Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hazel Ilene QAL-block 10

Hazel Ilene QAL-block 10
Originally uploaded by JasonsMum
Another one done! woohoo! This one is called Mississippi Star Variation. I'm getting so excited to see this one come together. Just two more blocks and then we start the assembly. I'm seriously thinking of taking this top when it's finished to a long-arm to do the quilting. It would be such a treat to see fancy quilting done on it.

And a big Thank You to Shelly of Prairie Moon Quilts for the wonderful Simple Abundance charm pack she sent me. I love the fabrics and she sent one of her patterns too. What a delightful surprise in the mail it was!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Anne Sutton's I ♥ My Pet Contest

Cheyenne & Dakota
Originally uploaded by JasonsMum
Anne Sutton of Bunny Hill Designs is having an I Love My Pet contest on her blog right now. She's giving away an incredible basket of goodies to the lucky winner.
These are my pet pics that I sent in. We have two yellow labradors and one kitty.
You only have until Aug. 14th to submit your pet pics, so send in your pics and get in on the drawing!


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

weighted pincushion organizer

I made this using Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson's wonderful tutorial on Sew, Mama, Sew! As usual, Elizabeths instructions were great; very easy to follow.
What I did differently from the pattern:
- changed up the fabric placement a bit b/c I wanted the large print on top of the cushion instead of on the bottom.
- used plastic white pellets for the weighted sack inside, instead of rice. ETA: after using it for awhile, next time will try the rice b/c with what I put in it, it's not heavy enough to hold or I've heard of using crushed walnut shells.
- used wool roving for the stuffing of the cushion instead of polyester fiberfill b/c I believe it helps pins not to rust.
- I had to piece the pocket section b/c I was using up scraps and so added the trim on the pocket while I was at it. I pieced it at the bottom of the pocket, so no visible extra seam.

I love these fabrics. They are by Howard Marcus of Moda, though I'm not sure on the two-toned cream as to who made that.
I have a few friends on my Christmas list that are sewers, so I'm likely going to be making more of these! It's so useful. That little bag can be detached too so it's great for holding scraps while cutting. And I'm sure to use it lots whenever I get back to doing cross-stitch again.
I'd highly recommend doing one of these if you love to sew.

Thanks for dropping by!