Friday, May 8, 2009

simon says

Is it ever too late to make a quilt for a friend's baby? No. Even when said baby is over one year old? Even better. That's what I'm hoping anyway. My friends Stephanie + Vaughn live far away in the land of California and I think I just lost track of how old their sweet baby Simon was getting.
I think as long as the child is not in kindergarten, we're good. Enjoy!
*fabric is 1974 by Urban Chicks for Moda.

19 comments:

Becky said...

This may just be my favorite quilt you've ever done, Sarah! When are you going to start giving classes?

Stepi said...

Sarah! It arrived today and what can I say? What a suprise! It is so beautiful...and thoughtful!! I feel so lucky. It is perfect. If it came when he was ten I would still feel lucky! Thank you so much for your awesomeness! Love to you, Stephanie

Sarah said...

Becky,
You're so nice. Thanks! I wonder if it's because you were born in 1974?

Stephanie,
I am so glad you like it! It is YOU that is awesome!

pam said...

Do you still do your own quilting, on a regular machine? Awesome!

Sarah said...

Pam,
Thanks. That means a lot coming from a talented sewer/seamstress. Yes, I still use my Pfaff for everything.

Nancy said...

so cute, I love it, love it, love it!

Gina and David said...

Soooo cute. Love the colors. You're so very talented Ms. Sarah.

AliceK[i]ND said...

Hey, Jack doesn't start kindergarten until August. :)

Gwen said...

Hi Sarah. I am interested in learning how to quilt and found your blog a few weeks ago. Your quilts are beautiful. What machine would you recommend for a beginner whose learning how to make quilts like the one you make? What kind of supplies do you this are necessary vs. nice to have? I went to a fabric store the other day and it was very overwhelming. Any ideas?

Gwen said...

oops, which ones do you THINK are necessary...

jet said...

Hi Sarah,

I'm a lurker who loves your quilts! Do you mind if I ask if you use pre-cut fabric, or if you buy by the yard and cut yourself?

Thank you so much!

Sarah said...

Gwen,
I use a Pfaff that I bought used 8 years ago. I love it. For piecing a quilt, any machine will do. For doing free-hand quilting, you need a machine that can:
1. lower the feeddogs (that's what feeds the fabric through your machine.) You lower (or cover) them completely so you can control where the fabric moves.
2. lower the presser foot half way down. Basic machines that I have used, do not offer this option.
3. Use a darning foot. Also called a quilting foot or free-motion foot.

You will also need a rotary cutter, large cutting matt and clear acrylic ruler. These can all be purchased at Joann's and the like.

For someone just getting started, I would highly recommend taking a beginner quilting class from a local quilt shop. They will tell you exactly what you should and shouldn't invest in.

I wish I had a better set of instructions for getting started already on my sidebar. Some of the sites I link to, do have really good tutorials.

Hope that helps a little. Good luck!

Sarah said...

Jet,
Mostly I buy fabric in half yards or fat quarters. But on this particular one, I bought a charm pack (5 inch pre-cut squares in every print from the 1974 line) and a few 1/2 yards from the same line for the back. fyi - Some people prewash their fabric - but I do not. I like the vintage crinkly look I get when I wash the whole quilt at the end.

jet said...

Thank you so much! I'm going to try my first quilt, and I think I'll try the jelly filled. And thanks to you, I'm in love with Amy Butler. :-)

Carrie said...

I've been admiring your quilts for sometime and I just ordered a charm pack to make this quilt :) Where to you get the material for the stripping (is that what it's called?). A quilting store? I've heard Joann's carries a decent material but I wanted to get your advice. Thanks!

Elizabeth said...

You continut to amaze me with another gorgeous quilt.

Anna said...

Oooooh, I love the colors. You are amazing!

Sarah said...

Carrie,
The sashing fabric is tan Kona Cotton I got at Joann's. You can get it at lots of online quilt shops too. I used 2 1/2 inch strips.

dana said...

You are a quilting genius! Wow, this is dang cute. I love the fabrics you chose. YOU are really so talented too! :)