Mary's Baby

I've never met Mary, she is a new neighbor, friends of her Mom invited me to her shower.

People were extra kind to me when Alex was born, so I'm honored to welcome Mary to the club of motherhood
.....with a quilt, of course:)
I planned a quick whole cloth quilt, just stitching the motifs of this wonderful Oh Deer! (Moda). It is a favorite in my stash, waiting for an extra special occasion like this.

But when I found Pooh's Day in the Park (Quilters O-N-L-Y) in the stash, I got carried away piecing the back....until it turned into a one-block star set in apples and beets (radishes?) on blue by Leslie Beck (Cranston).
See, both fabrics have bees! I call that matching, and ideal for a baby quilt:) And once again I am playing in the gingham stash. Love having an excuse for the geometric in large scale. 

As soon as her little guy is born, Mary has to go back in the Army.
I made Star of Hope so wherever she goes, Mary will know that her baby is wrapped in her dreams.

Salem Wash Day

I saw a felt clothesline in a UK sewing magazine, Pretty Patches Issue 40.
Designed  by Corinne Lapierre.

Anyhow, this is my version, for Alex's dorm room:)

I found the tiny clothespins at JoAnns.
It's hard to see, but there's a cauldron, shoes and stockings, cat, hat, pumpkin, dress and bloomers.

 Happy Halloween!

Novelty Bags

A neighbor wants bags for their farmer's market. Not a problem:)
Especially as they are supplying the novelty prints!

This first one is from pre-quilted yardage. There is stabilizer in the band, and 1/4" binding on the handles. This was fun, and I like how it looks with 4 fabrics.

For the casino bag, I diamond quilted 2 novelty prints with regular foot and guide arm. I made big 1.5" diamonds in Warm & Natural scraps. This time the stabilizer is in the straps instead of the band. This bag took forever.

Next time I'll try a loftier craft bat, and smaller quilting motifs, more like the premade stars-n-stripes. And I need to do something to save time on these. Maybe fusible batting and a full lining, instead of the reversible band?
Do you have any timesaving tricks for bag design?

Coming next......Nascar!
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