Sunday, September 25, 2022

Halloween Pouch

 Holloween is in a month's time, and those kind of projects are popping up all over Instagram. I have made two Halloween quilts in my early days as a quilter, Number 1Number 2 . Wow, it was actually 10 years ago!

 I figured out it was time to make another Halloween timed project, this time a practical pouch. Noodlehead's Open Wide pouch is my go-to pattern. Focus fabric is from my stash, and the bottom is recycled denim.

 The backside is a huge spiderweb!
I folded a strip of pumpkin fabric and sewed it in between the top and bottom fabric.


The lining fabric is black with orange dots, so appropriate! A fast and fun little project.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Caterpillar Quilt

The starting point for this quilt was a panel of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I read this book by Eric Carle many times for my kids when they were small.

There was no way I could cut up this panel so I used it as a focal point for the quilt.

 A narrow, blue strip border was added around the panel in addition to colorful blocks. Pinwheels with fruits and berries gave an extra dimension to the quilt.

 I also found a paper pieced butterfly block (designed by Lillyella Stitchery) that I had made a few years back. It was perfect to be placed in the upper right corner of this quilt because the caterpillar becomes a beautiful butterfly in the end!

Final dimensions for this quilt is 36" x 43", a good size for a small child. 

This is my eleventh charity quilt for the year 2022, and number 90 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Keep on quilting!


Saturday, September 17, 2022

My first Kawandi


Here's my first attempt of making a Kawandi quilt. I dove into my bin with small scraps and had a blast! Lots of colorful pieces were hand sewn into the final product, it was a really relaxing process. 

I used Aurifil 12wt thread in white 2024 to create this wonderful, scrappy piece of art that measures 9.5" x 6.5".  Maybe my favorite mug rug. Love the big stitches.

Already planning a bigger piece for next time, probably refining the technique a bit.

Keep on (hand) stitching!