Saturday, November 30, 2013

Owl Mini Quilt

I know I have been going crazy these past few weeks, have you?  With cleaning, holiday prepping, cooking and baking, and the all important shopping.  To add to my holiday madness we decided to replace our carpets, which are 15 years old and are long overdue for replacement.  I had put off this ginormous endeavor as long as possible - I didn't want to go through every single closet in the house.  But, the time had way past to replace, so we are doing it.  

Thus, I have spent hours rearranging, sorting for Goodwill, selling on Ebay, and taking to my children's homes their belongings that I was expected to continue to hold on to.  Ha!  I am still actually holding on to some of the childhood belongings, too precious for either Goodwill or their own homes.  And also letting go of some things in my closets that I have held on to for too long (not fabric, mind you).

Selling things on Ebay = New Fabric! (Shhhh!)

A nice fat quarter bundle from my friend Samantha at Pattern Crush, she has a nice Etsy Shop (bonus, she is having a sale right now!) and will make personal bundles for you.  I can't wait to dig into these.


And an order of Botanics from the fabulous shop PInk Chalk Fabrics, honestly I can't say enough nice things about Kathy and her staff.  Their customer service is prompt and helpful, and the orders seem to fly across the country.  


The last two weeks I needed to complete two totally different mini quilts.  I loved making both of them.


First was this crazy wonky owl


I fused the owl on to linen (ignore that spot in the top right, it is just a water spot) and added a scrappy border.


I free motion quilted in details on the owl and added a whimsical branch for him to stand on.  
I have to say, I really didn't want to give this one up.  


This was for a swap at my local Modern Quilt Guild, and I hope my partner liked him as much as I do!

Happy Holiday Sewing Everyone!
Keep Calm and Quilt On!
Mary

Friday, November 8, 2013

Nursery Sewing - I love it!

Before I show you all I have been sewing this week -
I am excited to host a small Holiday swap 


We will be swapping 
1 dozen cookies
the cookie recipe
1 small handmade item 
Mail by Dec 15 to your secret partner

Your handmade item can be a drawstring bag, zip pouch, small tote, pillow - something small handmade.  You do not have to join the Flickr group - here is the SIGN UP form.  You can chose to have a Holiday, Winter, or every day themed item.  Please join us!  
This is a USA only swap, due to cookie shipping (Sorry!)

I am working on nursery items for a special family friend.  Her baby shower is in a couple of days, and I can't wait to hand over all these handmade goodies!

The baby's nursery is going to have a vintage sports theme.



Of course I made a Divided Basket (you can purchase the pattern) or order one from me!


Every baby needs a minky blanket


And every new Mom needs some burp cloths and to keep her sense of humor


Close up


Working on the custom crib bumpers


I am going to start offering the monogrammed minky blankets, divided baskets and burp cloths for custom orders.  Contact me via my email if you are interested.  I will get these set up in an etsy shop soon, too, but that will probably happen in the new year.  If you are interested before then, I will be happy to take your order and we can work out details via email.  

Happy Sewing everyone!
I hope you will join in on the Cookie Swap, plenty of time between now and Dec 15 to make a small item, and you know you will be making cookies!  

Keep Calm and Quilt On!
Mary