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Archive for March, 2012

With sun streaming in my windows, I had a lovely day at my sewing table.

I finished off a little wall quilt for Merlyn, from my great blue heron, and packaged and sent it off in the mail.

I finished a set of scrappy coasters for a friend. I like to think of it as scrap therapy. Check out the specks of red, so delicious!

 

And I cut 254 more triangles, for my Ocean Waves quilt. I was struck by the loveliness of the pile of scraps when the cutting was all done.

 

I hope your day was lovely as well.

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When I suddenly found myself with a few unexpected free hours midweek, my first thought was, need to dye blue fabric! I took a lovely and sunny warm afternoon to pull out my dyes, and ended up with seven yards of twenty-four new colors.

When Aaron saw the finished colors today, he commented that they looked like sea foam.

Which pleased me immensely, as these colors will become triangles and part of my Ocean Waves quilt. Adding sea foam to the ocean waves. I like that.

I dyed six blues, from purple-blue to green-blue, and each color in three values. Then, mixing all my leftover red, yellow, and blue dye, I made my mystery browns.

I do love a mystery brown or too. Such depth of color.

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I’d like to share this baby shower quilt with you! I am so excited at how it turned out, and hope that you will be inspired to do a similar quilt for your friends who are having babies!

Before the baby shower, I cut various colored squares 8″ x 8″ and I purchased different colored fabric markers. I chose solid squares, but I think patterned fabric could work well too. On the day of, while the new mom was unwrapping her presents, I had a basket with a hard surface to write on, with the squares and markers, pass around the room. This allowed folks to take their time writing/drawing on a square while enjoying watching the presents get unwrapped.

To make the quilt slightly bigger, I interspersed the hand written squares with patterned fabric. I chose this lovely woodsy kids print. I sewed the squares into a simple patchwork block alternating pattern. In the middle, I put a special square, where I wrote Baby Shower, date, and names of the family.

Each square just shone with the love everyone had for the new family. I wanted to keep these personal messages the prominent piece of the quilt, I chose to quilt in simple parallel lines across the entire quilt. I kept the lines fairly tight, hoping and wanting this quilt to be used frequently and probably washed often!

Let me know if you have any questions, I think this is going to be my new go-to gift for future friends when they start their families.

I sent it off in the mail, and hope that the new family loves it and uses it.

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