Sunday, November 30, 2014

Star #9

I can't believe I made three stars in one weekend! This one was definitely the most complicated because it was the first one I made with 16 pieces meeting in the middle instead of 4 or 8. It was a bulky spot in the middle but I ironed and starched the crap out of it until it cooperated. 

Sixteen sections:



And done!

All nine so far...

Star #8

I am on a roll this weekend...I woke up before the kids this morning and finished another star!

Fabric selections:

Ready to start cutting:

Sewing it together:


All 8 stars so far...

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Star #7!

The Lucky Stars Block of the Month subscription has been such a great experience. Today I finished my 7th star, which is actually from June of last year. I'm just picking the ones that I feel like making rather than doing them in order. I plan to make as many as I can before my purple and gray fabric runs out. 

Here's the fabric for this star: 

Four quadrants:

And the finished star:

Here's my collage...

...and finally, a very poorly lit photo of all 7 stars so far, along with some Christmas scraps placed by my tiny little helper!

I have the templates printed for star #8, so maybe I will get another one finished tomorrow! Here's hoping!

Finished Placemats & Stocking

I finished sewing the bindings on the placemats for my sister-in-law's birthday/Mother's Day gift. 

 They were finished just in time for her to decorate for Christmas! Combined with the table runner that was her Christmas present last year, they make her table look great!

Also finished just in time for decorating is a new stocking for my adorable new nephew!

In progress:

...and done!

Sunday, November 23, 2014


My friend Nikki bought a new house this summer, and even though it's only 15 minutes away, our schedules have been so crazy that I didn't visit her until last weekend!

It was great to see her and my sweet little Goddaughter. Our girls had so much fun playing together!
I brought her a little housewarming gift...a table runner made to match the stockings and Christmas tree skirt I made her for her wedding. 

Nikki and her husband loved it!

Ali and Bill's Christmas Stockings

My friend Ali needed stockings for her house... And I was so excited to make them! She picked out some holiday flannel to go with her color scheme, and we ordered! :)

It went quickly because they are far from my first stockings! It was gratifying to finish so quickly though. 

Here's an extreme close up of the stitching on their names (which I appliqu├ęd) with Ali's fancy new camera!

I'm so happy that I can be a part of my friends' holiday traditions!

Camo Quilt...basted & started quilting

I finished piecing the camo quilt, and shared it with my class. They had a great suggestion to add my nephew's name, so I did. 
The Goose helped me out here- she was too small to hold the quilt up, so I held it while she took the pictures. She did a great job! 

I had a little help with the basting from my Bug...
 The only idea I had so far about the quilting is that I knew I wanted to try quilting some "ghost" blocks in the negative space. I did one so far:
I really like it, so I want to do a few more, and then I have no idea what other design I will quilt in the rest of the negative space. 

My 6th Star!

It has been a while since I've been able to find the time to sew another star from the Lucky Stars block of the month, but I made one today! 

I love it!!
Here are all 6 so far, even though the lighting is pretty horrible...

It's so exciting to see them coming together!