Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Wip Zipper Pouch

I embroidered this little bluebird yesterday on a scrap of white on white fabric. I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with him,  but he worked perfectly when trimmed down to a 2 1/2 inch square.

After thinking about it this morning, I dumped all my crumbs in a big basket. There are a lot of them!

Then I put the little bird down on a piece of 9 x 11 inch piece of batting, and started adding pieces from the crumb basket. Once it was trimmed it looked like this: 

Then I went ahead and made and trimmed a second piece the same size as the first.

Now all I have to do is add a lining and zipper, sew it all together and it will be a cute little zipper pouch!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Embroidery and Scraps

Seems the embroidery bug has bitten me pretty hard lately. In addition to the red rose Valentines Day pillow, I also finished this one:

I did the hearts in stem (or outline) stitch, and then did the sections of red ribbon in backstitch. I didn't particularly like the backstitch once I had about half of it done, but I didn't want to take it out and do something else so I just left it. 

I did this cute little butterfly for a zipper pouch. I pieced the back and front from pink scraps using quilt as you go, and then went back and quilted in the ditch because I like the way it looks. I haven't got a matching zipper, so this will be put on the side til I get one. I think I'm going to order some on Etsy, it's so much cheaper than buying them at Jo Ann.

Here's a close up of the butterfly:

His little body is a bit crooked, but I don't think he cares!  I'm also thinking of doing a flower of the month embroidered quilt from Martha's Q is for Quilter blog. If I embroidered a block every month, I could get it done and quilted in time for next Christmas. I'll have to play catch up for January's block, but that would be ok. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Feeling Pretty Good

Well, I did a good job of meeting goals this last week. I'm almost finished with scrap-a-palooza, I should finish that up by Friday. I also finished the rice packs up, got some string blocks finished, and managed to use up some Valentines Day fabric. I really love the little rose embroidered pillow, I blogged about it here. I also started embroidering another vintage Valentines Day motif yesterday that I found on Q is For Quilter. This blog is just amazing, Martha has posted so many vintage embroidery and quilt patterns. Here's my embroidery so far, and the fabric I am planning on using with it. The embroidered ribbons will be red. I'm not sure if it will be a pillow or something else yet.

Oh, I finished the hand quilted pillow top too, this week I'll get a back on it and post a picture of it, too.
Now for the upcoming week: 
Finish scrap-a-palooza. That's the biggest goal.
Pick out fabrics for a half dozen zipper pouches and get them quilted. I won't assemble the pouches til later, I'll need to go to Jo Ann for zippers.
Start a machine quilted sampler. I need the practice!
Finish the pink Valentines embroidery

Friday, January 23, 2015

Holiday Pillows

I finished the little Valentines Day pillow. The embroidered rose is very nice, I'm really glad I found this pattern.

And as long as I was finishing up pillows last night, I finally put a back on this one: 

The pattern is from Sunday Morning Quilts and I call it Christmas Gumdrops. I like it a lot and am kind of sad it's going straight from the couch to the closet to wait for next Christmas. I'm thinking of  making a throw to go with it; if I do a couple rows here and there throughout the next few months it should be ready to quilt and go on the couch by next Christmas.
Linking up on this fabulous Friday to Crazy Mom Quilts and Can I Get A Whoop Whoop!

Thursday, January 22, 2015


Got the red floss and got the little rose embroidered last night. It's been awhile since I embroidered anything, and I'm very pleased with this. Sorry the pictures a bit blurry, my cell phone isn't the greatest.

I just love the vintage embroidery patterns! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Valentine's Day Wip and a Little Spinning

I sewed this 9 patch block together this morning out of Valentine's Day fabric, and transferred  this vintage rose embroidery pattern that I got at Q is For Quilter's blog ,  then realized I have no red embroidery floss! Being a one car family, I can't run out and get any til John gets home. I'm not sure if this will end up being  a pillow or a small table topper.

In the meantime, I finally got a start on this:

This roving is just so nice and soft, and I really like this shade of green. There is a bit of gold and copper in it, but it doesn't show up in the picture. I was thinking socks originally when I bought this roving, but now I'm thinking it's so soft I might knit a scarf. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday Stash Some New and Some Old

I mentioned in an earlier post how I don't have many orange fabrics. I made a trip to Jo Ann yesterday to remedy that. I wasn't really impressed with the selection, but I did get these four pieces, an eighth yd of each:

 I also got an eighth of this leaf print:

Then I was only going to get an eighth on this one too, just for a little more green for the string quilt, but there was only a yard left on the bolt, so it all came home with me:

And just because I liked it there was this piece that was a yard. I really like this one a lot. I have no idea what I'm going to do with it, but maybe a drawstring knitting bag would be nice.

I also went into my stash and pulled these Valentine's Day prints. I don't usually buy or make Valentines Day stuff, but these were given to me several years ago, and since I'm trying to work through some of my stash I'm going to make some throw pillows, and maybe a table runner.

I pulled the St Patrick's Day fabrics out, too. Those I did buy, but I'll post pictures later.