Friday, 30 December 2016

Flash Back Friday - Once Upon a Time

I was searching for some fabric to make a quilt for one of my nieces when I came across Alexander Henry's 'Once Upon a Time' fabric.  What little girl doesn't love fairy princesses, dragons and magical forests? 

This quilt is one of my own designs.  I miscut the fabric. Had there been enough to redo I would have switched locations of the large-scale and small-scale prints, as the dragon is cut off being placed in the narrower strips.

Even though he knows I quilt, my niece's dad thought the quilt was store bought.  He didn't think someone could make something that nice at home.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Christmas Stocking & Gift Bag

I have made several Christmas stockings based on the tutorial by Sew Like My Mom.


I had extra fabric so I decided to make a matching gift bag.  You can find the tutorial on the In Color Order site.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Christmas 2016 Quilt-a-thon a bust

I'm sick.  Not just too sick to sew, but too sick to do anything but lie around doing absolutely  nothing and even that is draining.  So much for completing projects on my December sewing list.  Only two items to sew, a pillow and a quilt and it's just not happening.

The best I can do is post about past Christmas projects.

Flat Emelie & Flat Matt 
I always enjoyed playing with paper dolls as a child.  Using the Flat Emelie and Flat Matt tutorial by Angela Yosten I made a set of fabric 'paper dolls' for my niece. 

And a change of clothes.  Instead of flaps of paper to hold on the clothing, these ones use Velcro.  The doll clothes were a great way to use scraps of fabric and batting.

I also made a carry bag to store the dolls and their clothes.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas Quilt-a-thon

I work well with deadlines, especially the non-arbitrary kind.  As a result, it seems I often have a back-log of projects to complete in December in time give as Christmas presents.  I will sew for hours on end, days in a row to complete gifts.

This year my list is fairly short:
  • monogram pillow
  • finish last year's Christmas quilt - a work in progress

The Christmas quilt is based on the Tinsel & Baubles pattern by the Fat Quarter Shop and uses the Jingle fabric by Kate Spain.

  The quilt should be a quick finish as I have already sewn all the 'baubles'.  It's just matter of sewing the squares together, quilting, and binding.  As it is a quilt for myself I packed it away last year once Christmas had passed to finish this fall, which has turned into December.