Sunday, January 16, 2022

Flannel Doll Quilt

 I wanted to make a doll quilt for a gift for a special little girl that is upcoming. 
 I thought I might use that elephant quilt I did recently but it really is too big for a doll quilt. 
 So back to the drawing board. 
 I seem to make a lot of crib sheets and burp cloths out of flannel. 
 I have been cutting the leftovers from all my flannel projects into usable squares. 
 I cut 6", 5", 3" and 2.5" squares.  
For this doll quilt I decided to pull from this stash. 
 I mostly have 5" squares but thought those might be too big for what I wanted to do. 
 I started off with the 2.5" squares I had 
then cut from the larger squares I had to make up the difference. 
 It was not quite big enough for me so I added a flannel border (also from scraps). 
 I pick up remnant pieces of minky/fleece when I find them 
so had a nice yellow piece to use for the back. 
 I put batting scraps together for the inside too.
  Then I quilted it in the ditch. 
 I had some leftover satin binding so used that up for the binding. 
 WIN-WIN for this cutie!




I think it turned out perfectly for a little doll quilt! 
 Now I want to use some of those 5" squares to make a few baby quilts.  
I have so many other things already begun so I am going to try to refrain.  


Do you find it hard not to get sidetracked when you are working on something too? 
 It's.  So.  Hard!

~XOP~



Saturday, January 15, 2022

Left Overs Made Into A Sweet Baby Quilt

 I had bought some sweet Daisy Kingdom fabric a LONG time ago. 
 I finally made a crib sheet from the Daisy Kingdom fabric and 
had some leftover fabrics that I cut up into squares. 
 I decided that one of the things I want to do this year is use from the fabric I already own so I dug in my stash to make this one.
You may notice some fabrics from previous quilts in this one too.  
The blue was used in the Dorothy's Journey quilt and the gray and 
the gold and white stripe were in my stash.  
The purple minky on the back was used as backing for the purple quilt
 I made for my SIL a few years ago.




I decided to try to quilt this one myself.  I just did simple in the ditch quilting.


I was able to use leftover binding for this quilt too.
I also got to use one of my new labels on the back too!


It's been a long few weeks.  Chris has been really sick. 
 He has been sicker that I ever remember in the last 40 years! 
 He got a rapid Covid test and it came back negative, but I am not sure it was accurate.
He had a cough, fever, headache, sore throat, ear ache, body aches, and exhaustion. 
 We are heading into week 4 on Sunday. 
 Most of the symptoms are improving, except his sore throat and ear ache. 
 He is enjoying using his new quilt though.


I hope you are all managing to stay well.

More soon!

~XOP~



Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Quilt As You Go Thread Catchers

 I decided that I wanted to make some cute little fabric baskets for scraps/threads when sewing.  
I found the cutest free pattern over at the Sewing Chick's website
 I formed a Rejects Birthday Club this year where we send one homemade item and 2 blocks of the birthday girl's choice along with whatever else you want. 
 You saw in my past post the adorable little pineapple pouch I made for my friend Paula.  
Then I found these baskets!  
They were SEW much fun to make.  
I could not stop making them!! 
 I have my regular retreat coming up in February 
so made 2 for the other 2 women going on retreat with me.  


I put my labels in them too.



I made these 2 for me.  
One for home and one for the camper. 
 I'm currently using an old tissue box, LOL.


If you make some of these you will also be in love with making these. 
 I would love to see yours if you do.

~XOP~



Saturday, January 08, 2022

Rejects Birthday Club

 Remember when I went to the Reject's Retreat last August?  I decided that perhaps we needed to do a birthday club.  One of the members declined so I invited another friend (now an honorary reject) to join in.

The premise is that we each choose a quilt block that the rest of us make 2 of and send during the month of your birthday.  Additionally, one needs to send a homemade gift.  Paula was the first up in January.  I made a Pineapple Pouch in her favorite color of purple,  I found the cutest paw zipper pull to put on it too and lined it with a Tula Pink print.  Her dog passed away recently and I had found a pair of socks and a soap dispenser that looked like her dog so I bought those and sent along.  I sent some needle threaders, and some amazing glue tops.  




The block she requested was the cutest strawberry block. 
 I pulled some reds from my stash and made up 2 blocks for her.



I forgot to get a photo of the adorable zipper pull.
It was a paw print!

More tomorrow!

~XOP~



Friday, January 07, 2022

Gnome Saying?

 I finished my gnome pillow cover and I could not be happier with how he turned out. 
 I used the Clarence the Gnome pattern by Moss and Lotus for the paper pieced gnome and then made my own pillow cover using the gnome for the center.


I didn't have enough of the low volume fabric or the blue from the front to use for the back.
I chose the navy with aqua accents for on the back.
I used the gnome fabric for an accent to cover the zipper.


I've been trying to do a few quick makes.
Will have more to share soon.

~XOP~



Friday, December 31, 2021

Some Makes

I gifted a couple of quilts to my daughter's in-laws this year.  
We don't usually exchange gifts, but I found some patterns and knew I had to make them for them.  Rick has an antique green truck so when I saw this pattern I knew he needed this one.
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Her MIL, Julie, is a HUGE Outlander fan.  
I found this quilt made in the tartan plaid of Jamie Frasier (one of the main characters) so I also knew this needed to be made for her. 
 My friend, Liz, quilted it with thistles, which was perfect for the Scottish heritage of the story.




Here they are with their quilts.


I made quilts for my husband's 2 brothers also.
I can finally show these finished too.
This was made for his brother Mark and wife Jackie.
It was all navy and white/creams.


I used this beautiful blue minky for the back.



This one was made for his brother Andy and wife Sarah.
The colors reminded me of their lake house in Michigan.
Such calm colors.


I love the quilting we used on this quilt. 
 I put gray minky on the back and it was so beautiful.



So these were the quilts I ended the year with.

I hope you all have time to get in a few last minute makes before 2022.

~XOP~