Posts Tagged ‘birthday’

  1. Hello Kitty tooth fairy pillow

    October 18, 2016 by Angie

    Our niece Mia has two loose teeth! I was planning to give her this Hello Kitty tooth fairy pillow on her sixth birthday but I think the tooth fairy will need to make a visit before then. She requested a Hello Kitty theme after her brother got a Star Wars pillow.

    Hello Kitty tooth fairy pillow

    Tooth fairy pillow with “M” applique on the pocket

    The “M” and backing fabric are a pinkish-red solid fabric I bought to try to match the colors in the Hello Kitty fabric. The lined pocket is made from white scrap fabric. I used black thread throughout.

    has a pocket

    Lined pocket for tooth storage

    envelope back

    Envelope back (for easy washing) with zig zag stitched hems

    I’ll be giving the pillow to Mia this weekend. Let’s hope she likes it!


  2. sphere charm pack baby quilt

    June 12, 2016 by Angie

    I finished my seventh quilt for my friend’s adorable, new baby boy. She’s a quilter too!

    Robbie holds up the completed quilt

    Robbie held the finished quilt up for this photo. Thanks, Robbie!

    I’d been holding on to the charm pack I used for a while. It’s Sphere by Moda. The fabrics are really modern and I thought they would be great for a gender neutral or boy baby quilt. I’ve been following Elizabeth Hartman’s quilting blog, Oh Fransson, since before I started quilting. I used her free charm pack quilt pattern I saw there.

    Quilt Stats

    Finished size: Approximately 33″ x 40″
    Quilt top fabrics: Moda Sphere charm pack and solid gray fabric (either Kona or Moda – I have tons of both)
    Quilt backing: Solid blue fabric from Keep Me in Stitches quilt shop in Tampa
    Binding fabric: Solid white fabric leftover from another project
    Batting: Warm & White
    Quilting: Dense, horizontal straight line quilting with the walking foot
    Label: Forthcoming!

    sewn into strips

     25 whole squares and 13 half squares sewn together to make the charm square strips

    Sookie hangs out

    Sookie likes to hang out with me in the new sewing room.

    completed top

     The charm strips sewn to the solid gray strips

    squared up quilt top

     Completed quilt top after squaring it up

    about to baste the quilt sandwich

    The backing fabric for this one was extra difficult. I finally got it taped down to the tile without wrinkles.

    peek at the back

    The completed quilt with a look at the back!

    I tried a new machine binding method. I sewed the binding to the front first, rolled the binding over to the back, clipped it down so that it extended past the sewing on the front side, then sewed from the front right at the inside edge of the binding. I’m happy with how it turned out and I think it will be sturdier than hand sewing the back, which is a really important consideration for a baby quilt. Next time I think I will cut the binding strips at 2″ instead of 2 1/2″ because the binding is longer than necessary on the back.

    with the baby beanie

    The finished quilt next to a crocheted baby beanie I also made.


  3. St. Augustine, FL

    May 1, 2016 by Angie

    St. Augustine is one of our favorite places to visit. We booked a two night trip for spring break this year. I got the flu. I figured I could have the flu at home and waste our B&B deposit or have the flu in St. Augustine while potentially having more fun, so we went. Spring Break forever, y’all!

    Bayfront Marin House

    Outside our bed and breakfast, the Bayfront Marin House

    We like to stay at bed and breakfasts in the historic district. This was our first time staying at the Bayfront Marin House which we chose mostly because they allow Sookie. She loves going on vacation with us. I think she had a great time.

    Sookie investigates the bathtub

    Sookie investigates the giant bathtub

    our room at the B&B

    Entrance area

    our bed at the B&B

    Very tall bed

    The Bayfront Marin House is fine – great location, relatively clean, nice enough rooms, free happy hour – but I would not stay there if I wasn’t limited by the 68 pound dog factor. The food wasn’t great and things could have been cleaner. We’ve stayed at nicer B&B’s serving amazing breakfasts in the historic district.

    My favorite restaurant in St. Augustine is The Floridian, by a landslide. I think about their tofu all the time. The patio is adorable and dog-friendly.

    Robbie eats soup at the Floridian

    Robbie enjoying some vegetarian soup

    Tofu Cornbread Stack

    <3Tofu cornbread stack<3

    A major reason we love St. Augustine is the walkability. We park the car at the hotel and don’t touch it until it’s time to leave. All the sights, bars, and restaurants are within comfortable walking distance. Here is a photo of Sookie and Robbie enjoying the Plaza de la Constitución.

    Robbie and Sookie in the park

    A park!

    If you have any appreciation for a fine cocktail, the Ice Plant Bar is not to be missed. We made multiple trips there on a previous visit and thoroughly enjoyed it again this time. It’s a classy cocktail bar inside in a renovated, well…ice plant. They take the ice very seriously. They appear to make the majority of their mixers and things in house.

    Old Fashioned

    An Old Fashioned served with a giant ice cube

    Ice Plant Bar is in the same building as the St. Augustine Distillery, where they make craft spirits (vodka, gin, rum, and, soon to be ready, bourbon) from local ingredients. Our friends recommended the free distillery tour which is surely worth doing.

    barrels at the St. Augustine Distillery

    Barrels of rum

    St. Augustine Distillery tour

    On the distillery tour

    We learned a lot and we got to try the liquors in fancy drinks made by our tour guide. I’m still getting emails with new drink recipes from them.

    Pizza Time is on a particularly crowded, touristy street. They were voted best pizza ever in the universe or something. I wouldn’t go that far, but the slices are very good. We ate a couple on a bench outside.

    cool tile wall

    Cool tile wall we saw while walking around

    Castillo de San Marcos is a 17th century Spanish fortress/castle. We’ve never been for a tour or any of the presentations offered, but we do enjoy walking around the property. It’s right on the water and made of coquina making it a very rare building.

    outside Castillo de San Marcos

    Looking out at the Matanzas River

    Castillo de San Marcos

    Castillo de San Marcos

    standing on part of Castillo de San Marcos

    View of the river from inside the fort property

    There are two more places we will never miss when in St. Augustine: Stogies Cigar Bar and Pizzalley’s Chianti Room. Both have dog-friendly patios. Stogies offers a great beer selection and there’s always at least one wine I really enjoy. Once there was a man with a brick oven built into his truck making coal-fired pizzas on the patio. Pizzalley’s Chianti Room has the most insane happy hour I’ve ever heard of. It’s two for one drinks – even expensive liquor drinks – AND a free slice of pizza. There is always a guy singing and playing guitar on the patio. We usually can’t stand that sort of thing but he plays at a reasonable volume and has good taste in the songs he covers.

    We had a stellar cheese plate and some drinks at Cellar 6. It was our first time visiting this establishment. It is not dog friendly so Sookie took a nap in her crate. They also offer an impressive happy hour. I had an espresso martini followed by a less dessert-like martini. Robbie liked his Old Fashioneds. There were people on a date sitting next us. The man was clearly a psychopath. I hope this became evident to his date over the course of their time there because it was evident to everyone else.

    It was St. Patrick’s Day while we were there. I like St. Patrick’s Day, but we usually don’t celebrate on account of all the drunk people driving around. Because we were on foot (as was everyone else really) we went to Meehan’s Irish Pub. It was packed, of course. We realized we’d been there previously during a ghost hunting pub crawl a few years earlier. It has a nice balcony with a view of the river.

    Sookie wants to night swim

    Speaking of the river, Sookie wants to go for a swim! “What’s over there? I know there’s something over this wall.”

    Relaxing

    Sookie being happy in our room

    Sookie cares about a short list of things. Somewhere after popcorn, cheese, and dog park is cuddling. The dog loves to cuddle, but we do all the cuddling on the couch. The only time Sookie gets to lay on the bed is on vacation. Look at how happy she is. She is pure bliss in dog form.

    Pure bed bliss

    Pure bliss


  4. nautical themed baby pillow

    September 15, 2015 by Angie

    My former co-worker had a baby boy! She did his nursery in a nautical theme. I made him this little pillow with a J appliqué – for Jackson – to go with the decor.

    J closeup

    A closeup of the appliqué

    nautical initial baby pillow

    The front of the pillow with rope fabric in red and blue and sailboat print fabric.

    envelope back

    The back is an envelope for easy washing.


  5. Star Wars tooth fairy pillow

    September 14, 2015 by Angie

    Our nephew turned 6! We had a fun day at LegoLand to celebrate. I made him a Star Wars tooth fairy pillow in preparation for big kid teeth loss.

    The fabric is pretty dang awesome AND glows in the dark. I used that for the main front fabric. I appliquéd the fabric “A” onto some leftover white fabric and turned that into a lined pocket. The back of the pillow is envelope style in the same gray fabric as the A appliqué.

    "A" closeup

    Pocket closeup

    Star Wars tooth fairy pillow

    I gave it to Andreu at the LegoLand hotel. His sister immediately requested her own. A Hello Kitty tooth fairy pillow is in the future! Robbie got a call from Andreu a couple of nights later. He wanted to let us know that the pillow is glowing and it glows green. <3


  6. half square triangle chevron quilt

    July 21, 2014 by Angie

    Chevrons have been all the rage for some time now. I’ve made three small projects out of half square triangles (HSTs). They’re a relatively easy and versatile way to create quilt blocks. I couldn’t miss out on the (tail end of the) chevrons-made-from-HSTs trend so I made this quilt for my niece’s birthday. I followed this tutorial from My Quilt Infatuation to make the quilt top. I gave it to her a little early so I could see her with it in person. I’m glad I did.

    Caitlin displays her quilt

    Caitlin holding up her quilt. It’s bigger than she is!

    happy Caitlin

    Caitlin and the back of the quilt. I think she likes it 🙂

    Quilt Top Fabrics

    Kona Steel – twenty 9″ squares
    Ty Pennington Impressions Roscoe – four 9″ squares
    Ty Pennington Impressions Plaid –  four 9″ squares
    Pink polka dot fabric from the Lola’s Posies by Lila Tueller Designs collection for Riley Blake – twelve 9″ squares

    Sookie sniffs the chevron quilt

    Sookie checks the quilt out with a sniff sniff.

    Following the tutorial, the first step is to cut out forty 9″ squares of fabric to make 80 HSTs. Below is a photo of my big stack of fabrics.

    stack of 40 9" squares

    Step Two is to pair your fabrics (always a print with the solid gray) in the order you want for the final quilt. I made a diagram for myself then got to pairing.

    Step Three is to sew a 1/4″ seam all the way around each pair of squares. Face them right sides together, I pinned, then I used my quarter inch foot to sew all the way around. You’ll have to do this twenty times.

    sewn square pairs

    Step Four is to slice through each sewn fabric pair diagonally twice to get four HSTs from each fabric pair. Now there are 80 HSTs. The pattern is designed to allow you to skip squaring up each HST but mine were radically different from one another so see Step Five.

    unfinished half square triangles

    Step Five was supposed to be just pressing the HSTs then trimming off the little dog ear ends. Mine were not going to line up nicely so I ended up using the very handy HST ruler my parents got me for Christmas to make all eighty 5 1/2″ square HSTs. It took a lot longer than I would have liked, especially since it wasn’t supposed to have to happen at all.

    HST squaring station

    HST Squaring Station

    80 HSTs!

    Eighty beautiful HSTs!

    Step Six is to make sure you’ve got the HSTs laid out as they should appear in your final quilt then begin sewing them together in rows.

    a row

    Step Seven is to sew the rows together. Above are two rows ready to be sewn together. There’s a lot of seam pressing involved.

    sewing the rows to one another

     Coming together

    The quilt top is complete!

    chevron quilt top

    Finished quilt top

    Now to baste, quilt, and bind. I did straight line quilting that echoes the chevrons. There is a quilting line a 1/4″ below and above each chevron edge, so twenty lines total.

    basted

     Ready to bind

    Quilt Stats
    Finished size: 39.5″ x 50″
    Quilt top fabrics: Kona Steel, pink polka dot fabric from the Lola’s Posies by Lila Tueller Designs collection for Riley Blake, Ty Pennington Impressions Roscoe, Ty Pennington Impressions Plaid
    Quilt back fabric: Kona Steel
    Binding: Moda White Bleached
    Batting: Warm & White
    Quilting: straight line echo
    Label: handmade from Moda White Bleached and scraps of Ty Pennington Impressions Roscoe and Plaid

    closeup of the quilting

    A closeup of the quilting

    quilt back and label

    I added the label last this time by blind stitching it by hand just before washing the quilt. I think I made this label a little too large but overall I think I prefer this to the quilt over it method I used previously.

    Hot Florida Yard

    This is not the best photo of the quilt but I thought the sky looked nice.


  7. baby boy jelly roll jam quilt

    June 24, 2014 by Angie

    Quilt #4 is in the books! This is the “boy” baby quilt made with the other half of the Simply Style by V and Co. jelly roll. I love it just as much as the “girl” one, if not more. I know I’ve said it before but I’m crazy over this fabric line.

    boom, baby quilt

    Baby Boy Jelly Roll Jam Quilt

    slouchy quilt

     Slouchy quilt in the backyard

    My friends had an adorable baby boy the morning after I finished making this little quilt for him. Just like I did for this quilt’s more feminine counterpart, I used this tutorial on Vanessa Christenson of V and Co.’s blog. She created this fabric line I love so much for Moda. The jelly roll jam pattern was made by Fat Quarter Shop and can be found here. Fat Quarter Shop, where I happily buy most of my fabric, also made a very useful instructional video for this pattern.

    Strip Block Units

    The pattern starts with sewing together three 6 piece strip units. Next, the units are paired, some flipped around, to make nine quilt blocks in three configurations.

    Blocks A, B, & C

    Quilt blocks before sewing them together

    Baby Boy Jelly Roll Jam Quilt Top

     The nine quilt blocks are sewn together to make the quilt top.

    BLOOD, sweat, no tears this time

    BLOOD, a little sweat, but no tears this time.

    I’m trying to get in the habit of making labels for my quilts. I think it’s important for a keepsake quilt but it’s also kinda difficult to attach it in the correct spot so late in the quilting phase. I stabbed myself with a pin trying to stitch this one to the back of the quilt. I only tell you about it so you’ll think I’m tough. Full contact quilting. Don’t worry, I didn’t bleed on the quilt.

    The Quilt Stats

    Finished size: about 35″ x 35″
    Quilt top fabrics: 18 strips from Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda Jelly Roll
    Quilt back fabric: Bella Solids Graphite yardage
    Binding: Navy Blue Frames yardage from Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda
    Batting: Warm and White
    Quilt label: handmade from the jelly roll scraps and Bella Snow yardage
    Quilting: straight line quilting

    peek at the back of the quilt

     Peek at the quilt back

    Quilt back and label

    The quilt back with the label

    I straight line quilted this one just like its counterpart. I also used the same machine binding method for durability. I sewed the double fold binding to the back first, then flipped and pinned it to the front using my new Clover clips. I machine sewed it to the front, as well, being careful not to sew over the backside of the binding. I succeeded this time – no accidental stitches on the binding – hooray!

    Quilt #4

    This quilt was fun to make and I’m really happy with the end results. It worked out well to use this pattern and single jelly roll to make two identical quilts. The thorough instructions got me through the first one with barely any mishaps and doing a familiar pattern a second time let me focus on precision and improving new techniques. I already received a sweet thank you photo of the adorable baby recipient lounging on his quilt. Victory!


  8. nautical theme tooth fairy pillow

    March 18, 2014 by Angie

    Our four year old buddy is turning five next month. He is really into boats and pirates. His parents and grandma have been working on an awesome nautical theme room for him including a ship loft bed! I wanted to contribute with a matching pillow. I added a pocket with an appliquéd “D”  to the front that he can use to exchange teeth for money with the tooth fairy, once that time comes.

    tooth fairy pocket

    I sewed together four strips of fabric to create the front of the pillow. Then, I basted the pillow front, the batting, and the scrap backing fabric together and free motion quilted it.

    quilted pillow front

     Second time free motion quilting

    This was my first time doing appliqué so I carefully followed this great machine appliqué tutorial from Pile O’ Fabric. It was extremely helpful. I printed out an alphabet from there and traced the capital D onto some freezer paper. I ironed some Heat N Bond Lite onto the back of a piece of the sailboat fabric then ironed the freezer paper D to the front. I cut the D out carefully then removed the paper backing from the Heat N Bond and the freezer paper. I stuck the D onto the piece of white fabric that would become the pocket and ironed it on. After some practicing with my machine on scrap fabric, I machine appliquéd all around the letter then tidied it up by pulling the thread ends from the front to the back and tying them off.

    D applique

    D  before appliqué

    I made a lined pocket out of the white fabric. I sewed the two pieces (the one with the D appliqué and another the same size) right sides together leaving just a small space open. I turned the pocket out then top stitched it to the pillow top.

    D applique

     Pretty good for a first try!

    The last step was sewing the two hemmed backing pieces to the pillow by stitching all the way around. Turn it right side out, shove a 16 inch pillow form in there, and you’re ready for the tooth fairy!

    envelope pillow back

    Back of the pillow

    The Quilted Pillow Stats

    Finished size: for a 16″ pillow form
    Quilted pillow top fabrics: Coastal Mini Series Royal Sailboats, Barnegat Bay Blue Loop Rope, Barnegat Bay Red Loop Rope
    Batting: Warm and White
    Quilt back fabric: about 20″ x 20″ piece of scrap fabric (nobody will see it)
    Pocket fabric: Northcott Colorworks White Premium Solid
    “D” appliqué: Coastal Mini Series Royal Sailboats
    Pillow envelope backing: Barnegat Bay Loop Rope in Blue and Red

    Completed pillow!

    Completed pillow with the Florida winter in the background


  9. baby girl jelly roll jam quilt

    February 24, 2014 by Angie

    My third quilt ever is finished! It is my first baby sized quilt. I used half of one jelly roll (18 strips sized 2.5″ x 44″) for the entire quilt top. It went by quickly and was really fun. I’m really happy with the finished product, mostly because I am so in love with this line of fabric, Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda.

    completed quilt front

    The completed quilt! I wish I had bothered to make the bed and bust out my real camera for these photos. My apologies!

    completed quilt folded

    A folded quilt photo

    completed quilt back

    The back of the quilt with a label

    My cousin had a beautiful baby girl this month and I’d been dying to make a baby quilt so I made this one for her. I saw this tutorial for two adorable baby quilts (one for a girl and one for a boy) made from one jelly roll. I was smitten. This wonderful fabric is Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda. Vanessa Christenson, the creator of the fabric line, and I both followed this jelly roll jam quilt pattern and great YouTube instructional video put together by the owner of my favorite fabric shop, Fat Quarter Shop.

    Other side of V & Co. Jelly Roll

    The fabric that started it all!

    The first step of the Fat Quarter Shop jelly roll jam pattern is to select 18 strips you would like to use in your quilt. I used almost the same ones Vanessa Christenson chose. You divide them into three sets, making sure you like the arrangement. You then sew the six strips in each set to one another horizontally.

    ready to sew three strip sets

    After creating the three strip sets, you cut each one into six pieces, each measuring 6.5″ x 12.5″. I am still struggling to make perfect quarter inch seams on this machine, so my strip sets were a little short and I did have to do some squaring up along the way. Next, you make nine quilt blocks by sewing two strip set pieces together. Check the pattern to see who gets sewn to who and which ones get flipped over prior to the sewing. I squared up after this step too.

    Strip Set Blocks

    Some strip set blocks

    After that, you arrange the blocks according to the pattern, sew your rows horizontally, then sew the rows together. This is pretty painless as the quilt only consists of nine blocks.

    Completed Quilt Top

    The completed quilt top on my sewing table

    Completed quilt top laid out on the floor

    Here’s the completed quilt top again laid out on the floor

    Basting the quilt

    About to baste the three pieces together

    Quilting went very quickly. I copied Vanessa Christenson yet again with that. I did vertical straight line quilting throughout. I didn’t measure it but I would guess the lines are about an inch apart. I used my walking foot with a quilt guide.

    I stopped halfway through quilting to sew the label I made to the backing fabric only. This was my first time making a label and using a zigzag stitch so it took some time to get it right. I won’t show a closeup to protect the baby’s anonymity but I’m glad I added one because it makes it more of a keepsake gift. I just have to get a little better at it.

    I bound this quilt using a little less than a 1/2 yard of one of the pink prints from the fabric line. I machine bound both sides for the first time. I did this for durability since baby quilts tend to be washed a lot. It went pretty well for the first time and I think I learned from this how to machine bind the next baby quilt without any mistakes. I machine sewed double fold binding to the back first, then flipped it around to the front for better control.

    The Quilt Stats

    Finished size: about 35″ x 35″
    Quilt top fabrics: 18 strips from Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda Jelly Roll
    Quilt back fabric: Bella Solids Graphite yardage
    Binding: Honeysuckle Pink Eyelet yardage from Simply Style by V and Co. for Moda
    Batting: Warm and White

    fresh from the dryer

    Here’s a photo Robbie took of me being proud after pulling the quilt out of the dryer.


  10. quick easy winter beanie

    January 10, 2014 by Angie

    Since Robbie’s simple men’s beanie was a success I wanted to make another wintertime hat with the same yarn for my Dad’s birthday. I tried a different pattern from Ravelry.com. It is also available at the creator’s blog, Da Perfect Mix.

    Dad's beanie

    This is a great unisex hat pattern that works up quite quickly. It uses half double crochet and double crochet which means you can have a finished hat in less time than with simple men’s beanie pattern while only sacrificing a tiny bit of warmth. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids yarn in black and a 5.5 mm/I hook. I followed the pattern exactly until round 11 or so. It was getting too small to fit over the ears so I added a double crochet or two per round here and there  but not to every round. I kept trying it on and if it seemed too tight I would add a stitch at the beginning or end and sometimes near the middle too.

    quick easy winter beanie

    Below are the two hats side by side for comparison. Dad’s Quick Easy Winter Beanie is on the left and Robbie’s Simple Men’s Beanie is on the right. They fit my head exactly the same so I’m not sure why they appear to have different shapes in this photo.

    Dad's beanie vs. Robbie's beanie

    You can see Dad’s hat (on the left) has larger stitches and fewer rounds while Robbie’s hat is a bit denser made of more rounds of many single crochets.

    I really hope it fits Dad! I am so happy to have some go-to unisex hat patterns!