Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2010 -- Figgy Pudding

Last year, I discovered the world of quilt blogs.  I was and still am amazed at the things you guys create.  When I found the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I knew I had to start a blog.
I knew I might have a problem when I saw Moda's Figgy Pudding fabric.  I couldn't stop thinking about it.  I wanted this fabric. After calling all my LQS, I resorted to ordering this fabric online (a first for me).  When I saw this pattern, I knew immediately that I wanted to make it.  I thought it would be challenge because of the trees and the size, but once I got started, it came together pretty quickly.  I worked on it for about 3 months and finished just before Christmas.

After a suggestion from a reader, I decided to hand quilt snowflakes in the blocks. That was taking FOREVER, so  I machine quilted around the trees which was a challenge, but I think it motivated me to try machine quilting for my next project. It's so much faster!

For the back, I used ideas from the blogs I read and found an inexpensive brown sheet that was almost the perfect size.  The scrappy stripes turned out great too.

Happy Quilt Festival-ing!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Camera Case / Kleenex Holder

Have you ever noticed that your purse Kleenex supply tends to get dirty?  If so, make this cute little holder!  The original design is a camera case from Pink Penguin.  Her instructions are very easy to follow, so you can whip this up in about an hour!

I made mine completely from scraps, so it was free!  If you're not used to making a button hole with your machine, then you should practice a few times on something else.  My machine tried to eat my cute little creation. I still think it's good for my first try.  Maybe I'll make more.. Christmas presents???