Quilt 2011-1

I’m so excited to have finished this quilt! It’s not perfect but that’s OK. I did change the pattern a teeny bit and used the pink gingham/cherries as an inner border with the aqua version of the fabric as an outer border, instead of using the two equally in the border. I still need to pick out the backing and binding but I’m not in a huge hurry right now, especially since I’ll be sending it out to get quilted.

One down, 11 to go!

In Progress

We’re still snowed in down here in Hothlanta, so I ventured to my poor, neglected studio to spend some time with the quilt I started right after Christmas. I fell in love with this Oh-Cherry-Oh! fabric by Me and My Sister Designs for Moda as soon as I saw it and promptly bought the fabric I needed to make the Simply Sweet quilt pattern that was released with the fabric.

And then ignored it. For two years.

I’m not big on making resolutions but I have decided to work through my stash this year and actually make some of the projects I’d planned with the fabric I bought. This quilt seemed like a good place to start, especially during these dreary, gray days.

My intention was to get back to work on it as soon as the kids went back to school in January but that didn’t happen quite like planned. This week was starting to look like a bust, too, but then Miss L spent yesterday afternoon at a friend’s house around the corner — ideal time for doing a little sewing.

Today’s been a little less productive but I’ve at least got the block centers planned and even managed to sew a few of them before the dogs chased me back upstairs. (And what is up with that? They’re both asleep on their bed again but I know they’ll be at my heels the minute I set foot on the stairs. Bossy puppies.) It’s just the pick-me-up I need right now, between the cold temps and the icy roads.

Twirl, Baby, Twirl

I love when inspiration strikes. I’ve been mulling over a modified version of the That*Darn*Kat Round Neck Dress. When my Wonderland by Momo (Moda) fabric arrived from Fabric Hound, I suspected it would be a great match for my idea — and I was right.

Miss L’s very twirly dress is a huge hit with both of us. The modification was very easy: I cut the bodice about three inches below the armscythe. The lower part is essentially a twirl skirt cut with three 6.5″ tiers (I used a 1/2″ seam allowance). The middle tier is four pieces of two alternating fabrics (the same ones used on the bodice and neckline).  (Note: I used the size 4/5 as the basis for this dress, intending for it to last throughout the summer and maybe into the fall.)

I used only one button on each side of the neckline, a pretty red flower button from a past Chez Ami sale that reminded me of the flowers on one of the fabrics.

A certain little miss is really into twirling and said she was quite satisfied with the twirl factor of this dress. And repeatedly demanded that I photograph her in action. (Definitely a good idea to take pics before she ate dinner; that could have been gross.)

It was definitely a lot of gathering — even with the use of my serger — but the results made it totally worthwhile. Especially when I saw all those happy smiles.