Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Handmade Christmas Challenge - September

2014 Christmas Handmade Pledge

Have you started your Christmas gift making yet?  It is getting closer, so why stress out at the last minute and start now and join in SewCalGal with the fun.

This month I made a few tea wallets using THIS TUTORIAL.  These work up so quickly, use up some of those scraps, and can be personalized for each recipient.  I bought a pack of 50 colorful hair/pony tail elastics in the dollar store to use for my button fasteners.  Some special tea mixes to be added will make a nice little gift for each of my family's tea drinkers who like to carry these when dining out.

That pressie box is getting fuller!

Sewingly Yours,

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tuesday Archives - Free Choice

Val's Quilting Studio

This week Val is offering us a chance to really browse our archives and pick our own.  Since I have a lot of new followers (and I haven't gotten my tutorials on to a tab yet), I thought I would offer up the link to my tutorial for my dolly that I make to go with my doll quilts.

Your can find the original post HERE.

Join in the fun, browse other's link-ups, and say HI to Val.

Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, September 14, 2014

See You In September Hop

I would like to thank Mdm Samm for the inspiration of this hop and Shari for putting together the schedule and being our head cheerleader.  When I saw the announcement for this hop, I was immediately reminded of my 4-H years so long ago.  Learning to make gingham aprons with hen scratch designs across the hem and on the pockets - and no, I didn't revisit them.

And I get to share my day with these very creative people:

Boy, sharing what I did over the summer!  Some people call me an over acheiver, but when you have three machines set up and ready to hum - you sew.





I had pulled this cute Riley Blake panel out to play with right at the same time the hop was announced.  I ordered some complimentary ginghams, pulled some shot cottons, and immediately started cutting this panel apart so it was ready when those ginghams arrived.

I was able to get a 7 1/4" square from each of those cute sections and framed them with a mix of shot cottons and gingham.  I used a mix of  small and large gingham to add a little texture. My kids and I did a lot of camping when they were little and so many of these cute 'frames' remind me of our adventures.  Now my grandsons are learning camping - in the back yard.

A fun little camp quilt filled with how to make Smor's, wildlife, camp signs, catching fireflies, making tents, being a happy camper.  I quilted it simply with a 'patched' serpentine to add to the comfy, cozy needed for camp night sleeps.

I used a a double polar fleece with cute bear paw print for the back, Quilter's Dream Select for batting, that great large brown gingham for the binding, and one of the smaller bits of panel was used for the label.  The Riley Blake panel is called 'Camp-A-Lot' so that is the name of the quilt.

 Being a scrap quilter, I wasn't going to let any of this panel or gingham go to waste.  And we all need a pillow to go with our camp quilt.  Since this made for an odd size pillow, I made my own pillow insert and left a little room so jammies can be folded and stored inside, too. Yes, you store your jammies in your pillow to keep them warm, dry, and spider free.

There was still a little left over, so I made a ditty bag to carry personal necessities and little zip bag for some coins for the camp store.

And the other side of the bags used up some of those cute bits of panel.

Had to use that gingham on the back of the pillow and for the lining of the bags.

A complete camping set for the young camper - think I'll have to go make some Smor's now.  But, before I go - I have a give away......

A half yard of each - Riley Blake's 'Twice as Nice' with those cute pick-up trucks, some plaid and dots to go with it.  Just be sure I have a way to contact you - open internationally.  Comments open until Sept 20th 10pm (EST) and I will contact the winner immediately after. 

Thank you for stopping by and be sure to visit today's list,
Sewingly Yours,