A Christmas Cross Stitch Pillow

I’m still thinking about Christmas!

I am apparently having a thing for animals with big noses! The puppy tray and Crimbo pillow that I just made both have big noses, too! I actually made the cross stitch last January while I was in bed with my leg issues. I finished it pretty quickly and then set it aside not knowing what to do with it. Then right before Christmas, I happened to find it again. I pulled it out and this pink fabric just happened to be sitting out and I knew they had to go together!

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The pattern is from Durene Jones. She has all sorts of really great free patterns on her facebook page. And this is one of them! There’s also a coordinating Santa that I want to make!

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For the back I just used a full piece of the pink fabric. No fancy piecing or anything! And then I did the invisible zipper that’s not quite as invisible as I’d like it to be!

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I did finish this one before Christmas even though I’m just now sharing it! But I will admit… I’m still working on some other Christmas projects I either didn’t finish for last Christmas or am excited to make for this year. I’m going to keep them a secret until the next holiday season!

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?

Halloween Pot Holders

I had much grander plans for the Halloween sewing this year, but alas, with work, the new Quiltcon Submission deadline and life, this is the only Halloween Sewing that happened!

All three are Foundation Paper Piecing patterns. Two are my own patterns that can be found in my etsy shop.

The Bat Block and the Ghost Block are my own patterns.

The Spiderweb is a lovely pattern by During Quiet Play and it’s for sale in her etsy shop.

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I usually use Insul-bright for pot holders, but this time I didn’t have any. Instead, I used a quilted heat resistant fabric from Joann’s instead because it’s what I had. I also usually use one piece of heat resistance fabric and one piece of plain batting. My husband always complains that his hands get hot, so I went with two pieces of the insulated this time. Seems to help.

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For the spiderweb, I quilted the spider web! This one was really easy to piece and quilt. It’s probably even easier with non-directional fabric! ha!

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The bat and ghost I just quilted with wavy lines. I was a bit harder to quilt through all the layers, but my machine made it through!

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For the backs, I used all the leftovers from the front! Through them together improv style and I really like the combo of the precise paper pieceing on the front and the improv on the back.

I also like to had a hanger, like I did on the last ones I made. This time I decided not to add the hanger so that they can also be hot pads.

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Did you get all your Halloween sewing done this year????

Holiday Swaps with the Cotton Candy Pouches

Last December I participated in two swaps. Was was meant to be a handmade item the other wasn’t!

The first swap was with the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. This one was a secret swap, but our partners gave us colors and ideas of what they would like to get. One of the items on my partners list was a pouch.

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I choose to make the Cotton Candy Pouch from Minikins, Season 1 by Sew Sweetness. It is a really simple pouch with a fun shape. I love the Sew Sweetness patterns because most of them also have a video included. Unfortunately, you can’t buy just this one pattern by itself, you have ot buy the whole Season 1 set. But FORTUNATELY, the whole set is full of great patterns!

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The colors. I don’t think I would have chosen them for myself, not because I don’t like them, just because I usually go to brighter colors. She said she liked navy and cream, grey and touch of green. So I pulled out my navy fabrics. One of them had a green in it, which was perfect. I also knew that the beige freckles fabric from Cotton and Steel had navy freckles. I love this!

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I started by making a ring of flying geese and realized they were way to big for the pouch. So guess what… I’m making myself a bag with the same color scheme! I really love it!

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For the back, I went with a solid panel rather a pieced panel in one of the fabrics I used on the front.

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On the inside, I also used another fabric from the front and added one of my little labels!

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From my secret swap partner, I also got a pouch! Yes, I got mine early and mailed mine late. On time, but later than I received mine so I got this fun shot of the two of them! Mine is made using Marcia Derse fabrics. Very cute!

And then my office had a Christmas Swap. It was also a secret, but no suggestions were given to the giver. My partner is a very creative designer sort, so I debated what to get her. I almost got her a craft kit. Then realized I couldn’t get what I wanted to get her in time for the party, so I decided that she would appreciate something handmade.

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So out came the Cotton Candy Pouch pattern again!

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For this one, I used one of the Mini Series patterns by Giucy Giuce. For this one I used the Courthouse Steps Pattern. She likes to wear earthy tones, so I went orange, yellow and a brownish orange yellow with a mix of creamy background fabrics.

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For the inside I used a golden stripe fabric and added my little label again!

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This pattern is an easy pattern to have as a quick go to pattern! I love how both of these turned out! what is your favorite go to pouch pattern?

Happy Easter!

I made a couple of quilted Easter decorations in time for Easter this year!

OK, full disclosure… I made them last year, but didn’t get them done in time for Easter! So technically, my first statement is true… LOL!

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As soon as I saw this bunny banner pattern by Sugaridoo in Quiltnow Magazine Issue 60, I was super excited to make it! I just think this little bunny is adorable!

FYI- Quiltnow Magazine is not longer being published and they have taken down the website where this pattern was located. The pattern is not in the magazine. Sugaridoo doesn’t have this pattern on her website, but she does have a similar bunny that you could use for a bunny banner project!

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So cute with the little chick on top! The pattern is a paper pieced pattern. I did not get very creative with this one, even the fabric colors are very similar to the one she made in the magazine. I really debated the quilting. I couldn’t decide what to do and was worried this diamond shape would take away from the bunny. In the end I think it turned out just right.

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I didn’t piece the back on this one. I did add a sleeve, but didn’t use it in the photoshoot!

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And you probably know that I love to just my scraps from a project in another project or a coordinating project right away. So I made Easter eggs! Scrappy, improv Easter eggs. I used this tutorial for my eggs, but instead of a circle, I made the egg shape.

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And I used more scraps from the eggs to make the back!

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A little invisible zipper action.

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Three eggs and another chick from the original pattern, makes for a cute pillow, if I do say so myself!

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I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend and hopefully you are able to get some sewing time in! I plan too. A little Easter Egg dying and sewing for my weekend.

Wishing you LOVE this Valentines Day

Happy Valentines Day! Yes, I’m one of those people that like to make seasonal pillows and quilts! Are you?

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I love (no pun intended) this pattern from Quiet Play. You can purchase it here. It’s a 10″ block and then I added the pink and grey borders to make it a larger pillow size.

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A good invisible zipper never gets old! At least not to me. I get so excited when I get it right!

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I had this little scrap of pink fabric with little hearts on it in my stash. I have no idea why. It’s not my style at all and I don’t know where it came from. But I’ve held on to it for a long, long time… Very confused by this, but… It’s perfect for the back of my pillow! I guess I knew I’d want it one day!

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ok, I’ll admit, we leave this one out all year. We need love all year, right???

Magic, Gross and Jokes Valentines- Free Printables

Are your kids in school this year? I know a lot of kids aren’t! But if your kids are in trading Valentine’s this year, we have something fun!

We found a great deal on this box of magic tricks, gags and jokes and as soon as my son and I saw them, we knew we could turn them in great Valentines!

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These are a little bittersweet as they were for the last year that the kiddo is going to trade Valentine’s with his whole class. I love making fun Valentine’s. Yes, I’m positive that I’m more upset by this than the kiddo is. Ha!

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Let’s start with the Jokester Valentine! You can download this Valentine here.

And for the bags, I got mine at Paper Mart. You do have to buy 500 or 1000, but they come in handy for all sorts of things. I have been using my box for years!

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For fillers, I googled PRANK PARTY FAVORS and found some things! You could use whoopie cushions, hairy spiders, fake teeth, fake worms, and noise putty! All of these would make for a good prank joke on your classmates! I also found this assortment of prank gifts.

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Next we have the Magic Valentine! You can download it here.

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Similar to above, I googled MAGIC TRICK PARTY FAVORS. I like to add the party favors part, because they usually come in packs of 10 or so. I found some ideas on Amazon. Remember the magic worms? I loved these things as a kid! Other ideas are metal magic puzzles, magic light up fingers, or these easy magic tricks.

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And last, but not least, the Gross Valentines! You can download this Valentine here.

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Technically, these could be jokes and you could use the jokester Valentine from above. But these are more on the gross side of things than the others! Again, I searched for GROSS PRANK PARTY FAVORS. You could use plastic roaches, or fake poo putty, fake pimples and warts, pimple temporary tattoos, and fart bombs! So many things to choose from!

You could also get fake worms in the fishing department at Walmart or any outdoor stores. Funny story is that as a kid I LOVED the fake worms and bugs and lizardy things from the fishing aisles. I had a huge collection of them! Some of them are very lifelike. And pretty inexpensive.

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Which one is your favorite? I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! And for the downloads again, here is the jokester, magic, and gross Valentines. Enjoy!

Winter Friend Pillows

I’m enjoying making other people’s projects these days! Like these Winter Friend Pillows!

I really love these little throw pillows. They were intended to be Christmas presents, but they were a little late. The green ones are staying at our house while the red ones found a new home. I’m calling them winter pillows, not holiday pillows. It’s still winter….

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As you probably know, I love this book! Pretty In Patchwork, Holidays by John Q Adams. I’ve made a few projects from it, like these teachers gifts.

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As much as I love this book, I did find a bit of an editing oversight. The project for these pillows in the book is called Greetings From Antarctica! I just want to clarify… There are no polar bears in the Antarctic. Penguins live in Antarctica, polar bears live in the Arctic. Things like this really bug me! Let’s be smart, people! Don’t dumb us down….

So I’m changing the name of the project to Winter Friends, as in they are all our friends. I don’t think polar bears and penguins would be friends.

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The directions called for applique eyes and button eyeballs. As much as I don’t like applique, I did do the eyes! By putting a white circle over black, the black showed through, so I added some betting to my circles, so you couldn’t see the black through the white. But I didn’t want buttons for eyes. And I didn’t want to applique anything smaller than the eyes. I also have those eyeballs you use for stuffed animals, but I realized they wouldn’t work on the pillow. It was my son who said, ‘I saw you had some other round things in your cabinet.’ He was talking about my box of rivets! Perfect!

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The polar bear actually had applique eyes (or was it buttons), but I added the diamond shaped eyes in the paper piecing pattern. I love how they turned out, but wonder if I had used rivets, would the pillows blend together better??

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I did also change the pattern of the hat to make the white band thinner. Then the poof was to be a button or applique as well. But I hand sewed on a little pompom!

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I did the same thing for the little penguins! just used smaller rivets and a smaller pompom. Also, for these little guys, I just reduced the size of the pattern when I made the copies. Next time, I’d like them a little larger!

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I chose a freehand wavy pattern to work with ‘sprinkles’ of white to look like the sprinkles were snow blowing in the wind. I think it works!

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The backs are BORING! But I’m ok with it, because the fronts are adorable!

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And the invisible zippers rock!

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I love my winter friends pillows! They make a great gift for penguin loving friends!

 

A Couple of Cross Stitch Ornaments

OK, one more Christmas post. Just bear with me! I contemplated saving this until next Christmas, but no! I love these little guys too much!

Over the last couple of years, I’ve really loved getting back into cross stitch. I love walking to the book store at lunch way too often, to see if the new issues have come yet. Since they are all UK magazines, they are always way too late for my liking…

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I’m totally in love with the Retro Christmas designs from Emma Congdon in the December 2017 Issue of Cross Stitch Crazy. I want to make them all!!! Then the other little guy came from Issue 298 (November 2015) of Cross Stitcher magazine.

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I love almost everything about mid century modern design and this group of patterns, is perfect for an easy stitch. I don’t know why I picked this one to start with, but I love how it turned out!

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As you saw with my tree skirt, my Christmas colors are not the traditional red and green, so I kept it up here. The stitching is a light green and hot pinkish color. it almost looks red, but it’s actually a bit more pinky. Then I took a plain 3″ hoop and painted it with a teal blue glitter paint.

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And I love this little reindeer guy! The pattern included a lot more outlining stitches, but I liked it without the other stitches! So I stopped! It definitely gives a slightly different look than the designer, Durene Jones, intended, but I like it! (you should check out her FB page, becuase there a bunch of cute free designs!)

 

I was drawn to it with the outlines, but once I got through with the background, I liked it just the way it was.

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And of course, glitter! It was intended to be a brooch, but I changed that too to make it an ornament. These may not be mid century mod designs, but I’d love to make the rest of these designs too!

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And the backs. I noticed that I don’t see the backs of cross stitch projects online very often! This is the first time I’ve made a project that the back may be seen. I almost wish I had used a teal back on the bigger piece. But I’m learning… Next time will be better.

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I need to get some new projects going now. I hope everyone had a great holiday season. And I’ll admit, my tree is still up…