Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Pacific Northwest Baby Quilt

This baby quilt was also sent off a few weeks ago... after the birth of a little boy (gender was a surprise) to another of my college teammate/roommates. They live in the Pacific Northwest, so I thought it was the perfect time to cut into a plaid and stripes fat quarter bundle that I've had since 2012. I bought it at the Prickly Pear Quilting Shop in Helena, MT. It was a super cute little shop and I was happy to find a bundle of these plaids...


I had the border fabric on hand as well, so all I had to purchase was the backing (the binding was cut from the fat quarter bundle). Simple cross-hatching quilting was all this quilt needed. I loved how crinkly it was after I washed and dried it!!



In addition to the quilt, I also sent off this little wall plaque that I made. I used a scrap piece of wood from our reclaimed barnwood stash and painted an evergreen on it (after asking the mommy-to-be what would be a good, simple addition to their nursery). I braided some jute twine for hanging the plaque on the wall.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Three Peas in a Pod Baby Quilt

This baby quilt was sent off to a little lady born a few weeks ago (her mom was one of my teammates and roommates in college). The gender was a surprise, so I decided on doing an eye-spy quilt... the border and part of the backing has veggie fabrics that include "three peas in a pod" which is one of the ways that the happy parents announced the pregnancy :)


Simple construction and binding: 5" charms in a 6x8 layout and a 4" border... cross-hatching for the quilting and scrappy green binding for the finishing touches.



The backing, binding and a close-up of the peas in a pod!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Family Photo Series {Small Groups}

When doing an entire family photoshoot, it is always a good idea to do a few other specific groups...



Cousins! E was a little heavy for her cousin. We should have had him sitting to help him feel more comfortable. 



Grandparents with their grandchildren. Different heights: good. Background: OK; I think with the smaller groups, we probably could have worked it out to only have one texture, instead of the two you see here. 



Siblings and Spouses



Siblings. This wasn't even a staged picture, but I thought to show it anyways... sunspots and all! Because of the backlighting, I played with the lighting and added some filters. Some really dislike filters, but I'm a fan :) I think there is a time and a place for them. I may overuse them myself, but that's just my style!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WIP: A Pillow for E {April ALYOF Goal}

Sorry for the poor lighting! I put together this block from scraps from the birthday dress that I made for E (her birthday is this month!) The colors match her bedroom really well, so I just had to use the scraps to make a scrappy pillow! 


My goal is to add an outer border, do a little quilting and then sew an envelope backing before throwing it on E's already full bed. Should be fun!


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Current WIP List...

  • 1 pillow top needing a border then quilting and then needing a back (current post)


Current UFO List...
  • Twin size quilt top needing a border then quilting and binding
  • A quilt top from my grandma needing quilting and binding
  • 1 lap quilt needing quilting then binding 
  • 6 baby quilt tops needing quilting and binding 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Family Photo Series {Couples}

There are so much inspiration on the internet for different poses, especially for couples. However, the main reason that I never want to become a professional photographer is because I just don't feel comfortable choosing just the right poses to get the best pictures and then talking the subjects into those poses. Thankfully, this family photoshoot was pretty low-key, and everyone helped each other with pose ideas :)



Here is a fun and casual pose that was perfect for these two :) Smiles everywhere!



The grandparents! 


Always love a good close-up :) but you may notice that he is wearing black and she is wearing brown. This may not bother some (specifically my husband, ha!), but it is something to be watchful of as the person behind the camera.



So, we switched up the pose and had him take the vest off. 


Not a whole lot of "lessons" in this post, but it does show a few different pose possibilities for couples!


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Four Bindings Complete {March ALYOF Finish}

I wasn't sure if I'd make it this month, but here they are... four baby quilts have finished bindings!

Goal Post Here
Number 84 in Linky Party 


Sure, the binding was already attached to the fronts of the quilt. All I had to do was put my feet up and finish hand-sewing the binding to the backs of the quilts. Sounds simple right? It should have been done in the first week of March! Yet, I fought a sinus infection for the entire first week. Looking back, I'm so thankful that I did get down to work during the 2nd and 3rd weeks. I even found out that I can finish the hand-sewing in one day (but don't expect any thing else to get done during my "free times" on those days!!). I'm thankful I finished them when I did, though, because I ended up fighting a stomach virus during the fourth week of March. Ugh. Let's just say I'm looking forward to saying good-bye to March!!! 



I'll show you more pictures of the individual quilts as I send them out to their recipients :)


Monday, March 23, 2015

Family Photo Series {Families of 3 and 4}

As my college professor used to tell us, "get closer!" That's how I felt about these pictures...


E may be smiling, but we just seem so far away!



See how much better this is? Well, other than the fact that E is eating her dress, ha! So many less distractions when you focus in on the subject.



I always feel it is important to take pictures both horizontally and vertically. I like having the option of which direction to hang them. If you're the photographer, make sure you check with your subjects to see which they would prefer to have more of - horizontal or vertical. I have been surprised how many have a real preference of the way you take their pictures!



My sister-in-law's family... again, they just seem so far away, right!? 



So, we moved a little closer. I love the background and the fact that they are all at different heights - that adds interest to the picture.



This was my crop to get rid of that sun spot you saw above. They used this picture for their Christmas picture, but I believe that instead of fully cropping, the graphic artist did the work to color correct the sun spot.