Friday, March 12, 2010

Baby Elana's Quilt

Baby Elana's Quilt
Originally uploaded by chickenjulie

Sometimes you come across a fabric that just makes you swoon. *SWOON*

For me, one of those gems is from Robert Kauffman's Kitchy Kitchen and is out of print. You can see it here. I had originally picked up a few yards of this treasure a few years back when I was pregnant with my daughter. She got a little blanket, a burpie or two, and a dress out of it and the rest was made into an infant set and sold. When I tried to find more of it, I realized that it was out of print and gone - seemingly forever.

A few months ago, not long after I found out that one of my oldest and dearest friends was pregnant with a girl, I happened to find 7 yards of my longed-for print on Etsy. When my friend asked me for a simple patchwork quilt for her new baby, I knew I had found my inspiration in this piece of fabric.

Elana's quilt features fussy cuts of my Kauffman print as well as loads of other sweet fabrics in pinks, greens, and yellows. The back is a solid piece of the Kauffman flowers and it is bound in Alexander Henry's Kitty Calico. Finished size is 40"x48". I hope Elana and her mommy like it. Mazel Tov and love to the whole family.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Because I needed another project to take on, I decided to build a bookshelf. For those who know me, the prior sentence is sure to be elicit a laugh or two. Surprisingly, this endeavor wasn't as hard as I had anticipated. And the results are pretty nifty in the kids' playroom.

File under "Things I Didn't Know Last Week" - Home Depot will cut whatever lumber you buy there to your specifications while you wait. It really made the whole process a lot easier.

And get this - I was even featured on Ohdeedoh!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Cold Nights Require a Warm Quilt

I realize that "cold nights" seems a little ridiculous, seeing as I live in LA, but my blood runs thin and cold and I often bundle up for bed in multiple layers before crawling under multiple layers of blankets. The problem is that my husband, even in the dead of winter, requires only a single, thin blanket. So I've resorted to piling stray afghans on my side of the bed. It's a motley bunch of blankets and none of them match either each other or each other. A total eyesore.

I started making a string quilt, thinking maybe it'd be a baby quilt for a friend or something, but I started falling in love with it. With squares at only 7", it's going to take a long time to make it big enough for the bed, but it'll be so worth it. I'm thinking that if I use wool batting and either flannel or minkee backing, it *should* keep me warm enough next winter.

I was going to lay it out and see how it's coming along, but it seems as though I'm not the only one who's loving it.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Blown Away by Flickr

Like most things technological, I'm a bit late to the game when it comes to Flickr. That said, consider me hooked - I could browse the galleries forever. I am constantly being inspired by the wonderful photos. Honestly - that site just makes me want to create all day.

After tooling around for a bit, I decided that I needed a little love on my sewing room wall and decided to have a go at a ticker tape wall hanging. Following Crazy Mom Quilts' guide (especially her suggestion to go smaller than 35"x46"), I pieced together my own lovely little quilt.

It makes me so happy. There are a lot of fussy cuts and the kids have had a ball trying to find the alien, the caterpillar, the butterfly, and all of the other cuties hiding in the sea of scraps. All said and done, it's 20"x24" and has 155 squares, all of which are from unique fabrics.