Ok. So I’m sort of getting into the Christmas spirit this year. I made a couple of Christmas-y wall hangings. Only one has the binding on, so that’s all you get to see right now.

 

Mustache Tree

 

I made this mustache Christmas tree. I found it on Pinterest, which linked me to the pattern. It was just fun. I have a lot of green scraps, so this was perfect. I free motion quilted it because free motion quilting is so much better in small doses. :)

I’m hoping to have the binding on the other one next week so I’ll show it to you later. I do have a few more things to show, though. My sister and I made some calendar hangings for our old professor to give to his mother for Christmas.

 

Spring

 

These are raw edge applique.

 

Summer

 

His mom was already really big into 4-H, so this one is more custom than the others. The pattern came from the Count on It book.

 

Fall

 

I think this one is my favorite. I love the leaves.

 

Winter

 

We did not blanket stitch around all of these. I find blanket stitching tedious and unless you have had lots of practice, it doesn’t look very good. We just did a straight stitch close to the end of the shape and I think it worked out well. We also didn’t quilt them because they turn out fine not quilted and the quilting doesn’t add much to them. Oh, and we used different letters. I printed them off on my home printer. Anyway, there’s been a lot of applique in my life recently. I like it. :)

I gave in and I’m trying out knitting. I already crochet, so how hard can it be?

So far, it’s not too hard.

 

Knitting

 

But it takes forever! Why does knitting take so much longer than crocheting? Is that just me?

The final bee quilt top is DONE!

 

Bee Quilt Top

 

These blocks were from a 3×6 Scrappy Bee. I asked for low volume blocks. Without the sashing, these blocks did not look super great next to each other. However, the sashing totally saves it.

Now that all of the tops are done, I’m slowly working on the backings. I ordered quite a bit of fabric from a super sale that will be most of the backs.

Besides working on that this weekend, I cut out six Wiksten Tanks. Yes, six. I’m experimenting with different fabrics for the tanks, so I have a cotton one, two rayon ones, a knit one, a voile one, and a chiffon one. I already have tanks in chambray and a cotton/poly blend. I don’t have bindings cut yet because I’m not sure if I want them to contrast or not. I’ll figure that out once I get the garments together and hemmed.

Also, my friend turned 40 and we were invited to a surprise birthday party for her. She loves Amy Butler fabric so I grabbed a bunch. The best part, though, was the packaging.

 

Package

 

I just took a brown paper bag and had fun. I didn’t really have a plan, but it turned out really well.

 

Package

 

The stitching at the top was the most fun. I used a heavier weight thread (Aurifil, I think) and I’m happy I did.

 

Package

 

The ribbon was the biggest pain. I had to cut holes out by hand. It really didn’t take that long, but I was kind of regretting it halfway through.

It was the perfect packaging because my friend also loves decorating stitching. I like tailoring things to people and sewing really lets you do that. It’s the best hobby.

Finally, I spend Sunday sewing with a friend and she is working on the Paper Hearts Quilt by Tula Pink from the book Sew Red. Once she had the heart blocks complete, I noticed there was a lot of leftover triangles. Coincidentally, they were perfectly lined up right sides together, so I stitched them together, pressed them, and trimmed them up. Now she has 32 HSTs that she can make into a mini quilt, wall hanging, pillow, table topper, whatever.

 

HSTS

 

So if you are making that quilt, don’t forget about these. It’s easy and super convenient.

Now that I’m out of quilt blocks to make into tops, you’ll probably be seeing a lot of Tova tanks so look forward to that. :)

I can’t stop finishing bee quilt tops. I got two more done this last weekend and now I only have one set of blocks left.

 

Converging Corners Quilt

Converging Corners Quilt

 

This was from a linen bee I was in. I used Film in the Fridge’s Converging Corners block. I had to make three extra blocks and add to about four blocks to get a total of 20 blocks for the top.

I love how it turned out. The linen I used is Essex from Robert Kaufman. I love the weight of it and I can’t wait to get it quilted. Our living room is red and aqua so I think this will look OK in there.

 

Bookshelf Quilt

Bookshelf Quilt

 

This was from the KC Scrappy Bee. I love books. I’ve always loved books. They were my life for a long time. A book shelf quilt was really an obvious choice for me. My bee mates knocked it out of the park on these blocks. They are so creative!

Finally, another exciting thing this weekend was that two quilts FINALLY got hung.

 

Neon Quilt

 

This one is in Andrew’s man cave.

 

Local Quilt

 

And this one is in the entry way. I got the hanging systems from IKEA and Andrew and our friend and neighbor, Quan, helped him put them up. I smile every time I walk out the door because I get to see this quilt. It’s the perfect way to enter and leave a room.

I’ve had bee blocks lying around for quite a while. Actually, I still have some. But I’m making a dent! Three sets of blocks are now quilt tops. When they will turn into quilts is still to be seen.

 

Dresden Plate

 

 

First up is the Chevron Dresden Plate quilt. This will eventually belong to my dad. He likes Dresden Plates. I’ve also turned him on to chevrons. :)

I love this quilt. I totally love it. It’s pretty loud and busy, but I think it’s just stunning. I made it big enough to fit on my parent’s bed so it’s pretty massive. I won’t quilt this myself. It’s too big and there’s too much I want to do to it. This will be the first one I get quilted.

 

Bow Tie

 

 

I really like bow tie quilts. I also like seeing a couple of reversed blocks in them. Do you see them? The bow ties are white instead of a print. I had to leave one bow tie block out of this quilt because I had one too many. I think it will go nicely on the back. This is a good lap sized quilt. I’m not sure what I’ll end up doing with it. I’m sure it will sit around as a top for quite awhile. I still have my first bee quilt top waiting to be quilted.

 

Modern Maples

 

 

These Modern Maple blocks are from the Stash Bee. I had to add quite a few blocks to this to get it to a decent size. It’s still pretty small, but I’m OK with that. This was my latest bee, which I JUST finished. I put the last block in the mail this week. :) I’m done with bees for awhile.

 

Star Block

 

 

This is the block I was going to use as the last block for that bee, but guess what?! It wasn’t to size. I’m not sure what’s up with my 1/4″. I measured and it was exactly, if not a little scant. Who knows!? This will probably become a pillow or something.

 

Star Block

 

 

Here’s what I ended up with. If all else fails, put a border on it!

So there you go. I have three more sets of bee blocks that I’ll be working on putting into tops. They’re a little more complicated than these were. I want to get them out of the way, though. I hope you’ll see those soon!

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