I pulled another old work-in-progress out of hiding and went about figuring out how I wanted to finish it. The blocks are from The Beehive Quilts quilting bee that I took part in a few years back. I had chosen the Fizzy Block as my block with teals and charcoal greys as my color choices. My sample blocks showed the placement of the colors.The group was supposed to send 2 blocks to each member of the ‘hive’. I actually did not receive all the blocks that I was supposed to receive but that is the chance you take signing up for this type of group. So, I went to work making more blocks to get up to the quantity of 24 that was required of the bee.It was smaller than I wanted and didn’t give quite the punch that I was expecting. I want those curves to really shine. So, I cut out more blocks and more blocks and more blocks.Now, I’ve decided that I want to put it on my bed. So, guess what? I need to cut out even more blocks to get it to be a queen size quilt. I think I’m now at about 48 of the 12″ blocks, in varying degrees of completion, with the possibility of more to come. I may need at least 8 or 10 more. Keep in mind that each block takes four sections of the large drunkards path block and I really am getting tired of cutting them out. I also had to recut my template piece as it was getting a bit distorted in shape and was messing with my block sizing. All this cutting is really digging into my teal and charcoal stash and I will be sad if it depletes too much more.
But, I do believe that it will be totally worth it when it’s done! It’s already beginning to shine!
Well, I haven’t increased my teal or grey stash but recently got in the newest monthly Cotton + Steel Basics bundle from Pink Castle Fabrics.Not a teal or grey in the bunch but still a pretty sight to see. I just love the metallics in this Basics collection. They shimmer so bright and will add just the right amount of glitter to any project.
My local guild is having a pouch swap. It’s a three-way secret swap (and I’m going to post about it anyway…) I make something for someone, they make something for someone else, and someone makes something for me. I’ve been picking out fabric in my head and trying to figure out pouch patterns to use. I wanted to make a smaller version of the Sew Together Bag. By smaller, I mean less pockets but just as cute and functional. I tried to make some adjustments myself but just ended up with a short and skinny version. I really like it so it’s still in the running to give away in this swap. The pockets may not be deep enough for much though so I’ll still look at other options.One of those options is this Foldover Pouch by Aneela Hoey. So stinkin’ cute and useful! It’s got a pincushion, a needle book, a scissor pocket, and a clear vinyl zipper section to keep stuff contained.This one is definitely in the running and I love this Cotton + Steel bird print. It’s so fun!She also has another pattern that I’m thinking about stitching up. It’s an All-in-One Box Pouch. It is a large box pouch with a fold down opening with storage on the front and two slip pockets on the back. I’ve got time. Our swap isn’t complete until our October meeting. There’s lots of time for making and choosing. I’ll keep what I don’t give. I don’t think you can ever have too many pouches. Or, I can save one until our guild’s Christmas gift swap. That’s also a great option. Hmmm….
I am part of the Cotton + Steel Basics fabric club hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics. So, I get all the basics in all the colorways that were released this year. It contains Dottie, Add it Up, Netorious, and Sprinkle. All such good blenders. I couldn’t pass up the limited time entry earlier this year. We’re in month 2 and I’m still delighted with what I received and it was a good price. This one is closed but they have other clubs available so go take a look.I’m off to ponder the next pouch I’m going to make. I love the planning in my head part! Happy Sewing!
My nephew is due to join this world in a few weeks. It was about time to finish up some of the projects that I have in mind for the sweet boy and his momma. First up were these burp cloths. The pattern is a free one from Cloud 9 Fabrics. There is no theme or color picked out yet so I did a little bit of everything. Fun cotton prints on one side and soft flannel on the other. So easy to put together and oh so useful.Then I finished (basted, quilted, and bound) the Crayola play quilt. It so colorful and bright with super soft and cozy Minky on the back.The triangles on both the front and the back are the offcuts from the X blocks. I randomly sewed them into pinwheels. I hated to see them all go to waste so I used them throughout the quilt top and back. I really like the look it created.It was so dark with just the green print that I added the low volume white blocks to lighten it up. And I bought up every bit I could find of the x-plus fabric from the Best Day Ever line. It’s such a great fabric for all the kids quilts that I’ll be making in the next few years. And, I am now all out of the schoolhouse chalkboard fabric and can’t find it anywhere. It was one on my favorites!
I echo quilted around each X and added vertical and horizontal lines every 2 1/2 inches. Such great texture was created especially on that fabulous Minky! It’s such a fun and soft quilt.The deep blue binding framed the whole piece perfectly!
Now I’m tackling my very first Divided Basket by Noodlehead. Let’s see how much more baby decor and quilts I can get done before the baby arrives. Time is a tickin…………
Christmas usually ends with more fabric and accessories being added to my stash. This year was no exception. We’ll start off with the prettiest bundle ever!This Cotton + Steel Basics 40 piece fat quarter bundle is so versatile. It’s even got metallic accents on some of the pieces. And it’s super pretty and I love looking at it. It will be put to great use throughout the next year.
The rest of my sewing presents included a bunch of notions: blades, rulers, and other accessories that will be very useful.I also got a box of Aurifil thread from the Basics collection. My Singer machine seems to like it better than what I normally use. I’ll need to put that thought to the test soon.
A Project Bag:
Before all that gift getting happened, I put together this last minute gift for my mom. A project bag for her cross-stitch or knitting projects. I found the pattern here on Craftsy. It’s a bit larger than I had anticipated – I made the Medium size – so I may also make her a few smaller ones for her upcoming birthday in February.Christmas was big success. Especially on the ‘giving’ side of it, which is my favorite part.
New year is coming up with plenty of new projects on the horizon where all those new notions will be put to use.
Happy Sewing! I’ll just leave you with this awesome sign I got from my mom.
There has been a severe UFO invasion at my house. It’s insane how many in-progress projects that I have right now.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Turkey Sausage: My Mom brought over the Turkey Sausage cross-stitch for me to make into a wall hanging.
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.
A few weeks back I teased this Peanuts fabric: One of the directors at work is a Peanuts fanatic. We have worked togther for 15 years now and with the Peanuts movie out I was really inspired to make something for her for Christmas. I decided on the Sew Together Bag as it is one of my favorites. I actually get faster with each time that I make it.
I also got this selection of fabrics that I wanted to to use for the outside panel of the bag. I chose two of the blocks from the top panel and designed around those until I came up with this. I am a bit annoyed at the crookedness of Lucy but it is staying that way. I just made that the back of the bag. I used the blues and words for the inside of the bag and coordinated the zippers to match everything else. The row of Peanuts characters just had to be on the outside of the bag so you can see them when the bag is expanded and I used the Charlie Brown shirt stripe as the binding.Shes going to love it! And I made her a keychain as an additional little gift.
I have other friends that love Peanuts so I made them each a Wide-Open Pouch and a keychain. I believe that concludes my Holiday sewing other than for gift bags, which I may use to put some of these Handmade Holiday gifts in.
I’ve been making lots of little things that I thought I would share with you.
First is these triangle pouches. They are very simple to make. I used a tutorial by A Spoonful of Sugar Designs. It was very simple to follow and the results are great. The orange one was my tester and that is currently holding my safety pins. The black one is my favorite. I used a cut-off of the zipper for the hold tab with is perfect for my nephew. Now I just need to find some guitar picks to put in it for him. The other two are for my nieces.
Second up is this Pineapple Mini. A guild mate received a version during our Paint Chip challenge swap and I just loved it. The company I work for has the pineapple as one of their logos. I’ve been there 16 years so I knew I had to have this pattern. It is a free one by Dear Stella. Super easy to put together.
I used a peculiar fabric for the back. My company’s main logo was put on tabletop textiles and sold to the public. At a recent visit to one of our outlet stores, I came across these items in the deep discount area. I picked up a long table runner with the thought that I could cut it up and use in a work-related t-shirt quilt. I used the same fabric for the binding.
Third up are these fabulous gift bags! I picked up some Christmas fabric and ribbon during Joann’s Black Friday sale since they started early on Tuesday. I just couldn’t pass up 70% off especially since this was going to be my main use for that fabric. A blog post I came across stated that they are addicting to make and she was right. They really are. The pattern is the Lined Drawstring Bag by In Color Order. I can see me using this pattern throughout the year for all kinds of gifts.
I made a larger one by just adding 3″ to each side of the item I wanted I wanted to put in the bag. It worked out really well. I didn’t add interfacing to this one so its a bit more floppy than the little ones. More of these bags will be made for this holiday – ahem….more already have – as they are very simple to make. All my main present sewing is done so this will be my focus for now.
Tree is up, presents are bought, bags are being sewn. Perfect way to begin the holiday. Enjoy!