Sunday, April 29, 2018

hedgehog detectives apron

I made this apron for my friend L's first quarterly Makers' Exchange. (Each of us brought three handmade items and went home with three different ones.) I got a special kick out of 'pattern matching' the hedgehogs for pocket placement!

Friday, April 27, 2018

lattice baby quilt for baby L

This quilt follows the Lattice Baby Quilt tutorial at Diary of a Quilter. The parents of this baby love animals and have a pet hamster, so I was particularly excited to find some hamster fabric. (I could not find a good domestic source of fabric with a cute hamster print; it came from Korea.) I am very happy with the clean look of this aqua, blue, and gray squares and hope the baby enjoys it once he can really focus his eyes.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

rockabye, sweet baby quilt

For this star baby quilt, I followed Amy's excellent tutorial on Diary of a Quilter. I made the parents of this quilt's recipient two sets of napkins when they got married, so I was able to incorporate fabric from their wedding gift napkins into the quilt. I feel quite satisfied with the variety of animals in the quilt: foxes, whales, porcupines, bears, raccoons, owls, a sheep, a turtle, bees, bunnies, birds, and a unicorn.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

tripple pouch for sewing supplies

So, my first sew together bag was falling apart. (I'm hoping that the two I made after that one as gifts are faring better!) Instead of making another one, I had a new adventure with this triple pouch from Aneela Hoey's Stitched Sewing Organizers book. The book has so many cute patterns! I did get confused in the middle of this one; Sudi-Laura helped me out. The scissors fabric is Wonderland Snip Snip by Moda, the navy interior is Biology Floral Orb by Sarah Watson for Cloud 9, and the sweet animals in the interior pocket are scraps leftover from making this baby quilt way back in the day.

In the first photo you can also see the Kai shears I got for Christmas, which are so delicious to cut with. Plus plenty of great notions from Mulberry Silks as always, and sweet heart snips and a bunny needle minder from Snuggly Monkey.


napkins for the folks

In the past I've sewed napkins with a 1/4" seam, but they get so wrinkly. This time I followed this Purl Soho tutorial, which makes cleanly mitered corners and makes for less wrinkly-edged napkins.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

scrappy attic windows quilt for l + p

This quilt has been almost a year in the making. I got the fabric last year at the late, lamented Thimble Pleasure's closing sale. The pattern is the Scrappy Attic Windows quilt by Sunny in Cal. This is a lap quilt for couple friends, so it's sized to cover shoulders to toes of two people sharing a couch. (It's not one of the regular sizes in the pattern.) I rarely quilt with solids but the pale, steely gray background fabric and all of the cool-colored solids really seemed like the right fit for these particular friends. Suzan and Mark from Singing Stitches Quilting Studio did the longarm quilting, which I just adore. They are lovely people and I enjoyed picking thread and a quilting pattern with them. I hope this quilt will keep my friends cozy for a long time.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

drawstring sunglasses case for dad

Dad requested a drawstring sunglasses case. His sunglasses' curved shape means they don't fit in regular cases, and Dad wanted a soft case with soft insides. He didn't care what it looked like at all, which was fun from my end. I don't have the manliest selection of fabrics but green and blue both make me think of Dad, so I used leftover green leaf cotton print from this quilt, flannel scraps from this stripy Scout tee, and blue ties from this Noodlehead tote. (I'd had this harebrained scheme to sew a set of ties inside the tote to hold my water bottle upright, but after making the ties I decided to leave them out. They found a home here!)

It was interesting to try to construct something three dimensional for a three dimensional object without a pattern! Dad did shorten the ties from how long they are in these photos. He seems pleased with the case and says the bright color means it is easy to find.