Showing posts with label Fleece Blankets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fleece Blankets. Show all posts

Monday, January 2, 2012

A Stitch In Time: 2011 Wrap-Up

Seventy percent of success in life is showing up. –Woody Allen

For the past two years, I've been keeping an index of all the projects I finish during each year. It has been fun to look back to see how much I've accomplished in one year. I humbly submit my 2011 finishes.

One Hired Machine Quilting & Binding Job

One Halloween Costume, Two Pieces {skirt & cloak}

Two Fleece Baby Blankets

Three Abbey Bags

Four Church Bags

Four Table Runners

Five Adult Bibs

Six Aprons {one reversible}

Eight Quilts

Twelve Quilted Notebook Covers

Fifteen Fabric Postcards

Eighteen Fancy Pillowcases

In case you lost count, that is 80 finishes, and I enjoyed every one of them. I hope that 2012 is as productive!

My 2011 Finishes

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The One Where Elizabeth Works A Really Lot and Doesn't Have Much Time For Sewing or Blogging

LOST: Husband, kids and sewing machine. Reward for sewing machine. –Seen at a Local Quilt Shop :rofl:

Did you know that the place were I work is a mere 2½ blocks from a quilt shop — one of my favorite quilt shops, as a matter of fact? It is the shop where I bought Grace. They always have a lovely selection of fabrics, an excellent clearance section and they give out some pretty decent coupons. In all the time I've been working just 2½ short blocks from a fabric mecca, I have not stopped in once. On the days when I'm out running errands for the BossMan {which are much less frequent now that I'm more Accounts Receivable and less Executive Assistant} I very often feel the urge to skive off work and spend an hour or two petting the pretty fabrics and dreaming of creative things to make with them. But not once at the end of my work day have I felt like stopping in at the quilt shop. There are always more pressing matters at home that I need to get to.

It was kind of that way this week with my blog and all my sewing projects. I thought of them longingly while I was balancing accounts and doing invoices, but when my work-day was done, I had more pressing matters like getting dinner on and wrangling homework out of the Little Bugs. You see, my 20-hour a week job has turned into a 30-hour a week job most of the time. This last week was a 40-hour week and I'm really surprised how much brain power all that number crunching took. By the time the kids were in bed, about the only thing I wanted to do was fall in a heap on the couch and watch TV. My apologies to the three people who read my Bradbury 13 posts. I'll be back next week at the regularly scheduled time. And I sincerely applaud those of you who work full-time and manage to get anything creative done at all.

When Friday came, the prospect of a whole weekend ahead of me brought back some of the creative mojo. I decided to ignore the housework and cram as much sewing in as possible. That's not uncommon for me — ignoring the housework in favor of something creative {although this time, I might regret it when I have to go starkers to work on Monday}. I decided to start with something fast and fun so that I would feel immediately successful and want to keep going. I made a couple of fleece baby blankets with satin edges. I've lost track of how many of these I've made; it's somewhere between 18 and 20. They make fun, inexpensive, easy baby gifts.

JoAnn's is great to keep me stocked with 40% and 50% off coupons, so I always make sure to use one for the satin blanket binding. And I love it when they put their fleece on sale because everyone buys a ton of it. When they are done buying their yardage, if there is anything under 1½ yards left, it gets made into a remnant because it won't stay wrapped nicely on the bolt. That's where I come in. If you buy a remnant while the fabric is on sale, they start at the sale price and then deduct 50%. I've gotten some really great deals that way. The polka-dot fleece above was big enough to make two blankets and I paid $3.94 for it. The total cost for that blanket was $5.71. The beautiful turquoise plaid below was a total of $4.75.

I'm really happy to have two February finishes {no matter how small}. Now I can move on to the apron that Joyce won from me two weeks ago :blushing:. I was supposed to do that on Tuesday, but, well, you know. It was a long day at work. It is a good thing that thread is 50% off at JoAnn's right now, because I used up the rest of the green that I was going to use on the apron on the polka-dotted blanket.

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My 2011 Finishes

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fast, Fun, Fleecy Finish

It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money.
–Elinor Goulding Smith

This cute little bundle of joy was born on June 30. I hope his mama doesn't mind that I swiped his photo off her blog. He is one of the Little Bugs' 36 cousins. That peach fuzz on his head is sorta reddish. He's pretty cute.

I finally got around to getting a little baby gift together for him, which is probably OK since I just received his baby announcement in the mail two days ago. I did a fleece blanket for him. They go together really quickly, are inexpensive {especially if you use coupons} and make {I think} a thoughtful gift. It is so soft and snuggly. I love the fuzzy texture of the fleece combined with the smooth feel of the satin blanket binding.

Hooray for a September finish.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Fleece Blanket and Appliquéd Onesie

Babies are such a nice way to start people. -Don Herrold

Mr. Bug's sister and her husband are expecting their sixth baby. Some of her neighbors had a shower for her last night and so I threw this together for her yesterday afternoon. I was only a little late getting to the shower.

These blankets are really fast and fun to make. I got the fleece a while ago and I'm pretty sure it was on sale for $2 a yard {I love a bargain like that even more than I love a 50% off coupon :wink:}. This piece was about 1⅓ yards, so squared it up and then cut it down the middle to make two blankets {I'll finish the other one later}. The finished size is 32ish" x 47ish". When I've made these before, I always got a yard and then cut the width to 45" {finished size 36" x 45"} because that is how far one package of the Satin Blanket Binding will go. The shape of this one is a little odd, but still very useable, so I think I may do this size again. It is less waste this way.

The appliquéd onesie was inspired by the cute work Little Miss Shabby did on a pillow. I've done a couple of other things using this free motion style of appliqué and really like it. It is fast and fun too.

This means two more finishes for July!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fleece Baby Blanket

Babies are always more trouble than you thought – and more wonderful. –Charles Osgood

I put together this little fleece blanket edged with satin blanket binding as a quick and inexpensive baby gift. One package of the binding goes around a 36" x 45" rectangle, so I get a yard of fleece, square it up and then trim the width to 45". I pin the binding around the edge and then zig-zag it in place. It only takes about an hour, start to finish and makes a really nice gift. I really loved the colors in this blanket. I think the orange stripe really sets it off.

I love a quick and easy finish.