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.)
I’m working on a quilt for my cats to use instead of the super awesome quilts that I have already made. The patterns I decided upon are all designed by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play and I made them all geometric in nature. You may remember that I started with two blocks that were the same colors as my cats.Then I decided to continue on in that vein but with smaller cats. I found a seated cat in an issue of Make Modern Magazine and then bought a pattern that was just the face with whiskers. The combo of all those cats would be perfect for the new plan. Now, this was not the original plan. The original plan was to find all kinds of different cat blocks or use cat themed fabric to make the quilt top but sometimes you need to follow your gut and change up your plan. This one worked out so good once I decided to rainbowtize those kitties. Check out all the finished blocks!I was trying to figure out how to connect them and didn’t just want to put them together in a grid format. I then decided to connect them all with some geese and that was the decision that was needed to change up that grid format a little bit.Once those geese were done and the math was attempted then I was able to get this top complete. I adore it!The back will be made up of all those cat fabrics that I mentioned earlier. Scrappy and happy will be the way to go for that. I cannot wait to get this one finished up and loved by Jasper and Gryffin.I’ve got some cat themed text fabric that will work well on that scrappy back to bring it all together. I’ve got some other deadlines before I can even start that backing but I am definitely looking forward to it.
You may remember this Geometric Unicorn block (pattern designed by Kristy of Quiet Play) that I made some time back for an Instagram swap that I participated in.I decided not to use this block in the swap as I thought it would be perfect for my favorite little girl. Her mom and I went back and forth about what I could possibly make. I was thinking a book/tote bag or mini quilt wall hanging. She thought a mini quilt might be good to use as a quilt for Miss G’s dolls. So, that’s the direction I decided to head into.
My first step was to border the block. What could be better than a rainbow border of some type. So, I started to piece 1 inch strips together to create that look.That looked so awesome that I continued adding borders. Next thing I knew it took on a path of its own and I ended up with a human size quilt made for my doll of a girl. I used my favorite rainbow print (that JoAnns no longer has 🙁) to bring it all together. The hot pink and grey borders match the pattern of the rainbow fabric perfectly so it had to be included.I backed it with part of a duvet cover that I had left over from the Quilts for Pulse quilt. It just adds to the happiness of this piece! Wavy quilting lines – tighter over the unicorn than in the borders – gives it great movement.I’m pretty sure she’ll love it. I love making stuff for this family. They really appreciate the time and effort that goes into all crafts and are makers themselves.
This was actually a quick finish as I started with the finished block yesterday morning. Guild meetings tend to put procrastination at bay and I busted my butt getting it finished. I really wanted to complete it in time for this month’s Show and Tell as it would be the only time to show it to the group before it got packed up in a box and shipped across the country. I had just enough time once I finished it to shower, dress, and get to the meeting right on time.
The December meeting always includes a Dirty Santa swap where you can steal a previously opened gift or choose one to open yourself. The third owner is the keeper so all items can only be stolen twice. I was lucky enough to have drawn a number in the middle of the pack so some gifts had already been opened and stolen. I stole this fabulous pillow and was able to keep it since I was the third owner. Then I got to spend the rest of the time watching everyone else’s stuff get stolen while I happily hid my treasure away. I’ve been eyeing this pattern on Pinterest and been dying to make one. Now I don’t have to!And this is the item that I made for the gift exchange. A sweet appliqué Christmas tree pillow.Its backed in Minky so it’s super soft and cozy. It was actually the first item opened and was quickly stolen. I’m glad it got such a good reception. Now I need to make one to keep.Any special handmade gifts you’ve made or received recently? I’d love to hear about them!
Happy Holiday Sewing!
I finally got to take some time off from my day job to get some holiday sewing done. First up was to finish a Christmas wall hanging that uses patterns by Kristy Lea of Quiet Play. I used the Geometric Reindeer, the Geometric Sleigh, the Geometric Christmas Tree, and her Just my Type – lower case letters patterns.I also tried out a new quilting pattern from the book Walk by Jacquie Gering. It is the Wavy Crosshatch design and forms a sweet ribbon pattern in the blocks. By the third block I was quite a bit better than the first one.
I took a poll on Instagram and this snowman backing fabric overwhelmingly won due to how well it matched the coloring and the theme on the front. Smiling snowmen make me happy!Now for some close-ups…..You may have noticed that the separation between the words and the main designs were done with ribbon. I really like the look it gives to the whole piece.
I received my #quietplayswap mini quilt and it’s just fabulous! This swap was the one where I sent the mermaid and I am so pleased with what I received. I have made this Converse block before as a gift but had yet to make one for myself so this is just perfect!I’m still working on finishing a bunch of different projects and cannot wait to share them all with you.
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.
Well, it appears that I have a lot to do…….
I went full force making the Mermaid pattern for the Quiet Play Swap.
The pebble print from the Drawn line by Angela Walters is perfect for the background.This pile of mermaid parts became a gorgeous beauty once all pieced together.I’m trying to figure out what to put in the upper left corner. More border or more flowers? Should I hand stitch a shell? Should I just rethink the whole corner/border situation? I’m currently stuck so moved on to another project to clear my head.
One Geometric Unicorn coming up!Okay, I’m loving how this one is coming along. Now, I’m not sure if I want to stick with the the mermaid for the swap or just go with this fabulous unicorn. I do have a plan for either option other than the swap so there will be no sewing time put to bad use around here.
While I contemplate my sewing world I can stare at these beautiful new additions to my stash. A few short stacks from Sew Lux. They are having a fat quarter grab bag clearance and I took my chances on a few colorways. Blue:Grey (I love the darkest grey one):Red:Aqua – the flowery one on top is not really my style so I’ll have to figure out something for that one:Then I picked up this small bundle of Thicket to help boost my black and white print selection:A slightly productive week. Now back to my day job after a three-day weekend to make sure nothing falls apart there.
Lots of rainbows happening around here right now. I received the Rainbow Mini Quilt Swap quilt that my partner made. Such wonderful loveliness! I adore a ledger print and this is one of my favorites! The flying geese in the corners add such a great element to this piece. I’m very happy with this one and it’s already hanging in my sewing space. She also sent these sweet solid mini charms (and some Lecien floss) which will be put to good use in a charity baby quilt that I have planned out in my head, My partner was equally satisfied with the one I sent to her. I used a Drunkard’s Path template to make this scrappy mini quilt. I bound it in the dark grey crosshatch in order to keep everything a little bit contained. This was the first time I attempted a spiral quilting technique. I love how well you can see the quilting in these pictures. The spiral quilting worked really well for this mini but I can see how a larger quilt would be a bit of a struggle.
I have a bunch of low volume half moons left over that I need to do something with. I’m thinking of making this same mini in an inverse color story and seeing if it comes out just a great as this one did.
I also made this Geometric Squirrel in a rainbow color story. A friend of mine calls her daughter ‘Squirrel’ and has done so since her birth. Little Miss was turning 5 this weekend and this pattern, which was released last week, had to be made to celebrate that occasion. I bordered it with their favorite squirrel fabric and this fabulous grey that I need to start hoarding. I hope I have a selvedge edge so I can find out what it is because I love it. Anyway, this came out so stinkin’ cute that I can’t stand it!
I did add a sweet fussy cut of a dancing Woodstock with a heart as it was too cute not to. This squirrel was made entirely from scraps (other than the grey border and the text background) that I had put aside waiting to be used and loved. I also saw a rainbow as I was driving home from work on Friday. Rainbows are everywhere! That must have meant that a good weekend was coming.