Fine Feathered Friends

feather pouch front

I made a zippered pouch.  It started as an experiment.  It’s my first reverse applique!  I had no clue as to what I was doing, just winged it… Then the feather sat next to Betty (my beautiful sewing companion) for a month.  So one night I pulled a zipper out of my drawer of supplies, looked up a tutorial I wanted to try & sewed my little heart out.  The zipper turned out to be a vintage metal zipper, that I LOVE!!  vintage zipper copyright 1963

vintage zipper

I just love the back of the package…

zipper package

zipper package again

It makes me want to dress up in heels to do my housework.  I am in love with this pouch.  I’m not even sure what I am going to use it for, but I want to see it every second of my day & let no one else touch it.  When I started this experiment, I thought I might gift this to someone, but before it was finished, I knew it was never leaving my side.

feather vintage zipper pouch top

(I thought I banished all the lady bugs!)

feather pouch open mouth

I used the Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial from Noodlehead which was oh so wonderful!  The resulting pouch is super easy to open up & dig around in.  Like I said before, I LOVE THIS POUCH!!!  The outside is Essex linen (don’t know the color), Kona Nightfall, the feather is a Joel Dewberry print, the lining is  Heather Ross, zipper end is Lotta Jansdotter.

feather pouch open front

This isn’t the only feathery project up my sleeve lately.  I also tried my hand at making a mug rug for a swap with my do. Good Stitches girls.  I made an enormous mug rug.  So perhaps it’s more like a place mat… I love this one also.  I am hoping my partner receives it & loves it & can overlook its enormous size.  Apparently I go big or go home.

feather mug rug

I used the free feather pattern by Anna Maria Horner.  I made the feather smaller but not small enough.  I also couldn’t find my brain & couldn’t for the life of me cut the feather sides correctly.  I cut a whole bunch wrong before I got it right.  So I have a few weirdo feather scraps to work with someday.  I did a little hand quilting on the feather & machine quilted the rest.  If I were to do it again, I would change some things, but overall I really like how it came out.

Pheasant

After  finishing up my 2 feather projects, I looked out my window & saw 2 pheasants hanging out in my neighbor’s yard.  How fitting.  They didn’t want to be photographed together though, so I only have 1 pheasant to show you.

Zig-zag Quilt

What a weight lifted off my shoulders!!

I finally finished my youngest son’s zig-zag quilt!  Yay!  I started his quilt in 2010, I believe.  I got the top & back all finished, then moved on to his brother’s quilt.  I got that top & back finished & then set them aside, not having time to finish them up (you know, with surgery & recovery & all that).  I hate when that happens!  Well, now all my unfinished projects are yelling at me, begging for some attention.  I can’t move on until I finish up some of these lonely, forgotten projects.

So, I have finished one & it feels good.  I wanted to do more quilting in the white spaces, but just didn’t have the time or patience.  I just wanted it to be DONE.  Someday I will have more patience & confidence to do some fancier quilting.  I would love to maybe take a class on quilting so I feel like I know what the heck I am doing.

zig zag front(Never mind the crooked pictures, it was FREEZING out!!)

  • Fabric: Kona White, Orange, Cyan, Chocolate & a green I can’t remember the name of, various batik fabrics from Joann’s
  • Pattern: I am pretty sure I used this tutorial from Purl Bee as a guideline.
  • Quilting: Echo quilted along the outside of the zig-zags.
  • Size: Twin (61″x89″)

zig zag back

My favorite thing about this quilt is that T thinks the friendship stars on the back are “ninja-stars”.  Hilarious! 

Rainbow Preschool Quilt

The front

I have to apologize for the TERRIBLE pictures of this quilt (& others…).  I use my poor 8 year-old as my holder & he isn’t very patient with me!  So I have to snap a few real quick & hope something turns out.  I will figure it out someday.  I will.

Anyway, this is the Preschool Quilt!  All done!  Miss Jessica will be so excited to have it back so quickly!

The back

Polka-dot binding

All rolled up & ready to go to school!

Busy as a bee…

Wow… Time really does fly when you’re having fun!  I’ve been busy working on so many projects!  Here are a few…

Cascade Eco Alpaca... so so so soft!

This is the cowl all laid out

 

Urban Lattice all ready to be sewn up

 

 

My 8-year-old held this up for me & kept saying "Ow, this hurts! Ow, this hurts!" so forgive me taking one shot and calling it good!

Stack of triangles ready to be sewn

This is my sewing table right now...

Possible combo for Cherry House Quilt-along

Possible combo for Cherry House Quilt-along

So I am thinking about just making 2 quilts for the Cherry House Quilt-along… They are small, cute, & I can’t decide which color combo I like better.
The other thing I’ve been up to is looking for a new sewing machine.  I have had my current sewing machine for about 10 years.  It is older than me.  It works, but I want to do more than it is able to do. So I am saving my pennies & doing some research.  Hopefully this year will be the year I get a nicer sewing machine!
What kind of sewing machine do you have?  Do you love it or hate it?  Does anyone have a good recommendation for a nice sewing machine that I can free-motion quilt with (& not go broke)?   Or one to stay away from?

Mom’s Quilt Finished! (& other projects)

The front

The back

Yay! I finished Mom’s quilt!  I love everything about it, except the quilting.  My plan at the start, was to just do some straight line quilting vertically about an inch apart.  When I tried that, I found that my blocks were being pulled all wonky & looked terrible.  So I pulled out 4 lines of quilting & re-basted the whole quilt.  Then I ended up quilting each block randomly.  It ended up having some lumpy spots and isn’t as densely quilted as I wanted it.

The binding added so much interest to the whole quilt, I just love it!  That simple little stripe just pulls everything together so nicely.

The back also turned out better than I thought it would.  At first I had the blue, gray, & the print laid out, then I put some leftover white from the sashing in there & I knew that was what I was looking for.

I can’t wait to give this to my parents!

Close up of the back of Mom's Quilt

One of my favorite blocks

Another favorite block. Notice the binding...

The fabrics I used for this quilt are:

Kona cotton solids in; dusty blue, ash, butter, and others pulled from a Bright jelly roll & a Classic jelly roll

Sashing: Kona cotton in White

Back: Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey Lindy Leaf in Blue

Binding: Timber by Jessica Levitt

Size: 56.5 in x 65.5 in

Reversible cow-girl vest

I made one of my nieces a cow-girl vest for Christmas.  She has been into Jessie from Toy Story lately, so I thought she might like to play dress-up & “be” Jessie.  So here she is in her cow-girl costume…. she wore it most of the time we were all together.  I think she liked it!  I used the free pattern here.

My Temporary work area

I set up another temporary work area in order to finish Mom’s quilt.  This is in my living room so it’s not the best spot.  However, it is my favorite place to work because I don’t feel like I’m hiding from my family!  This is where I would choose to do all my sewing.  Maybe we need to add-on a sewing room off the Living room…

Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!