Sunday, March 22, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching

I've been taking some courses at college, so last week my eyes were looking at books and not fabric. By Friday night, the paper had been written and the midterm taken so I rewarded myself with a little sewing! In fact it has turned into a bit of a buffet! The first thing I did was finish off this feather pillow. The bright colours give me a lift, reminding me that summer is just around the corner!

I made a bit of progress on  the woolen flower basket table mat. It is a bit of a task stitching around the flowers - they are quite small. 

Then I decided to try something new. I had in my stash a panel of  12 woodland animals. They have been there for several years waiting to be put into a quilt. Finally, inspired by a pattern I saw on Pinterest, I adapted the size to fit my animal blocks. Again, my math skills were put to use! Once pieced the new block turned out to be 24.5 inches. Multiplied by 12 plus sashing, this quilt was going to be BIG! So I decided that I will make TWO lap-sized quilts instead or maybe a baby play mat and a wall-hanging. I will see where this leads me. I am trying to use just stash, so they will all  have a scrappy happy feel!

Lastly, I'm including a quilt that I made last fall for a new family member, Baby Natalia. The pattern was featured in Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine last summer. I changed up the colour scheme and added one Kaffe Fassett print in the star and for the binding. I machine quilted it using organic straight line quilting. Cozy flannel is on the back.

I'm linking up today with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sunday.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Woolen Baskets .... and some pillows!

Gail came over this morning to stitch for a couple of hours. We decided to do some handwork so I pulled out this little project started last fall. It is a woolen table mat with a light background and appliqued flower baskets - perfect for this spring weather we seem to be experiencing - knock on wood!

I'm making my way around the leaves and flowers.

Stems and more leaves will be added in due course.

I think this will look nice on the Easter table!

I've made a few pillows lately. This first one began with a scrap of polar bear fabric. Strips were added from my stash to create a fun winter pillow. It now lives with my daughter at her apartment.

I made the Union Jack pillow in celebration of my younger daughter's class trip to England. She landed this morning in London. I'm so excited for her! I used my math skills to figure out the piecing. Who said we'd never use math again???

The last one was made for my friend's January birthday. I selected a number of bright scraps from my stash, many from the Bonnie & Camille collection. I made it using a quilt-as-you-go method. I'm quite pleased with the result...and so is she!