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???

Begonia Quilt Leftovers- Pillows and Potholders!

I just shared my Begonia Quilt that I finished last year and now to show you what I did with the leftovers!

To make the Begonia Quilt there was a lot (A LOT) of HST action. Too much for me to make another one. But apparently, I made a few extras without realizing it! When I finished the quilt top, I was like, ‘uh, oh… Did I forget a row or two somewhere???’ Kinda like when you take something apart and put it back together but you still have pieces left over!

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I used some of the leftover HST’s on the back of the quilt. Then I used the rest to make these two pillows.

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For the little pillow I used only HST’s. And I tried out a more detailed quilting pattern. I love how it turned out!

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And for the large pillow I made a row of HST’s with negative space around it. This one I went for a simpler quilting pattern!

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For the backs I just used a plain piece of grey. One of the grey’s from the quilt top design. For my pillow backs, I always use two pieces of fabric and then serge the edges. I feel like it gives it a more sturdy, professional feel than just one layer of quilting cotton.

And then, you know I love an invisible zipper!!

These pillows are coming in super handy now that I am pretty much stuck in my bedroom due to this stupid broken leg I have! The big one is perfect to prop me up to work on hand work projects and the small one is just right for knee exercises! Who knew how much I’d need these things!!!

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And then when I ran out of HST’s I used the other scraps! I was starting to wonder if I would ever run out of HST’s or if they were duplicating on their own…. But I still had a few extra rectangles cut and some scraps, so I made those into potholders.

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I basically made quilt as you go blocks, added the binding and then added little leather straps on the corners. Easy Peasy!

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And like the pillows, I used a solid grey for the back.

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What do you do with you quilt scraps? Usually, I just through them in the scrap bins. But I love it when I use them right away to make something else. I wish I did this more often!

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!

 

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!

 

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?

Bama Pillow and How to Quilt with Old Clothes!

Roll Tide Roll! I thought it would be fitting to post this on the night of another National Championship game for ‘Bama! Whether we win or loose, Roll Tide Roll!

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My mom moved recently and as we were cleaning the house ot put it on the market, we came across this old sweatshirt from the 1985 50th Iron Bowl. She wasn’t ready to let it go, so we decided to make it new again! And she just happened to leave this houndstooth fabric at my house on one of her visits!

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So we’ve got some fabric, an old sweatshirt (this works with t-shirts too) and some featherweight fusible interfacing.

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Iron on the interfacing and it then cut it down to the right size. The interfacing gives the sweatshirt or t-shirt a stability that knit doesn’t have on it’s own. It makes it much easier to sew without distortion.

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Then I pieced the top and quilted in the the shape of a football! After I was loving along, I realized my football started to tilt and got off. So don’t look too closely at that detail…

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Then I started to wonder, what’s the big deal about this 50th Iron Bowl anyway…. Just in case you aren’t from the South and don’t know what the Iron Bowl is… It’s the biggest state rivalry there is! Well, that is coming from a ‘Bama fan, anyway! It is the biggest anticipated game in the state of Alabama between Alabama and Auburn. And this particular game in 1985, seems to have been an awesome game!

‘Imagine how lucky you’d be to get introduced to the greatest rivalry in the country at the height of its unparalleled powers.

Alf Van Hoose, longtime Birmingham News sports editor, called it “Legion Field’s greatest game,” and no one would know better.

Alabama 25, Auburn 23 on Nov. 30, 1985, will always be the greatest Iron Bowl to me. It was two heavyweight champions taking the other’s best punch and refusing to stay down, getting up and punching back until the Crimson Tide landed the final, crushing blow at the bell of the 15th and final round.’

-from Kevin Scarbinsky, My First Iron Bowl

The article lays it all out and is a fun read!

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The pillow was supposed to be a Christmas gift, and it was, just a little late! But just in time to help cheer them on tonight!

Modernista Homemade Swap #3

Yep, I did it again… I signed up for three swaps this spring. Why?? I don’t know. I can’t seem to say NO. Luckily there is only one due a month…

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The Modernista Homemade Swap was last month. I almost missed the deadline too…. I even wrote to the Swap Mama this long email about how I couldn’t get it done on time, blah blah blah… I never heard back from here and then saw that the deadline had been changed from Saturday the 30th to today, the 1st!!! Yea!!! So luckily I’m going not to be kicked out of the swap next round…..

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My partner originally had one color scheme, but then moved and changed her color scheme. With the swaps you are supposed to ‘stalk’ your partner, since you can’t talk directly to them. So I checked out her new pinterest page and it was full of pictures of grey, white and teal. And there were also images of art that said things like, ‘Love builds a happy home’ and ‘Love is spoken Here.’

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As soon as I saw the colors and the art picks, I knew exactly what I wanted to do….

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I had been wanting to make this heart since I had seen it around the web time and time again. Now I had the perfect opportunity!

I used the same technique that I used to make my Where I Live postage stamp quilt. I love watching it shrink! Except for those quick moments of fear when you turn it over and the corners don’t line up because you haven’t finished sewing a section. It happens a couple of times. Then I remember that’s the 1/4inch allowance that I haven’t sewn yet… Oh, yeah, and then I’m back on!

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I tried my hand at a little embroidery work. Inspired by the art prints I had seen. It’s not the best, but I think it turned out cute. I was going to make more of one of the saying, but then got nervous that my partner might not like my lack of embroidery skills, so I left it sweet and short!

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For the small second item, I made a pinking shears pouch. It’s a quilted pouch with bound edges.

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Even though the pouch is probably not going to be used in the same room as the pillow, I still made them match. And I used all my teal scraps…. STay tuned for a tutorial on how I did the pouch.

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And I decided to add a little something to the back. As I was cutting the pieces for the front, I had a few extra, so I threw it on the back. And it turns out the back actually holds it own as a design, I think!

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I love how the stitching on the sides makes it look really clean and fresh.

And I received my package! The colors are perfect for our living room. Love the orange, brown and yellows. My swap gift was a lap quilt and some quilted coasters from a.quilter.2. Too cute!

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And now I’m on to my next swap and think I’ve already figured it out! This is going to be a month of quilting for sure. Hopefully I can get a little something else in….

 

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