Quilted Music Pouch

This gift coordinates with the elephant pouch I showed in my last post! Both were given as gifts to U of Alabama fans… Hence the color scheme!

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My dad wanted a music pouch for Christmas. He had found one on Amazon, but I decided I can make that! To start I basically made a mini quilt for the outside of the pouch.

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I knew design I wanted to use for the outside and I had an idea of how to construct it, but I wasn’t sure exactly. Then I remembered the Two In One Pouch by s.ot.a.k Handmade. I made a few of these years ago and I still love them. I just quadrupled it! And sized it to fit a note pad in the zipper pockets.

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The one thing about the pattern that I’ve always wondered about is the space between the two pouches. I’ve always felt that there should be pockets or something between the pouches. For this one, I made pockets. Another spot to put your music sheets!

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The funny thing is, I was planning on making this tumbler pattern for the outside for a while. Then the ‘free gift’ with Love Patchwork and Quilting, was a set of tumbler templates! How perfect was that?? The templates did make it easier!

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Now I want to make one for me! We’ll see!

 

 

A Little Elephant Pouch Gift

For the holidays I really enjoyed making handmade gifts for family. I do enjoy a nice quick ‘er’ project than a full quilt every now and then!

This project was a bunch of new! A new pattern, times two, altering a paper pieced pattern, sewing with cork and new quilting pattern.

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The pattern is by Olesya Lebedenko Design and I got it from her etsy shop. She has a lot of cute patterns.  This came in a set of other ‘Jungle Flat Face Animals’. The paper piecing pattern set up is different than I am used to. It’s not set up with the 1/4″ seams shown, so there are more copies required to get the pattern pieces you need. But it still worked. I loved the elephant face, but I didn’t like that the trunk just ended. So I added that on myself. The corners didn’t come together perfectly, but close enough for me. And if you look at at the right angle, you don’t notice it as much! ha!

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Then I had to decide what to do with my little elephant head! This person was already getting pot holders and I’d given them coasters another year… Then I found Sew Sweetness’ Persimmon Dumpling Pouch pattern. And that was that! It’s a free pattern on her blog and even comes with a video tutorial. It’s a really easy make.

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Not too long ago, I was gifted an amazing pouch by a friend in my guild and she had done this awesome quilting on it. (Yes, I still need to share about that!) I was totally inspired by her to do the quilting on this little pouch! The quilting on the back is moreo detailed than in the front. I was planning on doing the back pattern on the front as well, but it seemed like it would be too busy and take away from the elephant.

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The inside uses a contrasting grey fabric. I also love how well this zipper goes. When I saw the zipper I knew I’d be able to use it and this was the perfect project for it!

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And the cork bottom! This wasn’t actually the first time I had used cork. But it is the first time I’ve used it in a pouch and really had to work with it. I’ve ben hoarding my cork fabric for way too long. I finally busted it out and made some wallets and was hooked! Ordered more and have a lot of plans for it now! I love it!

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And that’s my elephant pouch! It’s my Persimmon Dumpling Flat Faced Elephant Pouch!

 

 

Bright Tide Pools

ok! I’m on a roll and loving getting quilts and projects finished! Not half finished in a pile! Now if I can only post them! 

This little one isn’t as old as some of my other WIPS. It’s only about a year in process. For my son’s school auction, I have been putting in a custom quilt. I give them some of my designs to choose from and whoever gets it, gets to pick the colors to make it their own. This is the second time I have done it. You can see the first one, Triangle Mountain, here. And probably the last as the auction was cancelled this year and I don’t think they do it at his middle school. And I honestly get kinda freaked out about whether or not the person is going to like it.

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This design came from when I was active in the Quilt Design a Day FB group. I really miss it and need to pick it up again.

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Each day there is a prompt picture, like the one above by Michelle Wilke of Factum of Arts Blog. This picture she took of tide pools in the Olympic National Park was te inspiration ‘spark’ where this quilt originated!

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From the picture above came this design.

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Which turned into this design after I got the color inspiration from the auction winner!

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And this is what we ended up with! Not a single square in the mix. one of the things I like about quilting is the puzzle of putting it all together and this one was a real puzzle!

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In hindsight, I probably would have made the blocks bigger so that sat closer together, but I like how it turned out.

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I used all the scraps for the back. Starting with the little yellow green rectangle in the orange. That was the first block for the front when I realized it was WAY to small! The back started out as a log cabin, but ended up looking like an old TV with the ‘bunny ears’ antenna. the TV is all I can really see at this point. HA!

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I think my favorite part of the back is this skinny purple line!

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The auction winner wanted it to cover her induction cooktop. At first I was like, ‘No way! That’s a fire hazard, if I’ve ever heard of one!’ Then I googled it and apparently it’s a thing to cover these cooktops with quilts. Very odd to me and it makes me nervous. But It’s what she wanted, so I went with it. I also added inslu-bright so it can act as a huge potholder/hot pad/trivet.

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Name : Bright Tide Pools
Design:
 Original Design
Dimensions: 32 x 21 in.
Quilted: Straight line quilting 

 

 

Improv Flower Pillow. Done. Finally.

WAYYYYYY Back in 2017 I took a fun little class to make one Improv Flower Block with Mr. Domestic.

And I made the block. Right then! I had these grand plans to hand quilt it. But it just sat there and got moved around my sewing room for literally years… Then last month, I was like, forget the hand quilting, let’s get this done! And I did!

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I’m really missing my friends at the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild these days! The guild offers a lot of fun classes and this one with Mr. Domestic, back in July of 2017, seemed like it would be fun. He’s quite the personality!

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I honestly don’t even remember the steps he taught us to get to the finished product, but it’s basically an improv process of sewing strips together and then cutting them into strips again.

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Here’s the crazy thing. I had half of it finished before I even left the class. And all the other strips done, too. I went home and finished the block two days later. Then it took me 2.5 years to get it quilted. Which took about maybe 2 hours or so… Then another 1/2 hour to turn it into a pillow. WHY???? Why do I let things sit for so long before finishing them????

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My original plan was to hand quilt it, but I love the texture I got  with the quilting I did do!

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Like usual, no quilting on the back. I do like to use two pieces of fabric on the back though. I cut two solid pieces and serge the edges. It gives it a more solid feel. I don’t know how to explain it, but I like it.

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I did my new love, the invisible zipper. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. Invisible zippers are more invisible if you match the zipper to the fabric! I was on a roll and didn’t want to wait until I got the right colored zipper, so I went with what I had. And I’m ok with it! ha!

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And that’s it! 2.5 years in the making… Has anyone else made this block? Did you make a quilt or a pillow or something else? It would be fun to make a mini version into a pot holder!

 

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 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!

One Hour Basket Teacher Gift

With the holiday giving season coming up, I want to share a bunch of the gifts I’ve made and never shared!

You probably remember the last gifts I shared about and probably remember the UW color scheme… Well, I kinda bought a lot more fabric than I needed for the first gift. So, I decided the end of school year present would be made with he same fabric! Every year since preschool, I have made tote bags for his teachers, with this label as a pocket on the outside.  Last year was the first year he had a male teacher and I wasn’t sure he’d want a tote bag, but I couldn’t not use the label… You can order the printed labels from Spoonflower. And you can download the label here.

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So I went with a one hour basket. Yep, one of those one hour baskets that take longer than an hour! I always use the same tutorial I used the first time I made this, from Kelby Sews. It takes me longer than hour becuase I alwyas make them pieced, rather than just a piece of fabric on the exterior.

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I started this one by cutting out a bunch of triangles. Did I say a bunch? Way too many… I have no idea what I’m going to do with the rest of them!

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I didn’t measure anything when I cut the triangles, but I did try to cut them as close to right triangles as possible without measuring or rulers. Then I sewed them together. Then I trimmed them. I wanted a certain height, but width I wasn’t concerned about. So I aligned my ruler so that I got a 5″ rectangle with the top and bottom edges aligned with the corners of the blocks.

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You can tell that they aren’t all the same width, right? And lastly, I quilted as you go onto the batting that gives the basket it’s shape.

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These baskets are great and you can give them to anyone for any occasion really! Every year I give the neighbors cookies. How awesome would it be to deliver them in one of these baskets?!? How about one ot hold all the Christmas cards? What would you gift these for?

 

 

Handmade Teacher Gifts

Halloween is over, and as much as I want to keep sewing for Halloween, I’m going to take a break and move on to handmade gifts! Not quite Christmas posts, but a few gift idea posts are coming up before I move into full on Christmas!

What do you do for Teacher gifts at the Holidays? I’ve always made handmade somethings! One year I made a two in one pouch for a teacher and one year I made a personalized pouch with the teachers initial pieced on it. I forget what else! ha! And then for the last two years, I’ve made these adorable little quilted ‘folios’ from the book Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays.

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I’m a little obsessed with buying quilting and cross stitch magazines, but I rarely buy books. One year, I found this book is  super sale bin at the bookstore and I bought it. I have to say it’s one of my favorite project books I have! The projects are focused on Christmas primarily, but most of hte projects also have suggestions for turning the projects into other holiday sewing projects. Stay tunned for some more projects from this book this holiday season!

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I made this one just like the directions say. I laid out my blocks how I wanted them, then turned them over, but forgot to flip their location… The little girl flying the kite was supposed to be on the front, not hte back! Oh, well!

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My family gave me all the lovely Cotton and Steel fabric for Christmas. I think it was a perfect choice for this little gift!

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I loved placing the little apple on the side pocket! Aren’t you supposed to give teachers apples?? I’m not exactly sure what apples have to do with teachers, but it’s a thing! ha!

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And then I made another one last year for his teacher. This teacher is a University of Washington grad, so I went with a UW themed version! Purple and gold with touches of black and white!

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Photo via Amazon

And for this one I combined the folio project with the Ho Ho Ho pillow project! The book has directiosn for each letter, so I made the W. I pieced this as quilt as you go and didn’t go back with any additional quilting. Looking back at this picture, i’m kinda inpreseed with how striaght my lines are! 

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And the inside of this one!

I’d love to know your favorite teacher gift go to! I have a new idea for this year….. More to come on that!