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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New shop name? New products! And we fail Puppy Kindergarten…. LOL

This is me and my dog, Kyah, on the day that she turned 4 months old….  so about 2 weeks ago.  She is fun, but also a LOT of work.  Anyone who has ever owned a Rhodesian Ridgeback knows that they can be stubborn, high-maintenance divas.  I love it…..  and I am equally as stubborn so, rest assured, I always win.  She has almost completed Puppy Kindergarten, yet she still would rather play with the other dogs than to come when given the command.

Kyah and me at 4 months

Kyah and me at 4 months

I recently split my Etsy store into 2 different store, one for fabric and one for completed items.  I have Christmas stockings, pet collars and leashes, and recently some pet blankets.  I then realized that I have mostly pet items in a store that was to be primarily for quilts and such.  My quilts are mostly gone before I can get them finished, so that is a type of backfire.  However, I have a LOT of pet items in a store that is called “Sew Stitchin Awesome.”  So, I have decided that I need to move my pet items to a store more appropriately named, so I have decided to name the new store Wag Swag.  It will take me a long time to get it up and running, but I will get it done eventually.

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I have been working on making some dog collars, and new blankets out of faux fur and minky  I also have drawn out a dog bone shaped blanket, but I have yet to get time to make one.  I have been working on a tutorial for making your own dog bed, and I will get it posted once I get a chance to finish it.  It is hard to find time to get everything done.  Spring has come early this year, and my yard is in need of some serious attention.

I have also been hand dying some hemp webbing for collars, and I am nearly ready to start putting prints on them and making those into collars.  Where does time go?  Kyah and I did a 5k this past Saturday to raise money for Animal Rescue centers.  I encourage everyone to download a free App called Walk for Dogs.  When you walk your own dog, the site donates money per mile to a local animal shelter or rescue that you choose!!  Such a great cause, for FREE….. and you get some exercise in the process!