Sunday, March 21, 2010

Hello Again!

For all my talk in my last post I have spent most of my time on auction stuff the last two weeks. The first big auction deadline has passed now so I will have a little more time. The big news is I finished the quilt yesterday!! I have lots of photos to share....


It's finished!

Heart and embroidery detail, I love all the stitch variations.

Bird detail

Tree detail

I had a lot of fun learning some new embroidery stitches on this quilt and I am getting much better at the back stitch. Upon request I even made a little embroidered raccoon headband for my son which after wearing around for awhile he said "This is so awesome! It makes me feel like a super hero" what more could I ask for!

I am looking forward to sending this quilt to Cara but it is kind of sad finishing the last quilt of the five. I still have to figure a little more out about about where to go next but I know I will still be quilting and not just because everyone keeps having babies but because I really enjoy it! For now I have committed to making a quilt for the auction so that is the next project. The quilt will be made with scraps from all the quilts I have done and maybe combining a few different patterns I am still working on a design.

Another important matter is what to call my blog now?? Any ideas? I would be happy to hear them.

Creative Mom

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Update

I have been so busy this week with school auction stuff I haven't had time to post. For the past 6 years I have worked on my children's school auction. At first I didn't know what I was getting into and then I did but continued to volunteer every year taking on more responsibilities. I know there have been stress outs and complaining to my husband but I have always really enjoyed the auction. Needless to say it's that time of year again. I have been busy procuring items but this year doing a little less. I hoped I would have more time for my own projects and it has been better, I have been working on the quilt in between auction stuff and all the normal distractions. The casualties of this week were the blog and getting to the gym. Can I figure out how to do it all? I guess it's my friends that get up to exercise when it's still dark and don't follow certain reality shows that manage to squeeze it all in but I don't think I am ready for that, I love Top Chef and The Amazing Race oh and Project Runway. I also like to sleep in and stay up late reading at night which isn't good for the early morning wake up routine. What has been good about these busy past few weeks, and hopefully those to come, is that I have been quilting!

Creative Mom

Monday, March 1, 2010

Quilt #5

I have started the final quilt in my project. I think I'll have to change the name of my blog soon but that will have to come later. This quilt is for little baby Callia, not to be confused with Kalya Mommy to Karsyn who's quilt I just finished. She is my friend Cara's new baby. Cara was my first friend in Portland when I moved here in '93. Although she has moved away to a few different places and now lives in Alaska whenever we talk it's like we live down the street from each other and I am so happy for her!

As I mentioned in my last post all of the quilts have had such different personality's and this one especially. It involves more appliqués and embroidery then the others and has a wonderfully simple design and color palette.

Fly Away Home by Julie Knoblock



I started machine appliquéing the pieces on over the weekend and have just started embroidering the bird on the cream circle which will then be attached to the front. The pattern called for felt for the tree, cream circle, and small gold ovals but I was concerned about washability and decided to use fleece instead. The fleece has worked really well and will be softer for a baby to lay on. All of the appliqué is backed with a fusible interfacing which is making it a little stiff at the moment but it will soften up with washing. This quilt has been so different from the last having irregular details and a playful quality I can't wait to see how it turns out.

Creative Mom