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…

Doggy Bandana Tutorial- Holiday Edition

Ok, there really isn’t any other edition other than the holiday edition! But you can make these dog bandanas for any occasion you’d like!

They are super simple, reversible and just fit over the collar so that there’s not another thing around the pups neck!

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Oh, and did I mention stinkin’ adorable???

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Here’s the story… I’m kinda obbessed with my dog and follow a lot of big white Great Pyrenees on IG (mine’s a mix, but very much a pyr in her own right!) and I see so many with these cute bandanas. Then the other night, when I was supposed to be making Christmas presents, this whole bandana thing popped in my head as a super easy thing to do. So I made two!

I put the kiddo and pup to bed and took Lulu’s collar. She was soooo not happy about me taking her collar! I don’t know why. And she seemed very happy to have it back the next morning.

I’ll show you how I made mine.

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First step is kinda obvious… You have to cut the pieces out! You can download the pattern here. And cut out two pieces.

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Along the top edge, the squared off edge, sew a French seam. First, sew along the top with a very scant 1/4″ seam, fabrics wrong sides together. Then fold the fabrics over at the seam, now right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam. Easy peasy, but if you would prefer a more detailed French seam tutorial, they are all over the internet.

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Now you are going to sew a 1/4″ hem along the short, straight side. (the sides perpendicular to the French seam. Sorry, not a great photo for this step.) Fold over a 1/4″, then fold over another 1/4″ to hide the edges and stitch.

Then fold over, right sides together, and stitch along the triangle edges.

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Be sure to trim the edges at the point of the bandana to avoid bulk before turning right side out.

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Turn it right side out through the collar holes. Next I marked my stitching line from corner to corner, about 1 1/2″ from the French seam.

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Then topstitch and you’re ready to insert the collar!

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Look at that model pose!

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They really are super cute and quick! Now this one is sized for about a 65/70 pound dog with a 1″ collar. You can resize for a smaller dog and use the same process.

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I ended up giving the reindeer one to her cousin before she had a chance to model that one. I might just have to make another one! A quick and easy sew for a festive pup! Let me know if you have any questions!

 

A Christmas Hedgehog Pillow

I’m all about the holiday animals! A halloween cat, Rudolph the reindeer, and a now Christmas hedgehog! (and there might be more to come…. )

This is another project I made last year, but haven’t shared yet.

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Do you like paper piecing? If you do, you should probably know Tartankiwi! I love her patterns! I have a few, but this is the only one I’ve made yet. I’ve been eyeballing her patterns for years. Then when I saw her hedgehog pattern in the issue 64 of Love Patchwork Quilting Magazine, I knew I had to make it. So I did!

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It’s a lot of pieces, obviously, but it’s a really quick sew. I needed something for the holiday swap for our SMQG Holiday pattern, so I decided to make this. But I loved it and my family loved it so much that it didn’t quite make it to the swap.

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And look how good it goes with this other pillow that I made years ago! It kinda had to stay here, right? (Back me up here… 🙂 )

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I love this Cotton and Steel Fabric, too. For this one I just made an envelope back. It was before my new obsession with invisible zippers.

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My plan was to post the presents I’m making, but then I realized, those receiving the gifts would see them and that kinda blew my plan… Luckily I had some holiday sewing projects saved from last year! Ha!

 

Be sure to check out Tartankiwi’s blog and you can get the hedgehog pattern on her etsy site or her payhip site.

 

Happy Holiday sewing!

 

 

 

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer! Quilted!

I’m so excited to show you this Christmas quilt! I’ve been waiting all year! I finished it about a week after Christmas last year and decided to wait until this year to show you.

It’s an abstract Rudolph!

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As soon as Sew Kinda Wonderful posted about her upcoming Urbanologie quilt, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. literally, the moment I first saw it! I only wanted the one block from the quilt, but I bought the whole thing anyway… I couldn’t wait to see if they ever published the patters separately, which they haven’t by the way… Maybe one day I’ll make other pieces of the quilt, but not the whole thing together. It’s not quite my thing.. But the antlers… LOVE!

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Since I had so much white space, I wanted a color for the binding and went with the bright green to make it a little more playful.

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And for the nose, I used the same process I used on my sports quilt I did ages ago… You can find the tutorial here.

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You know me and solids! I rarely use prints, but I wanted to here. And I ordered all the fabrics online. I took a good guess at which ones would work together, and they all do! By sheer luck of the draw!

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And the back. I didn’t do very good at straightening out when I basted, but oh well… A little crooked.

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Token label picture!

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I would say this has enough white space to qualify as a Modern Quilt! ha! Have you made a Christmas quilt this year?? I want to size this down to a pillow as well. Probably not this year though! But an easy matching set, wouldn’t you think?  I’ll be sharing some more Christmas things soon! Between sewing projects!

Quilted Thanksgiving Placemats

Typically, I would post these before Thanksgiving to inspire readers to make some too… But I was up until 2am the night before Thanksgiving finishing these and rotating the tubs of cold water to thaw out my turkey that I forgot to thaw BEFORE the big turkey day….

My goal was to finish 5 because it’s how many people were having dinner at our house! I will finish the set. But not until next year! I pulled a stash of fabric for these placemats in fall colors. So the placemats (yes, if you go to flickr, I named all my photos Thanksgiving Napkins… Do not get confused. These are actually placemats… ha!) are not all the same, but they are all the same fabrics, so they coordinate!

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I took a picture of the table before we set the table and before the food came out. And check out my Gee’s Bend hot pads up there in the corner! Love those too!

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A little confession… I have an addiction… To quilting and cross stitch magazines! I don’t design my own cross stitch patterns, but I do design my own quilts. So it’s weird that I love quilting magazines, right? Because I’m probably never going to make the quilts in them. They always have fun small projects in them, and they are super inspiring! So for this I went through my magazines and found some quilt blocks that I wanted to turn into placemats. This one is my favorite of the five!

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For this placement I used a block from the Retro Playlist BOM from Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine. (Issue 31, block by Lynne Goldsworthy) I love this paper pieced block, even though it had Y seams! I’ve never seen a paper pieced pattern with Y seams. But they came together perfectly!

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I just love it!!! My placemats are 12×18 inches. So this block was a little too large, so I cut off the bottom and I think it works!

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My second favorite is this HST pattern! This is another one from Love Patchwork and Quilting. (Issue 78) This design is called Smoke and Shimmer and designed by Karen Lewis. This placemat is actually 13×18. I thought I had scaled the blocks small enough to hit the 12×18 size, but I didn’t! And then I could bring myself to cut that extra inch off.

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For this one I used my friend Debbie’s tutorial to make Big Batch HST’s. I went with the 9″ blocks and just trimmed more off the edges to end up with a 2 1/2″ HST, which ended up 2″ finished. My doing it this way, I only had to do one set for three sides. With that I had a couple of leftovers for each color. These came in handy when I decided to continue the brown side further out. 

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Check out my NOT straight line quilting! I’m trying to branch out a little from my overall straight lines! There was no marking. I just eyeballed it and kept on quilting with my walking foot. A lot of turning back and forth, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

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Another chance to see that quilting! ha!

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Moving on to placemat #3! This one is based off the blocks I designed for one of the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild Giving Committee quilts. I use the term designed loosely, as it’s basically a log cabin block, but with uneven sides. You can get the tutorial here.

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Number 4. Another A Quilter’s Table tutorial from my friend Debbie! For this one I used her Cross Cut Blocks tutorial. Technically, I didn’t actually go to her blog to use the tutorial, because I’ve participated in a couple of these quilts and kinda have it down! I did one for one of our Nurture Circle quilts and it seems like I’ve made more…

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This process includes making cross blocks, sewing them together and then cutting them in pieces and sewing the pieces back together! Sounds kinda silly, but it’s so fun!

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And last, but not least! Some maple leaves. Typically, maple leaves aren’t really my thing. (sorry, my Canadian friends!) But colorful leaves just scream fall and Thanksgiving to me, so I had to make some. For thsi one I didn’t follow a pattern. I googled maple leaf quilt block and a bunch of different versions of this block came up. I liked this one the best, so I just eyeballed it from the pictures online.

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For each one, I just made the HST a little bit smaller and a little bit smaller! For not being a big fan of maple leaf blocks, I’m pretty excited about how these turned out.

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For the back I did some stash busting! Actually this whole project was a stash buster. But the back used more stash that had been sitting on my shelves for years (literally).

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Remember how I mentioned (way back… this is a super long post!) that I stayed up to 2 am the night before Thanksgiving. Well, that didn’t leave much time for putting on the binding. I could have machine bound them, but I do like a hand stitched binding. So for thanksgiving, I glued the binding to the back. Now I’m going back in and hand stitching. I’ll finish that part sometime between now and next Thanksgiving! ha!

Do you ever make your own placemats? My last years new years resolution was to do one Christmas and one Halloween placemat a month. Did that happen… Um, no. Am I going to try again this year? You bet! I’ll let you know how it goes!

And now I’m moving on to CHRISTMAS! Yea!

My Halloween Quilt! with a paper pieced pattern download

I know, most everyone has moved onto Christmas, but I’m still posting about Halloween!

I started this about this time last year. I had a plan. I was going to do one block each month… I was also going to make one Halloween and one Christmas placemat each month. Let’s just say NONE of those things happened! Oops!

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I didn’t quite finish in time for Halloween, but I finished 3 days later. So I’m calling that a win!

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I did intend for the stripe to go from top to bottom, not side to side… But I realized I didn’t have enough of the green fabric, so I switched gears mid stream. I actually really like having the stripe of pieced blocks along the bottom.

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Our Halloween guests seem to like it as well! They can still scare, but show off the stripe! ha! Who doesn’t love seeing monsters and skeletons cuddling under a quilt on the porch bench??? So sweet!

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For this quilt I did paper piece the stripe. That’s how I got such sharp points! Look at those points! I love it! You can download the quilt block here. It is a 12×18 page, so most home printers won’t print it, but your neighborhood office supply store will be able to. The block makes a 10″ square.

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How do you do binding? I sew mine onto the top and then iron it over to the back and hand stitch it to the back. I have not mastered the machine binding! Nope! And I love the time away from the machine to do a little hand stitching anyway!

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And the back. I made a few extra blocks with the scraps to put on the back. Then I just pieced all my scraps for as much of the back as I could. Then I just started adding larger pieces to make up the difference.

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Man, did this quilt almost give me a heart attack??? I was in the process of quilting it. I quilt on the dining room table. We had family friends over for dinner, so I just through my quilt and the machine in my son’s (also known at Lulu’s room, our 3 year old great pyrenees mix) room. Well, the pup got super excited about our guests, so we put her in ‘her room’ to calm down… When we go in the room, she has chewed up the quilt. I stifled my scream! we did still have guests… But luckily, she had just chewed the excess you add to the batting and back! So it was totally ok, but, man, did it scare me! And no, she didn’t get sick at all!

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My token label picture that I take for each quilt!

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I’m so excited to have it finished! And even though I have a list of more Halloween projects to do, I’m also excited to move on to handmade Christmas presents! What you working on after Halloween? Did you sew anything for Halloween?

 

The Grumpy Cat Halloween Pillow

I grew up with cats, but now I’m allergic, so I’m totally a dog person. But as soon as I saw The Grumpy Cat pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts, I knew I had to make it!

The last thing I needed was another Halloween pillow, but I love, really love, Halloween pillows! Anything Halloween really… And since I have a ton of Halloween fabric, I need ot use it, right?? So I purchased the pattern from Sew Fresh Quilts Etsy store.

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The Grumpy Cat a super easy make! It also comes in two sizes. I made the small one at about 8×10 inches.

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Are you also curious about the pumpkin? Now this is a pattern that I didn’t purchase… I just winged it. It’s inspired by the Mini Pumpkins pattern from Sew Kind Of Wonderful using the Mini Quick Curve Ruler. I’d recommend buying the pattern so your pumpkins aren’t lopsided like mine are! But for my pillow it works. I love the little pumpkins though!

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I just used a bright orange for the back. And I didn’t use an envelope style pillow. I put a zipper in it. My go to used to always be the envelope back, but I think it’s going to be the invisible zipper from now on!

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I’m loving this invisible zipper! This one isn’t quite as invisible as others I’ve made, but pretty close. I use a couple of tutorials, one from Sew Katie Did and one from Stitched in Color, for the invisible zipper.

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So there you have it! Another Halloween Pillow to add to my collection! I kinda want to make a quilt to. One grumpy cat at the bottom with a bunch of pumpkins… Maybe a witch’s hat? Who knows! I’m finishing my second Halloween quilt now, so I don’t know if I ever will, but I like the idea.

What are you stitching this Halloween?