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We are Grandparents!!!

We are so thrilled to announce the arrival of our first grand child.  We travelled to their home town on July 5th, two days before the official due date.   Unfortunately the baby decided that it didn’t want to make an appearance on the scheduled date.  As each day went by we got more and more nervous that it wouldn’t be born before our scheduled departure date of July 15th.  I guess the baby decided that it was worth meeting us after all.  Cameron James was born at 4:45am on Thursday, July 14th.  He was 7lbs 12 ounces and 20.5 inches long.  Mom, Dad and Cameron are all doing well and adjusting to life as a family.

Here is a picture of Cameron before they even weighed/measured him.

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And of course proud Grandma and Grandpa with Cameron:

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36 hours old after his first home bath.

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And a few pictures of the nursery with the quilt, pillow, window treatment and crib skirt that I made.

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Two Sided Baby Quilt FAL#3

I have my third finish of the 2nd quarter (here is a link to my original list ). It’s a quilt for our first grandchild.  I was having trouble trying to decide on a design for the quilt so I decided to go with my two favourites and make it a two sided quilt.  Are you noticing a theme here.  All of the items that I made for our grand baby are two sided.   I wanted to give the parents as many options as possible for their nursery. I was asked to make everything gender neutral using any combination of green aqua, navy, yellow and grey.

ribbon-quilt-pinterestI saw this quilt idea on Pinterest and thought it would be perfect for a baby quilt.  Neither too masculine or feminine.  I changed the design a little bit.  Instead of each row alternating the twist I made them all start and twist in unison.  I like it better this way….softer and less distracting. I made 104 of these little blocks and then trimmed them all.  Despite hating all the time it takes to trim the blocks, I do get some satisfaction from looking at the big pile of perfectly sized blocks and the colourful pile of cuttings.

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I placed all the blocks on my design wall to help me decide what order to place the colours.

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Then came the second quilt top for the back.   I made 108 half square triangles using numerous prints and solids in each colour group.  Once again I used my trusty design wall to lay out the HSTs and came up with this design.  I then added white strips to make the top 5″ bigger on all four sides so I could mount it on my longarm.

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I wasn’t able to do any intricate free motion quilting because it would look good on the one side but the design would not match up with the quilt layout on the other side.  I went with an all over design called Arrowhead.

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I used two layers of batting, Hobbes 80/20 and a high loft polyester.  It really gives some life to the free motion quilting.

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I really wanted to put a label on the quilt for our grand baby.  Unfortunately,  because it was two sided, there was nowhere to put it where it wouldn’t stand out and take away from the quilt.  I found this great post online where a quilter showed how she stitched words into her bindings to replace the traditional label.  It was perfect.  I used off white thread so that it would just disappear into the binding but you could still find it if you were looking for it.  It says “Made with love 2016  Grandma Debbie”

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Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Linky Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network

Lets Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts

Needle and Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

Finish it Up Friday @Crazy Mom Quilts

TGIFF @A Quarter Inch from the Edge

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Whomp There it is @A Quilted Passion

Show Off Saturday @Sew Can She

 

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2016 FAL Quarter 1

I’m jumping on board the 2016 Finish-a-Long again.  I just love that it keeps me focused and motivated to complete my list each quarter.  This year it is being hosted by several different bloggers from around the world.

My first quarter list has three goals.  I want to finish Leftovers VI.  It was on my list twice last year so hopefully this will be the last time.

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I would like to finish my second Quilts of Valour charity quilt:

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And finally, I have a baby quilt in progress.  We are having a bit of a baby explosion in our family so I need to get this finished before the next one is born.

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Charity Quilts

Our guild is collecting baby quilts for Our Lady of Grace.  The quilts will go to pregnant or parenting teens.  I had some left over fabric from Leah’s Quilt so I decided to make a baby girl quilt.  I love the colours…they look so girly and feminine.  I went a little overboard with the quilting, what else is new, but hopefully whoever gets it will like it.  This quilt is also my second FAL finish for the 4th quarter and my November ALYoF goal.

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When it was finished I decided that I needed to make one for a baby boy too. I raided my stash and came up with this version:
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They look so cute together:
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Linking up to:

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Made by you Monday @Skip to my Lou

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

WIP Wednesday @The Needle and Thread Network

WIP Wednesday @Freshly Pieced

Let’s Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts

Needle and Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

Whoomp There It Is @A Quilted Passion

Finish It Up Friday @Crazy Mom Quilts

Free Motion Mavericks @Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing

TGIFF @Anja Quilts

Link a Finish Friday @Richard and Tanya Quilts

Can I Get A Whoop Whoop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Show Off Saturday @Sew Can She

 

 

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Leah’s Quilt

Now that I have given this quilt as a gift I can post pictures of it.  It is my Oct ALYoF Goal and my first finish for the final quarter of the 2015 Finish-a-Long.

This summer Erin married her sweetheart Paul.  Paul’s sister Sue just had a baby girl.  She is the first grandchild in their family.  In honour of the birth of Leah and the joining of our families I made her this baby quilt.

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I used a stylized feather in the lighter triangles to push them into the background and have the brighter triangles pop forward.
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I used trapunto to make the hearts pop and then did a dense quilting in the background to enhance their 3d effect even more.
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I like the back of this quilt. I used some left over HST blocks and a few 5 inch squares. You can really see the free motion quilting on the back.
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Linking up to

Design Wall Monday @Patchwork Times

Mad by You Monday @Skip To My Lou

Sew Cute Tuesday @Blossom Heart Quilts

Handmade Tuesday @Ladybug Blessings

Fabric Tuesday @Quilt Story

Linky Tuesday @Freemotion by the River

Too Cute Tuesday @Funky Polkadot Giraffe

Let’s Bee Social @Sew Fresh Quilts

Needle and Thread Thursday @My Quilt Infatuation

Link a Finish Friday @Richard and Tanya Quilts

Can I Get a Whoop Whoop @Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Whoomp There It Is @A Quilted Passions

TGIFF @Faith and Fabric

Sew off Saturday @Sew Can She

 

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A Lovely Year of Finishes

This year I’ve decided to participate in ‘A Lovely Year of Finishes’ (#ALYoF) hosted by Bitter Sweet Designs.  At the beginning of each month you have to blog about one WIP that you want to finish that month.  Hopefully by the end of the month you will have attained your goal.

My goal for January is to finish this baby quilt made with Zen Chic Barcelona.

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