Monday, December 30, 2013

Mini Monday: Christmas stitching finishes

I finished a few little projects right before the Christmas break and the breaking of my right hand…ouch!

organic quilting lines

The festive llama block received a border of Kate Spain Twelve Days of Christmas fa la la strips and some straight line quilting with Aurifil 50wt #2021.

pillow back
llama pillow
I used this tutorial and Sweetwater's Countdown to Christmas fabric to make an envelope style backing for the pillow cover. 

no picture of finished stocking
Leo needed a stocking for Montana so I whipped up a quick stocking using fabric from my Christmas stash (don't know what it is though).  I traced Leo's daddy's stocking and followed this tutorial.  I am hoping I took at least one picture of the completed stocking before coming to Montana (left memory card at home so not sure) because all the photos I took with my cell phone over Christmas were lost when my phone … ahem… fell in a bucket of water yesterday.

I also finished the fabric chalkboard placemat for Leo.  I took pictures along the way, but alas they are on my memory card at home.
chalkboard fabric side
I laminated a 13x18 piece of Ann Kelle Super Kids fabric and placed it wrong side to wrong side with the same size of chalkboard fabric.  Holes do not go away with chalkboard fabric so no pinning or ripping is possible.  

careful stitching
I used Clover clips to hold the two pieces of fabric together along with the Lollipops Designer Bindings pre made binding strips I found in my studio.  Doesn't that polka dot match perfectly with the super kids fabric?

reversible cover
Lastly, this sewing machine cover was made as a gift for my sister's featherweight.
I used this tutorial found on Pinterest adjusting the dimensions somewhat to fit the featherweight.

featherweight cover
The cover is reversible; one side is decor weight fabric from my stash and the other side is Kona Modern Quilts fabric by Cynthia Frenette  gifted by my sister.
Hmmm… is that considered regifting?

Thankfully I was able to travel and spend Christmas with my husband, children and grandson despite my broken arm.  Leo and his parents flew back home yesterday, and the rest of us are just hanging out and relaxing before the new year begins.

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe new year!
Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Hi René! Sure love that llama pillow. Are you happy with the envelope back? Is there a closure on it. My envelope-backed pillows tend to pull apart, making me not so satisfied. Sure like what you did with the chalk fabric. I have some and haven't used it yet. Might I like it for a message board in the hallway to the garage? Your machine cover is nice too. Do you have one for your own machine? I have an Empty Bobbins pattern for one (gifted to me) and haven't yet made it. So many things I want to make! I'm sure sorry about your run of bad luck, and hope you're healing quickly and ready to jump into a fun 2014. Happy New Year!

  2. Fun pillow project! Looks like you were doing a lot of sewing before breaking your arm. Sorry to hear about that. Hope it's healing, and you're enjoying your holiday season.

  3. Hope your hand is healing well. Happy New Year!!

  4. Have a lovely New Year. Bummer about your hand. I hope you are healing fast and able to use it

  5. Your blog is great! Thanks for sharing that ornament pillow. I will definitively bookmark it. Happy new year 2014

  6. Your Christmas pillow is so charming as are the gifts you made!!
    It must be immensely frustrating to have a broken arm/hand! I can just imagine!!! The ultimate cure is time with family and I'm so happy you had that time. Happy New Year to you and your family!

  7. Here's hoping your new year is full of fun and healing! I love the chalkboard placemat - the spot is perfect! And the Christmas pillow is so cute!