My current work in progress is a sweet little deer baby quilt. I’ll post more about it when it’s finished, but I thought you might like a peek of how it looks right now. In the last photo, the medium tone fabric isn’t yet sewn down, it’s just laying on the white. (Oh, what a challenge that is going to be!) There will be one more layer of darker fabric to add a little more detail and dimension.
My cousin became a Grandma! This is for her new granddaughter, Amelia. Amelia’s Mom wanted something very pink and girly. To me, a former tomboy, this is super girly. I love the patchwork pink heart, the scrappy binding and I had a lot of fun playing with the low volume prints. Patchwork remains a favorite!
A friend saw our couch full of pillows and suddenly felt that his new man cave wasn’t complete. He needed a Super Mario Bros. mushroom pillow of his own. He was totally right, so I stitched up a pair of pillow covers for him. If you feel a need for awesome gamer pillows (or a quilt!) too, check out the tutorials at Cut to Pieces. They’re a lot of fun to make, just simple patchwork on a smaller scale. Happy sewing!
My sister in law gave me a Silhouette Portrait machine and I almost immediately whipped up some vinyl tattoos for my sewing machine, Kanye. (Kanye earned his name by being harder, better, faster and stronger than my previous machine.) Buff guys with tats — *swoon!* The designs I used can all be found in Silhouette’s online store.
I started this little quilt on Christmas Eve, when I had a surprise day off and my husband took our daughters out for their annual breakfast and shopping date. I started with a few mini charm packs of Simple Marks Summer by Malka Dubrawsky and some Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Stone.
I cut the gray into five inch squares and stitched diagonally across the colorful fabrics in two opposite corners. If I’d arranged all the squares in the same direction, this would’ve been a bow tie quilt. But I used them more like half square triangles and arranged them as I liked, with a diamond radiating outward spokes. (If anyone knows of a name for this design, please let me know!)
And as always, sunlight through a quilt is just magical!
But harsh winter sunlight is not quite as kind. I had a really hard time getting decent pictures of the finished quilt.
The back is a super soft rock-n-roll dinosaurs flannel.
And it’s on its way to little Levi in Florida, where I hope it will not have to see snow again!
I know a little boy who joined the checkers club at his school and is a big Seattle Seahawks fan. One of the very finest things about being able to sew is having the ability make him his very own Seattle Seahawks checkerboard and combine his loves! I gathered fabrics and realized that red checkers looked awful with Seahawks colors. I ordered a set of replacement checker pieces that came in dark and light wood tones. It was perfect, and allowed me to deconstruct and personalize their little storage bag, too.
I had a slight moment of panic when I finished the board. I tried to set up the pieces and laid them out in two solid rows, like chess pieces. There weren’t enough, and for a minute I was just sure that I used the wrong number of squares! But then I realized what I had done, felt ridiculous and relieved, and took the picture. I’m very happy to have a unique gift to give my young friend!