Mini Series Courthouse Steps Pillow

AKA Terry’s Pillow!

For the last couple of years Giucy Giuce has teamed with Alison Glass and have hosted a sew along to sew his mini series patterns. Last year I signed up and I knew exactly what I wanted to make. A friend of mine loved the Halloween pillow I made four years ago. And I wanted to make something for her using this pattern.

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I didn’t end up sewing along during the actual sew along, but later I got to sewing and made a bunch of different sized courthouse steps blocks using the Mini Series pattern.

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I always have a problem with actually quilting these blocks. I debated on thread but ended up only quilting in the ditch with the cream fabric. But I love this picture to illustrate the scale of the piecing of these blocks!

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I chose a few details to zoom in on. Each of these blocks look a bit different, but they were all started using the same pattern. I varied the size of the center. And then some of them, I only did two sides (rather than all four sides) for some of the block. And I varied the placement of the orange and cream fabrics. By changing each one up a bit, it looks like I used a different pattern for each piece, but I didn’t!

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Check out my not so invisible invisble zipper! I should have used an orange zipper…. Oh well! If it’s sitting on the couch, are people really going to be checking out my zipper installation? I hope not!

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I used a single fabric for the back. Even though it’s a single fabric, I still also use a layer of batting and a backing piece of fabric. Then I serge the edges to keep the layers together. I feel like it gives the pillow a bit more shape.

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I thought it would be fun to share this pillow this week since it’s the second week of the Mini Series Sew Along and the Courthouse Steps block is one of the blocks to sew this week! Are you sewing along? I am! I’m back to Halloween fabrics for this sew along.

Wall Pocket Teacher Gifts

In my usual end of year Teacher Gift, I used my ‘I’m a Teacher, What’s your Superpower?’ fabric to make some sort of tote or pouch. This year ended up to be a Wall Pocket from SOTAK Handmade’s book That Handmade Touch.

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These turned out pretty cute. The pattern was super easy to follow and quick, too!

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I have these small rolls of leather that I love, but… Of course I know all school year when the last day of school was going to be, but I waited until the last couple of days before school got out to make these 6 teacher gifts, didn’t I? Yep! I did. And I just assumed I had all the materials, because I usually do. Low and behold, I only had enough of my favorite leather strap to make one! It’s the more orangey one in the top right of the picture. I knew I couldn’t get that leather (from Amazon) in enough time for me to be comfortable, so my dear husband stopped by our local leather store, MacPherson Leather, on his way home from work to pick some up… They didn’t have exactly what I needed, but they did have these purse straps and they worked quite nicely in a pinch!

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You can see they are all a little bit different! But that works, because the fabrics are all a little different as well! Four of them have outdoor or home dec fabric on the outside, but all the inside fabric is quilting cotton.

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The pocket is just the right size to include a gft card, a thank you note and command strip to hang the pocket on the wall.

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I added a little tiny label in each one, too.

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You can watch a timeline of the transformation that this fabric label has gone through in this blog post. I’m pretty happy with the wall pockets! I may just have to make these again!

A Bunny Embroidered Bag

And now for my third embroidery project!

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This project is a combo of two projects from The Love magazines! Since I’m still learning this embroidery thing, I’m enjoying following the directions from the Love Embroidery Magazine instructions.

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This pattern by Stacie Bloomfield aka Gingibear was featured in Issue 1 of the magazine, but it’s also online at Gathered. It was a pretty easy project, but the split stitch that I did to fill in the body took me forever! and it doesn’t have the same lovely texture as her project. Maybe I didn’t do it exactly right. Not sure!

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For the bag I followed the tutorial in Love Quilting Magazine for the Stitch and Stroll bag by Sotak Handmade. I forget the issue number, but it looks like her pattern is in now in her etsy shop, here. It’s called the Denver Tote in her shop. It’s a great little drawstring tote bag pattern. I’ve made it a couple of times now and it goes together quickly! In hindsight, I wish the bunny was higher up on the bag…. Oh, well!

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I choose to use some fun chicken fabric on the inside! I thought it was bright and fun and went well with the bunny!

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I gave this as a Christmas present, but maybe it should have been an Easter present! 🙂 ha!

My First Embroidery Projects

I started doing embroidery back in 2020! I started getting more and more enamored by embroidery watching amazing artists on instagram. Then I found the Love Embroidery Magazine and got hooked!

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For this project, I attempted the cover project from Issue 4 of Love Embroidery Magazine. Only I wasn’t about to attempt the whole thing! I tried the hummingbird, but not the flowers. The directions in the magazine are always quite through.

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It even looks like I almost know what I’m doing!

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Instead of doing the flowers as embroidery, I went back to something I knew a little better and that’s paper crafts and using my Cricut. I got the leaf and flower templates from the Designs by Miss Mandee blog. She makes AMAZING things from paper and a Cricut! I used her tutorial and SVG files for her Die Cut Tropical Leaves wreath project. I also added flowers from her Spring Animals with Flower Crowns project.

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I used to glue my backs and then learned that gathering back helps with fabric stretching over time. So now I finish the backs like this!

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I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out! This is actually my second ever embroidery project. Keep reading for my first project…

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My dad, husband, son and I love Ice Cream…. My son thinks my Dad’s night time ritual of a bowl of ice cream every night is what everyone should do. When I saw this little project, I knew it would be a great gift for my dad!

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This was a fun project to start my embroidery obsession. I just wish I had all the time in the world to sew, embroider and cross stitch!

Have you started any new crafts lately???

The Heart Block- A Quilted Valentine (and free pattern)

I had a spur of the moment idea to make quilted Valentines this year! I just happened to have scraps on my desk that said Valentine’s Day to me, so I decided to strip piece them and make them into hearts!

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I started to make them just as improv piecing, no pattern. It worked, but it was taking longer than I wanted to to make it all fit together. I also wanted a heart pattern without it being pieced down the middle. So then I decided to make a quick and easy paper piecing pattern. You can download it here for free for at least this month. Maybe longer!

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The blocks are 11×11 inches if you use the pattern, but you can also make them larger. I added more width and height to some of them!

You can make these with single pieces of fabric as well. but like I mentioned, I had scraps ready to go. I stripe pieced everything then used it as a single piece of fabric! The pattern doesn’t have paper piecing instructions, but I do have a tutorial here and there are about a million and sixty-three tutorials online. Pick your favorite and sew away!

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Like I said, I used scraps… I’m really excited about this! Between the hearts and the quilt top in the background, I’ve used almost all of my red, pink, orange and yellow solids scraps!

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This is all I have left!

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I went for improv quilting. Surprise, surprise, I know! I quilted in pink and did the heart first. Random back and forth straight-line quilting.

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And then went back and did the outside quilting in yellow.

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And you can imagine how excited I was when I looked in my binding scrape bucket, I have a bunch of options to choose from. Most of them were just long enough since these mini quilts are so small!

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I finished them off with leather hangers. One of my Christmas presents was a leather belt hole punch and it worked great on these! I think it makes these little guys just a little more modern.

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And the backs! Get ready for it… More scraps! The back of these continue to use scraps! This time I used cast offs from cutting the triangle shapes from the hearts.

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This one is my favorite! I’m in love with this quilt back!

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I didn’t add labels to these because I love the backs so much, I thought they could be reversible mini quilts. The labels I have would overwhelm the mini and i didn’t want to take away from the cool scrap piecing!

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I hope you enjoy making a cute mini Valentine for yourself or a friend. You may think it’s too late to do this… It’s not! They are a quick sew (especially if you don’t strip piece first!) and you can make a few between now and then!

A Puppy Tray- AKA Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea

Here’s another pretty quick Christmas gift idea that you don’t have to worry about shipping times! A foundation paper pieced tray!

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I like big noses and I can not lie! Apparently, between this project and the last, I seem to have a thing for animals with big noses! ha!

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The project was inspired by a fabric tray project in Love Quilting Magazine (Issue 65) by Susie Bellingham. She had two cute paper piecing patterns to go with it. I love them and want to make them for someone soon! But…. I made this last year for one of the kiddo’s teachers who loves dogs. The kiddo picked the pattern and the fabrics. And the pattern had to be a dog, not a bunny or mouse.

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Have you ever checked out Artisania patterns? They are so cute! I made her little fox years ago on a skirt for my niece. The kiddo loved the dog with the big nose! She also has a cute owl!

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The project is super easy. Basically, you place the top fabric (it can be foudnation paper pieced, traditionally pieced or not pieced at all) right sides together with the back fabric and a piece of batting on top. Sew it together leaving a hole to turn it right side out. Top stitch the edges. Then sew the corners. And you have a tray!

I did add a little extra step. I also quilted a rectangle the size I wanted the tray to be. Then folded up the corners at that line. Does that make sense? It helped the sides of the tray be a little more straight.

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And there you have it! A fabric tray! Perfect for gifting. Or keeping for yourself! 🙂

Crimbo the Red Nosed Reindeer

A little holiday sewing for me!

I have been loving this reindeer pattern from Unicornharts for a while, and decide I was going to make it for me!

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This little cutie is paper pieced and came together quite easily!

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I think my favorite part is this guys big red nose! His whole expression is priceless!

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I used a solid piece on the back and an invisible zipper at the bottom.

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Have you sewn anything for yourself this holiday season? I’m actually working on another little pillow for myself tonight between sewing gifts for the family!

Happy Holidays!

The Evolution of The Superhero Teacher Gifts!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I have a standard theme to the gifts I give my kids teachers.

I made this fabric YEARS ago! And after these gifts for Christmas, I have run out of fabric. I started this when my kiddo was in pre-school. He’s in 7th grade now. I made the design and had it printed via Spoonflower.

For 6 years I made tote bags, with the superhero label as a pocket. Then in 4th grade the kiddo had a male teacher and I thought he might want something different! And maybe I was just ready to make something different! I made a one hour basket for that teacher. Then I made some more totes. And last year I switched to quilted pouches.

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And to keep things exciting, this year I made Scrappy Make-up Pouches from the Noodlehead tutorial. (Don’t tell his male teachers they are make-up pouches!)

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The backs are just solid pieces of fabric. No quilting this year. They could be, but I didn’t.

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I lined them in fun fabrics and added a label. For both the outside and inside, I tried to use large scraps from my stash. And of course, I had plenty to choose from!

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Now, here’s where I have a problem! You’d think I would have figured this out by now. I never have the right size zipper, but I have a bunch of zippers that I can use. So, I always cut mine. But, I cut them at the end and then I end up with too much bulk at the corners and can’t pull it out and make a nice corner. Something I need to work on! Suggestions?

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Despite my issue with zipper ends, I think they turned out cute!

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I also used to make these as end of year gifts, not Christmas gifts. The last two years I started making them as Christmas gifts. I think I want to make something different for holiday gifts and keep these as summer gifts. I don’t know why! ha! What do you think? Do you think these feel more like holiday gifts or summer gifts? Do you make teacher gifts for the holidays? What is your favorite holiday teacher gift to make?

Undercover Maker’s Mat

I made this one a while back and never shared!

I made this for a swap that I did with the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild back pre-pandemic! I don’t honestly remember too many reasons behind my design choices, but I like it and I think it’s a great gift for your sewing friends and family! It’s a very easy sew! The tutorial is by Lillyella and it’s free on her website here.

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The Undercover Maker’s Mat is intended to do two things, the first being a way to keep your most needed item nearby. I could really use it. I’m always moving my scissors and then not having them when I’m actually sewing… And secondly, it’s a sewing machine cover.

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I also love the little butterflies! Both of these are free patterns from the same Lillyella website, here. She also has awesome sets of hummingbirds and moths. Very cool!

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The pattern also includes a thread catcher that can stand on it’s own or hang from the makers mat itself. I meant to make myself even just one of these thread catchers!

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To make it the sewing machine cover, you just add some ribbons and it ties on the sides of the machine.

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As usual, my typical label picture! ha! I’m not sure why I always add a picture of the label, but I do and now it’s become a habit… As you can see from this label, it’s a slightly older project like I mentioned before.

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A couple of photos of it ‘in action’ under my sewing machine. Since it was a gift, I obviously didn’t use it. Ha! And doesn’t Lulu (the dog) look like she’s saying, ‘That’s not yours and you can’t keep it.’

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Have you ever made one of these? Do you have a sewing friend who would like one for Christmas? There’s still time. It’s really easy to make!

More Pillowcases!

Like I mentioned in my last post, I love making pillowcases as Christmas presents… And since Christmas is coming up soon, I thought I’d share some I made last year.

I can’t post the pictures of gifts before Christmas then I forget to post them after, so here they are!

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I just love this mix of fabrics! All Cotton and Steel. I even got to throw in some of my most favorite ‘sprinkles’!

I made these using the Burrito Method using The Seasoned Homemaker‘s tutorial. This is the same way I made the Harry Potter pillowcases a while back.

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As I mentioned in that post, the burrito pillowcase tutorials don’t make their pillowcases using directional prints. Yet, once again, I chose a directional print. The burrito method uses one long piece of fabric for the edge of the pillow, one long piece for the trim and another piece for the main pillowcase. To use a directional print, you have to piece two pieces together to make the main fabric piece.

The tutorial I used uses a 27″ by 40″ piece for the main fabric. For directional fabric you need to cut (2) 27″ by 20 3/4″ pieces. Then sew these together using a French seam tutorial. I made mine with a 1/4 inch seam and then a 1/2″ seam. Then I have a 40″ long piece of fabric for the main fabric.

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You can see that I now have penguins with their heads up on both sides of the pillow!

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And they blend great with the kiddo’s sheets! These are a great way to use up large pieces of your stash. I found some fabric last night in my stash that I bought for pillowcases ages ago. This Christmas, it’s being used and removed from my stash!

What’s your favorite pillow case tutorial?