Sunday, December 22, 2013

Boxy Pouch presents!!

These little pouches are super fun to make, and really addicting.  It's fun picking out the perfect fabrics for your friends, and filling them with goodies.  They make the perfect gift!  I tried a few different tutorials out and settled on this one being my favorite: Make it Modern - Perfect Box Pouch Tutorial.
The tutorial says to use pinking shears for the edges, inside of the pouch, so your fabric won't fray.  I love this method, it's faster than using the zig zag stitch to finish the edges off.  I have a 45mm rotary blade that works perfectly for this.
I also added the little pull tabs on the end of the pouch to help pull the zipper open.  My son drew everybody a Christmas picture to put inside, and I added my favorite chocolates.
Lots of fun to make!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Sewing Machine Cover

After making a sewing machine cover for my fellow quilt guild member, I decided I needed one as well.  My friend, Mo Bedell, designs some amazing fabric for Andover, and she kindly gave me some of her scraps, so I used them to make a machine cover this past week.  Her fabric is so bright and happy, I loved working with it!

I used the pattern from Lori Holt's book, Quilty Fun.
I used a dark grey Kaffe Fasset shot cotton for the binding and little spools on the front pockets.  It framed all of that bright color in nicely.  If you don't need a cover, you can use it as a mat for the machine, and the pockets hang down to hold your tools.  I like it this way too!  I sew on a large plastic table, and my machine vibrates a bit, so maybe this will help??

Do you have all of your Christmas sewing projects completed yet?  I'm happy to say that I finally do, and I'm so glad!  Enjoy your weekend everyone!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Winter Wonderland Cross Stitch Pillow

The Winter Wonderland sampler I finished back in February was begging to be made into something.  With cross stitch pieces, it can be hard to know what to make them into!   I decided to make a throw pillow with mine.  I was glad that I did, it looks very cute on my couch.
That pattern is by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, go check them out!
It's good to have this out for the Christmas season so we can enjoy it.  The back of the pillow is the same green fabric, and it's an envelope style closure.  Simple!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Stockings

A friend asked me to make her and her hubby some stockings, I was happy to do it.  I love making them, they are so fun.  I was given a stack of red and green fabrics, and off I went.

I realized after I took these photos that I shouldn't have used such a bright background, the stockings kind of blend in a little too much.
I did some hand stitching with DMC thread on them, I like the look of it.
Here are the backs of them.
The pattern I used is called Merry, by Camille Roskelley.  I have made lots of these stockings now, and can't recommend the pattern enough.
These I made last year for my family...
Have you made stockings, what pattern do you use??

Friday, December 13, 2013

Quilty Fun, week 4, 5 and 6

I got all caught up on my Quilty Fun sew along.  These all went together quickly.  Lori's book gives perfect instructions on piecing everything.

This week is chubby chevrons!
I've been really good about using scraps for this project so far, the brighter, the better!  

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

WIP Wednesday: Catching Up

After leaving town for a full week for Thanksgiving, coming home to Christmas prep was a bit overwhelming!  Did all of you think having Thanksgiving at the end of the month cut us a bit short to prepare for Christmas??  We had a great trip to Utah to visit friends and family, and are now home attending parties and making gifts.  I have been working on several things at once, and have slowly been finishing them because of it.

My first was super fun.  For the Portland Modern Quilt Guild in November we all bring a sandwich bag full of fabric, and we take home somebody else's bag.  We then have to make something with the fabric, adding in only one other fabric if you want (I always add more haha!) then we bring it to the December meeting and we get to take home what another member made out of our fabric.  It's sooooo fun!  This year I got a stack of Joel Dewberry fabric called Heirloom.  It is GORGEOUS.  She asked for a sewing machine cover or tote bag, or anything!   I've never made a sewing machine cover, so that intrigued me.  I ran with it!
I didn't want to cut the fabric up too much since the prints were really large.  I pieced the SEW letters using the pattern Refrigerator Magnets by Elizabeth Hartman.  They were fun to make.  I then hand quilted inside the letters a little bit to define them.
And the photos aren't too great, it gets dark here too early now!
The meeting is tonight, so I get to give it to her!  I'm so excited to see what she thinks of it.

There is much more to share, now that several things are done, look for more posts soon.  
 Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Quilty Fun: Week 3

It is already week 3 of the Quilty Fun Sew Along.  This week we made 2 scrappy log cabin blocks.  I love log cabin quilts, they are one of my favorites.  I pulled out my scraps and put these together.

You can join in over at Lori Holt's blog: Bee in my Bonnett, Week 3.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Cross Stitch finishes

So, when you cross stitch a lot, you tend to have some of your finishes languishing in a bin somewhere.  These two cross stitches were done in 2007 (6 years ago!!) and I finally made them into something.  It's a shame to have them sitting in a bin, not being seen.  Both patterns are by Little House Needleworks.

I needed to make a few pouches, and when I saw this wide mouth pouch tutorial over at Anna's blog: Noodlehead, I knew that they would be perfect.  Thank you so much for a great tutorial Anna!

This pouch is pretty large, and can hold a lot of things in it, I made the large version of it.
I added a few fabrics that matched the cross stitch, I love that purple!
Now to go and dig through the bin some more and finish some more of my cross stitch projects into useful items!!  

In other news, I finished several good books.  I always like a book recommendation, so I think you'd like these books.  My friend Barbara said I'd like The House at Riverton by Kate Morton.  She knew that I loved Downton Abbey, and the book is set in the same era as Downton.  It was a great read!  After reading this I read two more of her books, The Forgotten Garden and The Secret Keeper.  I think out of all of them The Secret Keeper was my favorite, but really, all of them were great.  Let me know if you've read them!  Do you have any recommendations??

Friday, November 15, 2013

Quilty Fun: Week 2

Week 2 of the Quilty Fun sew along is complete!  I made the little stars, they are tiny and cute.  This book kills me, it's adorable.  Have you joined in yet?  Because you should!

For the stars I tried to get 7 different colors.  I noticed on both of the blocks that I've made they each have Tula Pink fabric in them.  I think I'll try to slip some in for each block in this quilt. 
I can't wait for next week!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

WIP Wednesday!

Happy Wednesday everybody!  I've got another baby quilt finished up that I want to share with you.  This quilt uses charm packs, like the last one I made.  The fabric is called Vintage Modern by Bonnie & Camille.  I've been a fan of their fabrics since they started designing, along with everyone else.
This quilt came together easily.  I used a pattern from the Moda Bakeshop called Baby Lattice Quilt.  I did an all over loopy quilting pattern with white thread.
I used a flannel on the back, also Vintage Modern.  It's so soft and pretty.
I've got lots of new ideas in the works for Christmas gifts.  Have you started thinking about what you're making for your family and friends?  I'm anxious to get started!  There are so many fun ideas out there. What are you going to make??  I'm thinking some boxy pouches, bags and place mats.  I'll share more once I can get my head wrapped around it all.

Did you see Sew Mama Sew?  They have a daily gift list going on, with links to tutorials, it's brilliant!

Linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced:
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sew Cute baby quilt!

I finished one of the 2 baby quilts I've been working on recently.  I wanted to make something simple, so I could get it done quickly.  This pattern is from Camille Roskelley's book called Simplify.  It is made using 5" squares.  I love how fast it went.
The fabric is called Sew Stitchy, by Aneela Hoey.  It has bobbins and pins on some of the prints, adorable!  I like the colors a lot in this line, they are bright and fun, also there is gray.  Gray is my favorite neutral.
I added the red polkadot for the border and binding, they give the quilt a good pop of color.  I quilted it with an all over stipple pattern with white thread.  I'm getting faster at free motion quilting (finally!)
And the backing is flannel, my favorite for a baby quilt, so soft and cuddly.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Double Take Quilt Finish

I'm so happy to have this quilt finished and ready to show you.  I really enjoyed making this quilt, the colors were great.  I had a stack of fabrics on my desk for a few months that I wanted to use, and this pattern was perfect for them.  I pulled coral, soft pink, sky blue and cream fabrics from my stash and used the pattern called Double Take by Thimble Blossoms.
My friends and I meet regularly to sew together, and we challenged each other to make a quilt using a snowball and 9-patch pattern, this was my answer to that.  I decided to add a piano key border to the quilt to make it larger.

I free motion quilted a stipple pattern all over with cream thread.