Aren’t those fabrics fun? I’m so glad I chose this line to work with. Which line you say? Oh yes, it’s “Flutter” by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake:
I have also been playing with this adorable charm pack from Moda called “Flirt”.
I can’t wait to show you the cuteness that I’ve come up with! It will have to wait until next week, though. I’m going to Austin this weekend with my husband and son. We’re going to visit my daughter and her husband and watch some live music! Woo hoo!
Welcome to “Christmas Once a Month” at The Crafty Quilter!
For January’s project, I have created a poinsettia pillow!
This was so fun to make and I love working with felt! Yes, the humble cousin to wool has its advantages. It is less expensive, readily available, and easy to work with.
I got my inspiration for this pillow from Pottery Barn! I love that catalog!
I think I’ll make another one in those colors and maybe I’ll use batting for the petals. The natural look is always in style. For now, I’m quite happy with red and cream.
Here are the supplies you will need to make one 18″ pillow:
2 3 (corrected) rectangles of craft felt (9″ x 12″)
18″ square pillow form
19″ square of background fabric for pillow front
19″ square of fusible fleece or other thin batting
19″ square of muslin or plain fabric for pillow front backing
5/8 yard fabric for pillow back
1/4 yard fabric for contrast pillow back (optional)
16″ zipper (optional)
Button or jewelry for flower center
1/2 yard of fusible interfacing (optional – used for pillow back)
Prepare pillow front. Press the fusible fleece to the 19″ square of background fabric. Line this with the 19″ muslin square. I used 505 Spray Adhesive to sandwich this together. You could always use pins to baste into place. Machine quilt these layers together. I used a walking foot and stitched straight lines about 1 1/2″ apart that paralleled the lines of the fabric.
Make the poinsettia leaves. You can find the petal shapes for the poinsettia here: Poinsettia leaves. I made a plastic template out of these shapes and traced them onto felt. You could also make a template out of freezer paper. I had a hard time finding a pen that would “write” on the felt and be visible. I finally used a soap stone with good results (even though the picture shows a Sharpie pen). If you are using freezer paper, you could press the shape (carefully using a warm iron) onto the felt and cut around it.
You will need 8 – 10 large petals and 6 small petals:
Make the poinsettia flower. Find the center of the pillow front and mark it with a pencil (this will be covered up eventually). Lay out the large leaves about 1/2″ from the center point:
Using matching colored thread and a walking foot, stitch the petals into place. I started stitching about 1″-2″ down from the tip of the petal and stitched all the way across to the opposite petal.
Continue building the flower by adding petals and overlapping them:
Trim the pillow front to 18″ square. Add a button or a jewelry pin to the center of the poinsettia. I found lots of pendants to choose from in the Michael’s jewelry/bead section.
I had grand ideas and intentions this past holiday season to get really creative and make lots of handmade items, and as always, time ran out on me. For the New Year (2013), I made a promise to myself that I would tackle something Christmas related one day each month.
So, on the 15th of each month I will present a holiday project to share with you all. (How’s that for accountability!) This could be anything from a gift idea, decoration, card, recipe, ornament, activity, or quilt!
If you would like to help me spread the word, please feel free to grab a button:
Today, I am sew thankful for my cute little blog banner (above) and my new blog button (side bar) and I’m especially thankful to Heather Rolin of Individual Blog Banners who created them for me! She even made a blog signature and “thank you” ad to boot! These things are so challenging and mysterious to me, so it’s nice to let someone else do the work.
How many of you have discovered Pinterest and love it as much as I do? I use it all of the time which is really something for someone who doesn’t use social media much at all. Well, that’s a bit of an oxymoron. I suppose Pinterest IS social media. If you’re unfamiliar with Pinterest, I suggest you check out this article: How to Use Pinterest. If you’re already hooked, I invite you to:
I have recently created a new board on Pinterest called “Block of the Months & Quilt Alongs 2013”. You will find just about every current BOM and QAL pinned there. I hope you check it out, because it’s a great reference tool and you might be inspired to start a new project!
For those of you who don’t have Pinterest, I will list some of them here for you. Just click on the button and it will take you there:
Don’t ask me how many I’m joining. Well, o.k. I’ll tell you. So far I’m doing three BOM’s. Well maybe four. And I’m thinking about joining a quilt along, but haven’t committed yet. Do they have therapy groups for people like me?
Thanks for joining me today on Sew Thankful Sunday. It’s my day to pay tribute to all of the other bloggy goodness going on out there! I’ll be back in a few days to kick off my “Christmas Once a Month” series!
I promised some more pictures of my version of the “Paris in the Fall” Block of the Month that I finished in December. This was the 2012 BOM quilt at The Granary Quilt Shop which I co-teach with Paula Ivers. More information on this year’s BOM is at the end of this post.
My quilt is called “Paris at Christmas Time” since I went with the red/white color scheme and I really wanted a quilt to go on the guest bed for the holidays. Here is my quilt label that still needs to be stitched to the back:
I made a scrappy version of a star block and added the label information with a Sharpie fine tip pen. I first drew some straight lines with a blue water soluble (disappearing) pen so that my writing would be straight. Then I added some holly leaves to fill up all of that blank space.
Here are some of the blocks that are part of the quilt:
All of that lovely quilting was done by Jody Gosnell at The Granary. She does beautiful work!
Here is a picture of the pieced sashing and I apologize for the blurry pictures (definitely poor lighting and operator error):
This is what the quilt looks like all put together:
And of course I had to make pillows and pillow cases to go with it!
You can find details of the Snowflake pillow here.
Most of my fabrics came from Rouenneries and Rouenneries Deux by French General for Moda Fabrics. It was love at first sight for me when I saw these come in the shop. And I still have enough left over to make at least two more quilts!
If you happen to live in the Bay Area and you’d like information on the BOM quilt that we’re working on this year, keep reading…
Tyler Rose Parade – doesn’t that sound like fun? It really is! I’ll post some pictures of our version of the quilt once we get it all put together.