Sunday, October 5, 2008

I "heart" Sewing!

This weekend I got caught up on a lot of works in progress and things I had been wanting to do. For one thing, I made my first pincushion! I used this pattern from Heather Bailey, and since I was using Heather's pattern I also decided to use her fabric (Pop Garden and Bijoux). I had a bit of ribbon to tuft the pincushion with and found a button among some of my great-grandmother's buttons. I love the way it turned out, but when I make my next one I will put more stuffing in. I'm also going to try Stephanie's pin cushion tutorial soon!
Bindings are one of my downfalls as a quilter. Several times I have completed a quilt only to find when the time comes to put the binding on that I have used the fabric for the binding in another project. So now I have a solution. I make the binding when I finish the quilt top and then place the bindings in my binding cannister (my awesome neighbor did the "bindings" lettering for me)! So hopefully I won't have any more problems with lost binding fabrics! I made 5 bindings this weekend to get caught up. I also got two of them machine sewed on and began the handwork on one! Now if I could just think of a way to make myself put the backs of quilts together quicker...
I had to make another one of these bags (from Fall 2008 Quilts and More). This time I used three fabrics I had picked up from Amy Butler's "Daisy Chain" line ( I think I'm going to have to get some more "Daisy Chain"...I love that fabric). This pattern is a lot of fun as well...and a girl can never have too many bags, right?
I also got this humanitarian quilt finished up this weekend. It's such a bright and happy little quilt...hopefully someone somewhere will love it!
And yes, I really do have a problem with these little bags...I just had to have a Halloween one after seeing them on a few blogs (and I'm not even going to tell you how many Christmas ones I have cut out and started waiting to be finished...it's an obsession)! But my new little Halloween basket looks cute next to my pumpkin witch. I've had pumpkin witch for 23 years now...I bought it from someone I worked with all those years ago. I've also pictured a few of my other favorite Halloween decorations--I made the tole-painted witch, bought the tole-painted pumpkin from a friend, and made the trick-or-treat pillow!
And this is a little checkbook cover I made a couple of weeks ago for my older daughter. I used this tutorial--and it was a lot of fun to make. My daughter loves pink and brown, and she was delighted to get this surprise in the mail! I also got a good deal of work done this weekend on Christmas presents...can't show any of those yet because I think some of the people they're for might be able to put two and two together!!!
Happy Sewing!

13 comments:

Anna M. said...

Such a great idea on the bindings...and I love that jar...so cute! Love all of your other projects too...you've been busy! You always do such lovely work! =)

Sandra :) said...

Wow you had a productive weekend - great projects!! I'm totally addicted to those little fabric baskets as well - I need to get some Halloween fabrics and whip up a few - maybe I'll go shopping tomorrow and see what's on sale at Fabricland! I particularly love your bright and fun humanitarian quilt - someone will be VERY happy to snuggle under that treasure!

Carol said...

Your binding jar is the BEST! I have a basket that I keep the binding fabric in with a post it on it to remind what it goes with, but your idea is so wonderful. You have been a very busy girl. I just love your pin cushions and those little baskets are as cute as they can be.

maria said...

You have been busy! I've enjoyed looking at the lovely pictures of your work.

Anne Heidi said...

Wow, so many great finishes! love the bag! And the pincushion is so cute. Love your pumkin quilt a few posts ago, do you remember what pattern you used for it?

Stephanie said...

Great projects and boy you've been productive!!! A secret on my pincushion tutorial...don't overstuff...it'll look deformed. I have done the same thing with bindings...no fabric left for the project. Now I do what you do and at least cut it and set is aside and then have a day of binding making. Oh and I LOVE your Amy bag!!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Delightful things. Love the fall things, and the pincushion. So cute! Great job.

ivoryspring said...

Hi Sherri,

It looks like you have had a super-productive weekend! :) I love the pincushions, and the bags are just to die for!!!!

By the way, the pillow is on its way to you! :)

Bev said...

Love your blog and have made it a favorite on my blog. It's a dog blog but I'm a quilter. Great idea about the bindings. Thanks for sharing!
Cheery wave from
Bev
http://comfycollars.blogspot.com

Happy Zombie said...

So many pretties! I was scrolling your blog, looking at all your pretty quilts and projects... and then I saw the pocket bag and squealed with delight! I love how yours turned out! :o)

KrisinTN said...

Wow, I am so amazed! I want to go sit down at my sewing machine and try to make all of it! I did say TRY! Do you have a tutorial on how to make bindings? I love making blankets but the binding is always the hardest part for me. I have tried using the premade binding from Wrights, but I just don't like it either.

KrisinTN said...

Also, do you have a tutorial on the little bags that you've made. i want to try those too!

randi---i have to say said...

Wow! You have been a busy sew-er! The pincusion is adorable and I love the bag. And, no, you can never have too many bags!