Wednesday, October 17, 2012

E's Quilt

E's wall quilt is finished! Hooray! I am so happy to finally have this one quilted and up on the wall. It really brings out the colors in her room and adds a fun and happy feel. I tried to get some good pictures...
E's Wall Quilt

Close up of the quilting. 

Small border frames the quilt nicely. 

Finishing this quilt took so long because I was practicing my free motion quilting in hopes of stippling E's quilt. After some practice and practice and practice, I just didn't feel confident enough to try it yet. Maybe in a few months! Two more quilts to finish...

 E's angel beautifully made by my Aunt B. 

E's Ginny doll given to her by Vicki (my dad's wife) who collects Ginny dolls.

This week I am working on some luggage tags. I made these a couple years ago for Christmas gifts. They make a perfect place to put a gift card!  The pattern is by Studio Cherie on etsy. 
Work in progress... 

Here are some finished ones from a couple years ago.

The cold weather is setting in and my garden is turning brown. S and I planted a bean this year for fun called Christmas lima bean. The plant grew but we only got a few beans. I let them dry on the plant so we could save them for winter soup. I have enough to make a tiny bowl for a mouse!
O'well! It was so fun opening them to discover the lovely colors inside. Next spring, we'll try again and plant more and earlier this time!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Gathered Round Basket

I've been giddy making these gathered round baskets by A Spoonful of Sugar. Click here for the free tutorial. The project is simple and quick! I started out making ones for Halloween candy using spooky Halloween fabric. Then I decided to make ones for my daughters' rooms to put their ponytail holders. (Their bathroom was being taken over by hair accessories.) This one is for S's room. I decided to make this one using vintage bed sheet fabric in colors that go with her new room. Because the bed sheet is 50% polyester, it works great for this project. The polyester gives the basket a little more shape and strength than the 100% cotton fabric.
Try it when you feel the need to start a new project and actually finish it! 
Sweet and simple!

So, I've been working on the girls' rooms off and on all summer and fall. Here are some pictures of S's room almost complete. Beware: lots of pictures...

Favorites from her collection of Golden Books. Some are from when I was a little girl. 

Shelves and It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood quilt. The little plastic figures are nursery rhyme characters by Marx, a toy company from the 60s.

Quilts on a cute, little quilt rack I found at Savers. 

 An angel on S's headboard made by my aunt. Love the colors!

S reading Big Nate with Curious George and Sock Monkey.

Those are some of the highlights from S's room. One major missing highlight is her wall quilt. Remember this? I have yet to quilt and bind it. Any ideas? When it's finished I plan to hang it above her bed. And E's room is coming along nicely. I hope to post pictures from her room soon. Colors are very different - purples and blues!

I am linking up with Canoe Ridge Creations, Lilly's Quilts and Funky Polkadot Giraffe. 

Happy sewing! 






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