Saturday, June 29, 2013

A new quilt for Em's new room

My daughter and Em recently moved 2 1/2 hours north of here, and even though I was sad to see them move, they aren't that far away and they are in such a gorgeous area.  Emily has wanted a pink room for a long time and so there were many shades of pink considered for her room.

I know that lighter is usually better, because when walls are painted, the color always appears much more intense than it looks on a small paint swatch.  Well, Em loves pink, but not just any pink...she like hot pinky purple.  The "painting crew" went to work and her room was all painted and ready for her furniture before the move happened.

Wow!  Party Pink!

The week before the move, her quilt was finished being quilted and I hopped on sewing on the binding to get it done.

I also decided she needed some hot pink pillow cases with white hearts and polka dots to go with the quilt, but I can't find a close up picture of them (?).

Do you remember the Paisley Party quilt finish from last year?  Well, that quilt was made for Em's bed at my house; however, she loved that quilt so much and asked me if she could take it with her for her new room.  Unfortunately, it's a twin and she has a full size bed.  Well, it just so happened that I had tons of the fabrics used in the Paisley Party quilt left over, and you guessed it...there was enough left to make a full size quilt, but not the same pattern.

I decided to make her quilt using the Caddy Corners pattern (Laps from Fats), and here it is in it's new home.  She is very happy with her new Party Pink world and her new quilt :)

It is backed in Kona Bubble Gum Pink and bound in Kona Purple.  The quilting was done in butterflies and flowers.  Em's fascination with ladybugs has passed and now it's all about butterflies.

This is her view of the intracoastal waterway (I guess I should have pulled up the blinds, lol).

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Insulated Lunchbox Project

I bought a pattern for an insulated lunchbox about six years ago thinking that I'd make one for myself to bring my lunch to work.  Well, years passed and I never attempted the project; however, motivation hit me about a month ago when I realized Em was graduating from Kindergarten.  I thought this would be a great project for a first grader who is going to a new school.  The lunchbox is made by sandwiching Insul-Bright batting (used for making potholders) between your fabrics of choice.  The fabric choices were easy because my little sweetie had seen an iron tote/pressing mat I had made awhile back and asked me if I could make her a matching purse.  Here's a picture of the iron tote.

which opens into this - perfect for quilting retreats or block pressing

So I worked on the lunch box and this is what it looks like

What is so neat is the closure - the front loop just loops around the handle - no closure mechanism is needed. Of course, you could add velcro or snaps if desired.

Here is the inside - notice the cute little pocket for storing napkins and silverware.

I was able to add a little personal touch (I always put a heart on her quilts with Grammy + Emily inside) which hopefully will make her smile when she opens her lunchbox because she will be reminded that I'm always thinking of her.

I made three napkins which used up most of the fabric left over from the project and will tuck nicely into the inner pocket.

I was really happy about the way this turned out.  It was a fairly easy project that took me a day to complete, including quilting the fabric pieces.  What's great, is that it can be tossed in the washing machine to be cleaned too.

I realize it's been a long time since I've been on Blogger, but work has been insane and blogging had to go because it was feeling like another job to me.  I've worked on lots of projects while I've been offline and will share them as I have a chance.

Take care and have a great week.