Sunday, January 10, 2010

Another Bears quilt, a very special one.

This quilt is very similar to the last Chicago Bears quilt I made. I'm making this quilt for an old high school friend of mine. His son tragically passed away last summer, and way too young. Kirby's son was a big Chicago Bears fan and I incorporated photos of Jamie with meaningful phrases embroidered on the quilt.

Finished quilt

Closeup of the photo area. I also put a a few references to some of the Bears, Payton and Da' Coach and a Bears helmet. I cant wait to see it all quilted up.

My quilting buddy

Emily the Quilter

Everyone needs a good quilting buddy.....well I have a great one! This is my granddaughter, Emily, and me. I started emily working with needle and thread when she was around 8, she is now 17. She made a simple block, made by hand. The stitches were huge and it was a little crooked, but i was very proud of her. She has come a long way since then. She's made about 13 quilts, from traditional piecing to a 70's looking raggy, that's she's hauled all over with her.

This picture is actually from Emily's 17th birthday dinner on Jan 6th, 2010.

This is the latest quilt Emily made. She just loved the wild colors and prints and just started cutting sqaures and sewing blocks. She absolutely loves it and sleeps with it every night.

We didnt know what to do with the back, so we just took her left overs and did big long strips. I think it turned out awesome and really turned out cool. Really shows off the quilting too. I did the quilting on my longarm machine.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sock Monkeys, purses and Quilts....oh my!

Welcome to my new blog. This blog will mostly be about my quilts, learning to really use my longarm quilt machine, other than meandering around cause it's easy and just some of the fun stuff I like to make. You will see my quilts, my granddaughter and her quilts, and my crazy dogs who like to sit on my sewing table while I sew. I also love to make Sock Monkeys....crazy sock monkeys!!! So get a diet coke, sit back and read about me and my quilting/crafting life.

This is a recent quilt I've made for my daughter, Kerri. She is a true blue, die hard Bears fan. This was a fun quilt to make, and I really like how it turned out. I had made her first one years ago, it was fairly simple. My Grandson, Mitch had decided to chew the corners up on it, so it was time to make her a new one. This one is much nicer.
This is a quilt I made for my friend, Monica's baby, Cole. It's sock monkey fabric (surprise!) and i love making the backs bright and cheery too.



Humbug Bags & Purses

Here are some cute little humbug bags I made for gifts for our office girls. I put bangle bracelets and candies inside. They were like eating popcorn to make them. After the first one, i couldnt stop!! Lots of girls got these from me for Christmas....I think I made like at least a dozen!!!

I love making little purses. It started off making a tiny one for my mom. She had arthritis and had a hard time holding traditional, heavy purses. So these little light ones were perfect to put over her shoulder and scoot around Target on the motorized carts. They just sort of blossomed from there. We use to go to Disney all the time and they were perfect for that. Tickets, wallet and slimline cameras, they held everything you needed for the day, without weighing you down. I made this one for a halloween visit this year to Disney. I got a lot of compliments on it that day. Totally love the spiders!

My Halloween purse

Sock Monkeys

This is Tyrone, my gangsta Sock monkey. He was sorta created by a visit to McDonalds. I turned around and was looking at the happy meal toys in the display and saw the monkey head medallion. For some reason it just clicked that it looked like wild bling....and then I thought how funny it would be on a sock monkey. While going through my husbands sock drawer looking for a pair of red heel socks, i noticed some black healed ones he had never worn....and Tyrone was born. I have made at least four of the Gangsta versions for different people, including some friends in Sweden, who have a disney gangsta monkey named Buddy. A friend, Bailey that has a cowgirl sock monkey. Her name is Dakota. And one for my Jenny Craig girl, his name is Antoine. Michael's is a good place to get hats, shoes and some of the clothes. I make most of the clothes though, all the boy monkeys have boxer shorts on under their pants.

Tyrone got to visit Yankee Stadium...woot!

This is Buddy, the Swedish, Disney Sock Monkey!

This is an Army Monkey (duh) Not sure if he's been named yet, he lives north of Atlanta.

This is Dakota, she's in Albq., NM. Her chaps and vest are ultra suede!