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Pillow sleeves for days!

All finished with the commissioned pillow sleeves!

Commissioned Pillows

So much fun to work with such bright fun colors! Happy happy weekend to you all!

Spring!

Here in Southern California, there are no weather complains, but it’s officially now spring. That, combined with the fact that I HAD to take a break from the baby quilts lead me to a couple of bright vibrant pillow sleeves!

Pink1BLue1

These are quick and fun to whip up. Remember how I mentioned I needed to explore yellow a bit more? In doing so, I’ve come to realize that I really don’t have that many yellow fabrics. Will have to remedy that with time!

Pink4Blue4

Nice envelope openings so that these are easy to toss in the washing machine!

Blue5Pink5

Both are in the shop!

Yet another purse

Recently I’ve been getting a little thrill out of making projects that you can finish in one sitting. Quilts certainly don’t provide that, but cute purses do!

Linen Purse

This one’s from the same pattern as the last red one I made. It’s really a great little pattern. I often struggle with handmade purses looking… well… handmade. This pattern really doesn’t have that vibe to me.

Linen Purse - Inside

I’m going to have to buy more Hello Betty the instant my fabric buying ban is lifted. I really love it so much. To me it’s the perfect mix of modern and pretty.

I’m out of magnetic snaps so I’m improvised by adding a button. I think it’s a cute touch!

Linen Purse - Button detail

I’m not much for linen in my quilts, but in purses?!? It’s perfect. Love. Love. Love.

More red linen

I’m loving linen.  Way back in this haul, I got a bunch of different colors and there was yards of it.  I was, needless to say, delighted.  I’ve been using the aqua here and there for awhile, but this red was recently rediscovered when I clean up my stash.

A new purse for me!

Red Purse Wide

Made with this pattern. I modified it a bit – mostly in how I sewed on the handle strap. I included the handle in the step when you sew the lining and the outer shell together, rather then sewing it on at the end.

Red Purse Close up!

And that pretty patterned fabric?? A fat quarter that I got in the Sew, Mama, Sew! fat quarter swap. I love it with the red linen!

Happy weekend to you all!

Another mail sack!

I was in a bit of a funk the other day and wanted to make something that would cheer me up.  What to do?  How about cut into some of your favorite fabric and make yourself a bag you know you love??  Done.

Echino Mail Sack

Those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile know that I love love love the Mail Sack pattern from Pink Chalk Studios (not to mention how inspirational Kathy’s blog is!) so I figured I’d make yet another. I make the mini version so it’s more handbag-y than tote-y.

Echino Mail Sack close up

Can’t go wrong with this amazing Migratory Birds Echino fabric! I’d been holding off cutting into my little half yard of it, but making myself something with it sure did brighten my day. Sometimes you just need to take the dive and cut into the precious fabric!

Hope that you all have wonderful weekends!

A couple of Christmas gifts

Made these pillows for my sister – I’m thinking there are going to be loads of pillows in my future…

Red Pillow

Pillow

And the table runner & place mats for my mother in law. They were incredibly tough for me to get through as the fabrics aren’t my taste, but if you saw her dark green &  red chicken themed kitchen you’d understand. It’s as though the fabric designer had been in her kitchen before coming up with this line.

Table Runner & Place mats

Anyhow – now I’m driven to finish the charity quilt and this baby quilt before the new year so that my numbers for 2008 quilts will be two higher!

And then… who knows?!? My quilting future for 2009 is wide open! How exciting!

Happy happy holidays!

Just a quick post to say Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you and yours!! Hope that you all have a wonderful time and enjoy all that this season means.  Family, friends, food, and good times!

I’ve been sewing like crazy and will show you some gifts after tomorrow, but for the time being, just a some Christmas Birdies that I found very tough to photograph as I have no tree this year to hang them on… They are already hanging on my sister’s tree!

Christmas Birdies

From this pattern, adjusted slightly so that I could add the ribbon to make them ornaments.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!!

Grrraaarrg.

Clearly I haven’t been able to motivate on making my mother in law’s table runner and place mats. Cute girly monsters for some friends’ daughters instead!

Grrrarrrr!

Gifts complete!

It’s HARD to make presents for people with different tastes from your own. At least I think it is! Two table runners (for my grandmother-in-law and stepmother-in-law) down:

Table Runner

Table Runner 2

And one more (for my mother-in-law), with a matching set of place mats, to go. I had to interrupt and make a couple of blocks that are more “me” before I dive back in…

Beginnings of mini quilt

A tote and some chit chat.

My mother is coming to town for Thanksgiving and gets here tomorrow.  I finally got around to making her the tote that she requested the last time I saw her.  I only get to see her about once a year, so it’s not like I didn’t have time!

Nice and simple:

Linen tote

My mom is a Zen Buddhist priest (yup!) so keeping it nice and simple and slightly Japanese-ish was the way to go. This was my first time working with linen and boy am I in love! I see much more working with it in my future…

Linen Tote - close up

I got lots and lots of replies about where to get a whole bolt of kona cotton and batting. The consensus on batting was that Joann’s with the 40% off was the way to go. The cotton got more complicated… there were many replies – thank you everyone! While Joann’s with the 40% off was mentioned as well, there were also other sites. I haven’t had the chance to check out all them, so I’ll just list them here:

http://www.hancockfabrics.com/

http://www.fieldsfabrics.com/

http://www.fabricdepot.com/

http://www.fabricshack.com/

I need to take the time to look through them!

Lastly, Ashley is having a lovely give away over at her blog, Film in The Fridge. It’s such a great blog and what great stuff she made! AND some fabric! You can’t beat that!!

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