Sunday, August 21, 2011

Love me some monkeys

I have been off of work for the past two weeks and man, have I been busy!  I was able to get quite a bit of sewing done.  My co-worker had her first grandson a couple of months ago and I really wanted to make a quilt for him (her)!!!  I finally finished and I can't wait to give it to her tomorrow.

My first zig zag quilt.  I love it.  I found working with the half square triangles fairly easy.

A close up of the monkey.  I printed a picture of a sock monkey and traced it on to my fusible web.  I used the textured brown sock fabric for his body.  I used white for all of the other features.  I think that it turned out so nice.

Here is a close up of his name.  I did a raw edge appliqué and shadowed the name in my quilting.

I love how the zig zags show on the back, even with the Minky.  I did have one pucker on the back, but it wasn't bad enough to seam rip it and start over.

And here is a shot of the binding all rolled up nice and neat.  This fabric is part of a dinosaur line that they sell at Hobby Lobby.  It is not part of the Funky Monkey line, but I thought that it worked well with all the colors of the quilt.

Thanks for looking.  Now I have to get back to finishing my lil' man's quilt before his birthday.


Friday, August 5, 2011

Chuggin' Along....

...haven't posted in a while, but man have I been busy.  I have a lot to share today.  First off, I will give you an update on little man's quilt.  It is coming together beautifully.  

I finally got around to piecing the back of the quilt.  I took this picture before it was sewn together.  I used five Kona solids and the Funky Monkey friends.  I love, love, love those Monkeys!!!  I basted the quilt (with spray like I always do) and started doing some straight line quilting.  I hated it.  It was a total fail.  I did not have a walking foot for my machine and was having a hard time getting the quilt to move under the pressure foot.  I went to my local fabric shop to see if I could pick up a walking foot and they were out.  Frustration and disappointment set in, so I decided to do something that I have never done before... Hand quilting!  I love how it looks.  All of the stitches are not even, but I still think that it looks so cute.  There is only one problem...

I got a walking foot today!!!  I have already tested it out and it works amazingly well.  I did a happy dance for all to see because I was so excited.  So the dilemma is whether or not I should machine quilt little man's quilt.  I would be a lot faster and would probably look a little better.  I'm going to sleep on that.  

I will leave you with a few more pics of what I have been working on lately.  

This quilt is for my co-worker's new grandson.  I used some of the scraps from the Funky Monkey quilt.

Here is the sock monkey appliqué I put next to his name.  I am in love with this little Monkey : )

Here is the fabric for my next project.  I was commissioned to make a baby quilt for a friend.  I will finish this one next week!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.  I will try to not neglect the blog and give updates more often.