Blog news and Christmas sewing!

I'm a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I've spent the last 9 days working on my blog. I decided to buy my domain name, and it is now officially all set up! Feel free to continue to visit my blogspot address if that's easier, it will simply redirect you to my domain now!


Yay, it works!!

And now, on to the good stuff!

This year for Christmas I decided to make zip pouches for everyone in our family. I even made pouches for the guys, and they all seem to genuinely like them!

For the men, I made simple solid colored pouches with some basic quilting on them. Inside each pouch I included a first aid kit and a travel bottle of ibuprofen.

Christmas 2012 Gifts!

I had a little more fun with the girly pouches! In these pouches I included a lip gloss and some tea.

Christmas 2012 Gifts!

For our parents I also made some quilted placemats. I dug into my Flea Market Fancy for these, and I'm so glad that I did! I love how they turned out, and it was so nice to use up some of my stash that I'd been holding onto for something special. I used a 1/2 yd of 10 different prints for these.

Christmas 2012 Gifts!

Christmas 2012 Gifts!

Each placemat is made in a different colorway with two different prints separated by a dark brown strip. I quilted the strips with dense, straight line quilting. I then quilted each colored print with a different free motion design.

Christmas 2012 Gifts!

Christmas 2012 Gifts!

Christmas 2012 Gifts!

Christmas 2012 Gifts!

Lastly, I stitched up this pillow for my step-dad's birthday. His birthday was actually a few weeks before Christmas, but I was behind on my sewing for the holidays, so I finished it up just in time to send off with the Christmas gifts!

Christmas 2012 Gifts!

My step-dad loves elephants. I thought this print was quite appropriate with the smaller elephant "kids" and the larger elephant adults. :)
To make the pillow a bit less juvenile, I paired the elephant print with a bit of the new Kona Iron (which is officially my fav kona color now!) and a dark blue shot cotton. Some straight line quilting finished the pillow off nicely!

Christmas 2012 Gifts!

On the back I used the elephant print and straight line quilting, and I finished the pillow with an invisible zipper.

Christmas 2012 Gifts!

My mom tells me that my step-dad loves his pillow, so I'm sure it has a place of honor in his favorite chair!

Purple and Grey Goodness!

Last year I made this mini quilt for my coffee table. We've been using it ever since then, and I really like it. It adds a bit of color to the room and it's a great coaster/table mat! Unfortunately that means that it will get dirty...and get dirty it did. I tossed the mini quilt into the wash a few weeks ago and was quite disappointed to see that it shrunk up about 1" in both directions! It still "worked", but I was unhappy that a once perfected-fitted mini was now an odd-ball size. (The center of our coffee table/ottoman has a wooden table area with a lip around it, as seen below. I made the mini to fit exactly within this area...until recently!)
9-Patch Mini
So I made a new mini! This time I made it about 1" larger in either direction and washed it as soon as I was finished binding it. It's a tiny bit big in the width, but I'm happy with it!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
I used big chunks of some of my favorite prints, and each log is quilted in a different style from Angela Walter's book. It was a fun way to play around with different quilting styles, and I just love how it turned out!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
On the back I used a large piece of a print from Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush line and a bit of bikes by Erin McMorris (this is one of my all time favorite prints!).
Purple and Grey Goodness - back
Although there isn't a ton of the orangey-coral color in the mini, I had to use the peach bikes for binding. I love that it's such a soft color and just flows with the rest of the mini quilt!
Here's a shot of the shrunken mini stacked on top of the new mini. That's quite a bit of shrinkage for such a small quilt! (Finished size of Purple and Grey Goodness is approximately 14.75" x 20.75".)
9-Patch Mini
And here's the Purple and Grey Goodness being put to use!
Purple and Grey Goodness!
I'm digging the change from the brightly colored 9-patch mini to the more subtle hues of this mini (plus it goes swimmingly with our lavender couch!). Although I will find a home for my 9-patch mini somewhere else, I'm sure!
You know it's a win when you want to just sit and stare at your finished project! I just wish I had yardage of all of these prints to make a larger quilt now!