Wednesday, December 29, 2010

just what I needed

mod sampler top
Originally uploaded by JasonsMum
Myra's challenge to finish up Projects that are Half Done over the next six months, is just what I needed. I'm so excited to have come upon this PhD challenge and am looking forward to seeing everyone's progress.
Here's my list of 6 PhDs that I hope to finish:
first one is my Mod Sampler.
pattern: QAL hosted by Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson!
from it, I learned the basics of cutting and piecing.
status: backing almost finished piecing, then quilting and binding.

second one is my Hazel Ilene Diary quilt.
pattern: QAL hosted by Shelly Pagliai; Flickr pool found here.
status: blocks are done except the setting blocks, then to finish piecing, quilting and binding. this pic only shows half of the blocks.

quilt layout

Third is Joanne of Thread Head's QAL.
Pattern/info can be found here.
status: we're still making the blocks but will complete it over the winter months. Come join the fun! I don't have a group shot of the blocks completed so far but this is one design:
Thread Head QAL - block 2

Fourth is my A Tisket, A Tasket, 12 Months of Baskets.
pattern: QAL hosted by Bunny Hill Designs. Flickr pool found here.
status: have all but 3 blocks done, then the piecing together yet to do and quilting and binding.

Fifth is my baby pinwheel quilt.
pattern: found at Moda Bake Shop here.
status: yet to quilt and bind.
baby pinwheel quilt top

And lastly, is a very bright pinwheel and star quilt being made for my son.
pattern: kind of winging it, but alot of the block patterns are from a pinwheel QAL hosted by Rachel Griffith. Flickr pool found here.
status: a few blocks yet to do, then the sashing and quilting and binding.
pinwheel/star quilt

I really hope to get these done in the coming months. Some I may take to a long-arm quilter to just get'er done. I'm looking forward to watching everyone's progress on their PhD's!
Happy sewing everyone in 2011! ♥

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

more gifts

For these fun notebook covers, I used this tutorial by Deanna of Wedding Dress Blue. I just varied the closures a bit. Deanna's instructions are great so it's easy to do. I think they make a nice, useful gift for someone.
My two year old daughter loved this owl fabric so thought it would be a fun scribble pad for her.

For this set for my sister, I used the gathered clutch tutorial by Anna of Noodlehead. It was the first time I'd added covered tabs to the ends of a zipper and I really like the outcome. I just added a strap to make it like a wristlet.
I didn't put pockets inside, so for added stability, I used batting. Think it should provide protection for her i-phone, camera, etc. this way. I quilted the back a bit.

For this little crayon roll-up for my daughter, I used this tutorial by Lindsey of Pleated Poppy.
Fun and fast to make up.
It's a little tight for fat, toddler crayons but would be perfect for regular ones.

I had so much fun making these little projects up. A big thanks to all those wonderful bloggers out there that are so creative and inspiring and freely give of their knowledge and talents. It's so appreciated!

ornaments and mug rugs

Here's a few ornaments I made in December. A few I kept and hung on doorknobs throughout the house. I liked that, so want to make more. I had to give the gingerbread guy away because my two year old was quite distressed with him...she kept bringing me fabric to 'patch' him up with, lol!
The tutorial for this half eaten gingerbread man can be found here.

For the muslin I used in these, I tea dyed it. Thought it made them softer, warmer looking.

The backs:

This mug rug my nine year old son made. I just did the cutting for him. He did the rest, designing and stitching it. We omitted the binding so it was easier for him.

These I had fun making. The colors aren't accurate here but they are away in the mail now so I can't do a retake of them. Doing the bit of hand stitching made me realize how I miss hand work; need to do more of that this coming year.

I love this fun print for the backs. Thought it would make them reversible when one side gets dirty.

And another one with a matching ornament.

So that's a few of the things made for Christmas. I have a few more to show in my next post. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas holiday!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Still can't believe it! Wow, I'm so thrilled! I won Linda's giveaway and got to pick which beautiful Santa I wanted. I've done that kind of work before, with beads and counted cross stitch on perforated paper, and know it entails many hours. It was so hard to decide but eventually I chose the top one, Saint Nick. And he's already at my house, hanging on the tree! He's so perfectly stitched; just beautiful. I love him! Plus Linda included a lovely card and gorgeous green fat quarter. Thank you so much, Linda!!♥ I feel so lucky to have won this wonderful giveaway! Thank you, thank you!♥