Sunday, December 14, 2014

Peppermint Candy Pillow

During my treasure hunt, I also unearthed this block that I had designed for the Sew Sweetness 12 Days of Christmas Quilt Along... in 2011!   I have had this block for quite some time and decided it would make a GREAT pillow to go along with my others.  The Peppermint Block Tutorial  is easy and fun.  The wrapper has a 3-d effect that gives the appearance of a real wrapper :O)





I used my Bernina 440QE for some fast free motion bubbles and meandering for the quilting.  The thread used was 50wt Aurifil to melt into the fabric.



I may have more treasures hidden away in that room of mine and I really do need one more pillow.  If you have block or two that you know will remain a UFO, make a PILLOW!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Hidden Treasures!

We all have them in our sewing rooms, those bits and pieces of projects scraps that were just too good or big or vvhtf or just have that " I know I will use this later"  look to them.  They sit in a bin, ziploc or pile until a much later date ( three years is later right?) when they are accidentally unearthed and seen in a completely new light.  This is one of those treasures :o)

I was not looking to make a project, I have my plate full with over due projects as it is.  I started one that kicked my butt and was looking for fabrics to restart and I came upon the scraps from a Kate Spain project I made I think three years ago.  I am not sure why I hung onto the bits left over from the stocking I made but I am happy now that I did! This is what was created using those scraps...A scrappy Christmas pillow!!!!




I have done nothing for Christmas decorating this year.  It has been one thing after another around here ( today is two kids home with the flu) so the "norm" has been changed.  When I found this bag of left items day before yesterday, I could not remember what it was for and then I remembered I had used it to make stockings.  I was looking at the sweet strips and the idea popped into my head.



Grabbed the ruler and started playing by angling it and cutting down both sides to create the tree!


I liked the look of the background fabric since it appears to be snowing

Choose some Aurifil colors and sat down at my Bernina 440 with a fun idea.


I used a little Pellon Fusable Fleece behind each of the trees to create more dimension and started playing with decorative stitches.  I had a practice piece first to make sure that with a layer of Pellon and batting that the stitches would work.

I had so much fun creating the "decorations" on the trees!


I made an envelope back using the Julie Herman tutorial on Sew Mama Sew ( it is perfection). I made two red Gingham larger pillow to bring it all together and now at least part of my home is somewhat decorated for the holidays.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! Aurifil Giveaway!

With so many things to have ready for the craziness of the holidays what better time to stop for a day (or two)...relax and take part in the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!!!

So many giveaways full of goodies and so little time!!!


The giveaway is for AURIFIL!!!  But not just any Aurifil!!!!

A special edition Aurifil 50wt collection!  Are you swooning yet?  Can you believe all of these yummy colors in one perfectly lined box!!!!!???!!!!



and an Aurifil color card with all 270 colors so when you need to know what #Auricolor you need... there will be NO GUESSING!



Be sure to visit all of the other bloggers and giveaways on Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day link party !!!  Thank you Kristin!!!



I will be using Rafflecopter for this giveaway to make it easier for you to enter and for me to contact the winner! This amazing giveaway closes December 12, 2015 5pm PST.   The winner will be chosen randomly and I will announce the winner on this post on or around 14 Dec.  This giveaway is open internationally and please feel free to repost everywhere!


Thank you SO MUCH everyone for your participation in this giveaway!  I loved reading your comments and REALLY appreciate your likes for the Quilt Alliance, my favorite organization for keeping our stories going!

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MARY EMMENS
Mary I sent you an email this morning for posting business :o) 

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