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.
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…
2. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.