I do not have a finished photo. I was SO over it by the time I finished it. When this project was finally completed it was almost in the shape of a my beloved triangle! In all reality though it resembled a trapezoid.  Given my very green knitting  skills, my stitches started out super tight and then loosened to a more reasonable confident size, thus creating a trapezoid.

During the knitting and unknitting of the gray, yellow and white blanket fiasco I started to work on a baby quilt for them.  I knew that making a quilt wasn’t going to be an experiment (like I knitting was for me).  I knew exactly how to tackle this.

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You can’t go wrong with a triangle.  They are cute, compact and pointy.  I have a TON of gray, yellow and white scraps, so I dug through my boxes to find some awesome prints.

 By this time Casey Patrick (see above) was born and we found out he was a boy, I knew to go a little more masculine and rough and tumble on the prints. This quilt would feature some dog and bike prints. I purchased a special fabric that had a french bulldog on it, because of their little family member, Barlow.  The french bulldog.

Isn’t he cute?  The dog folks, the dog.  I’m a married lady!

Below the backside of Casey’s quilt

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So the above photo is of the finished quilt. AND…..

Photos of Casey using his quilt.  It warms my  heart to see this cute little guy using this quilt.   How cute is he?  I think he is going to be a ginger, like his dad!

ADORABLE! Meghan and Shawn do some great work.  They make beautiful things too!

And there you have it.  Another quilt that went to a great home!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sewing and Such…

I have been absent from writing for two months.  I have been creating.  Sometimes I find blogging about it, and also doing it (creating) is too much for me to do.  I also have two boys to somewhat parent, A husband that needs a wife, two pugs to keep alive and then there are those plants that come to my house to die.  That last one is the easy one.

I didn’t get a chance to blog about Sew South- which is totally the “Bee’s Knees”, by the way.  The fact of the matter is, is that many others that attended Sew South did such a fabulous job describing the whole event, that I felt like I would be reinventing the wheel.  Here are a couple blogs you should check out:  The Sewing Chick– she is a pretty cool chicky at that!  I love her!  You could also check out Trina Peterson from Sew Many Possibilities.  Trina is an amazing, wonderful young lady full of all kinds of talent.  I love her too.  In fact I have to say, that everyone I came into contact with was quite wonderful and welcoming.  If you are going to head to a weekend sewing retreat on your own this is the one to travel for.  Everyone made it so easy.  Last but not least is, Jennifer Mathis from Ellison Lane and also the creator of Sew South.  I cannot say enough about her.  She loves to give, give, give- it makes her SO happy.

Here are a few things I have been up to:


LUGGAGE TAGS

I made 50 luggage tags and then gifted them to all my new Sew South friends after Sew South.  I used the pattern by Studio Cherie.

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These are just a portion of the 50 I made after Sew South and sent off to their new homes.


NEW YORK

I flew to New York for a Heather Ross Workshop day which was a lot of fun. I have to say though for me the highlight of New York was the 911 Museum.  It really is something you must see!

photo 4-39The outdoor fountain is breathtaking.  It was so thoughtfully created.

photo 3-42This is part of the indoor museum where many people are laid to rest behind this wall.  I cannot even express how somber this museum is.  It really is something you have to see and experience.


THE STITCH

I purchased a Speak Your Silence Kit to sew #Thestitch onto my gray sneakers.

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My mom was sexually abused by her step-father for many years, that is why I wear The Stitch.

photo 2-44This is a great charity that offers free counseling to adults that have been sexually abused as children.  You should really check them out.


THE  SEW TOGETHER BAG

I sewed up a Sew Together Bag, designed by the not crazy Sew Demented. I would love to see how her brain works!  This bag goes together in a way that I could not even have imagined.  It is ingenious!

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photo 2-46This was gifted to my post Sew South Secret Sister!


PILLOW COVERS

I sewed up 5 pillow covers for my good friend Susie:

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I was pretty happy with the results, each pillow had a zipper and piping.  We found the sailboat fabric on etsy for I think 3.95 a yard, compared to the Calico Corners fabric, which was somewhere around 115.00 a yard!  Crazy huh?


ESTATE SALE 

I found this Doris Day door hanger at an estate sale.

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I wasn’t even going to attend, but “something” made me take a left turn instead of a right and I found this for a dollar!  Thank you “something” for making me take that turn!


GRADUATION FESTIVITIES

I made a Michigan State logo for the back of Kenny’s graduation robe.  The kids decorate the back of their robes with the colleges or universities they are attending in the fall.  I don’t think this is a tradition at all the high schools it seems pretty unique.

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It makes for a fun project.  Kenny and his friend Katie, did their caps themselves.

Kenny also graduated, what kind of mom would I be if I didn’t include a graduation picture?

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I made 8 of these “Survival Kit” jars for Kenny and 7 of his friends.

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Included in the kit?  Chocolate, Candy, altoids, sunscreen, and of course a sewing kit.  You can’t leave home without a sewing kit!


 CAPE COD

We finally made it to the East Coast!

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Yep!  The sign really does change each year!


 ANTIQUING

I found this lovely vintage quilt at an antique store for $100.00!

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There are a few spots, that I didn’t discover until I got home, but it is all hand quilted and hand pieced!

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Pretty AH-Mazing, huh?!  It measures about 7.5 feet x 8.5 feet!  It is huge!  I am going to get it professionally cleaned eventually.


 TUTORIAL

And lastly… Which actually took place first and took almost as long as the luggage tags, I created a tutorial for this bag.

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The link will be on my website on Friday the 27th.  Ellison Lane is doing a patchwork series and this bag is part of that series.  You can check back to Swellsewing.com on Friday or you can check with Ellisonlane.com on Friday for the actual tutorial on how to make this fun versatile bag.  Making this tutorial was quite the learning experience for me.  I hope to do more of these tutorials in the future.  We’ll have to wait and see how well this one does.

So until Friday…. Stay Crafty!