|Three finishes since Monday!|
|I added in the Hoffman sparkly silver mint and grey fronds, the palest of Lizzy House mints bracelets, the polka dot aqua, and several reds, four striped squares of which are leftovers from my Pyramid Pouch Moda "Joyeux Noël" fabric!|
But, "Wait, wha-whut?" as the younger ones would say, "Something's not quite right..." Somehow I went from a 9X9 grid to a 9X10 grid here...ah well, 100 squares even right? 10X10 it became, so a 20" square cushion cover it became.
Here is the finished flimsy Tuesday night:
|mmm quilts! indeed. How I love these seafoam, mints, aquas and turquoises with reds!|
Do you ever randomly have two fabrics fall together and have a "moment", one of those swelling-inside-your-entire-ribcage, heart-squeezing, throat-constricting, rising up from the solar plexus moments? I've had a couple this week, one of which is right in that picture. I cut into that aqua with gold crackle fabric, another Hoffman, the one in the lower right. Mmm. Go diagonally to the left up 3 rows and you see it again; now look at that rich purpley-red on top of it!!! I died. I want an entire quilt in those two colours, thank you very much. Might be difficult as I have a 1/2 yard of the aqua and maybe a fat eighth all told left of that red...sniff.
Grabbed thread and decided to quilt this rather Red Pepper Quilts-esque square as Rita does:
|The love affair with Sulky rayons continues; oops one Gütermann jumped in, great thread too. I just happened to catch those two "be still my heart" squares in the centre of this photo...|
|Bleached muslin on the back of the sandwich; I just like the cleaner look inside the cushion cover|
|Bound with more of the Moda Joyeux Noël; I have always loved a striped binding|
|Nice 'n plump! I used up almost all of the trees fabric, just one strip left, and a 8X21" chunk of the two mints left now.|
Cushion Cover Stats:
Size: 20" square
Fabric: cotton scraps
Batting: Warm 'n Natural scraps
Quilted: on my Bernina, all with a walking foot
Threads: Pieced with Gütermann cotton; quilted with Sulky and one Gütermann rayons
Project #2 Super fast and simple: a Christmas pillowcase for moi:
|I can actually make the Roll It Up! pillowcase from All People Quilt in 1/2 hour from start to finish without the pattern now as I've made so many...|
Last but not least, project #3:
Well, this was how it started yesterday morning:
|A new cat mat for moi?! I'll just have a little wash on it, make sure it's acceptable.|
This cat gets so excited when I start something new, or bring out new fabric, kind of like my description of me when colour combos excite me. She literally buzzes with exhilaration, no lie. Zip! Up she appears on the cutting table, purring loudly, bunting my hand, and then situates herself strategically, in this case, on the prototype tea cosy a very good friend of mine made me many years ago.
When I move to the machine, thump! Then ba-dump! Off the cutting table she bounds, and then lands gracefully onto the sewing machine surface area. She's mesmerized by the thread unwinding off the cone onto the bobbin. Next she knows that silver spikey thing is going to start jumping up and down...
|Threading the machine!! Can I help? Please? Please? Puh-LEEZ?! You know I can cut thread with these razor-sharp teeth of mine... Yeah I know that all too well, Bella.|
|Whaaat?? At least I'm not sitting on top of your machine, so relax already.|
|We, my friends, we are making a tea cosy! I had planned to do this last year, took the snowflakes down to Florida with me, where I kind of lost my snowflake mojo among the palm trees...|
Eeeep! I forgot to take any other in-process shots, but here's what I did. I layered the snowflake with leftover Legacy polyester batting (from the charity wheelchair quilts, I had 3 small strips, and they fit perfectly). I quilted around all the edges of the snowflakes with green Sulky Holoshimmer metallic, SUCH sparkle this thread has. Then I just echoed around the six sides, a 1/4" with each pass until I'd come right to the edge of the cosy.
|No sun this morning to really show off the sparkle...wait, oh man! I spy a Bella hair on the right, sigh.|
For the back I used a double layer of Warm 'n Natural batting scraps, and a regular Sulky metallic in red/green/gold, the same I used on Brady's stocking. I had a lightbulb moment after 3 stitches: why not set the machine for a longer, narrow zigzag to mimic that in the fabric! And phew! been there, done that enough times, I remembered to change the throatplate from single hole to regular so I didn't break a Metallica needle.
|I've had this for over a decade..."Candy Coated Christmas" by Thimbleberries; might be a good time to cut into it!|
|Looks pretty cool! I used an ivory paisleys on ivory fabric from the first quilt I made Dayna. It's pretty much gone now except for one strip and some 2.5" squares. Feels good! And yes, I see a thread I forgot to cut down in there...|
Anyone for tea? Um, maybe not at 34 damp degrees. Oh well, as my friend Linda noticed last year, at least the grass is still nice and green, a side product of rain and fairly mild temperatures for December.
Tea cosy Stats:
Size: 11.5" wide by 11 " high
Fabric: cottons and batik from my stash and scraps
Batting: Legacy polyester for the front; Warm 'n Natural scraps for the back
Quilted: on my Bernina, all with a walking foot
Threads: pieced with Gütermann cotton; quilted with Sulky Holoshimmer and Sulky Metallic
Linking up this marathon of a post with Crazy Mom Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF on at Quokka Quilts today, and on Sunday with Oh Scrap! at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.
I'm also linking this post up with Scraptastic Tuesday at Mrs. Sew and Sow, especially since all 3 projects use scraps somewhere within them! I might have discovered another cool quilt block to use up scraps on her post for Tuesday.