Thursday, January 02, 2014

the rest of the christmas crafting

I over-committed on Christmas crafting, what arguably is a genetic condition inherited from my mom.  so here are the rest of my projects from Christmas.

since I was getting tired of sewing, I thought I would try my hand at needle-felting.  I like the look of felt balls so I figured I would do something simple and easy like coasters made of felt balls.  BAD IDEA.  after $50 or so in supplies and probably 30 hours of crafting while watching Christmas movies on Netflix, I have ten silly coasters to show for it.  and a mysterious wool-induced hand rash.  I like how they look but they weren't worth the effort.  or a hand rash.

ridiculous felt ball coasters

easier project: tea towel with Spoonflower fabric

m patrizio fabric as dishtowel

totally cute chefalopod apron!  assembled from a sammyk spoonflower print.
chefalopod via spoonflower

finally, patchwork scotties via Denyse Schmidt's pattern.

patchwork scottie dogs

thanks to my mom for loaning me a sewing machine to finish these.  I may have started them for the Christmas prior so it was nice to finish the pair.

patchwork scottie dog

patchwork scottie dog

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Christmas crafting

I finished the quilt for the family gift exchange on my dad's side of the family.

the starting point:

vintage border print

plus the thumbprint cats fabric from Timeless Treasures. I pulled jade, coral, mustard, putty, and dark brown from the fabrics as the front color scheme.

I sketched a geometric pattern that I decided was drab only after I cut the squares for the blocks.  so I redirected to a random pattern on an alternating square grid.  because this is the year of the graph paper quilt.

the back is in stripes

I used osnaburg for the main background.  I was taken with its linen-like look and thought it would be less fraytastic than linen, since it is a cotton woven.  I don't think I would use it in a quilt again.  the texture is not really what I hoped. 

quilted in lines and bound in a solid mustard fabric.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

not Christmas crafting

I still haven't started my Christmas sewing.

this quilt is for a coworker who recently got married.

half square triangles, because I can't seem to ever get enough of them

half square triangle quilt, front

the colors built from the backing fabric, some yardage from the stash that I got at a garage sale when visiting my folks years ago.

half square triangle quilt, closeup

of course it wasn't wide enough for the quilt, so I decided to have it as a floating blob framed in off-white.  a blob of some old Flea Market Fancy on the bottom, also via the stash.

half square triangle quilt, back

quilted in lazyman wavy lines, as I often do.

half square triangle quilt in the sun

managed to break my sewing machine in the process of making it.  I ordered a new Brother machine off Amazon.  It is still on probation but seems promising enough.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

"friends with you" quilt

so I made a baby quilt inspired by the art of FriendsWithYou.

"friends with you" inspired quilt

the colors are loosely based on the backing fabric, since the couple is decorating the nursery with Snoopy and Peanuts.

"friends with you" inspired quilt

all the front fabrics are from the stash.

"friends with you" inspired quilt

I had planned to stencil the faces but ended up buying iron-on vinyl numbers instead and cutting the shapes from the large parts of the numbers.

"friends with you" inspired quilt

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

blue tape baby quilt

so I made this about a month ago and never posted it.  so, ta da.

blue tape baby quilt

the design is inspired by all the hard-edge art I keep pinning on my quilt inspiration page on Pinterest, as well as the running theme through my last couple quilts, namely, "I bought some graph paper."

I bought graph paper

I had planned to use only fabric from my stash, but once I got started, I realized I didn't have anything in the right colors for the backing.  Since I felt too lazy to piece something that would go for the backing, I bought a yard of Sesame Street fabric at JoAnn Fabrics.  it is kind of perfect in terms of colors and it makes it seem more like a baby quilt.

backing fabric of blue tape quilt

I quilted it in my usual lazy way of stripes, this time on the diagonal.

closeup of blue tape quilt

Thursday, September 12, 2013


so I am spending the week here with my favorite sister.

folly beach sunset

folly beach

pier at folly beach

folly beach

back at the homestead, here's the view of what I am missing...

sunshine smashcake

so did you know there is something called a smashcake?  I made my first one for the first birthday of this little cutie pie.

the smashcake in action

we made it in a Pyrex bowl and I totally underbaked it and then McGyvered it by carving out the raw middle and putting a cupcake in the inside and frosting over the whole thing.

sun smashcake and smiley sun cupcakes

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

roasted red pepper pasta

I thought I didn't like goat cheese.  but it turns out I do.  still don't care for feta though.

you can make this next time you have some goat cheese around:

roasted red pepper pasta

the recipe is via myrecipes.  I usually make a smaller batch, use only fraction of the oil, skip the saute-the-garlic stage and just blend it all together and then heat it for a bit.  I've made it about five times since finding the recipe a month ago.  helps that red peppers have been on sale for 3 for a $1.