Monday, December 27, 2010

A Christmas Quilt

I needed a quick gift so I had two charm packs that I recently picked up at on sale at two for one. I simply sewed them together to make a quick quilt.

I picked up some matching fabric for the backing, stitched in the ditch, used the Quick Easy Mitered Binding Tool and was done.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Katie Challenge

Two Christmases ago, my quilting pal Katie gave all us Jerseygirls some challenge fabric.
I finally got around to using mine.

I took this the fabric

Embroidered this snowman

And ended up with this hexagon table mat or wall hanging or whatever the recipient wants it to be.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Aprons for Gifts

These are two apron packages I made as gifts. I know one of the recipient has received her package. I'm still not sure about the other one yet. I hope it wasn't lost in the mail.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Skinny Mini Table Runner

I picked up a cute little kit from Olde City Quilts with the Skinny Mini pattern. Another quickie, I love quick projects. However, I admit it took me longer to hand sew the binding down than to make the entire runner.

Ten Minute Table Runners

I got bit by the 10 minute table runner bug. I love how quickly you can make one. I made up all these for gifts.

Friday, December 17, 2010

A Christmas Bag

I made this bag using a Moda charm pack entitled Making New Friends. The pattern is the Newport Bag by Pink Sand Beach Designs. This is the second pattern I've done by this designer. The instructions were excellent, however, the pictures would have been better in color then black and white.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Coaster Swap

I participated in a coaster swap with my crochet buddies. We have a small site that we call CALPals. Every so often we will do a small swap. This year was coasters. I received this lovely set from my CalPal Lisa.

I had to create a package for my CALPal Nancy. The pattern I used is called Peppermint Coaster. This is the package I sent. Nancy has been out of town so I don't know if she received it yet.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Flirty Apron Swapping is done for the year

My participation in the Flirty Apron Swap for this year has ended with the completion of the latest theme, Frosted Flurries. For this swap you had to create a special Christmas apron that has a snowflake somewhere on it. In addition, you had to include tuck-ins, a gift for each letter needed to spell a word from the season.

I received this apron swap package from Paula. Her word was snow:

S - snowflake cup cozy
N -notecards
O - owl ornament
W - warm scarf.

Paula also included a few other goodies in her package. Thank you Paula for a marvelous swap package.

I made up a swap package for Alli. My word was hope:

H- hot pad
O- oven mitt
P- patterns
E- embroidered towels

I made a reversible apron with the Emmeline pattern. It was my first time using this pattern. I modified the pattern a bit by adding a pocket to both sides and sewed snowflakes on the pocket of one side. My partner likes woodsy-themed Christmas type decor like pine cones, trees, etc so I used two different pine cone fabrics that I actually had in my stash.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

More Treat Bags

I made up another bunch of these small treat bags, this time with Christmas fabric. One of my co-workers is going to stuff them and everyone in my office will get a goodie bag at our upcoming Christmas luncheon.

BTW, this pattern is by the Happy Zombie. Check out her blog, she has some very interesting craft patterns.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Spider Web Quilt

Last month, my quilting pal Cathy and I took a class at Quilted Treasures in Atco, NJ. It was a Halloween theme class and the instructor, Sharon Densten, taught us how to make these "spider web" blocks that she designed.

I decided to use some Christmas fabric instead of Halloween fabric. This weekend I finished up my quilt. It's a decent lap size quilt that will be a gift for someone.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bow Tucks Bag

I finally made a Bow Tucks Bag. This pattern was very difficult to understand. I had to enlist the help of Cat, one of my quilting pals. I like the finished project. This is going to be a present for my mom. I hope she likes it.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Birthday Loot

On Veteran's Day, my quilting pals and I had our monthly sewing day. We celebrate each others birthdays and November is my month. Check out all my presents. Don't I have the best quilting buddies? Now what I need is time for crafting/quilting/spinning, etc, sigh!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fall Challenge

Awhile ago, my friend Patti, gave me and the others in our group two pieces of challenge fabric.

Well I finally got around to using it. I put it with some other fabrics and made up these table top accessories.

Now this wasn't part of the challenge but it is a fall project. I had a pack of charm squares that I picked up at a quilt show last year. I sewed them all together to make a table runner.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Fall Retreat in the Poconos

Some of my quilting pals and I went up to the Poconos for a week of sewing and quilting. This was the second year we did this and boy was it nice and relaxing. This year's retreat was at Quail Hollow Village at Beech Mountain Lakes. It was absolutely gorgeous up in the mountains.

We set up shop by moving all the furniture in the villa back to the walls. Full use was made of the dining table and kitchen counter.

I had already posted about a few of the projects that I worked on, my blocks of the month, apron and tuck ins for the Halloween/Fall FAS12, and the glow in the dark treat bags.
Here are some of the other projects I worked on.

Christmas Tree Napkins, a real fun project.

Accuquilt Chisels Die was used to make this table runner.

Simplicity 3977

Lazy Girl Designs Margo Bag

Lazy Girl Designs Wonder Wallet

Lazy Girl Designs Miranda Bag

Of course we had to go out exploring the local area for quilt and yarn shops.

We found Another Quilt, an absolutely wonderful quilt shop that was nearby. I picked up some fabrics that I just couldn't leave without.

LOL, these knitting chickens are a hoot. I'm going to make a knitting bag with the fabric.

We also found the String Thing Yarn Shop where I picked up a skein of Dream in Color Smooshy.

We even ran into another group of quilters who were there for a week.
It was a great week. We will we could do it more often.