Monthly Archives: January 2012

The clock Resets: New Year Starts New Stash Report

Since Jimmy was born, I haven’t been fabric shopping.  Most of my recent quilting used fabric from my stash, so this year may be promising!  Hopefully, I can get my stash down and use up my bundles of scraps that are growing exponentially — Anyone know that feeling?!

Since the new year, I bought several yards of Penn State fabric and coordinating solids to make a wedding quilt for a couple that wed last August.  I just finished the quilt and there will be a blog tomorrow with the details.

This week’s goals is to start all of the baby quilts for the babies born after Jimmy — which there are many!  Overall, I am catching up and will be using fabric from my own stash for these.

Here is the start of a new fabric report:

Somehow I Quilted in 2011

Over the past year, I have been sidetracked with either being pregnant and being a new mom.  Since it took me six months to complete Little Jimmy’s Quilt, I was surprised when I went through my blog to pull pictures together to recap the year.  I don’t know when I had the time; however, I completed 18 quilts, plus 2 wall hangings.  I even know that there were months when I didn’t even turn on my sewing machine!  Here is my collection of 2011 quilts.  I am looking forward to 2012!

Three New Projects

With Jimmy’s baby quilt completed, I am ready to go with new projects!  On Sunday, I started a new quilt class with the Lone Star.  Right now it looks like a bunch of bold batik strips.  By the weekend, they should transform into diamonds — which means, I need to get working!  This week, I also started another Disappearing 9 Patch and cut the background squares for another Twister Quilt.

In the meantime, I do have some other projects from 2011 that are now officially of my UFO collection.  One of my 2012 goals is to complete all of my 2011 UFO’s by 2013.  It seems like a doable goal, as it is January.  As we move through the year, I will let you know how this goal is progressing.

 

Lee from Freshly Pieced Blog is hosting the Work-In-Progress Wednesday Link-Up.  Check out the WIP’s for this week!

Jimmy’s Quilts

After six months, Jimmy’s quilts for his room are finished!  It was such a great moment to see my son rest on the bed quilt today — smiling the whole time.  We even got a shot with his dog, Dunder.  Just above his bed is a wall hanging with animals illustrating the ABCs.  I am looking forward to many bedtime stories on this special quilt.  My goal was to use fun happy colors and I couldn’t have been more pleased with how they turned out!

Onto the details…

The bed quilt is full size at 84″ x 93″ using the Yellow Brick Road pattern by Atkinson Designs.  It is a great quilt for fat quarters.  Although this was my first time using the pattern for a bed size quilt, I have completed a lap quilt and several baby quilts with this pattern.  Each quilt looks so different with the color variations.  For this quilt, I used 24 fat quarters with my main inspiration from Amy Schimler’s original Animal Party collection.  I originally bought a half-yard of her Quilts for Kids Monkey Fabric when I was in New York for my cousin’s wedding in November 2009.  Since then, I have been collecting the Animal Party line and coordinating fabric!  Once I found out I was pregnant, I started to dig into this wonderful stash of fabric to pick my baby’s quilt fabrics.  As a side note, the line was designed for the Quilts for Kids organization, providing quilts for children in need — including babies in the NICU.

The wall hanging is a fabric panel that I chopped up and reassembled with sashing.  The panel is Jenn Ski’s A to Z.  Like Amy, her illustrations a fun, whimsical, and artistic.  She is currently releasing a new line with Moda called Ten Little Things.  It is hot off the press, as she just blogged about it today!  The panel was originally the length of the fabric and was vertical.  To hang over a bed, I redesigned it to have a horizontal layout.  The panel’s background color was originally a bright blue.  You would never know with the Kona Sand sashing and orange border.

Over the past month, I had to take a break from all other projects to complete Jimmy’s quilts.  Now that this project is complete, I should be able to get back into blogging.  I just started a new quilt class and I am finishing up some major projects that have never been shown!  It will be a fun blogging month!

Oh and since, I am very excited for this quilt, I will be posting everywhere: