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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Boxy Stars # 2

I made a different boxy stars quilt a while back-it's still just a top and not quilted yet. So my friend Melissa asked me to make her one too. In exchange she sent me some cool crocheted things (see her etsy store link at the end of this post). So anyway it took me forEVER to get this done. I guess it was just a bad year for me and sewing because I didn't get much of anything done in my sewing room. But I finally did finish it and thankfully she was very patient with me and once she finally got it, she loved it. So here are the pics, complete with a model:

And a closeup of the label:

The print fabric is all from the Moda Bliss line and the brown is Chocolate Kona Cotton. I tried doing a bias binding this time and it was unbelievable how much easier it was to miter the corners. I've done bias binding on stockings and other curvy projects before but it never occurred to me to use it on straight sided quilts. I brushed up on my bias binding knowledge at Jaybird Quilts. I used my Big Shot Pro with my Go dies to cut all of the strips (and this quilt is made of all strips and blocks 2.5" wide) so other than cross-cuts, I didn't do much hand cutting at all. Nice.

The pattern for this quilt block is HERE.

And as promised: Melissa's Etsy Shop

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sprocket Pillow

On the 23rd of December I suddenly decided to make my mother-in-law a pillow. I think mostly I was just in the mood for a quick easy project since I'd been working on a bigger one for so long (which is also done and will be posted in a few days after the recipient receives it). So I found this tutorial and it literally took me a few hours to get this done. I worked on it for a couple of hours on the night of the 23rd and a couple of hours on the afternoon of the 24th and it was so easy. The hardest part was finding my bag of poly fil.

Click here for the tutorial (shift click to open in a new window)

I used 30's fabrics from my stash and a big giant button from Stampin' Up.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 Christmas Cards

Yep it's been a while. So anyway, these are the cards I made for Christmas this year.

This first one I made with a freebie file from the Silhouette store. I used my new favorite embossing folder, which is the stars & swirls from Sizzix. The baker's twine is Martha Stewart brand, the white card stock is Neenah and the red card stock and green patterned paper are both from Stampin' Up.

The next one was made with a file from Lettering Delights and cut out with the Silhouette SD. The embossing folder is from the evil Provo Craft. White card stock is Neenah and the rest of the card stock and the patterned paper is from Stampin' Up.

This is almost all from Stampin' Up. The off white card stock is Bazzill, the border punch is Martha Stewart and the baker's twine is Divine Twine from Whisker Graphics. I cased this card from Wrestlermomx2 on Split Coast Stampers. Thanks Wrestlermomx2!

This is a card I made to hold a gift card for my nephew. I used a tutorial from Jennifer McGuire. White card stock is Paper Trey Ink and colored card stock and stamp from Stampin' Up. I'm not sure about the patterned paper. The inside card stock is Bazzill. The image is stamped with memento ink and colored with copic markers. The inside scallop is from a Stampin' Up punch and the outside shapes were cut with nestabilities.
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