Happy Halloween!

After my last quilt, I was so excited to sew a little mini together for one of my favorite holidays, Halloween!

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When I first saw the pattern from Flamingo Toes, I was super excited about it and really wanted to make one. I don’t have an embroidery machine, but I do have an awesomely talented family member who does! She graciously agreed to do the spider for me on her machine.

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I’ve never made anything with embroidery before. I’ve also never made a Dresden before. It’s my first attempt at a Dresden design.

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I had a different fabric selection at first, but switched gears to this more colorful palette. And I did have to make a little Halloween fabric purchase to round out the colors!

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With the whole mantel. Although I forgot to hang my bats… Oops! (That’s what 2020 has done to my brain!)

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I’m so glad I was able to sneak in even a little Halloween sewing!

Halloween is going to be a little different this year for most of us, but I’m still excited about the day and evening and hope you are too! Hope you can find a little bit of normal today out of the crazy that seems to be going on all around us!

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I first want to send love and thoughts to all those left in the wake of Hurricane Laura. The Gulf Coast is where I’m from and all my family and childhood friends are still there so I watch the storms with a heavy heart wherever they go once they hit the Gulf. I’m always leery about donating to national organizations, because I’m not sure where the money is really going. I found this article with some local organizations that are already working to clean up the aftermath and help those in the path.  Hopefully, there will be a group that stands out for you if you are looking for a way to help from a distance.

With all that said, my happy place is an old beach cabin on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. I love sewing on the porch when I go to visit. And sometimes I sew things for the house before I get there. Like these sailboat pillows.

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A few years ago, I found these sheets at Goodwill and I couldn’t walk away from them! They were sailboat sheets from Pottery Barn Kids and I just knew they would be a perfect fit for something at the beach house. We’re always doing little upgrades here and there and the ‘middle’ room as it’s called had just received a new grey paint job and needed fresh curtains. (There’s the end room, the middle room and the blue room, even when it hasn’t been painted blue, it’s still the blue room!) I backed the curtains with yellow lining and extended that just about a half inch for a little yellow accent.

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And of course, the fabric hoarder that I am, I just couldn’t through away the scraps from the curtains. But what to do with those scraps???

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Make pillows of course!

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The yellow is one of my staples, so I still had some of that and ‘outlined’ each boat with it.

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Like the seahorse pillow, these were made before my invisible zipper phase started! I didn’t even have enough scraps left to make the back sailboat fabric. I used almost every inch of that upcycled sheet set!

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I didn’t get to visit the beach house this year due to COVID and my son asked me this weekend if there had ever been a year that we hadn’t been. And no, I don’t think in all my 20 years (ha! it’s been a few more than that) on this planet, I have never spent a whole year away from the beach house. Definitely not a year missed since the kiddo’s been around and I can’t remember another year that I’ve missed it. Let’s keep wearing our masks so we can get back to our well loved traditions whatever they may be!

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.