Archive for the ‘Quilting’ Category

We have all recovered from last week and getting Kira and her class ready for the end of school.  Summer vacation has officially arrived for us.  While I’m excited for the time off, it also means I’m going to be “ON” for the entire summer.  It’s just my girl and me,  and I’ve got lots of stuff planned for us.  You’ll be seeing the fruit of our labor quite soon.  In the mean time, my own summer fun has begun.

The Wild Olive Summer Stitch Club 2013 has kicked off and oh how excited I am.  Here are a few of my hexagons!!!  I loved this fabric line, then I didn’t, now I do again!!!  Choosing the fabric is really the hardest part for me.


And here’s the club’s first embroidery pattern! I did it last night while watching Game Of Thrones (that’s a topic for another post, actually not for this blog at all).


I decided not to use a hoop and was surprised how easy it still was to stitch!  Didn’t want to deal with overly wrinkling it.  I’ve also decided to use a natural color linen instead of white.  It just looks like a better fit with this fabric line.  Opinions welcome…


I’m totally smitten with this project!!! And the pattern that arrived this morning is even cuter than this one.  I’ll get to work on that one tomorrow night.

Today is my 7th wedding anniversary and tonight it’s all about me and my hubby!!! Stitching and hexis can wait!!!

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Creative Packaging

Need is the mother of invention! Not sure if I got the quote right, don’t know who said it, but its true.

Cake box aka perfect gift box for a baby quilt! This size is 8×8 and the little window gives you a sneak peek!


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A huge thank you to those who left warm, loved-filled comments on my ‘last post.  Your words ment the world to me.  I hope you and everyone out there had a wonderful holiday weekend.

Daddy and Kira got to spend lots of quality time together which freed me up to spend some quality time in the sewing room (and Joann’s, and Micheals, and Barnes and Noble and the park (to work out with my personal trainer sister, she refuses to let me be still for too long and I’m grateful to her for it).  Here’s how I spent the weekend.

I finished up another quilt.  I’ve had it and another one sitting around for way to long.  Now I can finally sent them out into the world to be played, puked and loved on by two adorable little babes.  One reason I had them so long was to do a compare and contrast between the two.  Same pattern, different quilting styles.

Here’s Hudson’s quilt!  I used my “go-to” baby quilt pattern, Charm Squares Baby Quilt.  The fabric line is Mishchief and it’s just adorable.



I love the yellow polka dot binding, it just screams “happy”!!


And here’s Maggie’s quilt (you remember this one).  Same pattern but different quilting.


The meandering pattern on Hudson’s quilt actually made it about 1 1/2 to 2 inches smaller than Maggie’s.   If I’d stuck with plan A it would have been even smaller.  I was going to use a pebbling pattern  but it just didn’t look good enough for a quilt that was intended as a gift.


Definitely more practice…oh the burden…(hee hee).

The rainy, cool days this weekend served me well.


They may have been a bit of a disappointment for some but not for me.

Now to get these in the mail!

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My mother in law is the queen of gift giving.  No one can top her when it comes to finding the perfect gift, combination of gifts or making the gift giving season last and last.  Christmas is her favorite!  She gives Kira presents for every Sunday in Advent.  And I’m talking about a big gift bag/box of perfectly coordinated items, usually a book, toy, outfit, game/puzzle and always an ornament for the tree.  It’s amazing and overwhelming all at the same time.  Kira loves it and basically sits by the door every Sunday morning for the entire month of December.  She also go all the way for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Birthday (in May), 4th of July…see where this is going.

The entire family agreed 2 years ago that since we are family there is no need for thank you notes.  Now up to that point, we had all been super diligent about sending them to each other.  So last year no notes and the truth is it felt totally wrong.  So this year I thought of a great alternative.

The new Thank You note…..


A thank you mug rug!!  No one is as dedicated to their morning coffee as she is, so now her coffee mug has a place to rest.  She is reminded of her grandchild and gratitude has been expressed.

A bit more time-consuming than a simple card/note but how happy am I to have yet another reason to quilt.  Now I don’t think I’ll  be making one for every holiday but definitely for the big ones!! This one is for Christmas/Easter.  The next one will be saying thanks after Kira’s birthday.


This has all my favorite elements, a bit of embroidery.  I got to practice my French knots.


Applique…which I’m getting better at…


And the actual quilting of course.  My mind has been racing with all the applique projects and applications out there.  Let’s face it, my mind has been racing with tons of projects period!


I love the back of this mug rug the most.  I’ll talk about the process of arriving to this point in another post.


All wrapped and ready to go.  Kira delivered it to the Gma on Sunday to rave reviews!!  Mission accomplished!!

I might borrow it back to add a date.  I always forget to add a label.

The wording for the mug rug was found on Pinterest then I added a personal touch.


Now to make them for the rest of the family. Oh what a heavy burden, all these thank you notes to “write”…hee hee!!!!

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…is I wish I were the kind of person who can ignore when their environment is in chaos and just sew, quilt, knit the hours away stress free.  But I’m not.  When my world is turned even a little upside down I can have to “right it” before I can relax.  So hence another delay in my blogging.  We’ve been renovating some parts of our house and there’s been dust, boxes and paint cans every where.  But hubby is now putting the place back together and I’m feeling a little less nuts.

So that said, let’s play catch up, again and hopefully we’ll be back on track (till the next thing)…

My give-away was beyond a success.  I’m up to 49 Likes, hooray!! And I had not one but two winners.  I felt it only right to give both the 45th (who got me to my goal) and the 46th person (who pushed it beyond my goal) both prizes.  They’ve both been notified and gifts are in the mail.  Enjoy and don’t forget to share what you make with your goodies.

Yesterday was the first day I could see above the mess and spent a few minutes at the sewing machine.  I had wanted to share this on Valentine’s Day but…here it is now.

My first attempt at applique and I’m pretty pleased with the results.


There is so much fun stuff out there to do with applique.   I just had to finally take my head out-of-the-way, stop over thinking and just jump in.  I used letter shaped cookie cutters to make the letters.  Always think outside of the box!!


Not to bad for a first attempt.  I got a bit wonky going around the corner of the L but when I slowed down and followed the advice from this blogger, it worked perfectly…check out the O.  Slow and steady wins the race!


And I now have a great new mug rug for my sewing room.


A little digression…Don’t you love that mason jar! I found it a Sur La Table (of all places, over the top expense store but these, I bought 4, were only $3.99)  If you have the patience you can find some cute stuff in there, all the way in the back by the clearance section.  Can you see the rooster!! I just love them.  It says “not for hot content” on the back but my fire fighter husband assures me I’m safe. The explanation of glass and heat conductivity would go beyond digression.

Back to the point.  If you’re interested in giving applique a try I have a bunch of tutorials pinned on my quilting tutorials board on Pinterest.  Or you can click here, here or here.  (Can’t assume we are all on Pinterest…)

Ok I’m off to finish up a baby quilt!!!  Another finished project tomorrow and maybe even an Oscar Sunday themed BLT!! (It’s been a while)

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Bad Planning

I was so pleased with how Maggie’s quilt turned out that I started another one.  This pattern is definitely my “go-to” baby quilt when I need something easy and quick but still looks like there was some effort put in.

Here, another quilt top all done.  This one is for a precious boy who arrived a week ago today.  Hopefully his mom is too busy and won’t see this post.  It’s not a surprise but still….


The name of this charm pack is Mischief.  I couldn’t resist, it was just to perfect for a boy.  My only problem is I didn’t order the backing fabric until two days ago so now I have to wait to finish it.  I even have the batting.  Hence the bad planning…


It will be totally worth the wait though.  The backing fabric will be that blue square.  I decided to be a bit colorful with this one.  Blue backing, green sashing and fun busy prints.  I think baby Hudson will like it.

If you’d like to keep an even closer eye on what old Earthtones Girl is up to, don’t forget to check out my Facebook page.  When I get to 50 Likes there will be a sweet little giveaway!!!

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Maggie’s Quilt

It was my best intention to knit while watching the Superbowl yesterday but that so didn’t happen.  We watched the game over at a friend’s house and between touchdowns, commercials, and a kick-ass half time show I was making sure Kira didn’t eat to many brownies from the dessert table.  Not a single stitch was completed.  However while the little one napped  before the game, I was able to finish a quilt!! First one for the year (and many to come)!!

This one is for my dearest friend May’s new (7 months old) niece.   I’m so proud of the quilt but even prouder that it’s actually done and before she graduates college.

Maggie's Quilt Febuary 2013

Maggie’s Quilt February 2013


I absolutely love this charm pack from the Fat Quarter Shop called Chemistry.   And again very appropriate for February’s love fest!!


Check out the backing fabric!  Which, don’t laugh, I found at Joann’s.


Could it be any more perfect?

And I’ve never bound a quilt with white before.  I wasn’t even sure it was “allowed”.  I know you’re laughing but I was honestly expecting the quilting police to show up.  But it pops so nicely and looks so crisp against the pinks and reds.


And I don’t know if you can see it but there are white (tone on tone) hearts on the fabric.  I’m so happy with how this came together, considering I broke the cardinal rule and bought all the various fabric components from different places at different times.


Ok, I’m off to make another one for another special baby that arrived this past Saturday.  A boy this time.  What until you see the colors for that one.

Oh, and I almost forgot…the pattern for this quilt can be found here.

What did you get done or not done this weekend?

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