Handmade Gifts – Final Swaps of 2014

machine-sewn-miniI think 2014, or at least the second half of it, was the year of the swap for me! A few years ago, I was involved in a lot of swaps, but as Flickr became harder to use and I focused more on the blog and patterns, the swaps sort of dwindled into the background. But, swaps have made a resurgence on Instagram {my new favorite hangout}, and I signed up for quite a few. Here are the final swaps of 2014. This Machine Sewn Mini {pattern by Sew Lux Fabric} might just be one of my favorite 2014 finishes. I used the amazing gold hexie print from Brambleberry Ridge by Violet Craft for Michael Miller for the sewing machine, and then some lovely stashed fabrics for the rest of the mini. The binding is another new favorite, Netorious in Mixing Bowl by Cotton + Steel.

organizer-hoopI also made this little hanging hoop, it was my first one, but I’d like to make one for myself now too!

Machine-sewn-mini-swap-packageAnd here are all the goodies I sent to Kayse as part of our purple swap. I felt like everything in this package was fun, sweet, and sparkly. I’m using it as my inspiration for Lydia’s room too!

Merry-Gift-BoxesThen, here are my Swap Before Christmas goodies. I sent this Merry Gift Boxes table topper to Cheri. She loves woodland things and neutral colors, so I had some fun with linen and used some browns too.

DSC_6882I also made my first hoop ornament for this swap. I loved how it turned out so much I made a bunch more!

night-before-christmas-swap-1And here’s the rest of the swap goodies I sent. I love giving gifts, so picking out the perfect swap extras, and then packaging the whole thing up, is lots of fun {and you don’t have to spend a fortune either, everything in these packages were either on sale, in the dollar section at Target, or under $10}!

I’m taking a little break from regular swaps this year, as I joined a crafty birthday club {more on that later}. But making fun packages for fabric loving friends is really a highlight of my quilting and sewing life! I forgot how much joy it brings to make up the perfect package for someone that they’ll love.

I think one of my goals this year will be to center gifts around a handmade element, like I do with swaps, but for my friends and family too. I’d like to put as much love into the gifts I give people I care about dearly as I have into the gifts I’ve made for quilty friends. Do you have a favorite handmade gift you’ve given or received?

Machine Sewn Mini by Sew Lux

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The lovely Chrissy at Sew Lux Fabric has a new pattern – Machine Sewn Mini. Chrissy is one of my very first blogger friends. We sort of bumped into each other back in 2010 when I held a blog giveaway for some fabric from her shop, right after she and her mom had opened Sew Lux Fabric. I recently got to meet her in person at Quilt Market too, which was pretty exciting for me {with 3 little kids, I don’t get out much!}.

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Let me just say, this pattern is perfect! I was able to cut and piece the machines effortlessly due to her clear instructions. It’ doesn’t use a lot of fabric, so it’s great for scraps, I decided to make these into pouches because I have a couple specific recipients in mind and I think the pouches will be perfect for them.

Machine-Sewn-Mini-Pink

I hope you’ll check out the Machine Sewn Mini pattern {there are kits too!}. I think I’m going to make a couple more as mini quilts too!

I also want to thank you all for your kind comments on my Plus Quilt post! I will be leaving the Cotton + Steel prints in. I’m working on replying to your comments too…but I sewed yesterday instead! Hope you’re having a great week!

Quilty Fun 1st Birthday Celebration!!

Happy 1 year Birthday to “Quilty Fun”, Lori Holt’s adorable book!!

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This is the block that she designed for the celebration, such a fun idea. It is the cutest, as is everything she makes!!

Birthday-Celebration

If you would like to make your own birthday block you can go here for the cutting directions. And if you would like to purchase Lori’s book go here!! This book is filled with many adorable projects and you can learn so much from her. I never thought I would be able to sew such tiny things until I started sewing using her method!! Here is the link for party central!!

Have a great day!  I have a little secret for choosing these colors, my granddaughter  will be celebrating her 1st birthday in just a couple of weeks and this is going to be for her birthday celebration. Lori helped make Lydia’s birthday just a little bit cuter!! Thank you!!

Mini’s & Swaps

As the holiday’s approach it seems like gifts are on more on our minds. All through the summer there were many swaps going on.  I have put together some of the swaps I have been involved in, these are from instagram swaps.

enchanted-forest-mug-rug-swap

This is the most recent swap I was involved in on instagram. It was called the #enchantedforestmugrugswap. This cutie is what I received in the mail Saturday from Courtney, she is super talented and made this for me. She did beautiful paper piecing on the front of it.

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This is the back, no less cute than the front. All that very special fabric, that I had never even seen some of before. I am going to hang it in a special place in my new sewing room. I am still transitioning, hope it is finished soon!!

strawberry-swap

Next is this little mini that was made for me by Carmen. Isn’t it adorable? She made it using paper piecing also. This is hanging in my kitchen. It was part of the #strawberryswap.

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I made this for my partner and sent it off to her this summer. I really enjoyed the paper piecing. It was so much fun being involved in all of these swaps. Since not everyone is on instagram I thought I would share here so you don’t miss out. I know there are a lot of swaps going on all the time.

books

My purpose for showing these mini quilts was for two reasons, to share them with you and to give you ideas for gift making. I have these three books that I love browsing through. I plan on making a few gifts from them soon. I am currently working on one already. I will show it when I am finished.

I hope you are enjoying the fall, it is a great time for sewing and stitching inside!! My instagram name is @cloverandviolet2 if you are on instagram and want to follow. It’s a great addition to blogging!!

Moonlit by Cotton + Steel Mini Quilt

mini-quiltThe Felicity bag is finally out to the pattern testers, which has given me a chance to just start catching up on some of my other sewing! The first finish I have for you is this mini quilt made out of Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale for Cotton + Steel, a division of RJR Fabrics.

We have worked with RJR Fabrics for a while {our Anne handbag out of Mary McGuire’s Cold Spring Dreams was our first collaboration and is still one of our best selling patterns!}, so it was exciting to see the new division launched and all the fanfare that has come with it!

mini-quilt-1And, just like RJR’s other fabrics, these Cotton + Steel fabrics feel so nice! I’m also working on making Norah a dress out of some Mustang by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel and I know it will be a dream to wear {maybe i need to make myself one!}.

mini-quilt-2Based on the sewing community’s response, I think we’re going to see a lot more Cotton + Steel in the future, and after having worked with it, even just this little bit, you’ll be seeing more of it around here too!

Now, this quilt is off to a quilty friend who’s been waiting far too long for it! I’m so glad it’s done and I”m hoping to keep things going at a little better pace now that the summer race {and relaxation} is over. What are you hoping to get accomplished this fall?