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Owls and Turtles and Birdies, Oh My!

I’ve been busy, busy, busy making a couple of quilted gifties for Christmas.  I can’t wait to wrap them up!

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This yellow/green lap quilt uses zig-zag stitching that I absolutely love.  It’s the third quilt I’ve created using this pattern (Easy Does It! by Darlene Zimmerman).

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And this colorful quilt was created using the adorable Le Amis Fabric Collection.  The colors are so cheerful and the animals on it… SO cute!  The owls and turtles are my favorite.

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And as if I don’t have enough sewing projects to work on already, today I gathered some cute fabrics to make a wintery quilt.  Since I won’t be able to finish it by Christmas, I thought I’d avoid red and green and instead try reds and grays and aquas so it can be used all season long.  I’m thinking a checker-pieced pattern here… with double-stitch quilting… and I’ll probably change my mind ten times before I actually get started.  🙂

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Blueberries and oven mitts

It’s that time of year again – blueberry season!

  My sister owns a blueberry farm in northern Wisconsin so I’m becoming quite familiar with all of the time and effort it takes to get those fat, juicy berries perfected for the summer.

A few months ago I came across some adorable blueberry fabric and a pattern to make a muffin oven mitt.  Of course I thought of my sister, and finally last week I got around to making it for her.

There was so much fabric left over that I decided to make some other goodies for the kitchen…

My sister loves to bake blueberry muffins (we just had some at Easter with the last of her frozen berries from last year – yummmm) and make jams and other desserts.  Hopefully she’ll find these towels and oven mitts useful!  And maybe she’ll be so impressed with my gift that she’ll let me sneak a few of those berries when I visit….  🙂

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Hot Cakes!  oven mitt patterns can be found at www.Susiecshore.com.

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Pretties and projects

I’m closing in on the final days of my editing project – the manuscript is so close to being finished (first round of edits, anyway!) that I can nearly taste it.  Yay!

When I put so much time into my writing I have to put extra time into playing too.  I can’t write well if I don’t also enjoy a little tactile creativity.  So I figured a trip to the local fabric store, the beautiful Millie P’s, was in order.  🙂

I’m not yet sure what I’ll make with all of these pretty fabrics.  Maybe some new hot pads or table runners for the kitchen, maybe a few pillow covers for my boys or my office.  There are lots of fun possibilities – and lots of inspiration as I work my way through the rest of my manuscript.   So (sew) excited! 🙂

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Cozy coasters

Last April I found this tutorial on retro mama‘s blog and made one cute coaster for my desk.  Just one.

Then I was forced to share.  My husband used it for his coffee, my kids used it for their milk.  It’s been dragged through every room in the house.  One poor little coaster.

Today I decided to make three more.  Now there is one for each member of my family, and mine can come back to its cozy little place on my desk.

Who wants to bet it won’t be there in the morning? 🙂

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Little Man

Other than the time he nearly made me sew my fingers into the fabric (by sneaking under the desk and pressing the foot pedal as hard as he could), my little guy hasn’t been very interested in my new sewing machine.

These baby burp cloths, on the other hand, have really piqued his interest.  “Why do babies barf so much?” he asks me.  “Why do they need so many barf cloths?” (which sounds like “buyf cwoffs” when he says it.)

I’m not sure I’ve answered his questions very well, but I’m happy to report that he thinks I make “bootifuw buyf cwoffs”.    Awww, thanks little man.  Just don’t look too close at the stitching, ok?  🙂

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*Burp*

Lions and tigers and elephants, oh my!  I never thought I’d have so much fun making little boy burp cloths.    They’re turning out better than I expected.

I made a mistake by stitching all the way to the edges on this one, so decided to cover it with a striped binding.  It was my first-ever attempt at it (so don’t look too close, please!) but I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out.

I know the little guy (a dear friend’s newborn) isn’t going to care what he burps on, but the fabric is soft and squishy and he’ll hopefully find a lot of comfort in it.  I’m looking forward to meeting  him this weekend!