I had a LOT of fun this week! The little dude is being transitioned into a toddler bed...and OUT of his (much loved) crib.
Since the 'big boy' room is going to be music themed, with a guitar and record albums on the wall (and there's a piano in their living room), I went with music fabric. All fabrics were purchased from fabric.com. The piano/guitar fabric was almost like a panel, and I 'fussy cut' to make it work.
I had the entire quilt finished and was working on hand stitching the binding when I thought to send photos to my one sister. I just couldn't come up with how to quilt around the piano keys and guitars. I think I just looked at it toooooo long, I couldn't see it.
Low and behold...she came up with a brilliant idea!! I stitched around the sets of black piano keys, then did a little zig-zag around the sections of the guitars. I did this machine quilting after the quilt was completely done. Perfect...
I did a serpentine stitch on the straight areas (you can see in the photo) and did just a simple X and outline stitch around the rectangles in the center of the quilt.
The fitted bottom sheet is the fabric with the cream background. I'd never made a crib sheet before...oh what fun!! The top sheet is out of the white background fabric and I put elastic on the bottom corners...and the piano/guitar fabric on the top edge. You can see I used both panels for the pillow case, which was done 'burrito style' (the only way I'll make them anymore!) Since his toddler bed takes a crib mattress, I photographed the above on the crib I have at my house.
Here's the little guy playing piano with his cars!! He actually got a sneak peak of the quilt when we kidnapped him from the sitter mid-week.
Here's Grant after we delivered it. He immediately put his head on the pillow and did a little fake sleep. His dad got out a guitar and he had so much fun!! Wonder if he'll actually give up his much loved crib to sleep in his 'big boy' bed!!
Now to patiently await the arrival of Baby#2 in mid-April...and find out if its another boy...or a little princess.
This past weekend was another 'road trip' for Olga, my friend over at Okay Let's Go Quilting, and me. This time we took a short trip up to the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, leaving early Friday morning and returning late Saturday afternoon.
Having a great time drooling over fabric!
We stayed at Weber's which was awesome!! Our first floor room had a 'back door' that led right to the indoor hot tub and pool (good thing we thought to bring swimsuits)!! We even decided to have dinner at the attached restaurant...makes it better for having a few cocktails..
Our main goal of the weekend was to go to the Wool & Wine Festival at Sandhill Crane Winery. Personally, I thought it was very over-rated. Yes, it was fun to go there...but for yarn shopping, not so much.
I think I found my all time favorite quilt shop!! It is Ann Arbor Sewing Center. It was so well organized, perfect for my OCD!! So many wonderful fabrics. I've never seen that many solids in one place...all organized by color and shades. We were there Friday and my brain was on overload. We went back first thing Saturday morning and I bought my stash.
I found this absolutely adorable fabric for another pillowcase for my granddude, Grant. This has got to be the most adorable one I've made so far!! For you nay-sayers...I know there should be nothing in the crib...but...he's 1-1/2 yrs old and loves his feather pillow, which isn't that 'fluffy'. In this picture it is on a regular pillow from my house in his crib here. The pillowcase was once again done with the burrito method.
Olga & I already have several more trips in the planning stages...
It's time for another quilting project. No, I haven't forgotten about my knitting! I've got one sweater waiting patiently to be wet-blocked...and another I've finished the back. No photos yet on either.
My older son, Marshall, has been 'requesting' a quilt for some time now (we're talking several years) so I thought it was time!
Here's a sneak peak...sorry, it's just a pile of fabric. I've decided to NOT use the lightest gray in the stack. It will be some variation of Druckard's Path, my favorite pattern.
My little granddude, Grant, is the most adorable little guy known to mankind. He's almost 17 months, finally decided to walk a few weeks ago...and is trying to get the rest of his top front teeth.
I've got these little flash cards with pictures of animals and he is so funny with the monkey. He grins/laughs, scratches his belly and says, "EEE EEE EEE' when he sees the monkey card. So, to honor his love of monkeys, I made this pillow case for him today. I purchased the monkey fabric HERE. Today, while shopping with Olga from over at Okay Let's Go Quilting, I found the blue giraffe fabric at one of my local quilt shops here in the Columbus, Ohio area. I did the burrito pillow case pattern , which is the only pillowcase I'll make anymore. So easy...less than 1/2 hour start to finish.
I love this baby quilt!! I've always wanted to do my favorite block, Drunkard's Path, and now I have. I even like the 'mistake'. Since this was a 'let's play' project, there's no recipient at the current time. I will definitely be doing another Drunkard's Path quilt!! The circles are really fun!
I have one happy son with this one!! This is my variation on Rail Fence. I pieced it all together several years ago, but just recently found a long arm quilter (who is affordable). I delivered it several days ago. Yes, that's the top of his 6'6" body sticking out the top as he's holding it up for the photo op (in his living room).