Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quilted Baby Vest

The weather has gotten a lot cooler here in the Bay Area.  I was inspired to make a light little vest for my little one.  I love vests because they go on and off so easily!  I used Quilters Dream Wool batting instead of my usual batting.  I did some research and apparently this light wool can keep you very warm. 

I made this vest with no patterns or instructions!  I am quite proud :) 

I attached a few snaps to the front.  Loving this ABC fabric my husband picked up for me from Japan. 

While I was taking photos of this new vest, I took some good photos of the i-spy quilt to show you again!

 Can you see the quilting?  Looks pretty good to me! 

 I even made a mini version for my little one's doll.  Each square measures 2"x2".

Have a great Halloween, everyone!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Kleenex, Anyone?

I have several Japanese books that are translated to Chinese, which I can read.  One of which, "35 Bag 20 Daily Goods & Interior," has tons of cute things you can make for your house.  I fell in love with the quilted Kleenex box cover and started working on this project years ago.  Not sure why it took me so long, but it's finally completed!  I love all the Japanese taupe fabrics I selected for this.   The hand quilting really makes this piece "pop" and if you only could feel the texture.  Oh I am in love!

The pattern calls for Velcro for the closure on top, but I decided to use snaps instead.

 The other side of the cover.  The red checkerboard print is my favorite. 

Each side also has these flowers.  They were so tiny and difficult to make, but totally worth the time. 

The hardest part of this project was finding the world's smallest Kleenex box!  This is probably the standard size in Japan, but not here!  I ended up purchasing these small Kleenex box from Staples.  Who would have thought!  

Alright sneezing season.  We are ready for you!  Kleenex, anyone?! 

By the way, I stopped by PIQF today, and it was awesome.  I visited my usual booths, but purchased a lot more children related books, patterns, and fabrics.  More on that next time.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hand Quilted i-Spy Quilt

I mentioned in my previous post that I have been working on an i-spy quilt for my daughter.  This quilt was super fun and easy to put together.  Instead of adding sashing to each block, it was done with the disappearing nine-patch method following "Self-Sashing Disappearing 9-Patch" pattern by "Quilter by Night Designs." 


Grey and pink were the two colors I decided to use, and I think it was a good decision.  I usually spray baste and needle baste my quilts before hand quilting them.  I made the mistake of not thread batting it "enough" this time so it was a bit hard to quilt at times.  I used "Quilters Dream Cotton" 100% pure cotton batting.  It's great to hand quilt with it.  I broke at least ten quilting needles working on this project.  I don't recommend Roxanne's in-between needles.  I also had a hard time with my go-to thimble -- I wonder why?  Does anyone have a good thimble you would recommend?

 Love pigs, so had to use this piggy fabric for the back.

This quilt is all washed, dried and being used by the little one as we speak :)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Around The World Blog Hop

Alli at B. Yazoo tagged me! I met Alli through this blog space and love everything she creates. She is like the Jack of all trades. She can sew, she can knit, and she makes the cutest things for her family and kiddo. Take a look at this doll she made, shorts (!!!) for herself, and the cutest kid garments.  I can never imagine sewing shorts for myself. That would be scary...

What am I working on?
I participated in a swap in 2012 and got tons of 5" x 5" novelty prints to make an I-Spy quilt. I didn't really know what an I-Spy quilt was, so I put aside this stack of fabrics. With baby A, I decided to dig out my stash and make an I-Spy quilt for her.

Look at these prints!  No duplicate. 

I decided to sash this quilt using grey and pink. 

I was tempted to have this quilt completed by "professionals," but decided to hand quilt it instead. I am about 50% done hand quilting this. I am keeping this quilt simple with diagonal lines across the top. 

How does my work differ from others of its genre? 
This is a really good question, and I think about it often. I conclude that I am a blend of modern and traditional.  I love the history behind traditional quilts and the bright colors of the modern world. I love being "stuck" in this unique space.

Take this, as an example, I love the traditional/ugly look of this scrappy quilt: 

                                        
Kit from Kathleen Tracy's civil war mini quilts, which I blogged about here

Then, I also really love the bright colors of this mini quilt:
                            

Why do I create what I do? 
I love the process of creation. I enjoy being able to make things with my hands that are one of a kind. It also doesn't hurt that I have cute things all over my house!  

                               
Mug rug for olive oil bottle I made for a friend.  Blogged here

How does my creation process work? 
This depends -- sometimes there is a need for something, but often times I just get inspired by others. I usually start with one fabric and another... they just go together and before I know it, I have an idea on how to put everything together. It's really just trial and error! 

Now I am going to tag three more people:

Marisa @ Quilt Otaku: Marisa quilts and knits. She is an amazing quilter and does everything by hand. She has the most wonderful stitches and is a certified quilt appraiser. Marisa is super into Japanese quilting. Check out her beautiful stitches, this tiny gnome she made, and a darling baby quilt she hand quilted. Oh and did I mention she spins too!? 

Kristen @ Knitionary: In addition to knitting alluring garments, Kristen has an amazing garden and hosts glamorous parties. You ought to check out her blog. She is a Rowan ambassador; you can read about her Rowan Ambassador trip in Yorkshire here

Karen @ Short Story Long: I met Karen at Stitches West one year and love looking at her photos.  They are just so gorgeous and real. She knits hat, mittens, socks, shawls, anything!  You name it.  

Thanks for visiting my blog and letting me participate in this blog hop! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Baby Cardigan

I fell in love with the Wee Cardi by Big Bad Wool earlier this year at Stitches West.  I purchased the pattern and three skeins of Weepaca yarn.  This yarn is 50% merino/50% baby alpaca and machine washable.  This cardigan was so easy to make and the yarn was so soft to work with!  I finished this project in under a week.  If you choose to make this project, please make sure you review the errata for the raglan decrease.  I made the 12-month size (the largest avaialable) with six button holes, but think five would have been better.  I mean who wants to button your kid running all over the place six times?!

 How adorable is this cardigan!? 

And it fits her perfectly with some room to grow!