Puffin gifts

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.

Iceland hotpad

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.

Mug rug

 

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.

Happy Stitchin,

Mary

 

 

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Sliding fabric boxes

I heard about this book from a friend at a quilting class – Stitched Sewing Organizers by Aneela Hoey.  There are 15 projects in the book.  I chose to make 3 sliding fabric boxes.  Sliding boxes are good for keeping your threads and sewing gadgets together especially when taking supplies to quilt retreat or classes.  Each box has the same black and white zipper fabric for the sliding box.  I used different fabrics for the outside fabric case.  The finished box is about 7″ wide x 2.5″ high x 9.5″ .  I use Pellon Peltex (double sided) for the heavyweight interfacing and Shape-flex for the woven interfacing.  The boxes were fun to make and the directions and pictures were helpful.  Have fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Square Drawstring Bag by Gourmet Quilter

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

Floral Sketch (Daisy) embroidery design and MahJongg

After making the Ethnic Bird embroidery designs, I wanted to test out my larger hoop so I stitched out a Floral Sketch design (Daisy) by Hatched in Africa.  I didn’t want to use white fabric for my background so I started looking through my color boxes of fabric.  I found a piece of coral fabric  to use with navy thread.  I love how the embroidery stitched out with this color combination.  Well, now I needed a project for the floral embroidery design.  Can’t have embroidery designs laying around.  I have enough UFOs laying around. After Mary and I started playing the MahJongg game with some neighbors, she found some MahJongg fabric to buy online.  I made 4 zipper pouches to give away to friends.  I still had some MahJongg fabric leftover so I made a zipper bag for us to take to MahJongg games.  I used the floral embroidery for the front of the bag and added a zipper – the leftover MahJongg fabric was put on the back of the bag.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Kindle storage cases with Nepal fabric.

imageMy 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. imageI 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

Another folded star potholder

imageLast 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.  imageNext 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

Folded star potholders

image       I was looking on the internet for holiday gift ideas and found this tutorial to make a folded star potholder.  I decided to make my potholders square rather than round like the tutorial.  I also made mine a little larger so that I could use it as trivet on my counter for hot dishes and pots.  Using contrasting fabric is important so that you can see the folded star design.    image I had so much fun making the star design that I decided to make a second one for my college roommate from Australia that is visiting later this month.  I wanted to make her something small that would fit in her luggage.  I hope that she likes it.  It will be fun to see her – I haven’t seen her in about 22 years.      imageMary found a fabric print at a quilt show with the names of Australian cities which I used for the back of the potholder.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna