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Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Finishes


The photo is not actually a picture of all my finishes, but rather all the finishes that made the blog.  I have a few that I did during the year that never made the blog for one reason or another, plus I made a few this December that I have not posted about yet.

In the above, I have quilts, pillows, crochet, knit, baking and other sewing projects.  

Oops, I just noticed that I am missing at least one finish, but it is time to go sledding with the kids.

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Scrappy Pillow

I love all the scrappy quilts I see, but I have never had enough fabric to make one myself.  A couple nights ago I decided I had to make a pillow as a gift, so I pulled out a lot of my fabric and struggled to find some that worked.  In the end I chose the same collection I used to make our dog bed.  Not quite as scrappy as I was hoping, but I do love the colours and it is great to put it to use.

I was able to finish the top of the pillow last night.  All that is left is to sew the back fabric on and stuff a pillow in it!

scrappy pillow

I love the way it came out.  I will be honest, I paper pieced the squares and measured my paper squares to be 8.5" inches.  After completing the first two I discovered that I did not make squares!  I made rectangles.  My solution was to cut them smaller.  So instead of 8.5" square I ended up with 7.25" squares.  The black border was my solution to bring the pillow top back to size.  

My Christmas Gift Sewing Work In Progress schedule.

December 1:  0 planned
December 3:  2 planned - 0 done
December 5:  5 planned - 1 done
December 12: 6 planned - 1 done
December 15: 8 planned - 2 done
December 17: 9 planned - 2 done
December 18: 6 planned - 2 done

So as of today it looks like I have 4 things on my to do list.  I have high hopes that I will be able to complete 2 or 3 tonight.

Merry Christmas
and a
Happy New Year!!!


I will be back after Christmas and hopefully be sharing some of my finishes with you.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Quilt Assembly :: Fast and Slow

During the month of December (from the 1st through the 24th) there are 4 days that my kids do not have sports.  As of today there are 3 days and one of those days is Christmas Eve.  This means, I need to carefully plan this month in order to fit everything in.

Yesterday, I was able to squeeze in some sewing time. Yay!

First up on my list was the Farmer's Wife block that I picked colours for 2 weeks ago.

FW 18 Century of Progress

I hand pieced this one again.  It was so much fun doing the last one that I couldn't help myself, the added bonus of hand sewing is that I can take it to work and sew on my lunch break.  (This would qualify as the S-L-O-W in the title of today's post).  I really need to find my high gear and commit to finishing this quilt soon.  Hopefully I can get serious in the new year.

What is the fast one?  This quilt top that I started yesterday.  It will be a Christmas gift for a young girl when it is complete.  

UPDATE: Finished quilt here.
I think it is the sweetest quilt.  It comes from a quilt kit that I bought a few months ago.  I was not sure if I was going to have time to complete it or not, so I left it off my to do list, but after my unsuccessful day of shopping on Monday I decided I must make this quilt.

The quilt is a lap size quilt (42" X 68" - I didn't measure, but that is what the kit said).  The bow on the front is an applique.  I used double sided fusible interfacing to position the bow then I zig-zagged around the edges to secure it.

Now, I have a problem!  When I bought the quilt kit online, I also bought the recommended backing fabric.  The fabric clashes SOOOO bad!  The quilt is pink and the backing is orange-red.  There is nothing in the quilt that coordinates with it.  So, I looked through my stash and all I could find was 3 more fabrics that do not match.

Now you can help me.  I have to buy a backing for this quilt.  The finished quilt will be going to a young girl.  What type of backing fabric would you use?

I am linking up with WIP Wesdnesday at Freshly Pieced

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Unplanned Projects

If you follow my blog you will discover what seems to be a very unfocused crafter.  I plan projects and take months/years to finish them.  I seem to be unable to control myself when it comes to starting new projects.  I do eventually finish everything and I am happy to say that my skills are improving with each new project.

Last week I was working on my Flurry Wall Quilt which is finished!

Then, a very special Auntie of mine gifted me almost a whole bolt of Santa Fabric from Ikea that she purchased last year.  Of course I had to make something with it, enter one wine tote (See Below) and an Apron (no picture).  I followed the following tutorial from Needle and Spatula for the wine totes
Front and Back Pictured

Yesterday I had no time, so of course I picked up some fabric at lunch and made another new project.  Mittens!  I bought the pattern from Fibers and Twigs on Etsy.  The outer of my mitts are not stretchy so I had to go up a couple sizes, but I think they came out great.  I look forward to making many more mittens in my future.

I am linking up with WIP Wesdnesday over at Freshly Pieced.  My featured WIP's are two that I shared last week.
Embroidery Project

Farmer's Wife Block

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Flurry Wall Quilt :: Done

A Picture!

One little picture of my completed project.  I struggle to take decent pictures, I rarely have daylight when it is time to take a photo, so I will share my one picture with you today!

I started this wall hanging in November of 2011.  It was not a hard quilt and I don't think I have too many hours invested in it, but I picked it up and worked on it little by little.

I am VERY happy to have finally finished and to have it hung up for the Christmas season.


Quilt Stats:
Name: Flurry Wall Quilt (very original I know)
Size: approx. 36" x 66"
Pattern: My own pattern, Appliqued Circles 
Quilting: I kept it simple, stitch 1/4" from seams.
Started : November 9, 2011
Completed: December 2012
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