Yellow Tilly Tova

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One of my sewing projects on maternity leave was to make myself a Wiksten Tova top. I made it out of Daisy Janie Tilly fabric (another print from the line is still available here – it was totally great to sew with). Hopefully it was my first of a few more, but it’s not exactly dressy enough for work (or I haven’t figured out how to make it dressy yet), so we’ll see. It was a great project to do as I had time, because the steps were each straightforward, simple things to do.

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I made an XL based on my post-partum measurements, but I had to make a huge bust dart, and then re-draw the armhole and was left with a gaping opening there so I won’t really be able to wear it sleeveless without a cardigan over it. I was kind of just making it sleeveless to save on fabric, but it would have been nice if the armhole had worked out. I don’t know if I should size down to a large or a medium for a next one – I’ve seen the armhole problem on other ones but probably need to read more reviews on flickr to see what other people have done. I’ll definitely be using the sleeve pattern next.

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I’m also not quite sure about the neckline – I’ve seen pictures of some that flop open that look ok, but on me I like it to stay closed, so maybe I’ll add some buttons on the next one.

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Summersville Quilt Blocks

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When you’re home with a newborn and a toddler, you have to get creative about your time to get crafty things done. But that room full of fabric was just taunting me! I can be disappointed that I don’t have long stretches of time to spend making things anymore, or I can take advantage of the time I have before I go back to work and chip away at things one step at a time. I might have made something more improvisational in flavor if I had more time to waste, but I wanted to make sure that I’d have something to show for my time when I was done, so I planned it out first. I had a fat 1/8th stack of this line, so I wanted to make the most of the fabric I had. I cut the fabrics in Becca’s first months in short bursts, and made the blocks one or two per day during naptime when it’s safe to plug in the iron. There are 20 12″ blocks here, ready to be sewn into a top.

 

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Pink & Green Baby Girl Quilt

Riley's Quilt
Back of Riley's Quilt
Carl’s sister is having a baby girl soon, and I took the chance to make a really girly quilt for her. The fabrics are all older Heather Bailey prints from my stash, and the layout is a kind of straight line whirligig. It’s only 36″ square, but it’ll make a good playmat and give a pop of pretty for our sweet niece.
Riley's Quilt Folded
For the quilting, I made flower petals where the bolder pink and green come together, and then loops that connect throughout the white prints across the quilt. I might have put buttons in the center of the quilted flowers if it weren’t going to a baby. Maybe I’ll have to design a quilt where that’s possible.

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Baby Boy Quilt

I’m still posting baby quilts – just one more to get caught up on after this! I’m hoping to stretch to some that are slightly bigger and more complicated next, but we’ll see. There’s something nice about getting something done quickly.
Edward's Quilt
My sister’s baby was due 2 weeks after mine. My baby came 10 days late, and hers a few less than that, but they ended up being born only 1 week apart. While we were waiting for our little girl, though, I worked on finishing up this quilt for my sister’s little boy. I hadn’t been pressuring myself to work on a timeline for it, but I figured while my parents were here and I had some extra babysitting help I might as well work on it. My mom commented that the baby couldn’t come until this quilt was done. Turns out I stitched on the binding Sunday afternoon and had the baby first thing Monday morning! Watch what you say around a late baby, I guess! I had to have them take a couple pictures before they took it back to IL with them, since I was otherwise occupied after it was finished.
Back of Edward's Quilt
I had a pattern that I used as reference for this quilt, but it was written for solids instead of prints, and I misplaced it when I was figuring out sizes, so I just used it for inspiration for the layout and pieced the blocks as snowballs instead of piecing the centers. It’s not easy to see the prints in these pictures, but they include Laurie Wisbrun dogs in trucks, Heather Ross gnomes, a traffic print, green Riley Blake chevrons, and Denyse Schmidt prints from Joann’s in greens and blues. The solid is Connecting Threads in Sandstone. To quilt it, I outlined each print in the solid section. Inside the printed pieces I used a sketchy scalloped starburst design that you can kind of see on the back. There were a ton of threads to bury, but otherwise it worked fine. It did work well for short quilting sections to not be doing an all over design. It measures about 56×62 – on the bigger end of baby quilts, but not to big to move around. Hopefully it’ll be something little Edward can grow up with and have fun with for a long time!

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Eleanor Grosch Baby Quilt

Judah's Quilt
In my effort to get caught up on baby quilts (and get it sent out with the long overdue quilt in my last post), I decided to make the quilt for this baby boy very simple. Two half yard cuts of the green animals (by Eleanor Grosch, one of my favorite illustrators / surface pattern designers – still available some places) separated by strips of blue (from Connecting Threads).
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The problem is that even simple quilts have to be basted and quilted! Quilting a baby quilt doesn’t take long and isn’t a dreaded part of the process any more (yay for my vintage Bernina 830!), but I always procrastinate on the basting piece, and then the quilting falls to the end of the queue behind several other projects. This almost-whole-cloth design was fun, though, for trying out a couple new to me designs, along with my favorite meandering loops. I thought the zig-zags looked a little like grass for the animals to be hiding in.
Back of Judah's Quilt
When I was done I realized that I had left the feed dogs up this time, but it didn’t seem to make the quilting any harder. I just had to make sure to slow down how fast I was moving the quilt when the stitches started getting too long. I backed this one in a solid green (Kelly from Connecting Threads) that shows off the different quilting stitches well.

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Good Folks Baby Quilt

Good Folks Baby Quilt

I finished this quilt about a year ago, when Will finally started having consistent naptimes on the weekends and earlier bedtimes, too. It went to a little girl who now has a baby brother, so it sat around waiting for his quilt to be finished before I mailed them together, which took me quite awhile, but they’re at their home now! It’s a little on the small side for a toddler, but hopefully big enough for a little longer – it’s in the 36×44 range.

Good Folks Baby Quilt

I chose the bold prints from the Good folks fabric line, and paired them with a little Kona cream because the white isn’t a true white in this line. I’m having fun free motion quilting and experimenting with new designs – these little flowery swirls aren’t perfect, but they are similar to something that doodle so it’s a natural motion for me. I’m not as happy with how they look on that purple stripe on the back, though. The back has a strip pieced from the leftover scraps, breaking up a Jennifer Paganelli print that was so large scale I couldn’t imagine it any other way.

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Blue Baby Pinafore

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I originally had this fabric set aside for a top for myself (AMH Good Folks), but when I pre-washed and realized how stiff it would be and that I wouldn’t get anything cute out of 1 yard of quilting cotton, I set it aside for awhile. I like it better as a baby dress, anyway! Totally not the regular cutesy baby girl print (and hopefully the stiffness won’t be too uncomfortable). This should be the perfect outfit for a hot Virginia summer, assuming it fits her. I’ve heard that Big 4 kids patterns can run on the large side, and it’s tough to estimate when the pattern for the bloomers asks you to measure the legs and waist and cut elastic to the right length. (The closest current pattern looks like McCall’s 6303)
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It’s lined with a coordinating Loulouthi print. You could easily make it reversible by putting a second pair of buttons on the straps, because it’s fully lined, but I didn’t this time.

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Ruched Maternity Top

Ruched Maternity Top
I’ve been wanting to get more comfortable sewing knits for awhile now, and this was just the right project to boost my confidence – it came together easily and filled a gap in my wardrobe (t-shirts that are long enough to cover my growing belly without gaping!). It’s Megan Nielsen’s Ruched Maternity T-shirt pattern , and I can’t recommend it highly enough. Plus, I bought a four pack of her maternity patterns and I’m glad that I got around to making one of them (which makes this kind of an expensive project, shh). I don’t have much more than a month left in this pregnancy (if that) and I’m already tempted to make another one! I made a medium, and my only concern with it is that she calls for a stretch knit, and I’m not sure if the knit I have on hand has quite enough stretch. The shirt definitely would have been tight if I hadn’t used a stretchy fabric. I found this one at Joann’s – their April Johnston Project Runway collection, but I don’t see it online now. It looks like it might have been a rayon spandex, though. I serged the seams, didn’t use clear elastic to stabilize the sides, and used a twin needle with fusible knit interfacing on the neckline and hems. It was my first time doing that and I didn’t do it quite right, but you can’t really tell on the outside.

This can also serve as my 34 week picture! I’m glad I took plenty of pictures of my growing belly the first time around – that definitely wasn’t going to happen this pregnancy with a toddler running loose. Most days when I get home from work he’s primed and ready for dinner, and by the time that’s done I’m ready to not be dressed in my work clothes anymore. Plus the first half of the pregnancy it was dark when I got home, so outside photos weren’t an option.

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Quarter Log Cabin Quilt

Pastel Quarter Logs
I started this quilt and finished the top before Will was born, so in fall 2010. I was mostly just playing around with fabric in these colors, but it’s a good thing we’re having our own girl now so I have a reason to keep it ;). Some of the prints are vintage, some are repros, and many are Amy Butler.
Pastel Quarter Logs I picked a variety of pastelly sherbety prints from my stash and went from there. I cut them into random strips, sewed log cabins, and cut those log cabins into fourths. The green solid is such a soft linen. I sewed a piece of the linen to each of the quarter log-cabins, sewed each of those into rows, and then used the navy and pink as sashing to set apart the design a little bit (Is that clear? I could draw out a tutorial) which made it slightly less sweet and more preppy.
Pastel Quarter LogsThe leftover pieces are sewn into random bits on the back of the quilt.
Pastel Quarter LogsI finished the top and back at the same time, but was too pregnant to baste and sit behind my machine doing much quilting. When I got the Pfaff last summer I was much more excited to spend time quilting than on my Singer, so I used the free-motion foot to do these straight lines in an evening or two (and eventually got around to the binding, too!).Pastel Quarter Logs

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Brown & Green Quilt

Brown & Green Quilt
This project is so old that it could really count as one of my first quilts. I know I bought the fabric & pattern & “planned” it back in 2008. I was thinking of some friends that were getting married that year, so I wanted it to be in colors that would be somewhat unisex. I bought a few earthy colors and something like 5 yards of khaki kona for my solid. It was supposed to be a cross quilt (from this pattern) but after I cut out all of the fabric and made one block the way the pattern wrote it, I realized there was no way I was going to match up an inset center for each and every block. So I sewed each of the blocks without the cross-bar of the cross, and left them in a pile for a few years!
Brown & Green Quilt
I thought about a few different ways that I could set them – randomly slashed strips across each block, different kinds of sashing, etc, but last year I decided enough was enough and I needed to get it out of my WIP pile so it could stop cluttering my brain unnecessarily. I set out a layout that worked well enough, and quilted it with an all over loopy design in a variegated thread.
Brown & Green Quilt
The backing is pieced of coordinating prints.
Brown & Green Quilt Back If anything, it’s good to see how my visual sense of what a quilt will be before I start has changed over time, and that my design sense has matured somewhat for how I choose a project at the beginning.

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