Friday, July 18, 2014

The Airstream Pillow

My good friend recently purchased a vintage Airstream to restore.  It's got all the original goodies in it, and I know she's got big plans, both inside and out.

For her birthday, I got a picture of it, and then went to work on this pillow.  I drew it out in a simple line drawing, and then cut out the individual pieces to use as templates.  I had way too much fun digging through my scraps for the perfect fabrics.  As if I needed more incentive not to throw out anything, ever.

I pieced the ground and the sky out of solid rectangles, and attached the trees and trailer to it one piece at a time.  I used a little bit of applique adhesive spray (I think spray baste would work just as well) on the backs of the pieces, and free motion quilted around all the little bits, leaving the edges raw.

She's got four Jack Russell Terriers, and so I knew there needed to be four dogs.  One of them does not play well with others, so he got put inside.
Little boy hand models are all I've got...please excuse the fingernails.
My friend loves thrifting just as much as I do, and she is always bringing me bits of vintage sewing notions and supplies when she finds them.  As a nod of thanks, I included a piece of rick-rack that came in a vintage sewing box she gave me.

I had a blast making it, and I see similar projects in my future.  Maybe even a quilt!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Q3 - Finish Along!

A good bit of sewing, but not a whole lot of finishing going on this summer with the kiddies home.

The other night, I ran into the Q2 Finish Along posts at The Littlest Thistle, and the timing didn't leave me any excuse not to do a list of my own, as Q3 has just begun!

So, here it is, my embarrassingly long list of half-done what-nots:

1.  Farmers Wife.  Though I am quite proud of this being an actual top now (it was a stack of blocks a couple of weeks ago), it still needs to be made into a quilt.

2.  Nuptial Shawl.  It has nupps!  I will wear this to my brother's wedding in early August.  It must be done. (Ravelry Linkage)

3.  Random Socks.  Gosh, I love these sock(s).  But I made up the cuff pattern on my own and didn't write it down, thinking surely I'd remember.  I've tried 3 times to figure it out.  No go.

4.  Snowball Showers.  A charm pack of April Showers, and some Hello Betty Green from my stash, and I had this pieced in a week...and sat...and sits....

5.  Courthouse Steps.  We bought our log cabin as a foreclosure (Courthouse Steps, get it?) and I started this quilt in honor of the purchase after seeing one similar in a quilt shop downtown.  That was in 2010.

6.  That Star Quilt, With The Birds.  I liked the flowers and birds in these prints, so I bought a pair of charm packs, and then started putting it together.  Mmm hmm.

7.  Cathedral Windows.  This one is made from jeans.  Fun!  But not actually as fun as I thought it'd be, apparently.

8.  Postage Stamp Quilt.  My perpetual leaders and enders project.

9.  Triple Irish Chain.  From my 2.5" scrap bin; no rush on this one.

10.  Crocheted Rag Rug.  A trillion 1" strips.  Inspired by crazy mom quilts, though I should have stuck with a rectangle, I'd be done now.

And that's it!  I would be thrilled to have 3/10 a month.

Good luck to the other finisher-hopefuls!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Storm At Sea

After seeing a photo of a similar quilt, I became obsessed.  It was one of those quilts that gets stuck in your head and you're Googling and Pinteresting until you've spent more time ogling it than you would have spent making it.

I eventually found a suitable free pattern for the block, and went to work.  Once the top was done, it sat awhile, but I finally pulled it out and quilted it last week.  One of my few finishes of the summer!

apologies for the photo; it was taken from upstairs, looking down, on a ladder, in my's a wee bit off center.

Made mostly from scraps and stash, I really only bought the binding, and the navy border fabric for it.  I enjoyed revisiting fabrics from projects-past, as this block offers the chance to put smaller pieces to use.

The back was made from leftover graduated strips, and some Kona Snow.

I quilted 1/4" from the seams on the body, and then did wavy lines with my walking foot on the border.  I love the pattern it made on the back!  Made all those mind-numbing 1/4" lines worth it.

More Storm at Sea eye candy:
Quilt Inspiration
Storm at Sea Pinterest Board

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