Rainbow 9 Patch Quilt

H for Hazel

I just want to point out this is quilt #3 in about 6 or 7 months. I have this goal, that for when we move in the spring, that everyone will have fresh, new quilts for their beds.

I think I’m doing pretty good, all considering.

HazMat Quilt
HazMat Quilt

Zoe is standing in for Hazel, who was at school, but this is Hazel’s quilt. I lovingly call her HazMat for the 7 times the 9 year old has already been up to the ER. Seven times. I think we’re getting close to having paid for our name on a wing at Doernbecher’s.

Like I said, I had a LOT of rainbow themed 2.5 inch squares cut out from the Roller Rink, so I just kept sewing them together. A color and white 9 patch gave me a nice “H is for Hazel” in a more almost-tween style.

Hazel Blues
Hazel Blues

It’s really big – like, it’s something like 72″ x 80″ if I recall; it’s been done for about a month. I want the first round of bed quilts to be really big, hanging-off-the-bed, cuddle-inducing tools. Not densely quilted at about 1.5 inch in diagonal lines.  I like that, if she wants, she can fold the quilt and have an isolated color scheme – another plus for the ginormous size. Each color has room to full expand into the next.

Pinks and Yellows and Reds
Pinks and Yellows and Reds

Other half of the color scheme (and model extraordinaire.)

I used a big mix of scraps from fabrics used for dresses, bags, other quilts and some new fabrics, but not much, on the front.

Back Scraps
Back Scraps

The back are scraps from many girls’ dresses projects and decidedly feminine.

H for Hazel
H for Hazel

I’m really happy with it as is Hazel. She likes to look at all the different fabric in it and loves the ones she picked out, like the Star Wars fabric! She also picked the ‘raindrops blue polka dots’ border and peacock blue binding.

My little accident-prone-Punky-Brewster-HazMat.

Hazel Triptych
Hazel Triptych

Rainbow Roller Rink Baby Quilt

Sleepy Time

Zoe is 22 months old and I finally got her baby quilt done! It’s still a baby quilt if she’s under 2 years old, right? It’s been done for a month or 2, but I’m just getting around to sharing.

Cuddles
Cuddles

Zoe wouldn’t let me take the binky out of her mouth for the shots as it really was nap time and she was getting in the mood for some serious napping here…

Sleepy Time
Sleepy Time

This is Elizabeth Hartman’s Roller Rink pattern from her Modern Patchwork book. I made it baby blanket sized – which made a great excuse to FMQ!!

Clouds
Clouds

I didn’t follow a pattern for the free motion quilting, per se, but just made a loose design of clouds. Get it? Clouds, rainbow….well, it works for me.

Purples
Purples
FMQ Clouds
FMQ Clouds
Clouds 2
Clouds 2

Ms. Hartman has a few different color combos in the book and online, but I really loved the colorful ‘scrappy’ version she has in her book with tan and white boarders, so I stole that idea for my rainbow. I used a Kona white and a RK yarn dyed linen in Flax. I love that linen. It’s the most perfect tan in existence.

Yes, I just got all nerdy over linen. Ugh.

Cuddley Quilt Close Up
Cuddley Quilt Close Up

I’m really happy with it and so is the baby (because she’s not two yet…)

I did the binding in the linen as well, and Zoe picked out the backing fabric. Yes, really. She loved this crazy fruit fabric from Alex’s quilt, so I gave her a whole back in it.

Back'n'Top
Back’n’Top

Being that I cut all of these little pieces during the summer when Ms. Viking was in the shop, I have a LOT leftover….and made another quilt to be posted tomorrow!!

Right now though, nap time….

Nap Time
Nap Time

Starched Fabric Cabinets – 1 Year Later

Honest Kitchen

If it wasn’t for an awesome commenter, I totally wouldn’t have realized it has been a whole year since I put fabric on the kitchen cabinets with spray starch. Wow.

Time flies and with a large, busy family, it all goes really fast!

Anyway, an update for you timid fabric starchers and photographic evidence that not only did it work just as I said it would, but my kitchen is a tool and I use it! Hahaha!

Here are photos sans cropping, Photoshop or any other magic. These are literally midday shots, in the middle of meal prep and bread making no less! Toddler fingers included, clock on microwave is correct, grime is regrettable  but necessary in the middle of holiday crazies.

Here you go…upper cabinets look as good as the day we did them. Lower cabinets…well, see that little hand in the lower right corner? Yeah, she peeled the last lower cabinet this month.

Honest Kitchen
Honest Kitchen
Honest Kitchen 2
Honest Kitchen 2

Again, literally in the middle of making pumpkin rolls and had a pot of orange peels and cinnamon going for humidity…lol! But see – the cabinets right over where I cook, right over where the magic of macaroni and cheese happens and all that steamy goodness – exactly the same as the day it went up.

cabinets above stove
cabinets above stove

There’s a little warpy-ness but that is mostly my application I think…and it’s only noticeable by putting a camera lens up there. I don’t know anyone in the NBA, so no one will ever see that.

And lastly, the only thing coating these cabinets after the fabric has been removed is the thousand layers of apartment paint and it looks like maybe this morning’s coffee.

No Marks
No Marks

Go Sign Up For Free Stuff!

zoe and the girls

Sew, Mama, Sew! is having their huge Giveaway Day and you should go check out all the amazing sites and see if you can’t win some great fabric and/or patterns.

There’s a LOT there, so take your time, enjoy it, and bookmark for future link reference!

Also, I noticed among my favorites is Kate of See Kate Sew! I’ve been really busy lately and haven’t posted about these, but when I get a chance to test for Kate, I take it. So, you should definitely sign up for those, and here are two more recent patterns I’ve tested: The Daydream Ruffle Dress and the Penelope Peplum. If you win, you might want to pick those. Oh, or the Aztec Vest. Or the Recess Raglan (I’ve used this one a LOT). Or…

Ok, you can’t really go wrong, you can really only have fun!

Here is some cute and me holding some cute.

Zoe and Lucy herding the hens in the Daydream Ruffle Dress #1 – We call this the Dorothy. It’s the cheapest light blue gingham you can get on Fabric.com – it’s a super airy cotton/poly blend.

zoe and lucy
zoe and lucy
zoe and the girls
zoe and the girls

This one I de-ruffled the the ruffles and how cute is that Riley Blake Cinderberry print? She was a bit tired of modeling at this point so I didn’t get a good shot of the fussy cut button, but take my word for it – it’s darling. This is called the Hans Wegner’s Daughter.

Hans Wegner's Daughter
Hans Wegner’s Daughter

And here’s me doing my best impression of modeling-not-modeling on my Penelope Peplum (baby accessory not included). This is a nice black knit from Girl Charlee – it’s just the basic cotton jersey but has a really good weight and quality to it.

Modeling-Not-Modeling
Modeling-Not-Modeling
Affectedx2
Affectedx2

Good luck winning – unless it’s something I’m hoping to win.