A ‘Doll’ Quilt 

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!

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Sleighing It

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 got a few more projects completed as well.  This pillow got finished and looks fantastic!An envelope closure worked perfectly as I did not have a long enough zipper.

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.

Happy Sewing!

UFO Invasion

There has been a severe UFO invasion at my house.  It’s insane how many in-progress projects that I have right now.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. Turkey Sausage:  My Mom brought over the Turkey Sausage cross-stitch for me to make into a wall hanging.
  6. 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…….

Happy Sewing!

    Mermaids or Unicorns?

    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.

    Happy Sewing!

    Rainbow Rhapsody

    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 backed it in this JoAnn Fabrics print that I love:  I have this same print in a flannel.  It’s incredibly versatile.

    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. 

    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….

    Handmade with a Cause

    I’ve been busily creating gifts for friends and family but I’ve also been making for those close to those I love. Cancer took one of my old friends earlier this year and left his family without their bread-winner and lots of medical debt.  To help ease a small bit of the burden I reached out to his widow and asked if she needed anything for the holidays.  I also asked if she needed anything for the kids.  She replied with different things that the kids were interested in so that gave me a good starting point.

    But first I had to make something just for her.  I’m sure her daughter will end up with it but it’s the thought that counts, right? I chose the ever popular Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented.  I went with a butterfly theme in cerise and grey.  That crosshatch is from the Reel Time line by Zen Chic and I think I need tons of it in my stash.  I used a butterfly print inside the pockets with grey and cerise for the bag linings.  For her son, a Batman loving soul, I chose the Lego Batman pattern by Kristy of Quiet Play.  I also downloaded Robin.  Both are free patterns on Craftsy.  Just Batman by himself looks awesome.  Then I added Robin and a free Batman symbol from Fandom in Stitches to make a long pillow.   It looks wonderful with the Batman sleeping bag that I got at a super good price at a local Pottery Barn outlet store.  For her daughter I am thinking along the lines of fairies and dragonflies.  It’s all still brewing in my head.

    In the meantime, I have this fabulousness that will become another Sew Together Bag. 

    Peanuts!!!    I found it all at an Etsy shop called Warm Kitty Quilts.  Delivery was super fast so I was able to make this sweet key fob after I finished the Batman pillow.