Monday, March 21, 2016

Travel Pillow

Making travel pillows for my girls.  This one measures 8-1/2" x 16".  That handle will be very handy when on the go.  Very easy project; I'll be making more of these.  The only thing I will do differently is to add a pocket on the back side.  

Little pillows

Found this Pillow Pal pattern on Etsy (Nanoo Designs).  The finished pillow measures about 10-1/2"x13-1/2" not including head and appendages.  I embroidered those sweet faces using two strands of black embroidery thread.  The hair and rosy cheeks were ironed into place using Lite Steam-A-Seam II.  I blanket-stitched around the edges of the hair and cheek circles to finish the raw edges. It would not be difficult to create your own pattern pieces for a project like this.  I would note that the heads on the two Pillow Pals that I made, flop at the neck; however, they are cuddly soft, travel pillows which I hope will make two little girlies happy.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Little quilt blocks

I am embroidering tiny bonnet girls, part of a Little Blues sampler from Sentimental Stitches. And then there's these tiny house blocks, my favorite new endeavor from designer Jeanneke's "Building Houses from Scraps."  It took me a couple of tries to get into the rhythm of cutting and sewing these house blocks.  The original pattern top corner pieces, came as single pieces.  For easier piecing, I divided that pattern piece into two sections; much better!  I did try to paper piece this tiny pattern, but opted instead to simply cut and sew like any other pieced block.  More tedious?  Maybe a wee bit, but the pieces are manageable and lots of creative fun in the making.  I've many more little houses to make before it becomes a quilt; however, at last I have found that special thing, a little aside that I can pull out and work on between bigger projects. Mixing and matching the prints and colors and seeing the end result, it's like chicken soup for this quilter's soul.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Miniature quilts...on a roll!

11" x 12-1/2"
10" x 12"
Two more miniature quilts that are currently on my table and soon to be done.  I have captioned each with the approximate finished size.  Can' get enough of making teeny tiny quilts.  The fun is in the making and the end result satisfies this Calico Quilter's soul.  "Hands to work, hearts to God"

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A room with a view

Morningtime at the Casita.  I'm looking at my work table and enjoying the view.  Quilting gives me joyful pleasure, enough so that I capture the moment before starting a new project.  Lately, miniature quilts have captured my fancy.  My goal, a wallful of them. Onward!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Doggie quilts all the bucket list!

Henry's Quilt
Sammy's Quilt
Happy's Quilt
My sis has two doggies, Sammy and Happy. Sammy is my l'il doggie Henry's best friend. They have known each other since Henry was just a little pup; Happy came along later. I made Henry a quilt a while back and when he stays overnight at Aunty's from time to time, his quilt goes with him.  All the doggies love Hen's quilt and since they are family, how could I not? Finished at last, these to blanket quilts are on their way to Aunty's.
Henry and Sammy