I accidentally made an extra block for my Christmas quilt, so I turned it into this mini. I did a little loopy quilting in the white space. I had just enough candy cane binding left over from my Christmas quilt to bind this one too.
Are you in the Christmas spirit yet? I think I am! It's hard not to be when you're around a 4-year-old. The Advent calendar comes out today, and the Elf on the shelf wil make his first appearance We are officially in countdown mode!
Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving! I had a week off of work and actually marked some projects off my list. Unfortunately, the weather hasn't cooperated for any picture-taking, so I'll be back soon with those.
I had some extra flannel from the back of my Christmas quilt to make Luke a pair of PJ pants.(He would only pose for pictures if he could do some Ninja moves. Diva.) I used Dana's instructions for making your own pattern. Not perfect, but they're wearable, and he proclaimed them "cozy." I have some leftover Batman flannel from the back of his superhero quilt, and I wanted to try out the pattern before I made those.
Ruffle totes Done! Details soon.
Christmas mini Done! I had one extra block from my Christmas quilt, and I turned it into a mini. Pictures if/when the sun comes out.
In progress Stegosaurus Done...just need to finish it off with some blanket stitches. First, need to learn how to blanket stitch.
Superhero Alphabet Sampler I got this awesome Superhero Alphabet Cross-Stitch Sampler from Wee Little Stitches. I started in the middle with M for Martian Manhunter (as if you didn't know). This is going to be a long-term project, much to Luke's dismay.
Those three little letters pretty much sum up my feelings about this quilt. I loved working on it. I love the way it turned out. It puts me in the Christmas spirit!
After making my advent calendar and Christmas tree skirt, I had a collection of holiday fabrics. I sent them to my Sew Beautiful Bee friends, who rocked it (as I knew they would). Special thanks to Lee, Cherie, Elizabeth, Emily, Brooke, Megan, Angela, AnneMarie, Kati, and Cara for these awesome blocks.
I sashed their blocks with white, then added a 3-inch scrappy border, and then another 2-inch border.
Happy and festive.
It's hard to tell, but I quilted with white thread in an all-over meandering stipple.
For the backing I used this Christmas tree flannel by Doodlebug Design for Riley Blake. Cute and soft (and on sale).
I can't imagine this quilt without the candy cane binding (tutorial from Kati). It took a bit more time, but I'm really happy with the result.
It finished at about 50x62. Only problem: Am I really going to be able to put this up in a month? I guess we'll see!
Debbie (A Quilter's Table) is hosting a special Thanksgiving edition of Tuesday at the Table, and I'm happy to link up. (There's still time to link up, and there are prizes involved!)
We're having a low-key Thanksgiving this year, with just me, my husband, and our son. The good thing is that we only have to make things we really want to eat. I know these Perfect Mashed Potatoes will be on the menu. I've made these before, and they really are great. The Yukon Gold potatoes can be hard to find, but Whole Foods carries them.
And the centerpiece will definitely be Luke's Tur-pumpkin. He was unhappy this week to find one of our pumpkins had gone uncarved, so this was our compromise.
One more thing: Margaret's Hope Chest has posted their Wrapped in Hope List for 2012. You can sign up to make a birthday quilt for a child whose parent is in prison. The dirtbike quilt I made for them this year is one of my favorite projects. Sign up if you can! The kids have really fun (and maybe challenging!) requests.
I have to admit, I felt a little...I don't know, sheepish?...about my superhero quilt after reading this post. But then I remembered that this is a "know your audience" type of quilt, and I'm pretty sure my audience is going to lose his 4-year-old mind when he opens this on Christmas morning.
Besides, this quilt has Optimus Flippin Prime! Most of these crazy fabrics have large-scale prints, so I let that dictate my design. I framed the prints in a skinny white sashing in hopes of giving it a comic book look.
I backed it in this Batman flannel from JoAnn's. I'm not sure what the official end-of-bolt policy is at JoAnn's, but I had to buy the end of two bolts (nearly 2 yards each) and the cashier gave me 50% off both. I'm not sure if she was supposed to, but I didn't complain! This is my first flannel-backed quilt, and I'm happy with the results. I did use batting, so it's going to be nice and cozy.
For quilting, I outlined the letters and then quilted double lines in the white sashing. I wanted to keep the flannel as soft as possible. I'm not normally a prewasher, but I did prewash all of these fabrics because I was concerned about the quality. (I bought most of them from Fabric.com. The Marvel prints sell out quickly!)
Okay, I need to hide this before Luke wakes up from his nap! I cannot wait to give this to him in a month.
Today is Lee's 1-year anniversary of hosting WIP Wednesday. Be sure to visit her blog for some pomp and perhaps some circumstance.
Pouch for Pretty Little Pouch Swap Ella received her pouch, and she likes it! I'm glad to have this swap wrapped up.
November Sew Beautiful Block for Lee Lee asked for trees, and this is what I made for her.
Color Wheel Charm Swap Cut up and sent to Kati!
In progress Christmas Quilt I received all of the blocks from my Sew Beautiful friends. Wait until you see them! I'm adding a few blocks of my own, like this star. Tutorial from Clover & Violet. I really want to finish this one by December 1 so we can enjoy it this Christmas. I think I can...
Superhero Quilt I got started on Luke's Superhero quilt. I spelled his name in some billboard-style letters. I really want this to be a surprise, so it's going to take some clandestine quilting, and I'm going to have to clean up after myself. Tricky.
Drunkard's Path Quilt-Along I'm thinking this one might have to wait until after Christmas. Bummer.
November is Lee's month in the Sew Beautiful Bee, and she requested tree blocks. She sent us some beautiful fallish fabrics and Essex Linen. Here's my block. I ripped off borrowed the idea from this block by Eleven Stitches.
The half-square triangles finished at 1.5 inches. Have I mentioned I love using a coin to show scale? Happy fall!
Rather, it will be complete once I drop this off at the post office tomorrow.
My partner is a fan of Loulouthi and darker colors, so I put together this pouch for her. The base is Essex linen. I used the Strap Clutch pattern from Keyka Lou. I'd been hearing great things about Keyka Lou patterns, and I'm happy to report this one didn't disappoint! I do wish I'd used a heavier interfacing, but I'm pleased with the way it turned out.
I used some perle cotton to embellish the negative space on the Loulouthi print.
I put a few goodies inside, but I'm going to leave those as a surprise.
All packed up and ready to ship! I hope it's happy in its new home.