Monday, July 27, 2015

Golden State Warriors Wall Hanging -- Done!

I can't tell you how happy I am to have completed my July goal for ALYoF.   (A certain little boy is, too!)   This project, however, was not without its problems.

The fusible web I bought at my local quilt shop did not have the best directions I've ever seen.   Even though I read them repeatedly I ended up wasting several hours (and a bit of fabric) by cutting out the logo without having reversed the pattern before tracing it.   Honestly, the directions never said anything about that very vital step.  That means it ended up backwards, and I had to start over.    Thank goodness I got it right after that.

Once the logo was stitched down I decided to baste and quilt before adding the team name.  I didn't think it would be too much fun quilting around all those letters.  

The original plan was to stipple inside the logo and do some straight-line quilting on the background, but I needed to finish this so I decided to keep it simple.  And this is how much of the quilting was left to do when the bobbin ran out.  Isn't that always the way?

It's been a long time since I used my Clover mini iron.  Just a reminder -- don't hold your letter down with one hand and blindly reach over and grab the iron with the other hand.  Ouch!!

Then don't just drop it onto your cutting mat when you run to the sink to put cold water on your hand.  Oops!!

The top letters were just too small to cut out and iron on (for me, anyway!) so I embroidered them with a double row of outline stitch.  I really like the way it looks.  

Finishing this little quilt was so much fun.  I'm really happy with it. 

Aidan is pretty happy, too.  Look at that smile!  All decked out in his Golden State Warriors cap and Championship shirt and standing in front of his new wall-hanging.  It doesn't get much better than that!  

I'm linking up with Fiber of All Sorts for their ALYoF July Finishes Party

I'm also linking up with WIPs Be Gone Week 31 at A Quilting Reader's Garden.

Monday, July 20, 2015

In the Sewing Mood

I have really been looking forward to a long day of sewing since I got my sling off a few weeks ago.  Today was the day!  I found some great Batman fabrics in my stash.  Hubby had bought them for me years ago at one of my favorite St. Louis quilt shops, The Quilted Fox.

I need to make another baby quilt so I started cutting and sewing.  This is what I ended up with after about a half day in my sewing room.

Now to decide which fabric to use for binding.....

Monday, July 13, 2015

Another Baby Quilt Delivered

For once I actually finished a baby quilt way ahead of time, and it's a good thing I did since I hadn't planned on a broken arm this year.  I originally blogged about the quilt in this post.  We knew our friends were becoming grand-parents in July, and I wanted to be ready.  

I made the quilt .....

..... and designed the back using the remaining fabric.

When we learned that "Baby" was to be a boy, I had my friend Penny create a label for the back.  Since Grampa is an engineer and the fabrics have letters, numbers, and airplanes, I named it "Grampa's Little Genius."  

Well, the Little Genius is a little cutie pie!  Isn't he adorable?  Can you tell he loves his quilt?  Yah, I can too.  

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

July Goal for ALYoF

After barely being in my sewing room at all for the last nine weeks I am more than ready to get in there and do some serious sewing!  

Aidan has been very patiently waiting for his Golden State Warriors wall hanging, so that has to be my A Lovely Year of Finishes goal for this month.  I had the team logo enlarged some time ago and bought the fabric for it, too.  

Last week when I visited a new (to me) Local Quilt Shop I bought some fusible web so I'm ready to go. 

And the best news is ......

..... I got to take off my sling!  WooHoo!!!!!  

This month I am going to sew and sew and sew some more.  Starting with Aidan's wallhanging.  After all, doesn't a cutie like this deserve the quilt he asked for?

I'm linking up with the July Goal Setting Party at Fiber of All Sorts.