Wednesday, November 21, 2012

S's Quilt

S's quilt is done! What a wonderful thing to be able to say. Her quilt is up on her wall above her bed. Maybe the display of quilt blocks and colors will seep into her dreams and turn her into a quilter someday. Here are some pictures:
The quilt blocks are Granny Square quilt blocks by Blue Elephant Stitches. There's a great tutorial here.
The pillowcase was mine when I was a little girl. Really neat to have S using it now all these years later. And I was lucky to find the matching bed sheet at Savers in great condition!

Really happy with the way the binding turned out.

 Here is a bad picture of the quilt back so you can see how I did the quilting.

Remember this Waste Knot quilt way back when I first started blogging? In fact, it was a year ago this month! Well, it's still here, unfinished and waiting... I can't seem to figure out what to do about the center. I have two pinks so I think I might add another green. I would love to add black but I think it might be too much for this quilt. I tried a block with several colors but that was a flop. Ideas?

I'm loving Savers still but I don't get there as much as I once did now that I'm working at a quilt store. I try not to miss out on the 50% off days that occur every couple months or so. This is my latest and greatest find - some cowboy Moda fabric from 1997. A great selection and a ton of it that would make a great quilt for my dad (someday) who collects Marx cowboy figures.

And on the same day, I found these wonderful 30s repro fabrics in black, red, purple, and yellow! I love these small prints and after doing my Waste Knot quilt my collection was really low. I haven't been able to find much of the black color so I was super excited! These were a great find for me and at an incredible price. And they were all pre-washed! What a blessed day!

My Mouse in Hammock ornament is coming along. I should be finished by the end of the month as planned. I had a terrible cold last week that ended up in some sort of infection. Needless to say, I was out of it all week. Here are some samples waiting to be finished. For the pattern, I am including a few pictures of finished ones in different styles - traditional, vintage, and modern. Please check back for the completed pattern which will be listed on my etsy shop. Everyone needs a sleeping mouse in a hammock on their Christmas tree. 

I am linking up to WIP over at Freshly Pieced and We Did It! at Sew Much Ado.

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Friday, November 2, 2012

Three Projects...

I have been working on luggage tags for the upcoming holiday season! They are great to have on hand as gifts for friends, teachers and co-workers. They are meant to hold business cards but I slide gift cards into them for an extra special gift. The awesome tutorial is by Studio Cherie over at etsy.

Sorry, I didn't add the ribbon yet! I use a 1/2" grosgrain ribbon in a matching color with a 1/4" satin ribbon. For masculine ones (none pictured but I made one for my son's french horn case with black music fabric), I use twine. The grommets are large size from Joann Fabrics and really easy to do with the kit.

I have received requests over the past year about a tutorial for my "mouse in hammock" ornaments here. I am busy working on one in hopes of having something out by the end of the month. 
If you've ever tried writing a tutorial, you realize how much work goes into it that never shows up in the finished piece. So much time... and a few headaches... Right now I need to figure out how to get the pattern pieces onto my document. Regardless, I can't wait to present the "Mouse in Hammock" tutorial. Please check back for information. At this point, I am thinking of listing the ornament in my esty shop. 

The cold weather brings out my knitting projects. The idea of sitting in front of a fire drinking hot coco, knitting, and watching my favorite show sounds so nice and so grandma-ish! What can I say? I'm an old spirit stuck in a young-ish body. This pattern is called Easy Lace Pattern from the book "Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders." At first, the pattern, with all its yarn overs, was driving me crazy! I kept adding a stitch every few rows and it's not easy to fix mistakes on this one. Ripping out rows and crying...  A friend advised me to mark my rows. So, I put markers after each 12 stitch pattern and voila! I love the pattern now! Isn't it funny how a simple solution can make a world of difference? I was ready to throw in the towel and never attempt anything again that had the word "lace" in it. Not anymore!
I found this Malabrigo yarn at the store I work at part time. Aren't the colors great! 

I am linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Happy sewing and knitting! 

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