Saturday, December 21, 2013

Hip Holiday Christmas Pillow

Sometimes a good deal on fabric comes along and I just can't help myself! I bought 1/2 yd cuts of the Hip Holiday line (Blend Fabrics) at Sprightly Fabrics for $5.25 a yard! Not a clue what I would use it for but I really liked the retro car with a tree on top. Reminds me of my youth, making the trek in the woods to find and cut down a Christmas tree and tying it to the top of a station wagon.  I made some oven mitts and hot pads with the fabric for some of my friends (pic below), but needed a gift for my bestie who does not cook much at all.  So, after some web searching I came across this pillow on Thermoweb and made it this afternoon, with a few changes (mainly to the back). A retro Merry Christmas!
Front - appliqued car
Back - strips & pinwheels
hot pad & oven mitt gifts

Friday, December 13, 2013

Table Topper

After years of not being "in charge" of gift giving to my in-laws, (hubby's responsibility) I thought I would make my MIL this table topper for her round kitchen table. Janice (MIL) is a great seamstress and has made my girls several dresses in their younger years. I especially liked the dresses when I picked out the material:) Well, this isn't about dresses...

I used Blitzen Moda fabric by Basic Grey, a Sidekick ruler and a 2 1/2 inch diamond stripper (Marti Michell). I liked the diamond stripper for the trimmed points, made it really easy to line up the seams. I really liked the Sidekick because it gave me a good visual for lining up the fabric just right.  Here are a few pics, partly pieced and finished. The red arrow in the first pic points to the diamond stripper template.

There is a pattern available - Rock Candy by Jaybird Quilts, but given the experience I have had of using the diamonds with triangles, I made it without the pattern.

Straight line machine quilting in a diamond pattern

Thursday, December 5, 2013

A Christmas Quilt Finish

I have put most of my Christmas shopping on hold so I could finish this quilt. My first decoration of the season (I know I'm slow!), getting a fresh tree on Friday! Living in the Northwest (Seattle area), how can you not have a fresh tree. I had several artificial trees - ok, three - while living in Utah. I must say, you can't be that fresh pine forest smell, it just puts you in the Christmas mood :)


machine quilting horizontal alternating blocks w/ vertical

Pillows to match! 21" x 21"

Pattern is from Fat Quarterly Issue 11
Yuletide Twist
Fabric is Joy - Moda

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Baby Quilt



Straight line quilting

This quilt is from a pattern in Quilty magazine, Jul/Aug 2013 issue.  The fabric is Enchant (Riley Blake), Twice as Nice (Riley Blake) and a white w/ green polka dot background on the back.  The gray fabric is Bella Gray (Moda).  I will be listing this quilt on Etsy soon for $130, so if you are interested before I list leave me a message on this post.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Christmas Table Runner


My best friend LOVES Christmas, so this year I made her this sweet table runner.  She loves it, I used a pattern from the book Angles with Ease and lengthened it,  fabric used is Moda Kate Spain.  FMQ is small stippling on the white, figure eights on the trees. The trunks are Kona Cappuccino.

Friday, October 18, 2013

A quilt for Shannon

I used blues and oranges mostly from my stash to make this quilt. The pattern is from the book Angles With Ease by Heather Peterson. I machine quilted it with a small stipple on the white areas and clamshells on the star blocks. It is one of my favorite quilts I have made.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Gluten-free cupcakes

I have 2 Celiac daughters, so when Birthday time comes around I am scrambling for a decent cake that doesn't have that muffin texture and gritty after taste. I have tried Pamela's Vanilla Cake Mix, like it for a white cake but not overly excited about it and the price ($7.50)! I decided to try Betty Crocker Gluten Free Chocolate mix and made cupcakes. Much to my surprise, these were AWESOME! Party guests couldn't tell they were GF. I made my own buttercream frosting and added a few tablespoons of Hershey's Syrup. Delicious and gobbled up :)

A Birthday Quilt

I made this quilt for my Daughter. She turned 23 this year and picked out a pattern on Moda Bake Shop. I wasn't loving it too much so I added borders. She also wanted grays and yellows. All the fabric came from my stash and includes Moda 23, Noteworthy, Comma, & PB&J

Tuesday, April 16, 2013