Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sewing & quilting kick

Even before finding out I was pregnant, I have been on a baby kick. For the last two years, I have obsessed over the things I would do for our future children. I have bought enough fabric to decorate a million onesies. Earlier in the school year one of my good friends Karie found out she was pregnant. I have loved seeing her belly grow, and for all of her baby updates. Last week we had her baby shower at lunch. It was low key, in the faculty room and at lunch, but it was so much fun. I am sad I didn't take 1 picture, I was too busy eating the food and loving all of her cute gifts to do anything else. I was really excited to give her the gifts that I had made. Obviously I am obsessed with making onesies so I made a few of those. I don't know what it is about them, but it is one of my favorite things to do. A few months ago I found this gem on Karie's pinterest.

I loved the idea, but I am NO PRO when it comes to computers. But I do know how to stitch. So I printed off the information (all but the day of the birth) and took it to my Mom's. My mom is actually the professional stitcher of the family. She helped me piece it together and trace the writing. I'm fairly certain I will be able to do it on my own next time. But being as how important this gift was, I wanted it to be perfect, thus I had my Mom trace it.

I spent the new few days stitching, I forgot how time consuming stitching words is. But all of the time was totally worth the outcome. I am still awaiting the birth of baby Stockton, so the date is missing, and I have yet to get a frame to put it in. So just pretend it's finished!

Our house has horrible lighting, and I am no photographer. I apologize for the poor quality. But I hope you get the idea. I can't wait to make one for my future babe.

On to my next project. Another good friend at school is our librarian Keely. I just love her. She is so easy to talk to and always willing to help me out. Every few months she will bring in another beautiful quilt that she has completed. I've told her a million times that I wanted to start one, but was too nervous. I can hardly sew. I do have a sewing machine and I've tried a few things, but usually my friend Amber has to thread my bobbin. SOOOO embarrassing. Well a couple weeks ago Keely brought all of her quilt patterns to school and let me look through them. She showed me her basic quilts that she had made for her kids. I picked the easiest one and was on my way.

After my doctor appointment the next Monday I stopped at the Corn Wagon in Springville. (In my mind I always call it the CornCob, I think it's a better name... haha.) Let's be honest, I have little fashion/matching sense. I found a charm pack that I loved (according to my directions from Keely), but had no idea what would match as the border. Finally after searching around the store and comparing, I asked the lady cutting fabric if she had any ideas. No more searching for me, I'm all about asking for help. She found the best fabrics for me to choose from. I ended up buying the charm pack and green border. For the 2nd border I'd come back when they had the same fabric from the charm pack in bulk.

I went home and pieced it together. Within 2 days I was finished sewing all of the pieces and border together. I wasn't feeling a drive to Springville so I went to American Quilts (or something like that) on 800 North in Orem. I'll admit I was a little more confident this time. I had my pieced top, and I started looking at materials. I found one I loved, but questioned if it was too busy or if it really even matched. So I found a lady, I know how helpful they are and asked her. When she saw my quilt she asked where I got the charm pack. She told me they had just got theirs in, and all of the employees loved it so much, they didn't think they would be able to put any out in the store. That made my day. I do have good taste!

While I was there I  found a cute kit for a baby boy quilt. It came with everything, so I decided to go with it. Obviously we don't know what we are having, so I need to be prepared for boy or girl. I bought the kit and that weekend, finished both the boy and girl quilt tops. The boy kit came with a blue minky fabric to go on the back. I want to do the same thing with the girl. Who knows where to find good minky that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?

So after I just wrote the novel about my first quilting experience, here they are, in their glory. These are my first, so there are a lot of problems. Let's just say Ric Rac is NOT my friend. But I'll get better next time.

Again, sorry for the poor lighting, and horrible pictures. I promise I'll have better pictures when I post the final project. Anyone know someone who does quilting? I'm hoping to have them do the binding also, that scares me.


A.J. Dub. said...

Your quilts are darling!
I just completed a free online sewing course that was pretty good other than some video view issues.

Also, there are a bunch of quilt shops near you that offer classes if you want to have a teacher right there to help you. Quilting is addicting. :)

You can see some of my quilts at my craft blog.

And you can Google just about any quilt help/tutorial but Missouri Star Quilt Company has AWESOME video tutorials.

Happy Quilting!

A.J. Dub. said...

It occurred to me last night that it might be hard to find the quilts on my blog, scattered in the hundreds of posts, so I made a page with photos of them. There is also a link on the sidebar for my Flickr account where I have a group of most of them. I hope you will stop by. :)

Danielle said...

These are amazing!!!

Torrie and Cassidy said...

I'm impressed, those look great! :)

Kandice said...

You are going to be the best Mom! Isn't it so fun to craft and sew for babies? Do it now cuz after you have that little one, you won't have time! Good Luck and good job, I love them all!

Brianne said...

So cute! I LOVE minky fabric but have heard that it's horrible to sew with! Have you tried it out yet? I wanted to do minky on the back of my cupcake quilt but am too afraid to try so I am doing a normal cotton. Good work! Catching the quilting bug is so much fun. :)