Saturday, July 23, 2016

Mr. Bones

This post is long overdue. I have had this quilt finished since November of last year, I took pictures while on vacation in May, and now it's the end of July and I finally have a post!

I knew as soon as I finished this quilt that I wanted to takes pictures of it in a cemetery. I just wasn't sure where I would find an old cemetery in my area. So I jumped at the opportunity to haul it with me when I visited Philadelphia with my parents and brother.

These pictures were so worth hauling this quilt around Philadelphia all day. This is the cemetery where Ben Franklin is buried, and it was exactly the cemetery I was imagining when I thought about photographing this quilt. Props to my Dad for doing a great job as a quilt holder for the first time. 

The pattern for this quilt was from the Halloween Medallion Quilt Along hosted by Michael Ann Handmade.  I loved sewing along and Mr. Bones turned out way cooler than I ever imagined. The quilting was a simple all over meander using Aurifil #2311 for the center panel, and Aurifil #4648 for the borders. William has claimed this quilt as his, and sleeps with it every night.

Here are a few more pictures from our day in Philadelphia. We visited the cemetery, the US Mint (no pictures allowed), the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall. One of my degrees from A&M is in History, and I absolutely LOVED spending the day in such a historic town! 

Quilt Stats:
Pattern - Halloween Medallion by Michael Ann Handmade
Fabric - Mr. Chillingsworth panel by Andover, various halloween fabrics by Blend Fabrics & Riley Blake
Thread - Pieced and quilted Aurifil 50wt
Quilting - Free motion meander with my Janome 8900
Size - Large throw roughly 60"x70"

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Q3 Finish-A-Long Goals List

Nothing like waiting till the last minute! Here is my list for the third quarter of the 2016 Finish Along!

1. Kitties Quilt

2. Stars and Stripes Quilt

3. Big Butt Baby Pants
4. Carry On Diaper Bag
5. Baby quilt #2 for Peanut #2
6. Dr. Seuss quilt for William

Short and sweet. I only have 3 months left of my pregnancy, so here's to hoping I can complete all of this before my due date of October 15th!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Q2 Finishes List!

I am very excited because I finished 4 out of 5 of my Q2 Finish Along goals! Below are the projects that I completed. One of these days I will get around to writing blog posts about them, but for now Instagram works ;)

This is my #TheSmallWorldMini. It was one of my oldest UFO's that was in need of being pieced together and quilted. The pattern is by projectLeasa and you can find it HERE. I really stepped out of my comfort zone on the quilting for this quilt. I did everything with free motion quilting and about 8 different colors of Aurifil thread, and I embroidered the clock face with Aurifloss.

My next finish was this orange button down that I made for my friend Felice's spring Quilt Market booth. She just introduced her very first fabric line, Luna Sol, for Windham Fabrics and it is awesome. I let William choose which print to make the shirt out of, and he selected (in his words) "the fire bunnies".

I used the Ethan Shirt pattern by Sis Boom and made him a size 6 since he's not getting any smaller. I skipped button holes and buttons, and opted for pearl snaps instead. I ordered mine from Snap Source because they had a great selection of colors to choose from. Now I want to make a tinier version for baby #2 that will be here in October.

This quilt was my easiest finish because all I needed to do was hand stitch the binding. I made this quilt with a layer cake of Valentine's fabric and the Cluck Cluck Sew heart block tutorial. It was donated to a charity auction that my cousin organized to help central Texas flood and fire victims.

Finally, my final finish was my May the 4th swap. I used the Hunter's Design Studio free tutorial to make BB-8 for my partner, and I love how he turned out! I used Moda Bella Solids and some of my hoarded Lizzy House original Constellations fabric for the background.

The last thing on my Q2 list was a cross-stitch project that I got no work done on! I planned to work on it while on a road trip with my parents, but it was too bumpy driving down the road in the RV to count the linen for the x's. So I'll move that project to the non-deadline oriented pile :)

Are you participating in the 2016 Finish-A-Long? How many projects did you cross off your list?