IMG 2773 1024x1024 On the Road to Salt Lake City

So, life is crazy and beautiful and unexpected

So sad to be leaving Portland

So happy for my husband and his new job (which we expected would come years from now, if at all)

So looking forward to being near so many family members and friends in Salt Lake City

We leave in a month

Life moves fast

We are definitely taking a piece of Portland with our (Alexandria) hearts to Salt Lake.

Now I just need everything to go well with the sale of our home here and find a new place to live…

Sewing might be minimal for the next few months. Much like the last 12 months…

That’s life, I guess!

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IMG 2011 e1423886238282 768x1024 Sewn: Zip Pouch Who doesn’t love Melody Miller’s fabrics? And who doesn’t love a good zippered pouch to throw in her purse? I used to make velcro diaper clutches with a fancy shape, and then realized that all I really want is pretty fabric and a zipper to keep things contained. I made this one (gotta love metal zippers) and a laminated changing pad (more on that another day) for my sister-in-law, and now want to make one for everyone I know!

Sewing is fun, eh?

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cottonandsteelbabyquilt2 1024x768 Finished Quilts: Cotton + Steel Baby QuiltA few weeks ago, I shared a progress post about this quilt, made for my sweet new niece. My husband was headed to visit family, and I literally finished sewing the binding on 2 minutes before we left for the airport. We snapped a quick shot or two in the fog with my phone, and away it went! [I wish I would have pressed it before taking the picture, but better it make it for the baby shower than be perfectly pressed for photos, right?]

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My sister-in-law loves stripes, and I had this stripe in my stash (Aneela Hoey, Posy) that matched the Cotton and Steel basics almost perfectly! Win, win.  amhvoile 914x1024 Finished Quilts: Cotton + Steel Baby QuiltI might have chopped 4 inches off the side of the quilt (without thinking) just so that it fit with this beautiful Anna Maria Horner Little Folks voile fabric (my favorite print from that line) I used a Quilter’s Dream super light batting, and only quilted it in straight lines every 4 to 8 inches. I wanted it to drape more like a blankie than a quilt, if that makes sense.  It is the same combination I used in my daughter’s All Voile quilt in 2011, which means I have had this backing since 2011. Oops! Glad to use it. The print was recently included in Horner’s reprint line, Folk Song.

Note: Quilt based on the Travel Quilt from Liesl Gibson’s  Oliver + S Little Things to Sew: 20 Classic Accessories and Toys for Children

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My mother-in-law came to visit in January, and it was so great to spend time with her. We called her the Ellie whisperer. Ellie was super fussy for a few weeks before she came (always in the ergo or in someone’s arms) and by the time she left, she had mellowed into a happy, calm baby. If that isn’t a gift, I don’t know what is.

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Jane and I visited Fabric Depot one day to pick out fabrics for a quilt for my new niece, and while we were there, I got to pick out fabric for a quilt for Ellie too! I loved the Carolyn Friedlander Doe print and the pretty Cloud 9 botanic print (Arcadia–Herb Garden) especially! (4th from left and 6th from left). Both quilts have coral fabric and triangles, and they couldn’t look more different!

I’ve said it 10 times, I’ll say it again. Portland is a mecca for great fabric stores. If you are in the area, Fabric Depot isn’t to be missed. It has everything. For reals.  We came home, I grabbed some old favorites from my stash, and we started cutting.

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Tip of the Day: If you set your design wall up over a heater vent, and the heater comes on, all of blocks will be blown off!

We worked on it together and got the top sewed up. She took it home, quilted it, and bound it. Don’t you love the pop of blue with the binding??? I need to try that technique sometime.

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And happy babies make pretty quilts even better, don’t you think? FullSizeRender 978x1024 Favorite Things: Grandma made Quilts

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