Sunday, August 26, 2018

Sewing for baby

There's going to be a new grandbaby born in our family this fall!
 I'm doing a little sewing for him! Those are burp cloths on top made using a free pattern download from Shabby Fabrics. Not glamorous or fun but a necessary item. That's a mini burp cloth on the very top for his older sister's doll. 
On the bottom is a minky blanket which I won't reveal until our daughter has seen it. I know minky is soft and cuddly but give me cotton quilting fabric any day!
 Binding issues continue to happen and this one was my fault. I wanted to save enough of the minky to make the baby's sister a doll blanket and didn't calculate enough binding length. Pieced and sewn, baby will not notice and I doubt anyone else will either.
 Looks like I'll have enough minky left for a doll quilt though!
Don't be like me! Part of the minky blanket is sewn with what I call fur which when cut, sheds everywhere! I should have put the fur binding strips in the clothes dryer before I sewed it on. After the doll blanket is finished, the sewing room and my machine are due for a clean.

Until next time, Mayleen

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Gone to Houston!

 My Selvage Siblings quilt will be in Houston for the International Quilt Festival! I challenged myself to use only Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics and selvages in this quilt and want to thank everyone from Prairie Quilt Guild in Wichita who donated KFC selvages. This past June, Selvage Siblings won a blue ribbon in its class at our local guild quilt show, Common Threads Regional Quilt Show.

The Sunflower Sue and Overall Bill figures are a Marti Michell pattern but the layout is my original design. I added hand embroidery in the background to add texture and interest. The quilt is machine stitched in a ditch and quilted on the selvage border and is also hand big stitch quilted. 

I'd never made a Sunflower Sue quilt but this was a lot of fun! Well, maybe binding that serpentine shaped border wasn't so much fun but I sure like it.

Until next week, Mayleen

Tuesday, August 14, 2018


Its been so long since I blogged that I got the pictures posting in the wrong order but the news is the same! Paint Can Posy is part of the Kaffe Fasset Free Spirit "I am an Artisan" Challenge exhibit at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. Its hanging now and will be up through AQS Quiltweek in September.  I'm looking forward to seeing it in the museum exhibit!
Paint Can Posy also won a blue ribbon in my quilt guild's June quilt show, Common Threads Regional Quilt Show in Wichita, KS!

Next time I'll post more exciting news about two of my new quilts one of which may be taking me in a totally new quilting direction.

Until then, Mayleen