Last month our quilting traveling buddies, Carolyn and Barb, surprised me with a lap quilt that they made using the Kira pattern. Last August Mary and I had traveled together with Carolyn and Barb to Iceland with the quilt designer, Gudrun from GE Designs. We got the Kira quilt pattern during our trip when we had a sew day with Icelandic quilters. Carolyn and Barb used lots of pink fabric in the quilt because I had been diagnosed with breast cancer. For the backing, they used green flannel fabric with scissors to remember our quilting trip to Ireland a few years ago. I love the design of this quilt pattern.
Ranger’s “stamp of approval”
I made 2 squares using the Kira pattern when we were in Iceland. Carolyn, Barb, and Mary have all made “Kira” quilts since our trip to Iceland. I guess I was the “slacker” in the group but now I have my own Kira lap quilt from Carolyn and Barb. Check out GE Designs for more fun and easy patterns. Keep have fun sewing and quilting. Donna
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