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Well, last week's Friday Faves Favorite Things Party didn't have the overwhelming response I had hoped for. If you forgot about it or just didn't have time to comment, you still can and I will love you for it!
One wonderful thing did come out of that party though. A fellow grandmother blogger, Nana Kelly at What's Nana Making, introduced me to a great fabric resource! The website is called Connecting Threads and I have fallen so in love with it that I have applied to be in their affiliate program. (I am not an affiliate yet, but Nana Kelly is, so that is her link to the site!)
Connecting Threads is a site made for quilters, but of course you can use their fabrics for whatever projects you would like. Their prices are wonderful. If you are like me, I always head straight to the clearance section to shop first. Did you see those fabric samples in the collage above? They are all from the 30 PAGES of clearance fabric that are on Connecting Threads. The prices start at $ 2.79 per yard! Then, when you go to the regular fabric page, there are about 50 something collections of fabric. That means, in each collection there are groupings of fabric that coordinate with one another. This makes sense when you are selling to quilters and crafters. The regular prices start at a reasonable $4.19 per yard. All of the fabric I have looked at is 100% cotton and 44 inches wide. They also have flannel and Luxe fabrics. When you first sign onto the page, you get a 15% discount off of your first order!
Besides fabric, Connecting Threads also has (obviously) thread at a great price and kits for a myriad of items. Here are some of my favorites. Click on the gallery to get a good view of them:
I finished Baby Adrian's Quilt! Remember this post?
I was able to take Little Adrian his quilt when we went up to Provo for his baby blessing, two Sundays ago. Here he is on it:
Isn't he a doll? The quilt came out pretty good, too. Here is how I did it.
As I told you I would do, I sandwiched the batting between the top and the bottom and macine quilted it in channels. I think you can see that in the above photo, but her is another picture.
Then, I folded the strips in half and folded under the edges to finish them. Put your iron to good use.
This is a photo of the finished quilt. Don't look too closely at the crooked lines, but I don't think it is too bad, do you?
Next, I cut strips of my edging fabric. I cut the strips 3 inches wide because I wanted some of the cute ABC animal print to show.
I started by pinning the strip onto the back of the quilt.
Then I stitched the strip on with a straight stitch.
Next, fold the strip to the front, folding under the ends to finish them. Here are some photos to show the process.
Click on the above photos for more descriptions.
I was really happy with the end results! I have enough of the edging fabric left over to make a lighter weight blanket for my other little cutie. We live in Phoenix, so I think a light blanket will be just the thing to keep the air conditioner from gettin him cold. I will be posting about that soon. In the meantime, enjoy a few more pictures of my cuties!
I don't know if I have mentioned that there are many babies expected in our family right now. Among them are my daughter-in-law Korina, who is expecting her 5th, (a boy) at any time now. She has c-sections though, so it will be scheduled unless something unexpected happens. My daughter Alicia is due the end of March. This is her first and she is also expecting a boy.
Korina's mom does beautiful quilting and my grandchildren have beautiful quilts that she has made for them. My mom quilts, she is turning 92 this year, so her quilting has slowed down a bit, but she is still at it. Well, I decided that my daughter Alicia's baby shouldn't be deprived of a quilt from his grandmother, even if I am not as good at it as the above mentioned quilters, so I figured that a baby quilt was a good place to start.
My mom recently gave me a quilt for the back of my couch to add color to my family room. Here it is:
Notice how she used colors and fabrics she knew I would love.
This photo is actually after I stitched it all together. I used a decorative stitch that I have on my new machine that I got this year. I have finished sewing the top together and I have sandwiched in the batting to the backing. It is all basted. I have decided to machine quilt it, so that will be my last step that I will post in my next post.
RED ALERT! I have to finish this quilt this week. This morning I was in my classroom at work when I got a call from my son-in-law Adrian. ALICIA'S WATER BROKE THIS MORNING! She is only 32 and a half weeks, they are keeping her in the hospital and holding her off a little longer since she still has fluid and the baby needs more time, but she will definitely be delivering no later than a week and 3 days. I will post the finished product soon! Hopefully a healthy, sweet baby will be wrapped in it!
I love the fabric on the back, too. The picture does not do it justice. Also notice that the squares on the front are left unfinished and so when the raw edges get washed it becomes a soft frayed edge. I like the way the squares are radomly placed on the top fabric and appliqued down. I thought that this might be the type of quilt I could figure out and do without having to match points and piece. So, a trip to Walmart's fabric department was called for.
Walmart sells collections of fat quarters that are already coordinated for you. The price is really great as well. The cute flannel set I found was under $8.00. My high school football player son Jacob was with me and he insisted we include a football print for his nephew. (He wants to have a football team consisting of all of his nephews one day.) I also threw in a few pieces from my own stash.
Here are a few of them. I used a yellow fabric as my top layer and cut out my squares into 5 inch squares with my zig-zag rotary cutter. Then I laid them all out in what I felt was a pleasing design and pinned them into place.
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Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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