March 31, 2014

Featured Tutorial - Elephant Softies by Christina Mckinney

Hello! I'm stopping by today, a very rainy day here in California (what a blessing!) to share with you two stuffed elephants (pattern from Christina Mckinney) I just finished. I made them specially for my new baby's room. Actually I'd love to share more pics from the nursery, but as I told earlier I'm very slowly these days and I'm just waiting some mom's help to get things done ;-)

But, as you can see I've chosen the colors for my baby boy nursery: gray and blue. I also chose chevron and polka dots as the main patterns for some decorating items and bedding.

I'm also starting a new section on my blog: Tips&Tutorials. In this case this is a featured one, since the pattern is from Christina to Birch Fabrics Blog. Thank you so much Christina and Birch Blog to share this clear and easy tutorial!

If you're looking for stuffed animals for your baby or toddler I'm sure you can please them with this very cute elephant. I've seen some very colorful and they are super fun! I'm also thinking in a very scrappy one!

I've linked up my finished elephant softies in Needle and Thread Thursday hosted by Kelly on her blog"My Quilt Infatuation"; in Fabric Frenzy Friday hosted by Lindsey and Jodie on their blog "Fortworth Fabric Studio". Also In Crazy Mom Quilts in her famous Finish it up Friday weekly post.

Needle and Thread Thursday         Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

March 24, 2014

Annie's Choice Block - Wishes Quilt Along

Oh, Ok, I wish I had more than blocks to show... completed quilts would be awesome, right?! Let's be realistic though... actually I'm happy to have one more block from Wishes quilt along. At least I'm following the schedule, it'd be sad if I still had three blocks to make since we are in March! 

So, third month of the year, third block of the quilt along, this is awesome very good too! 

My impressions of this block (see the PDF pattern here):

1 - I cut the pieces in less than 25 min, could sew the units in less than 20 min. I was pretty confident I'd not spending more than one hour to make the block. Then...

2- I had a hard time matching points, specially when I was assembling the four units. The reasons probably are: since making my first block of this series I realized my background fabric (light blue) is stretching a lot. Well, it's a very cheap fabric from Joann. Love Joann but, I'm not using Country Classic cotton for piecing anymore. For backing... maybe (can't resist combining 50%Off coupon and getting it for half of the price ;-)

3- I gave up being so perfectionist and let some points  not matching. A couple of. That's fine... huuum, not really. Ok, then.
I'd love to know more about how you deal with imperfections...  feel free to tell about!

My block was linked up in WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced Blog by Lee (one of the authors of  the book Vintage Quilt Revival), in Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation blog written by the quilt designer Kelly also in Fabric Frenzy Friday hosted by Fort Worth Fabric Studio.

Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog

March 20, 2014

Explore - Sugar Block Club

Hello! How I miss being here more often! At this time I was busy because of two parties I had in the last 3 weeks (no sickness whatsoever)! I had a really good time celebrating my baby that is coming in just one month!!!! Oh, don't ask me if the Nursery is done, it's not fair! hahaha

I also had a really good time cooking. Yep! I made a lot of Brazilian snacks for my guests! Actually I felt like I should share some recipes in my blog... not sure for now!

Well, here is my third block (pattern from the Sugar Block Club). It was nice making this one using a template for some units... I should try more paper piecing. I thoughtthe title for March challenge ("Be an explorer") was very appropriate too... I did explore a bit on quilting, cooking, I even started walking regularly! I took important, I mean very important personal decisions that involved my family well being. I did not have a good beginning this month, I have to be honest. And to get to the point to have some decisions taken, tears had to come...but, I'm feeling very well... I could say... proud of my self ;-)

Let's take a look at my block! If you are interested in being a Sugar Block Club member, go here to get more info!

I linked up this post in Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog at their Fabric Frenzy Fabric party, in Confessions of an fabric addict Blog also in My Quilt Infatuations. Check it out by clicking in the boxes bellow!

        Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog            My Quilt Infatuation