Sweet sewing gift

The awesome boyfriend got me an awesome Christmas gift- a sewing station! I have complained multiple times to him that I can’t get organized with my fabric, so he got me a cubby with bins, as well as hooks and a sewing light. Awesome job, boyfriend! I can’t wait to fill it up and get more fabric. 😉

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Holiday sewing- hexies!

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I’ve tried to teach myself how to English paper piece a few times in the past couple of years, to no avail. Since I find myself spending quite a bit of time away from my sewing machine these days, I had renewed motivation to try. I found this tutorial that finally helped the pieces snap into place for me:

And I got busy! I have a few Christmas fabrics that I’d wanted to make wall hangings out of, so I have been fussy-cutting and hexieing them up! 🙂

I’ve been on the lookout for modern hexie projects. I am excited to have this new technique available to me now!

Holiday sewing- that red cup

Hello people of the internet-

I have gotten to do a good bit of Christmas sewing lately. Some for gifts, some for sales, and some just for me!

One project I saw and loved and wanted to try immediately was the That Red Cup pattern from  Tessa Williams.

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Tessa Williams’ Sample of That Red Cup Pattern

It helps that she used several of my favorite fabric lines in the sample I saw (Tinsel from Cotton and Steel and Botanics from Carolyn Friedlander)!

So I whipped up a couple. If you are comfortable with paper piecing, they go very quickly. It’s an easy and fool proof pattern. And FREE on Craftsy! Can you believe it?! Happy holidays, indeed.

And of course, after sewing a couple, I had to treat myself to a beverage from the home of the red cup, itself.

I’ve done more sewing, but will share that over the next week or so!

Plus I ended up being commissioned to make 16 of the Roam zippered pouches, haha. Ho ho ho!

Sewing frenzy

Lately I’ve been in a sewing frenzy! I don’t know if the holidays have motivated me or what.

I finally finished my improv/wonky moon wall hanging project. I really like it!

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And I pulled out a top I started last winter to finally finish it. Thank goodness I kept notes of the block sizes I had made in my little notebook. I would go ahead and finish it, but I don’t have a backing I’m happy with for it. I’ll share better pics when I truly finish it.10787823_620258528085700_63786511_n

Murphy’s Law- Christmas edition

I’ve been very proud of myself for how prepared for Christmas I was. Shopping done, projects under control… I even had 3 days to finish up my major sewing project.

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Ice storm! 😦

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We lost power Saturday morning for about 30 hours. 30 precious hours I needed to sew! (Yes, my priorities are skewed. 😉 )

I live in a VERY rural area, so that also meant no water. It was a frustrating day. I literally just slept with my dogs the whole day.

Sunday morning (pre-electricity return) I went to town to get out of the house for a bit and started crying at the fabric store. Here I’d worked so hard on my grandmother’s quilt and I wasn’t going to finish it! I was very bummed out.

But then lo and behold- my neighbor called to tell me power was restored! Christmas miracle!

I sewed my little hands off yesterday and finished my grandmother’s throw. It turned out to be more of a bear than I expected (my own fault. I’ll go into this in my finish up post for the quilt.) I still want to do some hand stitching on the binding to finish it off, but it’s packed up and ready to go.

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FYI- Joann’s has super cute reusable bags

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Right now I’m taking a break from packing up to leave town.

I likely won’t post til after Christmas, so from our little corner of the world to yours, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!Image

Snow daze

I live in Oklahoma. We get a couple of snows a year, and  this weekend we got a pretty good little storm. I live in the middle of nowhere… 15 miles from the nearest town, so yesterday I packed it in to stay for a few days.

Here are my dogs enjoying the snow:

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I finished the quilt top for my nephew’s quilt. Here are a couple of pics-

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It’s not perfect, but it was made with love. ❤

I am NOT looking forward to quilting this… it will require much maneuvering on my little machine. But I can do it!

I also got a little crafty because I wanted to make some salt dough ornaments with my dogs’ paw prints. They turned out pretty cute. Here is the small one’s-

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I’m supposed to get a couple of deliveries with sewing goodies today, so hopefully I will be sewing more soon!

Christmas projects

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Bungalow Layer Cake

I’m TIRED. Did Thanksgiving wear anyone else out? Just me? Oh, ok. 😛

Luckily I L-O-V-E Christmas! I am a good little elf. This year my two remaining BIG Christmas projects are my nephew’s quilt and a throw for my grandmother.

It took me a long time to decide on fabric I like for my grandmother’s throw. She likes very bold colors and patterns, which is not usually my forte! But I love this Bungalow Layer cake. I think she will like it. She gets cold easily, so I want to make something she can snuggle up with in  her chair.

I am also going to make some casserole carriers, pot holders, and oven mitts.

When I start a quilt, like my nephew’s, I am so excited about the newness and prospect of it that it’s so easy to burn through about half the project on that energy. But that second half… you have to reach deep in the reserves to find the perseverance to finish it. For me, at least!

I’m also looking for some smaller, fun sewing projects to work on with some Christmas fabric I have. Do any of you guys have favorites?