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A little more catch up.

I did a lot of sewing leading up to the holidays that I haven’t shown yet.

Krankies Craft Fair was the weekend of December 13th and it was better for ::kaitcetera:: than I could have imagined!  I sold 4 quilts (the three on the left and one not pictured)!IMG_1585Two of the quilts included some custom embroidery work that I just recently completed and was really happy with.  It makes the gift so much more personal and sweet.IMG_1699

On the Far Far Away plus quilt, I embroidered the recipients name over the quilting, which I had never done, and it turned out great.  The label on the back was embroidered first and then sewn on.IMG_1697 IMG_1674I made some iPad and Kindle cases for the fair that were fun and did well.  I also made a few more crayon and colored pencil rolls which people love!

IMG_1600I most enjoyed making some quick patchwork Christmas pillows.  I started cutting 2½” squares of red and green to make stockings for me and the pups but decided on pillows instead.  I quilted them with a heavy 12 weight Aurifil thread and I loved it.  It really makes the simple stitching pop.IMG_1710IMG_1709

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I made this a few months ago but I thought it would be a fitting to show you today.  I got the idea from Stitched Gifts by Jessica Marquez.

I embroidered the words onto muslin, folded it in half with stitching to the inside, sewed a banner shape with the short, straight end open, turned it inside out, and hand sewed a ribbon onto the end while closing the opening.I cleaned out an old vanilla extract jar, carved a wine bottle cork down with a box cutter (I wouldn’t recommend this!), and voila!  I left it on his pillow the morning I left for California at Christmas, for him to find when he came back from taking me to the airport.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

For Cat.

Being in Roanoke this weekend, I was able to gift a quilt I’ve yet to really blog about, to my dear friend Catherine.Sorry it’s not the best picture. Jango sure is cute!

She recently completed a really messy, nasty divorce, the kind of divorce no one should ever have to go through.  But she’s come out the other side and is better for it, I think.  When I decided to cut out my Single Girl quilt I accidentally cut too many of a few pieces and then decided to go with it and make Catherine a (hopefully) meaningful quilt. I asked her what her favorite color was and she said, in all honesty, “puke green.”  I tried to find a color like that and while I don’t think I succeeded, Kona cotton in Moss worked out.

Unfortunately, as I sat down to write this post, I realized I never properly photographed it!  Next time I go up there I’ll have to make a point of it.The rings are all Denyse Schmidt fabrics and a couple solids.The backing is mostly Katie Jump Rope brown bandana print that I got on clearance at Thimble Pleasures.

It’s quilted on Ursula in a large blowing maple leaf pattern with a variegated brown thread.  It was bound in the orange plaid from KJR and I embroidered a label reading “for catherine, a single girl.  summer 2011.  ♥ kait.”  It measures somewhere around 45″ x 65″ and she loved it :)

For a dear friend and her baby.

My long ago and beloved roommate Abby, with her lovely husband Ben are having a baby any day now. I knew I had to make something special for them. I have been working on it for the last couple months but now that it has been sent, received, and blogged about by them, I can finally show it off.You might think this looks very similar to another baby quilt I made early last year and you’d be right. I love this fabric line (American Jane Snippets) and loved the first quilt, I decided to make another (though not identical) one.The rainbow stitches around the border took weeks (granted, I pretty much only did it an hour or two a week at Stitch ‘n’ Bitch) and I was so ready to be done with it until it came time to put on a label and then something possessed me and I made the biggest, most intricate quilt label ever (for me). I think though, that it was worth it.I had a fun time with this photo shoot. I’ve been struggling with my last couple quilts about how best to photograph them in our yard. For this one I wrapped a bungee cord around two trees and clothes pinned the quilt up which worked really well. I like how the dark ivy sets off the bright quilt. There are a couple neighbors’ yards I’d like to ask about using for my next completed quilt.