I made this little(orange/yellow) crayon roll for Gabbie to use at church (she loved it!) and another (green/blue) one for sale on Etsy.
Then last night I saw this quick tutorial for wine glass coasters. Somebody is going to get some of these for Christmas. "Dear Somebody, if you are reading this blog, please act surprised when you open your gift!"
So, that's kind of a recap of my week in a nutshell. (After all, where else should nuts keep their recaps but in a nutshell?)
Mollie is a ten year old in our community that was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. She had surgery, and is now taking chemo and radiation. You can follow Mollie's story on facebook.
I don't know Mollie personally, but am acquainted with some of her extended family members, and am friends with many of her friends. I'm currently in a Bible study group with Mollie's elementary school principal, so I've made this quilt for Mollie and it will be given from our Bible study group.
I'm not real happy with that label but I was running out of time last night to get it done and washed and dried so I can take it to our final Bible study class tonight. Hopefully it will get to Mollie by the end of the week. So if you're reading this, and you know Mollie ..... shhhhhh, don't tell!
Linking up with several great blogs this week. You can find their buttons in my sidebar.
Mollie was able to go to school Thursday after her radiation treatment, and her principal texted me this picture of her with her teacher and her Mom.
Last week at the Hancock Fabric Columbus Day Sale, I picked up a 'few' yards of material. Among them were these Christmas prints. I actually had placemats in mind as I was purchasing the material, but now that I've started piecing it, I really love it and want something larger. I don't know if it will end up as a larger table mat, or something large enough to throw over the back of the sofa (and maybe even snuggle up with) but I love it's elegance.
Now, my dilemma. What thread to quilt with? I've used Aurifil a couple of times and I love it. But I don't know what color to use. There is no store within three hours of me that carries it so I can't get an eyeball on the colors. Should I go with a cream, beige, tan, autumn gold, there's even one called 14kt gold, which might be a great color, but is it easy to work with?
Would love advise from all of you experienced quilters out there.
This isn't a great pic as it was made indoors before the sun woke up this morning. I think you can get the gist of what I'm talking about though.
And still being inexperienced in the quilting process, I'll probably be sticking with 'straight line' quilting, though I do plan to do it on the diagonal vs on the seam lines. :-)
I still have to give it a final trim and bind it - probably in solid red, which I don't have any of. I think the red/white print would make a good binding but I don't think I have enough of it left. Not without a whole lot of piecing.
Lots of firsts in this for me. First time for HST's, square in square, and pinwheels. Also, I didn't do just straight line quilting. Well yes, all the quilting lines are straight (or relatively so), but it's not just lines all the way across the whole thing.
I had trouble visualizing the layout and getting my colors where I wanted them - in retrospect I wish I'd reversed the fabric layout between the black triangles and the green squares. But still, not bad for a first go. And it's made with some random fat quarters I picked up at Hancock Fabrics last week for $1 each, so it was a thrifty little project.
I also used different color threads top and bobbin. It turned out ok, but I'm not sure it's something I'd do for a bigger project. At least not without a lot more practice and some major finagling with the tension settings to make sure the threads don't pull through. The quilting doesn't really show up with the red bobbin, but I am glad I didn't go with the white in the bobbin. Maybe some gold would've been nice?
Hip Holiday Fat Quarter Bundle - Josephine Kimberling for Blend
They were on sale and I got free shipping on my order over $50.
These pictures just do not do justice to these beautiful fabrics.
I've been eyeing that Hip Holiday fabric for several months. Last week I saw the Norwegian Woods bundle on Stash Modern's Facebook Page and I had to have it. Like right then! So I added the Hip Holiday to get me over the $50 free shipping limit!
I also went to Hancock Fabrics 50% off Columbus Day sale yesterday, but that's gonna have to wait for another post. I got a lot. (But I saved 55% off batting, then saved an additional 10% off my entire order with a coupon, so "I done good!":-)
And, I've also caved to the 'peer pressure' (ok, no pressure, it just seemed like a good idea) and joined Bloglovin' - so follow me!! (I'll try not to lead you astray!)
Finally! Yesterday was the day I got to give Sweet Thang her 'Bama quilt. She loved it. I was afraid I was going to be outdone when she opened her gift (also Bama) from my aunt and uncle just before she opened mine, but she was quite happy with mine as well, and had to put it "awound" her. Later when the party was over, she and I had a little snuggle time under the blanket.
Since I started back sewing - and started quilting - earlier this year, I've made several things, and really have nothing to show for it! But that's ok, I love making things for other people.
But I've finally made something for me! It's not a biggie, but it's something I wanted / needed.
A new tote bag!
I found the owl fabric in a thrift store bundle back in June, and fell in love with it. It was not a huge piece, and not suitable for a quilt (more of a canvas feel) so I just put it aside and every so often I would look at it wish I could think of something for it.
I've recently been using an ages old bag I made twenty something years ago to carry my Bible study book and iPad (which I use as my Bible) to my current Bible study class. This bag has been through the wringer so to speak. I actually made it for my grandmother (who passed away 13 years ago) and it's been used as a diaper bag for the now 5 yr old, so it's seen better days (but still holding together wonderfully, though getting a bit threadbare).
So, last night I put together this bag for me! But, I got in such a hurry I forgot to add any pockets. <insert pouty face here> I had intended to add a patch pocket to the front, and a couple of pockets to the inside, for necessities like my phone, and pens/pencils. So, the next best solution was a zipper pouch for my pencils and other small items (including my phone).
It's just a small lined tote, with a boxed-corner bottom (and again, without a pattern I just randomly boxed, and made the bottom a little wider than I needed, but oh well, it works).
And hey, the fabric is so darn cute, nobody's gonna know I meant to make it different!
I also finished Gabbie's Bama Birthday Quilt last weekend. She will get it at her party Sunday. I hope to get some good pictures of her with it, if not Sunday at the party, very soon.
It's not quite 'official' twin sized (as you can see from the picture) and it will be going to her home where she has a full sized bed, but she won't care if it 'fits' the bed or not - plus hopefully this one wont be to big / heavy for her to drag around the house with her. It's a bit heavy due to using batting and fleece backing. I debated on using the batting and decided it needed that extra body, but now I'm not so sure. I definitely would not use both batting and fleece backing in a baby quilt, it would be much to heavy for an infant.
I'm also excited to say I had several items purchased from my Etsy store this week, and I have added more items.