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.
I pulled an old Work-in-Progress off my quilt rack. It was hanging right behind my ironing board and I could see it everyday. I’m glad it was there and I loved looking at it and kept thinking that I needed to keep working on the quilt top and finish it off. That time came this week. It is the Wavelength quilt pattern by Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced. I started it sometime last year and had gotten 3 rows around done. I’m doing this in teals and aquamarines with some greens mixed in. It’s going to be fabulous when it’s done.
I opened the box where I was keeping the fabric pull and the (already copied) paper-pieced patterns and found the most gorgeous collection of teal goodness! The box is in the order that I will piece the rows with the next row on top. There will be about 4 patterns per row ending with the white/aquamarine pieces. There are some great fabrics in here that I forgot I even had. It’s just like I bought new fabric this week but without the cash leaving my wallet.
Here’s where I was at this morning. The next row is where the mid-value teals will begin. Gryffin was helping me keep it secure on the floor. It’s what cats do best. I was able to get some of the teals attached and I’m really happy with where this is going. It is currently residing on the floor in my sewing room ready to be pieced together.
In other news – I got some hexie piecing completed on my way home from my brother’s wedding. I have a plan to use these in the Text Me Mini Quilt Swap but it’s not working out like I planned. I think I will stew on it for a little bit and revisit in a week or two. I may end up re-working it.
Speaking of the wedding – it was fantastic and I’m very happy to have such a sweet and wonderful lady added to our family.
Random Project #1:
I received some awesome crafty toys in the mail this week!
This 25 pack of webbing and key fob hardware was found at an Etsy shop called Everything Ribbons. I wanted to try and make these key rings and I felt this was a great way to get started. I grabbed some fabric (#shopyourownstash) and made one for a friend. The shop owner also included some instructions for use with ribbon.
My friend loved it!! She calls her little one Squirrel so this fabric was just perfect. Definitely more of these in my future. They will be perfect for small work gifts and swaps and extra family gifts. They can be completely personalized and that is what makes these key fobs so great.
Random Project #2:
I found some Frozen paper piecing patterns at Fandom in Stitches that are free for personal use. I downloaded Sven, Anna, Elsa, and Olaf. You can’t have a Frozen themed anything without Olaf! So I started on him first.
As the piecing got smaller I realized that I was having trouble seeing the lines under my 1/4″ sewing foot. Look how tiny some of these are.
I pulled out a clear foot that I knew was in the machine storage area and started to use that to see if it would help. It helped more than I ever thought it would. It has a indent on the foot directly in front of the needle. This allowed me to make sure that I had my needle sewing in exactly the right place and I could follow the line on the pattern better than with the other foot I was using.
I believe it has helped keep my sewing lines quite a bit straighter which makes the piecing even more precise. I believe I have found a new foot to use for foundation paper-piecing!
Olaf is now 1/2 done and he’s just so cute!
The question remains about whether this is fated for my Disney Quilt Swap partner or for a sweet 5 year old that I just adore.
I’m blaming my new project on a design idea in my head, a fabric-looking trip to Hobby Lobby, and my Electric Quilt software program. So, I had this idea for a baby quilt – Pittsburgh Steeler’s inspired but not using Steeler’s fabric. Something a little more subtle than that. I had this Chevron baby quilt in mind and that Hobby Lobby trip resulted on the perfect color palette.
I opened my Electric Quilt software program and started designing what I had in mind. I needed to incorporate the red and blue but only in small bits. Therefore, I added another small chevron line on a few portions of the quilt top.
Here is where I state that my cutting precision leaves a lot to be desired and I was able to print foundation paper piecing templates. At this point, let’s go back a few hours to my visit to Quiet Play via the Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday post. Katie was a guest blogger for Lee that day. She made a statement in her post that anything can be paper-pieced. So, with my lack of precision cutting and Electric Quilt rotary instructions showing some weird angle, like 43 degrees or something like that, I decided to go with Paper-piecing. So far, so good. I like how it’s turning out.