So…as I have been developing my love of quilting, I have also become a fabric addict. This week, I received in the mail 2 different charm packs. For those of you that do not know what a charm pack is (because I didn’t until I ordered them)…charm packs are 5 inch squares of fabric. Typically there are 40-45 squares in each charm pack. I ordered mine from www.craftsy.com, and they always have deals going that are INCREDIBLE!!! I paid $14 for 2 Benerdex charm packs and maybe $10 for 2 Moda Neutrals charm packs. What a steal!!!
Here they are:
I love the colors and patterns!!
This is Katie by Jennifer Young for Benerdex Fabrics.
I plan on making a modified 9 patch throw quilt with these charm packs. I will post pics as I work on it. I am also planning to do a Work in Progresss (WIP) post this weekend of all the projects I have started. It’s crazy how many things I have going!!
As I mentioned in my last post, I have recently acquired a new hobby…quilting…more specifically, machine quilting. About 3 years ago, my sister-in-law Lori and I were talking and we both said that we really wanted to learn to machine quilt. We had both decided we wanted to take a class to learn the basics. When I had started Simply Delighting, I was unemployed…so I had a lot of time on my hands. It just so happened that when I interviewed for my current position, my would be boss was a machine quilter. Over Christmas break 2010, she gave me an all day lesson about machine quilting, and I was off and running. I decided I would tackle a huge project (I had no idea how huge at the time!)…a quilt for my baby niece Leah. This quilt had 1800 pieces. Each 3 inch finished square had 5 parts. Oh. My. Nerves. I started that quilt in December 2010, and thought I would give it to her for her 1st birthday in March 2011. I was wrong. It was so overwhelming for me that I didn’t pick it up to finish it until the beginning of this year, 2012. I was determined to get that quilt done for her 2nd birthday. I worked feverishly for 4 weeks straight to finish up 360 squares to combine to make her quilt. However, I must admit, I did not quilt it myself. I took it to a long arm quilter and they quilted it for me.
Here is a picture of the top, before it was quilted.
So…having finished it for her 2nd birthday, I was hooked. And I mean hooked. Since March, I have finished 6 other quilt tops, and have completely finished of those 6 quilt tops (meaning they are quilted and bound). I have read countless blogs, watched several you tube videos and now subscribe to about 6 or 8 quilting magazines. I simply cannot get enough. I love fabric and color and texture…oh it’s just completely sucked me in and I have so many projects either started or on a list to start its crazy!!!
This weekend, I made my first ever baby quilt for my great-nephew Parker, who is turning one in a couple of days! I quilted it myself (which really is very daunting to me) and it’s all ready to get wrapped for his party!
I found the pattern for this quilt online, and modified it just a little to use all the fabrics. I used 15 fat quarters (I love fat quarters!) from the Richard Neuman for Clothworks Fabrics Red Go collection. I just love it, and I think it screams little boy…don’t you? The finished quilt measure 34 x 42.
So…after an almost 2 1/2 year absence, I am BACK!! There have been a lot of changes that have happened since my last blog post on this site but the great news is…I am back to try to consistently blog different projects! Beside recipes and meals, I will be sharing my new-found love of machine quilting!! Stay tuned to see some pictures of works in progress and different quilts/fabrics/patterns I love and want to use.
Today, I spent the day working on a baby quilt for my great-nephew Parker–he is turning 1 this week!! I will post pics tomorrow of his finished (hopefully) quilt. For dinner, I made a quick and easy pizza.
Here is a how it turned out:
I have become a big fan of using what I have (even if it’s not homemade). For this pizza, I used:
1 frozen pizza dough crust (I let it thaw and rise in a metal mixing bowl until it was doubled in size)
1 1/2 cups of spaghetti sauce with ground venison (I had some made in my freezer)
Several kinds of cheeses all mixed:
I spread the dough on to my greased pan and pre baked it for about 6 minutes at 400 degrees. After it was pre baked, I spread on the sauce, added the cheeses, and baked for about 25 more minutes at 400 degrees until the cheese was brown and oh so melted and gooey.
It was amazing!