Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
My husband bought me a fat-quarter pack a while back of the Dinosaurs, Shoes, Black Dots and Stripes. My husband LOVES bright fabric and quilts so I seem to make a lot of those. Anyway, for this one, I used the pattern from Fons & Potter's Easy Quilts. And it was easy! But I also think that it is very effective with the black and yellow.
I put flannel on the back because I love the soft texture for baby quilts and I put a strip of scraps just to break it up. I am loving pieced backs!
I followed the wonderful Patchwork Kitchen Towels tutorial from Sew, Mama, Sew for the tea towels. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out - I just used some leftover "Chocolat" scraps from a charm square quilt I made for my sister-in-law's wedding last spring and some tea towels I picked up at Home Hardware. There isn't much choice in my small town, but next trip to the big city I am picking up some cheaper towels so I can make more of these. They were fun, easy and they look really pretty! I think I need some red ones for my kitchen.
I've been meaning to make new cushion covers for the pillows on my couch forever and I finally did one! I have slipcovers on the couches (they are southwest-inspired striped couches from the 90's that I got as a hand-me-down from my mom. I LOVE hand-me-downs, but this one needed a little bit of prettying up!) I used leftover fabric from a quilt I made for my mom 2 years ago. My husband loves it, so I guess I'll be making more in the future. My daughter likes it too...
I'm off to my first quilt guild meeting this morning - more details to come.
Friday, January 16, 2009
I even pieced the back! It's a little crooked, but I love how the nine-patch breaks up the back.
It was also the first quilt that I attempted to free-motion stipple quilt. I have done a few smaller projects (pillows, doll quilt, place mats) but this was the first real quilt that I have done without the safety net of my walking foot. Again, it isn't perfect - the stitch length varies considerably, but I am slowly learning to throw out my quest for perfection. (And let me tell you, having two kids in two years really helps with that quest!)
So now I'll I have to do is sit down and finish (and start) hand sewing the binding. (Did I mention that I really don't like hand sewing?!?)
I'll post some photos of the boy quilt soon.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
A little bit about me. I am mom to two wonderful kids - a 2.5 year old and an 8 month old. I don't get tons of time to sew, but I love to be creative (and productive) when they are sleeping. I live in a very small town without a quilt shop. I learned to quilt about 5 years ago when I took a course in the closest city to my town.
Why Quilting Barbie? Why not, I guess. Barbie has been my nickname since I was a little girl and it just seemed to fit. And besides, I love the image of "Barbie" sewing away until the wee hours in full make-up and heels. But realistically, this Barbie is more often seen in yoga pants and a pony-tail!
Thanks for reading.