Saturday, June 7, 2014

New Matryoshka / Babushka quilt almost done

It's all sewn together as of yesterday, and now I'm starting the hand tying and stitching phase with pink embroidery floss. I'll hopefully have it finished up in a week or so. Summer vacation starts is just 12 days!

Revisiting old loves

This quilt was made from squares I cut probably 6 or 7 years ago - before I had a rotary cutter. I would sit in front of the TV with a cardboard template, large wooden dough board, fabric, a pen, and scissors. I'd trace each square, cut, and then put them in plastic zip log bags to be used later... These were 6.5 and 5.5 squares, and I added a little trim to the smaller ones to make them all the same size for this quilt. It's fun, bright and summery.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Babushka got back!

Here's a partial section of the back of the new quilt. I just love the fabric with the elephants and flying hearts. It's actually from a duvet I picked up at Ikea and have been holding onto for a couple years - for a project just like this one! Now, all I have to do is sew down those little babushkas on the front (even though they have been ironed on and feel quite secure as they are...)

PS The shop is opening up again. Slowly, but surely. Time to make room in my sewing room!!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Different Matryoshka dolls and different colors

Here's what I worked on today - something a little different, but within my current theme of sewing! I still have to stitch those dollies down with coordinating embroidery floss, and then work on the back. There is purple in a few of these dolls, which I did not bring out in the surrounding fabrics... perhaps some purple will go on the back. I'm pretty sure I'll tie it and stitch it though with red floss.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Here's another UFO

I posted one of these houses a few days ago, and then found 8 more hidden away. I think the plan was to make a bunch of patchwork doll blocks as well as some trees to add to the houses. Still thinking about this one.

Finishing up a few UFOs...

A UFO is an Unfinished Object -- quilts I start to make but never seem to finish... Sometimes I give up after a few blocks, or sometimes just after cutting the fabric and laying it out on the floot (but I pin the blocks so they don't forget their order!) Sometimes I even get 90% done and then move onto something else... Or actually move, and put it in a moving box, not to be found again for five months!

Here are three quilt tops done.

 I'm hoping there are some new mothers out there who aren't afraid of baby quilts with no pink in them! (and more heavy on the blue, with some brown too!)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Idea for new doll quilt

Wouldn't these little girlies be cute appliqued onto a quilt?! Even though I just ordered a bunch more matryoshka doll fabric, these might be fun to work with!

patchwork heating pads

I made these as Christmas time. I made long scarf like ones for the men in my family, but of course didn't take any pictures. They were all stuffed with either jasmine rice or flax seed. A little stinky once heated up, but soothing. My boys loved them. These two pretty ones were for my nieces.

I just found this picture from a while ago - last summer? I would like to make another house quilt. This was just practice.


That is the pillow and backside of the brown eyed girl quilt. I'm not sure why I didn't take a final picture of the front before I shipped it out! From a distance they all sort of look the same anyway... I especially love the back of the quilt!

And here is the finished black eyed doll quilt, and a close up of the detailing on the back. Again, it is so pretty that it can be reversible as well!

 And the coordinating pillow...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

More Matryoshkas!

Those are the black eyed dolls - I have not used before. And these are the brown eyed dolls, which I've used at least 3 times before? I'm not sure which I like more!

I'll be making pillows for each of these as well - here's the idea for the black eyed doll...