Karefully Made

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January’s Finish Goal

Hello Everyone!

I have to admit I have been super busy enjoying all the free sewing time and feeling the pressure to get everything I want to make ..made before I get a REAL job. ;0)  One day that will happen.  Just the same I was able to finish my goal for January which was to finish piecing my son’s quilt.  Here is it:


Let me just say, the quilt is perfect for my son but was painful for me to piece.  It was not fun to make at all!  It was a huge life sized puzzle that was not getting along with me.  Just the same …I am sure he will love it!

So my goals for February are:

  • Complete my Stash Bee Block
  • Complete my Hope.Do.Good.Stiches block
  • Finish my March Birthday gift

Until next time, Sew Pretty!



Happy Birthday Janena

Hello Everyone!

Today is my baby sister’s birthday!  She is super sweet and for that reason I have been working on a special present just for her….all week!  LOL!   Your quilt is call the Plus Quilt and used various fabric with Amy Butler Dots.  The size of the quilt is 60 inches by 70 inches.  One of my larger quilts but not the largest.  Pop Pop has the largest quilt, so far.  The quilt is binded in a pink and purple strip.  This quilt made me think of my sister as I was putting it together.  It’s so fun and lively…just like her!   So Nena, here is!  Your very own quilt:


Sorry for the dark pictures, Sis but you can always facetime ….for a closer look.  I will be putting your gift in the mail on Friday after guild!  The ladies must see this modern plus quilt up close. IMG_0778

Above is the back of the quilt.  I really think you will enjoy the back, Nena, one print says “BLAH, BLAH, BLAH”  and the print with the flowers is called MOXIE.  I pray you get just enough Moxie under this quilt!  The last print is hop scotch…since I always remember you hopping around as a kid annoying me.

The picture below shows a bag for you to fill up,  an up close look at the quilt label and a closer look at the straight line quilting.

In the middle of me working on Janena’s quilt, I got my happy fingers on a Amy Butler Hapi Design Roll.  I woke up early this morning, feeling restless, and decided to baste, quilt and bind this Hapi quilt top.  I binded it in some yellow Tula Pink and backed it with some Anna Marie Horner viole.  It was so easy quilting this …I really though working with the viole would be difficult but I really worked well…and it feels AMAZING!

IMG_0783Well that is all for now, I am going to get some coffee and a breakfast snack!  Once again…HAPPY BIRTHDAY NENA!  I hope you feel as special as you truly are.

With Love,



Project Quilting Submission + More

Hello my Quilty Peeps!

I started project quilting last year and decided to jump in with this very large pouch.   I foundation pieced it on a two 12 1/2 by 12 1/2 inch squares.  I thought I would really quilt it but in the end, I liked the puffy look from quilting it on to the batting.  This is the first thing I have made from my pink scrap bin and I must say it was very freeing to just grab and go!

I named my little pouch, Sending Love Pouch.  If you look on the picture to the right, inside the heart it says, Sending you love….how sweet!  The pouch is 9 inches tall and 14 inches wide.  It’s a good size pouch.  It is quilted with warm and natural batting and is also lined in pink fabric.


I will be linking up here for Project Quilting, Season 5 Challenge 1.

Now, here is a peek at the quilt I am working on for my sister.  I have finished the top and quilted it.  I also was able to put on a label.  I really like how this label turned out.  Please tell me what you think.


I will show more pictures once I am finished.  If you want to see more check out my Instagram (@theprettyladybaby)  I told you all, a weeks ago about me ordering labels from Spoonflower.  They are really working out great!  I took my label and added a boarder and got this:


I really like how it turned out!  Well until, next time….

Sew Pretty!



A Quilt for My Mom

Good Morning!

Well, it’s Friday and I have a finish to share with you guys.  My Mom just recently had surgery and the day before her surgery, I received this text from her:

Where is my Blankie?

I made my mother a small quilt when I first started and I felt not only was it time for an update but she would also need something special for her recovery.  So while she was searching her house for her “blankie” I was creating this!


I used a shot cottons Jelly Roll and let me just say these pictures do the quilt NO justice.  This rainbow is  the most stunning rainbow.  If you want to make something similar, it’s too easy!  I finished this quilt in a day!  I pulled off each strip in the order it came in and sewed each strip to each other.  Then I backed it with 2 yards of fabric and a half yard of bias tape.  The backing I chose was  a deep ruby red  and this stunning binding.


I quilted it with Aurifil on my Bernina (Princess Bea).  I love how the quilting thread looks different in each strip of color.

IMG_0644If you want to know more about this quilt, check out my Mom’s blog here.

I will be linking at the blogs on the right along with Crazy Mom Quilts.  Don’t forget to enter my 100th Post Giveaway, here!  Today is the Last day!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!



Work In Progress


So I am working on a quilt for my sister this week.  Her birthday is in January and hopefully I am right in thinking …she does not look at this blog.  My sister loves bright colors and boy will this quilt be bright!  I am using the plus block pattern from Love Patchwork & Quilting Issue 1.  If you are not already getting this magazine …get it!  It is amazing!!


I decided to use my Amy Butler dots along with some low volume prints.  So here are my blocks:


I want to make a 4 x 5 layout, so I have a good number of blocks left to do.  But let me say these blocks come together so fast!  So what do you think?  I am now pondering how I should quilt these very modern blocks.

I am linking up to the blogs on my sidebar, so if you are visiting….Welcome!  Also, don’t forget to enter for a chance to win in my 100th Post Giveaway!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!



Panic At the Disco

Good Morning!

A couple of months ago I was on Facebook and i saw this picture:

geo patchwork

This quilt is from Urban Outfitters and is super expensive.  It is currently unavailable.  Just the same, I saved the image and decided I wanted to make a quilt.  In December, I went with a friend to Spool and got a 18 fat quarter Shot Cotton bundle.  On the way home, I decided this bundle would be used to create a quilt from my inspiration above.  I then cut all my fat quarters to 6 inch squares and  to draw my quilt top layout.IMG_0496

I then, made the center block.  I made just enough half square triangle units to make the center star.  I put it together and saw some wonky-ness…so I took it apart and trimmed each HST unit to a 5 inch square.  After I put the trimmed blocks together it looked so much better that I trimmed 100 more block down.  To put the quilt together, I used my layout, design wall and time to get it just right.  Here are the results: IMG_0675 IMG_0676 IMG_0678

I may still add a border but for now the top is done!  Last night I was telling my husband what i really liked about the quilt was the chaos around the star.  It makes me think about how I can only control myself and not everything around me.  With that said, I have named this quilt Panic at the Disco, which is a saying my husband and I use in our Special Education classrooms.  Here is an example:

Me:  How was your day at work?

Him:  Panic at the Disco but  I’m good.

Our students can often need so much from us and in the midst of the daily action all you can really do is control yourself and your reactions.  I think that is what makes you a great teacher is your reaction!

I hope you enjoyed my quilt story :0)  Don’t forget to enter my giveaway  as I celebrate my 10th post and  my 1st year in blogging!  Enter here.

Until next time, Sew Pretty!



100th Post Giveaway!

And the winner is Jessica P!  

Hello Everyone,

Today is an important milestone for me.  This post is my 100th post and I feel there should be some celebration, some pomp and circumstance …oh and a giveaway ;0)   I have been blogging now for a year and I must say blogging has been very good for me.  I have almost 300 followers counting Facebook, WordPress and Blog Lovin.  I am so happy that so many of you are willing to read, comment and share with me.  I really enjoy reading all of your comments and am so grateful for the support of the quilting community.


Part of my chores to start the New Year was organizing my scraps.  It was an ordeal people!  I have a lot of scraps.  I have some of every color, so I though a rainbow scrap pack would be a great treat.  All you need to do is to comment in this post by answering the following questions:

What do you think of the new layout?  Do you have any suggestions?

I will choose a winner of the rainbow scrap pack pictured above on Friday.

Until Next time, Sew Pretty!