I am thankful for my puppies Adelaide and Jackson, for a cozy apartment on a cold winter’s day, for the pumpkin cheesecake in the oven and the bread rising on the counter, for all the friends I’ll be spending my afternoon with, for the anticipation of getting a tree tomorrow, and the approaching Christmas holiday. For my friends and family near and far, and for all of you, thank you.
Two pairs of friends moved away in the last couple months and I wanted to make gifts for the both of them. Jess and Ryan left North Carolina for Portland, Oregon (a place I’d love to join them one day!) so I made them a pillow from 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars, a combination of North Carolina star and an Oregon star in blues and greens from my stash.
and backed it in a cute umbrella print I got from a friend with an exposed zipper. It fits an 18″ pillow form.
Sam and Amanda, whom I also made this quilt for, left us for Grand Rapids, Michigan so I made them a star from, as you probably guessed, part North Carolina and Michigan.The print on the border of the front, from Pat Bravo’s Indie line or Art Gallery Fabrics, is one I used in Amanda’s quilt so I pulled colors from there and mimicked the design in the quilting, too.
It’s backed in a Joel Dewberry print, has an exposed zipper, and fits a 16″ pillow form.
These are both in their new homes and I hope they will be loved very much!
I love making these stars so much. I think it might be time to make myself a pillow with them! Or maybe a small quilt of all the places I’ve lived.
For the first one, I used a red fabric I got from a friend a while back.
It might be a rayon or perhaps it’s a cotton linen? It’s slinky and ended up being hard to work with but I’m still happy with the results. I made this one just like the instructions say, making my own bias tape and using the cutout neckline option, but using french seams for the sides.
Instead of lining the upper bodice, I used store bought bias binding for the neckline and arm holes and french seams everywhere (my new favorite thing).
Riding the excitement of finishing my second, I got right to the third.
My lovely friends Sam and Amanda, who I made this quilt for last year, asked me to make a set of placemats and napkins for a wedding gift. Amanda suggested grey and mustard yellow so I set off to The Little General and got a lovely stack.
Each of the eight placemats and napkins are different. I roughly used this tutorial though I used fusible fleece, quilted the front with a variegated grey thread, and used the pillowcase method.
The placemats measure approximately 13″ by 18″ and the napkins, white on the other back sides, are 17″ square.
I wish I’d gotten better pictures but that’s what happens when you finish something 5 minutes before the deadline! Sam and Amanda loved these and had a hard time giving them away. I can only hope their friends Chris and Clair love them too! (Sam and Chris made a documentary together called Wagonmasters that’s super awesome.)
I made this quilt a few weeks back for my dear friends Philip and Aindrea who were wed in August. I’m afraid I didn’t get any good pictures of it but they loved it and that’s what’s important.
I was eager to help with decorations any way I could. Aindrea asked that I make bunting to hang along the fence at their reception so I bought a lovely stack of fabrics in peach and mint from The Little General.
I doubled the stack with fabric from my stash and figuring I had to cut every piece of fabric for the bunting anyway, I also cut squares for a quilt to give them something extra special.
I had recently seen Katherine’s lovely herringbone quilt and knew I wanted to make one like it. Adding in some various whites and pale greys from my stash, I stitched it up in no time.
It’s backed with an organic stripe from my stash and coordinating solids. I quilted it in a looping meander with mint thread, labeled it, and bound it in a light grey.
I hope they love and cherish it always.
I found this lamp at the Rescue Mission Thrift Store and loved the shape of it but the base was a tan yellow color and the shade was cracked. I swear I saw a photo from quilt market a few times back with a lamp similar to this in the background of Anna Maria Horner‘s booth, but I can’t seem to find it again. I loved it when I saw it and knew it’s what I wanted to do to this one.
I pieced three feathers using remnants of this pillow, and using a template I made by tracing the curvature of the shade, pieced turquoise sections to complete the circle. I stretched it over the old shade and using fabric glue, rolled the edges over the top and bottom. I spray painted the base a glossy white, and voila!
I love it!
Make sure you know as soon as I’m back!
Amy, a good friend of mine that goes to my church is about to have a baby any day now and I thought it’d be nice for all the girls in our small group to get together and make her a quilt. We all had varying levels of sewing knowledge but they did awesome and it was so fun to work on something like that together.
I took a couple quilt patterns to the group and they decided on a granny square quilt. I knew Amy liked Lotta Jansdotter and I happened to have a jelly roll of her first line so I pulled some coordinating solids and we went to work.
The backing is the rest of the jelly roll strips and some Glimma prints I bought at The Little General. I quilted it with a scripture and though you can’t read the white thread very well, I love how it turned out. It reads, “every good and every perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights in whom there is no shadow of change james one seventeen”, written in cursive and sewn over twice. (I drew it on paper to see how it would fit, drew lines across the quilt every 6 inches in chalk, roughly wrote the words, and then went for it.)
It’s bound in a yellow stripe from Glimma (I’m really getting the hang of this machine binding thing!) and I free-motion sewed a label. We gave it to her at her baby shower a couple weeks ago and she was so pleased. (Amy and her husband are also the owners of this quilt, btw.) I can’t wait to meet the little one and snuggle it in this quilt!
I used an assortment of FreeSpirit designer solids for the bricks. I realize that the design isn’t actually correct (in the game, if you fill a whole row, it disappears) but I was more worried about it being aesthetically pleasing. Which I think it is. Very much so.
I quilted it in orange thread with a jagged meander that gave it a lot of texture. It’s machine bound with Heath in black and labeled.
It measures 51″ x 68″ and it’s for sale at a local record/video game/book store called Reanimator for $400. If you’re interested in purchasing it, give them a call! Now I’m ready to tackle Space Invaders.