I'm excited to finally be revealing my latest finished quilt: PEARLZ, a baby size quilt for my newest granddaughter, Pearl Violet!
The name is a play on words, of course; I thought that the 3 Z-shaped chains across the width of the quilt looked a bit like strands of pearls. Thus, Pearlz for baby Pearl!
The baby's nursery features the colors pink, yellow, and grey. The backing, by Bee in My Bonnet, is the perfect combination of all three.
Another Bee in My Bonnet print with little chandeliers made a great binding and frame for the negative space.
I scattered more zig-zags across the surface of all that white with chunky hand stitches of pink, grey and yellow #8 pearl cotton.This was my first try at utility quilting and I found that I really enjoyed it and want to use it again soon.
Combining hand stitching with machine quilting made for an interesting texture, especially after washing. It also made the actual quilting part go quickly!
The baby size quilt finished up at 40" x 50" and was quickly pieced using mostly scraps and Kona white.
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing my entry into the Baby Quilt category of the Blogger's Quilt Festival and, if you are new to Lollyquiltz, you will come back for another visit sometime soon! Now, I'm going to grab a cup of coffee and check out the rest of the Festival! Join me here!
Just in time for summer, I made three little tunics using an Oliver + S pattern called IceCream Dress. Lula and Jane agreed to model theirs for you. (I used the same blue tree print for their one year old cousin, Lois.) The adorable fabric is called Bella, by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics.
I find that the pattern goes together quickly, so making three wasn't that big of an undertaking, really. I made a few adjustments to the pattern; the biggest being adding a placket in the back. If you are interested, you can read more of a review of the pattern here.
The pattern uses a cute little loop for the button closing...
...and I found the perfect pearl buttons among my collection of antique ones. Notice the cost?!
The tops will look cute with shorts, too, when the weather heats up. Lula and Jane get so excited when I sew for them that it makes me want to do nothing else but make pretty little dresses!
Next to making quilts, sewing for children is my favorite past time!
That's the endearing comment that my granddaughter, Lula, makes when something goes awry! That's probably what I said when this happened...
...while I was making a quilt label using my trusty Micron pen and beloved starch, Best Press. Most likely, everyone but me knows that you shouldn't spray the starch alternative directly onto the ink seconds after writing!
Like any excellent investigator, I wrote again on my, now ruined, label and waited 5 minutes before spraying. Here's the result...still smeary, but not quite as bad. So...if you didn't know...now you do!
I made a new label, didn't starch it, and sewed it on the baby quilt for Pearl.
Friday, I'll post pictures of the little quilt as my entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Hope you'll come by for another visit and links to other pretty quilts during the festival. Maybe you have a quilt you would like to enter, too!
Swaps are a favorite activity of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. I had been looking forward to the Miscellaneous Swap last night, but ended up having to miss it when the engine light on my car decided to come on. Bummer. Guess, I'll swap with myself and keep the sewing kit that I made!
I had checked out the Moda Bake Shop book, Fresh Fabric Treats, last week from the library.
This sweet vinyl bag caught my eye right away and I thought it would be the perfect swap project because I had all of the "ingredients" on hand!
I ended up modifying the instructions a little so that the cute zipper I'd been gifted last winter by a blog friend wouldn't be hidden. Next time I make one, I'll add the adorable fabric flower zipper pull shown in the book.
There's not much fabric needed to make the little bag: only 4 strips each 2.5" by 8". I chose one of my favorites, this sewing-pattern-themed design by Melody Ross called Homespun Chic.
The vinyl is the same that I use for applique patterns. I got mine at JoAnn Etc. several years ago. It might work even better to use a slightly heavier vinyl than I did. If you are looking for good source for #8 pearl cotton thread, check out Erica's which carries several sizes and has lots of colors in stock.
Since I plan to use my bag to store hand quilting supplies, I added this little boiled wool needle case that I made years ago.
I love that the pretty contents can be seen through the bag without having to unzip it to find out what's inside!
Thanks, Carla. Lolly really likes what she got in the swap last night!
Since childhood I have had an unquenchable love of fabric. For years now my addiction has been directed toward quilts and, especially, the creation of them. I have the stash to prove it! Fred, my wonderful husband, supports and encourages my hobby. My 3 grown children and their families will never be cold, let's just say. I have a degree in home economics education and worked in a public library until a few years ago. Many days you will find me playing with one or more of my eight beautiful grandchildren at my home in the country.