Finish and Progress

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Over the weekend I had a very near finish, a finish and some progress in my Sunbonnet Sue blocks. I have so many projects to finish before the end of October so I'm trying to enjoy each project I get done before the wedding.
My niece is due next month with her 2nd boy. I like the simple pattern of this quilt and I like using plain fabric once in a while.
The quilt has a travel theme with cars, buses, boats, bikes, trains, etc. Kinda cute I thought.
I finished the binding on the baby quilt Saturday night. Now I just have to pack it up and send it off. Tricia and Josh are naming the baby Jens after my great grandfather and also my uncle that was killed 1 week before he was to leave on his LDS mission (sometime in the 1930s). It's sweet to have that name back in the family.
So I'm done with my 3rd Sunbonnet Sue block. That embroidery bothers me on the umbrella. I'm really not good with machine or hand embroidery. This block I machine embroidered. She's ok. I can see little mistakes but nothing too major.
I took out the hand embroidery on this one and fixed the arm. See. No more rubber arm. I had hand embroidered details in a ashy brown but I didn't like it. My stitching was bad and the color didn't make me happy. So I picked it out and ended up machine embroidering in blue. Not so great either, but better.
I don't know why I get wobbly on the umbrella in the same place every time. Oh well. This was my first block that Lori helped me with. Look at Lori's latest project. Her applique is PERFECT! And her embroidery is too. Of course. Even her daughter Kassidy embroiders perfectly and she's 11!!! I am nearly done binding the smaller version of Kettles in the Kitchen. The machine quilting, hand binding on the baby quilt and this one has made my arms hurt a bit. Stress/over use pain. We all have it, don't we? Carrie and Cathi have had it recently, too.

My friend Judi, a local gal and also a friend of Nedra, just started a blog. The blog is Live Well with Judi. Judi is a fellow quilter but also has tons of other things to share. Yesterday she posted a fix for my quilter's arm injuries. I've got to try it. Thanks Judi. She's also on Twitter. I'd better not start that anytime soon if I'm to keep my hobby injuries down!

-nanette
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36 comments

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

When I saw your post today and was going to leave a comment the song from Sound of Music popped into my head "Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start" so, I just love the baby quilt, even you simple ,looks great. She and the baby will love it. And Missy stop being so hard on yourself, your girls look wonderful! I love the red dress! Now I am off to visit a new blog!

Rhondi said...

I think your Sunbonnet Sue blocks are adorable and I know the new mom will love the baby quilt. That is so nice that you will have the name back in the family. Our family is all about keeping names too. Have fun quilting!
Hugs, Rhondi

Darlene said...

Love the baby quilt - it's adorable!

Please don't fret about your embroidery - you're looking at it up close and no one will do that - it's just fine! :-) Relax and enjoy.

Jan said...

What an adorable baby quilt Nanette, and your SBS's are gorgeous, including the embroidery!!! You are really getting them done quickly too. Isn't the process grand :)

Fiesta said...

Nanette you are too hard on yourself. Those Sue Bonnets are beautiful. I simply love that blue dress.

Lori Holt said...

Nanette-
I think your sue's look great! And I just love your Kettle quilt...love the fabrics..so bright and cheerful and very kitschy!
Thank you for the kind words about my applique and Kass's embroidery skills. Oh, by the way- Kass is only 9!
I forgot to tell you how sweet the baby quilt is...love the blue with the prints.
x lori

dotti white said...

Nanette...I love that blue baby quilt! It is so Boy and so Fun! They will love it! I also love your sues--I think they are looking very nice. We are so critical of our own work, aren't we! We should view it through other's eyes and then maybe we would be a bit more forgiving of ourselves. I am so like that, too! Have a wonderful week!

Muddling Through said...

Nanette, I love that baby quilt. It is just perfect! And your Sunbonnet Sue blocks look great!

*karendianne. said...

Your baby quilt is perfect. I love the fabric and the backing, too. All your Sunbonnet Sue's are delightful. I think. :)

Elizabeth said...

I think they are all perfect! Everyone is right, you are waaaay to hard on yourself.

Take care of that arm. Have you tried chilled, rubbing alcohol massaged into the sore areas?

Nanci said...

Nine patch is my new favorite! I love this one as it's very neutral and cheery in the colours you chose.
Oh and what can I say about the Sue Girl! Awesome. I love the dresses

Threeundertwo said...

I just love that red floral in the Sunbonnet Sue and the kettle. Yum.

Momoo said...

The parents and baby should cherish the quilt, love the colors.
I had to supersize your Sunbonnets to check the detail work, just gorgeous. The fussy cut bonnets are so neat, the flowers looked like you appliqued them in place. I think both the machine and hand stitching are perfect.

erica e said...

i love the baby's quilt. what cute cars, boats etc. fabric! and its so perfect with the solid blue. they are sure to love it.

annie2006 said...

your baby quilt is gorgeous - i know my little boy wud love it :) and i think your bonnet girls are sweet too, and certainly better then i could ever attempt so be proud of yourself!!

West Michigan Quilter said...

The baby quilt is adorable. Love the Ladies too. Want to see more of the teapots. Love teapots.

Karen said...

Love ur SunBonnet Sue's.

Jeff, Elizabeth, Caleb and Jake said...

I love that baby boy quilt. My sister-in-law finds out what she's having in about a week. I've been secretly hoping it's a boy so I can use that fabric!

w&v said...

V. here... Cute little baby quilt. Jens is a wonderful name for a man which is what a little baby boy will be some day. It is good for a child to know his name came from ancestors who had their own story.
Love your sweet ladies. Their necks look so feminine and long and curvy with their hair tucked neatly inside their bonnets. Very proper and refined! All the prints look faoulous with each other. Well chosen!!
So much to see. love the Kitchen kettles and prints. Darling!!
I do hand quilting, applique "ATisket,A Tasket" and a little on the computer. somtimes at the end of the day I will fill pain too. i thought it was my age (which is hard to believe i'm that old)60 next month. ( of course, I'm a young 60! v

Sandi said...

The baby quilt is just perfect for a little boy and I really like the name Jens. My husband's cousin is Jens and he is the nicest guy. It's nice to name someone after people you love and hold dear.
Love your colorful Sunbonnet Sue's and can't wait to see the finished Kettle in the Kitchen quilt!

Joy said...

That baby quilt is just adorable!! I know the new Mum will be chuffed to bits to receive it :o).
Love your Sunbonnet Sues ... that red one is a mighty posh frock, I love how you fussy cut that one - and her new arm is spot on :o).
I think we are our own worst critics ;o) ... I love your work Nanette, just gorgeous!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Lurline said...

Your quilt is just great - interesting you adding plain colours! I have a friend, a very clever girl with colour and she also believes plain fabrics here and there allow the eye to rest - I totally agree and you have illustrated that beautifully in this quilt!
Your Sunbonnet Sue blocks are gorgeous - let's not talk about negatives, there are none!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Lynn said...

What a cute baby quilt - lovely for the new baby with a cherished family name. Your sunbonnet blocks look terrific - looks like you have gotten the arms down well.

Live Well With Judi said...

Nanette: Love your beautiful ladies. I am so impressed with all that you're getting done...while planning a wedding, working full time, raising all those kiddies, etc. etc. And on top of all that, you advertised my blog! Thanks so much. I have a baby quilt to make this month too and I love the simplicity of what you did...may be copying that tomorrow. Hugs

Jackie said...

You are definitely being very productive and getting lots done. I love the baby quilt and your Sunbonnets Sues look perfect to me. I am not much of an appliquer (not really a word), so I just adore when I see applique work.

Jill said...

Your ladies are lovely!! I love the projects you produce.The colors in the boys quilts are great!!Congratulations on your upcoming grandchild-it is the best thing ever!!!!!

Sherri said...

Love the umbrella gals...and kettles in the kitchen is such a great quilt...can't wait to see it!

CuteStuffInside said...

I love those Sunbonnet Sue's!

S.W.A.K.

Melvin said...

Baby quilts are great ....
I love the fabrics...
Thanks for sharing...
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Micki said...

Your Sunbonnet Sue blocks are just wonderful!
Micki

Rumi said...

cute baby quilt and nice Sues! I like it when things are not quite "perfect". It humanizes the project. People can get machine made perfection anywhere but will treasure the handmade items made with love and wobbles!

belinda said...

As I've commented before...I really like the blue/orange colors on the little boy quilt...I'm assuming you machine quilted it yourself...good!
I've not seen this 'lady' pattern before...it doesn't look like my Sunbonnet Sue...I find this design very elegant and I think you are doing a fine job of it!!!

amandajean said...

that is one sweet baby boy quilt. and i love the name they picked out, too. :)

Carrie P. said...

Love all your projects. Be careful with that arm.

pratima said...

Nanette, Your sunbonnet sues are coming along so beautifully. And their accessories are adorable.
The baby quilt is sweet!!
Looking forward to savor more of the tea kettles and tiny huts :D

Eileen said...

You have so many things going on right now.. I don't know how you are keeping your sanity. Gorgeous baby quilt. And all your ladies look so elegant. I didn't click any of them bigger.. but they look pretty good in your blog.
The teapots. ADORABLE!