Saturday, November 24, 2012

Winnie the Pooh Finish

This should come as no surprise for anyone who's been following me over at the OKC Modern Quilt Guild, but Winnie the Pooh is done! 

I started the quilt in August, in what can only be described as a fit of insanity after finishing Alien Invasion for my nephew. It is based on an adorable panel I found at Katydid's Kid's Fabrics, and supplemented with Fat Quarters from my LQSs and stash. Pieced, it looked like this:

I am especially proud of the cornerstones, which are my second-ever paper piecing project. I wanted to put little suns in the corners, but didn't want to mess with appliqué; so after much contemplation, I downloaded the templates from Swim Bike Quilt's Summer Sampler Evening Star Block, shrank them to about a 4.5" block, and changed up the color scheme a bit. These were definitely the most labor-intensive part of the quilt, but I am very happy with how they turned out. I think they add a cheerful touch to the final product.

Every time I do a scrappy binding, I swear it will be my last.  And then, I do another. So, it comes as no surprise that I put the final stitches in the binding (Kona Solids in blue and green - scrappy, of course) when contractions were 10 minutes apart. But as always, I am pleased by the effect. And glad I didn't cut any corners on my daughter's feature quilt.

But the best part is,  she already likes it :-)

Go Baby A! And happy sewing, everyone. Best wishes for the holidays!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Big Finish - Baby RLQ

Dear Blogland - I have been away for a very long time, but I have an excuse! Baby RLQ has arrived. Baby A saw fit to come into the world on October 11, and is happy healthy, and VERY adept at keeping me busy!

Time has really flown since she came, and I'm surprised to realize she'll be six weeks old this coming Thursday. Still, I could't be a happier mom.

Oh, and for anyone wondering, yes I *did* finish her Winnie the pooh quilt before she came... just barely. Stay tuned for a separate post on that.