Saturday, December 21, 2019

Flamingo Santa

This is a nightlight, so it's more of a decoration akin to the mini-fireplace from two years ago than an ornament, but I wasn't about to pass up something that lights up, was on sale, and was a shaped like a flamingo. I strung it with garland, attached some colored bulbs, and glued on a Santa hat, and despite this lack of much fabrication effort on my part, it is by far my most exciting contribution to the Ornament Exchange this year.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Disney Princess Bags

I bought this remnant of Disney princess fabric awhile ago and never used it for anything. Since we were taking another family trip to Florida again this year, I decided to make little treat bags as souvenirs for the girls. Each is personalized with a letter charm as a zipper pull.

Finished size: 7.5"W x 5.5"H x 1.5"D

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Minnie Mouse Bag

When I made Claire's princess bag, I also made a mini princess bag. The fabric I used for Lucy's Moana bag didn't really lend itself to a small version, so I made her a mini Minnie bag. She has recently developed a love for "Mimmie," as she calls her.

Finished size: 9" W at top, 5.5" W at bottom, 5.5" H, 3.5" D

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Moana Bag

Lucy loves Moana. It was time to make her a bag to match Claire's princess bag, so Moana was the obvious choice. I tried to make it as similar to Claire's as possible, but it came out a little larger due to the design of the fabric.

Finished size: 12"W x 10"H x 5"D

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Gingerbread Stockings

These gingerbread stockings will be for my twin nieces. Despite making a stocking for Claire and Lucy each year at my sister's request, I haven't made any for the twins.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Christmas Stockings in July

A year or two ago, I bought a bunch of Christmas fat quarters. I planned to make them into stockings last year but just ran out of steam, so when motivation struck in July to make a bunch of stockings, I took advantage of it. Now I'm planning little Christmas packages to mail to friends.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Unicorn Bed Sign

After making Claire a tooth holder for her bed, I knew I needed to make something for Lucy too since they both just got new beds.

Finished size: 6" x 7.5"

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Tooth Fairy Door Hanger

Claire has a loose tooth! She is very excited. This happened a bit sooner than my sister expected, so they did not yet have a tooth fairy pillow. I do not enjoy stuffing things, so instead I made a hanger with a pocket that she can put on her bed post. She is hoping the tooth fairy will bring her My Little Ponies instead of money, so I was glad I had recently picked up this sea pony fabric on clearance, though the pocket isn't really big enough for a pony. I used iron-on letters for her name. I was worried they'd be finicky, but they adhered nicely.

Finished size: 5" x 7"

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Velcro Pouches

A few years ago, I made a pouch for my mom's keys. I saw it recently, and it looked a little worse for the wear, so I decided to make her a new one out of the same fabric from my new water bottle tote.

Finished size: 3.75" x 4.75"

Saturday, June 15, 2019

New Water Bottle Tote

I saw this fabric and loved the colors and design. It was a heavier weight that would be perfect for a new water bottle holder. It turns out my water bottle tote is nearly nine years old! No wonder it was a looking a little worn. (I've since gotten a new bottle and some silicone straws.) Since I wasn't converting a pre-existing bag, I did have to attach handles to this one, but it was not particularly hard. The circumference of the bag was 12" so the math was not difficult either, though this one did come out a bit taller.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

New Wave Quilt

When I came across the pattern for the unicorn quilts, I also came across the New Wave quilt. It seemed like a good design for one set of fabrics on my 2019 quilt goals. I made a few tweaks. I wanted to get more wedges out of a single fat quarter, so instead of using the template, I made my wedges 2" on the short end, 5" on the wide end, and 8" across. Surprisingly, I was able to piece the front entirely out of my stash, though some fabrics show up more frequently than others. The blues don't all quite match each other, but with the white sashing in between, they blend well enough.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Unicorn Doll Quilts

I was looking for something else when I came across Elizabeth Hartman's Lisa the Unicorn pattern, but once I saw it, I knew it would have to take precedence over my 2019 quilt goals because of course it was perfect for my nieces. My sister emphasized the doll size quilt because they do not need any more stuff. Using 2.5" strips, the pattern resulted in blocks way larger than that, so I scaled it back to 1.25" strips. 

Claire initially wanted pink, purple, and teal, then changed her mind to rainbow, though I still emphasized pink/purple in my rainbow layout. I had to make two anyway, so I made one of both. The only thing I had to buy was a fat quarter of teal fabric because my stash is lacking in teal. I probably would've made the background blue for both if I'd had enough fabric, but I was otherwise using what I had on hand.  

You can see they did not turn out exactly the same. Clearly something went wrong in my adapted measurements, and the ear strips differ, as do the horns. I had the perfect unicorn fabric for the back, and used my trusty silver dots to bind them. 


Finished size: 16" x 20"

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Fabric Photo Book #2

We took a family trip to Florida when my oldest niece turned one, so of course we did the same thing when her sister turned one. Naturally, I had to make a fabric photo book for Lucy too. It's pretty much just like the one I made for Claire. I had hoped to make it purple, but I could only find a Minnie patch with a red bow, so I bought red polka dot fabric instead. 

Finished size: 9" x 9"

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Goals

In 2018, I set rather achievable (i.e., "low") goals. Fortunately, I was able to meet them, and even exceed them by completing a few more quilts. This year I upped my goals from two quilts to three:

Goal 1: A quilt with this fox fabric:

Originally I bought this fabric as a potential quilt backing for my second pink triangle quilt, but I didn't end up needing it for that. I have already purchased a selection of coordinating fabrics, but haven't made further plans. Update: Completed! May 2020.

Goal 2: A quilt with these two fabrics, which are only fat quarters, and various other green and blue fabrics from my stash:

It will pose a bit of a problem that they are only fat quarters, and thus it will require more supplementation than my stash can provide on its own, especially since I don't have much blue. I have a lot of green fabric, and while most will match these fabrics, they won't all coordinate with each other. I am thinking possibly another hexagon quilt. Or more triangles. Update: Completed! April 2019.

Goal 3: A rainbow quilt with this fabric:

I have four fat quarters of this fabric, and at least a yard of each of nine solids that I bought when Joann's was having a really big sale. It will likely be a design similar to my previous rainbow quilt, but with less white.

I still have a lot of 2" strip, but I don't feel inspired to make a string quilt an actual goal this year. I'm not ruling out another quilt of 2.5" squares, but that would require cutting into my stash to restock my box of squares first.
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