Baby Whales

This silly little baby quilt sure has done some traveling lately! I sent it off to a friend in Seattle, but had a small error in the address. The quilt was sent back to me, at which point I corrected the address and sent it off again! The first time I sent it out would have been great timing, as it would have arrived the day before my friend had her baby. But a surprise package after the first few sleepless nights can be just as fun!
Baby Whales Quilt - front
I found this adorable whale print at JoAnn Fabrics and just had to have some! From the very first time I saw this print, it made me think of a friend in Seattle who was expecting a baby boy. When I got home I realized that I had lots of great coordinating prints in my stash, so I cut some strips and had a quilt top in no time flat! (Finished size is approximately 32" x 44")
Baby Whales Quilt - details
During the same trip to JoAnn's when I found the whale fabric, I also picked up a copy of Angela Walters' AMAZING book, Free Motion Quilting With Angela Walters. I love all of the designs that she shares, and I chose the modern clamshells for this quilt. Knowing that I wouldn't be able to keep the clamshells all the same size, I went a bit wonky with it. I really love how it turned out, and I can't wait to use this quilting style again!
Baby Whales Quilt - details 
For the back I pieced some yardage from my stash. The binding is a light grey stripe from Sweetwater's Sunkissed line.
Baby Whales Quilt - back
The main print on the back is from Mini Mikes:
Baby Whales Quilt - label This turned out to be one of my favorite quilts - from the simple strips to the colors and the fun quilting! And my friend sent me a message as soon as she received the quilt to say that she loves it!

If it feels a bit quiet around here, it's because I'm crazy busy with some sewing for my sister's wedding. I'm just about done with 2 flowergirl dresses, and then I move onto her wedding quilt! Unfortunately I won't be able to share any pics of it for a bit, because my sister reads my blog. ;) I should have a few wedding un-related things to share along the way, I hope!

Twin Babies "Get Together"

One of my cousins just had twin baby boys. It's actually a really incredible story - her AUNT carried the babies for her! My cousin has always known that she wouldn't be able to carry a baby, so as soon as she and her husband married, they started their search for a surrogate. I don't really know the details, but I do know that it is a tough, expensive process, and they were still without a surrogate after about two years of searching. The aunt didn't think she could be considered as a surrogate candidate, because she was already in her 40's. After talking with my cousin's mom and realizing that she COULD be a surrogate, she immediately talked it over with her family. Her husband and their two kids fully supported her, and the rest, as they say, is history!
For these quilts I started with a few prints from the Get Together line by David Walker. I knew that I wanted the quilts to be the same, but not identical. I was also in a time crunch with the move and the auction quilt, so I went with simple strip quilts-one in blue, and one in green!
Twin boys "Get Together" Quilts - front
Here is the green quilt:
Green Bears
And the blue quilt:
Blue Bears
The bears on blue background were printed parallel to the selvedges, while everything else was printed perpendicular. So my 1/3 yard cut of that print was nearly deemed useless, until I decided to do a sort of "film strip" piecing with the print. I actually really like how it breaks up the strips in the quilts!
Green Bears
Both quilts were quilted with a variegated green thread in an organic straight line style. I finished the green quilt with a blue binding:
Green Bears
And the blue quilt was finished with green binding:
Blue Bears
I like the little bit of pink that these pigs add to the quilts:
Green Bears
And for the backings I used prints that coordinated with the bindings:
Twin boys "Get Together" Quilts - back
Both binding fabrics are Painter's Canvas by Laura Gunn. Such a great alternative to a solid! The blue backing is from Echo and the green is from Impressions.
Twin boys "Get Together" Quilts - back
I'm so happy for my cousin, and I can't wait to see the boys. I was supposed to visit them when I was in Chicago in March, but then I got really sick. It's a good thing I didn't visit them the first week I was in town, because I would have felt horrible if I had passed my nasty virus on to them! And in lieu of hand-delivering the quilts, I had my mom pass them along to my cousin's dad. I received the babies' birth announcement and a thank you card in the mail today, so I can say with confidence that the quilts are being used and loved!

quilts, market bags, and auctions, oh my!

While we were living in Seattle, Addy went to Catholic school. Like most private schools, Addy's school had a yearly auction to help raise money. I think I mentioned *the* auction quilt in another post, but that will have to wait. Right now I want to show what our family contributed to the auction.
I knew I wanted to make a quilt for the auction, but with a cross-country move looming in the near future, I needed something simple. I stumbled on this idea, and decided to give it a shot with a jelly roll of Hideaway. The top was quick to piece (although I didn't come close to the record of 35 minutes), and I thought it made for a nice unisex baby quilt. I may try this technique again in the future, if I need a quick gift.
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I quilted this in an all over meander and used 5 of the jelly roll strips for the binding. All of the different colored gingham prints worked great for that!
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I really love this fabric line, each print is so fun! And the bright reds and greens paired with the pale yellows and blues work really well together.
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I adore the print featuring the houses. And that red print with the birds, that's one of my favorites.
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But possibly the cutest print in the line is the deer print:
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For the backing I used some leftover strips (I cut my top down to make a baby quilt rather than the lap quilt that 40 jelly roll strips yields) and the pearl bracelet from Lizzy House. That print is such a great shade of yellow! It seems to go with just about anything.
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I finished the quilt by machine-stitching the binding and adding a label to the back.
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For the second item that our family donated, I made some market bags. Everyone in Seattle seems to already have reusable market bags, but who wouldn't want a coordinating set?!
I followed the Reusable Grocery Bag pattern by Keyka Lou/Michelle Patterns. I made three regular size market bags plus a mini market bag that also stores the larger three bags when not in use.
Here is the mini bag:
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The mini with the 3 larger bags:
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Details of the 3 larger bags:
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I used Joel Dewberry's Modern Meadow collection for these. I wanted something dark, to hide dirt and stains, and not too girly. I did have to use a few of the flower prints, so I tried to use them mostly for lining.
I can't wait to hear how the auction goes this weekend. Hopefully by early next week I will have *the* auction quilt to share, along with details on how well it did!