Archive for October, 2009

Morgan’s Quilt, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

It’s finally done 🙂 Don’t ya just love that feeling of accomplishment? I used crazy mom quilt’s stacked coins tutorial that I found on Moda Bake Shop. In the past I have adapted Joelle Hoverson of The Purl Bee’s  (Last Minute Patchwork & Quilted Gifts) instructions to make a stacked coins, but this time since I was working with charm packs, the tutorial from crazy mom quilts was a perfect match 🙂 At first I thought I would scatter the colors around randomly, but on a whim I placed them in rainbow order and I kinda liked it, so I sewed it up that way. I hope Morgan (and her mommy) will like it!

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Binding Morgan’s Quilt, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Baby Morgan was born to a good friend of mine way back in June. I was CONVINCED she was having a boy so had in mind boy fabrics and was ready to quilt once the baby was born…but lo and behold, she had her second girl!!! Threw me for a loop and needed to go back to the drawing board. I decided to keep the American Jane Recess fabric I had already bought and added to it, Snippets and Look & Learn. I don’t usually use such bold colors, but I am really loving the way it came out. Tonight I finally finished hand sewing the binding on. For some reason I had some issues with the corners. I have no idea why, as I have never encountered the problem before, but it was tedious to fix. Here is a pic of me hand sewing the binding on to the backing of the quilt:


I am finally getting the hang of it. I learned how to make and sew binding from crazy mom quilts’ tutorial. It’s super easy to follow and the pics are very helpful. I had to double check my work with this quilt, but I think next time I’ll be able to make and sew the binding without following any direction.

Now that the quilt is quilted and bound, it’s ready to be washed to a)get rid of those baby blue quilting lines and b) make it all wrinkly and yummy. After that I’ll attach a label I plan on making using Printed Treasures printer fabric. I took an adorable picture of Morgan and her sister and added text to it using Picnik.

Anyhoo. Off to bed. I’m always up too late!

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Fabric all ready to send! , originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

They’ll be in the mail tomorrow to be received by talented ladies from around the world! I am so grateful to be involved in a quilting bee with such creative and talented women 🙂

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Ok, so I lied. Well I didn’t mean to..but I changed my mind. I was thinking Fresh Cut for the fabrics for November’s Bee Modern quilting bee but despite my utter LOVE for Fresh Cut, it wasn’t what I was looking for. I’m planning on using the blocks to make a king-sized quilt for my bedroom. I wanted deeper/warmer/richer colors…less pastelly (is that a word?!). Anyhoo…These are the fabrics I chose. Mostly from Anna Maria Horner with a few others added in. I can’t wait to see it all together in a quilt! Here are my inspiration pictures:

bee modern inspiration

I’m looking for dresden plates, hexagon flower gardens and wonky stars. The girls in Bee Modern are so talented and I can’t wait to see what they do!

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These are two of my favorite things…, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Two things I can’t get enough of…my kiddos and my fabric 🙂 They both make me HAPPY!

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So…here’s what I’m thinking for my turn at Bee Modern quilting bee. I love how these blocks make me feel all warm and cozy. And since I’m going to be using the blocks for a king size quilt that will go on my bed, I really want it to feel that way. I’m in the process of narrowing down the fabrics…think Fresh Cut. I have a lot of different fabric and I’m not sure how to divide it all up. I have to figure it out QUICK though because I need to send it out by next week! Getting psyched to share my ideas and see what these crafty girls come up with 🙂

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Love for sewing and books, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I’m obsessed with books. Ask anyone. When people ask why, I always tell them I just love to be surrounded by books. Some (like these) are inspiring, some are educational, some are thought-provoking and others are just for fun. I love the emotions that are stirred up inside me when I pick up a book. In the case of the books shown here, I might see a project that I really want to try or a new technique to learn. I love a good challenge and I love to be inspired, which is why I just can’t get enough crafty books. I also own “The Creative Family” by Amanda Blake Soule, aka SouleMama. This one should be stacked right in there. I love Amanda’s ideas 🙂 So what’s on the wish list you might ask? Here are some books of interest:
* D.I.Y.: Kids by Ellen Lupton (Author), Julia Lupton (Author
* Crafting With Kids: Creative Fun for Children Aged 3-10 by Catherine Woram (Author), Vanessa Davies (Photographer)
* Nature’s Art Box: From t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere by Laura C. Martin (Author), David Cain (Illustrator)
* Recycled Crafts Box by Laura C. Martin (Author)
* Green Crafts for Children: 35 Step-by-Step Projects Using Natural, Recycled, And Found Materials by Emma Hardy (Author)
* Material Obsession Two: Shared Inspiration by Kathy Doughty (Author), Sarah Fielke (Author)
* Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures by Amanda Blake Soule (Author)
*Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To by Jenny Hart (Author), Alexandra Grablewski (Photographer)
*Sew Darn Cute: 30 Sweet & Simple Projects to Sew & Embellish (Paperback) by Jenny Ryan
and many more…
Are there any recommendations out there? Any books I just NEED to add to my collection?

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