Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WIP Wednesday-a little of this, a little of that...

I haven't worked on a quilt all week!
Still waiting for the backing fabric to complete A Groovy Kind of Love
So instead,  I played with a few simple projects!!
The top of the dresser in my sewing room has served as a home made ironing board and works out so well. Just a piece of shelving, some batting and fabric .
However, the fabric is quite ugly and has become scorched and stained over time.
So, it was time for a re-do!
  I love this Keep Calm and... fabric by Timeless Treasures!
Brightens up the whole room.
In order to preserve this fabric from the drips, smudges and snorts out
 of my very old iron :-),
I ordered a new iron!
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 EEEK!
This will be my Birthday and Christmas presents from now until the end of time!
*sigh*
The Modern Scrappy Bits Swap
 is nearing the mailing deadline, so I had to get busy and make something for my partner.
After finally deciding on a pincushion, I found a great tutorial at Moda Bake Shop for a Cathedral Window project.
Very easy pattern to follow and great instructions!
I used some scrap pieces from A Groovy Kind of Love.
Unfortunately, I stuffed it too full and it is hard as rock!
So, it stays home!
I used crushed walnut shells for stuffing.
Which brings me to a lesson well learned!!!!
Stuff over a sink.....not your cutting table!
I had these tiny little bits of shell everywhere! Thank goodness, I wasn't near my sewing machine!
So, on to pincushion #2
I really like this one...and the red button!
But...then...Chicopee arrived!!!
How could I resist doing another one...
I wasn't sure about the button, but it seems to meet  approval by some comments on Flickr, so I'll leave it ! Easy enough for my partner to change.
I really love this one! Only one bundle of fat quarters arrived, so I can hardly wait to see the other colours!
So, I'll wait and see if my secret partner comments on it, and if she likes it!
This next project is tutorial by the always fabulous Amy Friend @ During Quiet Time. She has designed some of my all time favourite paper pieced patterns, like the Garden Boot I used for my Market Tote!
Anyway, she did this great Christmas Stocking tutorial for Basic Grey.
Here is mine...

I used Laurie Wisbrun's Brrr! with a few fabrics from my stash.

For the cuff, I used Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater.
It is lined with Kona Tomato!
Took me all afternoon to make this! Cutting all those 2.5" squares and then sewing them all back together again! Well worth the time, I believe.  Some days I'll do anything not to empty the
dishwasher!
Now I need to get busy and do my block for Jen in our Star Of Africa bee. Can I just say how much I adore the ladies in this bee! So talented and so much fun!
Since it's Wednesday, it's time to link up at
Freshly Pieced with this weeks guest host, Michelle!
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

And with Monika at The Needle and Thread Network which is celebrating its one year anniversary!
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Have a great sewing week!

22 comments:

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

I have just ordered ome of that keep calm fabric, isn't it fab. The pin cushions are all fab, but do check your victim doesn't have a nut allergy!! The Christmas stocking s super, I'm now off to visit one of the links x x

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

Doh, *some* of the links!!!

Nat at Made in Home said...

I love the pincushions - will bookmark the pattern! And love the fabric you used for your ironing board!

Cindy said...

Love your projects...definitely better than unloading the dish washer.

CityHouseStudio said...

Love your projects! Those pincushions are adorable. And the stocking, too -- so cute!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I LOVE those little pincushions!! So cute. I am sure your partner would like any of them..hard to pick a favourite!!

Heather D. said...

Your stocking is so cute Patti! And the iron - my parents were in the sewing machine shop with me a few months ago where they sell those irons (that's the one that pops up, right?) and my Dad got such a kick out of that. :) LOVE LOVE LOVE the pincushions! I was just thinking I'd like to make a new one, the other one I made is just too big, how big are your cathedral window ones? They look teeny and cute in the photos but it's hard to tell. Did you buy the walnut shell at the pet store?

Holly said...

Ooh, a new ironing board cover and a new iron! I hope the iron works wonders for you. I really need to update my iron and cover, but it always gets pushed to the bottom of the list. I'd rather buy fabric!

M-R said...

Those pincushions are adorable, Patti. I'm going to check out that tutorial. LOVE that ironing board cover too. I have to find some of that fabric!

Mary Ann said...

I love the pincushions specially the third one and your stocking.

The Thompsons said...

Oh my goodness- your stocking is adorable!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

the pin cushions are too cute....love the iron!!

Jennie said...

Love that Christmas stocking. I've got to get to work on mine . . .

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Patti..thanks for visiting....and for your very nice comment.My mail is slow lately;; so here \i am!!

Colleen said...

I've gotta get me some of that Keep Calm fabric!

Fabric Warrior (aka Amie) said...

Love that stocking!! It is perfect, and I love the text fabric around the top. Looks great. The pin cushions are also great, and the Keep Calm fabric is so pretty! : )

Kelli said...

Pin cushions are so cute, and love your new ironing board cover (and iron)! :)

Karen said...

Wow, so much happening. Love the fabric choice for the top of the ironing board. And enjoy that lovely new iron, too!
The pin cushions are wonderful. Love the fabrics.
Your stocking is adorable. Gorgeous choice of fabric there, too.

elle said...

THINGS ARE VERY COLOURFUL. NICE!

Susan Being Snippy said...

the Christmas stocking is PERFECT! I must get busy making a few, but have not one bit of christmas fabric in my stash -- time to go shopping!

Elena @ Modern Oliva said...

It's amazing what other projects can get done when you're not working on a quilt! I love all your projects...the pin cushions are gorgeous and the stocking is adorable. Is it that time of year already???

Regina said...

Fab projects with fab fabrics! I had wondered what to do with the "keep calm and..." fabric, you had a great idea how to use it.

22 comments:

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

I have just ordered ome of that keep calm fabric, isn't it fab. The pin cushions are all fab, but do check your victim doesn't have a nut allergy!! The Christmas stocking s super, I'm now off to visit one of the links x x

Benta At SLIKstitches said...

Doh, *some* of the links!!!

Nat at Made in Home said...

I love the pincushions - will bookmark the pattern! And love the fabric you used for your ironing board!

Cindy said...

Love your projects...definitely better than unloading the dish washer.

CityHouseStudio said...

Love your projects! Those pincushions are adorable. And the stocking, too -- so cute!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I LOVE those little pincushions!! So cute. I am sure your partner would like any of them..hard to pick a favourite!!

Heather D. said...

Your stocking is so cute Patti! And the iron - my parents were in the sewing machine shop with me a few months ago where they sell those irons (that's the one that pops up, right?) and my Dad got such a kick out of that. :) LOVE LOVE LOVE the pincushions! I was just thinking I'd like to make a new one, the other one I made is just too big, how big are your cathedral window ones? They look teeny and cute in the photos but it's hard to tell. Did you buy the walnut shell at the pet store?

Holly said...

Ooh, a new ironing board cover and a new iron! I hope the iron works wonders for you. I really need to update my iron and cover, but it always gets pushed to the bottom of the list. I'd rather buy fabric!

M-R said...

Those pincushions are adorable, Patti. I'm going to check out that tutorial. LOVE that ironing board cover too. I have to find some of that fabric!

Mary Ann said...

I love the pincushions specially the third one and your stocking.

The Thompsons said...

Oh my goodness- your stocking is adorable!!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

the pin cushions are too cute....love the iron!!

Jennie said...

Love that Christmas stocking. I've got to get to work on mine . . .

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Patti..thanks for visiting....and for your very nice comment.My mail is slow lately;; so here \i am!!

Colleen said...

I've gotta get me some of that Keep Calm fabric!

Fabric Warrior (aka Amie) said...

Love that stocking!! It is perfect, and I love the text fabric around the top. Looks great. The pin cushions are also great, and the Keep Calm fabric is so pretty! : )

Kelli said...

Pin cushions are so cute, and love your new ironing board cover (and iron)! :)

Karen said...

Wow, so much happening. Love the fabric choice for the top of the ironing board. And enjoy that lovely new iron, too!
The pin cushions are wonderful. Love the fabrics.
Your stocking is adorable. Gorgeous choice of fabric there, too.

elle said...

THINGS ARE VERY COLOURFUL. NICE!

Susan Being Snippy said...

the Christmas stocking is PERFECT! I must get busy making a few, but have not one bit of christmas fabric in my stash -- time to go shopping!

Elena @ Modern Oliva said...

It's amazing what other projects can get done when you're not working on a quilt! I love all your projects...the pin cushions are gorgeous and the stocking is adorable. Is it that time of year already???

Regina said...

Fab projects with fab fabrics! I had wondered what to do with the "keep calm and..." fabric, you had a great idea how to use it.