Projects from my patterns!

Over the last few months I've sewn up a few different projects using my patterns. Some of these are from classes that I taught locally, and some are samples for local shops!

First up, some pillows!
The original pillows that I made for my Gathering Place pattern were done in a Christmas print:

Christmas Gathering Place Pillows

For one pillow I gathered the side panel and created a scalloped edge:

Christmas Gathering Place Pillows

On the other pillow I did some pintucking on the side panel and a zig zag edge:

Christmas Gathering Place Pillows

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Next I created a set of pillows in batik. These are samples in a local shop:

Batik Gathering Place Pillows

On this pillow I combined a gathered side panel and a curved edge. I let the batik print dictate the curve on this one:

Batik Gathering Place Pillows

This is probably me favorite of them all! For this pillow I combined
 the pintucked side panel and a zig zag edge:

Batik Gathering Place Pillows

I quilted the backs with straight lines. It goes so well with both of these batiks!

Batik Gathering Place Pillows

The last of the pillows is this Halloween set. I used these to teach a local class last fall:

Halloween Gathering Place Pillows

I wanted to have a little fun with these, so I tried to create a "monster teeth" edge on this pillow, combined with a pintucked side panel:

Halloween Gathering Place Pillows

On the second pillow I created a small, tight zig zag with a gathered side panel:

Halloween Gathering Place Pillows

On the pillow backs I combined straight line quilting with a few lines of zig zag stitch. It adds a fun touch, I think!

Halloween Gathering Place Pillows

The other pattern that I used recently is the Hexie Chains quilt pattern. I love this pattern, for so many reasons! It sews up really quickly, is a great way to use some prints in larger chunks,  and is really fun to quilt! I used a layer cake for this quilt - the pattern calls for 44 hexagons, so I had to cut an extra 2 from a fat quarter. The background is Essex yarn dyed linen - it was SO easy to work with, even with all of the bias edges!

Hexie Chains Quilt in Blueberry Park

On the back I used a bunch of prints from my stash:

Hexie Chains Quilt in Blueberry Park

In the linen background areas I quilted simple wavy lines and in each hexagon I quilted a different design:
Hexie Chains Quilt in Blueberry Park

For the thin blue border I went with a simple zig zag for the quilting:

Hexie Chains Quilt in Blueberry Park

If you've sewn something from any of my patterns or tutorials, I would love to see it! I'd like to write a post featuring all of your projects! The fastest way to reach me is by email (Quiltygirl AT gmail DOT com), so feel free to send over a few pictures of your projects!

The last of the Christmas gifts!

When I was in Seattle last fall I found a great Echino print that reminded me so much of one of my best friends. I grabbed a 1/2 yard cut, not knowing what I'd do with it. I must have had pillows on the mind this year, because that's what I decided on! (Plus, a pillow is like an awesome mini quilt without the question of "what to do with it?"!)

Here's the back of the pillow, where I used the Echino print uncut:

Echino Pillow for Steph

Want to see that funky quilting up close? (This is stitch #112 on my Janome Horizon, which I used as is and mirrored.)

Echino Pillow for Steph

For the front of the pillow, I cut 1 of each of the framed animals and bordered them in a bright solid. Then I pieced those with some linen and added some straight line quilting!

Echino Pillow for Steph

For my friend's two boys I made stuffed animal sleeping bags. To keep them from looking to childish (her boys prefer rough and tumble to cutesy), I used 2 alligator prints. The light green flannel is from Connecting Threads (who, by the way, has the SOFTEST flannel EVER. I prewash all of my fabric, and this stuff is AMAZING! And cheap!) and the dark green cotton is from Ed Emberley's Happy Drawing line. I didn't use a pattern for these, but they were really easy to whip up! Though I am now tempted to buy this pattern, as it includes a built in pillow!

Softie Sleeping Bags!

I was really happy with how these turned out, and they have made it onto my list of children's gift ideas. In some way I find these to be "practical". I suppose because they are used with toys that children already have? Either way, they are lots of fun to make and "use"!

Softie Sleeping Bags!

I'll be back in the next day or two with a little giveaway!

And with that, I must go back to picking off all of the paper foundations on my sister's wedding quilt....wish me luck!

Japanese-y Pillows

When we moved to upstate NY last year we knew 4 people. My husband had become really close friends with a coworker in Seattle, who was from upstate NY and left Seattle to move back to NY just months before our move! We also knew our friend's wife and 2 sons, although not very well.
Matt moved out to NY ahead of me and Addy, and stayed with our friend and his family. They were so helpful to him, and very welcoming! Once Addy and I were moved to NY, we all began spending a lot of time together. Nearly all of our holidays include dinner at their house, and they love Addy as if she was their grandchild! They are the closest thing we have to family out here!

I wanted to do something special for them for Christmas, and my first instinct was a quilt. I had shown them the wedding quilt (that I'm still working on) for my sister's wedding, and they loved the design. Our friends are Japanese, and they thought that my design had a very Japanese feel to it. Unfortunately, I didn't have time to make them a quilt. (Christmas of 2013, right?)

I had more or less settled on making them some large, new throw pillows for their living room, but couldn't decide on a design. Then one day I glanced over at a fat quarter set that I had picked up from Purl Soho a few months ago, and I *knew* what to do!

I wanted to chop the prints up so that the pillows were a simple patchwork of 2" squares. That small, simple patchwork has a very Japanese feel to me. (Finished size is 20" square.)

Japanese-y Pillows!

I kept the quilting simple as well with some straight lines 1/4" from the seam lines.

Japanese-y Pillows!

For the backing I splurged on some yarn-dyed linen blend in "denim" (to me, that cloth just oozes Japanese!):

Japanese-y Pillows!

And I finished the pillows off with (sort of) invisible zips!

Japanese-y Pillows!

I really love how they turned out, and I think they were well received! Our friends thought that several of the prints had a Japanese-y feel to them, which was a bonus, since I was winging it a bit!

These pillows reminded me that sometimes it's the simple things in life. They were pretty quick to create, and so simple to stitch up. And yet I was smitten with them the instant they were finished, and they are being very well loved by their new owners!

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!

Christmas Sewing!

I have a few handmade Christmas gifts to share, but I'm going to start with some custom work! A few years ago I created these family tree quilts, and a friend of mine really loved them. This year she asked me to make a similar family tree for her Mom.

Family Tree Quilt

Here are a few close ups of the hand-embroidered details:

Family Tree Quilt

Family Tree Quilt

On the back I included a blank label, which my friend personalized for her Mom:

Family Tree Quilt - Back

This second custom was a request by my college roomie. She and her fiance are very involved in Barfleet, so she asked me to create a pillow containing their logo. I'm really happy with how it turned out, and she let me know that he loved it too! (The pictures are of the pillow cover. It was much cheaper to send her the cover, which she then stuffed with a 16" pillow form.)

Barfleet Pillow

I appliqued the logo with a narrow satin stitch (red is SO hard to photograph, and we had several cloudy days in a row-not a great combo for photos!):

Barfleet Pillow

The pillow back is all red with a grey zipper. After I took these pictures I added a white label to the pillow back, which my friend personalized for her fiance!

Barfleet Pillow - Back

On another quilting note, this was a really excited week for me. I found out that my Funky Dresden Pillow tutorial was the winner in the Home Decor category of Handmade with Love over at Pink Chalk Studio!
To top off the week, both of the quilts that I submitted to QuiltCon were selected! I can't wait to see them hanging in Austin!

One of my personal goals for 2013 is to decide which direction I would like to take my quilting. This little bit of good news will definitely help to motivate me!

I will be back in the next few days to share the gifts that I made for my family. Until then, have a Happy New Year!