Friday, March 17, 2017

At Last-Ava's Quillow Is Finished

First, a little detour by way of my favorite fabric shop...
Mr. M. gave me a gift card to the Cotton Blossom for Valentines Day-he's so thoughtful.

So I bought batting and thread. I just don't have room for any more fabric. Batting for a twin is enough for two quillows. Guess what!?! I have two quillows to make.

These are some bunny ear drawstring bags I made this week that I saw on Sew She Can. I'm going to make some more and give them to my choir kids for Easter. I put two finger puppets in each bag.

Now to the main event. I pin basted Ava's princess quillow.

It is sewn and turned, then quilted. The projecting piece is the pocket.

Here is a view of the pocket before stitching on the backing.

Here is the applique' side of the pocket. (Have I told you that I don't like applique?)

After quilting 4" straight lines down the length. I also stitched in the ditch across the width.

Some close ups of her name. Fused, blanket stitched, and straight stitched. 

Pocket is sewn in place.

Here is how it looks folded into a pillow.

The backing fabric is so cute. Hope she likes it.
Oh, opps. Didn't show you the front. I posted it here back in June of last year. I stopped sewing on it because we didn't know her name. My son and DIL wanted to keep it a secret until she was born. Now she is a big 6 month old. This may be a present for her first birthday.
Linking up with Crazy Mom. Yea! 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Uno zip bag

I'm sort of between projects. I have 3 or 4 things I need to work on but can't get motivated.
So I took at little look around the blog-o-sphere trying to find inspiration.
I found the 52 weeks of zipper bags at Little Crispy here.

I bought a new pack of Uno cards for the kids at school to play when their work is finished. The first zip bag shown on Little Crispy was perfect to hold a pack of cards. I downloaded the directions and looked through my stash for some suitable fabric.

I found a fat quarter of this homespun type fabric. I've had it forever and never found the right project. I had a red zipper in my stash, too.

The lining is some of my favorite fabric from my very first quilt.

It was a super easy bag to make. Maybe my dry spell has been broken. 
Next week is spring break and I hope to get some sewing time. 

Ever need a little push to get sewing?

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Labeled and gifted

Finally labeled the little adventurers quilt. I called it finished on the last day of 2016 and thought I would get the label done on New Year's Day. I thought I would do a little hand quilting around the adventurers, label, and be ready to gift it in no time.

Lots of different names kept running through my head. That was one little road block.

I got stuck hand quilting around the boys. I wasn't very good at judging how long to make stitches.

And how many rows of hand stitching would be best?

And where exactly to stitch?

So many questions. I put the quilt down for a few weeks-more than a month.

Then something clicked and I got to work.

Anna and Steve were in town today so I finished the label and stitched it down.
Yea! It is really finished and given away. I wanted it to look like sand and water.
I think it does. Hope they enjoy it and remember our trip last September.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Hat for Me

After crocheting hats for the babies for Christmas, I was inspired to to crochet myself a hat. I like variegated yarn and found this in some of my favorite colors.

I searched online for an easy pattern and found several.
Then I started crocheting.

I bought two skeins because I wasn't sure how much it would take to make a hat for my big head.

Then, I went off the pattern. I have a problem following directions and also counting stitches and rows. So, this hat is my own version of the original. It fits and can be sort of beret-like.

We had our annual freezing weather last weekend. It is in the 70's today. I may not get to wear my hat this winter but it was fun making it.

Several quilt projects in the works. Will share soon.
What have you finished in 2017?

Saturday, January 7, 2017

New Year Decisions

Went to my UFOs and found these blocks. I want to add some borders. 

Above are some stash fabrics I pulled. The blocks were made from a layer cake, so I don't have any more of those fabrics.

I like this cream with music because the back will be cream minky dots.

Here is the original piece. It is only 36" by 45". 

Yesterday we had sleet and rain that turned to ice. A rare sight in central Mississippi.

This is passing for snow in our world. Today is going to be cold and the roads are icy, so I'm staying inside and sewing. Hope the power doesn't go out.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Finish

The binding is finished. So I'm calling this finished in 2016. 

I was going for a sand and sea look with splashes of yellow sunlight and green sea plants.

I'm trying hand quilting around the adventurers using pearl cotton. 

Here it is all folded and neat.

The corners look pretty good, if I say so myself.

I used variegated thread on the borders.

Here is the back. The brown is for drift wood, blue for sky and sea, yellow for sunlight, and green for seaweeds and beach plants.
The forecast is for rain tomorrow, so I wanted to get photos today. I will finish hand quilting and get the label on tomorrow. Happy with a quilt finish for 2016.

How was your quilt year?

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Ready for Christmas

The stockings are hung, waiting for tomorrow. Presents are wrapped for the most part.

The ceramic nativity that mom made is accessible for little hands to explore.

All the hand made stocking stuffers are ready.

AND I finally had time to quilt the little adventurers quilt.
This is my favorite part-trimming the extra fabric and batting.

It starts out looking so messy and is transformed into a neat, almost completed quilt.

After trying a wavy line style (and then picking that out) I decided on straight lines.

I'm thinking of adding hand quilting to the four adventurers. I've never done that before but I think it will look better than anything I can do with machine quilting. Wonder what thread would be best?

Wishing all a happy Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate at mid-winter.