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!
Christmas is looking a lot like this at our house. It seems like there’s always a cat in the tree! We have it anchored, but I’m still half listening for the sound of it falling. And now they’ve discovered the fun of unwrapping gifts! Riiiiiip! Oh, the season of joy! (The upper right photo is from last year. Look how he’s grown!)
With the completion of my Garden District pillow …
My “couch full of pillows” project is complete!
Four of the seven pillows are patterns from the Pillow POP book. After the holidays I’ll start on three more for the chair, but for now I’ll just enjoy being done with something!