Saturday, March 10, 2018

Nieces and Great Nieces and Great Nephew

It was my intention to do 2 blocks a day, but I only have 8 made.  I got sidetracked making gifts for my brothers family.
For his nephew, a pillowcase, key fob, pencil roll and large pouch.  Too large in fact, I made a smaller one to add to it.
And for his niece, a tissue holder, key fob, pouch and pencil roll.  The handle to her bag is there, too.
Here are the bags I made.  Big bag for mama bear (his daughter), a medium bag for another of his nieces and small for the same niece who is getting the things in the previous picture.  
A hanging picture of the same bags.  I don't have a picture, but I also made my great-niece who's getting the middle bag a key fob and 2 pouches,  One for pens and pencils and one for make-up
I also made this card wallet for my niece.  I made several a few months ago, and I and  many others like them very much.  I found them here 

And again, sharing on SewCanShe's Show off Saturday

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Pineapples, Color Wheels, and a little bit of Etc.

I was so happy to pull up Sewcanshe and find that my mini pineapple quilt had won the Show Off Saturday Linky Party.  Pineapple's seem to appeal to people.  I like them because they are a symbol for welcome. 
I bought the Connecting Threads color wheel quilt kit from Amazon several months ago and I decided it was time to give it a try.  There was a little more to it, as each piece has it's particular place, but it was fun to make and I think may be one of my favorite minis.  It will definitely need to be in my sewing room.
So, I put it up on my design wall (which is really a temporary addition to the front of a cabinet) and asked my husband which he liked best of the mini's I had made so far this year.  He looked and showed what he felt to be husbandly support of my efforts, and decided he really liked the pineapple, but wished it were bigger.  
Sooooo.  I upped the size of the squares to 2 1/2 inches, 2 inches finished, and this is what I came up with.  There was supposed to be more of the black and white in the binding, but I misfigured.
And now my original pineapple mini has a big sister.  The finished size of the larger one is about 12 1/2 inches by 18 1/2 inches.
Now, this is my minis for 2018 wall.  I know it's a bit excessive.  I think that I'm doing all these small projects as a wall of procrastinating getting back to my large quilts.  I must say though, I'm really looking forward to SewCanShe's March mini.  I will hook up again with the Show Off Saturday Link Party.  It's fun to look at, and to participate in, take a look.  (I also have a houses mini and a spools mini on my list of to do's.  I have no idea where I will put them all.  Maybe, in the hall)
Bee In My Bonnet's beelori1 has a tutorial for string blocks on her blog.  I have tried string blocks before, and pretty much hated the whole process, but I thought I'd give it another try her way.  I still don't love making them, but I didn't hate it as much and I plan to make more to see if they grow on me.  After all, I love how they look.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Mini's, Handbags, Covers. Oh My!!

February Mini from Sew Can She, and sharing this post on her blog, Sew Can She.  

Mini notebook covers for 3 by 5 inches.  Supposed to get the notebooks today from Amazon, sure hope they fit, or I'll be sad.
Mini pineapple quilt from Sassafras Lane
Number Three
Inside five pockets

Two of three very large purses that I made this week.  Started off with 18 1/2 by 18 1/2.
Comparison of these new purses and my former large purse.

Secret zippered pocket inside of large patch pocket on outside.

Placemat wallets from Lorrie Nunemaker blog

Another ringed notebook cover to match the yellow handbag

And the inside.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Mini's, Etc.

Saw this pattern on Pinterest, but I just tried to find it again to advise who posted it, and couldn't find the exact one.  By the way, I'm posting this to Sewcanshe's Show off Saturday, if you'd like to see more projects.  
My first attempt at the January Mini Quilt from Sew Can She.
My second attempt.  This one looks more like the pattern and everyone else's.

I'm still not completely over my small items mood.  These are for my visiting teachers.

Key fobs that I made from scraps like the ones above them.  I just couldn't see throwing them away. 

Another pencil roll, for my visiting teachers.

For my sister-in-law.

Inside of my sister-in-law's.

Microwave bowl cozies for my sis-in-law.  She said she's giving some to her daughter.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Two More Pouches and Lots of Microwave Bowl Cozies.

Sorry, terrible lighting, but this is a Pioneer Woman placemat that I made into a pouch after watching a video on YouTube, by Lorrie Nunemaker.  I have also shared this post on Sewcanshe's Show off Saturday.  She starts the whole thing off with a really pretty mini quilt, follow my link and take a look.
A little better lighting, but really cute in person.
I can see that getting these to stay put is not going to be easy.  After making my purple and green pouch I turned my obsessive nature to microwave bowl cozies.
It fits this bowl just fine.
And this one.
However, I wanted it to fit this bowl, as it is one of my favorites, and the one that my husband and I use the most often.  It did not fit.
Still have a few more pouches and such in me, this is one I made for me to tie my purple and green items together.  As I mentioned before, I like them together.
The smaller one that I made started out 10 1/2", this one is 15 1/2".  
The large is great for this 10" pie plate.
Also, great for a large dinner plate, however, too big for my flanged soup bowl.
So...., on to a 12 1/2" start, and it is just right.  
I told my granddaughter-in-law that I was making these, and she had seen them for the first time on Pinterest that same day, and was going to ask me if I had thought of making some.  After making my 3 sizes I asked her if she would like some, and she wanted some, but didn't want to ask.  These are the 7 that I made for their family, 1 each for the 3 kids, pink for my granddaughter, and the back right is alphabet pattern for the 2 boys.  The backs are different.  The dark and light blues are for the family.  They are reversible.
The other sides of the 3 kids cozies.
And, I thought that it would be nice if they each have their own bowls, so I picked some up, 3 cups with a lid, so hopefully not too big to hold smaller amounts for their smaller appetites.