Skating Through

I jumped on a daily special sale this week and picked up Vintage Christmas by Lori Holt and the patterns in it are fabulous! There are so many things that I need to make – yes I said need. The first one I chose to do was the Ice Skate Block for a pillow for my step-sister. She skated when we were kids and I have fond memories of hanging out at the ice rink while she practiced.I added the mitten blocks, which is another pattern in that book. One great thing about this book is that there are instructions for both 12″ and 6″ blocks so you can really choose what you want to do to make your design perfect for you.

I couldn’t decide how big I wanted this pillow to be so I played around with placement for a while and ended up adding another Ice Skate to the other side of the mittens. Well, it finally ended up at 14×36. I didn’t have that size form on hand so plan on ordering one tomorrow. I googled ‘pillow forms 30 inch long’ to find out the what sizes were available and that size was the closest to what I had already pieced. I added some borders to bring it up to fit the form. I quilted it in a cross-hatch pattern as I didn’t feel like it needed anything more than that.The backing is something I had on hand from Christmas’ past and worked perfectly with the colors on the skates.I enclosed it with a side zipper and cannot wait to get the form to put inside and make it all fluffy!

Now, the question is…should I keep this for next Christmas or send it as a ‘Just Because’ gift? It’s super cute and I hope she’ll love it!

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Bearing Gifts

I started this blog to pull together my two crafty loves – quilting and cross-stitch. And this impromptu Christmas project combines them perfectly!I’d come across the completed cross-stitch (Santa 02 by Lizzie Kate) in my gift closet and wanted to make something with it that was not just a normal framed piece so I thought I would frame it with fabric and make a mini wall quilt. This Santa is just the cutest!I first added the Confetti Star quilt block (by During Quiet Time) to each side of Santa and I loved it but it was a little small and needed more.It grew from there into a 22″ Pillow by adding the Present blocks to the corners to represent the gifts. I drew up a little design – instead of googling a pattern like I normally do – and made it exactly the size I needed. Yay me! Regular piecing on the present itself and I paper-pieced the bow section so I didn’t have to do math on those angles.I let the piece tell me what kind of quilting it needed and it said that the stars needed some green variegated just inside the seams and the ribbon on the presents needed the same type of quilting treatment. I really love how it all came together.The back is, of course, a jolly man bearing gifts.I’m super happy that inspiration hit and this fabulous pillow came to life. It looks awesome with a few of my other Christmas pillows (which wouldn’t be a full and complete look without Santa Dopey keeping watch.)

Candy Wrapped

Another table runner is complete! For this one I used the Bon Bon block from the Quiltblock Cookbook by Amy Gibson.I’ll be honest – this first block had too much red in it and needed a bit more contrast. So, I unpicked those candy stripes and substituted green ones. A much better result was achieved with the green.I added a few more candies and put it all together into a table runner. And, that candy stripe? I used it for the binding. Can we all just agree that a striped binding is everything?A sweet gingerbread cookie backing and this runner was complete! I’ve added it to the list of items that are in the running for my guild Christmas Dirty Santa Swap. I have a few more ideas but am getting a little low on time so we’ll see what else I can get done before that meeting.

Happy Sewing!

Tree Table Topper

I’ve started my Christmas sewing and it was looking super festive on my cutting table this weekend.I had this plan in my head for a Christmas Tree table runner and I was inspired by a particular pattern as I was lounging on the couch under a Block of the Month quilt that I had made. The inspiration block just happened to be the December block and was a tree theme. I thought it would look awesome in red, green, and white and went digging through my sewing room for the pattern.

Turned out that it was from the Sugar Block Club from 2016 that Stitchery Dickory Dock had put on. I found the pattern, made some copies for paper piecing, and got some fabrics together that would work for my plan.I was already super happy with it at this point and knew I had to keep going. The plan was for 3 blocks with sashing to create a decent sized table runner. I had recently purchased a Christmas fabric that would work really well for some fussy cutting in between the sashing.The end result is so much better than I had envisioned.I bordered it in the snowflake fabric with a small red border in between and it just brings the whole thing together. I quilted 1″ spaced lines in a V shape from the outside to the center snowflake.I had the perfect amount of this Christmas Tree fabric in my stash to use for the backing and you just can’t go wrong with a polka dot binding.Now, I need to decide if I need to keep it or if it can be gifted in one way or another. I have a few more Christmas sewing ideas in mind so I may just wait until I have everything done before I decide it’s fate.

I’ve also decided that I need to use this pattern to make a large Christmas quilt and have already put some fabric aside to do so. I really love it!I hope everyone is having as much fun prepping for the holidays as I am. Happy Sewing!

Pretty Pouch Panels

My Christmas sewing is off to a good start with some Wide-Open Pouches, by Noodlehead Designs, in the works. I found a bunch of Disney fabrics at JoAnn’s Fabrics to use as the bottom section of the pouch exteriors. I’m also using a free pattern off of Craftsy – Rainbow Rays – for the top part of the pouches. I’m attempting to pull colors off the Disney prints to use in the top section. Matching up those fabrics is actually my favorite part.I want to quilt the panels but I was out of Fusible fleece so I’ve only got the exteriors done but they look amazing and my next step (after quilting) is to find matching zippers from my stash.I picked up some Disney movie poster fabric to use as the interiors and I’m hoping to get them all together pretty soon and mark them off the list.

Christmas sewing is my favorite type of sewing. How about you?

I have lots of projects in the works and in my head and hope I can a few of them done in the next 2 months. Happy Sewing!

Flamingo Flair

National Sew a Jelly Roll Day was this last weekend and I wanted to take part so I hit my stash and found 2 jelly rolls (2 1/2 x 42 inch strips of fabric all from the same fabric line) that I have been hoarding.I had Daydreams by Kate Spain which I decided would be perfect for making some flamingo blocks. I also had Authentic by Sweetwater which was just dying for some improv strip piecing. I started my sewing with the flamingos (Florence Flamingo pattern) and pulled out different color families from the jelly roll.

First up – bluish purples:I did this one as a test block before cutting out anymore fabric. Once this was complete, I cut out the background for 5 birds. That took a bit of time but made the piecing a lot easier for each block. Miss unorganized me even put each piece in a jewelry baggie and labeled them for ease of use since a lot of the cuts were very similar in size and I’m glad I did.

Next up was the token Pink Flamingo:Followed by green and yellow:I may be stopping at 4 and not make the orange one but substituting several geometric flamingo paper pieced blocks of the same colors. I have some fabric left over from the flamingo bodies that I can use for those other blocks. And I don’t mind mixing and matching different patterns in the same quilt to get the effect that I want.

I also dug into the other jelly roll which made my cutting table look like this…..More on that project next time….until then…..Happy Sewing!

Playing Catch-up

I’ve been playing catch-up on my Block of the Month blocks for the Classic Meets Modern Quilt-a-long. I was able to complete 3 months worth! It’s been really fun pulling out the fabric and finding the perfect combination for each block. I’m using all Alison Glass fabrics for this project. So, let’s get started.

April:

This Block of the Month is using Modern color interpretations of classic blocks. April was Rolling Stone and Susannah.

May:

May consisted of the Double Arrow and Crossroads blocks.

June:

June included the X-Plus and Ribbon Star blocks.

I’m super happy that I was able to get all of this completed this weekend. It’s been a while since I’ve had the energy to sew and it was wonderful!

This quilt is going to be so eclectic and colorful and I cannot wait to see it come together.

I’m hoping to complete another big batch of blocks next weekend.

Until then – happy sewing!