Sunday, October 5, 2008
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!!!