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ABC Baby Blanket

It's DONE!

Yesterday I finished stitching the last portion on the binding and now it's ready to be shipped to Italy.

It was quite a challenging but I am happy of the outcome. I also learned how to make metered corners! The quilting was done at the LQS.



..and Wool Block of the Month continues....

Since my last post I have received 6 new blocks...and I have finished only 3!! I am working on one right now, and hopefully will be finished my saturday, because I will receive another block.

I am very pleased about the outcome of the blocks, but I totally under estimated the amount of hours that I am putting in each one of these. I truly hope not to transform this project in a UFO.


the new project

and as usual I did something wrong with attaching the they are!


My new project

Two months ago I signed up for a Wool block of the month at my LQS. I was very excited about it because the teacher is very good and I would learn how to work with wool applique'. I did not realize that was a huge project and that it will last a year. Every block is composed of many, many pieces that we have to cut according to specific templets....that we have to cut following a design that is given in the kit. To make the story short....this is probably the most difficult project I got into.

Here are the first three blocks (month 1 was the basket and heart; month 2 the pansies)



Edoardo and his baby quilt

Hi Ladies,

the quilt arrived in Switzerland and here is a picture of Edoardo on his baby quilt. I am a very proud aunt and great aunt!!!

My niece liked it and out of luck I even picked the right blue for the boys room. 


My first hand stitched applique

As I said before I am much better in hand stitching than machine.

Last year I have taken a hand applique class. I really enjoyed it and, even if I am not where I want to be with the precision of the stitching I am quite happy of the outcome.

I still have to finish it, but little by little I will do it. For this project I have also decided to try to hand quilt it.

Finally it's done!!

Last night at 12:30 I did the last hand stitch of the binding.

Here is my first quilt (as in my first one that I have actually quilted). Over all I am happy about the final product (now I have to wash it and hope that the red fabric does not bleed!!!). If everything goes well the quilt will leave on Monday to Geneva, Switzerland.

And now I have to cut the last fabric for the Mistery quilt.


and here is a detail of the quilt. I forgot to take a shot of the backing that is done with the yellow and blue berry fabric.

Update on Operation S.I.D. (Stitch in the Ditch)

What an evening!!!! I had such an hard time with it.did not like the outcome and I almost decided to undo everything and it to be quilted professionaly.

Then I decided that if I do not start trying doing it I will never learn...right? I just hope that my niece will understand that is the first attempt and looks pretty ugly.

I am not sure I will finish tonight but I should be able to finish it within the week end.

Stay tuned for more up date and, if I am brave enough, I will even post the pictures



I am going to try the stitch in the ditch

Drum roll please...............tonight I am officially going to try to "STITCH IN THE DITCH" !!!

I do believe that I was less nervous when I jumped off an airplane during my first...and until now only skydive jump. So I have decided to give a try and do the quilting to the baby blanket. If you hear somebody screaming and mildly cursing in Italian might be me.

Hopefully tomorrow I will be able to show you the result.


I am a great aunt again!

Yesterday at 7:10 pm in Geneva Switzerland my second grandnephew was born. His name in Edoardo and he is over 8 and baby are well.

Apparently he is the carbon copy of his older brother. Having announced that I had to rush my baby quilt. I have finished the borders and last night at 11:00pm I realized that the lady at the quilting store gave me not enough fabric for the backing! I had that feeling while I was at the store but because I am used to the metric system sometimes I do prefer to trust who knows better me........wrong!!!!! Any way this gives me a chance to run to the store again (30 miles from home) to buy extra fabric and check out the fabric for the MQ3 (Mistery quilt 3) that just started yesterday.

Here is my finished top for the baby quilt. The patter was calling for one border of 6 1/2 only. I thought that was too much so I changed the pattern and put a 2 1/12 white and a 4 1/2 dark color border....I am very happy with the finished result

For all the pro out there might seem an easy quilt but for a novice like me it was pretty hard most of all because I wanted all the blocks perfectly attached and of the exact measurements.

Have a great week end my quilter friends!





sewing machine with a view

I might not have the sewing room of my dreams.....but I have placed my sewing table by the window and the view is not that bad.

I do live on the 19th floor on Miami Beach and we overlook the bay and Downtown Miami. The sunset are beautiful and for someone that come from a city (MIlan, Italy) with no sea or lake it's the most incredible view ever. I wish I could stay home more and play with my swing machine in stead of having to go the office every day.

Finally here is the pic

Thanks for the Inspiration

Hi Ladies,

you really inspired me to go back to my sewing machine and start the baby quilt. I could think about not doing any quilt for this baby after I cross stitch months for the older brother. He needed to have something from Aunty Isa!!

On Saturday my lovely husband "donated' his time to take me to a quilting store where I dropped of my first quilt to be quilted. The quilt is for the daughter of the guy that does my hair. she was born with a very rare cancer and she spend her first 18 months undergoing chemotherapy. I thought that a quilt with bright color would have great for her.

Anyway back to my project I set up my sewing machine and started quilting the baby quilt for my grandnephew. I first decided for a modern pattern with green/yellows/turquoises. While speaking to my niece she very politely told me that, even if green is her favorite color...they boys room is all white and blue!!!! So back to plan B. I had already in the house some Wyndham Story Book fabric so I bought another one at the store and stared cutting.

Today I finished the center quilt and I am still deciding which which color to use for the border. I will probably go with a blue.....but any suggestion is more than welcomed. 




here it is!!

Thanks for the comments

This morning when I saw that somebody took time to check my blog I was very excited.

As I wrote before I am just starting to quilt so I will post my first quilt and some appliques I did in class and I have not put together yet. I am also planning to post my baby quilt step by step...but that will happen next week as soon as I get the shipment of the fabrics I bought on line.

So here it come a picture of my first quilt that is waiting to be quilted (the quilt holder is my husband !!!!)

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