Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Quilt: Three Christmases in the Making

This is the quilt front. The quilt is made from the pattern "Summer Breeze" from the book "Scrap-Basket Surprises". I did add more blocks to my quilt to make it bigger. It is probably queen size. This is my first real quilt and it was made for my parents-in-law. I made a quilt when I was in high school that was much smaller and a disaster, so I don't really count it.

This is the back. I like more contemporary quilts so I had some fun back here.

This closeup of the back allows you to see some of the quilting stitch pattern. I had it professionally quilted. There was no way I was going to try and quilt my "first" quilt on my sewing machine.

I sure hope they love it!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Italian Card Set - Rosie Posie

Our friend's Mother In Law is visiting from Italy so we thought we'd make her a small gift. She does not speak English, so I made sure to use my Italian Language stamps from PTI. Wow, those were really handy to have on hand and they are only $5! I originally bought them to make my friend a set of thank you notes.

Anyhow, on to the design. I was heavily inspired (and practically copied) these gorgeous cards by Maile Belles from the PTI design team.  All the stamps (except for Italian words) came from PTI's Rosie Posie stamp set. The hexagons come in a strip that has 5 hexagons. My only huge gripe is that on every other row, you need to stamp offset from the previous and you are one hexagon short on a 4.25" wide card. So then you have to ink up on hex on the strip and try and line it up to complete your row. I really wish they had put SIX hexagons on that stamp strip. Would have saved SO much time.  The outer and inner hexes are stamped separately. So this is a pretty time consuming card.  Fortunately, my husband is a great helper. He will pop the ink cover on and off and hold things and place, and whatever I need. He is the best, plus it also makes the gift from BOTH of us! =)  Here are some more cards in the set (each one we made different).

* Grazie = Thank You, Buon Compleanno = Happy Birthday, Ciao = Hello


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Blue Floral Napkin Set

Fabric: Madrona Road Wild Carrot from Michael Miller Fabrics

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Paisley Dinner Napkin Set

I've been in the sewing room non-stop lately trying to get through my very long list of Holiday Gifts. I even have my list prioritized --making gifts that need to be shipped first. Here is one of my completed projects, a set of 8 dinner napkins with mitered corners.
Fabric is from Art Gallery Fabrics in a paisley print from the Gipsy Glitter collection.