Saturday, September 29, 2012

Custom Quilt, Almost Done!

Let's update the quilt. The front is completely finished, and so is the back!

The back is pieced together from the remaining pieces of fabric.

Over the next couple of days, I will pin, pin, pin the three layers together (top, batting, back) and stitch in the ditch! I'll add the binding last, and this baby will be all finished! :)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Custom Quilt Update

Well, I have two more blocks to sew, and then I will sew on the bottom row, but here's what it looks like right now...

Tomorrow, I will finish the quilt top. 

Over the weekend, I plan to use all the rest of the fat quarters to piece together the back of the quilt. They will be much more random. Fun, huh!?!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Honey Do: Crochet Football Cocoon

I received a special order for one of these....

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

Isn't it adorable? I'm excited to get to make one! :) I'll show you my version soon.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Quilting Bee!

Right now, I'm working on a custom quilt order for a little guy from a pretty cool family. I thought I'd share some quilting tips and the progress as it goes along. I have a ton of open orders with my Etsy shop, so I obviously have to keep working on them and doing the quilt a little each day. Right now, I'm working on 2 quilt blocks per day. It will have a total of 20 blocks, so the quilt front should be complete in 10 days. 

Annnnnyway, have you ever made a quilt? You should! They are great and relatively simple, and you have a really special keepsake around forever. 

So, let's talk about this quilt. It is made of primary colors, and I'm constructing a 20 blocks framed in solid colors. If you want to make a quilt, you have to do math. Sorry, English majors. That's just the way it is... but I'll tell you a secret... GRAPH PAPER!  

I knew this quilt needed to measure 48 x 60 inches. So, I printed out a sheet of graph paper from the web and literally counted the blocks. I also made marks at 12 inch increments. This naturally divided the quilt into 20 blocks. I then decided that I would use black 1 inch binding around the edge. I colored 1 inch around the edge black. Next, I chose to make the solid color frames on each of the blocks 2 inches wide. Because the blocks that are on the outer edges of the quilt will have the black binding on top of them, the frames appear smaller on the outside edges. I started to color the frames. I knew I didn't want black frames touching the outside edge, so I strategically placed them. Otherwise, I chose the color pattern "somewhat" randomly.

Now, I can clearly see the white inside of my block frames. I divided it into fourths. This made 4 inch squares. I decided not to preselect every fabric for the inside squares, though. So, that's how I came up with the basic quilt plan.

I purchased this fun fabric selection from Joann's, 21 fat quarters, and it will be enough to construct the front and back of the quilt. I also purchased 2 packages of black quilt binding, which are 3 yards each. The perimeter of my quilt is 6 yards (which I figured out by doing a lot of math in my head), so it should be just right. 

Next up - CUTTING. Okay, so I refined my picture a little more and added some more information. When you cut pieces for a quilt, you have to remember to add 1/4 inch to each edge, in order to be able to sew the pieces together and have them come out the size you want them to be. This took my quilt squares from being 4 x 4 inches to becoming 4.5 x 4.5 inches. Make sense? I then decided to do two strips on the sides of each block, which should measure 8.5 x 2.5 inches, and two long strips at the top and bottom of each block, measuring 12.5 x 2.5 inches. You with me? I started writing down the number of each that I needed to cut in each color.

I like to make templates to use for cutting. I find it makes the process MUCH quicker. I used some cardstock and cut out each of the sizes I'd need to use. I stacked up my fabrics and used a rotary cutter to cut through about 6 layers at a time. I think the whole process took me about an hour. No biggie!

Once all my fabrics were cut, it was time to start sewing! I referred to my graph paper guide, and figured out the four color blocks that would make up the top row. I first just laid out the blocks.

Next, I selected the squares that I wanted to use inside each block. 

Selecting two of the 4.5 inch squares at a time, I placed them right sides together. As you can see, I stacked them so that I could easily see my next set of 2. 

To the sewing machine! This is one of the VERY BEST QUILTING TIPS I'VE EVER LEARNED!!! PAY ATTENTION!!! Sew a straight line down the edges of your quilt squares, but don't stop! Grab your next set of squares and keep going! There will be a short line of thread connecting all the squares at the end. 

See? I have this long line of sewn-together quilt squares. This makes the entire process MUCH faster than stopping and starting every time you sew two blocks together. 

Simply snip the connecting threads and open up the pieces. Now, lay the 2 sewn-together squares right sides together with their companion pieces. Repeat the process. 

Now you have a string of blocks! Snip 'em apart!

Using the same technique, sew on the sides of your quilt blocks.

Repeat the process one more time to sew on the top and bottom. One quilt square, COMPLETE!

Finally, I referred back to my original plan and sewed together the entire row. No problemo!

Press all your seams open with a hot iron, and get to work on your next row. The quilt top will be complete in no time!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mickey and Minnie Crochet Hat Patterns

Well, I've been working hard to publish a second crochet pattern in my Etsy shop for sale. Excited to say that it is ready to go today!

Check it out! :)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Honey Do: Brick Wall Quilt

I'm working on a quilt that is a special order from a friend through my Etsy shop. I'll show you some pictures tomorrow. In looking for inspiration, I came across a lot of cool quilts, and I LOVE the look of this brick wall quilt. Who wouldn't want a quilt like this!?!? It's on my long-long-term Honey Do List! :)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Upcoming Weekend GIVEAWAYS!

Well, football season has begun, and so have the GIVEAWAYS over at the Luv Boopa Facebook page.

Last weekend, you were asked to share photos for a chance to win. This weekend, we're going to do it a little differently! If you'd like to be entered to win Saturday's Gators Giveaway or Sunday's Jags Giveaway, send me a picture of your little one to be used on the Facebook page. Have your friends and family LIKE Luv Boopa and VOTE for your little one! How do they vote? By simply LIKING the picture of your little one!

At the end of the Gator game on Saturday, if the Gators win, and if your little one has the most votes, you will win a onesie or tshirt with this design. We'll customize it with your child's name, and we can even make the fabric a little more girly for the ladies! :)

At the end of the Jaguars game on Sunday, if the Jags win, and if your little one has the most votes, you will win a onesie or tshirt with this design if your Jags fan is a BOY....

OR, this design if your Jags fan is a GIRL...

SO, if you want to be entered to win either giveaway, or BOTH, message me your pics through the Luv Boopa Facebook page with the drawing you'd like to be entered to win, and get your friends to start voting NOW! :)

Good luck!

P.S. - The little guy in the football helmet and the cheerleader gal can be customized to support ANY team you like, and with any hair or skin colors! :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Honey Do: Mario Mushroom Hat

Well, my son really wants this on my Honey Do list, ASAP!

Source: via Jennifer on Pinterest

Going to have to make it happen!

Saturday, September 1, 2012


It's FOOTBALL SEASON at Luv Boopa!

If you haven't already LIKED the page on Facebook, you should. I will be GIVING AWAY one item from the Jags Collection for every Jaguars win, and one item from the Gators Collection for every Gators win!

The Gator season opens today against Bowling Green, so you have a chance to win THIS design if you've entered the contest.

You will be able to select your child's name and whether you'd like it embroidered on a tshirt (white or blue) or a onesie (white). Sizes NB - 4T. 

Some design giveaways will be able to have color changes to support other teams, but this classic Gators logo is as is! :)