Friday, December 30, 2011

Quick Christmas Dress

I vowed this year not to make my kids new Christmas clothes.  Gwyneth still fit nicely into her dress from last year and Connor had a matching tie, so there was no need.  Of course in the days approaching Christmas, I decided to make Gwyneth a fun t-shirt dress for one of the many parties we were going to.

Reindeer dress

The pattern used was the Sienna pattern from Lil Blue Boo.  The reindeer was from here and transfered onto the interlock via a super soft transfer peper from Dharma Trading Co.  I really like that transfer paper -- I see more projects with it in the future.

Reindeer dress, close up

I managed to finish the dress quickly (about an hour) and Gwyneth really loved it!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Puppet Theater

We're slowly recovering from Christmas here - getting the house back in order and finding new homes for all the toys.  I wanted to pop in and share with you one of the last-minute Christmas gifts I made for the kiddos!  This little puppet theater was definitely my favorite thing I made for the holidays and it was an instant hit with the kids.

puppet theater

The basic theater came from Oliver + S, "Little Things To Sew".  I used a dark brown canvas for the main portion of the theater and added some colorful, fun bunting!  I didn't think I'd have any time to make puppets before Christmas, so I picked up a nice assortment at IKEA.

puppet theater

The puppet theater is held in place in a doorway by a tension rod, so it's easily taken down and stored.  I think I may need to make a little drawstring bag for it to keep it tidy when it's not in use.

Although it may be up for a little while, the kids seem to be enjoying it far to much right now.

puppet theater

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Snapshots, Day 25

Hoping your Christmas is filled with 






Merry Christmas from Punkin Patterns!! 
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Going Fishing

I'm not making a lot of Christmas gifts this year.  Two years ago I went a little (temporarily) insane and made ALL of our Christmas gifts, yes, ALL.  All I have to say to that is . . . . never again.

This year my handmade list is much more manageable, however I am behind.  I've been trying to get Connor and Gwyneth's gifts done before they're on break because I can easily work on the gifts for their cousins while they're around.  Well, Gwyneth is officially done now.  Connor still has two more days of school.  I just finished up Connor's yesterday.  Here it is.. . .

a fishing set!

fishing set

The fishing set is made from felt using the Bugga Bugs pattern found here.  I made my fish plain (no eyes or other embelishments, however now that I'm looking a the photos, I'm rethinking it.  . . . We'll see.)

fishing set

The fishing pole really works and the fish all have NiB magnets in them and the hook too.

fishing set

I really liked the look of the woven basket.

fishing set

There was quite a bit of hand sewing and finishing, but I love how it turned out.

fishing set

Just look at that catch!!  Must have been a great day at the fishing hole!

fishing set

Christmas Snapshots, Day 20

Christmas Past

My mother and her grandfather, circa 1950.

Bampy, Dorothy, and dolly

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Snapshots, Day 17


(The Holidazzle is a parade of lights put on every year in downtown Minneapolis.)


zoo train

santa's sleigh

Friday, December 16, 2011

Mug Rug Exchange

Last night I met up with a few of the other Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild members and we exchanged mug rugs for Christmas!  You can see the one I made here.  I got this beautiful one made by Nikol, owner of one of my favorite fabric shops, Sewtropolis!!

mug rug exchange

You can see she has some fabulous fabrics to work with.  I love it!  Thanks Nikol!

mug rug exchange

mug rug exchange

Christmas Snapshots, Day 16

Wrapping Paper


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Another Mug Rug

mug rug front

So I woke up early this morning and after my husband left for work, I started work on this little mug rug.  I was able to finish it just before I had to get up the kiddos, so it was a great way to start the day.

Here's the back:

mug rug back

This mug rug was made all from scraps.  (I love that!)  I went a little crazy with tiny quilt lines again.  They're 1/8" apart and form two triangles that meet on the diagonal and continue into the center.

mug rug details

This mug rug is headed off to be exchanged tonight for another at the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild meeting!  Can't wait to see what I get to bring home!

mug rug details

Christmas Snapshots, Day 15

Warm Woolen Mittens

warm woolen mittens

Monday, December 12, 2011

Scrappy mug rug

mug rug front

I made this little mug rug with some scraps a few months ago.  I'm still trying to catch up on old projects.  I used this mug rug as a test for a larger project to see if I liked how it came together.  This is actually my very first mug rug. 

mug rug back

I went a little crazy with super tiny quilting lines, but I love the effect!! 

Christmas Snapshots, Day 12

Candy Canes

Candy Canes

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Christmas Snapshots, Day 11

Kids' Christmas Tree 
(decorated by my kiddos: Connor, age 6 and Gwyneth, age 4)

kids tree

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Quilt as You Go (or the pillow that has waited very patiently to be finished and shared with you)

 Little Scrap Pillow

I made this little pillow many months ago.  Once I completed the top, it was left in a pile to be completed.  I finally put on a back and a zipper.  Then it sat for a while longer.  Finally I took pictures of it back in October and here I am in December finally sharing them with you. 

It's a small pillow (12" x 12") that has found a permanent place on my kids rocking chair.  Don't worry the rocking chair is not sitting in the snow now -- it's inside, of course.   

Little Scrap Pillow

The pillow top was sewn using a technique that I had heard about, but never tried.  It's made using the quilt-as-you-go method -- which is exactly what it sounds like.  Here's how you do it:

Grab a piece of batting.  You start in the center and sew your fabric directly onto the batting, quilting it right away.

QAYG, photo 1

To add a second piece, lay it down right sides together matching the edges of your fabric together and sew a seam.

QAYG, photo 2

Fold the fabric over and iron it.

QAYG, photo 3

Now quilt in place.

QAYG, photo 4

Continue until your batting is covered.

QAYG, photo 5

QAYG, photo 6

This method works well for small projects like pillows, doll quilts, mug rugs and maybe even a baby blanket (if you're brave).  I have heard of people quilting smaller sections like this and then sewing the batting together to create a much larger quilt, but I've never tried it.  This method is best with log cabin blocks or stripes - but of course you can be creative and have fun!!  I quilted each section of this pillow with a different style of quilting (wavy lines, diagonal, zig-zag, straight lines - so many possibilities).

Little Scrap Pillow


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