Friday, December 19, 2014

Small Finishes

I can show one finish, now that it has been given to the recipient.
At the front door in Kingsville
This is another of Joanne's Snowalong paper-pieced snowflakes, #3 to be exact.  I made it back in October, knowing it would go to my daughter, Dayna.  You can purchase the patterns for all 7 snowflakes through her website link to her Craftsy store.  They are a mere $3.

Here it is after I quilted the front of the cushion cover. Wow, what a difference from under my Ott-lite to outside, no?!

A last shot of it with Lake Erie in the background (we were leaving for Florida the next day).

We'd already had a bit of snow at that point, but it had melted.  I discovered, and rediscovered two very handy tools during the binding of this cushion.

I followed Sharon Schamber's binding tutorial exactly this time, and as I mentioned before, I am pleasantly surprised at how well I was taught: outside of the glue and the ladder stitch she uses, I do my bindings exactly as she does.  It pays to take classes at your LQS!!  Or now online, lol, as mine was nearly 20 years ago...

Anyhow, first discovery was glue: I glued the binding down (look, no pins, ma!), and the rediscovery was beeswax: I remembered a tip from an appliqué class I also took at my LQS way back.  Run the thread through beeswax to help reduce tangling.  This time I tried Sharon's ladder stitch, and quite liked it.  After trying out the new techniques, I then went full-steam ahead on the binding on Savannah, which, as you know, I mostly stitched on the trip down here.  Having no pins to worry about in the SUV was a most-welcome perk!

Bella gave the cushion her customary stamp of approval

Not my best side, lol
I nearly didn't include that shot, but she is so darn adorable in the way she is so fascinated by pretty much every part of the quilt-making process.  This time she was especially intrigued by me hand-sewing the binding down! She didn't grab for the thread, just watched intently. And would gaze at me every once in a while...

The back.  This shows the richness of this gorgeous batik.

A another close-up of the quilting.  Again, I used Sulky Holoshimmer for sparkle!

My second small finish is using the Riley Blake fabric Lara so kindly sent me a few days ago.  Did you guess what it was I was making?

Two make-up bags.  I used The Cake Clutch pattern on Moda Bakeshop.  I made a couple of changes. First, instead of top-stitching the polka-dot piece onto the red main piece, I pieced it in.  This way I saved fabric (of course!) as well as reduced bulk.  Second, I edge-stitched the centre piece along the zipper to help keep it from catching in the zipper.  I'd do that before I sewed up the sides next time I make one of these, so I could stitch along the entire length of the zipper.  I love this fabric combination! So happy.

Best of all, I worked with the laminated cotton she also sent me.  Nice touch for the inside of a make-up bag, I'd say!

I used Gutermann 50 wt cotton in white for the quilting I did in the polka-dot sections.  No marking, just aimed for the centre of the dots for the cross-hatching pattern, and for the other I did straight lines and a gentle wave (no marking, qué sera, sera feel, aka 'organic' feel) all with my walking foot.  In the red fabric, I centred 3 lines spaced 1/4" apart using Sulky Blendables in 12 wt.  Easy.

And now I'm behaving, getting back on track by sewing up my trellis blocks for Fleurs.  Hope to have this flimsy done asap!

Linking up with TGIFF hosted today by Sarah at Things I Make as well as with a different Sarah of Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.


  1. Great finishes Sandra. I think my snowflakes are going to get sewn up in the summer heat! Have a wonderful holiday!

  2. The pillow is very pretty, but I adore, adore your cat, awww.. reminds me of my Purdy when I was a little girl. Bella is a fantastic name for her.

  3. Aren't pets wonderful? And your pillow turned out beautifully!

  4. Oh, the colors you chose for the pillow are amazing!! OMG that picture of Bella staring at you is priceless!! How funny that she just sits there and watches the process.

    Glue - love! Ladder stitch - way in love! :) Took me a bit to get it down but after hand sewing the binding onto Spin three times. . . I think I got it LOL

  5. Love your pillow, what a great block to pair with a batik! Good eye. Thanks for sharing the video tutorial. I'll have to go check that out.

  6. Looks great! Perfect fabrics for it!

  7. Wonderful pillow! I do my bindings that way except for the glue. I haven't talked myself into using the glue yet, despite all the positive reviews! :) Your little zippered bags are cute. Zippers - there's something else to talk myself into someday.

  8. Beautiful snowflake! I love your choice of fabrics.

  9. Of course I love the pillow - my fave colour!! The makeup bags are so sweet. Being the non-quilter that I am, I at first guessed coasters, but quickly revised that to yes - makeup bags!
    Can't get enough of Bella pics.
    Pics of you though? Not so much. I've had enough after these two. LOL

  10. What a darling cushion. I love how it looks with the batiks. And those make up bags turned out great.

  11. Simply loving the way you and Bella sew together Sandra! Too, too sweet! Really great the way your snowflake pillow looks in batiks! And the make-up bags you made sure turned out darling! I am going to try your beeswax hint - my Mom used to do that. I have yet to try the white glue for binding, but know I will want to someday.