Are you making gifts for the holidays? There’s a mere six weeks to get everything done!
I always make something personal for my kids’ teachers, and my oldest has a knack for asking me to make gifts for friends at the 11th hour. My solution is to keep a collection of great ideas on hand to select from at a moments notice! Thank goodness for the beautiful fabric stash :)
I shared this last week in my Quiltcast post, but it’s so packed with great gift ideas I wanted to share again-The Stitched Gifts pinterest board is full of gifts to be made for friends, moms, kids, teachers and anyone else on your list! Here’s a glimpse at the most recent pins added to the board :
It’s a board that I will continue to post to as great ideas are found online, and … Read More »
I was looking through my blog over the weekend, and realized that I never shared my finished quilt top for the #apqquiltalong project! I had a few little deadlines pop up on me and I folded up the top before I got it posted here – sorry! My quilt measures 75″ x 93″ – which is a great size, and it would be simple to add or subtract blocks to make it the size you would like to snuggle with!
Making this quilt has been a journey! I will mention that using an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance makes all the difference in these blocks, with so many seams, it would be easy to have problems.
Thankfully, my quilt top lays flat! It’s not a difficult quilt to make, I suggest anyone that wants to make one to go … Read More »
The best part of swapping online, is the surprise in the mail! I love the mini that Jenn made for me!
Special prints, adorable maverik stars, and fabulous quilting. What more could a girl want!?
Jenn also included an adorable mug rug, and needle card – I’m scouting out the perfect spots for each of these special pieces around our home.
Thanks Jenn! I know I haven’t been the easiest to sew for – I appreciate all the thought and work that you put into it.
Accuquilt is looking for their next Barn Quilt! Click the graphic for details about how to enter and what you could win!
I may have already entered a block ;)
Hope you are having a great day –
I’m late in posting today, I had to wash my mini, and bring out all the texture!
Love those crinkles!
All the geese are pretty close to perfect, and the differing sizes were a fun puzzle to put together.
I think my favorite part is the binding! I had to stop myself from adding it to the quilt top, and I’m so glad I did. It pulls it all together, and is a nice bit of symbolism, since it is a swap quilt.
I have another mini in mind, to keep for myself.
What are you working on today?
Last week I shared a photo of my cut pieces, and left you hanging…sorry about that! I did post a few photos via Instagram (I’m amyscreativeside) and I’m really liking where the quilt is headed.
I’ve been on a flying geese kick lately, and the inspiration given, by my secret partner, lent itself to the stacking of like objects. I worked out 2″, 4″ and 6″ wide geese, and enjoyed piecing the little bits. If flying geese are an enigma for you, I shared a tutorial in this post, they are fun to make!
My kitchen floor is usually the design floor, but for all these little pieces (started with 134, ended with 106 geese!), I had a brilliant idea. I pinned a piece of batting to the curtain hanging in the kitchen, and presto – … Read More »
I spent my evening with these little piles yesterday. I signed myself up for a private flickr swap, and let my ideas stew for a while, but now I’m in action mode!
I’ll share more soon!
Here’s what I had fun working on over the weekend –
Did I mention that fall is nearly over here in the mountains? The trees are looking bear, and there is a definite chill in the air; as in I have already scraped my windshield a few times!
The fabrics include a wide variety of designer cottons, that I’ve been collecting. The colors also happened to fall in my partners wish list for her pillow. I quilted the pillow cover with straight lines, in a variegated yellow from Aurifil – I didn’t want to overdo in the quilting, since there’s plenty of pattern in the fabrics and piecing.
And it looks great in our living room too! Explaining a swap to Owen (4yo) is a little tricky; he really wanted to snuggle … Read More »
This is the first round I’ve managed to participate in the Pillow Talk Swap, and I’m excited to be involved. To be perfectly honest, I haven’t even started, and barely checked in on the group as I wrote this post, BUT there are people already shipping their covers! I need to get it together…thank goodness the deadline to mail is November 1. I have a feeling I’ll need a few days to figure things out!
This is the mosaic I made for my partner –
1. DQS11 complete, 2. Close up, 3. String Quilt Pillow, 4. Crush pillow, 5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY ERIN, 6. Untitled, 7. Friendship blocks Pillow/Cushion, 8. Summer Garden embroidery – new, 9. house cushion, 10. Pillow Talk Swap 5 received, 11. Colorful Crafting with Jen: Rickie’s Sashiko Pillow, 12. Progress, 13. Pretty little … Read More »
Yesterday was a great mail day! After shipping off my swap items, I was prepared to sit back and wait a week or more to have anything show up at my door. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait long for this one!
The goal for this swap is to make something for your “sewing room”, and swap a bundle of 1 1/2 yards of fabric. I say “sewing room” because you all have seen where I sew! As I filled out the questionerre to participate in the swap, I of course mentioned that I sew at the kitchen table, and that most of my sewing space is very portable, and quickly dis-assembled.
Kiza made me a portable ironing surface – so perfect! I’ve used a towel on different surfaces in the past, just … Read More »
Hi friends! I hope you all had a great weekend! Joe and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary on Saturday, with a nice dinner out (without kids) and a little shopping! Lots of fun!
On Friday, I received some fun mail – remember the pouch I made? This is the pouch, that my partner made for me!
Actually, Holly made two pouches for me! The tall zip pouch is huge, great for lots of treasures, and the small metal framed pouch is adorable! I’ve put off putting them to use so far, as I needed to take pictures first, now I need to fill them up!
Also included in the swap, a group of fabrics, mini cards, and a graph paper moleskine.
I love the cute bit of … Read More »