Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Couch Pillows

I have been itching to make these pillows for a month now. I bought the fabric when we went up to Anacortes after Thanksgiving. I finally was able to make them. The pillow forms I bought were from IKEA for $6.99 each and are 20" x 20". I used Sew Katie Did's awesome tutorial forinstalling an invisible zipper too, awesome!
The pillows have batting and backing on both the front and the back to make them hold up better, and hopefully last longer. We shall see...
The fabric on the front is from a line called Modern Meadow by Joel Dewberry, it is so beautiful.
I tried some straight stitching on it using my walking foot and aqua thread. I am in love :) The quilting took some time, but the effort was worth it.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Feeling a little Owly

Last year Jessie and I made an owl. She was loving the stuffed owls in the Pottery Barn catalog. My sister came to visit and said she'd love to have one for Lilyanne. Well, okay then, don't twist my arm!
Jessie's is on the left, Lilyanne's is on the right.
Jessie once again chose fabric that looks like it belongs together. We used white minkie for the head. Merry Christmas to my niece Lilyanne :)

For the week of Christmas we drove out to Utah. We were hoping to go for Thanksgiving, but the weather wouldn't let us. We visited our families and friends. It was such a great trip! We drove home on Friday so we could spend Christmas day at our house. What a great day we had, I love my little family. I hope you all had a great Christmas as well. My husband bought me a new fancy camera, I am thrilled! I can't wait to learn all about it, and hopefully you'll be seeing some nice photos on my blog now.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

McGuffy Schnibbles for Lara at the PMQG

Last month at the Portland Modern Quilt Guild meeting we were asked to bring a sandwich baggy full of fabrics. The idea was to have somebody else bring home your baggy of fabric, make something out of it and only add one fabric to it. Then they bring it to the December meeting and give it to you. The bag of fabric I received was from Lara. She stuffed in that bag 80 5” x 5” squares of batik fabrics! She had wrote on the note inside that she “loves Batiks and is not ashamed” LOL! It’s okay Lara, I love batik fabrics too, they are so pretty and colorful. You all know what I like to do with 5” squares. Make Schnibbles quilts of course! 80 squares is pretty much the perfect amount to make one, so it was meant to be.

I chose the pattern McGuffy, from the book Schnibbles Times Two, I like the square in a square pattern, it’s clean and simple. It needed to be a simple pattern for this crazy fabric anyway. The fabric that I added to this quilt was the red, I had over a yard of it in my stash, so it worked for the border, binding and backing.

I used a red variegated thread to straight stitch on it. I was happy how it turned out. It’s very busy and bright, and very refreshing for me to make. Thanks for the fun fabric Lara! Jen had my fabric, and I will post photos of it next time, I am in love with what she made. The meeting last night was so much fun. There was lots of food, and the projects that everybody made their partners were AMAZING!! There were so many bags, placemats, journals, quilts, a growth chart, they were all awesome. If there is a Modern Quilt Guild in your area, I highly encourage you to attend, it is worth it.

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I will not be posting until after Christmas, we have the week off, and I plan on relaxing and enjoying my time with the kids. I hope you all can enjoy being with your friends and families this coming week. Thank you for your friendship and encouragement, I really have been blessed!

Love, Heather

This is the photo I sent out in our Christmas cards. It was taken last month up in the San Juan Islands at Friday Harbor, it was so beautiful there!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Wool Felt Candle Mat

So, this is a new experience for me, stitching wool felt. It was easy, and fun, and FAST. I loved it! I have had some of these little Bareroots patterns for a few years, along with the wool felt. We went on a drive up to Anacortes, Washington last weekend (a 5 hour drive one way) and I was able to stitch all of it during the trip.
Look at how cute it is! I enjoyed making this little mat, and I have two other patterns I am going to try out someday. I encourage you to try these if you haven't already, it was nice not having to follow much of a pattern.