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My kiwi cushion – first paper piecing project

I have wanted to try paper piecing for a while now. The results always look so precise and amazing. There are so many options but I decided I wanted to try this kiwi pattern by Juliet & Tartankiwi, as this was the design that inspired me to give paper piecing a try. It also brings memories of home. This is my work in progress this week….I am linking up with Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

So the plan is to make another cushion for our grey sofa, that co-ordinates with my spoonflower cushion. I am using yellow and grey for my kiwi. I wanted to give a little more dimension to the kiwi itself, so I made patchwork blocks of yellow and grey to use like a piece of fabric. Here are the blocks.

This is for the body of the kiwi:
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The grey will be for the legs and beak:IMG_6949

I am 1/2 way through the block and I love paper-piecing. The pattern for a beginner has been relatively easy so far and I think it is turning out well. I am hoping to finish the cushion cover up by Friday.

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Small weekend finishes

I managed to get a couple of small projects done this weekend in preparation for our modern quilt guild monthly meeting – nothing like having an incentive :-).  I showed my “four seasons in one day” quilt for the first time at our meeting.  It was funny how nervous I was, showing my quilt and other projects. I present on a daily basis and usually have no qualms…..but not this time – it was like the first time you ever present to a “large” audience. I got great feedback for my quilt though, its nice getting that validation.

The small projects I was able to complete include:

  • The second pot holder for our kitchen. This has been a fun project trying out different techniques and using new materials, for example, quilt as you go technique and using the insul-bright material.
  • A name tag for quilt guild meeting. This was the first time I have used hexagons which I can see can be addictive. I was able to sit down in front of the tv and hand-sew this together in an hour or so. I used leftovers scraps for the front and backed the name tag with felt, using fusible web for the adhesive (first time using fusible web as well), and then quilted on my sewing machine. For the name part, I followed the same process I use for my homemade labels. I thought it turned out cute 🙂
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  • I fixed my son’s monster I had made, some stitching had come loose and needed a quick fix (it only took me 4-6 weeks to get around to doing it)
  • Finally, quilted the first straight line for the “four seasons in one day quilt”.

I am hoping to start a couple of my other March goals this week – I think I am going to try the kiwi paper piecing from Tartankiwi and also cut the fabric for the triple zipper pouch.

February goal check

This weekend has been really productive!!!, and it means that I am closer to my February Goals. If you remember, I linked up with A lovely year of finishes  and The Girl who Quilts (and I won the give-away, which is so cool!!!)
A Lovely Year of Finishes The Girl Who Quilts

This is a check-in on where my goals are.

  1. As mentioned on Friday 1st, complete top and back of my “Four Seasons in one day” (named after a crowded house song)
    I have now almost completed the top – I worked out a way to make the border in more of a block instead of a string which gave me more manageable pieces to work with. I also worked out the corner pieces as well 🙂
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  2. Finish 4 sets of chair bags.
    I have cut out 2 sets of chair bags but have not started sewing yet. 
  3. Finish 4 sets of pot holders.
    I have 3 sets of pot holders completed…our kitchen is a light green – these are the ones I made for use in our kitchen.
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  4. Cut out fabric for my son’s quilt.
    Not started yet 
  5. Triple zip pouch.
    Fabric and other materials selected. 
  6. Try out a paper piecing block.
    Not started yet but I have something in mind.

More general goals

  1. Continue with Life Style Challenge.
    See yesterday’s update here. 
  2. Post 3 times a week min.
    Check – doing well. I also joined Pinterest, I was struggling with just using bookmarks to find things I liked in the www. Let me know if you have a site or which sites you would recommend I follow. 
  3. Post a new recipe each week.
    Check – doing well

Finish it up Friday

It definitely was a “Finish it up Friday” (linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts)

Professionally:
I was flat out all week with work, as my team and I had a major project deadline today. Good news, we got it done.

At home:
Our house is back to normal  – all the damage from the burst water pipe, last week, was completed today!!!

Now, for my craft projects:
Obviously, I did not have much time this week but I did get 1/2 way through one of my February goals  – I completed two sets of quilted pot holders (my goal is to do 4). The Blue teapot set is now available on my etsy store. So, even though it is a small finish I am happy to have completed something in my list of craft projects for February.

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Celebrating 100th day of Kindergarten

It has been a few months since I posted a craft/art project my son (whose 5 1/2) and I have worked on together. The objective of this project was to complete the homework assignment for the 100th day in Kindergarten (due Tuesday 12th Feb).

Objective:

  • To complete the project your child will need to collect 100 items
    Sean has been collecting beer bottle tops for a while now. He counted out 100 tops (all on his own).
  • After collecting the items they will decide how they will display them. Your child should bring their project to school to share with the class.
    Sean decided we could make a spaceship out of recycled materials (he was given several options to choose from 😉 )
  • Have fun and be creative
    I think Sean did a great job, don’t you think so !!

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Materials:

  • 100 x beer bottle caps
  • 1×1.25L Coke Bottle (for the rocket body)
  • 1 x large laundry detergent bottle (for the wings)
  • 100 x Craft Glue dots (for the body) and some Glue stripes (for the nose)
  • 4 x 1/8 rivets (to adhere the wings)
  • 1 x can of white spray paint (for body)
  • 1 x can of black spray paint (for nose)
  • Stickers (Sean choose his flags and 100 stickers)

Surprisingly enough, Sean stuck on most of the beer bottle tops and with supervision we spray painted the bottle, once dried he stuck on the stickers.

As parents, we cut the shapes of the wings and the bottle, so the wings hold, with a blade and then used rivets to hold the wings in place.

We are still thinking of adding flames out of paper, so it can launch 🙂

Bolster cushion for new sofa

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

In December, Spoonflower posted this great tutorial for a bolster cushion. I knew I had to make one for our new sofa. I ordered fabric and it arrived on Monday. I immediately cut out the fabric and started sewing last night….here’s my progress.

Fabric by Holli Zollinger Diamond Circles and Grey Diamond Linen – new sofa in the photo’s 🙂

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Tutorial: Gift card pockets

This is my first go at writing a tutorial. This is how to make gift card pockets. It’s a cute and easy project if you are starting to sew, it would make a great project for kids. You can use some of your scraps as well.

Materials:

  • 1 x Backing fabric piece 5 x 7.5 inches
  • 1 x Front piece 5x 7.5 inches (in the tutorial I use 6 different scrap pieces each between 1-1.5 inches)
  • 1 x Low loft batting 5 x 7.5 inches
  • Coordinated binding, you will need 10.5 inches (I use shop bought binding but you can make your own)
  • 1 x coordinated button
  • 1 x coordinated hair tie
  • Cotton

Tools:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Chalk pencil
  • Needle
  • Rotary cutting tool, Ruler, Cutting board

1. Cut all your fabric pieces out, iron pieces if necessary (I always do).IMG_0764

2. If using scraps, stitch the pieces together with a 1/4 in. seam. Once sewn, press the seams down (this is a great tutorial on techniques for pressing seams by SewMamaSew).IMG_0766

3. Put the back piece, batting and front piece together. Press with the iron.IMG_0777

4. Trim the edges to create a straight block of 5 x 7.5 inches.
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5. On one of the short edges of the block (5 inch side), stitch the binding onto the back of the block.IMG_0783

6. Once the binding has been stitched onto the back, cut the binding to the edge of the block. Turn the block over, fold the binding over the top of the block and stitch the front of the binding along the bottom edge.IMG_0785

7. Repeat on the other short edge of the block. Press the block.IMG_0787

8. Fold the block in half, right sides together. Press again. Sew along both edges. I start at the bottom and stitch towards the top as the bottom is thinner and easier place to start. Sew three stitches and then back-stitch, continue to the end, back-stitch 3-5 stitches.IMG_0789

9. Turn in the right way. Press again.IMG_0793 IMG_0795

10. Measure the pocket at the top to find the center (~2.25 in.) and mark with a chalk pencil – the width is now 4.5 inches (for the button position). Repeat the measurement on the binding on the back inside binding (for the hair tie placement). IMG_0797

11. Stitch the hair tie into the inside of the pocket. Stitch a few stitches on the top and bottom of the binding.IMG_0799

12. Hand-sew the button in place. This will complete the gift card pocket.IMG_0801 IMG_0803

Have fun with your color combinations – see these posts for ideas (Making gift cards a little more personal, Customer Order). Additionally, instead of binding you can use a zip.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.