A Strawberry Pincushion …

I  joined the strawberry pincushion swap that Erin at why not sew hosted. Thank you Erin, it was so much fun to be involved in this great idea. She paired us each with a partner. I made my strawberry pincushion using scraps of some of my favorite pink and red fabrics and a little strip of selvage. The pattern I used is from Heather Bailey’s fresh picked pincushions, I did change my pincushions just a little.

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Of course, who can make just one? Not me! I had fun cutting and sewing to make a couple more. I will be off to the post office today to put my package in the mail!

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This is the most time I have had in a long time to work on a few of my WIP’s. It has felt so good digging into the piles and actually make my projects. I had come to the point of either cleaning up my sewing room and putting everything away, or finishing them. Thankfully finishing them won.

A couple of Christmas’s ago (that’s how long I have had this fabric) Jennie and I were planning to make each child a pillowcase so one for Silas, and one for Tommy and one for Chloe, (my two other sweet grandchildren). Norah was a baby that year, but now she is old enough to use a small travel size pillow, so I made a couple for her too!! I did use Jennie’s tutorial  for one and just made the others with the amount of fabric that I had.

Tommy’s, his matches the quilt Jennie made for him.

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This is Chloe’s, her pillowcase is made using Jennie’s tutorial, I must admit I did a lot of taking out of seams because french seams are just something I had never sewn before. I sure do like the end result of them.

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And Norah’s too!! Hers were small so I had enough fabric left over from Chloe’s so I easily made her two. Don’t you just love that Little Red Riding Hood fabric of Tasha Noel’s? I do!

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I am planning to make Silas a special pillowcase too, I am just waiting for the fabric for his to arrive. I will show you when it is finished.

Now I can check a few more things off the list and move on to some other projects waiting to be finished.

Have a great day!

Do tell us what you are sewing these days, we love to hear!!

Patchwork Pillow, …

Although the Covert Robin gift exchange wrapped up a little while ago, not all gifts made it to their destination. So Jennie and I had the opportunity to send some special gifts to Connie, we thought we would share them here with you.

We had so much fun and hopefully she will enjoy her package when it arrives in the mail!

First is one of my favorite, fun magazines Mollie Makes, each and every one of these magazines are so cute and filled with the sweetest ideas and projects. Look at those puppies, and the little bird felt project that is included!!

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This is the pincushion and notion holder I made for some  notions that can be used while traveling or just about anywhere you may be sewing or stitching. The fabric I used is Verna by Kate Spain, I still love it!!

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Next, I included some of my favorite notions. I use all of these items almost every day that I sew, either with my machine or by hand.

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A couple of patterns.

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Now, for the best and final gift, this sweet patchwork pillow that Jennie made! Isn’t it so cute, I could see one on a  chair in my house, hint, hint!!

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These are a few of the things we have been sewing up lately and for a special reason.

Have a great weekend!

Covert Robin Gifts!

I would like to share my Covert Robin gift exchange gifts with you.

These gifts are the beautiful handwork of Karen, she blogs at Sew Well Maide. Karen was very thoughtful and made things she knew I would not and could not make for myself. She sent me a lovely handbag she made along with some bright and cheerful crochet coasters and a very pretty bookmark that was made by her friend. I will cherish her gifts, they came all the way from Australia.

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Look at all the work that went into this beautiful handbag!

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I have taken a close up picture of the very pretty and detailed flower she added, love it!!

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Thank you again Karen! It was fun being a co-host with you in this gift exchange!

Now for the gifts I sent to my partner, Stephanie,who is also a co-host. Stephanie’s blog is The Crafty Kitty. I had this fabric bundle and it caught my eye that it might be the right choice for her. So I made her a little wall quilt/table topper and a pincushion with a needle book for some needles.

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I had fun getting to know Stephanie through her blog.

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I quilted the quilt with a straight line quilting, I really enjoyed making these gifts for her.

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We have a blog post  with a link with some of the gifts that have been exchanged so far,  I just love looking at all the wonderful handmade gifts!

It has been so fun reading emails and being involved with this gift exchange, thank you especially to Rachael of imagine gnats!!

Happy Wednesday, now back to some sewing!

 

Pretty Patchwork Gifts …

This is my pretty new book! It is written by the very talented and kind, Helen Philipps. She has a beautiful blog that I love to visit!

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Just looking at the pictures is a treat!

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The front! So many details that just add so much to this wonderful idea of hers. It was a lot of fun choosing out of some of my favorite fabric stash, don’t you just love stash?!

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And the back!

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I really Love this pillow! I did make mine a little smaller but only by the seam allowances. I will be sending this to my mom for her birthday! She will love it, she loves hearts!!

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I made this flower pincushion for my mom, also, I think is adorable. You will have to see Helen’s book to see her other ideas for these little flowers.

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And…….a cute little bird house bunting that is for my precious granddaughter, Norah. It will look so lovely hanging on her bedroom wall above her crib. I made it using Ruby, which happens to be one of Jennie’s favorite fabrics.

I could hardly wait to show you these fun and sweet projects! I am excited to see all these gifts in their new homes, guess I’ll have to make some travel plans!!

If you have never visited Helen’s blog then you are in for a special treat. If you have, then you know what I mean when I say it is bright, and always cheerful!!

Have a wonderful Friday!

New Pincushions and …

These two pincushions arrived in the mail for me from Jennie. She did such an adorable job with them that I wanted to share them on here. The original pincushions she made were for a project for the Riley Blake Cutting Corners blog and she made an extra set for me! I included the post so if you wanted to see them and the tutorial you could easily go there. I love searching their blog to see all of the great tutorials, every Friday they feature new pincushion tutorials using Riley Blake fabric.

DSC_9811This picture has my new bag in it and I love it!! I think Sophie is one of my all-time favorite fabrics!! Of course, I also love The Sweetest Thing, and all of the fabrics Jennie used in these pincushions.

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DSC_1157 The smaller pincushion has my smaller white pins. Now when I need just the white I can reach for this pincushion and there they are.

DSC_1166The larger pincushion is filled with my favorite yellow pins.

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DSC_1163The pins with the yellow heads are my favorite for everyday sewing and quilting, I use the white headed pins mainly when I am matching seams. They work great because they are a little smaller and they seem to slip in between the seams better, or at least I think so!! The other thing that is great about them is that they are available at JOANN Fabric stores and the best value is when they have their 50% off coupons!

DSC_1171Lastly, I have my little strawberry filled with emery to keep my pins and needles sharp!

I am interested, do you have favorite pins?