Nautical Baby Quilt

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My first attempt at machine applique.

Once in a while, I get a chance to give a baby gift that fits in well with the theme that the parents and grandparents are doing the nursery in. This was one of those really fun times!

My friend Regina’s son, TJ, recently got married and is expecting a baby with his wife, Brittany.  We are all so excited for their little family and also for Regina and Terry to be grandparents for the first time.  Never have people been so excited to welcome a new baby into this world!  Their enthusiasm and love is absolutely contagious and it makes it such fun to make a special gift.

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Anchor fabrics from the back and front of the quilt.

I had been stalking Regina’s Pinterest account for a while and knew that she had pinned lots of ideas for her grandson’s nursery.  I knew I wanted to make something for this baby, but couldn’t quite decide which direction to go in.  Fortunately, Regina and Brittany met me for lunch one day, a couple of weeks ago, and told me all about their nursery plans.  That certainly made it far easier to know exactly what kind of look and color scheme they were going for.  So, with about 2 weeks to spare, I started shopping for fabric.

The final decision was something in red, white, and blue with a nautical theme.  Regina mentioned anchors and I saw them in a few of her Pinterest posts, so that is what I started looking for in fabric.  Some fabrics I found had both navy and lighter blues in addition to the red and white.  While I liked those, for the front of the quilt, I wanted a very crisp, patriotic color scheme.  Having been born while my father was in the Navy, serving in Brunswick, Georgia, I love the nautical theme and knew exactly what I wanted to capture in fabric.

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The completed quilt.

Eventually, I found a navy fabric with a white, anchor print, plain (crisp) white muslin, and a mottled true red.  Binding called out for a very tailored red and white stripe and for backing I found a busy, anchor print with both navy and light blues mixed in with red and white.

The top is made from 12 inch stripes (width of fabric) of the navy anchor print and white muslin fabrics.  On the lower right hand corner, I machine appliqued an anchor in place.  It was a bit nerve wrecking because I had always shied away from machine applique, but it turned out pretty well, I think.

I neglected to get a photo of the beautiful mom-to-be with the quilt, so I can’t share one here, but I am sure that as soon as I can, I will get one of the nursery and that precious baby boy in it!

All in all, the quilt seemed to be a big hit and matches several other items that were made for nursery, so it will be a good fit with the theme of the room.  The best part, though, will be welcoming a new little friend into the world.

I make lots of different things for baby gifts.  Do you have a go-to baby gift?

Till next time,

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Chemistry Quilt

Warning, this is a picture heavy post.  You have been warned! 🙂

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The finished quilt, along with a few other gifts received by my friends.
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The backing and binding are Periodic Table of Elements themed.

 

Another Hatchett Job, photo by Ethan Hatchett, chemistry quilt, baby quilt, flasksI don’t know about you, but this is the only truly “chemistry” or “science” themed quilt that I am aware of.  It took some hunting skills, but once I found the mid-Another Hatchett Job, photo by Ethan Hatchett, Mod Green Atomic Printcentury reproduction atomic prints, I knew I could pull this off!  With the “geek chic” style that is coming of age (an appreciation of intellect, go figure), it was fun to round out this little fabric collection.Another Hatchett Job, photo by Ethan Hatchett, Mod Blue Atomic Print

At first, I was concerned that the overall effect would be a bit somber for welcoming a little bundle of joy, but once I got it all put together, it really worked.  Of course the brightly colored liquid in the various flasks do help to lighten the mood, overall.Another Hatchett Job, photo by Ethan Hatchett, geek chic fabric, gotta wear shades

The best part is that when I finished the project and mailed it off to the Mommy and Daddy to be, they loved it!  He is a high level chemist and she is a nurse.  They asked for aAnother Hatchett Job, photo by Ethan Hatchett, chemistry quilt, baby quilt, scientific formulas fabric chemistry or science vibe, and I think I pulled it off.  Love my geeky friends!

What have YOU been quilting lately?

Till next time,

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Whew! A Finish!

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Embroidery by Judy Purdy; photo by Jan Hatchett

It has been a whirlwind month.  About two weeks before the big day, my baby brother announced that he was getting married!  Since we had already met and fell in love with our new family member, and my new sister-in-love, we were very excited, but under the gun for the wedding gift.  As quilters, we like to make, you guessed it, quilts and it was going to be very, very tough to get one made in two weeks for the wedding.

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Center block of the quilt holds the label.

And, honestly, we didn’t make it.  Even after Mom and I sat at the dining room table with two sewing machines and sewed like fiends, we didn’t make the deadline.  They were married on February 4th and we gifted them with their quilt on February 22nd, after they had come down to celebrate my brother’s birthday with us.  We put the last stitch in it on February 19th and washed and dried it on the following day.  Not too bad, all things considering.

I may have been a little gung-ho to get this done (out of fear of it languishing around for years, unfinished), as Dad dubbed our work area as “Jan’s sweat shop.”  Ahem.  Nuff said.

As the bride didn’t indicate any favorite colors and we couldn’t be too bold and ask outright (it would ruin the surprise), we took an “anything goes” palette of scraps in all colors.  I used an “organic, improvisational, modern” approach.  I have since learned that those terms mean, essentially, “wonky, but cool.”  In order to save time, we densely quilted the blocks onto the batting as we made them, adding the backing on separately.

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Completed quilt top.

It was an interesting way to finish a quilt and it was quite efficient in some ways.  In retrospect, I would have added backing to each block and joined them Quilt as You Go style with sashing strips.   My sewing machine just couldn’t handle the stress of sewing through the intersections and the free arm was just short enough to prevent me from quilting the back on “in the ditch” as originally planned.  Hence, we tied the back on, Appalachian style.

It does kind of work as I tend to quilt my quilts and my Mom tends to tie hers.  This one is a unique hybrid of both techniques.

But, I wish the quilting went through to the back.  Live and learn.  It was quick and simple.  I love the end result.

And the best part is that my brother and his gorgeous wife love it, too!

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And this is why it was all worth it! Ain’t they cute???

The worst part was wanting to tell this quilt’s story, the new technique and all while I was making it and knowing that it would blow the surprise if someone told them what we were working on.  I am horrible at the discretion part of this gifting stuff!

What are you working on lately?

Till next time,

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Horse Pillows

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“Barn Moms” get pretty creative when left to our own devices!

Eldest son is absolutely horse crazed!  I can’t claim to be far from it, myself.  But, he is a born cowboy and he loves to ride.

So, how could I not craft up a little something for Christmas that was right up his alley?  A bunch of the “Barn Moms” and I got together and made some absolutely adorable pillows decorated with horses on them.  Some were fanciful, others looked like a particular horse, we even had a fantastical unicorn in the mix!  Lots of the “barn kids” received pillows among their Christmas gifts and they seemed to be a huge hit with everyone.

My kiddo received a pillow that represents “his” horse Doc.  Doc is a quarter horse who hates baths and brushing and just wants to throw on a saddle and go–much like my son!  He is a true cowboy horse and he has claimed my son as one of his very favorite people.

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(L to R) Pillows representing Hans the Hanoverian (in show braids), Baron the Shire, and Doc the Quarter Horse.

On the right are three of the pillows that I made.  I wish I had gotten more photos of them before I delivered them.  On the left is one that went to one of DS18s riding instructors.  It looks like Hans, the big, goofy warmblooded Hanoverian that lives at the stables.  His instructor often rides him in ACTHA rides and Equestrian events, hence the braids instead of a mane.  I hoped that the paisley fabric would emphasize his fancy “show” prowess.

The middle pillow represents Baron, the Shire and our only draft horse at the stables.  Unfortunately, not long after I made this pillow, he suffered a strangulation lymphoma and didn’t make it.  I am hoping that DS18s other instructor enjoyed receiving this remembrance of this big, gorgeous boy.  As much as he was my favorite horse to ride and to love on, he clearly loved her (and she loved him) more than anyone else.  It’s sad to lose a friend, but I will always remember that drafty personality and big, pretty walk of his.  Sigh.

On the far right is Doc, the Quarter Horse.  His mane is made of looped twine that is “blowing” backward because he is running across the fields.  This is my son’s favorite horse and if he had been available to lease, we would have done it.  They make such a good team together, even reading each other’s minds.  Doc is kind of a no muss, no fuss kind of horse who hates brushing, braiding, baths, or pretty much anything other than riding, meal times, and peppermints.  It’s an ideal match for my son, who pretty much feels the same way about baths and anything too fussy related to hygiene.  LOL!

Fortunately, all of the pillows seem to be well received and enjoyed!  My kiddo sleeps with his on the bed at night. He is afraid it will get messed up if it falls on the floor.

Did your child have a favorite gift that you made?

Till next time,

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Sneak Peek Update

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Ready to start stitching!

Do you remember this post?

That block that was ready to be stitched down, ultimately became one of four dresden plate decorative pillows that were given as Christmas gifts this year.  I couldn’t share them before now, because we hadn’t had our final family celebration yet.  Despite a false start or two where the block didn’t want to stay put while I was stitching it and bunched up badly, I eventually used fusible adhesive to hold the center of the blocks in place while I hand appliqued the edges down.  It worked like a charm!Another Hatchett Job, photo by Jan Hatchett, dresden pillows, dresden quilt blocks, quilting, crafts, frugal gifts

I must say that I was fairly intimidated by the idea of hand applique with a hidden stitch.  I had done hand blanket stitch applique before, but after my friend, Beverly, showed me the proper stitch, it just felt like something that I would be willing to try.

I am proud to say that all of the pillows turned out beautifully and were happily received!

Did you make any Christmas gifts this past year?

Till next time,

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Slow Stitching Sunday 5

Another Hatchett Job, creative commons, Slow Stitching Sundays, hand sewingIt’s been a busy week with a bit of success in the dresden plate department.  I was able to use some of the (much needed and appreciated) advice that readers graciously left me in the comments last week to find a way to correct my problem with the blocks.

I used a circle of Wonder Under fusible interfacing to affix the blocks to the background fabric.  This left the points at the end of each blade free for hand applique, while eliminating the shifting problem.  It worked beautifully and I had four completed in the time it took to watch a Netflix movie.

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Dresden Plate Quilt Block ready to be hand appliqued.

Limited progress on the ornaments, though.  It’s harder to stitch them (without actually catching the back layer with the needle) than I thought, so I may have to rethink what I am doing with them.  But, they will get finished, one way or another.

I did a tiny bit of hand sewing with friends while working on some other Christmas gifts, but nothing that I can really share right now.

What have YOU been stitching this Sunday?

Till next time,

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Black Friday Steals

Another Hatchett Job blog, Creative Commons Attribution, savings ahead, road signs, warning signs, saving money, frugal life, frugal livingOkay, I am not a die hard Black Friday shopper.  I cower at home and do my sales shopping online, except for my local quilt stores.  Usually, at least one of them will have an amazing sale that I can take advantage of in person.  These are good, local-ish, small businesses that I love to support.  They also are small enough that even with a crowd, that probably means only 10 or so shoppers at one time, so it’s not quite as overwhelming as in those big stores where clerks get trampled and folks fight to the death over a flat screen t.v.

Call me crazy (many do), but violence is not part of how I envision the whole Christmas Season starting off.  My hat’s off to those of you who can brave the crowds and find the great deals!  I’ll be home shopping on my computer in my jammies, thank you very much.

But, at my Black Friday quilt store foray, I found an entire store at 50% off!  Woo Hoo!  It’s a Winter Wonderland for me.  It was my first Black Friday at this quilt store, but it certainly won’t be my last!

So, I will show off my finds.  I got these lovely one yard cuts of fabric and now must find the perfect pattern for them.  Fun stuff!  I also got a couple of yards of interfacing, but that’s not the stuff of good photos, so I didn’t take one.

 

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My Black Friday purchase from Southern Stitches Quilt Shop in Thomaston, Georgia.

Soft aquas with whites and reds.  Looks like fun to me!

Did you get any deals for Black Friday?

Till next time,

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