Pillow for Z’s Grandpa

I’ve made another pillow for Z’s grandpa this year. He loves the other one I made him, and I thought he could use a second one. Most of the scraps are from the quilts I made for Z last year and the year before, so the colors for this pillow are still patriotic but the prints are actually more nautical.

I started with 3″ squares organized in a four by six layout:

I added 2″ wide red borders.  (I made them a little too wide for the pillow form.)  I’d actually had another border planned, but I did my math wrong and cut the pieces too short.

For the back, I fussy cut this center scrap, which is leftover from the Storm at Sea quilt I made for Z.  The white fabric is leftover from his “What So Proudly We Hail” quilt.  It’s got little sea shells on it.



I used this tutorial to make pillowcases for my goddaughter for Christmas.  One is made from a dinosaur skeleton fabric, and the other from Riley Blake’s Saltwater collection.  They both seemed perfect for a toddler!

It’s two-sided:

I love the turtles:


Improv doll quilts

I’ve made some more progress on the improv scrappy doll quilts I’ve been working on.  I showed you one set of blocks here.

The second set is more light blue with pink and teal, as I slowly ran out of pink scraps (from that particular scrap pull – I’m sure I have lots more pink scraps elsewhere).  Here are the blocks:

And here are my two finished tops.  I love the flying geese in the blue top.  I made them using leftover triangles from quilt bindings.  The idea for the pink, light blue, and teal came when I playing with scraps from the Pink Blossom quilt, and you may recognize many of the pinks from that.  I’ve actually used a lot of blue and teal this year, too.

I got very busy working on Christmas presents (which I’m still working on – right up to the wire!), so layering them and doing the quilting will definitely have to wait until the New Year.



Quilted liner for a basket

My guild had a basket raffle as a fundraiser, where members brought baskets (or bags, or whatever) filled with fabrics, chocolates, gift cards, etc., and then we raffled them off.  I got a basket at Michael’s and decided it needed a liner for the bottom.  I chose a bright red and white polka dot print – a Christmas-y feel without screaming “Christmas” – and layered it over some batting.  I measured the basket and made it slightly larger than that.  Then I quilted a white spiral from the center outwards.

I trimmed the batting to fit in the basket, and then I folded over the edges of the polka dot fabric (which I hadn’t trimmed) and stitched along the edge.  It’s not perfect, but it works.

Here you can see how I did the edges:

It looks like it’s still slightly large for the basket bottom, but it served its purpose.  My basket included a couple of breakables (it was wine-themed) and I’d really wanted something to cushion the bottom of the basket, plus it’s so cute and bright.

Sewing Machine Cover

Happy Veterans’ Day!  Thank you to all who have served.

My blog post today isn’t very thematic.  I’m sharing a quick project I threw together for myself:

In our new apartment, we tend to get some kind of sawdust or something along one wall, I guess from the people upstairs walking around. Unfortunately, my desk with my sewing machine is against that wall and sometimes I notice sawdust on the desk. In October I took my machine to the shop because it wasn’t running properly (turned out a thread had somehow wormed its way into the inner workings of the machine and gotten tangled up) and I resolved to make a cover for the machine when it came back, to protect it.

I decided to use this tutorial from Forth Worth Fabric Studio, with a slight deviation that you’ll see below.

I picked out a gorgeous fabric from my stash – I think the flowers are mums?  I layered it with the grey leftover from my grey and teal quilt (which I still haven’t blogged about – next week!) and quilted wavy lines in white thread. I quilted around the flowers, more or less, but I didn’t worry too much about that. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

For the binding I chose the gold fish fabric that’s leftover from my brother’s wedding quilt. I was just using it for my Quilt of Valor blocks and I still had it out.

I had a lovely royal blue sitting around – I’d cut it up to bind the blue doll quilt but I decided to use it for this instead. The tutorial calls for ties on the sides of the machine cover but I decided I’d rather secure one long tie in the back and wrap it around to tie in the front. So I took three strips and sewed them together, then folded it in half lengthwise and sewed the tube closed. I did pointed corners and left one spot open to turn it. Turning it took awhile but I managed!

This past weekend I didn’t get much time at my machine – we had to go visit my parents to take care of stuff on Saturday, plus my sister was staying with us – but a trip to see my parents means a few hours on the train so I had time for hand sewing. I used it to stitch down the binding and now my machine cover is finished!


Blocks for my guild

My guild is making a raffle quilt using Tula Pink’s “100 Modern Quilt Blocks.”  They broke the blocks into easy, medium, and hard, and provided the photocopied instructions from the book along with a print and a solid.  Everyone had to use the print – that’s designed to keep the quilt cohesive.

I picked up three blocks; Maria Sangria (my mom) took one and I did the other two.  I wish I could remember my block numbers, but I’m too lazy to dig my copy of the book out to look it up.

Here’s one block (upside down, I think).  The green and the multicolored print were provided to me.

For the other block I had two color combinations I liked.  Here’s one, using the print and the green again.

Here’s the other, which uses the print and the red they gave me.

I couldn’t decide so I made them both.  That way they’ll have an extra, just in case; they can pick which one works best.  The pictures aren’t the best quality; the green on the right and the blue on the left look like the same shade, and they aren’t at all.  You can see the different in shades in the picture above.