Friday, November 30, 2012

More Charity Sewing

I made a second rag-time quilt for a fundraiser this weekend.  Unfortunately it has been delayed again, due to the sudden death of another community member-only 35 years old.  The 2 families are quite close so those in charge of the fundraiser are otherwise occupied.  2012 has been quite a difficult year, so many young people with major health issues or who have passed.

I wasn't too sure about my fabric choices with this one, but now that it has been clipped and washed I really like it.  The animal print, pine cone print and orange are all Cabin Fever I love these rag-time quilts, so heavy and warm.  The first one I did I used batting in each square, this one I used a piece of flannel, the same size as the square.  I REALLY like it this way.  It makes it so much easier to piece the squares together as you don't have to worry about the batting peeking out and it really does make it look more 'plush'.

It's sideways and I don't have very good lighting so you will have to take my word for it that it really is nice. 

Here is a picture of the first one all clipped, washed and dried.

They measure about 56X72"-7 squares across and 9 down-perfect for curling up on the couch on these cold winter nights.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Winter Flannel

My winter flannel quilt is quilted and bound!  and I LOVE it!  I purchased 2 different grey pieces to use as binding but neither really worked.  My cousin suggested solid black, and I really like it.  This one is going to live here, as our second quilt for these cold winter nights.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Host Gift

I went to my BIL's for Thanksgiving-it was very nice and relaxed.  They insisted I not bring anything so I picked up some GOOD beer (not lite) and brought this  little wall hanging for him and his girlfriend-she loves homemade!  I'm thinking of making a few of these for Christmas gifts.  In the future I will quilt more and I think I've finally learned how to do mitered corners.  Even though I have read many tutorials it just never clicked, but this one finally did! I can't seem to find that tutorial now, darn-but this one is pretty good too. So hopefully the next one will be better.  This is cute JoAnn tropical Santa fabric.  I also learned how to do applique, which I've never done before.  Poor K&A got my practice piece, I will have to bring them something nicer for Christmas.  I got this free pattern here.  You may need to sign up but they have some nice patterns-and they're free!  I didn't do the patchwork, I just cut strips to the correct size as I wanted to use the Santa fabric.


I also made this wall hanging and pillow for my sister's birthday next week.  I did much better on the applique on this wall hanging and I was quite pleased with my binding.  It says "Welcome to the Trabin".  They have a trailer up at a lake and they call it the trabin.  The letters blend in too much but I think she will like it anyhow.  Hmmm...I had the flash on but the pictures are dark.  This panel is from "Cabin Fever", I love that line.  This duo is packed up and on it's way to MN!


Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving!  Time to get going on Christmas sewing-only 1 month left!
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Sewing for Charity

I made this rag-time quilt for an auction to raise funds for a local woman who has had a stroke.  The auction has been postponed so I didn't race to clip it and wash it, but the sewing is all done.  It's 2 snowmen prints and 2 solids.  It was nice to do a bit of piecing after all those fleece blankets and pillows.


I also finished up a quick fleece pillow and blanket for my sister-in-law's birthday in December.  She loves birdhouses and I immediately thought of her when I saw this fabric.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Winter Flannel Quilt

I found this cute flannel fabric at JoAnn's a while back and decided it would be perfect for a quick winter quilt.  I picked up some red flannel for the back-all on sale at 50% off + an additional 30% off of entire purchase.  I was originally going to make a 'cheater quilt' with the printed fabric on the front and the red on the back but decided that that was too boring so I made one based on Amanda Jean's figgy pudding tutorial.    I didn't piece the second border, just used strips of the snowman fabric.  I think it turned out pretty cute and it was super fast.


Here's the back. I just pieced together what was left of each.  I know this is boring but since it's staying here I just sewed the two together.

I got it sandwiched and pinned last night and hope to have it quilted and bound by Sunday.  

I did another blanket/pillow combo.  This one is for my nephew who has a birthday on January 4.  He doesn't have a favorite football team but loves baseball and was quite the star player last summer.   These are both from Blizzard fleece-again on sale at JoAnn's.  I know I buy most of my fabric there, but I just can't afford $10-$13 a yard at the LQS-sure wish I could.

I'll be doing some sewing for charity this weekend in addition to finishing my flannel quilt.  We will have lots of snow and cold this weekend so it will be perfect for staying in and sewing!

Friday, November 2, 2012

A start on Christmas

I actually got a start on Christmas! And finished one January birthday gift.  I haven't decided if I'm giving the blankets or the pillows for Christmas, then the opposite for birthdays.  My little niece's birthday is January 2 so I put together these 2 for her, one for Christmas and one for her birthday.  Pretty cute and fast and easy.  When you have 8 great-nieces and nephews, 14 nieces and nephews, and 7 siblings (w spouses)  you really need to find something quick and easy!  I backed the fleece blanket in pink.

My nephew who received the Chicago Bears blanket is getting a matching pillow for Christmas.  His dad tells me that he has claimed the blanket as his favorite and drags it around the house with him at all times.

I saw this awesome fabric while waiting in the cutting line at JoAnn's and just had to buy a few yards.  I decided to make my husband a few pillow cases and also a little pillow (with envelope case).  He is away at school.  Although it doesn't really match his current bedding-he doesn't care, he loves them anyhow.


I have MUCH cleaning on schedule for this weekend, a mouse has invaded our house and I need to clean under sinks and such to get rid of all traces of the little critter(s?).  ISH!  I hate mice.  I saw kitty chasing something in the mudroom this morning, hopefully it was said mouse and we will be done with that.  Kitty is now 17+ years old and I think she retired from mousing for a bit, but she is feeling better now so hopefully she is back at work.

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Have a nice weekend.  Looks like it will be cold and rainy here so hopefully I will have some sewing time after all the cleaning is done.