Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cherry Pincushion



This pincushion is made from the pattern "kelly's pincushions" that is in the book "Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts".  I made it for my Grandmother's birthday using red and aqua fabrics and aqua floss. I added the button to cover up the string intersections. I topped off the gift with a new set of blue Fons & Porter glass head pins to match.

Project Notes:
  • I stuffed this with Quilters Dream's Sweet Dreams cotton stuffing that I purchased from Purl Soho's website. This stuffing is heavier than poly/synthetic and packs well. I'm glad I used it.
  • I  had a hard time sewing the floss around the cushion seams. Since so many seams meet at the top and bottom, shoving a large needle through that is hard. I would push it through with my thimble and my husband would yank it out with pliers.... I was able to get it through on my own a few times with a little work. Maybe I could have found a needle better suited for this. I just bought one in the isle where I found the floss at the store. (I know nothing about embroidery stuffs.)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Ice Luminaries

(A post by Dawn's not-as-crafty husband Ben!)



The church I attended in Marquette would put out ice votive holders to line the walkway and steps every Christmas Eve for the candlelight service. I thought it would be fun to make something similar for our walkway. Unfortunately, lower Michigan doesn't get nearly as cold as Upper Michigan and so it took so long for these to freeze that I was only able to make a few.

To make an ice luminary, you need a bucket, something to mold out a spot for the candle (like another bucket!), water, and candles. It's a cheap, fast project and it's festive... especially for those of us in these northern climes where it's dark for far too long.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Sunday, December 12, 2010

45 Down, 45 To Go

I finished piecing 45 of the 90 blocks I need for the Christmas gift quilt I'm making. I was going to post a shot but I thought better of it in case the recipient views my blog.  Instead, I found a fun photo on the camera from early this summer to share.



This is a block from the quilt I was making with a fat quarter bundle I got for my birthday. I pieced all the blocks but have yet to sew them together.  This will be a fun project to get back to after winter has dragged on for too long!

Notes: The pattern for this block is "Megabits" by Swirly Girls Design. The fabric is from Moda's "Make Life..." collection.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Progress!
















Can you smell the smoke coming off my roller cutter? I cut up all but 3 fat quarters of the Fresh Cottons Bundle and four 1/4 yard sections. Phew. They were all prewashed and my husband pressed them all for me. Since it is a gift from both of us, he is helping with what he can.... and all he can help with is ironing. That's fine with me because I HATE to iron. =)