Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cathedral Pillow Present

I finally tried my hand at making a Cathedral Window Pillow. I've wanted to make my mom something for a long time and with Christmas right around the corner it was the best time to do it. I followed along with this tutorial from Moda Bake Shop by Angela Nash of My Three Sons. The only thing I didn't do was the binding. To be honest I've never done binding before and I didn't want to add to my stress level of getting this pillow done. (The first two pictures are from my phone.)

As you can see from the picture above I went with the "Lake View" pillow.

The hardest part and most time consuming is all the folding of the fabric. Since this was my first try at making such a time consuming project on such short notice my corners certainly are not as precise as they should be.

I looked all over Flickr to see what I could do about all the corners of the blocks. Some corners looked pretty good (not perfect) and some I could see right through to the other side of the piece which wasn't good. I thought of making yo-yo's, using regular buttons, folding fabric (again) to cover all those points but making fabric covered buttons won out.
There are nine fabric covered buttons (another craft I have never done) and half way through making them I changed colors. I was going to make them dark blue but that just took away from all the work that I had done. I didn't want anyone to look at the pillow and only see the buttons so white won out. Since I only bought what I needed taking the ones apart that I had already done was quite a challenge. 
I love this pillow! I should have taken a picture with my mom and the pillow but of course I didn't think of it then. I will definitely be making this pillow again and conquering my fear of binding!
In other exciting news our Christmas was fantastic. I was surprised with a Silhouette Cameo from my husband and I can't wait to start being creative with it.
Hope everyone has the healthiest of New Year's! We're celebrating with neighbors and I'm looking forward to saying good-by to 2012!
Have a Great Day!


Saturday, December 22, 2012

The stockings were hung ...

I was featured on Craft Gossip!

My first love of crafting has to be counted cross-stitch. I started doing cross-stitch right out of high school. 14 count Aida was the cloth of choice! Using those counts and cloths didn't last long when I came across all the different colors of linens, thread counts and patterns. I subscribed to Better Homes & Gardens Cross-Stitch & Country Crafts Magazine many years ago and when I saw the beautiful counted cross-stitch patterns of different stockings I knew I wanted to do it. I didn't even have children yet when these patterns came out so I saved them. Once I started to have children I set out to make each one of them their very own unique stocking.
There is alot of back stitch in these stockings because of all the details so I would put the stockings aside when I grew tired of doing them. I dug them out of a box a few years ago along with their patterns and went through them line by line to find where I had not finished them. Once they were completed I again put them back in their box until this year. My original intent was to always sew them into a regular stocking and hang them on the fireplace but as the years went by I knew that was not going to be a reality. I finally had a brilliant idea that I would frame the stockings in separate frames where I could display them as long as I wanted. I went to my local Joann's and bought 3 remnant mat boards of the same color and frames that were half off. After stretching them on a board, cutting the mat and putting them in the 16x20 frames they were ready to be hung.

The above stocking was my first for my oldest daughter who was born in 1992. The pattern is called Sugar 'n' Spice from the magazines July/Aug. 1992 issue.

This stocking was for my middle daughter born in 1995. The pattern is called The Music Room and the issue was from July/Aug 1991.

The last stocking I made was for my son who was born in 1997. His pattern is called Snips 'n' Snails from Jul/Aug 1993.

So after 20 years the stockings were hung . . . on the wall!

I'm linking these up over at Quilting Lines where she is having a linking party that has to do with stockings.
In other news I won a few blog hops. Kate from Katie Mae Quilts sent me this layer cake of Millie's Closet by Lori Holt. Lori blogs over at Bee In My Bonnet. I'm thinking I really need a new pin cushion with a thread catcher and this fabric will be perfect. 

Below Alison from Little Bunny Quilts sent me 50 charm squares from her collection. Wow what an assortment of fabric! These will definitely be put to good use.


May everyone have the Merriest of Christmas's and the Happiest New Year!


Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Runners

First off I have to show off the wonderful bundles of fabrics I won from Victoria Findlay Wolfe at Bumble Beans Inc.. It was a month ago and like usual blogging takes a back seat to my life. :(

Photo from Victoria Findlay Wolfe
The fabric is from Newcastle Fabrics. I love it! Victoria is a busy women always sewing and quilting gorgeous quilts. She has a new book called 15 Minutes Of Play along with a blog hop thats finishing up on the 10th. Go check out the hop here. Can't wait to make either a quilt top or some bright pillows for my girls. Thanks Victoria!
On to Christmas sewing. My sewing machine also doubles as an embroidery machine and every once in awhile I'll add embroidery to plain pieces. I added some bells and a beautiful wreath to a table runner to jazz it up. I bought 6 9 ft. long table runners at Pottery Barn a few years ago and have been slowly shortening them to 4 1/2 ft. and making them into seasonal runners. This is the rest of my stash of table runners. 


I'd love to tell you where I got these gorgeous embroideries but I downloaded so many pieces when I first received my machine 12 years ago that I didn't keep track. I love the simplicity of these motifs and how delicate they look.

No one said I was a photographer and you can certainly tell in these pictures. This one is in my family room on our coffee table. I think our friends are afraid to set anything on them because they still continue to use coasters!
The next runner I got the idea off Pinterest. Just like the pillow from Pinterest I straight stitched around the pieces. Not the best idea! I have since washed it and of course fabric frayed and pieces came apart. I have now gone back and zig zagged all around to make it secure and tight. Lesson learned - don't straight stitch applique you'll be re-doing your piece!

This table runner is laying on our buffett in the diningroom. I can never get enough of Christmas (except at Halloween)! It's my favorite holiday of the year!
Have a Great Day!


Monday, December 3, 2012

More Dresdens

Now that I think about it I'm really getting into making things with my Dresden ruler. I just love how uniform and simple they look in my table runner. They are versatile when making my Turkey's. Now they look even better in my new project, a pillow.

I bought the fabric as remnants at my local quilt store. They didn't have a very great selection of Christmas fabric left so when I saw these on the counter I scooped them up knowing I could do something with them. I love the colors!

Since I'm still learning and haven't been sewing lately quite as much as I would love to be I did a blanket stitch around the whole outer edge with a zig zag stitch around the center. Quilting is not my forte at the moment and I had some DMC Perle Cotton in Black and some Kreinik Red Metallic Floss I decided I would just stitch around the outer edge. The end result is so much more than I could have imagined.

I made the pillows pretty basic with an envelope style on the back so I could cover up my regular everyday pillows in our family room. This makes changing the decor so much easier and an even cost effective way out. I love how the house is starting to look like Christmas.

Have a Great Day!

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