Koala Cross Stitch Storage Bin

I actually made a cross stitch project and turned it into something all in less than a year! Maybe even less than a month start to finish!

Remember back when we were worried about the fires in Australia? It seems like a lifetime ago with everything going on in the world these days. Way back then in January, I think, I bought a bunch of koala patterns. And I’ve made a couple of them!

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Including this sweet one by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, With Love!

It went faster than cross stitch usually does! I wanted to do something with it besides hang it on a wall and decided to make a storage bin.

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First I sewed the cross stitch to the fabric with the circle cutout, like usually do, using this tutorial.

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For the storage bin I decided to use the Faithwell Storage Bin pattern by Sew Sweetness. It’s a free pattern with a video tutorial. Super simple. And I made it more simple by eliminating the open hole handles. I picked my fabric and laid it out on the foam interfacing and did a quilt as you go before turning it into the storage bin.

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With the quilting I did, it doesn’t stand up in a perfect circle, but I’ve learned that the more stuff you put into, the circular shape starts to show better!

I was going to take it to work for a pencil holder. I obviously didn’t pay much attention to the directions and the finished size, because it’s a bit big for a pencil jar! So now it sits on my sewing table holding the pieces to my temperature quilt that I’m working on.

What’s your favorite thing to do with cross-stitch projects?

An Angel Pillow

I have a whole stack of handmade Christmas presents piled up to share! I had a nice long list of handmade Christmas presents I wanted to make for family this year. It was a bit too long and I didn’t get it all done. But I did get a good bit done. At least one thing for each person on my list. And now I want to share them with you.

First up is this angel pillow! I actually pieced the angel in 2018, but didn’t make it for Christmas. It sat around for more months than I can to share until I got it quilted and made into a pillow in time to gift in 2019!

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The pattern is by Quilt Art Designs. Have you seen her patterns? She has some of the most elaborate paper pieced patterns I’ve ever seen. They are so good! And she must have hundreds of patterns. I bet if you want a paper pieced pattern of something, she has it! You can find this one here.

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For the dress I used an ombre pink fabric that I had in my stash. I believe it was by Cotton and Steel a few years back. I also debated on how to quilt it. I thought about starting with the halo and quilting a circular pattern radiating out from the halo. Now that I type this, I like that idea even more! But I went straight line quilting and I’m very happy with how it turned out.

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I used all solids on the front, so I threw in some pattern on the back!

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I know I’ve said it before, but I’m loving invisible zippers! This one is a little more invisible on one side than it is on the other! but it still works!

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I’m pretty sure this one was well received by it’s new owner! I think it’s quite beautiful!

 

A New Christmas Tree Skirt

I finished with a day to spare!

I started this project in January. I started it but then put it away to work on other things. The thought was to start back up after the early in the year so that it would be ready in plenty of time for Christmas. Well, that didn’t happen! so of course, I was cramming to get it done for this Christmas. And I did!

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It is so beautiful (if I do say so myself)! It would make a beautiful real skirt! My Christmas colors are white, bright pink, bright green and teal. And I’m excited to say, it’s all made from my stash! I saw the project in Issue 66 of Love Patchwork and Quilting and knew I wanted to make it. The pattern is by Evie of EVQuilts and is the Starburst Tree Skirt.

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Then when I realized I had all the fabric I needed, I was even more excited! The pink raw silk was a scrap I had been given ages ago. I don’t know where the teal satin and bright green came from. I did use the bright green for our handmade Elf on the Shelf.

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All the other fabrics were from my wedding! The white raw silk look alike (it’s not actually raw silk, but looks like it) was from my wedding. The beaded white raw silk was from the cake table at my wedding. And the green, but not bright green, was from extra fabric I bought to match the bridesmaids dresses. I ran out of that fabric and had some of the darker fabric from their dresses that I used to finish off the binding in the back. I didn’t make thier dresses, but we used a company that I picked the fabric, the bridesmaids picked the dress style. You can buy extra fabric to use on other projects for your wedding. Perfect use of stash, IMO! I also used the beaded white fabric from our Chirstmas stockings I made ages ago! Nine years ago, actually! (excuse the horrible pictures if you click back…) 

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For years, we’ve been using these fleece tree skirt. It went better with the tree when we used to get a live, green tree. It’s literally a piece of fleece cut into a circle with a split in the back. Since we got the white tree I have not liked it anymore!

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But man! Check out how much better the new skirt looks!! I’m actually gleeful with how this turned out!

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The tree skirt is quilt as you go. You start with a really long piece of batting, like 60″ long, and sew the strips on at angle. Over and over and over! Then you do it again with the strips going in the opposite direction! So, needless to say it took me longer that I had anticpiated. I was planning on quilting just the white. But then decided, nope.

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I did hand sew on the binding. You can see the two fabrics from the bridesmaids dresses here.

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I’m just so excited about it! I almost hated to cover it in presents! But we did, of course! And now it’s empty again and I can enjoy the tree skirt again before it has to go away until next year.

 

Happy Halloween` with a little Cross Stitch

I hope everyone is having a Happy Halloween!

Or Happy Day of the Dead if you prefer! Today I wanted ot share a cross stitch project I made for a friend after her kitty cat died. And what better day to show this project then today!

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As soon as I saw this pattern I was excited to make it. And it opened up my world to the Daily Cross Stitch website. I love this website! The designs are very simple for the most part, but not always. There is a pattern for everything and you can get every pattern on the website for only $10! You should check it out!

And did you notice that I started too close to the edge of the aida fabric? that bummed me out, but I sewed two piece together and made it work!

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I love the flowers and the eyes on this one!

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Are you doing any Halloween cross stitch projects? I have so many that I want to do! I wish I was faster at cross stitch!

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And I have to share our pumpkins! This is Little Miss Vampanda! My contribution to the family pumpkin patch!

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And the rest of the bunch! With my husbands porch decorations! He’s really excited to get his smoke machine and black light out for the trick or treaters. Any maybe even put our ring doorbell to use for a little bit of scaring… Hmm!

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Happy Halloween!

Finish Along Quarter 2 2017 Goals!

I don’t know how it happened, but I only got one on my list from last quarter done… ergh…  Here we go again! And again, most will look familiar…

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This one is ready to go and the quilting has already started, but I got frustrated with it and now it’s sitting there again!

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This is an old one that has been sitting on the shelf for about 3 years. Sitting there with a front and back done! So it just needs a little quilting love… It’s basted. It’s getting so close… Like right next to my machine!

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I’ve picked this one up again and hope to finish it ASAP for the whole gift giving thing!  This one uses the quick curve ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful!

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This one is also almost done! Ready to be quilted TONIGHT! Using my own Inside Out Pineapple block…..

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This little secret guy needs to be done this quarter! Loving the colors!

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And here’s a sneak peek at the next Nurture Circle do Good quilt. I’m going to try to make a good impression this go around and actually finish my quilt in the allotted time frame! Fingers crossed!

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And there’s this one I’d like to finish from a year ago….

The last three I want to keep working on, or start, but I doubt I’ll finish them!

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My Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM quilt ….

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I want to start and finish my Christmas quilt and I want to have it done for next year and at the rate I’m going, it won’t be done, unless I do it now!

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I’m STILL working on the Technicolor Galaxy Quilt!

Ok, this list is insane long… AGAIN…. But I want to get these DONE!!!!!!!! And some are almost done! I won’t finish them all, of course, but I’m hoping to make a good dent in the pile!

 

 

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Finish Along Quarter 1 2017 Goals!

Ok, I just got a new machine, but have been sick and haven’t even gotten it out of the box! But this weekend…. I’m starting my list!! It’s pretty similar I know…. Ok so these top three are all done and basted… Just waiting to be quilted….

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And the third one that I can’t find a picture for is an old one that has been sitting on the shelf for about 3 years. Sitting there with a front and back done! So it just needs a little quilting love…

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I’m STILL working on the Technicolor Galaxy Quilt!

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I’m also inspired to finish this one using the quick curve ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful! I have a great idea of who it is going to go to, so I’m inspired again!

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There’s a requested Christmas mini quilt using my Inside Out Pineapple block….. That I have started, but not finished… These blocks take a long time! It’s worth it in the end, but….

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And I’d love to get caught up on my Seattle Modern Quilt Guild BOM quilt by the end of the year….

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And lastly, a new one to the list, but I want to start and finish it now. It’s a Christmas quilt and I want to have it done for next year and at the rate I’m going, it won’t be done, unless I do it now!

Ok, this list is insane long… AGAIN…. But I want to get these DONE!!!!!!!! And some are almost done! I won’t finish them all, of course, but I’m hoping to make a good dent in the pile!

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Giveaway Day with It’s Just Sewing

It’s that time again!! It’s Giveaway Day AGAIN over on Sew Mama Sew. And yep!  It’s Just Sewing, who was once The West Seattle Fabric Company, is once again our lovely sponsor!

Today we have another hand picked collection, by Monica, from It’s Just Sewing! Monica has closed her online shop and has moved into the focusing on the long arm quilting and blogging about our industry!

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It’s Just Sewing is a video based blog with tutorials dedicated to the beginner! We were talking the other day about how there are a ton of sewing blogs, but not many about the basics for the beginner. And that is why she started her blog. Be sure to check it out for some really fun projects!

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 This giveaway is a fat quarter bundle of nine different fabrics and three spools of thread!

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Ready to WIN? You have FIVE ways to enter! And come back and leave a separate comment on this post for each entry!

1. Visit the It’s Just Sewing blog and let us know which is your favorite project! Leave one comment. (one entry)

2. Follow It’s Just Sewing on Instagram. Leave one comment. (one entry)

3. My blog followers get an extra entry. Leave one comment. (one entry)

4. Follow I’m Feelin’ Crafty on Instagram. Leave one comment. (one entry)

5. Share the giveaway on your blog, FB page, or tweet about. Leave one comment. (one entry)

That’s 5 possible entries! You must comment on this post to win. Open to both US and International readers. The giveaway will close on December 11th at 11 p.m. PST, and we’ll choose one winner using Random.org.

Be sure to check out the Sew Mama Sew blog for more giveaways!

And a Special Thank you to It’s Just Sewing!

Technical Difficulties

I interrupt this blog to apologize for some technical difficulties…  My computer has crashed…. And it has taken my pictures and content with it…. We, well, I will be back shortly. Not so sure about my computer.

The Weight of Love Quilt

Man, friends! I don’t know what it is, but I’ve been making a lot, but not blogging a lot. I don’t know how I used to make and blog 3 times a week and still have a life!

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Anyway, it’s finally time to show a new finish! I finished my Weight fo Love quilt! The pattern is a Libs Elliot pattern, but as far as I know, you have to take the class to purchase the pattern.

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I was in a bit of a creative slump when I signed up for her class. Actually she came to Seattle and I took two of her classes. And since I was in the slump, I thought these looked like fun quilts to learn about. And they are. But I mostly learned, that I enjoy making my own designs than someone else’s.

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For this one, it was kinda like a paint by number to get you started. Then it was all about the Hex n More ruler. I’ve wanted this ruler for a long time, but I finally ‘HAD’ to have it for class, so I bought it! Yea!

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Don’t get me wrong… I love this quilt! But I feel like I didn’t have the connection to it that I do to some of my others since it isn’t my design. But I didn’t love it as much until I quilted it. Then I fell in love all over again!

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The back even shows it better!

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I’m was asked a few times how I laid out the quilting lines. I use one of these smooth tracing wheels and a straight edge. I mark a section, quilt, mark, quilt, etc… It was worth the extra work if you ask me!

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For the back, I use a lot of left over fabric from the front. But I also couldn’t let go of a few fo thsoe extra hexagon, so I made them into the back.

The quilt is intended to be appliqued onto the quilt top. But, um, nope! Not this one. I add a row of grey on each side and sew-d them all the hexagons again! Applique is not my strong suit!

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My son always asks why I take a picture of the tag… So now I have to just to tease him!

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All in all, I’m pretty happy with it and I’m keeping it for myself. The class? I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t learn more. But I am happy I got get the pattern and make this quilt and spend time with by quilting buddies!

 

And this is also a finish on my Quarter 3 Finish Along!

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Mastermind with Factotum of Arts

 

Welcome to the last week of Sew Ready to Play! Sad, but true… BUT, WAIT! We have a new guest today. An online friend that I will get to meet very soon in real life! Michelle from Factotum of Arts is here today for her first game on Sew Ready to Play! I originally met her through our do.Good Stitches group and now through the Quilt Design a Day group on FB! She’s full of great inspiration! And is currently releasing quilting patterns developed from her QDAD drawings! If you don’t know her, you’ve got to check out her Blog!

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Can you guess her game?  Click on over to her blog to see how she made a quilted wall art version of Mastermind! One of our favorite games!!!

Thanks for playing, Michelle!

 

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Sept 9th- Liz and LiZ  from Simple Simon and Co

Sept 14th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 16th- Narelle from Threadistry

Sept 19th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 26th- Michelle from Factotum of Arts

Sept 28th- Ashley and Emily from Frances Suzanne

Sept 30th- The Recap!