Friday, May 25, 2012

Camden's "Lean Like a Cholo" Quilt

Camden, my oldest boy, is not a quilt lover.  He loves fabric, patterns, building things, and playing with my design wall.  When it comes to favorite blankets though, he always picks cheap fleece softies instead of the quilts I make him.  For example, the first quilt I made him was an eye spy quilt.  He would pretend to like it then hide it in his closet after I left from putting him to bed.  I'd find it balled up in a corner the next morning.  Finally, he admitted it scared him with the Halloween Monster Eyes square on it.  So, he went back to fleece again.  Then, I decided, since he didn't like sleeping with quilts, I'd make him a playmat quilt.  So, I quilted him a little train tracks panel for him to ride his trains on.  It too got ignored, he preferred building with tracks.  Next, we had an ugly fabric challenge at the Austin Modern Quilt Guild and I made a little sock monkey doll quilt.  Camden desperately wanted it and claimed it as his own.  He changed his mind and gave it back to me a few months later.   I was ready to throw in the towel on making quilts for him.  He just never seemed happy with them.  But, on a trip to Remnants, he found a new favorite fabric and picked out a bundle begging me to make it into a quilt for him.....and I can't tell him no, so.....


The eye spy quilt:


The train tracks:

I don't have a picture of the whole quilt, but you get the idea I'm sure. 

The monkey quilt:

Just a quick iphone snap of this one :)

And finally, the quilt he designed himself....

                                  You can see the backing in this picture.  It's a cotton bed cover from Urban Outfitters

Lots of latin flavor like the hearts and crosses.  The fabrics are Folklorico from Alexander Henry with some
tribals from Africa and other prints from my stash thrown in.  The bundle is from Remnants Fiber Culture here in Austin.

The fabric in the upper left with the woven Aztec feel to it is the one that started him falling in love with this bundle.

I'm happy to report that he is sleeping under this quilt every night.  In a strange turn of events, his love of this quilt made him take a second look at that eye spy quilt and decide it was pretty cool too.  Now he plays eye spy before bed with me every night using that quilt and sleeps under a stack of blankets.  He sleeps with a favorite fleece blanket, his eye spy quilt and his new quilt each and every night :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Ellie's Polkadot Quilt

Ellie, who is turning three this July, informed me that she needed a big girl quilt.  She has a lovely quilt, which looks like this:




It's a simple friendship star alternated with plain blocks.  It has little fussy cut babies in the centers of the stars.  She calls it her babies quilt and she can't stand to sleep without it.

Lately though, she's been telling people she is 6 years old.  I guess she thinks she is the same as her big sister.

Obviously though...she is not six...

But she happily chose a bundle of fat quarters from Jessica's shop Remnants in Austin.  And a Rose Card Pattern to match.  And now...she has a new big girl quilt.  She still sleeps with her babies quilt too, but she is quite proud of her big girl quilt.  Even though only one of the fabrics is dotted, she calls it "the polkadot quilt"

My new favorite solid is by Connecting Threads.  It's their Mirage blender in Silver Lining.  But I like to use the back side of that particular fabric.  It has a lovely suiting or linen looking weave to it and looks great in every project I use it in :)

The back has a hand embroidered dish towel pieced into it.  It's super sweet with two little kitties under the moonlight.

I screen printed the tag for this one and added some of the fabric from the front and a bit of rick rack to finish it off.

Here is the full back.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Zelda Quilt

This one is from a pattern from Emily of Carolina Patchworks.

It was for my husband, has a hand dyed by me backing and was long arm quilted.  He sleeps under it every night.  Our bed is literally half zombie and half geektastic.

I quilted each area differently, if you look closely, you can see that this area is full of heart containers and tri forces :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Zombie Quilt

This was the first quilt I truly made just for me.  I love zombies.  I really do.  I screen printed the blocks and then did patchwork blocks in between.  I sleep under this quilt every night.  It makes me happy every time I look at it.  Sometimes it's fun to craft something others don't get, but you love to pieces ;)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A Sweet New Seat

I went to the Country Living Fair with my mom during her visit. Lots of vendors were selling amazing reupholstered furniture which was way out of my price range. Especially with how furniture gets treated by the little ones. So, I picked up an 8$ thrift store chair and used some leftover paint. I used some pretty Waverly home dec vintage fabric from the fair to cover the cushion.

I even picked up a fun vintage quilt at the fair. So bright and cozy ;)

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