Perry Moffitt

July 19, 2010

More Rainbows!

I am trying to make a baby quilt in a hurry for an old friend and her darling baby who we are seeing on vacation next week. It is fun revisiting some of these fabrics, I have had some of these scrap triangles for ten years, just waiting for the right project. It felt like I had pulled out millions of triangles, but when I laid out this pieced top  I was  disappointed in the smallness. In my mind’s eye this was going to be big enough for a toddler bed but it is currently too small to be a baby quilt. Even though the triangles were mostly half of a 5.5″ square the finished squares ended up being 4″ . I think I have to add at least 2 rows to the long side. And a ginormous border. Of red? of white? of a rainbow polka-dot?

I loved doing this pattern with Lauren’s quilt, but those triangles were bigger and maybe more forgiving? I am having a hard time making clean points with such small triangles. Such is the nature of slightly wonky scraps.

****update*** finished quilt here

And a picture of the darling baby.  She learned how to roll from her back to her front this weekend. And then when she gets there- cries in frustration that she is stuck on her belly. It must be tough to be a baby 🙂

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July 2, 2010

Baby Paintbox Quilt

I started this while in the last days of pregnancy. Baby turned 3 months old this past Tuesday.  So, this is what 20 minutes of sewing a day will get you;

I was stumped on what the binding should be for a while but ran across this lovely polka dot satin at the Joann’s and made half a yard into just the right amount of binding.

I added a stripe on the back in the dead center. The minkee came up just a smidge short and this is how I made up the 3 inches I needed to match the front.

In full disclosure I should tell you I did not use any batting in this quilt. Strange, right? Well, it was very intentional. I noticed that we had not been using the baby quilts I had for miss d. but instead using the store bought minkee blankets, and I realized the reason was the quilts I had made, even with thin cotton batting, were just too bulky to use. So, this is just fabric and minkee and it feels like just the right weight, better for traveling from room to room and snuggling with at naptime.

April 30, 2010

Paintbox quilt, start the timer

There is no telling how long it will take me to get these squares made into a quilt. But I wanted to share how I spent my last days of pregnancy.  These are made from all my skinny scraps. I confess I separate my scraps into stripes, squares and triangles. A bit of my OCD showing.

I was inspired by the paintbox quilt by Oh, Fransson. She is a little more measured and specific in her sewing but I love the result. I am a little more haphazard, maybe another green square, make the yellow ones bigger. I have plenty of plans for it, but sewing is one thing you can’t do while cradling a baby. Small sacrifice…

January 3, 2010

Last Christmas Present Mailed!

Yeah yeah, it’s January 3rd and I just finished this Christmas present yesterday but , hey- at least it is still quilt season! She did have this to open on Christmas morning, so I am not a complete slacker. I did a quick photograph before rushing to the post office. I was in such a rush I didn’t even measure it’s final size to make sure it was big enough for a queen bed! fingers crossed!

I used my new labels for the first time. I got them from Mel on etsy and have been itching to use one.

The back is the 2nd half of an Ikea duvet cover that I also used for Lauren’s quilt. Slowly busting my fabric stash!

November 12, 2009

Quilted Pillowcase

Much much respect to photographers who take interior shots and they look like pottery barn catalog pictures. I rather love these pillowcases but could not find the patience to keep smoothing wrinkles. That seems to be a theme mid pregnancy. Lack of patience. Hopefully it will wane because I suspect I will be needing some in the near future.

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These are made from the scraps from the Christmas present for my sister in law. But I think they turned out pretty perfect. A nice little extra for her for Christmas.

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October 13, 2009

Purple and Blue quilt, a work in progress…

IMG_2208Lots of work around here. Paul fixed the sheetrock in baby’s room and has been spackling for days. I think I will get to paint this weekend. I finally decided on a mural- and I will try to remember the before, during and after pictures.  Pawning off stuff on friends to make room for the baby. Seeing lots of theatre shows (and laughing loudly!) and  trying to get in some social time with friends before the big baby event.  Still time before Christmas to finish this quilt, I might even start another!! Oh, and a picture of the dog being an activist at a rally recently.

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she is protesting the 8% sales tax that the PA state legislature just added to non-profit theater, dance and music tickets. Sporting events and movie tickets continue to go untaxed.

January 12, 2009

New Squares

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I am only using the brightest colors possible these days in my sewing. I blame the cold weather and that white on beige quilt I just finished.

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I finally committed to something with a huge stack of triangles I cut early in the fall. I used some of them on my previously mentioned zig zag quilt. And the rest of the triangle stash on these blocks.

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Most of the fabric came from the fat quarter shopping binge at the Maine Quilt show. Where I was feeling very cheerful it seems.

Did I mention how cold it is? and how it gets dark so early? and how I hate taking pictures indoors? Well, until it stays light later, there will be mediocre pictures on this here website…

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I made 16 of these joyously colored pinwheels. I think they are destined to be a twin sized quilt.

UPDATE: finished quilt here

December 13, 2008

Scrappy Baby Quilt

This was a special request quilt, which also happened to be a stash buster. The mom requested a quilt that has lots of different images, to have fun identifying things with baby. dscf1461

As a result there is a little of everything in here. Ladybugs, cupcakes, rabbits, birds etc.

dscf1467I used some batik for the backing that I got on the $3 a yard sale cart at On Board Fabrics and some butterfly fabric that had been cut in squares for a long-abandoned project and all in all, a great stash buster!

October 2, 2008

Super fast Scrap Quilt

When I say super fast, I mean that if you spent more than 20 minutes at a time working on it you could get in done very fast. It took me a couple weeks, but only because there was so much other stuff lurking near my sewing machine.

The fat border is also the backing and from an old Ikea duvet cover that I never used.

It is a present for Lauren. If only she would get me her mailing address so I could send it to her! Hint! Hint!

September 8, 2008

Blue Quilt, in process

We have been busy with the Philadelphia Live Arts festival (working- seeing shows- drinking with our friends) but I snuck in a little sewing on this Sunday morning. I think I might have to tear out one seam that is killing me while I am looking at this picture. But otherwise I LOVE this pattern, I already started another one.

In other news, I am going to be the artist of the week for the Lansdowne Farmers Market in 2 weeks time. I am so very honored, but will have to start sewing some more onesies to sell.  And maybe try some of those little stroller blankets I have seen on etsy… Much more sewing to come.

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