Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Bungle Jungle

I recently finished my second ever quilt!
I made a baby quilt for a woman I work with who was having a baby boy. I fell in love with this adorable kiddo fabric - Bungle Jungle by Tim and Beck.
It is bright and happy and has wonderfully fun colors. Perfect for a baby boy!

I also used this tutorial from Moda Bakeshop.
It was a fairly easy tutorial for a beginner quilter like me and if I need another baby gift one day, I will probably use the same pattern.

This pattern required 1 Charm Pack and 1 Jelly Roll and addtional yardage for the sashing.

Charm squares and jelly roll strips matched together.

The start of the blocks.
I wish I had "fussy cut" the giraffe better so her eyes were showing...oh well...still learning!

The blocks completed and ready for the sashing.

Quilt Top Done!  Yay!

The quilt back used the leftover jelly roll strips sewn together.

After quilting! All over design in the strips, squiggles in the sashing and free-hand stars in the center. My friend, Sharyn, is just starting her long-arm quilting business and I was her first paying customer!

LOVED the binding on this quilt! It is also made with the jelly roll strips. It turned out very cute!

Binding sewn on and showing some of the back and front together.

ALL DONE! The colors of this quilt are so fun.
The pictures don't do it justice and I was taking them at night.
My craft room has bright light, but it kinda washed out the colors.

The finished back.

My friend, Rosalie, LOVED this quilt and said she was going to hang it on her son's wall so it didn't get ruined.  I told her to use the quilt. It's supposed to be used and loved, and spit up on and rolled in and everything little boys do.
This was a fun project, went together fairly quickly and I'm really happy with the way it turned out!

Now on to quilt number three - another bright, happy quilt for my grandson.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pumpkins, A Super Hero and Lottsa Pink!

Our three sons are grown men, so husband Chris and I haven't decorated or carved pumpkins for Halloween in several years. But this year our oldest son and grandson are with us and Lil Man and I decorated with banners, bats, ghosts and pumpkins and the other night we carved the pumpkins we brought home from the pumpkin patch and had a great time!

 He had fun with the "guts" - even touching Daddy with his icky hands!


 These pumpkins had very thick rinds - almost 2 inches - so there was a lot of scraping down the insides so they would be easier to carve.

 Supervising Daddy while he traces the pattern.

 Husband cheated a bit and used the dremel to carve his!

 and Chris and I did it the old-fashioned way - with knives!

Yay! The finished pumpkins! I think they came out really well and we got a lot of compliments on Halloween night from the trick-or-treaters!

And speaking of trick-or-treaters.....we started out with 276 pieces of candy and handed out about 225! Lots of little people in great costumes this year and less of the teenagers that put on a scary mask and call that a costume!

We had a HUGE bowl of candy ready!

Captain America! (aka our grandson Christopher)

and our granddaughter Presley as "DeeDee Doodlebop"

She had great make-up too but it's hard to see here.

This was our granddaughter, Ellie's first Halloween and she is "The Furry Pink Monster". Not really sure if this costume has an actual name or not!

Love ya little Ellie Bean!

The weather cooperated and it didn't start raining until about 9:00 p.m.
The kids had a great time trick-or-treating, came home with LOADS of candy and it was an awesome Halloween!