Month: June 2017

2nd Finish A Long Finish AND a Christmas item complete in July!

2nd Finish A Long Finish AND a Christmas item complete in July!

On Monday of this week, I was on a roll! I finished two needlebooks and then went on to finish my Christmas pillow, the 2nd item on my FAL 2017 Quarter 2 list! Unlike the needlebooks that started the quarter almost done, this pillow started the quarter as a top. I started this in the winter when I tested the paper pieced version of Alexia Abegg’s Marcelle Medallion center. I had great ambitions of making myself something during the holiday season. Crazy, I know?

I pieced it, but unsurprisingly, finishing something for me during December was not in the picture. Earlier this month, I needed to test out spray basting on something smaller than the baby quilt I bought it to use on, so I pulled out this little project. I kept the quilting fairly simple, tracing elements of the star and then doing some denser line quilting the edges of the pillow. I sometimes find the edges of pillows that aren’t reinforced a bit are more likely to sag as they are used.

detail 2

Detail 1

I’m really in love with the gold word print from Brambleberry Ridge Christmas. I definitely don’t have 3 yards stashed away so I can use it forever and ever. *cough* In general I have a tendency to buy Christmas fabric with great intent to use it to make Christmas fabric wrapping and then…not. So it was good to break into my Christmas fabric stash.

I got stalled at finishing the pillow. I really want to give making a zippered pillow cover a go, but it felt intimidating. This week I just said, I want this done! and did my typical envelope backing instead. I used the snowflake stitch on my machine as an accent, again, as per usual.



Then it was all done! I am not buying  a pillow form yet, as I am moving and I don’t plan to set this pillow out till October or November, but I’ll update with a picture of it in a pillow form then!

Thanks for reading!



Ooh, and just one more photo. Since you’re still here. 😉


A Finish A Long Finish! Hooray!

A Finish A Long Finish! Hooray!

Earlier this week I actually finished something on my FAL 2017 list for the 2nd quarter. Given that I’ve never been successful in the FAL, I am quite excited.

My first finish was paired with a second finish that is a surprise for a friend, so even though it is just one finish for the FAL, it is two for me!

I finished my Liberty Needlebook, using the needlebook pattern by Amy Sinibaldi and the adorable sewing machine on the cover is from Minki Kim’s Sew Illustrated book.

Needlebook Front

This was my first go at sewing illustration back in January. I have previously done some simpler sewing illustration for lavender sachets, but I was still kinda nervous. This was fun and way easier than expected.

The back of the needlebook was actually sewn together in Spring 2016 as I cut many teeny tiny liberty squares for the nanacompany swap. At the time, I intended to circle back and make a needlebook for myself when I was done with the swap and that…is still accurate if a bit later than intended.

Needlebook Back

I love the scrappy Liberty feel. I also almost always make liberty projects for others rather than myself, so it feels awesome to actually have made something for me!

This week when I was determined for a finish, I naturally decided to make my life more complicated and decorate the pages of my needlebook and the surprise one for a friend. What is more helpful to finishing than investing another hour right? The last photo is a top view of the two needlebooks together. I love how stitching the hexies on makes a pattern on the next page too.

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Well, that’s all for now! Time to document my 2nd finish! Thanks for reading!