Written by vwalke on December 16, 2011

First of all, thanks everyone for visiting my blog. Please come back. I will have this cute pattern available sometime in January.  I’m in the process of writing instructions and making some minor changes to the pattern. The embroidery pattern will be available with various hoop sizes, even the 4×4 in. hoop!  A paper pattern will also be available for those of you that may not own an embroidery machine.

The winner is: Heather who commented, “So cute!”

Thanks again!!

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Written by vwalke on December 12, 2011

Obviously, by the date of my last blog entry, you can tell I’ve been absent from blogland for a long, long time. I’m really hoping to get things going again. I’ve been busy sewing the whole year long, taking pictures along the way. I think the best way to get things going again is to participate in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway again this year. I loved being a participant last year and have been thinking about what I will contribute for a while now. I’ve been working on this little baby shoe pattern for a few months.  I had this great idea to digitize the pattern so that I could stitch the quilted parts in the hoop and make it look perfect. It has been way more complicated than I thought it would be. Although, when I finally got it the way I wanted it I thought I really made it more difficult than it should have been. That’s what learning is all about right? I’m hoping that I will have both a downloadable paper pattern and the embroidery file available in January. Please check back! In the mean time…enter to win a pair for the sweet little baby in your life. You can choose between the green/red pair or the red/cream/blue pair, size 0-3 mo.  Shipping to United States only please.  The deadline to enter is December 16th at 5 p.m. PST.  I’ll keep it simple. Just leave a comment and register as a follower on my blog. That’s it!! Good luck and head back over to Sew Mama Sew to check out all the other fun things offered as part of the Giveaway!

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Written by vwalke on January 26, 2011

I’m thrilled to be done with this quilt! It has been a work in progress for several years and I desperately wanted to finish it before my 5 year old daughter outgrew the theme. I’m so pleased with how it turned out. The fabric is a Moda Mary Englebreit print. I can’t remember the title of the line. Darn it. This is one of the reasons why I decided to blog! I really want a record of all the things I’m making and what I used. One of my goals for the future of this  blog is to show the process not just the finished project.

I used the Colorwork Sunbonnets from Designs By JuJu. They were beautiful to stitch out and the moment I saw the designs I knew what my project would be. I decided on the fabric and pulled thread colors from stash of embroidery thread that matched the colors in the fabric. Then, I could quickly switch out thread colors without thinking to much about it matching. The only thing I had to worry about was not using the same color combinations over and over. For instance,  I didn’t want to end up with too many pink dresses. I definitely have some favorites. I love the girl blowing bubbles and so does Andrea. It’s the one she always looked for when I would pull this quilt out to work on it.

I quilted the entire quilt with simple swirls using my Janome MC 6600 on the Little Gracie II quilt frame I picked up on Craigslist. The only complaint I have is the limitations of the throat space on my machine. In the beginning I have about 6 inches of quilting space. By the end, as the quilt rolls I only end up with about 3 inches. This is something you must keep in mind when deciding on a pattern to quilt.

One problem with taking so long to complete a project, especially this quilt is that I didn’t buy the quilt back at the same time I bought the original fabric. A couple of weeks ago when I went to get the backing I had a very hard time finding anything I’d be happy with. I was looking for yellow but could find anything with the right tone. Then I found this green gingham. I love it!! Fortunately, I had a charm pack from the same Mary Englebreit fabric so I could piece the back.

The binding is a Moda fabric called Marble dots. Yay! I’m finished!

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Written by vwalke on January 18, 2011

I have a dear friend that had a sweet baby boy 2 months ago. I’m ashamed to say that I’m just getting around to sewing for him. I’m pretty pleased with the results though and even more pleased to finish before he’s half grown. I recently acquired a Little Gracie II quilt frame that works well with my Janome Memory Craft 6600 sewing machine. I found the frame on Craigslist and it came with a Sure Stitch regulator. Unfortunately, it was originally purchased for a Brother and wouldn’t work with my Janome. I decided to call the Grace Company and see if they would just sell me the regulator box to work with my machine since I wouldn’t need all the sensors and the hand control buttons. They agreed and gave me a sweet deal. When it arrived I got everything plugged in and decided to work on a practice piece. THIS is my practice piece!

Everything played nicely together and I was able to stipple the entire piece in about an hour. I will be selling my Flynn Frame. Don’t get me wrong. I actually liked the Flynn Frame especially for smaller pieces, but I seem to be doing larger and larger quilts. It is possible to quilt a large quilt on the Flynn but it takes substantial wrestling of the frame to get the job done. It was nice to easily maneuver the machine instead of the entire quilt.

I decided that furry fleece would MAKE this little quilt special and I was not disappointed. All my girls want me to make them quilts with the same binding. It’s so silky soft. I don’t know that I will do it again though, at least not often. It was actually quite a mess to work with. When you cut it microscopic fibers are sent floating through the air. I felt like I was breathing them in and they got into my contact lenses and irritated my eyes.

When the project was complete the vacuum was required to get it all cleaned up. Now that it’s finished and all the raw edges are sewn into the seams it has stopped shedding. Thank goodness. I was a little worried about giving it to a baby but I think it will be fine now.

Of course I had to make some personalized burp cloths to match. Welcome to the world baby Grey!

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Written by vwalke on January 6, 2011

Desiree of Wisconsin! She commented:

“My daughter would love, LOVE, L-O-V-E these. She is constantly steeling her little brothers and putting them on her stuffed animals and dolls. Thank you for the chance to win!”

I was late getting these mailed off because in my mad dash to pack for our Christmas vacation I didn’t bring them all with me. Two of the 10 or so diapers made it in my bag. Go figure?? Needless to say, when I went to mail them off and only had 2 when 3 were promised I was baffled. Thankfully, when I got home they were here and I was able to mail them off on Monday. How in the world did I only pack 2 when they were all in a stack together. It must have been one crazy day! Hopefully, one very happy little girl will be busily diapering her dolls and stuffed animals soon. Congratulations Desiree!

For any of you that may check back and read my blog. I have a few other giveaways in mind. Check back soon!!

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