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Last minute Christmas gifts

A little while back, I had pinned this sewing project/tutorial for an electronic cable travel case (over on Pinterest). I had thought…hmm…maybe Christmas gifts for some of my work colleagues (I work for a large computer software company….so electronic cable case=perfect).

Finally, this weekend (2.5 days left of work for the year) I managed to get 3 done. I have to say, I had a blast sewing them,  mostly due to the great company on Sunday afternoon.
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A few friends (Sarah @ StitchingandBacon, Michelle @ UndiscoveredOptimist and Jenn pictured above; Daisy @ AntsToSugar and Becky pictured below) got together at Cary Quilting Company for a bit of last-minute Christmas sewing, sharing of fabric + Christmas baked goodies.

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The first pouch I made was using fabric from Frances Newcombe, Utopia (pictured below – Outside front, Outside back, Inside). I used a fantastic tutorial for these cases by LiveIt.LoveIt.MakeIt.

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I modified some aspects of the tutorial. First off, I needed to convert from cm to in. and here are the materials I used for my pouches (if in the US):

For the pouch pieces:  6″ (side) x 9″ (width) (4 pieces; 2 for the lining and 2 for the main)
For the Cable Tidy Section: 10″ (width) x 18″ (length) (2 pieces; one for the lining and one for the main)
Zipper: 9″ zipper was used for the pouch; purchased from Zipit
Elastic: 19″ length @ 0.5″ and 1″ wide (Joann’s)
Buckle: 2.5″ x 1″ Nickel Fashion Buckle (Joann’s)
Snaps: Size 2 Sew on Snaps (Joann’s)
Interfacing: Pellon Sf101 (fusible Shape flex) (from Joann’s – 30% off at the moment)

I replaced the felt with Fusible Fleece, specifically Pellon 987f Fusible Fleece (from Joann’s – 30% off at the moment).
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There are only a few construction pointers, I can provide extra to the provided tutorial.

  1. For sewing the zipper into the pouch, I added fabric tabs to the ends of my zipper for a nicer finish.
  2. I placed my elastic starting at 3″ from the top (0.5″ elastic) and 3″ from the bottom (1″ elastic).
  3. Pin, pin. pin the elastic, especially the smaller one on top. The smaller one tended to move more often when you sewing the straight lines and if you want a straight looking line of elastic you needed to pin.
  4. Draw and measure each line you are planning on sewing down through the elastic with a fabric marker. I used chalk pencil.
  5. I marked my lines starting with 2 x 2″ width and then alternated the 1.5″ and 1″ lines and finished off again with one or two 2″ segments. I recommend not placing two 1″ lines close to each other as it makes it difficult to fit items next to each other.

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The two on the left are for male colleagues and the one on the right was for a female colleague.

Lots of fun, and a project I would make again. It took me about 90 minutes for the first one, while I worked out all the steps. The other two, took 90 minutes combined, and I sewed more like a production line.

Fabrics for my pouches above were:

Your turn, you still have time to make those last-minute Christmas gifts!! Good Luck.

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Christmas Finishes

We had a wonderful Christmas, and we loved our great tree this year. I hope you all enjoyed your holidays as well.

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Guess what I got for Chritsmas!!! I got the Accuquilt Go Mix and Match starter kit. I spent 1/2 an hour trying it out, cutting 12 blocks at a time. I quickly had 90 3.5″ cut squares. I love it – this will make such a difference in my least favorite activity – cutting.

I had a busy time leading up to Christmas. I made 30 iPhone/iPad stands, two of which were gifts for the hubby and the little one. The VW stand below is one of the hubby’s Christmas presents. He is a huge VW van fan. The fabric is one I purchased a while back from Spoonflower, Rainbow peace campers by Sharon Turner.VW_iPad_Stand

I finally finished my Christmas Stocking, one day late, but perfect for next year. I fussy cut the Santa’s –  fabric is Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Creative Thursday for Andover Fabrics.  I then used paper piecing improv blocks for the surrounding area. I loved how it turned out.Christmas_Stocking

One final picture of our three stockings all hanging in front of the fire place. The other two were made last year and blogged about here and here.3_Stockings_Completed

Linking up with Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts who is hosting:

Christmas’y WiP Wednesday {18.12.2013}

Almost the end of the year!! Why is it always so chaotic??

I had planned my week of posts and unfortunately have not been able to stay to plan. Mostly, this is due to the fact, I am getting home after dark (~6pm), and I just can’t take great photos.  Winter and its short days are not my friend :-(.

So excuse the photo quality, but I really wanted to post about my current WiPs I have going this week.

  1. Zakka Circle Pot holders – these are for a friend for Christmas. Tops are sewn, just need to quilt + shape + bind the pot holders.PotHolders
  2. Made some progress on the X & + quilt, with another two blocks done only 3 1/2 rows to go to make my December goal.X+Blocks

  3. Christmas Stocking – pulled out pattern and fabrics, I have an idea about the design. I am thinking a 23/24 Dec finish.ChristmasStockingFabric

  4. I am hoping to finish off these place mats I started a month or so back. ChristmasPlacemats_Red
  5. Lastly, Framed Quilt Blocks – these two need to be completed by Friday as they are gifts for people at work.
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I am slowly starting to panic as I really need items 1, 3, 4, 5 finished in the next 6 days. I just need more time in the day :-).

I hope your Christmas prep is going well. I am linking up with Lee over at Freshly Pieced for WiP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Lovely Year of Finishes – September goal

Oh my gosh!!! I hate to do this, but have you started thinking about Christmas? The thought came to me this week when I got an order for two twin quilts. We started to discuss dates and then finally decided that the best timing for having the quilts done would be for Christmas gifts.

I don’t have too much to do directly for Christmas, 3 twin quilts and 3 stockings but I would like to partake in my company’s Christmas Craft fair. So right now I am thinking about stock I will need…

  • Christmas stockings (none in stock – would like 10-15)
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  • Cushion/Pillow covers (only two in stock so far – thinking I need 10)
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  • Chair bags/pockets (have 7 in stock but would like 14)
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  • Gift card holders (none in stock – would like 10)
  • Pencil cases, Pencil rolls (none in stock but would like 10)

This means a lot of work between now and Christmas. This leads to this month’s “Lovely Year of Finishes” goal – I would like one of the twin quilts finished.
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I am deciding between one of the three following quilts to do this month (these are the 3 that need to be done by Christmas):

This quilt by Knotty Gnome http://blog.knottygnome.com/2013/07/sparkling-diamonds.html
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This quilt by Just Quilts
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Or Candy Coated from Sunday Morning Quilts (the one on the cover):
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Off to the drawing/design board and to see what others are up to this month.

Finished first quilted cushion

I finally finished the quilted cushion, a couple weeks late, but I did enjoy the vacation :-). The cushion is a gift to our friend’s little girl, who is turning 3.

This cushion was a first of many things:

  • It was the first “bigger” quilting project I completed
  • The first time I hand quilted (the pattern is of dragonflies)
  • First time installing/sewing in a zip and it was an invisible zip

It’s not perfect, but I am very pleased with how it turned out. Here are some photos of the finished product (the front and the back). Details on the fabrics used can be found in this previous blog.

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Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts: Finish it up Fridays

WiP Wednesday: Children’s Cushion Part 2

I have one late Christmas gift I am finishing up. I started it last week in this post, and I am almost finished it. It is a 32 in. x 16 in. cushion.

The front is almost done, I have sewn all the squares, added the center white Kona cotton center and started quilting using a dragonfly template. The quilting is changing color as it progresses – white –> pale pink –> pink.

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I have finished the back – I have added an additional fabric from Heather Mulder Peterson from Anka Treasures (the teal/aqua fabric).

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I still have the quilting to finish, sew the sides together and add the invisible zip. I am hoping it’s all done by Friday.

WiP Wednesday: Children’s Pillow

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

One of the Christmas gifts on my list is a child’s pillow. I am excited as I am using one of my bundle’s for this one – ” The Simple Life” Bundle by Tasha Noel for Riley Blake + the pink polka dot fabric from Moda’s “Oh Deer” by MoMo.

The pillow will be a 16″x 32″.IMG_0665

The fabric is all cut – 2 1/2 ” squares. Now, on to piecing it all together.IMG_0666

I plan on adding the name of the recipient down the middle of the pillow, to make it a one of a kind pillow.