Saturday, February 21, 2015

Blue and Green Boxes

I pulled these coordinating fabrics from my stash, determined to make a quilt out of them. I have a sizable stash, but it is not particularly well coordinated, so it's a challenge to make an entire quilt from my stash. Fortunately I also had a large piece of navy fabric. I also ended up adding another fabric, which, along with the beige fabric, I'd already put a dent in making pot holders last year.

I had already used the two blue prints in my blue Crazy Nine Patch. I also had another blue print left over from the Decade Quilts, but they were already cut into 2.5" x 7.5" strips so I had to incorporate that as well. Then I saw a post on Crazy Mom Quilts about her Christmas quilts, and I knew the design pictured there on the right would be just perfect.

By the time I finished the top, I remembered why I have stuck to mostly lap size quilts the last several years. It's been a while since I've made a quilt large enough that it's difficult to photograph. Can you spot the odd block in the middle?

The back doesn't really go with the front, but I was pleased I was able to piece it without buying more fabric.

New items purchased to complete this quilt: batting and a second spool of navy thread

Finished size: 52" x 77"

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Christmas Ornament Exchange 2014

Do you recognize this unicorn from Despicable Me? After I made the minion ornaments last year, Amanda decided to make a Despicable Me themed ornament as well. It's remarkable how accurate it looks! She actually made the cone herself out of Sculpey, because she couldn't find one the right size. It just cracks me up, it is so cute!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Spiral Snowflake Ornament

Though I made an ornament for my new niece, I wasn't really planning on starting Christmas ornaments for Amanda in May, but when I found this ornament tutorial I figured I might as well get started while I was motivated! The tutorial is in Russian, but the pictures are fairly easy to follow, and the "translate" button in the left column helps. With the exception of attaching the binding to the back and the button, I used my machine for the rest of the sewing. The ornament folds easily on the stitch lines, so instead of lining it with a layer of batting, I used a thin piece of cardboard to better stabilize it. I also added a button in the middle. It's approximately 4.25" in diameter.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Polyhedron Christmas Ornament

This ornament did not turn out as spherically as it should have. It also doesn't look as crisp as the one pictured in the tutorial I used. I have made this design in paper, but not as a Christmas ornament. I used fabric scraps from my hexagon quilt. It is about 3.5" in diameter.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hungary Postage Stamp Tree


One year in high school I became friends with a foreign exchange student from Hungary. After she went home, we became pen pals. I recently liberated these stamps from their envelopes, and this seemed like a good way to repurpose them. I only had enough for one side of this tree. There isn't a wide range of colors, but at least they all match thematically. While the other two stamp trees are going to Amanda, I am keeping this one for myself.

Finished size: 3.5" x 4"
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