Monday, September 23, 2013

Equilateral Triangle Pillow

Part way through the top of my daughter's quilt (found here), I struggled with getting the size just right.  I thought that a row of triangles on the top might look good.  I was wrong, it looked horrible.  The problem was at the end of my "trial" I had a row of purple triangles sewn together.

I decided to pick apart a few seams and sew them back together in to a square. This pillow emerged and is all mine!  My daughter does not like accent pillows, so I get to keep it.  Purple is quickly becoming my new favourite colour, so that works great for me.

I would have planned the layout a little differently had I known I was going to sew them into a square, but I am quite happy with this little 14" pillow.  

On the back I added a hidden zipper, using this tutorial.

A little unplanned bonus, the pillow matches this fun pillow I made before!

I feel like I have a style creeping into my life.  I am pushing 40 so it is about time.  I have an eclectic style, that has not had a chance to take root.  I am hoping to bring a little more "life" into my home soon.  Little accents like this are a start.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Christmas Advent - Cutting?

I have not completed enough of my advent to have drastically different pictures then my last post.  But I will share a little more of my inspiration/planning.

To start, I have 4 children and one advent calendar.  They each take turns moving the decorations into place.  They are VERY good at sharing.  I have been wanting to add another advent calendar to our home so that they could have two to share.  Much less wait time.  Of course 4 would be best, but I have a hard time paying for the ones they sell in the store when I know I could make one.

This one from Pink Chalk Studio really caught my eye.

I also conveniently had the one from Sew Mama Sew (this quilt-a-long) pinned.
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I decided to cross stitch the numbers on my pockets, so that meant cutting and planning the layout immediately.  Cross stitching 24 number may take me a while!  I have completed 9 numbers so far (only 5 1/2 done when I took the picture).

Here is the basic layout of my advent.  My pockets are 2 1/2" unfinished because I will be placing little ornaments in them.  I also plan to add a star to the quilt.  Stay tuned, because I am loving this project!

The above whit fabric is my background fabric.  I have not bothered cutting it yet because I am still working on the numbers.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Christmas Advent - fabric choices

I cannot believe it is September already!  I have been happily sewing when I get the chance, I will have some great finishes in the future!

Today, however, is a new project, I am joining a quilt along.  Melia Mae Quilting  is hosting The Countdown to Christmas Quilt  Along.  I have been planning an advent calendar for quite a while now.  Dreaming and tweaking the ideas swimming in my head.  My final decision was based on the fact that I do not want to spend any money.  So into my stash I go...

I will be mixing up the pattern a little to suit my needs/wants, but the pattern provided is a great jumping off point.  The fabrics I chose are a mixture of Simply Color (V. and Co.), Flurry (Kate Spain) and some random polka dot's.

I also require a tree in my finish. I pieced it together with more of my Flurry by Kate Spain. 

I am excited to finally get started on this!

2013 Work In Progress List :: This is my "BIG" list for 2013 and does not include new items that have been started and/or finished (updates in blue)

1.  My Son's quilt :: Top done, Basting done, Quilting started
2.  Knit Entrelac Cape :: Still need to block this one
3.  Lark Kaleidoscope quilt :: Oops, started three new projects instead of this one!
4.  Fleece Slippers for me :: I made one in November - I must make the second one.
5.  My Daughter's Farmer's Wife quilt :: DONE
6.  Cathedral Window quilt :: DONE

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