Sunday, November 28, 2010

Look and Feel Quiet Book

DISCLAIMER: My photography skills are really lacking. . . . forgive the sideways, blurry pictures and my fingers in the picture to hold the book open.

Several years ago I made a quiet book for Nicky to use at Church to keep her entertained and quiet. Now that she has Ellie she wanted to make one for her. So we each made one this weekend using her book as a pattern. Here is the cover. . . . little bears reading books....perfect!

Look and many different textures in the book.

Monsters are Hairy! We looked all over for fur in bright colors but could only find brown, white and black. So I dug through my sewing room and found this pretty pink. You can't even tell it had to be pieced to make a big enough piece for both of us.

Sand is Scratchy! We used a very fine grade of sandpaper for the sand so it wouldn't hurt little fingers but would still be a fun texture.

We loved the bumpy worm.

I found this fantastic bag of feathers with polka dots on the ends. Don't know if you can see how fun they are by my poor photography.

I had plenty of leftover fleece in my stash so used it for this little soft mitten that she can put her hand in at the bottom .

Years ago there was a material called art foam that was squishy. We looked everywhere and found the new art foam that isn't so squishy. After several stores Nicky thought she could slice a hunk off a sponge and make it work. She used the electric knife and cut off and fairly thin slice of the sponge, then we cut out the shape. It got pretty squished down under the sewing line but we think it looks great.....and it really is squishy.

My button wheels are just plain but Nicky found some buttons in my Mom's old button box that were red and white. She put them on top of the dark buttons and they look like spiffy hubcaps.

Blurry but Nicky's favorite page when she was a little girl. She thought it was funny that a bunny tail said the "end".
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It is always great fun to work on craft projects with Nicky. It's even more fun that we could find most of the supplies in my sewing room.
Happy Quilting! Lynda

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Nothing to do is BORING

So I was ordered to do nothing for a couple of weeks. Doing nothing is really difficult! My 3 daughters took turns taking care of me, cooking, cleaning, entertaining me until yesterday. Now I'm on my own but I feel great. I know, I know, don't overdo it (I've been told by numerous people). Believe me I am eating better than I ever did before the surgery thanks to wonderful neighbors and my daughters cooking for 2 days and freezing me meals for the next long while.

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While I was resting I put the binding on a couple of quilts I had prepared before the surgery. The first one is "Uniform Wonkyness" made from the worn out scrubs of Natalie, a co worker.

Didn't it turn out amazing! I know she is going to love it.
I tried to include some of the pockets with the name brand attached.

The quilting was done by American Quilting, a quilt store just a few blocks from my home.

We put Minke on the back. When I saved out a uniform in teal for the binding we hadn't decided on the back yet. The teal and navy clash a little but that just makes it more wonky.

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This 2nd quilt is 1 of 2 that I made a few months ago. Finally got around to putting the binding on one of them. I love the flannel back that has the same bright pink and lime green. Toma, of Orem, did the quilting with lots of loops and flowers.

You probably recognize this fabric, my friend Janine and I have made 4 or 5 quilts out of it so far. When Janine buys fabric she wants to make sure she has enough!!
I sure have missed my sewing room and can't wait to get back down there to do some serious sewing again. A life of leisure sure gets boring quickly.
Happy Quilting to you all. Lynda

Saturday, November 6, 2010

More Scrappy!

Another small baby quilt made from strip scraps. These are more of the strip scraps that I cut a couple of weeks ago following Pleasant Home's blog on using up our scraps. It is a small quilt only about 34 inches square but I made it to fit the piece of yellow minke that I had left over from another quilt. Of course....I still have lots of these scraps left over so I'll be making more things out of them in the future.
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I will be taking a week or two off from blogging. I am having surgery Monday morning and will be in the hospital for a few days. As I understand, I will probably not feel much like blogging or anything else for a few days. But I have sewn the bindings on a couple of quilts so while I'm sitting around doing nothing I can hand stitch the bindings so I won't go completely bonkers from being away from my sewing machine.
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The only thing wrong with doing nothing is that I won't know when I'm done! ( a quote from Linda at Stray Stitches blog).

See you in a couple of weeks. Happy Quilting! Lynda

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Several years ago I made this quilt for my oldest son and his wife. At that time I was using a cow for the quilt information on the back.

This is a Christmas quilt that my Bee made several years ago and put in a quilt show. Several of us made blocks for each other and then an extra one to make and sell at the auction.

This is a cat quilt I made in 2 days for a friend who was moving away. I cut and sewed frantically for 2 days so it would be ready before she left town. Don't know why I put things off and do them at the last minute.
Happy Quilting! Lynda