Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Petal Pocket Pillow

Hi Everyone!  Thanks so much for all of the love for my latest quilt.  It truly makes my day to receive comments here, on flickr, or instagram.  I actually have two more Arrow Tail quilts to share, but today I thought I'd break it up a bit and share this sweet pillow I made for Lyla for Christmas.

Lyla's Petal Pocket Pillow

Petal Pocket Pillow All Filled Up

Briar Rose

Envelope Back


This one stole my heart!  I ordered a fat eighth stack of Heather Ross's Briar Rose fabric from Sew Love fabrics when it first came out.  I've never really owned an entire Heather Ross collection, so when it arrived I was so excited and meticulously looked through every piece, squealing over the adorable characters and illustrations.  I immediately felt inclined to use it in bits and pieces on smaller projects, such as pillows or fabric baskets, or even little doll clothes ( if I'll ever have the patience for those!).

So, this pillow came to be in the couple of months before Christmas, in those bits of times when I needed a break from working on quilts or a major dose of happy.  I used the Petal Pocket Pillow pattern by Nova of A Cuppa and a Catch Up.  It's a fantastic pattern, with lots of little details and options.  I went with the curved petal version, fussy-cutting many of the Briar Rose prints to feature some adorable scenes.  I stitched the whole petal on by hand and included a line of bright hand stitching on the pillow pocket.  

By the way, the adorable bunny in there is Miss. Zoe Rabbit by Hazel Village, a Christmas gift from her Nana and Pop.  And, that little book was a fabulous pick from her Mimi and Pepa.  Lyla really does have a thing for pillows, so I think she'll love putting little goodies in the pocket or taking this one with her on road trips.  It was a super fun sew, and I'd love to make another one day.   


Pillow Details

Pattern: Petal Pocket Pillow by Nova, A cuppa and a catchup  
Fabric: Petals and Pillow Back are from Briar Rose by Heather Ross; Pocket and Flower Center is from Juliana Horner, available at Joanns; Front Pillow outer is a soft brown linen from Joanns.      

Friday, December 27, 2013

Raedene's Quilt

Raedene's Quilt

Raedene's Quilt Back

AMH Feather Block


Swirly Quilting

More swirly quilting

Ready to Gift

If I did a good job of sticking to one crafty related goal in 2013, it was finishing what I started.  Patting myself on the back for that one!  Over the past few months, I finished a few quilts and other items I never got around to sharing here.  So, I thought I'd share them each here as the year comes to an end.

I'm starting with this Arrow Tail Quilt that I finished just a few days before Christmas.  This was a very special custom quilt ordered by my dear friend Raedene.  She didn't want to see it before Christmas Day, so other than a few quick Instagram peeks, I had to keep this one under wraps.  That was tough!  Raedene asked for an Arrow Tail Quilt in all Anna Maria Horner fabrics.  It just so happened that I was feeling ready to part with what remained of my hoarded Good Folks fabrics leftover from my very first quilt.  I paired the remaining prints I had with other various prints by Anna Maria Horner (details below). 

Raedene asked for some swirly quilting, which was a fun change of pace after doing a lot of straight-line quilting.  I think it really was a great choice for this rich, patterned quilt.  I always love to try new free-motion designs!

I had a little fun with the back of this quilt too.  I did not have quite enough backing fabric so I decided to piece a strip down the back.  I wanted to put some sort of surprise block in there for her, so I chose to add one of Anna Maria Horner's pieced feather blocks.  It was so much easier to piece than I expected and I think it just fits right in with the overall quilt design.  This quilt was finished off with a hand stitched binding, decidedly my favorite method.

My friend, Raedene has had a tough holiday with the flu making it's way around her household so I hope this brought her some comfort and warmth.  That's the best thing about quilts, yes?  Thanks, friend, for asking me to make this for you!


Quilt Details

Quilt Design: My Arrow Tail Design (tutorial here)
Size: Approx 48" x 68"
Front Fabrics: All by Anna Maria Horner, from Good Folks (Out of Print) + Little Folks (voile) + LouLouthi + Field Study + Hand Drawn Garden (many available here)
Back Fabrics: Posie in Blue from Flea Market Fancy (available here) + scraps from above collections
Binding: Stockings in Twist from LouLouthi (available here               

Thursday, December 26, 2013

December Favorites

It has been such a great month here.  A month that was so busy and so full, I can hardly believe that it all happened and that we survived.  I just sorted through all of the photos I took this month and picked some favorites that I think captured the wonderful-ness that has been December.  Although at times I wished I could fast forward to this moment when it would all be "over", I'm so happy now to look back at all that happened and recall how perfect it all was!  I hope your month, however you spent it, was beautiful as well.

Our Joseph
Our Joseph
7 Years Old
Turning 7
Twelve Days
Hanging the 12 Days of Christmas with Nana and Pop

Party Animals
Party Animals - A First Sleepover

A Warm Day in December
Warm Park Day in December

Cookies with Cousins
Cousins Decorating Cookies

First Sprinkles
First Sprinkles

Christmas Eve Buddies
Christmas Eve Cousins

Taking it all in...

A Happy Elf
One Happy Elf

Best Christmas Gift
My favorite Christmas moments

Saying Hello
Meeting a New Friend

Looking Comfy and Grown Up!

No Words
No Words. : )