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Sunday, December 23, 2012

The Coolest Little Tool I've Ever Made....

I was surfing around the 'net yesterday and I checked out Elizabeth Hartman's Oh, Fransson! site, which is one of my regular stops.  I found this Weighted Pincushion Organizer that Elizabeth shared out at "Sew, Mama, Sew" website.  Now I've been quilting just over a year, but have many a year general sewing experience behind me.  When I used to sew clothes, I always used a wrist pincushion, but since I've transitioned to quilting, I've purchased a couple of pincushions from some AZ quilt shows.  But I have to say, this is, by far, the coolest little tool I've made next to my three-scissor case from Angie Padilla.  (I purchased an annual membership to Angie's site and it's well worth every penny I paid!  I've gotten so many patterns from her site, I couldn't begin to show you all of them!)  Anyway, back to the weighted pincushion organizer.  It took about 1.5 hours total from start to finish and already I love, love, love this tool:

Here's the Weighted Pincushion Organizer with the scrap bag attached.



You can see I've already been using the little scrap bag.  I've relocated all my pins from my tiny pincushion that I constantly knocked off the side of my machine table into the rice-filled pin cushion.

The Organizer with the scrap back taken off - look how brilliantly my seam ripper, tweezers, thread snips and bodkin fit!!  This thing is de bom!!



So I made myself this little gift, but I also finally finished my little gifts for my favorite girls that I work with at church and from the Tea Board:

I made the Tipsy Snowman little wall hangers for Ginny, Rita, Sally and Sandra:
Cute, Cute Cute!!
And a cowboy style tea-towel for Candy (this will fit her decor phenomenally):
Adapted from Jill Finley's "Home Sweet Quilt" "Cherry Lemonade" pattern
A tall & skinny Christmas Tree for Misty:
She's only getting 1 of these.....
And lastly, a beautiful tea towel for Robin - I think this will go nicely in her kitchen!!  I've decided on the one with the cherries....

Cherry Lemonade pattern from Jill Finley
and check out the detail on those cherries:
A little piecing, a little embroidery and some machine applique - a complete gift!!
So, now all that's left is the wrapping and tagging.  Then it's off tomorrow night for a little Christmas Eve service at church and some gift giving......my favorite part!!

Merry Christmas!! (And most importantly, Happy Birthday, Jesus!)

Thursday, December 20, 2012

FMQ Holiday Pillow Design

I finished another pillow using Jill Finley's free pillow design that I found on her blog.  I was able to use "Starry Mess"on the night sky in this pillow.  It's a little difficult to see, but adds a starry subtlety to the night sky.  It's done in a blue metallic thread and while I thought breakage would be a huge issue, it was not!!!  An early Christmas gift.



 I also used some free motion quilting design on each of the little houses on the pillow......


Here's a swirly design......










And "Sticks" which has turned out to be one of my favorite designs for any project....





and "Circuit Board" which is also another of my favorites.





So here's the completed project:


Which sits nicely on the back of my couch.  It's a large pillow - 15" x 34" finished.  It was fun and something I'd definitely do again......next year.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Where Have I Been?

It's been about 4 months since I posted to my blog; since then I've worked on someone else's business blogsite, website, pinterest, facebook, etc. in an effort to help launch her business.  Whew!  I'm back now though....I have a few recent articles to display.  , I found this free pillow pattern on Jill Findley's blogsite:

 
And I so loved this pillow, I bought her book, Home Sweet Quilt.  and i subsequently made these pillows.  These gave me a great opportunity to work on "standardizing" my free motion quilting (it/s the same design on both pillows).







I recreated the design in all 4 quadrants on both pillows:
 And then I did feather design around the outer border on the pillow.
And I've finished up a few wall hangings of this "Tipsy Snowman".  These are for my friends....











And lastly I am working on a "tumbling block" quilt that I took a class from Gail Shaw at our local quilt guild.  I think I'll use a coordinating fabric from the collection for the borders and binding on this quilt.  It's the first time I've made these star points and they actually came out!!!

So now I'm really looking forward to finishing this quilt