Friday, May 8, 2015

a pillow...

...or a cushion depending on where you are from.  I turned my Sewtopia Kansas Dugout blocks into my first pillow!  

It took me a bit to decided how to quilt this.  Ultimately I chose straight lines on all the color diagonals about a presser foot apart.  I really didn't want to quilt in the white centers because, for me, leaving those unstitched was the whole point of the y-seams. 
When I finished the quilting I had to decide how to finish the pillow.  I got overwhelmed with the choices and spent waaaay too much time reading about them.  Today Amanda Jean posted a finished pillow with an envelope back.  I used her simple tutorial and now I have a finish to share, too!

The pictures are outside because it's a beautiful day and the lighting is better but this is definitely an indoor pillow!  It will always remind me of my amazing weekend in Chicago, meeting Rita Hodge, and conquering y-seams!  Thank you Rita!

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.  Thank you Amanda Jean!

Friday, May 1, 2015


I've delved into the world of swapping...with caution that I don't get too over committed.  
First up was the Rainbow Mini Swap held on Instagram.  I made this mini:
My thought process:  rainbows - Judy Garland - Wizard of Oz - tornadoes - swirling - circles.
So the outside triangles are tumbling into a (nearly) perfect of circle of geese.  Do you see it?  I used my walking foot for the spiral quilting and wool batting for the loft.

Then I added a few extras for my partner, some of her likes and some of mine, packaged it up and mailed it away to Maine where it was gratefully received.

Here is what I received:

I LOVE IT!!!  I was made by a Navy wife currently serving in Japan.  Check out all the Japanese extras she sent along!!!  
 Thank you Chantel @sewradandrosie!

Next up was the voluntary swap at Sewtopia.  I made this Bob Box. 
Pattern by Quilt Jane and available here.  I used fabric I won in the Wallflowers QAL and filled the bobbins with thread I won from Aurifil and Pat Sloan last summer.

In return I received these bags made by  Michele @chele53!

Aren't they great?  They were filled with Michigan wine and chocolates which may have already been consumed.  Hey, it's been two weeks - and I shared!

 Finally, I made this mini Hazel Hedgehog pincushion for the annual A2MQG swap. 
Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman and available here.  I made the block 1/4 the original size.  It took me three tries to get that face right.  Those eyes finish at about 1/8th of an inch. 
In return I received this from Anna @woollykat.  
Look at all those tiny pieces.  She included the ceramic berry box which I filled immediately, then started to empty.

So, three swaps, three successes, three finishes to link up with Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday.