Friday, December 31, 2010

Made in 2010

I look forward to making this collage every year. There were a couple more things I had hoped would be finished by today, but they're not. Here are some of my finished projects from 2010:
Made in 2010
1. rose velour hoodie dress, 2. DQS8 finish--"Six of One", 3. Oh Boy Quilt, 4. Eden charm pack dress, 5. 2 chickens, 6. downy quilt, 7. watercolor quilt front, 8. watercolor quilt back--finished, 9. day camp flag 2010, 10. finished circle quilt, 11. circle quilt closeup, 12. finished! turtle/hexagon quilt for DQS9, 13. finished pillow shams, 14. scrappy selvedge gift tags, 15. gathered clutch #1, 16. scrappy shirt, "leggings", 17. maple leaf quilt, 18. for Quilts for Kids, 19. charity quilt lavender and brown, 20. fairy costume, 21. mini quilt for guild swap, 22. 9-patch quilt finished, 23. finished shirt quilt, 24. plus pillows, 25. barn bag

In 2010, I made:
4 big quilts (bigger than baby quilt size)
5 baby quilts--3 for charity and one each for a new nephew and niece
5 quilted pillow covers
12 (I think) mini quilts
and several potholders

plus I knitted a couple of things and sewed a few clothing items.

I'm not going to talk about resolutions or goals right now, but some things I'd like to make in 2011 are:
*twin size quilt for Jacob
*another 9-patch quilt
*baby quilt for my sister's baby who's coming in August
*clothing items for me and my girl
*at least 2 charity quilts
*something quilty and Valentine-themed

What would you like to make or do next year?

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quilts from Grandma (+ pie!)

My mom has 14 grandkids (and one on the way--my youngest sister's expecting her second in August!) and has made a quilt for each of them in the last three or so years. My boys got their quilts from her on Christmas morning this year.
space quilt made by my mom

I got another picture with the whole quilt spread out but I like how you can see part of the quilt back in this one, plus my boy had a squinty face in the other photo. This is a really cool quilt, and big, too. He really likes it.

The other one has a surfing theme:
surfing quilt made by my mom
I love the different surfing fabrics in this one and the sand colored border is perfect. Both quilts turned out great, and the boys were really surprised and they like them a lot. Thanks, Mom!

no bake cheesecake, my mom's recipe
Here's the cheesecake I made the other day. This is the kind we had when I was a kid--no bake, with homemade graham cracker crust. Here's Mom's recipe:

No Bake Cheesecake
8 oz package cream cheese
one can sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup lemon juice

Set the cream cheese out to soften for a couple hours before making the cheesecake so you won't get lumps. Mix the above ingredients together until smooth. Pour into graham cracker crust of your choice. Here's how I made mine (sometimes I use a store bought crust though):

Crush one sleeve of graham crackers
Mix in 1/4 c sugar
Melt 1/3 cup butter and stir into the graham cracker/sugar mixture

Press into pie pan.

You can eat this cheesecake plain or top it with pie filling of your choice. When I was a kid we had sour cherries in the freezer and we would make a yummy cheesecake topping with those.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I took a bit of a blog break there... and then the last couple days I have been thinking, I can't post to my blog yet, the doll isn't all the way finished! I will post about her later; I just need to finish her feet.

So here are a few things I finished up for gifts before Christmas:
gathered clutches
Gathered clutches. Pattern is from noodlehead.
The green one was for my niece who is almost 13 (she's a New Year's Eve baby, we were partying hard (and impatiently) while her mom was in labor!) and loves lime green and all neon colors. My sister-in-law LOVES purple more than most people like their favorite colors, so it wasn't hard to choose colors for hers.

I like how these look (love the gathers) but I am still a bit stumped by the zipper. If anyone has tips or tricks for the zipper tabs on this clutch that work really well and easy and it turns out great, please let me know! 

And pillows:
plus pillows
One for my mom, one for my mother-in-law. I had seen a couple of plus quilts on blogs/flickr and used this one as an inspiration when I drew up the diagram for these. I used a jelly roll of Merry and Bright for these, it's a Moda Christmas line from 2008. I love the ribbon candy print, and all the holly leaf fabrics too. I still have a lot of the jelly roll left, and a pillow form that I bought for myself; I still need to decide if I'm going to make my pillow with this same pattern or something else.

And I finished up this quilt for a lovely young woman from church who graduated early and is headed off to college next week:
Jessie's graduation quilt
The white squares all have written/drawn messages from the other young women/leaders. The girls helped sew it together, too. I quilted it and got it bound barely in time for church yesterday. You really do need to use fabric markers; I'm glad I found that out by testing a swatch with my son's permanent bic markers.

We had a wonderful Christmas here. Kids got great gifts and our big family thing, the new TV, is being delivered tomorrow. My mom made quilts for 6 grandkids this year, including my two boys, and I'll show you the quilts she sent soon. They are really cool.
Here's my big Christmas present:
my new Kitchenaid--ice blue
(I LOVE that color!)
and the first loaf of bread mixed with it:
first loaf of bread mixed with my new kitchenaid
I only made one loaf just to try the thing out, and to try out the recipe. I grew up making 6 loaves of bread at a time--starting around age 10 I made that much bread at least once a week (for a couple years, not my whole life :) ), so it felt a little wrong to mix up the dough with barely 4 cups of flour. This one's all gone now anyway so maybe tomorrow I'll make 2 loaves. I have to say I made a couple of very silly mistakes in the kitchen today, I'm too embarrassed to say more but I've got to pay more attention. I loved how quick and easy it was to mix the bread dough, and I'm looking forward to mixing up cheesecake in the Kitchenaid tomorrow!

Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season! I've started my next quilt already :) and am thinking about the UFO pile and New Year's goals, projects, dreams, wishes. And I'm working on my first quilt pattern. I really like this one; I think you will too.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

9-patches week 7

9-patches week 7
Well, I thought about it and thought about it and couldn't resist. I'm going to make another 9-patch quilt, this time with 48 blocks. It will end up about 55" x 75" (I did the math but now I can't remember for sure) and I'm still going to do the borders like Amanda Jean's original one-a-day quiltalong. This time I'm going to try for fewer pastels, fewer pinks, oranges, and yellows all together. I think I won't use any browns in this quilt, either. I wonder if I could make it kind of rainbow-y? I will need more real blues, and true greens, too. Oh yeah, and purple.

I'm going to do 8 blocks a week and will have enough blocks for this quilt in 6 weeks. Anyone care to join me?

Monday, December 20, 2010

catching up

Last week I finished some handmade gifts that I can't show yet, and one that I can. Here's Grandma M's quilt:
finished shirt quilt
and the back:
shirt quilt back
I know I've shared some of this before, but here's the story behind this quilt, really quick. My husband's grandfather died in March 2008 and when his grandma was giving some of Grandpa's clothes to him and my boys, I offered to make a quilt using his shirts.

I got a bit sidetracked along the way--it's been nearly 3 years--but the quilt is finished and she'll get it on Christmas. I really hope she likes it. I started out with these somewhat modern quilt blocks and part of the reason the project sat for so long is that I wasn't sure she would like it. I showed them to a friend who told me to just continue and finish the way I'd started, and I'm glad I did. I chose a more traditional floral fabric for the back and hope she'll like that as well. I didn't buy quite enough fabric for the back (by accident/bad memory) and that's why I added the big square-in-a-square block.

I also got my daughter's Christmas dress finished this past weekend (quilt made by my friend Lorilee):
Christmas dress front
The pattern is from Ottobre 1/2007, #6. I made it in size 80 with 86 length. It's too wide for my skinny girl, but it will be ok. The fabric is embroidered black mini-cord from Jo-Anns. Here's the back:
black jumper, ruffles on back
I'm glad the ruffles show up in this picture. I think they're really cute! The black fabric was a bit of a challenge to work with, especially when I was undoing stitches that I couldn't see very well. I enjoyed making it though... it's nice to remember that making clothing is so much faster than making quilts!

Finally I wanted to show off this hat. It was given to me by fellow KCMQGer Julie, who brought it over to me and said she reads my blog (and had read about my hat making pursuits) and wanted my boy to have this. It didn't fit the oldest (HEED! Pants! Now! name that movie, anyone??) but it's perfect for my 6-year-old and he likes it a lot. Thank you, Julie!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Winner!

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by my blog during giveaway week! I hope everyone wins something, somewhere! (Including me...)

The winner of my stocking miniquilt and notions bundle is

momto2wasd -- I just emailed her and will ship out the quilt and notions on Monday.


Monday, December 13, 2010

It's Giveaway Day!!

Hi friends! Today I have a couple things to give away to one lucky person!
mini quilt for Giveaway Day
First is this little Christmas mini-quilt. I'd say it's maybe 8" x 10". The shapes are machine-sketch-appliqued to the quilt through all 3 layers, using my free-motion foot.

And I also put together a little bundle of notions to go with it:
notions for giveaway day
Here's what's in the pile: 3 zippers, red elastic, weird little eyelet tape, mini yellow ric rac, lavender bias tape (over 2 yards, I think), sheer white ribbon, almost a yard of striped red ribbon, some wide blue ribbon, and a couple yards of 1.25" wide elastic.

All you need to do to win is make a comment, but it has to be something interesting, not just "I want to win." You can tell me about a cool gift you've received, what you're making this month, a joke, something funny your kid did, whatever. The winner will be chosen randomly. Please make sure I have a way to get a hold of you. If your email address isn't available in your blogger profile, include it in your comment. If I can't contact the winner I'll choose another one! The giveaway will be open until December 17.

Also, you know about Giveaway Day, don't you? Head on over to Sew, Mama, Sew for links to lots of giveaways, all starting today!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday update

I had a great time at the KCMQG meeting the other night. We have such a fun group of people and it has been great getting to know some of them over the course of the year. The exciting moment of the night was when Jacquie revealed...
Kona solid charm packs! One for every member. Someone said it was like Oprah. It was pretty funny. But we each got to pick between the pastel, dusty, dark, classic, and bright colorways... IF we are willing to make a challenge quilt using a bit of each color in our charm pack, and any additional fabric we choose as long as it is solid. I had a hard time deciding but I ended up bringing a bright charm pack home. Then I dreamed about using it to make a mini Dear Jane quilt, with light gray as the background. How crazy is that? I'm not sure if I really will do that, but it would be less intimidating than starting to make the entire Dear Jane quilt.

I got another sweet surprise at the guild meeting, but I don't have a picture, so I'll save that one for another day.
Here's my holiday sewing status:
*finished 2 surprise items today, yay!
*worked on my giveaway day project--it's a sketchy little mini-quilt, holiday-themed
*last night I got this done: 
It's the inner head for the Waldorf-inspired doll I'm making for my little girl for Christmas. I am making my doll (yeah, my girl's doll) from a kit I bought from Weir Dolls and Crafts. I was really nervous about getting this right, and looked at lots of tutorials to make sure I was "doing it right." I worked on the head while watching shows with my husband last night--I really enjoyed working with the wool stuffing. My hands get so dry and cracked in the cold weather and I hate it when different fabrics snag on my fingers... the wool was not snaggy at all; it was really soft and soothing to my hands. :)

Now that I have this much done I'm feeling better about the whole project but am still sort of obsessively searching "how to stuff dolls" and similar terms. I found a couple of absolutely GORGEOUS Waldorf doll websites during my search: Bamboletta  and Tumbleberry Toys. I love the dolls with crazy colorful dreadlocks and the beautiful little sweaters that some of the dolls are wearing. These sellers also have good inspiration for attractive, up-to-date clothing for the dolls as well. I'm thinking I probably won't only be making this one doll....

Thursday, December 09, 2010


shirt quilt, quilting finished

The quilting on this quilt went very quickly--big meandering stitches. (Not big stitches--well a few, but they were mistakes. Big meanders.)

shirt quilt back--quilted

Now that the quilting on this is done, I feel like my huge sewing stress of the last couple weeks has mostly lifted. I have a couple more handmade things that need to be finished in time to mail for Christmas, but they are small and won't take too long. And I have a couple more handmade things on the list that will be staying here, too.

Do you know about Giveaway Day? Sew, Mama, Sew hosts this a couple times a year. The next one starts on Monday so be sure to come back here for my giveaway then. Also, you can go to the Sew, Mama, Sew blog next week for links to hundreds of giveaways of handmade items or supplies for making stuff.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

fast hat

Here's the first hat, all finished. It was fun working with this super chunky yarn!
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Monday, December 06, 2010


barn bag
I started this bag a few months ago... then it got set aside, for no reason really. I have been itching to knit hats for my boys so I decided I needed to finish up the bag. (Pattern info--it's called the barn bag and you can find it on ravelry or here.) It's small and doesn't really take months to make, if you don't have project ADD like I sometimes do.

My son wants one of those hats with the hanging down tassels on the sides. (I still secretly want to make them fish hats. Holy crow the fish hat has its own website now, check it out, soo funny.) Anyway the yarn he liked is the super chunky Thick and Quick Woolease by Lion Brand and I started the hat (orange and black) last week. I need to go get size 13 dpns tomorrow and should be able to finish the hat really soon! I love how fast this fat yarn knits up!

In quilting news, today I got the shirt quilt (scroll down at this link to see the quilt top) pin basted and the quilting is underway. I'm doing a big stipple stitch and hope to have the quilting done in the next 2 days or so.

Friday, December 03, 2010

Sew and Tell--Finished 9-Patch Quilt!

9-patch quilt finished
Here's my 9-patch quilt all finished!
I took another pic after washing and drying it, I love how it shrunk up a bit:
9-patch quilt after washing/drying
and here is the back:
9-patch quilt back
Here's some info on this quilt:
Started sometime in 2009
Finished November 2010
Measurements after washing/drying: 63" x 84"
Quiltalong info (how to make this quilt) from AmandaJean found here.

I'm so happy this one's done!
I'm linking up at Sew and Tell Fridays ... thanks again, Amy, for hosting!

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Scrappy Stocking Tutorial

Today I'm guest posting at Stash Manicure... head on over if you'd like to see my tutorial to make a stocking like this one!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

finished shepherd costume

finished shepherd costume
I was going to get a picture of the illustration in the book that this costume is supposed to look like, but I didn't have time. It was a busy day! (week, month, yep.) Anyway, there was lots of sneezing from the fur, and I took it outside and shook it right after I cut it and I wonder if the neighbors will find little acrylic fibers on their deck furniture.... I serged all the seams and edges on the vest too.

Anyway, this was done in time for a dress rehearsal tonight, and I'm glad to cross one more thing off my list!