November 18, 2011

Deck the Walls

Buy one from Pine Needles in Salt Lake City

I am already aiming high to try to finish my table runner and tree skirt. If I get so lucky to be productive and on the ball, I would like to try my hand in piecing.  I have avoided piecing for awhile now, but after the Sewing Summit, I feel like I have the confidence to try!  We will see if it actually happens this year!! 

Christmas Table Runner

Yesterday I said how much I want to make my own tree skirt. I also have wanted to make this table runner for several years.  I will be using different fabric than Figgy Pudding and will probably have to make my runner a bit smaller.  I bought letter so I can trace out the words I want to use.  Updates coming soon!!  You can make your own too - find the tutorial here.

Christmas Tree Skirt

I have been saying for years that I am going to make my own tree skirt.  Well, last year's skirt did not hold up, so I either make one or buy one. I decided now is the time to try new things and to get the tree skirt I want.

I have bought linen and I am thinking about using a patchwork border.  On the linen around the circle I think I want to do trees and Sawtooth Stars.

Know what a sawtooth star is:

This star is taken from a tutorial on purl soho

I haven't decided if I want to use blocked trees - like this:

I made this last year for a swap.  I didn't design the pattern, but I have lost the tutorial to give proper credit!

Or just a solid fabric tree:

Whatever I decide to do, as long as I actually make one in time to go around the tree will be amazing!

I will post pics if it happens!!

Christmas Gifts

I can't post some of the work I have done since they are Christmas Gifts but I can post the fabrics I used, right???  I won't list who they are for either, although it is really hard for me not to.  I don't keep gifts a secret very easily and almost explode to give the gift to people before the holidays or birthdays. 

Quilt One:

The photo is blurry but you can get the idea.  I didn't want it be super small!! 

Quilt Two:

I am using an orange fabric but I can't remember what line the fabric is from.  The orange is actually a patterned fabric so it adds a little to the quilt and a punch with all the other solids. I will have to ask my friend who helped me select the fabrics.

The top fabric is from the Circa 60 line.  LOVE that line and so does my husband.  He has some other fabrics from the line waiting to be made into a quilt just for him and a messenger bag for his school books.

The funny thing is I ended up loving the quilt I am working on with the Circa 60 print, that I am making my husband and me one too!!  The only problem is which one of us will get to lay under it!!

I am working on one more quilt but I can't post even the fabric. If I did the person I am making it for would instantly know it was for them.  After Christmas, I promise!!

Post Sewing Summit Swap

After the Sewing Summit, there seemed to be an unending pool of energy and inspiration.  Liz from Goddess in Progress decided we should take advantage of that and do a swap.  I signed up nervous to make for someone from the Sewing Summit, which had an unending supply of creative women.  In a funny twist, I received Valerie from Between Quilts and she received me.  My camera took such dark photos so I am going to use her photos so you can see the pretty, vibrant fabrics.  You can see her post here too!

Here is what I made her from Joel Dewberry Heirloom Fabrics with Orange Kona Solid.
I included a small pouch from RK Cupcake material and 2 fat quarters of Hullabaloo.  I love that line!!  I also love the Joel Dewberry.  How could you not?  I also included a produce bag from Daisy Jane's pattern.  Valerie had already placed the bag with her shopping bags.

Here is what I received:

Jealous?  I bet you are!!  I remember when this was posted in the Flickr group. I wanted it to be mine but I didn't even think about hoping it would be.  When I opened the box I was thrilled.  I had said in my likes before the swap that I LOVED bright colors and she listened. I haven't done much with this mini quilt but stare and pet it.  I am selecting a place to hang the mini quilt in my craft room, so I can always look at it for inspiration and creativity.

Thank you so much Valerie!!  I can't even find words to describe how much I love it. Plus, you have encouraged me to not be afraid to try some circles soon!!

Sew Serendipity

Tomorrow is the big day!!  I will get to meet Kay Whitt from Sew Serendipity.  She is doing a book signing at my friend Kelly's Fabric Shop, Stitch-N-Lounge.  I am taking her latest book, Sew Serendipity Bags.  If you haven't had a chance to see the book yet, it has some pretty adorable bags in it.  I can't wait to meet her. 

Stay tuned this week with some updates from my latest projects..... and there are quite a few.  Also, I will be posting the swap item I received from my awesome partner Valerie, from Between Quilts.  You will be jealous!!

November 3, 2011

Sewing Summit Post-Swap

I finally mailed out my Post Summit Swap package. I have had it done since Monday but we have had some drama with my the tune of $2800.  This car better run another 5 to 6 years!!!  You had to either make a zippered pouch or a doll sized quilt. I made a zippered pouch.  Here are some photos, they are a bit dark:

I included some extras.  Another small zippered pouch, 2 hullabaloo fat quarters and a produce bag made from the Daisy Jane pattern. 

Hope she likes it!!
Hits Since January 9, 2009!

Free Hit Counter by Pliner.Net