Christmas crafting

I can now share my crafted Christmas projects. First, this rug.

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This went to my sister, Jenny, in our exchange. I could really only see it in her house so I was really glad it went to her. I had some trepidation about it because I really felt it was for her or maybe my sister Katie’s kids. I am looking forward to seeing this after it is washed a few times. Here is the back where you can see the stitching:

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This next project went to my sister, Katie. This is a book I made. I haven’t made a book for many years, but it turned out really well. She said she would use it for her little girl’s drawings.

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I make one of these denim lap quilts every year. This year I gave to my brother and sister-in-law. Hopefully, they will be able to sell it for their upcoming trip to China to adopt a second child.

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Here is the back. I love this wild horse fabric. My friend, Sandy, gave to me a couple years ago and I finally found the perfect project for it.

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Christmas is coming!

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I made this little angel the last week. I am still not sure if she is finished. She has an old world charm mixed with a roughness that I love.

This was a joint effort. I made the little doll, then Steve painted her and drew her little face.

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Looking at the photograph, she may just be too monotone. I plan to try some embroidery this week and perhaps break out the beads.

There is nothing like Christmas crafts to make me get in the spirit of Christmas!

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new quilt

So I have began a new quilt.  This will be a masculine landscape quilt.  It will be nothing like the last landscape quilt which was very abstract – at least to me.  My family still thinks it is abstract.

Here are the parts that I have assembled so far:

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I probably won’t use the one that has “hot” on it but you can kind of see the germ of the pattern. Wonky trees, flying geese and bear claws.  More to come.

Published in: on January 12, 2014 at 7:24 am  Comments (4)  
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2013/2014 Goal lists

A new year! A good time to look forward and back.  So this year’s goals:

2014’s Goals:

The first part is clothing construction:

  1. I plan to make some garments for myself this year one per season. I am going to leave this one loose, but I do still want to learn more about this year.
  2. I also have some pieced fabric that I want to make a garment out of possibly a robe.

The second part is UFOs.

  1. City chicken quilt.
  2. Angel quilt.
  3. crossstitch project
  4. grandma’s cathedral windows

The third part is mending:

  1. t-shirt quilt. This is in pieces but I plan to get it done soon.
  2. wedding ring quilt.  I have the fabric, I just have to get to it.

The fourth part is new projects:

  1. New girl quilt.  This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.
  2. New male quilt.  There is one person who doesn’t have a quilt made especially for him.  I have begun this one and pictures will follow soon.
  3. Steve’s denim quilt  When I made a denim quilt for our elephant exchange, I had Steve remove the pins while watching football and he fell in love with it.  Thus, football and quilting days begin today and we will jointly make a new quilt starting today!

I only have eleven, so I won’t be necessarily assigning one per month.  Although my goal for January is to mend number seven.  I have three others I want to work on right away: 3, 10, 11.  I may try to do one a month.

Now for the retrospective.

2013’s Goals:

The first part is clothing construction:

  1. I plan to make four garments for myself this year one per season. I made two successful garments this year:  a plaid skirt and a green dress.
  2. I also have some pieced fabric that I want to make a garment out of possibly a robe. I got out the fabric and the backing muslin, but that’s it.

The second part is UFOs.

  1. Ducky quilt. I want to get this one done by spring for sure, but I would love to get it done by February. Done in April.
  2. City chicken quilt. I made progress but still not finished.
  3. Country chicken quilt. I call this done.
  4. Angel quilt. No progress.
  5. crossstitch project a tiny bit of progress
  6. grandma’s cathedral windows no progress

The third part is mending:

  1. Fish quilt done 1/27/2013
  2. t-shirt quilt started, more to do.
  3. wedding ring quilt no progress
  4. my winter coat I just got a new coat which I guess counts as a finish.
  5. Patchwork quilt done
  6. green pants done 1/27/2013

Not great: 5 done, 6 with progress and one that kind of is a cop out.  Two of my big successes of the year didn’t even make the list: the anniversary quilt my siblings and I made in May and the landscape quilt I finished in November.  Oh well, a new year is starting.  I want this to just plot a course not hold me in.  I am excited to see what 2014 brings!

white elephant craft gifts

This is the last post of 2013 and the end of my first little book.  I will continue to post, but it will go to a second book – if the first one goes well. In any case, this was the first I could post these photos.  These are two of the three craft white elephant gifts I made for my extended family’s gift exchange.

I made this leader ender denim quilt.  I have made several of these: random squares with polar fleece back and no batt.  They are super warm and comfortable. I did add the triangles using my new templates.  I love the way the triangles look, however, I wouldn’t place them on the edge because somehow they make the edge a little wobbly.  I think I needed to trim the intersections of the triangles on the edge off.  In any case, it is warm and super comforting.

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The other quilt is pure Christmas: psychedelic and a little overwhelming.  It is exciting, chaotic and of course, being my quilt wonky.

I really love the way it worked out.  I used bells and bells on the tops of the trees, so it jingles when it is shaken. 

This quilt is unusual for me as well because I used pre-quilted fabric.  I have never done this before.  Mainly, because the pre-quilted fabric is often so poor quality.  I had about a yard of the dark blue pre-quilted fabric from my aunt.  It was one-sided and older, so the fabric while pretty, had a little polyester in it.  I picked up some more quilted fabric at JoAnne’s: the holly, white background fabric with green leaves and berries.  This was two-sided with different, but related motifs on each side.  It is a slightly better quality and feels like it is at least cotton on the top and bottom.  It was also 70 per cent off.  I only bought a half a yard which was barely enough to do the front of this quilt. I am regretting a little bit not buying more.  I loved how quickly this quilt went together because of the prequilted fabric.  The downside is that the finished quilt is pretty stiff. This is fine for this decorative piece but if I were making a bed quilt, I wouldn’t like that. 

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I will post again in 2014, so, my friends: may 2014 be a year full of joy and blessings for you!

second doll quilt

Well, second to last post until 2014.  The end of 2013 also marks the end of the time covered by what will hopefully become a reality this year: a personal book of this blog. I always hold my breath around Christmas, just trying to get the things necessary done, but next year I hope to rebalance my life better and complete the book.

That being said, I finished my second quilt for Steve’s student.  It is meant to be for a American girl doll.

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It is easy to see Steve’s hand in this one.  He really has a great color sense.  I still have a little bit of these fabrics and I am sure they will show up in future quilts.  Here is the back:

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I have more Christmas crafting, but it will have to be held until after Christmas.

He is born! Alleluia! Blessings to you and your families in this joyous season!

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Second quilt

So Christmas busy.  Now working on the second quilt for Steve’s student who also has a American girl doll. I am now just working on things in order of deadlines.DSC04788

I am very happy with this one- Steve picked out the colors and arranged it.  We went to the fabric store and picked up fabric for the frame and back so I am excited to finish it- hopefully, today.

 

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American girl quilt done

 

I finished this little quilt for an American doll. I like the colors, they are reminiscent of an Amish quilt in a way.

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I did a little bit of hand embroidery on the back to sign it.  I always forget that my embroidery comes out better if I draw the word s on first, but still I think it came out ok.

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Published in: on December 8, 2013 at 8:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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Christmas crafting

Yes, it is truly Christmas.  I am Christmas crafting in earnest. I started this little quilt for one of Steve’s students who is has an American Girl.

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I finished this on Thanksgiving.  Yesterday we made a foray into the crazy world of post Thanksgiving JoAnne’s to pick up fabric. Seriously, we had number 45 and they were on 83 when we arrived.  In any case, we were able to get some beautiful fabric for the frame and back.

I also finished this top.  I am really happy with it:DSC04779

I love the triangles.  Now it just needs to be quilted.

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triangles and fabric postcards

So again the week, the day got away with me and I didn’t get much done this week. I did get these denim triangles pieced:

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It was fun to try out my new templates.  I am still learning about bias.  Also, if you try to attach more than four you need to have an odd one.  In other words, if you make sets that are an even number only they will not attach to each other.  So you need to make sets in even and odd numbers.

I will show you a cool project that I finished a couple weeks ago and never posted.  It was my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday so Steve and I decided to make her a fabric postcard.  I haven’t made one for a long time but she always loved them.

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She always signs her cards “you are loved” so we sent love back to her. Here is the back:

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We did actually mail this on her birthday so it was postmarked on her birthday.   I have to admit making this was really fun and only took me one morning.  If you decide to make a project like this, remember if you are mailing without a envelope you need to sew some paper onto your card.