Quilting on vacation

I recently took a trip to visit my parents and grandmother.  I live in Utah, they live in West Virginia.  I always love time to get away, but I also like it when I can come home with a sense of accomplishment.  My mother has a friend that often helps out with my beloved Grandmother.  This friend of hers is expecting her first grandchild.  She wanted me to make her a baby quilt, and they had picked out a gray theme but wanted it to be gender neutral since they don’t want to know the baby’s gender.  I made her friend come over and sew it herself, since we were just going to make a strip quilt.

Now, “make” isn’t the best word.  I “encouraged” her to do it.  She did a great job.  We used minky for the back, which tends to stretch when it is sewn, so I put the back on and did the edges.  I think it turned out well.  We used a “sew as you go” method, and I decided that it was so easy, and eliminated a lot of time quilting, that it deserves a tutorial!!  I just finished a booth of my dog collars and leashes last weekend, and I have another one coming up in a few weeks.  I will be busy getting ready for that, but as soon as I can find the time, I will get the “sew as you go” tutorial posted.  So, stay tuned!

In the meantime, my shop just got in some great double gauze fabrics.  This is what they used to call “swaddling muslin” and are the current fad for baby swaddling blankets.  They are so popular because they are breathable fabrics, so a baby can be swaddled, even in the summer, and the fabric will still breathe.  I was out of town, so I grabbed some fabric at the local JoAnn’s, and I put a binding border along the edges.  It turned out cute, if I do say so myself!  gryyellowbabystripquilt swaddling blanket swaddling blanket closer

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The newest quilt

Well, my daughter HAD to have this quilt….  because she LOVES purple and she loves dragonflies.  It has wool applique for the antennae and applique heads.  It wasn’t the fastest quilt I have ever put together.  Regardless, I finished it…… right in time for her to decide that she no longer likes purple nor dragonflies.  Looks like I will list this one in my shop.  LOL…..

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Never enough time….

Man, if I could just stay at home and work on all my “brilliant” crafting ideas…. I would have a lot more crafts?!!  LOL….  I am expecting my first order of faux fur to make some doggie blankets and crate pads for my new puppy, and a “tunnel” type of bed for my Doxie.  They LOVE to bury themselves, in my blankets, and mess up my bed.  ???????????????????????????????

I made this crate cover a few weekends ago, but I haven’t put the door on it, yet.  I was having a hard time trying to decide what color of fabric to use, but I want it different than the print on the crate cover.  🙂  I am working on some furniture upgrades for some of my kids, and I will see how my doggie blankets turn out.  I saw some on sale for $100 and thought I could make it for less.  I was so wrong… fake fur is super expensive.  Now I know…..  I will see what I can come up with over the weekend.  Have a safe and wonderful weekend!!