Spring Quilt Market 2016

Well Hey Kids!  I’m back from quilt market and VERY slow about posting pictures.  By now you’ve probably seen lots of pictures, which is a good thing ’cause my pictures just didn’t turn out that great.  I was gone for a week — I took MeMum out to visit her sister, the Best Aunt in the World, Aunt Annie.  So, I only spent one day at market (+ sample spree – because you have to!) and it was all a blur.  I really only saw a few of my invisible buddies, and a few of those were just because I happened to run into them.  Ms. YellowFarmhouse was my Sample Spree/Lunch buddy  (Thanks Karen!) and I got to meet a long-time reader which was super fun (Hi Dara!).  And, before market I had lunch one afternoon with the Super Sweet CityHomeCountryHome and she helped me choose some yarns and patterns at the little yarn shop where she occasionally works.

So…my market visit was very short and I don’t have a lot of pictures.  (I have mostly different shots on my Instagram account.)  I miss those days when we were doing booth setup and I could take pictures before the crowds descended on the booths.  Anyway, here are a few of the pictures that I did get —

There are always a few quilts displayed at market and I loved the mix of applique and patchwork on this quilt.  Not to mention the hand quilting.

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This quilt is by Susan Gorder of Green Valley, Arizona.  Such beautiful work!

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Here’s Melissa Mortenson in her Wonderland booth.  I love those cute rabbits!

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Sue Daley does amazing hand piecing and applique.  I always love to see her new quilts.

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This is Simple Simon and Company.  I’ll bet I saw at least 4 little teepees at market, but this one with the ruffle fabric was my favorite.

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Fiberworks was new to me, but everyone else seemed to know about her.   Very interesting and beautiful quilts!

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I mentioned on Instagram that I think the pending arrival of FinallyAGirl (it’s getting VERY close now — eeeep!) had me checking out baby items like never before.  Sweet Melody Designs is a new designer with Shannon Fabrics.  Their cuddle fabrics are sooooo soft — I love them for quilt backs.  They were also doing a cool thing for little baby quilts — they put four layers of double gauze together to make the softest, most cozy little quilts.  They would be pretty pricey, but so worth it!

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Here’s one where they put double gauze on the front and cuddle on the back (and wrapped around to create a border). I could see a lot of possibilities with this technique.

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This booth had cute baby clothes made from recycled denim.  I’m debating whether a few of those prints will appear in my little shop — they’re really soft and I think they’re pretty cute!

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By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the Carina Gardner camper — very cute!

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The moda booth is always fun.  They went with a camping theme and each designer was handing out little merit badges.  I didn’t realize it until it was too late though — doh!  They’ll be selling the badges, but it looks like the one I really want isn’t available (hopefully, it will be eventually.)  It’s hard to see it, but they had cute little mason jar lanterns hanging from their “trees”.

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Here’s the Erin Michael quilt that you’ve probably seen by now.  Super Cute!  (Sorry for you cat haters out there!)

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Amy Sinibaldi’s pretty booth.

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Little Dickens, by new Moda designer, Lydia Nelson.  She has a must-have sheepie print!

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And hey – look!  It’s our invisible friend Helen Philips and her beautiful book, Modern Vintage Gifts.

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I always look forward to Brenda Riddle’s pretty new collections.  She’s had so many lately that I can’t keep up.

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And, you can’t really see the Bareroots booth, but I’ve just always loved their cute embroidery – they’ve been around forever!

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So, that’s all I have for quilt shots.  Utah was absolutely gorgeous this year — I don’t remember ever seeing her so beautiful.  They’ve had lots of rain this spring and the mountainsides were lush and green, which is unusual.  And the lilac bushes!  Every time I turned a corner there was another huge lilac bush just full of blooms — absolutely gorgeous!!!

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Have a wonderful weekend — and for you in the US, a Happy Memorial Day!
XOXO,
Anna

Tied Baby Quilts

Thank you for all the sweet comments about the Baby Shower.  As I mentioned, the other activity we had  was to tie some baby quilts for SweetiePie.  Long-time readers will remember that it’s our tradition to tie a quilt for the new couple at a bridal shower, but we’d never done one at a baby shower and it never really even occurred to me — probably because they’re so small and it’s hard to get a group around a little baby quilt.

To back up a bit, the babies in our family all had little tied quilts with prairie points on them.  (I blogged about them years ago, here on my old blog.)  I knew that SweetiePie doesn’t care for prairie points, so I didn’t plan on making any tied quilts for the baby until she’s a toddler.  (Because ALL our toddlers MUST have a tied quilt!  Out of the five babies between MyDadLovesMeBestSister and me, four of them dragged their tied quilts around until they were worn out.)  But, a few weeks before the baby shower, SweetiePie asked if we could talk to MDLMBS about tying a baby quilt at the shower.  I was surprised at her request, but she said she loves the quilt that we tied for her at the bridal shower — she loves the idea that the people she loves all had their hand in making a quilt for them.

So … how could we refuse?  Especially, since I was thrilled LOL!  Even though we were a small group, I realized that we were too many to squeeze around one quilt, so I decided on two.  I raided my little etsy store for fabric and then, the next issue was those prairie points — I knew they would have to go.  SweetiePie LOVES pom poms, so I decided to put them around one of the quilts and just do a regular binding around the other one.  I took my trusty quilt frame over to MDLMBS’s house and set the quilts up — coincidentally, in the same room where we tied the bridal shower quilt.

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Look at that teamwork!  I was so proud of the ladies who don’t normally sew.  One of the girls told me I needed to take her picture and send it to her mom, because her mom would never believe that she was sewing LOL!

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The best part about these little quilts are the ties.  They’re kid-tested and definitely kid-approved.  My very favorite part about the baby shower was when CuteNiece1 arrived a little late (after driving in from Chicago) and walked into the room where we had just started tying the quilts. She yelled out, “NUBBIES!!!”  That’s what our children all called the little ties.  And she was so thrilled that the next generation will be brought up with nubbies too.  She said she still keeps one of her little quilts with her but that, by now, all the nubbies are missing.  (Of course, I told her to bring it back to me and I’ll fix that!)  The children love to rub those little nubbies between their fingers when they’re falling asleep.  One of the little rascals rubbed them so much that he would pull them out, so we gave him a little jar to save them in ;-D.

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This little quilt is made with Art Gallery’s Floral Dums Punch on the front and Sarah Jane’s Wee Wander print on the back.  We had so much fun tying this one.  Instead of tying in our usual grid pattern, we decided to just randomly go with the print and put a tie on each of the big flowers.  And, for the first time, we used more than one color for the yarn.  It’s bound with the famous Timeless Treasures stripe fabric.

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The other quilt is the pom pom quilt.  I don’t really expect the pom poms to hold up to years of toddler abuse, but it will be really cute for wrapping up that little baby, and then, at some point, if it gets too raggedy, it can be replaced with a regular binding.

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The front of this quilt is Blend Fabrics Born Wild Patchwork on the front and their Born Wild Woodland Creatures {Looove} on the back.  The patchwork on the front provided the perfect grid to use for the quilting — it was nice not to have to mark out squares for the ties.

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So, that was fun, and now, I want to make a cute, tied PINK quilt for ME! Baby girl is all set for quilts — in addition to a few other little blankets she has at home, SweetiePie and I worked on a big-stitch quilt the last time she was here. It’s finish was interrupted by the fact that Hester had to go in for repairs, but it will get finished in a few weeks. And, of course, Grandma will be making a little hand-quilted quilt for her. No rush on that one — it will be a longer term project because I’m a slow quilter!

Ok — must dash — I’m leaving this weekend for a family visit + quilt market and there are a million things left to do! Have a great weekend!
XOXO,
Anna

A Baby Shower

Hi there! Boy, my blogging sure has slowed down in the last few months. There’s always Just. So. Much. To. Do! I can’t keep up! And who stole April??? It zipped by in a haze and I can’t believe it’s May already. Another busy month with quilt market coming up! (Yipee!)

Anyway, MyDadLovesMeBestSister had a beautiful little baby shower for SweetiePie a week and a half ago. We were a small group but we had a good time and the shower lasted almost 2 hours longer than I thought it would!

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MyDadLovesMeBestSister always does such a beautiful job decorating. And, of course, the theme of the day was PINK!!! Here’s a partial shot of the gift table – notice the little peek (in the bottom right-hand corner) of the adorable garland of baby socks that are hanging on the front of the table. Too Cute! And pretty pom poms lining the fireplace.

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We ate first and the food was delicious. Hot chicken salad, a pear walnut salad, croissants, lots of fruit, cheese spread and crackers, chocolate dipped strawberries, and a beautiful little cake. After lunch, we dismantled the pretty table setting so that we could make baby headbands (and eat pink candy!). It was really fun to sit around and work with our hands while we were visiting. It was a fun surprise for SweetiePie and I think she liked it!

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These are just a few of the finished headbands – I didn’t remember to take a picture until most of them were all packed up.

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After we made headbands, we tied a few baby quilts, but we’re already picture heavy, so I’ll save that for another post. In the meantime, the chalkboard from the shower is now out of date – only 39 more days until the due date – Eeeep!

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XOXO,
Anna

Boppy into Spring

Ooooh, sorry about that post title.  I couldn’t think of anything else.  But, if you can get past it, I’ll show you this pretty picture of the phlox at the end of our driveway.  Spring is finally here with the first little blooms, buds on all the trees, and a robin building her nest on top of one of our downspouts.  I haven’t seen my favorite DuckCouple yet, but I’m holding out hope!  Anyway, it was a stunning weekend here — perfect, sunny temps all weekend — just gorgeous!

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MyDadLovesMeBestSister had a b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l. baby shower for SweetiePie yesterday, and as soon as I sift through the pictures, I’ll give you a peek.  Think Pink!  ;-D  In the meantime, here are a few pictures of another present I gave SweetiePie last week at the Baby Shower that her family had for her.  I purchased a Boppy and then made a few covers for it.  For the first one, I used a pink polka-dotted Robert Kaufman cuddle fabric on the top side.  Oh man, is that stuff ever soft and cozy!

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On the bottom, I used  a little pink and gray fox print.  And a really long zipper.  ;-D .  For the pattern, I purchased a cheap little cover at our local Meijer and used it as a model.  I discovered that the pre-made ones are made out of such cheap cotton, and they make them large so that they’ll still fit after they are washed.  Therefore, I had to make mine a little smaller than the sample cover.

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For a fun little touch, I inserted Riley Blake’s Mini Pom Poms.  SweetiePie loves her some pom poms!

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I also made a second cover (in more neutral colors in case there might be a little boy some day ;-D) because, well, in case of a spit-up (or worse!) emergency.  I love that cute little alphabet cuddle print!

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Boppys are a pretty cool idea — I wish we’d had them when we had babies.  They’re great for the mother to use when nursing that new little babe, and later, they provide nice padding for a baby learning to sit.  I pressed Teddy into demo service, but he’s pretty short waisted, so the boppy almost swallowed him.

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So, another fun baby project completed. I should just apologize for drowning you in baby makes, but a) I’m having so much fun sewing for baby, and b) hopefully it won’t last too much longer (except for the occasional gift as the baby grows, of course ;-D!)

More to come — I know you’re waiting on the edge of your seat LOL. Have a great week!
XOXO,
Anna

Baby Swaddles

SweetiePie and FinallyAGirl had their first baby shower yesterday and we had a lot of fun.  SweetiePie’s family went all out on the baby shower decorations and food, and everything was just perfect!  And now that she has received her gifts, I can show you a few of the things that I made for her.

I raided all the double gauze in my little etsy shop and made some baby swaddles.  Back in the day, we used to wrap our babies up (but not as tightly as they do now) and we just called them receiving blankets.  As far as I can tell, it’s pretty much the same thing, except that I made my little receiving blankets with two layers of fabric instead of one layer.  Swaddles are so easy to make — I just cut big squares (50″ for the plaid swaddles and 43″ for the other two) and folded the edges in twice for a nice, neat edge.

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The three plaid swaddles are from Riley Blake fabrics and the other two are Japanese fabrics.  The Japanese double gauze is a little more expensive, but it’s thicker and a bit softer — it was interesting to compare the two types of gauze for quality — they’re both just great, but a little different.

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After hemming the first swaddle with just a plain straight stitch, I got a little bored, so I decided to play around with some of the stitches on my sewing machine.  I love the little pink hearts, but I really love the simplicity of the little wavy line on the gray plaid swaddle.

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Since we don’t have any babies here yet, I asked Scruff if I could practice wrapping him in a swaddle.  He retreated to his favorite cardboard box.

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So, I decided to wrap up a teddy bear.  This almost Grandma clearly needs swaddle wrapping instructions!

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So, one fun little baby project all done and checked off the list.  There are more to come and I better get crackin’ … sooo, see ya later Alligator!!!

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XOXO,
Anna