Double the Fun.

My first two baby quilts are finished! I had such a blast making them.

My friends, Joe and Marina, had twins (a boy and a girl) so I decided to make coordinating baby quilts. This was my first quilting project and I found the pattern on “eHow”.

I’ve been taking classes at Laura’s Sewing School and she helped me do the “quilt sandwich” for the first time. I decided to quilt it using diagonal lines. I love how the pattern extended into the border.

For the “boy” quilt, I quilted diagonal lines through the pinwheels but then quilted parallel lines in the border. I bought the book The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman which opened my eyes to different ways to finish a quilt.

I machine quilted the binding on the girls quilt.

And hand sewed the binding on the boys quilt. I think the hand sewing looks better.

I love how they turned out, but if I did them over I would put a mitered corner in the border instead of a straight border.

All packaged up and ready to go… ENJOY, Joe and Marina!!!

-erica

Circa 50’s.

I came home for lunch today and found this most amazing fabric at the fabric worm. I think it would make a cute clutch or coin purse.

Since I was saving money by eating lunch at home I decided to buy 1/2 yard (ummm… I forgot about shipping, I guess I’ll be having lunch at home again tomorrow).

I love it…

– erica

Sew Much To Do!

I am finally joining the world of blogging. This is a little secret wish I have had for some time. However, I didn’t know what I really wanted to blog about or how to do it. Thanks to my wonderful husband and a new passion (quilting) I have a blog!

After returning from our honeymoon, with all the craziness and planning over, I needed something to do. Luckily, I had bought a sewing machine many years ago while in medical school and I recently had a lot of friends whom just had babies– so the obvious combination was: BABY QUILTS!

Over the past few weeks I have:

  • Finished my first baby quilt (post coming) and will hopefully finish the second one tonight
  • Joined a sewing class with 4 other fabulous women which I can only liken to really good therapy
  • Found the most amazing blogs by women which have inspired me
  • Shopped at websites with fantastic modern prints
  • Attended my first Modern Quilting Guild meeting (awesome!)

Did I mention I’m also working full time? It’s all I think about right now: from the first thing in the morning to the last thing when i go to bed at night (and I’m even waking up thinking about sewing in the middle of the night). I’ve got the sewing bug, and I think I will soon be an addict. Needing a budget.

I’m hoping that this blog will be a record of my new journey and someday be an inspiration to others.

-erica