Stashing Goodies

All my Christmas sewing is done and has arrived at its destination ready for Christmas but I still had more Christmas prep work to do.  But, before I get to that, I wanted to share the pillow that I put in my guild’s Dirty Santa swap.  The pattern is free on Craftsy and is designed by Kristy of Quiet Play.  I made it with all Cotton + Steel fabrics and then quilted cross-hatch wavy lines in a navy blue.  I finished it way before our swap so I’ve been able to enjoy it for a while.  I received some wonderful folded fabric ornaments which are looking fabulous on my tree.  My last minute prep comes in the way of Christmas Cookie baking.  It’s one of my favorite things to do during the holidays.  First and always, I make my grandmother’s cutout cookies.  They are my dad’s favorite and he deserves to get them at Christmas.  My newest favorite recipe is for Toffee Oat Chocolate Chip cookies.  I discovered it a few years back and make it a few times a year but definitely at Christmas.  Then I tried a new recipe for White Christmas Crinkle cookies.  That one did not turn out as well as I had hoped but it’s possible I did something wrong.  I have yet to taste them.  They will probably be just fine.  Then I can decide if they will make it into next year’s rotation. 

Stash Enhancement – Xmas edition:

I stopped at a local quilt shop and picked up some supplies – some low volume, some staples, and a little pizazz. Modern Background by Zen Chic, Spot On by Robert Kaufman, and First Crush by Sweetwater.  All low volume and texty loveliness!  Architextures Crosshatch in black – just can’t have too much of that one.  That red print is also from the First Crush line.  These two bold prints are from Juggling Summer by Zen Chic.  I don’t have a plan for these but they struck me.  The teal shimmery flowers are from a line called Pearl Essence.  The other one does not have the selvedge but it called to me as well.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and festive Holiday!  May your stockings be filled with all you dream of….

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Witches and Rainbows

There was an incident with the Halloween quilt that I made for my mother last year.

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Her dogs pulled it off the back of the couch and ate off one corner of it. I was able to perform surgery and fix it but I have a feeling that she will not be putting it out this year. So, I decided to make her a Halloween wall hanging. I found this super cute Witches Hat foundation paper piecing pattern on Craftsy and knew that it would be perfect and match the rest of her decorations. I pulled a selection of purples, blacks, oranges, yellows, and greens. For the background, I decided on the bird print I used for my Birds and the Bees quilt.

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The black birds make it look a little sinister and creepy when paired with Halloween colors.
Once it was pieced and basted, I was trying to decide how to quilt it and decided that I would try out free-motion quilting on a real-life project. I figure that Mom will love it no matter how the quilting looks and she will be proud that I even tried. She knows it is one of the skills I want to learn this year. It’s a little wonky but passable.

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It looks like a small problem with my speed through the curves.

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I’ll just have to practice some more and get that hand/foot speed control more consistent. I made a scrappy binding and finished this one up.

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She’s going to love it!!

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I’m loving these small projects so much that I started another one. I downloaded a pattern that had 4 Friendship Stars and some bar blocks. I decided a rainbow would be perfect for it if I just added 3 more stars. Time to sort my scraps:

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How pretty does that all look? Just having them sorted like that makes me smile. I’m putting this together by color section starting with red. For the bar blocks I will be using all scraps by sewing them into slabs and cutting the strips I need for each section. How sunny and gorgeous is this yellow slab?

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I pulled 3 of my coveted text prints to use as a scrappy background. Hello Architextures, Word Search, and Sudoku.

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I’m only through 3 colors right now but I really like how it’s coming together.

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Preemie Quilts

This week I had a couple packages come in. They included fabric and supplies I ordered prior to last week’s ‘Shop your Stash’ post.
Horizon by Kate Spain – this line is all my favorite colors all together. I absolutely love it!

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Architextures Blue Trees – I’ve been admiring this one for some time now and it might just make it into my #igminiswap quilt.

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The Quick Curve Ruler – another purchase that I have been contemplating that might be used for the #igminiswap quilt.

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Gigi cross-stitch pattern by Nora Corbett for Mirabilia. My mom is a Halloween lover and this small pattern will be perfect for her!

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I cannot wait to get started on all these fun and cool projects!

My guild, Memphis Area Modern Quilt Guild, is collecting preemie blankets and quilts for LeBonheur Children’s Hospital and I finished mine right on time.

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The dark one uses a charm square pack of Here, Boy! and some Riley Blake dots. The floral is Spring Fling by Me and my Sister Designs with some Riley Blake dots. These blankets turned out 24×36. I used flannel backing and no batting. I read in a post, which I don’t remember whose, that this was a good way to go so that they don’t get too heavy. I just hope that whoever receives these will love them. I bound both with dot prints that I had on hand (#shopyourownstash). The only piece of fabric that I purchased recently for these is the bird flannel backing, which is completely adorable. I didn’t have any girl themed flannel to use. All the other fabrics I already had in my stash.

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They are both just so sweet and cozy! I just love that polka dot binding on both of these.

I also got through month 9 of the Sugar Block Club and it’s really starting to come together.

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This coming week, I will be working on Border 3 of the Mini Medallion Quilt Along over at Clover and Violet and I hope to get my Kitty Mini Swap mini quilted and bound.

Waves, Shades, and Pouches

I finally got my hands on some Architextures text and ledger prints!

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As an Accountant, I absolutely love that ledger print and can’t wait to see how I will use it.

One more row was added to the Wavelength quilt. We’re moving into the green section so it’s really coming to life.

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I made a Cordless Roman Shade for my front room window – which is 1 inch shy of a standard width. It’s an Amy Butler home decor print and is perfect for the room. I found the tutorial here.

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My nieces are in town and I put them behind the sewing machine for their first time. I showed them how to try and keep the line straight with the 1/4 in foot and let them go giving verbal instructions as they moved along. They both made zipper pouches with fabric of their choice. As we know, there is a lot of fabric to choose from.
My oldest niece was inspired by a Mickey Mouse ribbon that we found at a local craft store. So we went with black, yellow, and red to use with it. This pattern came off of Craftsy. It’s the Reversible tote and Zipper pouch free class.

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Her sister chose to go with chevrons and polka dots in an aqua tone and use a different design.

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Both bags turned out so cute! They each did about 75% of the sewing themselves. I’m so proud of them and they both love their pouches. With the weather sitting at ‘feels like 96’, it was a good day for indoor crafting!

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My sewing room will be put back together tomorrow and I have a few more days off to get some sewing done before I need to go back to work.

Stash Build – April ’14

The One With The Intrepid Thread

I know it’s May but this Stash Build took place in April so I’m going with that. On vacation last week, I was able to make a jaunt out to The Intrepid Thread in Milpitas. I grew up in that area so knew that I should be able to get there during my visit.

I will say that it was a trip not wasted! Look at this haul!

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Everyone was so nice and helpful. I took one of my besties and her 5yr old daughter, well they took me. Both are non-sewers but that didn’t stop them from acquiring some fabric of their own. My niece picked out this lovely piece as her inspiration fabric and she did not let it go for hours. So sweet!

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She grabbed some bright greens and cerise colors to go with it. She coordinated the colors herself. I was so proud! Her momma picked up a few pieces as well. I told them both to send the fabric to me and I would make something if they could not get something made themselves.

Now to my haul – I seemed to be drawn to greens, blues, and teals that day. Go figure. I picked up this Sphere fat quarter bundle.

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This bundle has those greens and turquoises that I fell in love with that day.

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I got some random half-yard cuts that include fabrics from these lines – Barcelona, Fun and Games, Littlest (that’s the texty one) and Tule.

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Here’s 2 from a different place on the color wheel.

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Architextures Crosshatch in Tangerine and Matilda – Flowers in Mocha

Then I grabbed a few random fat quarters.

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Don’t you just love those butterflies!
I currently have no plans for this stash but I believe my brain does since all those teals and blues coordinate pretty well.

We all loved our visit to The Intrepid Thread and I can’t wait to get back. There’s something about being in a shop and seeing, touching, and stroking the fabric that you just can’t get online. We had a ball and started those creative juices flowing. It’s going to be great seeing what develops with what we bought.