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Spreading warm wishes one quilt at a time…


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Come Quilt with Us!

If you follow the Modern Quilting page on Facebook, you have probably seen that Alyssa Lichner of PileOFabric.com is hosting a Skill Builder BOM in 2013.  The quilt looks awesome.  I have decided to participate and I’ve even talked my sister into joining in with me.

Skill Builder BOM hosted by Pile-O-Fabric

Skill Builder BOM hosted by Pile-O-Fabric

She’s going to cover some advanced piecing and and paper piecing blocks and it’s going to be a QAYG so I plan on learning FMQ on a small scale.  The colors that Alyssa has chosen are gorgeous.  I am still trying to figure out what colors I want to use–I’m tempted to use the same colors as Alyssa but that probably wouldn’t be very fun so we shall see what I come up with.  My husband got me a bundle of Little Black Dress by Moda which I should probably try and incorporate into the quilt but I was also thinking it might be really pretty to do a quilt in blues, greens and golds.

Come join us-it will be fun.


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Finished x 5!

WOW.  I did it-I finished all four pillows in time for Christmas and finally got my chair seat covered.  My mom helped sew the backs on the pillows since she has a serger (and I think the fact that I was still quilting on the fronts on Saturday was stressing her out a little :).  My dad helped with the chair cover since he has a heavy duty staple gun.

Pillow for my niece -a big Bieber fan thus, the purple.

Pillow for my niece -a big Bieber fan thus, the purple.

I quilted A1’s pillow with a echo of the Chevron design with my walking foot–I used some Art Gallery oval elements, the top triangle is Art Gallery Mauvelicious, and a random batik I had in my stash.   The background is Iron Kona.  I used a variegated Gutterman thread in purple for her pillow.

This pillow is for another niece that's the same age as Lil' Bee.

This pillow is for another niece that’s the same age as Lil’ Bee.

This niece is a big Bieber fan too (sigh, I know).  Lil’ Bee was very adamant though that she is a little girl so I couldn’t put black on her pillow, it had to be pink and purple.  I got the pink with silver stars and the purple ballet fabrics from my mom’s stash so I’m not really sure what they are.  The triangle at the bottom is a Kaffe Fassett and I used Iron Kona as the background here too with the purple variegated thread here too.  I quilted it with a circle design.

This pillow uses scraps from the Quilt I made for Mr. H since nephew C's favorite color is green.

This pillow uses scraps from the Quilt I made for Mr. H since nephew C’s favorite color is green.

I really like how the pillows turned out for the boys.  This one has the Summerville fabric for the main chevron, some Cool School scribble in the bottom triangle and scraps from an unknown fat quarter with peacocks in the top triangle.  The background is a green Bella solid.  I quilted it with a variegated green Gutterman thread (I’m kind of addicted to the variegated threads) in a free form continuous box.

I really like the yellow and gray fabrics together in H's pillow.

I really like the yellow and gray fabrics together in H’s pillow.

My last nephew is 18.  His favorite color is yellow (I was pretty surprised that it wasn’t black) and I love how these fabrics look together.  I used the Iron Kona and a yellow Kona.  The bottom triangle is from the Bella line.  I just did random lines using a yellow variegated thread and some gray thread.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.  Somehow my quilt math was off for the HST’s because I used 14 inch forms and my finished block turned out not quite 16 inches so I had to do some major trimming.

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I love the big flowers on this fabric.

I love the big flowers on this fabric.

The final reveal is my finished chair.  I had a hard time finding fabric for this because in my mind I want to paint my sewing space an aqua/turquoise color and I just wasn’t thrilled with any fabric that I found with those colors in it.  Everything I seemed to like would have worked better with a black chair and I had already spent so much time painting this chair 4 times.  I finally chose this fabric–it has a little more brown that I wanted in it (not that I don’t love brown, I have a lot of it in my wardrobe) but I really like the bright flowers.  I have enough of the fabric left over that I may make a big pillow to sit in the back of the chair too.

So I’m done sewing for the holidays–now on to bake some cookies so we have something to leave out for Santa.  Happy Holidays!


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A little bit of everything going on here

The kids have been busy and with the holidays and Christmas shopping, I just haven’t done much sewing lately.  Of course, when I have sewn, it’s been to make an ornament for the local MQG’s ornament swap (and yes, I stressed myself out about it just like the pincushion but this time I finally settled and turned something in.)  I decided to make a little house because I’ve seen so many cute ones online.

House for IMQG ornament swap

House for local MQG ornament swap

Back of my ornament with a snowman.

Back of my ornament with a snowman.

Here are the other ornament attempts that I made.

1.   A bird which I apparently needed to make more 3D to get the effect I was going for…

IMG_02312.  A Froebel Star–there is a tutorial on Betz White‘s blog that does a pretty good job of explaining how to do this but I also had to look up a you tube video to figure out how to continue around the star.  Mine didn’t turn out as nice as the one Betz White did; I’m not sure if it was because some of the fabrics were Kona and it was just too thick or if it all boiled down to the fact that I didn’t have a bodkin and didn’t want to dig around for tweezers.  Anyways, 2 other ladies did these stars and they looked fabulous.

Froebel star attempt

Froebel star attempt

So anyways, that is why I went with the house.  Of course, I am now going to have to make another house because Lil Bee was really counting on keeping the one I gave away:)  Lil Bee is my biggest cheerleader.

The ornament I received was this cute little tree.  Funny thing, it was a blind draw and Rachel ended up with the ornament that I made.

Little Christmas tree that Rachel made--so cute!

Little Christmas tree that Rachel made–so cute!

Other than ornament sewing, I finally completed one of the March blocks from the Craftsy BOM.  Yeah, I’m a bit behind.  I think it’s because the blocks have  a modern feel and the fabric I decided to use was a fat quarter bundle my mother gave me when I first started quilting and it’s pretty traditional.  I love the colors but I’m just not feeling it with these blocks; I even went to Crimson Tate and had her help me punch it up with some more modern fabrics–maybe I just need to put more of them in the blocks.

Craftsy BOM -March block 1(completed in December...)

Craftsy BOM -March block 1(completed in December…)

That’s all the sewing I’ve done lately.  I’ve decided to make pillows for my nieces and nephews on my husband’s side for Christmas because, I like to live on the edge sometimes.  It’s only four pillows and I’m going to do something simple like the Chevron block from the Craftsy BOM.  Of course, I was hoping that I would be able to use my Walk in the Woods fabric for my 7-year-old niece but she’s apparently a Bieber fan so I’m going to have to do purple for both my nieces.  (I’m just going to have to make that Walk in the Woods into a blanket for me, I guess).

The last project that I’ve been working on is re-finishing this chair.

A chair for my sewing room, finally!

A chair for my sewing room, finally!

It’s only taken 4 coats of cream paint.   I put on the fourth tonight and decided that was it.  I can’t wait to recover the seat and get it in my sewing room.  I actually found this chair at a local antique store for $15–pretty good deal considering that everything at Goodwill cost more and was less sturdy.

Happy Holidays!  My next post will be of my pillows for the nieces and nephews.