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sherbet pips quilt

I did it, I made myself cut them up.  Remember those Sherbet Pips?  I landed on this fun tutorial over at Moda Bake Shop and I love me some squares in squares. 

I used Kona medium gray and ash as the borders because I thought they balanced out the pinks and reds nicely.  The binding is from Moda’s It’s a Hoot line, love it.  Lucky for me, my local quilt shop is carrying at least part of the collection. 
As you already may know, this quilt is Natalie’s Christmas present from me, and I know she’s going to love it.  So knowing it would be hers, I had to use flannel for the backing because I knew she wouldn’t want to cuddle with it unless it was warm and cozy. 
And I’d just like to say that the aqua fabric in the backing had one of the shortest turn around times in my fabric pile.  I had gotten it in the afternoon, washed it, and was sewing it up and basting it all in one night.  I didn’t even plan it like that, so it was kind of nice.  It’s part of Patty Young‘s new Sanctuary collection.
I’m also really proud of this quilt because it’s the first time I did free motion quilting on a quilt, it’s the largest quilt I’ve ever made (50×62), and I didn’t get any wrinkles in the backing.  Yay. 
And of course I love the way it crinkled up now that it’s washed!  Thanks Aneela for designing such cute fabrics, I can’t wait to get some more.  I’m thinking they’ll be great for children’s clothes.  ♥
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happy birds!

Just wanted to show off the cute prize I won on a giveaway over at my friend’s Krista’s blog, Spotted Stones.  If you haven’t read her blog yet, you should.  She has some amazing quilting and sewing skills!  Plus she lives in Alaska and I think that’s pretty cool, especially since I lived there for a summer in college myself. 

My girls love their birds, thank you Krista!  And if you want to buy some to hang on your Christmas tree, she still has a few left in her shop.
Oh, and if you’re looking for a fun gift to get your sewing friends, my friend Christina over at The Sometimes Crafter just put together these super cute sewing calendars.  I had to pick one up for myself!  And if any of you are still swooning over the owl block print I used for my scrappy make-up pouches tutorial, she has more listed in her shop.
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for the girls

I had made these for the girls a few weeks ago, and they love them.  The i-spy fabric patches were the remaining pieces left from the pack I started using on this pillow
I tried out free motion quilting again and am really liking it, seems to make quilting a little more interesting, just another option.  I can’t wait to wash these up for the first time and see how they crinkle.
And for the very simple reason of being able to tell who’s pillow is who’s, I hand embroidered their names on a little patch on the back of each pillow.  It’s funny, but they absolutely love that part!  I see more embroidery in my future, it’s just so nice to be able to curl up on the couch and work on a little project.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I’m off to start cleaning and making a batch of Apple Pie Squares!  Yum!

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my nephew’s Christmas stocking

I know, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but I wanted to have this present finished up so it can be used this Christmas season.  My newest nephew Grant was born in September and since his mom and dad already have stockings I made them a couple years ago, I figured it would be the perfect project.

I used my own Christmas Stocking Tutorial. It was actually perfect timing because a few people were asking me about the old file, so I updated the pdf file of the pattern pieces so that it prints on 3 sheets of letter size paper.  I should also add that I omitted the small fabric strip below the name on this version (my tutorial calls for a small piece sewn between the name and the body of the stocking – just didn’t want this to mess anyone up who plans on making a stocking).
Good thing Grant’s name isn’t very long, it only took me a few hours to do the embroidery.  I had fun taking this not so Christmas-y fabric and making it Christmas looking.  The little lines are just long running stitches with embroidery floss and make it nice and quilted.  :)
I really love this size stocking, it’s big enough to fit some really fun stocking stuffers, just looking out for ya Grant…
ps. I’d like to add that it’s been terribly dreary and raining here lately, I am almost to the point where I’m wishing for snow in hopes of brightening things up around here, it’s almost impossible to get a good picture when it looks like it’s 5 o’clock at night all day long.  Such is life…
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flower power

Oh yeah baby!  A little flower action heading into winter isn’t such a bad thing.  Brings a little smile to my face every time I walk by it in fact.

When I saw Allison’s pillow tutorial way back when, I knew I’d be making one.  And I finally found the felt color that I wanted to use for the petals, a lovely shade of gray.  Not your typical flower color, but beautiful and modern none the less. 

Not sure where this little gem will reside, but I did catch my husband laying on it the other night and scolded reminded him that those were the kind of pillows to look at, not to smash up on.  Sorry Buttercup.
Happy Friday everyone, have a wonderful crafty weekend, I know you’re all busy preparing for Thanksgiving and working diligently on your Christmas projects.  :)
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