Last week, I finished this pretty little quilt for Kortney, my super awesome sister-in-law. She’s a big fan of purple, in case you couldn’t tell.
When I saw “Good Fortune” by the one and only Kate Spain, well, obviously I had to use it for Kortney’s quilt.
I let Kort choose how she wanted it quilted, and she was loving on the bubbles, so that’s what I did–along with a few wishbones, just for fun. Bubbles and Wishbones. Sounds like a band name.
This is a remake of a quilt I did last year for Nyah, remember? Only a little bigger and without borders.
Just a single layer cake, 1/4 yardish of white solid, some backing, binding, and batting, and BAM.
It has a little bit of machine applique on it, which I know you are all experts at now.
If you happen to only be only super-proficient at machine applique and want to become expert, of course go to my machine applique tutorial.
What did you work on last week? Or if you didn’t get a chance last week, what are you up to this week? I’ve got a bunch of longarming to do–ruler work and such. It’s going to be FUN!
PS Thanks, little brother (little? hah!) for being my quilt holder. You rock. Also, nice shoes.
I made this quilt back in April for a little sweetie named Nyah.
She’s my cousin’s best friend’s daughter (you follow that?)
In February of this year, shortly after her fourth birthday, she was diagnosed with Leukemia. She’s 2 weeks older than my goobers.
When I heard the news and asked my cousin how she was doing, she told me about the treatments, and the hospital stays, and how she was losing weight, feeling sick and cold all the time.
I couldn’t do much for the feeling sick, or the hospital, or the treatments–but I sure do know how to help someone who is cold.
Nyah loves being outside, and loves, love, LOVES rainbows. So naturally, a rainbow quilt was in order.
I felt like the quilt needed her name on it somewhere. I remember as a little kid, anything with my name on it was just that much more special.
I wanted it to be soft, and snuggly, and as gentle as it could possibly be, so I found some coordinating chenille backing, and rounded the corners of the quilt.
I quilted it in an allover wave with a pretty light yellow thread. Kinda reminds me of those egg crate foam mattresses. Remember those?
I got news just recently that her treatments have done their job for now. Her counts are good, and her prognosis is positive.
There’s still quite a way to go for her, but thank heaven for miracles–and soft snuggly quilts that remind a little tiny girl that she’s loved by people she’s never even met.
PS I was thinking of making another of these…anyone interested in a tutorial?
Remember that Ooh La la fabric by Anne Sutton/Bunny Hill I showed you last week? I used the blues and whites to make a sweet, simple baby quilt for my sister in law who’s expecting in June–and of course I forgot to take a picture. But the pinks and greys I used for this simple but really really great quilt for my other friend, who is a Disney junkie and even one-time Disney Princess at Disneyland! I threw in a few grey wovens from Etchings by 3 Sisters for Moda, as well as some Hometown by Sweetwater for the name applique and the border.
I wanted to go with something sophisticated and pretty (her color style) but still add a bit of Disney Princess glamour. I used a free Disney font to make her name, and then just freehand drew the Minnie Mouse ears and crown.
A little fuseable web, a lot of machine applique, and a bit of iridescent thread for good measure. I love how this fabric worked out, even though it’s a “baby” collection, it ended up being a nice sophisticated quilt for an adult. I love that.
She loved it, and I’m so glad. I backed it in this super soft grey Minkee. I wanted to keep it for myself, it was so soft.
I machine quilted it with an allover double swirl pattern (because I think it looks magical), and then some fun detail quilting around her name. The binding is a really cute pink and white bias stripe.
I’ve got one more gift quilt to finish for my sweet baby nephew (I’m in love with him) who’s already 3 weeks old (mini-Swoon, anyone?) and then I’m on to spring pattern writing frenzy! I’ve got all the quilts made up, and several of the patterns written and tested, but I’m waiting on fabric for the last two.
Have you made any gifts lately? Or used a fabric collection for a different purpose than it was intended?
Or a lot carried away.
In the middle of this project, I asked the Mister why it was that I start huge projects and don’t realize how huge they are until I am in the middle of them. He just smiled, because I always do this, and he always warns me.
Or like if there are actually enough hours between now and the craft night before Christmas to make fourteen zip pouches and still have time to sleep and eat. (Let alone enjoy the holiday with my kids.)
Someday I would like to say that I have a better concept of space and time. But until then, I’ll be very, very grateful for patterns like this one, that go together in a snap and have perfect instructions for the novice and expert alike.
And believe me, if there had a been a problem, I would know. I made fourteen in the space of about 36 hours.
Thanks for the great pattern, Elizabeth. You saved my tail feathers.
PS: I made these pouches exclusively from scraps I had sitting around. The only thing I bought new were the zippers. The twill and denim came from pairs of my husbands old pants that I couldn’t figure out what to do with but felt bad throwing away. The back of each pouch is made from a piece of solid twill or denim to match the solid strip at the bottom on the front.
Follow this tutorial. (But use a zig sag stitch when machine sewing. Trust me on this.)
No, seriously, I made a few of these…BIG hit. And of course, why wouldn’t they be? They’re adorable, if I do say so myself, and a GREAT idea for birthday party gifts. I threw these together in under 2 hours a piece, and that was with major three-year-old distractions. Just grab up some knee socks when you see them and have them on hand.
What is your go-to birthday gift? I need ideas, because as cute as these are, I’m not sure I can give them for every birthday from here on out. Enlighten me!