Christmas Quilts Revealed!

I only have three days left of the year to wrap up my 2013 posts… and it’ll take exactly three posts to wrap it up!  This post will be about the quilts made for Christmas presents. *note: this is a rather picture heavy post!

Kim's Quilt - The Sugar Block Club

Kim’s Quilt – The Sugar Block Club

Back of Kim's Quilt/The Sugar Block Club

Back of Kim’s Quilt/The Sugar Block Club

I spent the last four weeks furiously sewing away, trying to get all of the homemade presents finished in time for Christmas.  I wasn’t truly thinking ahead when I decided that three of the Block Of the Month’s I was participating in would become Christmas gifts.  I panicked early in December knowing that I only had 19 days in which to finish the quilt tops, make backs for them, baste, quilt and bind them.  Add to that the fact that I didn’t realize I would come up one quilt short in my gifts, I ended up having to make a quilt top the second week in December and add that to my create a backing/baste/quilt/bind list. I decided to do The Secret Garden QAL by Amy Gibson/Craftsy that has been on my To-Do list since August.

9-Patch Quilt for Brian

The Secret Garden 9-Patch Quilt for Brian

I was able to finish the last quilt with less than 19 hours remaining before giving it to its intended recipient.  Whew!  It was close! I ended up having to machine sew the binding on to two of them, due to lack of time.  I meant to machine sew the binding on the last quilt, but sewed it on “wrong”… which meant I needed to hand sew it to the back.  Turns out that was the best thing anyway.  The quilt was the “Among The Stars” BOM from The Fat Quarter shop, and it has an heirloom quilt look to it.  The hand sewn binding really looked nicer on it, despite nearly running out of time.

Jill's Quilt - Among The Stars

Jill’s Quilt – Among The Stars

The other two  BOM quilts that I did (and gave as gifts) were the SkillBuilder BOM by Alyssa of Pile O’ Fabric, and the Sugar Block Club by Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock.  I truly learned a lot sewing along with the BOM’s this year, and have joined up with both Alyssa and Amy again for 2014 BOM’s. (BTW, if you’re interested in learning about the 2014 Skillbuilder BOM, click here. And for the 2014 Sugar Block Club click here.) Alyssa expressed surprise at my having given away my Skillbuilder quilt.  It WAS a lot of work, and a lot of learning, but giving away these quilts was of greater joy to me than keeping them.  The people I gave the quilts to this year are incredibly special to me, and I love them very much.  I hope they get to enjoy them for years to come, and that the quilts hold up to the years of use!

Ashley's Quilt - The Skillbuilder BOM

Ashley’s Quilt – The Skillbuilder BOM

Back of Ashley's Quilt/The Skillbuilder BOM

Back of Ashley’s Quilt/The Skillbuilder BOM

I like to make pieced backings to go along with the quilts.  I am not good at designing quilts on my own, but for some reason am confident in my creation of quilt backs.  Possibly because I know that it’s just a “back” so there are “no rules”.  The only back that ended up being whole-cloth was the Among The Stars.  The Sentiments fabric by Three Sisters for Moda had a beautiful floral piece with lovely birds on it, and it seemed to be perfect as an heirloom quilt back.

Brian Quilt Back

Brian Quilt Back

Jill's Quilt Back/Among The Stars quilt

Jill’s Quilt Back/Among The Stars quilt

One other thing I did was to quilt a decent-sized heart onto the quilts.  That was Mister’s idea… to use as a “signature” of sorts on the very special quilts.  Unfortunately I had already shipped off the Skillbuilder BOM quilt to Ashley when he mentioned this idea, so hers does not have a heart on it.  But, hers does have a lot, and I do mean A LOT, of densely free motion quilting on it, and a lot of fmq designs I had not done before.  Hopefully she won’t look too closely at it! 🙂

A quilted heart for Kim

A quilted heart for Kim

A quilted heart for Jill

A quilted heart for Jill

A quilted heart for Brian

A quilted heart for Brian

I find it pretty amazing that I completed four quilts in about three weeks’ time.  I plan to finish more quilts during 2014, rather than doing only BOM’s that bring me right up to the end of the year.  2013 was about learning the basics of a new craft, and now I’m ready to start expanding upon that basic education! First up in 2014 is to tackle the Modern Quilt Guild Riley Blake Challenge!

Let’s sew!


Sew much done and nothing to show for it…

Time to bind!

Time to bind!

I have been like a madwoman for the past two weeks, trying to get all of my projects done before Christmas.  I’ve been sewing from 8am to 5pm, and then doing my hand sewing and embroidery after dinner until sometime between 10pm and 11pm.

Comp Notebook Covers

Comp Notebook Covers

Thank goodness the Mister understands my sewing frenzy and he has been running all the errands and doing all the shopping for the household to give me as much sewing time as possible.

Yummy strip sets!

Yummy strip sets!

Genius that I am, I decided that the three BOM clubs I worked on during the year would make perfect Christmas presents.  However, I didn’t quite think through the part where I had to finish the last blocks in December, then sash, assemble, quilt & bind them.  BEFORE Christmas Day (which didn’t dawn on me until a few days ago).

A finished Skillbuilder BOM quilt.  Yay!

A finished Skillbuilder BOM quilt. Yay!

Needless to say, I have managed to get a lot of projects done and am in the home stretch.  It’s a LONG home-stretch though, since I just completed an extra quilt top today and basted another top to be quilted tomorrow.  My fingers are crossed that I can get the other two basted, quilted and bound in 8 days’ time.

Got my last Sugar Block Club block finished!

Got my last Sugar Block Club block finished!

How are your holiday sewing plans coming along?


The Petrillo Bag and Greenbacks Wallet #2

Petrillo Bag and Greenbacks #2 Wallet

Petrillo Bag and Greenbacks #2 Wallet

I’ve been so excited to make one of Sara Lawson’s (Sew Sweetness) patterns.  I have several of her patterns (plus her new book!), and finally had the opportunity to get one sewn up this past week.  Mister’s granddaughter celebrated her 18th birthday, so I figured The Petrillo Bag and a matching wallet would be nice (with some cash in the wallet of course… you can’t give someone an empty wallet, that totally sucks!).

Let me just start by saying that Sara’s patterns are AWESOME-SAUCE.  Having said that, it’s important to note that I can’t seem to help deciding to do a brand new pattern mere days before a gift is due.  Somehow the “Hey, why don’t you do a trial run and see if this will work out ok” thought process doesn’t make it through my head.  So, with five days before the birthday (which is A LOT of time, given my history) I started the bag.  Then promptly lost two days of sewing time because of kidlet errands.  *sigh*  It’s always the way, no?!  Anyway, I managed to squeeze an hour or two within those two days to get the fabrics ironed, starched, cut, and interfacings fused on.  Thank. Goodness.

Greenbacks Wallet #2

Greenbacks Wallet #2

Despite thinking I was going to have to nix making the wallet due to the lost time, Sara’s patterns come together so nicely, and her instructions are so clear, that I ended up finishing both the bag and the wallet the day before the birthday… which happened to be on Thanksgiving Day.  And then I promptly fell in love with them both.  Naturally.  Of course when I think of Sara’s patterns, I automatically think of Tula Pink fabric.  They just go together so perfectly!  I used some of my Acacia stash and was so proud until I stood back and really looked at the bag and wallet.  From the perspective of an 18 year old.  I also had added Polka-dots.  Yes, I did.  And what I found to be adorable I realized an 18-year-old who has no idea about Tula Pink fabric might think her step-gramma had gone a little goofy.  And I was glad that I stashed some cash in the wallet.  You know what I mean? (Although, frankly, I think everyone should fall in love with Tula Pink fabric, because it’s made of Awesome-Sauce too!)

Inside of Greenbacks Wallet #2

Inside of Greenbacks Wallet #2

I guess I needn’t have worried.  I got to see Mister’s granddaughter last night.  She asked me if I actually made the bag.  She said it didn’t look like a handmade bag (despite the awesome “handmade” hardware I bought from Emmaline Bags and placed on the bag front).  She thought I made the wallet, and since the fabrics all matched, she still wasn’t sure if I bought the bag or not.  BEST. COMPLIMENT. EVER.  Also, she thought the Raccoons were Foxes.  And I was told that made her smile because, “What does the fox say?”  (I have no idea.  Apparently I have to google some Danish band to find out.)

LOVE! Emmaline Bags "handmade" Hardware

LOVE! Emmaline Bags “handmade” Hardware

During the process of making the bag, I discovered that Sew Mama Sew is having a Sew Sweetness Bag contest!  And, since I made the bag within the time frame I’m linking up over there.  You should go check out the other bags entered… WOW!!!  

The Petrillo Bag Front

The Petrillo Bag Front

 

The Petrillo Bag Back

The Petrillo Bag Back

Inside.  The padded pocket is on the opposite side of the zippered side.

Inside. The padded pocket is on the opposite side of the zippered side.

Do you like to sew bags?

 Have you made a Sew Sweetness Pattern?


Modern Quilt Guild Member Spotlight

I'm a Member!

If you’re stopping by from The Modern Quilt Guild… Welcome!!

I just started this blog a little over a week ago, made one post and promptly became so busy I haven’t had time to write another.  I sorta had to make time for it today because out of the blue I noticed I had a ton of new Instagram followers and then I started getting FB friend requests.  And that’s when I checked my email and noticed that my Member Spotlight was posted over on The MQG website.  How awesome is that?!

Anyway, I’m super glad you stopped by!  I’m sorry there aren’t more posts here yet, but I’ve really been focused on finished up some sewing projects for Christmas.  I’ve been thinking about squeezing in a quick post since I started the blog last week, but just couldn’t find the time or energy.  If you read my first post, you probably won’t be surprised to find that in the middle of sewing all of my Christmas gifts I ended up starting another project for Mister’s granddaughter’s birthday (on Thanksgiving!). Since she hasn’t received it yet, I’m not able to post pictures.  Now that her present is done, I’ve got some time to write up the post and it should be on the website on Friday!

I’ve totally enjoyed The MQG community.  What an honor to be featured, and to be encouraged inspired by so many of the members there.

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Do you enjoy Modern Quilting, Traditional Quilting or a little bit of both?