Making things for kids and babies is fun. It’s all so cute!

My coworkers best friend’s daughter is turning one soon. I made these for her.

 

Skirt

 

 

The onesies were purchased and I just had to add the applique. The fabric is Flirt by Sandy Gervais for Moda. It’s perfect for this because her birthday is near Valentine’s Day, so this can get plenty of uses.

I finished these up while I was retreating with some fabulous ladies. While I was there, my uncle stopped by with a quilt my great-grandmother made.

 

Grandma Wheatley's Quilt

 

 

It’s actually a panel, but she hand quilted the entire thing.

 

Grandma Wheatley's Quilt

 

My great-grandmother (my parental grandmother’s mother) gave her children, grandchildren, and all of her great-grandchildren quilts.

 

Grandma Wheatley's Quilt

 

We think this was probably made before 2002, but all of the grandchildren were gifted their quilts in 2002. My dad’s is a Dresden plate and it is on a guest bedroom bed at my parent’s house.

My uncle is moving to Oklahoma and he wanted my dad to keep this safe along with my great-grandpa’s (my parental grandfather’s father) cowboy hat. I knew both of those great-grandparents. My great-grandpa (Grandpa Great to me) passed away in 1996 and Grandma Wheatley passed away in 2010.

Anyway, also at the retreat, I finished SIX Wiksten tanks! I hope to have better pics of these soon.

 

Wiksten Tanks

 

 

The coral one is a polka dot chiffon. The mint one is Arizona by April Rhodes quilting cotton. The gray striped one is a knit. The white one (tunic length) is a rayon challis. The orange-ish one is a voile. And finally, the color blocked one is a rayon challis with a voile back. I’ve worn three of them already and they are an excellent part of my wardrobe. I have plans to make one more in a double gauze from Cotton and Steel that I picked up from Modern Makers this last weekend. I already have a tunic-length chambray one (lined with voile) and a cotton/poly blend one. It’s quite the collection.

I curse. I’m human and I like to curse. I took a Communications class in college that talked about embracing all language. There’s an appropriate time and place for different types of language. Cursing may not be appropriate in a church or at work (although some cursing is definitely used in my workplace) or when you’re meeting your significant other’s parents. But when you stub your toe or lock your keys in your car, it can certainly be appropriate. Of course, it doesn’t really help solve any problems, but it’s an emotional reaction; just like crying. Crying usually doesn’t help fix the situation either. So you curse (or cry) and move on. Obviously, cursing is used for other things, like making a point, but for time’s sake, I’m going to stop here.

But one more thing. Some people choose not to curse and that’s totally OK. Those people are better than I am.  :)

So apparently I’m not the only one in the quilting world who really embraces cursing. I found out about a swap called #bitchesgetstitches on Instagram and I immediately signed up. The swap pretty much embraces anything profane. So here’s what I made for my swap partner. In the package, I included a bunch of KC items like coffee from the Roasterie, chocolate from Christopher Elbow, and soap from Indigo Wild.

 

BitchesGetStitches

 

The f word is so versatile. :)

 

BitchesGetStitches

 

I appliqued the letters onto some Essex Linen. The fabric I used is from Spoonflower. It’s printed with a variety of profanity. Then I quilted the shit out of it. Lots of close lines. Matchstick quilting takes forever, but I totally love the look of it.

 

BitchesGetStitches

 

 

The back of the bag is pieced with tiny squares of the profanity fabric and Essex Linen. I love the grid.

 

BitchesGetStitches

 

I get the quilting simpler on this side, but I still love it. I quilted the drunkard’s path pillow similar to this because I loved how it turned out.

 

BitchesGetStitches

 

Finally, I put in a zipper and added some zipper tabs. The inside lining is the same profanity fabric.

So there you go. I hope you have no reason to curse today, but if you do, that’s cool, too. :)

 

 

When I was in OKC for Sew OK, I got to take a workshop from Dana of Old Red Barn Co. She taught us how to piece curves for drunkard’s path blocks. It was enlightening and I took to it right away. I finished a pillow cover that day and I’ve been wanting to make something else using her method.

Well, I finally did.

 

Drunkard's Path Pillow

 

This is sort of Pinterest inspired. I’m in a Handmade Birthday Club and I get to make something for a “birthday gal” every other month. January’s gal had pinned a couple of pillows/quilts/things that were similar to this and I knew right away that I had to do this.

It was really fun picking out the fabric. I just sorted through my stash and had no trouble finding a variety of prints in each color. Also, essex linen is perfect for everything. It’s my go-to background. I should just buy a bolt of it.

 

Drunkard's Path Pillow

 

Not only was it fun to pick out the fabrics and to use Dana’s ingenious method for putting these together, but I had a lot of fun quilting this. I recently acquired a large amount of thread in a large number of colors. I chose a different color of thread for every double line.

 

Drunkard's Path Pillow

 

 

Drunkard's Path Pillow

 

 

Isn’t that fun? I had a hard time giving this pillow away. I think I’m going to have to make one for myself. I have plenty of scrap fabric, that’s for sure. And thread, too!

But it was totally worth it to give this away to the wonderful lady who had her birthday in January. She deserves it and she absolutely loved it! My birthday month is March and I’m really excited to see which handmade gifts I get. Handmade gifts are the best!

 

Drunkard's Path Pillow

Little Gifts

I have a rule that I don’t make gifts for Christmas. I did it one year and it was too stressful. However, I always break my rule a little and do a few things, but they’re always little projects. For example, for the past three years, I’ve made at least one iPad sleeve for somebody in my family. This year is no exception. I made an iPad sleeve for my grandpa. We gave him the iPad earlier this year as a birthday/early Christmas present, but I wanted him to have something on Christmas day. Otherwise, the rest of my Christmas sewing has been for my coworker. There’s three of us and we do a five day gift exchange every year. The amount per day is $5 so we have to get a little creative. Here’s what I’ve done this year.

 

Coasters

 

 

Coasters

 

She graduated from Mizzou and I had some Mizzou fabric left over from another project for somebody who is a Mizzou fan. I figured now would be the best time to use it so I whipped up some coasters.

 

Keychain

 

Keychain

 

 

This is the same coworker I made pillows for earlier this year. She loved the Joel Dewberry fabric because her living room is in aqua and orange. I had some left over, so this really easy key chain was a perfect gift. I added a $5 Starbucks card as a bonus.

 

Fabric Star

 

This was an interesting one. First, the tutorial came from Sofie Legarth. The site is in Danish. I Google translated it, but it didn’t help too much with the instructions. Luckily, there were pictures. It took a while to figure out this star, but I did it! I’m not sure what my coworker will do will it, but it’s very pretty. I added some gum and mints to go along with it. I ended up making four more for other coworkers.

 

Zipper Pouch

 

 

You can’t go wrong with a zipper pouch. I love them. This one is a great size to go in your purse and hold lip gloss, ear buds, etc. She’s in love with aqua (obviously, since her living room is partly aqua) so I knew she would love this Cotton + Steel fabric.

 

Pouch

 

And last, I made this fabric bag and put candy in it. You can’t go wrong with candy. Also, I love this Lotta Jansdotter print.

So that’s it! Fun gifts, right? The ones I got were pretty awesome, too. My coworker gave me a book, Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn. I loved Gone Girl and Dark Places and I really wanted to read Sharp Objects, but I hadn’t gotten around to buying the book. I started the book that night and finished it the next evening. Then I got two pairs of boot socks. I love boots and so do my coworkers, so the boot socks were the perfect little gift. Another gift was a set of lip glosses. My coworker and I have very interesting opinions on lipstick and lip gloss, so it was another very good gift. I got a very large candle that has a good scent. I don’t like anything too strong and this candle kind of smells like clean laundry, so it’s perfect. The final gift was a bottle of Andre champagne. She figured I could take it home for Christmas with my family. It makes great mimosas!

It’s not much, but we always have a really good time with the gift exchange. Spreading it over five days really gives us something to look forward to each morning.

Happy Holidays!

I’ve been making stuff. Just lots of random stuff. For really no reason. Once I got all of those quilt tops knocked out, I was ready to make some small random things. You already saw the mustache Christmas tree wall hanging, but there have been others.

 

Deer

 

 

This reindeer wall hanging is another. It was so easy, but it’s so cool. The Joel Dewberry wood grain was the PERFECT background. It’s hanging up outside my coworker’s cube. I have one outside my cube, the chevron Dresden wreath one from last Christmas, and my other coworker has the mustache one outside of her cube.

 

Glasses Case

 

A friend in my building requested a couple of things for herself and her family members. This is a glasses case for her sunglasses and reading glasses that she keeps in her purse. She likes aqua, too. I know people with good taste. :)

 

Rings

 

These rings are for her mom and her sister who sew. She saw them on my Facebook page and asked that I made a couple. I still can’t get over how cute they are. :)

 

Pouch

 

This zipper pouch is also for her purse to hold the random things women always have in their purses. It’s just a pretty solid blue, but I added the AMH feathers print to brighten up the inside.

 

Zipper Pouch

 

 

 

Pouch

 

Finally, another zipper pouch because we can never have enough of those. I used a print from each of my favorite designers. The outside is Joel Dewberry and the inside is V and Co.

So that’s what I’ve been doing to keep busy since I now have an abundance of quilt tops and I haven’t gotten to the point of wanting to quilt them yet. Maybe that will be next year.

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