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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Few More Finishes

I have a few more finished things to show to you today.  Still plugging away on the Christmas list and I can't show that stuff, but I have done some other sewing.

Another little cute pair of flannel pants for baby B.  I am now making the 9-12 month sizes for him.  He is so long at almost 6 months!  I love making these little pants.  And since I am on a flannel kick, I have lots of flannel scraps...

 So I made another scrappy flannel blanket.  The first one was awesome and it is used daily in the car seat.  This one is a bit bigger, per his mother's request.  I had lots of scraps and a few bigger pieces.
 This is the back of the blanket.  It is just 2 layers of flannel, no batting and sort of quilted to prevent shifting of the layers.
Love all these crazy flannel colors and patterns.  I know it will help keep him warm this winter.  The last thing I have almost finished is the other TV cushion for my other grandson, V.

 For V's cushion I used some Castle Peeps I had in my stash.  I had just enough of the castle fabric to do both of the flat sides.  The orange piping I made from a very small piece of Kona, less than a quarter yard.
 The handle is the brown Peeps, which was small to begin with, but in putting it together, I cut off their heads.  Oh well....you can see in the picture above, the pins where I still need to stitch it closed.
A side view of the castle towers.  This cushion I also used a lining of muslin to strengthen it as I did not have home dec weight fabric.  I think this will work just as well.  Again, the tutorial can be found on Sew Can She.  It's a pretty quick sew, even if you make your own piping.

Have a great rest of the week.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Survived Thanksgiving Week

I have missed being here, but when you work in a grocery store, Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest of the year.  I hope everyone had a great holiday.  Now that last week is done, I hope for more time to sew and show you what I'm working on.

Since a lot of it is Christmas related, it will be challenging to find things I can show, but there will be some.  I have one today that I can show, because even though it is a gift, my 5 year old grandson doesn't read my blog, so it's okay.

Have you seen the blog Sew Can She?  It is awesome!  It is filled with tutorials for things, not just quilts, but bags, clothes and lots more.  I found it, or maybe it found me, I don't remember, but it was this summer.  This is the first thing I have made from the tutorials on the site.

 It is a cushion for sitting and watching TV or sitting and reading or just flopping on.  The tutorial has it made from home dec weight fabric, but since I had none of that and I really wanted to use this cute stuff, I used a layer of muslin underneath for added strength.
 I love this print and thought it would be just perfect for a 5 year old boy.  What do you think?
 I used smaller pieces for the sides.  These are all left from a quilt I am making for another grandson.  The tutorial has you purchase ready made piping trim.  I made my own and it was really simple.  I had some soft, thin-ish clothesline rope...at least that was what it was sold as...and I cut strips of the blue starfish print from the Going Coastal line.  You can buy cording to make piping at Joann's.  I think it was the perfect addition.  I was able to make this without buying anything but the filling, which I got with a 50% off coupon at Joann's.
It even has a handle for carrying.  If you want to make one of these, it's pretty easy.  I recommend you don't skip the piping as it really makes it look finished and really, it's very easy to use, whether you make it or buy it.

I am working on another one for my other grandson, using Castle Peeps I still had in my stash and a small piece of Kona in an orange color for the piping.  I will be back soon with pictures of that one.

Have a great Sunday.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Sunny Sunday

The sun is shining and it looks like it's going to be a warm day...72 is the forecast high.  So this is the day to get the yard and the leaves under control.  It might be the last, best chance.

I do have a couple of small things to show you.  More sewing will hopefully occur tomorrow.  I am in Christmas sewing mode now, so it is harder to show pics, since they are secret.  Here we go:

 These are my November blocks for my Sunday Morning Quilts Bee.  Purple is the color this month.
 And since I was in a 'get it done' mode, I decided to bang out December too and have it all finished.
 December's color obviously was pink.  I can't wait to see them all together and figure out placement.
These will go off in the mail this week.  Yay!!!  And one more thing I have to share is this:

I have been wanting to try Quilt As You Go and I had some Heather Ross fabric in small-ish pieces that I bought on Etsy a while back that I have been wanting to use, so I played with this.  I added some stuff from my stash and I like it so far.  My plan is to make more of these quilted blocks and then join them together.  I will show them as I do them.

Have a happy Sunday all.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

U R Priceless...indeed!

I love the name of this blog hop.  Very catchy!  If you missed the first day, click on the button up on the right and you can see Monday's schedule.  It is worth a look.  They are awesome.  These little coin purses are so much fun to make and I knew one wouldn't be enough.  Here we go...

 This was my first try.  It was sew easy, almost too easy if you know what I mean.  I used Vintage Modern by Bonnie and Camille.  I love that line.  I fussy cut a bit for the front and back and stitched the top on with red Pearl cotton.
 I am very happy with the way this one turned out.  The red print on the sides is one of my very favorites in the whole collection.
 I lined the inside with the pink hounds tooth check.  You can see a bit of the stitching inside.
 And it is a coin purse after all, so I wanted to see how it performed.  Pretty good, don't you think?  You would be amazed at how many coins it holds!
 This is the second one I made.  I used Odds & Ends by Julie Comstock.  I love the fabric, but I didn't like the way it turned out as much as the first one.  I think it seems washed out in comparison.
 And I tried crimping the top a bit to help hide the stitching inside.  It didn't really work.  It only made the clasp not really go together very well.  So that one was a bust.
 But I couldn't stop there.  I had a charm pack of Oh Deer!  I love these little tiny deer!  I cut the front, back and sides out of 4 different colors.  I Love this one too.
Here is the other side.

 For the inside I used bright orange with white dots.  I am still in love with polka dots.
And yes, I had to put the coins in this one too.  In case you are wondering, this is a handful of small change topped with 2 1/2 rolls of quarters.  I had it in my head to photograph this way and I must say, it is about as I imagined it.  Such fun.  I still have one more frame, but haven't decided what fabric to use on it yet.

Now go and see all the other wonderful coin purses today's fabulous ladies have made.  Thanks to Madame Samm and Katherine for another great hop.  It is truly a joy to participate in these.  Here are the other Ladies for today:

Day 2 - Nov.6th

The Crafter's Apprentice
Jane's Fabric and Quilts
Rosemary B
Why-Knot-Kwilt
Random Thoughts..do or "di"
Mary T.
Supermom No Cape
Lily Pad Quilting
.Quiltscapes.
Stitch, Stitch, Stitch
Rose Creations
The Treehouse
Gracie Oliver Arts
Quilting Prolifically
Stekje
Grammie Q's (you are here)



See you again soon.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Flannel Weather

It truly is flannel weather now.  Not only wearing it, but sewing with it.  I spent last weekend making PJ pants for the boys.  I used the Oliver + S pattern for sleepover pajamas that I had used last year for their Christmas PJs.  The two older boys are taller, but still skinny, so I could use the same size and just add a couple of inches to to the length.  For baby B I just moved up to the 9-12 month size so hopefully he can wear them a bit longer.  We'll see.

Here they are...

 These are the two pair for baby B.  I am still using Amy Butler's pattern from Little Stitches for Little Ones.  It is the pattern for the Kimono Pajamas bottoms.
 For some perspective, here are baby B's next to big brother V's pajama pants.  This is the first thing I have made for the brothers to dress alike.  Can't do it often, but this is too cute not to.
And here are cousin J's, looking just like the little orange pair above.  These were pretty simple to make, and like anything, the more you make, the easier it gets.

After all these, I had a ton of scraps and one good size piece of the light green with the little alligators on it, so I decided to use them up for this:

 I sewed a bunch of the scraps together until it was the same size as the larger piece of flannel.  I didn't take a picture of the back, but it was just one big piece.  I stitched the edges together with the right sides together, turned it right side out and edge stitched the top all around the edges.
Then, I shadow quilted along side each of the joints on the top to anchor the two layers together.  It is a great weight for the baby and the size it perfect for wrapping him up in the car seat.  It measures about 40 x 30 inches.  I would like to make another of these, but I need more flannel first!

My flannel all came from Connecting Threads, and I pre-washed it before sewing to minimize shrink.

I hope you have a great weekend, and I will see you next week when the U R Priceless blog hop begins.  It starts on Monday and you can find the schedule by clicking on the button above on the right.  It is hosted by Sew We Quilt and Madame Samm.  I hope to see you there.  My day on the hop will be Tuesday.

Until then, happy quilting.