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 won this pattern by Susan Claire (Gourmet quilter) and fabric in a raffle drawing at a quilt retreat that we went to last year. I found the pattern in my UFO box earlier this week and decided to make the bag. Sometimes I need to do a small project after completing big projects. The pattern requires 5 six inch squares of fabric of assorted colors and a 30″ piece of cord which is cut in half. There is a video tutorial on how to make this bag (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmEJsMhP14o). I decided to use the video tutorial since I started this project at night. Not sure I would read all the directions correctly late in the day. The tutorial was great – I would recommend using it. This was a fun little bag to make. I made 6 bags that I can have ready to give as little gifts. I think they look super cute. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
My daughter in law visited her family in Nepal this fall. She brought back some fabric from Nepal. I made 2 cases for Kindles using some of the fabric. Since I was giving her a Kindle for Christmas, I decided to make her a fabric case to store her Kindle. I had to make the pattern twice because the first case was too small for her Kindle. I added embellishments to the outside. With the Nepal fabric, there were some scraps of fabric with embroidery (flowers and gold leaves). So I cut out the flowers and leaves that I wanted to use and top stitched them with black thread. The 2 Kindle cases could also be used for small purses too. There is also an inside pocket. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna
Last month I made 2 folded star potholders – square shape. I made those potholders larger so that I could use them as a trivet. I wanted to try making the same pattern using a circle design and bias strip binding. I used the same technique to make star shapes on the potholder. It is important to have enough contrast between your 4 colors so that you can see the star design. Then I made a card stock template of a circle (about 7.5″ diameter). I trace the shape on the potholder and then sewed on that line. Next I put together the layers to quilt (backing, insul-brite, and star design). I quilted through the star points and then trimmed the circle. I made bias binding – 2″ wide strips. After stitching the binding on one side, I hand-stitched the binding to the back of the potholder. This is a great pattern for using fabric scraps from your stash. Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna