Friday, March 16, 2012

Friday Finishes

I have a few finishes to share this week.  Two are mine, one belongs to my beautiful daughter, who is not old enough to have a blog of her own.

First, I posted my very first tutorial this week, on how to make an embroidered quilt tag.  I like to make these for every "personal" quilt I make (those I give to family and friends).  I've seen (and bookmarked and used) so many great tutorials online that I wanted to take a stab at one of my own.  I hope you enjoy it!  Here's a link to the tutorial for making a tag like this one:

Second, I completed the first of the monthly "Seasonal Skinnies" I plan to make.  Since it's March, I opted for a shamrock pattern for St. Patrick's Day.  This finishes at about 14" x 28" and I'm planning to make at least one each month this year, to correspond with a holiday.  I'm hoping to make a few others (such as the birthday cupcake and the ladybugs) which don't tie to any specific month.  The patterns are easy to follow and I used only scraps / stash.  I was in a bit of a hurry so I just quilted around each shamrock and then stitched in the ditch around the border.  I hope to do some FMQ on the background of my April Skinny (an Easter Egg).

Last but *certainly* not least....
I have two daughters, ages 5 and 8.  They are always asking if they can "help" me sew.  My little one likes to design mini quilts for her stuffed animals, or play with my scraps and strings.  My older one was really anxious to sew all by herself so I bought her a very basic machine to learn on.  I think my machine is a lot easier to use, but two sewers necessitates two machines, right?

First, I had her practice sewing straight lines.  Lots of straight lines.  When she felt comfortable with that, I let her choose some 5" squares from a box full I had.  She laid them out into 4 rows of 3 squares each and began to sew.  I did the ironing for her, but I taught her about ironing seams in opposite directions, pinning the rows together and when her top was done, sandwiching the quilt.  She helped pin baste all the layers together and quilted it with a "stitch in the ditch" method.  She even sewed on the binding (with some pinning help from me).  She's a little disappointed that not all her lines are straight, and I probably should have given her some thread that matched a little better (we used white for the whole thing), but I think this is a *speactacular* first quilt for an eight year old!

I wish I had taken some more photos along the way, but she's ready to make more projects (she wants to try a bag next) so I'll definitely make sure I use the camera more next time.

Oh.... if you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check out the Hands2Help Charity Quilt Challenge 2012 over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict!  You can link to the details here, or see my post about it here.


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I'm looking forward to seeing what you've worked on this week!

~*~ May your day be full of Love and Ladybug Hugs ~*~


  1. I looks like you are going to have another quilter in the family. Watch out. It's WONDERFUL but it gets expensive supporting the habits of several quilters in one family. Trust me, I know.

  2. Love the table topper! Great job! Your label & clover are also awesome! Whoop! Whoop!

  3. Good for your daughter! Her quilt looks great. My 7-year-old likes the design part and then she wants me to sit over the machine and do all of the construction. She doesn't have the patience or want-to for that part just yet... ;)

  4. Lovely first quilt! Label and table toppers are great.

  5. Terrific first quilt! Well done! You have another quilter in the family!

  6. Your daughter did well for her first little quilt. I've got an eight-year-old who loves to design doll quilts. Her first project was a pillowcase, which was a good first project.

    Like your tutorial for quilt labels. I need to start doing that.

  7. Well done to your daughter! She has done a fantastic job for her age and is lucky to have a mum that is patient enough to show her how to do it. Everyone has to start somewhere! Well done to both of you!

  8. Great finishes for you, and a huge whoop whoop for your daughter!!! How wonderful to be making her first quilt!!

  9. Hey, Kat, Sarah here from Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Please e-mail me directly so I can get you signed up properly for the Hands2Help Challenge - you're a no-reply blogger so this is the only way I have to reach you!

  10. I love it!! A new quilter. And yes, it is very important to get them their own machine!!! Its the first priority LOL - Love her quilt!!


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