Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Sewing

I didn't do much Christmas sewing this year at all.  I'm already planning to redeem myself in 2015 ;-))  Below is the quilt I made for my grandson and a few other small gifts made.

photographed at our holiday rental house
This quilt was made for Leo following the same design layout as quilts made for my mom and sister.  Those quilts were made using three leftover BOMs (my mom's quilt) and three extra great granny square blocks (for my sister's quilt).  This time around I specifically made three blocks to feature certain Cotton+Steel fabrics from my stash.

fussy cut tigers
 All blocks finish at 12" and instructions can be found in 501 Rotary Cut Blocks.  This one called Carrie Nation was selected to showcase fussy cut tigers.  The only non-Cotton+Steel fabrics are by Carolyn Friedlander like this ledger fabric that I can't get enough of.

made sure Florida and Washington were represented
I chose the London Square block for that large triangular piece that is perfect for the States fabric.

X block
Notice the lion background fabric?!  Lions for Leo!  Basically, the entire quilt was planned around this lion print.

the back
This quilt is an example of how the backing doesn't necessarily have to match the front.  It's difficult to see in the picture, but the backing is the Mustang print and a sparkly Basic print.  Leo loves horses!  The navy binding  (another Basic print) ties the front and back together.

Lions, Tigers and Horses...oh my
Quilt Stats:  3 Blocks Quilt for Leo, quilt designed and made by me, quilted using Aurifil #2600 and my walking foot, Cotton+Steel fabrics with a little bit of Carolyn Friedlander, finished size 54"x72"

hand warmers
Another gift for my grandson was a pair of hand warmers.  These are quick to whip up and I plan to make more of these....next time in a smaller size for toddler hands.  These were made with 5" squares lined with two pieces of batting and filled with rice.  Zap in the microwave for about 25 seconds and you're good to go.

Christmas tea towel
Sewing a 3.5" wide strip of Christmas fabric to a flour sack towel makes a nice gift.  I paired this with an Amazon gift card for a friend.

foot warmer
Under Leo's hand warmers is a rectangular-shaped warmer that can be used as a neck warmer or placed under a blanket to warm the feet.  This was made the same way except I added scented oils to the rice.

In keeping with the scented rice theme, I filled pairs of 3" Liberty of London squares for pretty and nice smelling sachets.

That pretty much sums up this year's Christmas gift sewing.  Did you do a lot of handmade gifting?  Are you like me and already making your list for 2015 gifts?

Monday, December 29, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 12/29/14

My Dear Jane blocks are on hold for a few weeks as I'm away from my book and fabric stash.  
I'll be back with two new blocks January 12!

32 Dear Jane blocks
I'm looking forward to getting back to my two DJ blocks a week routine.  How about you?
Thanks for stopping by, 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 12/8/14

Welcome to another edition of Choose Your Own BlockAlong.  I'm continuing to make two Dear Jane blocks a week.

low volume prints in pink
Block D-5 is rather plain so I added a thin strip of the pink low volume to the sides.  We'll see how that looks once the blocks are all assembled.  I'm realizing that many of these blocks have a thin 1/4" outer strip that will pretty much be swallowed up when joined together, and I am giving myself permission to change them up a tad if I want ;-))

Block D-8
Block D-9 is similar to this block that I paper pieced.  It's so much easier for me to rotary cut the strips and sew an accurate 1/4" seam which is what I did this time.

I find these little blocks to be time consuming but addictive.  I need to walk away for a little bit and do some Christmas sewing.  Hopefully I can manage both.

Thanks for stopping by.  Are you finding time to sew?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Choose Your Own BlockAlong 12/1/14

It's December already, and I really need to work on Christmas gifts every second of the day in order to make all on my list.  Despite that impossibility, I have two Dear Jane blocks to share.

no paper piecing
These Dear Jane blocks are getting harder and taking a big chunk of my available sewing time.  Last week's paper piecing was not pleasant so even though the instructions for today's blocks suggest paper piecing, I went old school.  By measuring the block diagrams and adding a quarter inch to each section, I was able to cut and piece without any foundation.  Too bad all the blocks won't be that "easy".

Block E-8

Block E-8 made with Liberty of London cotton print from my scrap pile.

Block F-7
The purple print is a Brandon Mably while the background is a Cotton + Steel basic.

on my design wall

I've progressed to 30 blocks so far.  I sorted the blocks by color and realized I have a duplicate print.  My intention was to use different fabrics (other than the background) in each block which means I will need to remake one.  Great....

Wonder what Michelle and Cindy have been up to this week?

Thanks for stopping by,