Wednesday, June 29, 2011

3rd and Paint


I finally finished the third NICU quilt. I started it before the last one, and didn't have the supplies to finish it, but had supplies to finish the 4th one.

It's a printed panel fabric, and I chose it because I thought it would be simpler and quicker. Funny how it took longer than the others to finally get it all together.

Instead of using a separate binding, I just wrapped the backing around to the front. That part was easier than regular binding.

And it was a quilt as you go thing. I had to separate some of the panels, because I didn't like some of them. That is why the backing is not a solid piece. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out though.


My mother-in-law gave me an antique frame quite some time ago. She's been waiting for me to put something in it. She watches David Bromstadt sometimes and saw how he just slaps the paint on a board and it comes out unbelievable. She keeps telling me "You can do that!" I don't know about that, but I did give it a good try.

First I just framed some fabric wrapped around a thin piece of luan board, but it really needed something more, and she was expecting paint. So, I took a 1/4 inch plywood board SR cut for me and painted on it.

Notice the little bird in the tree?

I've painted a lot of triptychs lately with trees, and decided I wanted a tree.  I used Modge Podge and brown paint to age it some and then SR helped me secure it to the luan with screws from the back.

At first I really wanted the blue to be a lot darker than the fabric, but after getting it all together, I'm liking that it's just about the same hue.  All in all, I'm pretty pleased at how it turned out, and I'm sure my mother-in-law will be too. (She was already excited that I'd put the fabric in it.)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Finish And The Next Big Thing

In honor of the cows, I went with a black and white polka dot binding. I'm lovin' it! I added the bib and burp cloth in case they are needed and if there aren't enough quilts on hand in the NICU, these can fill in.

I like the white fleece backing too. I'm of the opinion that more color would have taken away from the aqua and red. Quilting with just the fleece was really easy. Not quite the same as traditional batting and backing, but fun all the same.

So, the next big thing has to do with this tub.......can you guess what?

That's right. A tee shirt quilt for a friend's son. This thing is packed full of tees and sweats.

We will have to do a little selective purging here. Too many for one quilt. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Workspace Issues

Ok, I have a problem and wonder if any of you out there do too. Or if any of you have any suggestions. (There will be no photo of this problem because it's too ugly to view.)

My sewing machine is in our guest bedroom. Our house is very small, and that is the only place I can leave it set up all the time. The room is carpeted. *insert unhappy face*

I clean and clean the carpet, but it's never completely free of fabric fibers, thread, and pins (OUCH!). If I don't clean it after every sewing session, it builds up until I wind up on my hands and knees picking things out of the carpet. This is very frustrating, because I don't want to spend valuable sewing time, picking the carpet.

Do any of you have the same issue? Or any thoughts on how I can manage this? I can't afford to replace the carpet with anything flat and smooth. I just finished a hand and knee session and thought I'd throw this out there to you smart folks and see what comes back.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


No, it's not Wednesday, but I wanted to go ahead and post these photos anyway.

I'm all done with the next NICU quilt except for a border. I need supplies before I can add that.

Quilting as you go is soooo much easier to quilt. But it is a little more time consuming due to the handwork involved. I have a love/hate relationship with it.

This is the next NICU quilt. It's going to be a bit easier, because I've decided I need to get myself in high gear. I've chosen to use fleece as the backing and not use batting. I've done this before, and it's much easier for me.

A lady at a yard sale was giving away these aqua napkins. They had never been used and I decided to use them for a baby quilt, because they are so easy, and the color is good for either a girl or boy. I realized the animal print had the same color in the horses, so I thought it was a nice contrast to the aqua all in all.

I just appliqued the squares in different patterns and I had the top all finished except the outside border in about an hour and a half. I will probably use white fleece, but I'm going to see what's available at the local Walmart and then make a decision.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Two Finishes!

Phew!!! I'm so glad I finally finished the Irish Chain.....

Because I failed to purchase enough of the original fabric, I had to add and patch and do all sorts of acrobatic feats to get it in shape to actually put on the bed.

Someday, my grandchildren will look at it, turn it over and see the backing and say that I inherited "Grandaddy Gene's" gift of improvising. He was known far and wide for taking ANYTHING he found and making something with it. He once made a storage house completely of discarded shower doors. What a man!!

My second finish is the second NICU quilt. It's blue and brown, but I hope a girl can use it as well.

There are small errors on this quilt as well, but none of us are perfect. And I hope and pray the child that receives it, is comforted by it's soft colors and feel.

 I used a charm pack of Lily and Will's II in blue. Well, half a charm pack, because the other half was yellow.

 I'm relieved to have those two projects finished and out of the way.

I now only have one thing going at present. I wish I could finish it before we leave on Sunday, but I don't see that happening.

Still, it's all good. :)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Goals For the Coming Week

I am scheduled to leave the house at 5:00 a.m. Sunday on my way to meet Sister #1 for our vacation in Orange Beach. So, I want to finish up some projects that have plagued me for weeks. I don't want to come back to them, and it will give me less stress knowing they are finished and I can move on to other things.

1. The Irish Chain Quilt. Bet you thought that was finished didn't you? Well, I never finished binding the edges. So, I've been working on it today and will try to finish it Tuesday. I have a class reunion this weekend and will not have the time to work on it.

2. The second NICU quilt. Just need to finish the binding on that one as well.

3. Get as far as possible on NICU quilt #3. It shouldn't be that much to deal with, since I'm using a block that's printed. All I have to do is quilt it.

Poor little kitty has a string on his tail.

I'm quilting "as I go", and it seems to be a lot less stressful. I think I need to just do them this way all the time. Especially since my sewing machine doesn't like the big projects, and a new machine is not possible.

Someone asked if I would be interested in donations for this ministry and I am. At first I wanted it all to myself (this was my baby, my idea and I think deep down, I wanted  to feel a little glory), then I was convicted that it was selfish and God's work is not about ME, it's about HIM and those little ones who need a touch of His love. So, if any of you want to provide a quilt for this, I would be delighted to take them. As a matter of fact, it would make it a little easier to gather together at least eight by the end of June. That is the average number of babies in the NICU at any given time.

The other goals I have are housework related. I hate to leave the house unless it's relatively clean. And since SR is not going, I'd like to leave it nice for him.