Guild Christmas Swap

The guild Christmas Party and Dirty Santa Swap is our most anticipated meeting of the year and for really good reason! We have some amazing makers in our group. You don’t have to make something to participate but the made items are the most stolen presents in the group.

I made a ‘Maker’ mini quilt from the pattern by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play (subscribe to her newsletter to get the pattern for free.)I took color inspiration from the Pins fabric and used that for the letters and the borders which includes my coveted teal Mirror Dots. I’m down to less than a fat quarter now.This mini was quilted using a 1″ cross-hatch straight line design. I used a ruler and my Hera marker to try to get clean, crisp lines. Our new guild president ended up with it and she loves it so I’m super pleased with that.I was happy to pick a gift from a fabulous maker. I was lucky enough to get her make at last year’s party and was hoping I’d end up with this one, too. Our rule is that the item is locked after two steals or with the third owner. Of course it got stolen from me and then I had a sweet gnome pillow which was also stolen from me. I was then able to get my original gift back and was, happily, the third owner!

Look at this awesome triangle Christmas Tree wall hanging!I found a great place for it right away. I’ve been contemplating a new triangle quilt and this may be just the inspiration that I need to get started on one.

Right now I am working on a mug rug for my mother. She requested a cocker spaniel silhouette with a Christmas theme and this is what I have so far.I need to figure out how I want to quilt it and get it done for Christmas.

Are all your Christmas sewing projects done? This is my last one for the season.

Happy Sewing!

Advertisements

Classic Inspiration

My guild mate, Kelly from My Quilt Infatuation, is hosting a quilt-along beginning in January. Her theme is Classic Meets Modern and will involve classic blocks in modern colors within a modern quilt design. I got inspired to participate and hope that a number of our guild mates will also participate. It will be fun each meeting to see all the blocks that are being made using the different fabric selections.

I have chosen to use a combination of Alison Glass Fabrics from a bunch of different lines.I’m going to use the low volume and text as the white and grey required for the design. Thoughtful placement of the prints will need to be done to make sure that those Handcrafted prints shine against the bright Sunprints.

I located some more of those text prints on Etsy and was super excited to be able to add these to this project!

I can’t wait to see what the first set of blocks will be!

In the meantime, I am furiously sewing up Christmas presents and Christmas decorations. I finished this Snowman Mini Quilt for my office door at work.

I really like this sweet print that I chose for the back. It’s from Joann’s and I picked it up over Black Friday weekend at a great price. I bought enough to use on multiple projects. My main plan was the exterior of a small candy bowl or bucket for my desk. I haven’t quite found the pattern I want to use yet so it will probably not be done for this holiday season. Gives me some fun sewing to look forward to.

Santa’s Workshop is Open

My stepfamily has requested a few handmade items for Christmas this year. Once I️ told them that Santa’s Workshop was open the orders came flooding in. The main request was for microwave safe fabric bowls. I️ found this great tutorial from Happy Hour Stitches. It uses 10″ squares of 100% cotton fabric, batting, and thread. Perfect for those layer cakes you may have laying around.

I️ went to work cutting and sewing and I️ now have seven of these great bowls. Then I️ realized that the batting I’m using (Warm & Natural) has scrim which is not 100% cotton. I️ found some Wrap-N-Zap on Amazon, which is also made by The Warm Company, and placed my order. So I️ have seven super cute bowls that should not be used in the microwave. I️ may have to tell the gift recipients to use them for other things like hair ties, candy, keys, bracelets, etc. There are lots of uses for them that don’t involve the microwave, right?

I️ was also working on a computer sleeve for my niece. I️ wanted to add a pocket for the cord and a wrap around zipper.So far, so good. My computer is bigger than hers so hers should fit just fine. It’s not perfect but the zipper works and it’s super cute. Now the cord pocket….Looks great, right? But, it’s positioned right below the zipper tab on the top and cannot be accessed…..sigh…..I️ may have do do a little surgery and shorten the pocket while it’s sewn into the bag.

I’ll be honest. I️ have a coupon for Vera Bradley and she may be getting one of theirs instead. It won’t have the cord pocket or the love but it will work just fine. She’s getting other handmade stuff from me this year.

After those two defeats I️ needed a quick design to work on. I️ love making holiday themed wall hangings, pillows, and table runners. I️ scrounged through my scraps and found some charm squares left over from a tree skirt I️ made a few years back. You know what would look awesome on a few four-patches of Charm squares? Snowmen!

I️ cut some circles for the bodies and appliquéd them onto my four-patch background slab. Something was missing so I️ added the word ‘Joy’ in one corner and then the snowmen needed some accessories. You can’t have a naked snowman! That’s just not right.I’m not sure where this one will end up but I️ love it!

I️ hope everyone is enjoying their holiday sewing as much as I️’m enjoying mine!

Fit for a Queen

I have been working and working and working on my Teal Fizz quilt.  I decided that I need it to fit my bed so I continued to cut and cut and cut and sew and sew and sew.  My plan was 90″ x 108″ to fit my queen size bed and I got it to about 84×84 and went to try it out.Perfect amount of overhang on all sides!  I never cover up the pillows with my bedcovering so I don’t need it any longer than it currently is. I was so happy that I did not need to cut any more blocks. And it looks awesome!  I’m so happy with the result.

On the downside,  now I need to make a backing that is slightly larger than that.  I have this plan using solids and incorporating some scraps from the front.  The plan in my head is not turning out in the fabric but I think it will look great once done.  I’m okay with making adjustments on the fly.  And that is what’s great about pieced backings.  They lend themselves to improv type piecing and are very adaptable.

This strip is going to be lengthwise somewhere on the back.  So, it will be solids, this pieced strip, and the bee blocks that did not make the cut for the front of the quilt.  Some of the colors weren’t quite the right shade of teal and grey.  So, I did get a large bit of the backing complete. Love this pic of the prettiest trimmings ever!And then the quilt top in all its glory.OMG!  I love this so much!  I won’t have the chance to do any sewing on the machine this week so I hope you guy can pick up my slack.  But, I’ll get back to it as soon as I can.

Happy Sewing!

Epic Cat Quilt – phase 1

I’ve decided the cats need a quilt of their own.  It’s really a selfish decision as I’m tired of having an extra dose of cat hair on the ones that I use.  So, I’m planning to make a scrap-only quilt using cat fabrics or cat inspired blocks.  

First up is the Geometric Kitty block by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play.  This pattern was included in the Mini Quilt extra bonus edition of Make Modern Magazine and also in Issue 5 which you can buy separately.  I wanted the colors to represent my two cats.  First up was Jasper – an orange tabby.  Here is his likeness in a partially completed state.Next up is his brother – Gryffin.  Gryffin is a grey tabby with brown undercoat.  His likeness came out like this.To get them to be a mirror image of each other, I traced the pattern lines on the back side of the paper it was printed on.  The pattern is foundation paper-pieced so it was easy enough to accomplish.  Together they look amazing!It’s a bit difficult to get a pic of the cats together so this is the best I could do……See what I mean about them sleeping on human intended quilts. Anyway – I have a few more patterns picked out.  There are more geometric kitties (seated ones), the Kittens by Elizabeth Hartman, and some others that I located online.  This will probably be a long term project and I will only be using fabric that I already have.  I like the low volume backgrounds on the first two blocks so will continue in that vein for the rest of the blocks.  I will choose fabric as I go so that color selection will really depend on my mood that day.  It’s going to be fun seeing it come together.  Then I will puzzle piece it together at the end.  I’m excited to keep going on this one.
Please share any exciting project s you are working on.  Inspiration is everywhere.  Happy Sewing!

Also – I’m still raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – please use this link to donate. 

 St. Jude Walk/Run to end Childhood Cancer

More Pineapples!

My handmade holiday is already in full swing and I’m on staycation this week so I would expect more finishes to fill this space soon.  I’m excited for holiday and gift sewing!  

First up – a Mini Pineapple Quilt for my niece.She asked for something to put on the wall in her first solo bedroom in their new home.  She wanted mint green and coral and she loved that pineapple pillow I made a few weeks back.  She is my favorite youngest niece so I just had to oblige.  

I used the Pineapple Farm pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and offset the pineapples to add a little interest.  I like the little fussy cutting on the blue fronds of a couple of those bunnies and it looks great with them peeking around.  The quilting was corner to corner so was not quite on a 45 degree angle for this 16×20 mini quilt but created a nice horizontal diamond pattern.I bound it using the metallic gold dots on the mint green fabric to bring it all together and I added some hanging triangles and will send it to her with the dowel to help her hang it straight.I may send it home with her Grandma this week as my niece has also put in a request for a computer sleeve for her laptop.  So, I could give one now and hold the other for Christmas or her birthday.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

I’m currently participating in the St. Jude Walk/Run to end Childhood Cancer so please click on the link (St Jude donation) to donate to this worthy cause.  St. Jude is a leader in cancer research and treatment.  No patient pays for any treatment, lodging, or food while under their care.  Thanks!

Have you started your holiday projects yet?  Planning them is so much fun.  Happy Sewing!

Cross it off

Another quilt finish!  I’ve been super busy basting and quilting old work-in-progress quilt tops and it feels great to get them all done.  This one is the Wonky Cross quilt that I started early last year.  My previous progress is documented here.  It’s for an old high-school friend of mine that is currently serving in the Coast Guard.  He just recently got shipped out and this quilt will be waiting for me to send to him when he returns. Lots and  lots of improv happening here.  From the crosses to the borders.  I had no plan other than the color palette and the crosses but I love how it turned out!  I quilted it with a radiating star type design from the top corner of the crosses section out to the edges.  The borders contain straight lines in an L shape.

I found the perfect binding fabric in a print from the Pandalicious line which I mixed with one of the grey prints.  It framed it beautifully!  Now it gets to spend some time hanging out in my sewing room for me to enjoy until he gets back to the states.

Stash Enhancement:

Pink Castle Fabrics was having a special on Asterisk fabric by Lizzy House.  I had to have it before it goes away.  I just love a great blender fabric!There are some metallics in there as well which I seriously love!

I’m currently working on quilting yet another work-in-progress which I hope to have done next weekend.

Happy Sewing!