We didn’t have anything planned this past weekend so I spent my time sewing and watching football.
I had two charm packs of Valley by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda. I love the southwest vibe to this fabric line. I was able to finish a mini quilt I started last summer with one of the charm packs and a set of 4 placemats with the second pack.
You might think Winter Blues sounds odd coming from a person who lives in the sunshine state! I am very happy we no longer have to shovel or drive in the snow! However, I do miss the beauty of snow falling from the sky.
Out of habit I decorate with blue and white during the month of January. I recently read a good post written by Carole Carter from My Carolina Home about decorating with white in January – maybe in 2020 I’ll start a new decorating habit.
One of my ongoing goals is to use more of my pre-cut stash with patterns made for pre-cuts. I started working on a charm pack project and discovered the cutting instructions were wrong. I was angry with myself, I bought the magazine 5 years ago, I checked online and yes there was a pattern correction — shame on me 😦 .
Originally I was going to throw out the fabric and chalk it up to experience but I could hear my mother saying “pick up your chin and keep moving”! I cut the fabric into smaller squares and usable rectangles to make something I can use– more potholders and a pillow cover!
I’m still finding time for embroidery projects…
Today I started a table runner using this tutorial from Free Motion by the River. I replaced the chisel blocks with plain blocks to use for the snowflake embroidery designs. Hope to finish it tomorrow.
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I hope you enjoy the last of my December mad sewing adventure …
I decorated a couple of kitchen towels to match the quilt-as-you-go potholders I blogged about here. We have new friends who are also from Maryland and I wanted to give them a welcome gift.
Before retiring I had an online embroidery business, monogramming bath hand towels was one of my best sellers. I still give them as gifts and I’m always so happy when I see them displayed in my family members home!
I made this set for one of my guest bathrooms. It’s a holly leaf laurel wreath with monogram. The wreath design was a bonus design with my machine purchase and I added the single letter. The “Joy to the World” and “Peace on Earth” mini quilt designs came from Embroidery Library.
Making star mug rugs using Missouri Star Quilt Company’s – periwinkle tool is super fast! Watch Jenny’s YouTube tutorial here.
I made these fabric baskets to keep fruit and candy available for my guests. I used metallic threads for the quilting! I love the fabric!
I had three orphan quilt blocks from a couple years ago and turned them into gift bags. Two of the blocks I used as front and back for one bag and used scraps to piece together a back for the second bag.
I tend to gift wine or other alcoholic beverages as gifts and I always make wraps for the bottles. I start with a quilted 14 x 16 top with some type of embroidery or just a monogram. This piece is used for the front and back of the wrap.
Below are the four I made this year.
Gag mug rug gift for my good friend named Chardonnay!
Today is a work day…company is gone so I’m stripping beds, taking down decorations and overall house cleaning! My Santa kids were super generous this year giving me a robotic vacuum cleaner. I’m so impressed with how well it cleans and most importantly saves time 🙂
2018 made me realize that I am a small project quilter. I enjoy making items I can use right away or give to family and friends. On my bucket list I do have making hubby and I queen sized bed quilt and having it professionally quilted! In the mean time I will stick with the small stuff 🙂
Today I’d like to share a few more of the mini quilts with embroidery that I made during December.
I added craft magnets to the back of these mug rugs to hang on the refrigerator. The “Ho Ho Ho” design was purchased from Planet Applique, the Merry Christmas design is a combo of designs purchased from Five Star Fonts and Itch to Stitch, both were edited by me to make the mug rugs.
Snack mats – I’m not much of baker but I do make really good brownies! Hubby and I like to have snacks during TV time in the evenings. I digitized the machine applique letters using software, but was inspired by a design I saw on Etsy.
We have a dedicated coffee counter in the kitchen. I made a little runner for that area. Embroidery designs purchased from Embroidery Library.
Small wall quilt I used for a guest bathroom. Chevron tree applique design purchased from Planet Applique.
Same design — one I framed one I gave as a gift. Applique design purchased from Linnie Pinnie.
In my opinion you can never have too many pillows! The two embroidery designs shown I purchased from Embroidery Library. The quilt above the pillow I made in 2017. Matches perfectly! Pillow on the left is 14 x 14 inches , pillow on the right 12 x 16 inches.
I used this tutorial to make the gnome block from Sew Can She. The block finishes at 12 x 12 inches. I added borders to fit a 14 inch pillow form. The quilt shown is the supersized hash tag quilt I made using 2 Kate Spain Joy charm pack two years ago.
For those of you who only have a 4 x 4 embroidery hoop – coasters are a quick gift to make. The tree coasters match the place mats I made for my daughter. I digitized the tree and holly designs .
I will stop now for today….come back tomorrow I still have more to show you!
Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Christmas!
I was late getting in the “Christmas” mood this year! Normally we travel for the Christmas holidays so I don’t decorate our home. This year we hosted Christmas dinner for friends and family so I felt I needed to add a little festive decor around the house.
I love decorating with quilts, especially mini quilts, which are a great way to add pops of color to any room or space. I have 5 Babylock embroidery machines and kept them super busy during December. I am having so much fun learning and creating with the Embroidery Software and then bringing the designs to life with the machines.
In my next few posts I plan to share all that I was able to get accomplished before Christmas.
Mug rugs are great gifts! I was able to get these in the mail to arrive before Christmas:
Most people have some sort of electronic tablet so I decided to make a few tech covers for friends and family this year.
I found lots of ideas on Pinterest and YouTube to get me started…. Each tech cover has a pocket either on the front or the back. A couple of them fasten with elastic and button and two with a tab, button and Velcro.
This tech cover is for an old Samsung Galaxy note used by a 4 year old
tech cover Samsung galaxy note
My step daughter and her mother in law both have the IPad Air:
tech cover IPad air
I used scraps from my stash to make them coffee koozies 🙂
tech cover IPad Air
My girlfriend has the Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet:
Fire HD 8 Tablet
Fire HD 8 Floral Back
My daughter also has the Amazon Fire HD 8 Tablet, she keeps hers in a case so I made the cover larger.
Fire HD 8 Tablet Cover
Last but not least I made one for me 🙂 I have the IPad Pro. I did QAYG strip piecing for the front.
Tech Cover IPad Pro
tech cover IPad Pro
tech cover IPad Pro back
The tech covers were the last gift items that needed to be mailed to arrive by Christmas.
Making the tech sleeves isn’t difficult — if you’ve made a tote bag these are very similar. It is very important that you measure the device accurately. I used Pellon’s Thermolam Plus fusible fleece and woven fusible interfacing in each cover. I am so pleased with the results.
Please feel free to ask me any questions if you decide to make one yourself!