We are getting close to Christmas so this is finish is none to soon! With the arrival of our daughter this year we are finally staying home for Christmas, this means that we actually need stocking at our house this year! I decided to make our stockings this year and had a jelly roll of Aspen frost by Basic Grey in the sewing room.
I used the template from Imagine Gnats and loosely used her tutorial, but used jelly roll strips instead.
They turned out great and I am excited to use them this year. Now the hard part is deciding who gets each one!
Oh, and this another thing crossed off my Finish a long Q4 list (found here)!
I am busy working on some Christmas presents for this year, because as we all know handmade presents are the best! First on my finishes for this year’s Christmas is a pillow for my brother in law.
My bother in law loves VW vans (well so does my Husband for that matter) and has been restoring one for the last few years. I knew when I saw the Coastal cruiser by Tula Pink pattern last year that it would be perfect for him, but at the time he was living with a bunch of guys and I had a feeling that a throw pillow would not be highly appreciated. He has since moved and I was told that his living room needed some color, so I am hoping this pillow will do trick.
The van is done in raw edge applique and I hand embroidered the logo before putting it on the pillow. I love the way the colours turned out – like a van driving down the beach. The only thing I think it is missing – a surfboard on the roof!
Well, that is one more thing to cross of my Finish a long list for this year! Now onto the second pillow!
I know this quilt is a little older, but I was rearranging rooms this fall and came across it (in a sadly underused room) and fell in love all over again. The colours are so bright and happy, especially with the weather turning gloomy outside.
The fabrics are from V and Co’s Simply Color, one of the best fabric lines ever! I am hording all my scraps from this line as I don’t come across it often now.
This quilt was made as part of the In Color Order HST BOM. I think the colors work so well with this pattern and it came together wonderfully. My daughter loves all the colours and it is a great quilt to snuggle in this fall as I am in denial that winter is coming!
The quilting follows the chevrons from the backing fabric. I like the simplicity of it and how the angles in the quilting goes well with the angles in the blocks on the front of the quilt.
My local modern quilt guild decided to participate in the Modern Quilt Guild Micheal Miller fabric challenge. This is the quilt that I made for the challenge. They provided us with fat eights of 6 fabrics which are the main features in the front of my quilt. I loved the fabric with the colourful wedges and used that to inspire the start of my design with the stacked wedges.
The back of the quilt was made by piecing the scraps together into a strip and filled with Michael Miller Coral solids.
For the quilting I decided this would be a great time to try a spiral quilting. I had two designs and after a bit of debating I decided to center the spirals on the fowers on the the front and back of the quilt.
The binding took a little longer than anticipated due to our new arrival, but she makes an adorable quilt model!
I haven’t been getting much sewing done lately as the weather has finally gotten nice out! I have been getting the garden in and doing some spring cleaning around the house instead of working in the sewing room. However I have been working on getting some projects finished, and they are slowly coming together. This week I have been working on getting the quilting on a small quilt I started last month.
Now I just have to figure out how I am going to finish. I have two options I am thinking of, so hopefully I can decide between them (or I might just have to flip a coin) so I can get this project moved to the finished pile!
Linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday! I love checking out all the projects people have going on – it keeps me motivated and inspired!
A friend of mine had requested some mug rugs to give to some family members for Christmas. Well her plans changed and she ended up going to Europe to visit her Grandparents for the holidays (yay for her). In all the haste of trying to get them to her in time, I forgot to take pictures – oops. thankfully she was nice enough to take a few pictures for me before she left.
I did a few different designs, mostly whatever I felt like making when I pulled out the fabric. Thankfully they turned out okay and my friend was pleased with them! There is a mix of pieced and raw edge applique.
I am thankful I was able to finish these in time for her to take with her, and that I have a another project crossed off my WIP list and for the Finish along 2013. As an added bonus, I was also able to use up some of my scraps as well.
Happy holidays everyone! Hopefully I will get another finish in before the end of the year, but it is doubtful.
Over the summer I found out one of my coworkers was pregnant. I of course offered to make a quilt for the little one and got to work on planning. They did not find out the sex of the baby, so I had to go with a gender neutral colour scheme. Dr. Seuss is my go to for baby quilts anyways, so I just tried to keep away from too much blue and pink with the quilt.
I cut out some squares from a panel and make wonky stars to go around each panel using mostly Dr. Seuss prints I had. I then put the blocks on the design wall and started to fill in with the background around them until I had it at a size I was happy with. The top was actually finished a couple of months ago, and then life got busy. Marking started coming in and before I knew it we were almost through November. Then I remembered that the due date of this little was in mid December – uh oh. So amid the end of term marking I basted, quilted and bound this cute little quilt to insure it got to my coworker before her last exam (as I knew she couldn’t leave until then).
The quilting came together quickly with a simple stippling with random stars thrown in. I also love the contrast of the black and white in the star and binding, hopefully the baby finds it interesting as well!
Thankfully I was able to finish and gift this quilt to her the day before her students wrote the last exam of the semester.
Now that the marking is finished and the quilt is off to the soon to be parents I am crossing my fingers for a Dec. 23rd baby (that is my day in the baby pool!) and looking forward to meeting the little bundle in the New Year.
This is also my second finish for the fourth quarter of the 2013 Finish along! Yay.