Hello again!

Gosh, fall just flew by and Christmas 2014 will be in the past by the time I get this posted!  I found the Instagram quilting world a couple of months ago, so if you want to see what I’m up to day-to-day, hook up with me there @hummingbirdthread.  So much fun stuff going on there, swaps and sew-alongs, free patterns, great quilt pictures, and awesome quilters and designers. It’s a great place to meet new people who share your interests, and if you’re not sure how to use it, ask your kids! Even so, I hope to do better on my blogging this year so I can share the big stuff with my non-Instagrammer friends and post tutorials and good links here and there.

And so moving on…. the very, very best thing that happened this fall was the birth of my granddaughter, Olivia, in November.  She is the daughter of my son Ryan and his wife Jia Yin, and is so sweet and beautiful.


Mom and dad heading home from the hospital!


And with a new granddaughter comes many fun sewing projects!


For the name quilt I printed each letter pattern on my printer from the Kiboomu! website and then appliquéd them onto a piece of Kona white fabric. I learned most of the appliqué techniques I used on this quilt from a wonderful class on Craftsy called Garden of Quilted Possibilities with Edyta Sitar.  One of the best classes I’ve taken on Craftsy, love Edyta. There are also many good videos covering machine appliqué on YouTube you can check out.


The burp pads were made from prewashed, cotton diapers and the fabrics are from Kate & Birdie’s Storybook collection.  I used Amy Smart’s tutorial, adding binding at the top and bottom on mine (same method as quilt binding).


I found this basic pattern for baby bibs off Pinterest here and added a few embellishments by using different fabrics and adding a little trim.  Fabrics are from Carina Gardner’s Little Ark collection.


I covered the construction of Olivia’s Little Ark baby quilt in a previous post here.


I finished my Jack’s quilt a few months ago and love it, the perfect size for recliner lounging.  I blogged about it’s construction previously here.



And another recent finish, a Chevron quilt from some of the leftover Little Ark fabric.  I used this tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt. This is a very simple and fast quilt to put together, a good weekend project. This tutorial uses layer cakes, but since I wanted to use up some of my stash, I cut my own 10″ blocks.


And my last finish for 2014 was a new ironing board pad out of one of my very favorite fabric lines of 2014 (and maybe ever), Sarah Watson’s Arcadia.  Lots of posts on YouTube on making these, piece of cake!


Noodlehead bag from this wonderful fabric is still on my TODO list, but until then, I at least get to see it every day in my sewing room while ironing my piles of HST’s!


Currently on my sewing table is this Adorn mini quilt (#adornquilt) adapted from a pattern from Camille’s book, Simply Retro at Thimble Blossoms.  It will soon be Adorning my sewing room wall!


That pretty much completes what I have been up to in 2014.  If you are on Instagram, hook up with me at @hummingbirdthread.

Thanks for stopping by and happy, happy sewing!!


The Hummingbird Thread

Linking up with Freshly PiecedLet’s Bee SocialNeedle & Thread ThursdayPretty BobbinsConfessions of a Fabric AddictCrazy Mom Quilts, and Fabric Frenzy Friday.

Jacks Quilt Tutorial
Half Dresden Pincushion Tutorial




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