Saturday, May 21, 2016

My first hour baskets

Oh my goodness! If you haven't made one (or more) of these hour baskets yet, go get the pattern, and make some!!
The pattern has directions for fabric handles, but I have some leather, and I really like how that looks. So I substituted...also, it's a lot quicker :-)

My kids like to get their own snacks in between meals, and they really should be able to, but we have just never has a space designated to "snacks it's ok to eat" - i.e. not sugary candylike stuff..
So I desided to make an hourbasket, and put the granola bars, the crackers and the other goodies in that - put it right there on the kitchen counter, so it would be easy for them to choose something healthy. 

But then....who can make just one? There's a pattern, Friends of the Hour Basket, that'll give you lots of different sizes, can't wait to try some of them out!

This one, in the pretty Kaffe Fassett print, will be for bread, breadsticks, tortillas etc.

I love these.... they are so fun to make.
Maybe I should make one for potatoes...onions.......anything, really.

My daugther has asked for some to organize her toys and her markers. So I am sure I get to make many more of these :-)

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Star Wars x-wing pillow for my youngest

A while ago, I tested a Krity Lea/Quietplay pattern for a 12.5'' x-wing block. The pattern is great btw, you can see my post here.

Anyway, I wanted to use the block, so I added some borders

The Star Wars print seemed perfect :-)

Quilted it and added a back (and a zipper, pillows need zippers!)

...and here's the finished pillow! My son is happy, and it matches his Star Wars quilt!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pink floor cushion for Miss V

Ever since she saw the floor cushion I made for A for his birthday (in March....), Miss V has asked me, to make one for her. I could choose the pattern - as long as I made it in pink fabrics :-)

So....I chose HSTs, and this layout:

This should be fairly simple, but I managed to sew every HST together the wrong way. Lots of unpicking... Fot the other side, I used the leftover HSTs and some strips - didn't need to repeat the seam ripping. I have had my share of doing that for a while now!


Moving on to basting - and cofee to keep my spirits up :-) But this is the fun part! Well....not so much the basting, but the quilting.

Here it is, all done: (do you see the star?)


I took this picture this afternoon. This makes me happy, and this is why I made the cushions in the first place. The kiddos love to sit on the floor, with their toys, puzzles games.... Our floors are cold hardwood floors, so they need a soft cushion!

Now I need to make one for me, and then we are all set for playing board games on the floor :-)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Sarah Fielke BOM - Month 4, Block 2: Hawaiian Applique

I am so happy I signed up for Sarah Fielke's BOM - I am learning to many new techniques! Doing applique is new to me, and something I have always wanted to learn - and also my main reason for signing up. 

This month is also applique, there are 3 blocks (1 piecing and 2 applique). I started out with the block using Hawaiian applique. Another technique I have never tried before :)

I admit, that it felt as if this block had as many stitches as all the other blocks combined. But I think that is because it is all one piece, all one color, and it is 4 sections that are the same.... So probably more because I get a little bored :)

I did finish it,and I love it

I you want to see some of all the other fabric choices for this BOM, go to #sarahfielkebom on Instagram - lots of beautiful blocks! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Necessary Clutch Wallet

I finally tried it - maybe tackling the Sew Together Bag made me more brave :-)
....or maybe the fact that I (once again) lost my credit card, made me realize, that I need a wallet?

Either way, my sister got the pattern for me (no credit card - no online shopping!!), and I started right away. This is my first attempt at the Necessary Clutch Wallet:

I really like the green print I used for the flap - I may have to make another one like it. In this one I used Soft and Stable as interfacing in the exterior of the bag. It's quite heavy - maybe it'll be better with some use? Or maybe I should throw it in the wash to see if it'll soften up a little?

Here's the inside of this clutch:

So...I also forgot to use interfacing on the credit card slots.... Not good!

So, I tried again. This one is not perfect, but much better:

I used an iron-on interfacing for the flap (and everywhere else). The thickness is much better, but it makes the fabric look a little crinkled :(

The inside of this clutch:

I like the second clutch much better. But I am going to be making a 3rd attempt at this. With an interfacing that does not need to be ironed on... We'll see when I get to it.

Anyway, it's a fun pattern, and it comes together without any hazzles. It's from Emmaline Bags.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

so...life happened! ...and status of the hexies

I have been busier than usual these past weeks, so I haven't done a lot of blogging - or sewing!

I have been working on my hexies here and there, this is how far I am:

I am not really sure what I want to do with these. I am running out of paper, and really should find some more. But these are really old, and don't seem to be a standard size. Oh well. Maybe I'll just start sewing them together, and then re-using the paper. What do you usually do?

And...I will be starting a new job June1st. I am so excited about that!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sarah Fielke BOM - Block 19

I had a hard time choosing fabrics for this last block of month 3, block 19. I ended up making it very coordinated, the overall look of the quilt is going to be so scrappy, that I decided to keep the colors within the blocks more "calm"

This is before glueing the pieces down. Lots of curves in this block, lots of inside points - great for practising!

This is my progress so far:

I finished all the setting stars, and I have 3 vine border blocks left to stitch. But I have until October to get those done, so no rush...