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Saturday, January 17, 2015

A Preppy Finish

A few days ago, I finished this tiny quilt for my friend. She is expecting her first baby this month and we're super excited. I knew there was a large quilt in the works for her, so I decided to go for a stroller-sized one.
It is 30" square and what's better than Kona Ash for an ocean color? I also used a little Simply Color for the whale. It's quilted in 'wavish' lines with a little hand quilting for his spouting.
The pattern is called Preppy the Whale and is from Oh, Frannson! There are a surprisingly lot of pieces to cut out, but it goes together quickly (if you're paying attention and not also drinking wine & watching Project Runway.)
I added a little loop on the back for hanging. Hopefully that will come in handy!
I think she likes it and I can't wait to see baby Logan snuggled in his stroller with Preppy!


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Finish Along 2015 - Quarter 1

I didn't get a whole lot finished last year, but it was fun tracking all the ongoing projects. I'm excited to get my list together for the new year - though I have spent the last few hours unsuccessfully trying to move my pretty list from OneNote into blogger.

  1. Noodlehead Basket - Still cut out and I even have the perfect spot for it - just need to get sewing. 
  2. Stroller Quilt - Tiny quilt for a soon-to-be tiny person. Needs to be quilted.
  3. Birthday Quilt - This is for a special family member with a big birthday coming up. Pattern is chosen and will hopefully go together quickly!
  4. Wonky Pinwheels - from Stash Bee 2014.  Needs to be quilted and snuggled. It's for my house, so will try not to push it too far down the list!
  5. Messenger Bag for Beans - My daughter has requested a "pretty purse" to go with her 20 other bags, but I haven't made a messenger bag, so she's a good guinea pig.
  6. Ballerina Pillow Cover 
  7. Ninja pillow cover - This will go with the ninja quilt I made for my son last year

This sort of seems long, but I think it could be manageable! Wish me luck!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

IG Mini Received

Just the other day I received the coolest mini quilt from Ellyn (Ellynz on IG.)  I had admired pictures of "Every Which Way"on Instagram, but never dreamed it was made just for me! It was a great surprise and it's even nicer in person.

Hanging proudly in the entry

The label - isn't that cool?

The extras included a reindeer towel with crocheted edging and some TX bluebonnet seeds

I've since had a chance to check out Ellyn's blog and gallery - check them out! She has some great inspiration projects in her gallery and some good tutorials - including the one for the 2-toned binding she did on my mini. It looks like flange, but it's not!

Thank you again, Ellyn!

Monday, January 5, 2015

Squeaking in 1 last project - Updated photos!

Hallo friends! It's LATE as usual. But I've managed to get 1 more thing finished before the Q4 FAL deadline - whew! I'm really excited not to have to "roll" this one over to next year.
In my previous (non-European) life, I had a sweet neighbor who was a tremendous help in my attempts to learn knitting. She was always available to pull out all my wrong stitches when I'd go visit her with a problem. She was quick-witted enough to not become so distracted by my small talk that she'd redo any section and tough enough not to bend to my begging for her to just "finish my stupid scarf." It is because of Mrs. B that I am 4 inches of my own knitting into a scarf that was started in 2012 and may never be finished. Gotta respect her.
I wanted to make her a bag for her own stitchy projects, and it's been on my to-do list for quite awhile. Mrs. B adores her kitties, so I decided to use the Catvent pattern from Oh, Frannson!

 My cool kid thinks she belongs in every picture taken around here.

I started with a large catvent quilted front pocket with binding, and built the bag from there. The back features a paper-pieced letter "b" and straightline quilting. The fabric is a random assortment of modern charms, Kona ash, and the handles and lining are from a line called Silent Cinema. It has closure ties and finishes about 17" tall by 15" wide. I used light batting and a very light layer of interfacing so it would have a little structure, but I think next time I'll go a little heavier with it.

 I hope Mrs. B and her kitties like it! I should totally send her my lil' scrap of a scarf and see if she can be guilted into finishing it now ;)


Sunday, January 4, 2015

FAL Catch up

Hello friends! It's been a busy few weeks and I, for one, am so glad the holidays are over! Every year I vow to keep things simple and end up busier and busier.

A few nights ago, I finished up my game room/family room cushions. These are in the basement and I've used so much white, I almost don't want to go down and look at what the kids have/will do to them.

I used 26" feather pillow forms from Ikea for both.
The first pillow was made using Kelby Sews - Love Letters pattern. I just love how the colors tie in with the pictures on the wall. I also learned to extend a zipper as I didn't have one long enough.

The 2nd pillow was made from a block I made at Peaks this year. I had originally sashed this block in white and wasn't sure what it would become. The pattern is Karen's Autumn Leaves.

 I decided to change the sashing to the same Kona coal used in the leaves and then finish it in white.

The backing for both cushions is a canvas print from Ikea called Tidny. 

 This brings my Q4 finishes to a whopping 3 lol.


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