Winter Wienerland

On Thanksgiving Day, my mom came over and we designed and quilted the wall hanging for the third in her Wienie series of cross-stitch projects that she made.This one is Winter Wienerland by Plum Street Samplers.  She’s been changing the colors on the dogs to match the two dachshunds that she has which is a really cool way to personalize it. She loved the white sparkly snowflake fabric and wanted it right next to the design but we determined that it would have gotten lost in that position.  The red sparkly one worked beautifully as the first border.I love the design that I quilted in the corners and felt it didn’t need much beyond that so I just ditch-stitched around the rest of the borders.Mom loved this black ornament fabric so we used it as the binding and I think it worked out pretty well.  End result is that Mom loves it and that is what was important for this series of projects.  She decided that an ornament would be perfect for the label and she was right!Here’s the first two that were done for Halloween and Thanksgiving.  You can read about their designs here (Halloweenies) and here (Turkey Sausage).

Stash Enhancement:

The quilting of the Winter Wienerland was done using some Aurifil thread that I recently got during a big sale at Craftsy.  It is the Paper and Ink collection by Zen Chic.What a great selection of neutrals!  I’ve never used the Aurifil thread before.  My machine seemed to like it a lot better than what I normally use.  There were still a couple of tension issues but not nearly as many as what I normally quilt with.  We were using the machine that pieces beautifully but has the tension issues when quilting so I thought it was a good time to try out the new thread.

You know I couldn’t leave the Craftsy site with just thread so here’s some fabric goodies I picked up as well.Remix in Bermuda and Grayscale by Anne Kelle for Robert Kaufman.  They were a great price for such great basics.

I’m currently working on a Christmas quilt finish from a top that’s been hanging around for quite a few years.  Mom said she needed a Christmas quilt so a Christmas quilt she will have.  😊

Happy sewing!

Stacked Squares

I was able to finish the Stacked Squares quilt that is for my Dad for Christmas.

He chose the color palette while looking at a mini I had hanging in my sewing room.  Teals, greens, greys, mustards….they look so great together!(Well, this photo proves that I can’t sew straight…😋)

Anyway….I loved this pattern and plan on making it again.  It’s a free tutorial over at Moda Bake Shop and I used the ‘cutting from fat quarters or yardage’ instructions from Kelly of My Quilt Infatuation.  The free pattern uses precuts which I was not intending to use so Kelly’s cutting diagrams were wonderful!   The best part, besides picking out the fabric, was placing all those squares to create the cool illusion.I backed it using fabric I had in my stash – Mod Beads by Heather Bailey, a bright green that I’ve had for awhile – with the addition of some golfer fabric to break it up.  My dad lives on a golf course so I will try to incorporate golf fabric anytime I can make project for him.The binding fabric is from the Cotton + Steel Playful line.  It had all the main colors and worked beautifully for this project.

My original quilting plan was meandering squares but the quilt told me differently once I had it under the throat of my machine. The diagonal lines give it a little movement without it being overly quilted. It still super cuddly which is what Dad wants.It’s going to be hard to part with – exactly why I need to make another one for me – but my Dad will love it!

I had to get some of those greens back in my stash and was able to due to the  Closing Sale over at Gotcha Covered Quilting. She posted an additional discount code on her Instagram feed and I couldn’t pass it up.  I got this Simply Colorful II Green fat quarter bundle and it has the best darkish greens in it and I love the flowers on top.I picked up some other beauties while I was there. (Top to bottom – Spa by Deb Strain, Flower Dot Stripe Dandelions, Thru the Wire – Priory Square, Spherical Buds Aqua – Geometric Blis, Dottie Purple, Gleeful – Springs Breeze,  Whirlwind Orchid and Fragile Dust – Zephyr by Cotton + Steel)

Next up on the Handmade Holiday parade is a quilt for my Mom. I have to stop and get some backing fabric and a small bit for another border. Hopefully I can show that one next time.

Happy Sewing!

Sleighing It

I finally got to take some time off from my day job to get some holiday sewing done.  First up was to finish a Christmas wall hanging that uses patterns by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play.  I used the Geometric Reindeer, the Geometric Sleigh, the Geometric Christmas Tree, and her Just my Type – lower case letters patterns.I also tried out a new quilting pattern from the book Walk by Jacquie Gering.  It is the Wavy Crosshatch design and forms a sweet ribbon pattern in the blocks.  By the third block I was quite a bit better than the first one.

I took a poll on Instagram and this snowman backing fabric overwhelmingly won due to how well it matched the coloring and the theme on the front.  Smiling snowmen make me happy!Now for some close-ups…..You may have noticed that the separation between the words and the main designs were done with ribbon.  I really like the look it gives to the whole piece.

I got a few more projects completed as well.  This pillow got finished and looks fantastic!An envelope closure worked perfectly as I did not have a long enough zipper.

I received my #quietplayswap mini quilt and it’s just fabulous!  This swap was the one where I sent the mermaid and I am so pleased with what I received.  I have made this Converse block before as a gift but had yet to make one for myself so this is just perfect!I’m still working on finishing a bunch of different projects and cannot wait to share them all with you.

Happy Sewing!

Turkey Sausage 

I was happy to find some time this weekend to get some quilting in.  It was a great way to relax after a long and hectic week at work.  My mom needed me to work on her Turkey Sausage cross stitch.  It’s the second of three that she will need me to make into a wall hanging and with Halloween over she is ready to hang up the Thanksgiving themed one.

Last month I finished the Halloweenies one for her and next up is a Christmas themed one.  This one is called Turkey Sausage.  I love how these have tiny quilt blocks integrated into the design.She  had picked out some fabrics from JoAnns.  Her choices are the two brownish ones and I had the rest in my stash.  The sparkly leaves is her favorite in this bunch. That girl sure loves a sparkle.I had to feature that leaf fabric, since she loves it, and used it to border the main section.  I used the green before that to pull out the color of the leaves from the cross-stitch design and I wanted a pumpkin like shape in the corners.  This photo really shows off the bling…..It turned out so cute!  Mom and I Facetimed and she loves it and cannot wait for me to drop it off at her place.I even remembered to add the cutest label ever!I really like the improvised piecing on the back.Now I can do some selfish stitching and holiday sewing.  Well, at least until she finishes the Christmas themed one.  I’ll post all three together when that one is complete.

Stash Enhancement:

I ordered a book that Lucky Spool had on sale during last weekend’s Quilt Market.  Walk by Jacquie Gering.  What a great find!  The instructions are so clear and there are fabulous illustrations throughout.  There’s a section on gentle curves and starting and stopping techniques for interior only designs.  Great tips and processes for lots of quilting designs.I am so inspired to use these techniques on a quilt!  Now, if I can just get one basted……..

Stash Enhancement – October 2016 

I’m making a separate stash post to help celebrate the 200th Sunday Stash post over on Molli Sparkles blog.

I gave in to a bundle sale that Southern Fabric was having and picked up a few things.

Bundles:

First is this Blueberry Park bundle of loveliness.  OMG!  It’s so fabulous!I couldn’t pass up the price on this bundle of Atrium by Joel Dewberry.Pandalicious was a must to make something for my Mom.  Her favorite dog was named Panda.  Now, I just need to figure out what to make…..Charm Packs:

While I was there I found some charm packs on sale.  Grand Canal by Kate Spain.  Her work is always beautiful. Rhoda Ruth by Elizabeth Hartman has such both great color saturation and cute prints.Layer Cake:

I loved the Hey Dot charm pack so much that I decided that I needed to get a layer cake for a cute charity baby quilt.That’ll probably do it for me until after Christmas when the bug will hit yet again.

Stash your happy!

Time for Wine

I finished one of my UFOs!  Super exciting!

This finish is the wine themed table runner for one of my best friends.  She has a grapes/wine themed kitchen and I told her I would make her a table runner for her dining room.  I picked out the fabrics a while back but did not know what I wanted to do with them.  I ended up with some half-square triangles and placed them how I thought would look cool.  The focus fabrics are so busy and I needed to contain them a little so they did not overpower the project.  I added some greens and purples and light beiges to calm it down.  I really like how it turned out.I highlighted each focus print in each block.  The purple corners in the center block are from a first version of a block that I did not like but these corner units worked great for this new direction so I kept them.The beige wine prints are older from Fabric.com and they are no longer on their website.  The purples were found recently at JoAnn’s.  The purple text print is my favorite fabric in this project.  That is my friend all day long!I bound it using the best green ever – XOXO by Cotton + Steel.  And I’m so pleased at how much better my corners are getting each time I bind something.  I guess practice does mean perfect.Here are some more fancy photos I took.And I remembered to label it!  Also, how awesome is this sparkly purple fabric?

Onto the next UFO……
Happy Sewing!

UFO Invasion

There has been a severe UFO invasion at my house.  It’s insane how many in-progress projects that I have right now.

  1. Wonky Cross Quilt:  This one has been hanging around my sewing room for a number of months waiting to be basted.It will be late for my friend’s October birthday.
  2. Wine Table Runner:  This one is basted and ready to be quilted but quilting has not yet occurred…..It’s for a November birthday so I need to get this one done and mailed out.
  3. Christmas Wall Hanging:  This one is for me but should still be done by the time Christmas Decorations go up!I’m going to place them horizontally and add the words ‘Joy’, ‘Peace’, and ‘Noel’ underneath. It should be fabulous!
  4. Big Ole Pillow:  I created this from the offcuts of the heart blocks from the Orlando donation quilt that I made.  I didn’t know what I wanted to do with it but then I found this big ole pillow insert that is perfect.  A pillow it will be.
  5. Turkey Sausage:  My Mom brought over the Turkey Sausage cross-stitch for me to make into a wall hanging.
  6. Stacked Squares:  I need to baste and quilt the Stacked Squares quilt for my Dad.The backing is finished and ready to go.  It’s a Christmas gift so I need to get moving.  The quilting plan is random meandering squares which should give it exactly the finish it needs.

I did make a couple of quick projects.  I moved from a cubicle into an office at the end of last week and it is beige and beige-grey and grey-beige.  The room is just screaming for color of any kind.  So, I made a mug rug and a snack bowl for my desk.  The inside of the snack bowl is laminated cotton so I can wipe away any crumbs.

Well, it appears that I have a lot to do…….

Happy Sewing!