Finished Product, Gift Idea, New Patterns

B’s Big Girl Quilt Pattern Now Available!!!

When it was time for our granddaughter, Belén, to transition from the nursery to a new room, I volunteered to make her a quilt for her new bedroom.  Her Mom, Alecia, had purchased a darling rug for the room and I wanted to pull out some of the colors from that rug.

Monkey see, Monkey do… Belén imitating what she had just seen Nana do to measure the back of her quilt.

I also wanted to make it a colorful, but simple design, so I designed a strip quilt.  When I completed the quilt, I was encouraged by Patty, one of the owners of the Quilt Crossing, to publish a pattern and also to teach a class.  I agreed to do so and that is how my very first pattern, B’s Big Girl Quilt, came to be.

Picture of Quilt on Belén’s bed with matching pillowcase

I had the pattern available as a handout for students of my class, but had not yet finalized the graphics and final layout for distribution.   My students enjoyed making this quilt and it was so much fun to see the different looks they achieved by varying their color schemes.

Melanie Blair in class working on a quilt for her granddaughter

In December, my daughter, Alecia, and I were talking about the status of my pattern and she asked me to send her a copy of the draft, so she could review it.  We also set a deadline when I needed to deliver the finished product as I work better when I have a deadline.  I sent her the almost-completed pattern on the agreed upon date and we set up a time after Christmas to get together for final formatting.   What I didn’t know is that she passed this information along to her sister, Anna Marie, who had drawn my name for Christmas.  Anna then proceeded to work with my draft, along with some pictures Alecia took of the quilt, and finalized the format on her Mac to complete my very first pattern.  In addition, she set up an Etsy site as one means to distribute my patterns.  When I opened my gift, there was a lovely red portfolio.  Inside it contained:a draft copy of the pattern, a CD with all the final files, copies of information on my Etsy account all neatly filed behind tabs entitled “Etsy” and “B’s Big Girl Quilt”.  At first I was confused, then overwhelmed, amazed and so delighted!!!  What an amazing gift from an even more amazing daughter…

Red Portfolio with tabs, along with copy of the cover for my pattern

Once I had recovered from opening my gifts, Anna asked me to review the pattern and suggested we get together for final format changes, etc.  Yesterday, we met to do so, as well as train me a bit on Pages, a Mac word processing program that was used for this pattern.  We also updated a few things on my Etsy account, etc.

So today, I am pleased to announce the publication of my first pattern, B’s Big Girl Quilt.

It is a great pattern for a beginner to learn quilting or also a quick pattern for a more experienced seamstress.  The pattern includes instructions for both a twin and baby quilt.

If you are interested in purchasing the pattern, you can obtain it for $7.99 at my Etsy site by clicking on Etsy or you once you are on the Etsy site, simply type in “big girl quilt” as a search and it will come up, usually in the second row.   (It has been tested by students in two classes at Quilt Crossing, but I welcome any additional feedback you have.)

I hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Mine was very special this year and I’m overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and work that went into my gifts.  The best gift of all though was spending time with my amazing family.

Happy 2012!!!

Finished Product

E is for Elephant… or Eloise?

Close-up of eye and ear fabric

We are so very excited because it is count down time for the arrival of our next grandchild, Miss Eloise Mae Hoobing.  Our daughter, Alecia, is due April 30th and last weekend we attended a baby shower to celebrate.  It was so much fun and the past few weeks, I have been sewing up a storm to prepare for this fun event.

If you have been following my blog, you know how much I enjoy sewing for our granddaughter, Belén, who will soon be a big sister to Eloise.  Before her arrival on April 28, 2009, I made a couple baby quilts, along with nursery curtains, some cushions and a few items for her wardrobe.  I wanted to insure that Little Eloise received the same kind of warm welcome and have been planning what kind of quilt to make for her.  The nursery has a jungle theme and when I came across an idea for an elephant quilt, it spoke to me.   The original pattern is from a book called Lickety-Split Quilts for Little Ones

Once my main theme for the quilt was established, the hunt began for the perfect fabric.  I found a cute lavendar oval fabric for the body and a couple Kaffe Fassett pieces to use for the ears and eyes of the elephant. 

Finally, two Alexandar Henry pieces were used for the polka dot background as well as the cute “entertaining elephants” fabric for the back of the quilt.   

Multi-colored polka dots
Entertaining Elephants fabric for backing
Once the piecing was complete, it was time to quilt.  I decided to use a lavender thread so that it would disappear in the elephant, but still show up on the backing.  The daisy quilt pattern was done by a programmable long-arm quilt machine, and I was pleased how it turned out.  The last step was to add the binding, which was made out of the same fabric used for the eye and hooves.  And here’s the finished project, Little Eloise’s first baby quilt.
The finished E is for Elephant quilt

I can’t wait to snuggle her up in it!  🙂

Close-up of quilting design