We exchange handmade gifts with a couple of our quilter friends. This year, I made 2 things that would remind them of our wonderful quilting tour to Iceland that we all went on this year.
One was a hotpad with a map of Iceland and an appliquéd Puffin.
The Puffin was fussy cut from a tea towel that I purchased in Iceland. I do love puffins and was very excited when we saw them on the cliffs in Iceland.
The other is a paper pieced mug rug. I found the puffin pattern online and purchased & downloaded it.
Making the mug rug rectangle made a good fit for a mug without having to cover-up the puffin.
I am a Scottie Dog junkie and during the Holiday season, I decorate our sunroom with all my scottie stuff. We have an ottoman on the porch and I thought it needed a plaid quilted throw for it. So, I pulled out our holiday fabric tub in search of inspiration. What I found was one of Donna’s UFOs. It had a white center, a green flange, and a red border. The red border was already quilted. Hummm…. this could be a nice pillow.
So I took Donna’s UFO (that she couldn’t remember what it was supposed to be) and created a new holiday pillow for our Scottie sunroom. I suspect that it was a sample for a class she taught in making a flange.
I quilted the white area, appliquéd a plaid Scottie on it, and turned it into a pillow.
Earlier this year, Donna took one of my UFO (a Hawaiian appliqué) and deconstructed it and put it into an Art Quilt). Now I’ve finished one of her UFOs. I guess we’re even now.
This got me thinking, perhaps we should do a UFO challenge and give our fellow quilters one of our UFOs and let them do whatever they want to with the UFO to re-imagine it into something new and wonderful.
Our local quilt guild had a postcard challenge this month. The postcard needed to be 4″ x 6″. The theme was “holiday or winter”. I used one of my previous quilts as inspiration for the postcard – a winter scene called “Christmas Morning”. I used shades of purple for the background. I made my design using Pellon Shir-Tailor, a fusible interfacing, as the base. After stitching the background, I fused the holiday trees to the background. Then I used double sided fusible Pellon Peltex instead of quilt batting to make the postcard. Using my hot glue gun, I added sequins to the trees to represent the tree lights. I used a satin stitch to finish the edges of the postcard. Quick and fun project – next I will have to tackle some of my UFO’s.
Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
Here is my “Winter Wonderland / Holiday” postcard for our guild challenge. I used the blue fabric as inspiration.
First, I appliquéd on some snow (with 2 fabrics) and then I appliquéd a white winter tree (that I free cut) to mimic the blue background tree so it kinda looks like it is shadowed. I also added a white star/sun and then colored it in with some colored pencils. It needed something else for balance and I thought about adding a snowman, but it really didn’t look right. So I cut out a tiny scottie dog and appliquéd it on. Scotties make everything better (just saying).
Happy Stitchin, Mary
Ps. I also won 1st place in our guild challenge. I think it was the scottie that clenched it!
I also made a fabric bowl (to help test Donna’s class instructions) and I decided to make a Fall (with a twist) bowl. Fall leaves were appliquéd on and then I punched the color with turquoise (not your typical fall color but it did look good with the leaves).
Mary’s Fabric Bowl
It’s always fun to play with color and I love the unexpected color.