Karefully Made

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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!



Friday Finish & Winner Announced

Hey Guys!

I have been really busy this week working on two quilts for two birthday boys!  These boys are the children of my friends Maya and Steven.  I have only finished binding one but i am in need of a nap and I will be back tomorrow to show the second quilt.  The quilt is designed from the St. Louis 16 Patch and if you don’t know what that is you should go read the tutorial trial on the St. Louis 16 Patch.  Here are the pictures:

Here is the quilt top.  The fabric is from Shore Thing which was purchased at the Fat Quarter Shop.  I quilted the quilt with straight line quilting in a double line grid pattern.  The pictures do not do the quilting justice..;0(  I did all the quilting with silver aurifil thread (My favorite for quilting) and binded the quilt with a Bella solid.  I picked this sandy brown fabric because it made me think of the beach.


The back of the quilt has raw edge appliqué.   I used scraps from the block to create the base of the quilt back.  I also used scraps that I sewed together to cut out the letters and ship …making patchwork letters.  I think it’s super cool!IMG_0616

Here is a picture of both quilts folded waiting for binding.


Alright, well now it’s time to announce a winner for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!  Here is what Mr. Random said:

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That would make our winner….Ms. Anita!  Congratulations!  I will be emailing you shortly!2013-05-10 09.10.26 pm

Thanks if you decided to join in on the fun!  I will be linking this post to Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday , if you are visiting from there…Welcome ;0)  Please leave a comment so I can visit your blog!

Until Next Time, Sew Pretty!



Tutorial Trial

Hey Guys!

I know today is not Thursday but …. I have been working on something for you and I would have had it done by Thursday but I got my hair colored…AND… I had an extra Praise & Worship practice on Thursday night.  It was a long day!

Today’s tutorial trail comes from Aesthetic Nest.  Anneliese has created a wonderful tutorial for a Reversible Fat Quarter Apron.  I found this tutorial on Pinterest and promptly went over to Aesthetic Nest and was smitten by this tutorial.  I had to do it right away, plus my niece’s birthday is on the first.  I really had not choice but to attempt this super cute apron.

Let’s see the results:

  • How long did it take?  I was done in about two hours.  This is the quickest tutorial I have done.  I was really surprised how fast it went together.
  • Was it easy to follow? This tutorial was simple to follow!  There are lots of pictures and detailed instructions.  I did alot of first here…First time I made a buttonhole,  first time I sewed on a button and first time I used Ric Rac Trim.  Let me just say, all three were so much easier than I thought!  I am seriously thinking about taking some pattern classes soon because of this tutorial.
  • Do you have any tips?  I suggest you go through your fat quarter stash and make something fun and colorful for that sweet girl in your life!  She deserves this apron! ;0)  For the record, I could not find ribbon at my LQS that was suitable for the apron so I made some bias tape.  I made three, 3 inch by 18 inch strips folding them into double folded bias tape.  I also could not find any pom pom trim, so I just added some ric rac in it’s place.
  • Would you make it again?  I would totally make this again!  I am teaching a series of summer classes at Fabricate Studios and I think I will need some aprons on hand for those messy moments.   if you live in the Atlanta area, I hope you will let your baby get crafty with us!

Alright now let’s get to the best part!  The pictures:

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Here are the beginning stages.

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This fabric is from the collection called Madrona Road by Violet Craft.                                                                                                   I purchased this fat quarter bundle from the Fat Quarter Shop.

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Meet Princess Grace.  She is my travel machine!  She is an amazing BabyLock machine and perfect for those on the go projects!  Her bigger sister Princess Bea gets car sick and is obviously my favorite! :0) 

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Here I am in the final steps…sewing the apron together. 

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Until today I had never made a buttonhole.  Thank God for YouTube!  This video was a great help, if you don’t know how this video would be a great start. 

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Almost there, all I have left to do is sew on that button! 

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The finished product!  I am in love with it ;0) 

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I love every thing about this pattern.  The ric rac makes it soooo sweet, I only wish I had some pom pom trim.  

I have one more thing to show you!  My hair!  I absolutely love the color…something fresh for spring:

I love it!

I love it!

I will be linking up toCrazy Mom Quilts for Finish it Up Friday and Thank Goodness It’s Finished Friday.  If you are visiting from there, Welcome!  Leave a message, i would love to go check out your blog!

Until, next time friends, Sew Pretty!



Spumoni Finished!

Hey Guys!

For the record, I actually finished this quilt last Wednesday with my Janome.  Quilting it on the Janome, which would only fill half a spool at a time was like forcing a 10 year old to eat liver and lima beans, but I did it!  This was the first quilt I made for a person that I wanted to keep for myself… it is sooo pretty!  Here are the pictures:


I had to take frequent breaks because of Hello Kitty.


Here I am sewing the binding.

Binding On!  Time to be washed!

Binding On! Time to be washed!

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This is before washing.

Back of quilt

Back of quilt

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I really had fun piecing the back together.

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Washed and folded.  I love how the quilt looks after it is washed.

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Another angle of it folded.

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Close up of the quilting once washed.

So guys, what you think?  I think this is my prettiest quilt yet!  With that said I am already working on another one.  I still have pictures to show you of two I am in the process of making and my shame for still not completing my friends baby quilt.   I have to finish that quilt! I will post more tonight maybe?  I am linking up to Plum and June for Let’s Get Acquainted Monday and Quilt Story.   If you are visiting from there please comment!  I love comments and finding new blog to read and be inspired by!

Until next time, Sew Pretty!



A Finish & A New Beginning

**Disclaimer:  Excuse the exclamation points…(I am really this excitable in real life!) but this quilt is a quilting milestone for me**

Hey Guys!

Well, I have finished Mayven’s Pink Rainbow (MPR)!  Here are all the pictures..notice the orange binding.

Front of MPR

Front of MPR.  I really love the binding choice.  This picture really does it no justice!  This is the first time I did straight line quilting like this and I can seriously see me doing it again!

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Back of MPR

Back of MPR.  The appliqué really turned out perfect here….I still cannot believe that I beat that appliqué monster.  

This is the first time I did quilting like this.  I did not imagine it making the quilt look so dramatic

I know my lines could have been MORE uniformed but I love the imperfect lines…it is perfect with my HSTs.  I did not imagine it making the quilt look so dramatic…this quilt is really special! Below is a better picture of the binding…;0) 

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I am absolutely in LOVE with the straight line quilting!

This quilt has been a dream come true and surged me with even more energy to do more new things! 

I finished MPR on Sunday and Mayven absolutely loved her new quilt!  Her Dad said she went to sleep under it after church…  There is nothing more rewarding then having someone LOVE something you made for them.

After I finished that quilt, I was stumped with what to start on next….I have two projects that are due at the end of the month and then the Happy Husband made a request for a co-worker….with a promise of more fabric…what else COULD I say but SURE!  So, her is what I am working on this week…here a picture:

I will show more tomorrow!

I will show more tomorrow!

Alright, that is all for tonight, until next time…

Sew Pretty!