Hello stitching friends! I was able to complete my little Piglet soon after my last post. He’s a completely finished character on this pattern and that feels like an accomplishment! I was able to get a hold of more grey for Eeyore and so I’ve continued filling him in as well.
The January block from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery was released on the 15th and as you can see I’ve been stitching away! Stitching on Lugana was very different for me. On my first couple of stitches, I thought this would be impossible! I kept trying to count the little holes for each “x” because passing over a hole and staying on the diagonal just didn’t look natural to me. Now, it’s easier and I can stitch without thinking too much. While at first I wished I had picked the Aida, I’m happy now with the Lugana. This really is such a beautiful fabric.
Meet Mr.Sloth from #intothejungleSAL
I still have the tree, leaves, and the border to stitch.
Let’s see if everyone has made some 2018 stitching progress!
Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, Heidi, Connie, and Jackie
1st Finish for 2018!
A co-worker, and dear friend of mine, is expecting in February and we recently threw her a baby shower at work. As soon as I saw this pattern by Gingiber, I knew it was the one for her! I’ve been holding on to it for a few months now. To make this quilt, you will also need the panel. This is the second panel of Gingiber’s design that I own and I have yet to use the first one!
The pattern has it’s challenges and it could use some clarity in the steps. I discussed the pattern at my local quilt shop and even they encountered problems with seams not matching up. I challenged myself even more by totally dismissing the fabric requirements and using a jelly roll instead. With my experience quilting, I was able to make this work. It required extra pieces to complete the piecing of the top and luckily there were plenty of strips to make this happen. I have extra strips for my stash too 🙂 The top came together rather quickly! For the back, I selected a sea-green minky and free motion quilted around the animal blocks. I had no idea how the free motion would go, but I just went with it… a little mix of curved and sharp edges helped to mirror the fun prints of the fabric line. For the center sash, I quilted around the middle triangles. For the strip of squares between the animal blocks, I quilted with a zig-zag pattern.
I decided to use darker strips to bind the quilt since there was so much white on the front. I had hoped to bind the quilt with pink, but with the number of strips I needed and the colors I had left in the jelly roll, I decided to alternate with teal and grey.
The zebra is probably my favorite part ❤ Which is your favorite animal on this quilt?
Not only did I make this quilt for baby Emilia, but I also helped plan the shower for mom-to-be. We settled on a pink floral theme and I really wanted to make a tulle table skirt. You can find many examples and tutorials on pinterest. Most of these tutorials will have you cut strips that are looped around a strap around the table…but I just didn’t think this was practical for the table length in our cafe. I also feel that cutting strips makes this fabric unusable for future use. By using yardage, I can create with the fabric after this decorative use. To create the below skirt, I bought an entire bolt of tulle, which was 20 yards for 0.99/yd. $20, not too bad, especially since I plan on making a whole bunch of little girl skirts and selling them at work and Etsy (when I open one). I then stitched two basting strips and gathered the ruffles at home. Once I was at work, I loosened the gathering until the length matched the table. I used packaging tape to hold the fabric to the edge of the table and hid the tape with crepe paper streamers. Isn’t this the most loveliest shower you’ve seen!?
Happy New Year!
Here’s a quick view of my accomplishments for 2017:
For 2018, I have some quilt commissions and most of the same list of UFOs to cross off the list.
- King Size Quilt Commission
- T-Shirt Quilt Commission
- TBT Quilt
- Top complete, need to quilt it!
- x and + Quilt
- Finish the x and + blocks
- Add the sashing and panel to complete the top
- Quilt it!
- Starburst Quilt Wall Hanging
- Finish piecing the blocks
- OBW Quilt
- Finish piecing the top
- Quilt it!
- Desert Sky Paper Pieced Quilt
- Continue progress on blocks (if I remember how to!)
- Beeutiful QAL
- Finish Embroidery Blocks
- Piece the top
- Project Linus Quilt
- Due @ August Quilt Show
- Wonky Star Christmas Quilt
- Finish the blocks
- Quilt and have complete before Christmas 2018!
- Linden Sweatshirt (before the cool season ends?)
- Laurel Blouse
- Sorbetto Blouse
- Winnie the Pooh cross stitch
- Turn it into a pillow once finished!
- Start and keep up with Into the Jungle SAL by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
I have some baby quilts already planned in the horizon for some dear friends and family who are expecting in 2018 ❤
A big warm thank you to my readers who keep me inspired to blog about all my craftiness and garden adventures! I hope 2018 brings you new adventures and many accomplishments too.