Hollie the Owl has been fun to make and I thought I would show you what she looks like made with patterned, felted wool. The sparkly ric rac under the wings adds a nice shiny detail and using glass pearls for eyes is kind of fun too. http://www.etsy.com/listing/168393790/hollie-a-snowy-owl-ornament?ref=shop_home_feat
This was my November challenge. It's finished and it's still November??? I sometimes have trouble sewing these kinds of projects so good practice and I also wanted to see if the pattern and size would work for a gym bag. Turns out it might work with some enlargement. The height and depth are good but it might be nice to make it a little wider for a gym bag.
Pattern is the Bohemian Satchel by Tina Lewis in the Winter issue of Stitch magazine. It should be fun to carry around for the holidays. The bag is the same on the other side except for the buttons on the handles (fir trees on the other side). For this version, I went to the stash and found a left over piece just large enough with enough scraps to make handles. It's from Moda Home and the name might be Santa Calls. It's almost canvas weight with a smoother texture. An idea for you for leftover Christmas fabric in your stash.
Thanksgiving Sale - Wednesday, November 27th - Monday, December 2nd. $5.00 instant downloads at our etsy shop on Hollie the Snowy Owl Ornament and the Extra Gingerman Applique.
Have a great Thanksgiving!
Introducing Hollie the snowy owl. She measures almost 6" tall and hangs very nicely on the tree or a package. Made with hand dyed, felted wool, sparkling embroidery threads and press on crystals. Fun to do and ornaments make great small gifts for the holidays. There is time to make several. Think I will try tweed wool for the body next time and use white for the face and star. Pattern is available at the etsy shop for easy download.
I'm really excited to be sharing another quilt on the Moda Bake Shop. Be sure to stop by and download the instructions. The pattern is for a small wall quilt but could be easily made into a pillow, runner... Lots of different things. I may try some different things with it and will post as they get finished.
August 9th is National Book Lover's Day! Many thanks to all the wonderful authors of quilting books for sharing your expertise and inspiration!
I don’t remember using any quilting books when my Mom and Mom-in-law were teaching me to quilt. However, they did. In the late 60s and 70s it was “The Standard Book of Quilt Making and Collecting” by Marguerite Ickis, Ruby McKim's “101 Patchwork Patterns, and “Patchwork & Appliqué” by Exeter Books. There is a great forward in Margerite Ickis’ book. Here's a quote.
“But when it comes to cuttin’ out the quilt, why you’re free to choose your own pattern. You give the same kind of pieces to two persons and one’ll make a `Nine-Patch’ and the other one’ll make a `Wild-goose-Chase’ and so there’ll be two quilts made of the same kind of pieces but jest as different as can be. That’s the way of livin’.”
Aunt Jane, Kentucky
Later in the 80s I learned and made quilts from books by Eleanor Burns and Georgia Bonesteel. "Irish Chain
in a Day", Eleanor made it easy and motivating to make more quilts!
At least for me, it's too hard to choose just one favorite book. There are so many great ones. Some of my favorites are from Kumiko Sudo, Silvia Pippin, and Elizabeth Root. Their work is inspiring and has I’m sure, influenced my Hawaiian and Asian themed patterns and quilts.
I've been working on a few quilts from the unfinished pile this summer. This quilt came about because I needed to know how many blocks could be made from one jelly roll (not including the center square). The Court House Steps block is about 21 inches square and the number of blocks turned out to be six. After finding that out, it got piled on to the rest of the unfinished and I moved on to the Steps to the Sea Quilt for the Moda Bake Shop in January.
Started in again in July. There were a lot of strip scraps left over after making the big quilt blocks so I made some flying geese blocks. Still more scraps were left from the geese blocks, very small triangles. They got sewn into half-square triangles and then into the row of pinwheels you see near the top of the quilt. Center squares and borders are a beautiful batik from my stash and finished size is about 66 x 77. Although you can't see the quilting, it's an overall lace pattern. So much fun to get one out of the pile and finished. Even more fun to give it to Andrea for her birthday.
Next in the pile - finishing up a hand quilting project using vintage Yukata (summer weight kimono cotton) We'll see if it gets done or something else gets started.
Here's a super easy baby quilt idea. This one sews up fast and is fun in bright tropical colors. It has a modern look but uses prints instead of solids. Download the free quilt instructions using the button at the top of the photo.
You can use leftover jelly roll strips for this or cut strips from your stash; 24 strips, 2.5" x width of fabric, 32 flying geese blocks, and 2, 1/2 square triangles. This modern Hawaiian baby quilt finishes out at approx. 44" x 50" and can be quilted very simply.
The quilt in the picture was donated to the Kauai Quilt Guild. A great group of quilters celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. Have fun and make it bright!
Here are a few extra pictures of the Sunshine and Sea quilt to give you some more ideas. It's a great size for a twin bed. The sun in the picture below was reverse appliqued and the pointy rays were stitched using Sashiko thread. I've made a couple of these now. Fusing and appliqueing the sun for the quilt on the pattern cover worked great too and that sun shape was traced using just the pointy rays.
It's fun making the waves go across the width of the quilt and I loved adding the blanket stitch by hand. Most machines have this stitch though if you don't enjoy handwork. Spray for the waves was added using a large running stitch. Kinda hard to see in this picture but looks cute on the quilt in person and adds some nice detail.
One more idea for this quilt is to vary the fabric colors in the chevron waves (body of the quilt). The quilt on the pattern cover uses shades of orange and in the one below, I tried more of a rainbow effect starting with yellow at the top. Both came out really bright and happy looking! Hope you try it. You can get the pattern here using our PayPal shopping cart or ask for it at your favorite quilt shop.