Sunday, December 16, 2012

A Series of Christmas Pillows {all with 2 1/2 inch scraps} Part 3

9 days until Christmas!  I can't believe how fast this month has gone!

Today I have the third, and final, in the series of Christmas Pillows (all with 2 1/2 inch scraps).  This one is my favorite!  I saw a few pillows and quilts similar to this one on Pinterest and decided to give it a try!  Once I cracked the code, I thought I better share the measurements!  :)

Here is a pattern for you!  All of the measurements are including 1/4 inch inseams.  These are the actual sizes you want to cut your fabric.  HST = half square triangles. 

1. I started with 12 - 2.5 inch squares of Christmas colored fabric and 12 squares of a neutral fabric.  I used Kona in Snow (because that's what I had leftover from my Vintage Holiday Quilt).  I made 24 half square triangles.

2. Once finished, the half square triangles measure 2 inches square.  Now lay them out in a pleasing pattern (as pictured).

3. Start sewing them together in rows (as pictured).

4. Referring back to the pattern above add on the end pieces to each row (neutral colored fabric).

5. Now for the the tree trunk (use the measurements from our pattern above).

6. When I proudly showed this to my 5 year old son he said "Where's the star?!"  So I had to add a star!  Following the pattern start making your adorably tiny star (it's not as painful to make as it looks). The finished star measures 2 1/4 inches.  Each piece is 1 inch square, for the HST's start with 1.5 inch pieces and trim accordingly. 

7. Don't forget your end (neutral colored) pieces, now add your star.

8. Next add all of the borders (according to the pattern).


9. And there you have it!  The front of your adorable Christmas pillow!  To finish it up, please take a peek at my other post here.

Here all of the Christmas pillows together!  I hope you enjoy!  They really were so fun to make and I used up a ton of my leftover scraps!  

Happy Holidays to you and your family!


Monday, December 10, 2012

A Series of Christmas Pillows {all with 2 1/2 inch scraps} Part 2

15 days until Christmas!  My kids could not be any more excited!  And to ice the cake we got a dog today!  Her name is Ruby Sue and she is just adorable!  She is 8 months old and a basset hound mix.  We got her from a rescue and her manners are exceptional (so far)!  :)  She is just dreamy!

Today I wanted to share with you the "plus" pillow I made.  It is a very simple pattern, but oh, so pretty!  

To make a cover for an 18 inch pillow form you will need:
2 - 18.5 inch x 12 inch pieces of fabric for the back of the pillow cover envelope closure
20 x 20 inch piece (or so) of plain colored fabric for the back of your "quilt sandwich"
20 x 20 inch piece (or so) of warm and white or warm and natural cotton batting.
81 - 2.5 inch squares - various Christmas colors and prints

How many of each is as follows.  The more variance of fabric colors and prints the better.

5 - 2.5 inch squares of 10 different prints (to make the pluses)
4 - 2.5 inch squares of 5 different prints
3 - 2.5 inch squares of 1 print
2 - 2.5 inch squares of 1 print 
1 - 2.5 inch squares of 6 different prints

When it is all written out it sounds complicated, but it really isn't, just follow the pictures.

1. First we need to lay all of our 2.5 inch squares.  Start with 3 plus signs.

Add some more (using the pictures as your guide)  When all laid out it will be 9 squares x 9 squares.

2. Now it is time to start piecing.  Start by sewing the first row of 9 - 2.5 inch squares together.  Then the next row and so on.  

3. Now you should have 9 rows of 9 squares each.  Next iron them ( I like to press my seams open) and sew them all together.  Make sure not to get them out of order!

4. Once they are all sewn together make a quilt sandwich (see this post for instructions and start at number 12). 

5. Quilt as desired!  

6. For the envelope back closure please see this post starting at #12.

And there you have it!  A beautiful Christmas pillow!

I will be back soon with the last in the series of 3 Christmas pillows!  And I saved the best for last!

Have a great week!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Series of Christmas Pillows {all with 2 1/2 inch scraps} Part 1

It is officially December!  I must admit I am already done Christmas shopping, and pretty tickled about it.  My kids are 3 and 5 this year and were SO MUCH FUN to shop for!  Now that the shopping is over I am ready to dive into my Christmas sewing!

After finishing up my Vintage Holiday Quilt  I had a TON of leftover 2.5 inch squares and strips.  I was also in need of some Christmas pillow covers for my couch.  I devised a plan to make 3 different pillow covers using either 2.5 inch squares or strips! The perfect project for all of those smaller scraps!

I wrote up a little tutorial, just in case you would like to make one too!

To make a pillow cover for an 18 inch pillow form you will need:

Wright Easy Dresden Tool
20 different strips of fabric measuring 2.5 inches x 5 inches
18.5 inch x 18.5 inch square of background fabric
6 x 6 inch piece of fabric (for the center of the dresden, or smaller if you prefer)
7 x 7 inch piece of plain fabric (for the back of the center of the dresden)
2 - 18.5 inch x 12 inch pieces of fabric for the back of the pillow cover envelope closure
20 x 20 inch piece (or so) of plain colored fabric for the back of your "quilt sandwich"
20 x 20 inch piece (or so) of warm and white or warm and natural cotton batting.

1. Using your Wright Easy Dresden Tool cut 20 - 5 inch dresden blades.  Fold them in half (I like to iron mine) and sew down the short side.  I did mine by chain sewing them (as pictured) and it saved a lot of time.

2. Clip the point off the folded/sewed edge and flip them right side out.

3. Iron them flat and hit them with a bit of starch.

4. Lay two blades against each other (pretty sides in) and sew down the raw edge until it looks like this.

5. Sew both pieces together so you have a circle.  Starch and press it until it lays flat(ish).

6.  Now we need to make the center of our dresden.  Use anything that is a 6 inch diameter circle, trace onto the backside of your pretty fabric.  Sandwich your pretty fabric to your plain colored fabric.

7. Carefully sew all the way around the circle.

8. Using pinking shears trim all the way around your circle leaving a 1/4 inch edge.

9. Flip over and cut a hole in the cream backing (be sure not to cut through to the front).

10. Flip your circle inside out so it looks like this.  Press with your iron (working to pull out the seams as you go).

11. Now take your background piece of fabric and cut one piece 18.5 x 18.5 inches.  Fold it into 1/4's and lightly press the seams.  Now we have a center of the square.

12. Make a quilt sandwich with the front of your pillow: first lay down the 20 x 20 piece of fabric ( I like to tape mine to the table so it doesn't slide around), then the batting, then the front of your pillow.  Pin your dresden plate so it is centered on your background (using your fold marks as a guide), now pin it all over. Carefully sew all the way around the outside of the dresden.  Next pin and sew all the way around the inside circle.  
 13. Quilt as desired!  I did an echo pattern with my 1/4 inch guide foot.  Trim off all of the excess fabric and batting.

14. To make the envelope back closure for your pillow: finish the long edges (18. 5 inch) of your two back rectangles by folding one side under 1/4" twice, pressing with your iron and sewing in place.  

15. Place your pillow front and back pieces right sides together, lining up the edges. Put one of the rectangles down against the right side of your pillow, then put your other rectangle over it on the left side, right sides together. Pin it around all of the edges. 

15.  Using a 1/2 inch inseam sew all the way around the edge of the pillow.  Clip the corners to get rid of some of the bulk.  

16. Using a zig zag stitch or serger go all the way around the raw edge of your pillow cover (so it doesn't fray).  Flip your pillow cover right side out and iron.  Stuff with your 18 x 18 inch pillow form and enjoy!  

I will be back soon with another Christmas pillow cover!  Have a great week!


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Vintage Holiday Quilt Finished!

I just finished sewing down the binding on my Vintage Holiday Quilt and I couldn't wait to share it with you!  I love how it turned out!  Ready for some pictures??  :)

A huge thank you to Heidi at Fabric Mutt for hosting such a fun giveaway!  Now I need matching pillow covers!

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Back to Work....And a Finished Quilt!

Four years ago I quit my job and decided to see if we could afford for me to be a stay-at-home mom.  I had a 17 month old little boy and wanted to get pregnant again.  But the idea of having to go back to work right after the baby was born was more than I could handle.  I had done it with our son, it was not something that I wanted to do again, it is HARD to leave your baby everyday (even if it is with family).    So when the company I was working for was sold to another owner and things started changing, I quit, left, walked-out, in fact.  Went home to be the mom I wanted to be (but couldn't necessarily afford to be).  My husband and I talked about it, we had a bit in savings, we would cut back to the basic essentials of living and see how long I would be able to afford to stay home.

Well 4 years later (to the month, in fact) I found myself in a different place.  Both of my kids were starting son was starting half day kindergarten and my daughter was starting preschool.  They were going to be gone half days and I was going to be here, at home....alone.

Then a phone call came, a text message in fact.  From an old co-worker, asking if I would want to come back to work part time.  The doctor that I worked for years ago was looking for  someone part time to help him out.  I had always planned that when the kids went to school I would really dive into my Etsy Shop and see if I could make enough to help care for this sweet little family.  So after a phone call with the doctor and a long talk with my husband I started back to work.

It has been a big adjustment for everyone, but is working out well.  All this said my sewing time has been a little tighter than I had planned, but financially we are in a much better spot.  And it is nice to be back to work (talking to adults and such).  :)

Here is the quilt I finished just in time for my niece's 4th birthday.  She LOVED it!!!  This pattern is Squares and Strips by Allison at Cluck. Cluck. Sew.  You can find the FREE pattern here!  I love the way it turned out and my niece, Claire, thought it was just perfect!  :)

I still need to quilt and bind my Vintage Holiday Quilt,  it may have to wait until I get back into the swing of things at work!  Waking up to an alarm clock is not nearly as nice as a sweet little 3 year old climbing under your covers.  :)

Have a great week!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Vintage Holiday Quilt Top Finished!

I just finished the front of my Vintage Holiday Quilt and I love how it turned out! I used Aneela Hoey's 'Walk in the Woods' gray dot for the sashing and 'Sherbet Pips' red plaid-ish fabric for the border.  I am planning on using a lime green dot for the binding.  I think the colors and prints are very christmas-y!  I tried to pick colors that would match my christmas tree skirt and patchwork stockings!

To be honest I am a little sad that the front is done....these blocks were so much fun to make!  I think perhaps some matching pillow covers are in order!

 I better get to basting and quilting!

Have a great week!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A New Quilt and the Last of the Vintage Holiday Blocks

As promised I wanted to share my new quilt with you!   My son, Cohen, is 5 years old and LOVES sea animals!  He also needs a new quilt for his bed...I was going to just use some really pretty fabrics in blues, greens and yellows, but when I saw Sarah Jane's "Out to Sea" line I fell in love with the narwhal print!  Narwhals are one of Cohen's favorite animals.  So I ordered a bit of that and then started looking for coordinating sea animal prints in those same colors.  And look what arrived in the mail!  Eeek!

Those little whales just kill me!  I showed them to Cohen and he was very excited!  :)  So I dug through my stash and pulled out some blenders and a couple of my favorites that I have been hoarding and this is what I came up with...

 I love how they are turning out!  And they are so much fun to make!  I also wanted to share with you the last four blocks of my Vintage Holiday Quilt!

This has been such a fun quilt to make!  I am sad that the blocks are all finished!  I will be back soon with (hopefully) a finished quilt top!

Have a great week!