Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Third Pillow

For sister #3. Did you guess how many I had? Three sisters and a brother. I don't think a pillow is something he'd appreciate though... *grin*

I thought I'd like this one the least, but turns out I like it the best. There's enough of Mom's sweaters left to make myself a pillow and I may try that in the next week or so. This was a Minutes for Me project and it didn't take all that long.

Here are all the pillows I've made for Christmas 2011.

I've enjoyed making them. There was no pressure for a change and I just enjoyed the process.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Second Keepsake Pillow

Ok, Sister #2 is up.

This was made from a sweater vest. The pieces are not even, straight or smooth. There was no way to cut them that way with how the vest was made. So, I zig-zagged them onto fabric and then pieced them together as best I could. My Mom was a gingerbread person freak too and it rubbed off on Sister #2. I'm sure she will be happy with this, even if it is a bit unkempt.

I did quilt the top part along the sashing pieces. Had to add some quilting in there somewhere!
Now, on to Sister #3...how many sisters do I have anyway??!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Keepsake Pillow

I'm into pillows right now. They are quick and easy, and I can actually have one almost done by the time LMW wakes from his nap. I have several more in the works, but this one is made from a sweatshirt my Mom wore at Christmastime.

My mom had a closet full of Christmas sweaters and sweatshirts, and I took some of them to make pillows for my sisters.  They've probably forgotten all about them, but I hope they will be pleasantly surprised when they open them up.

I quilted the top of this one and added some snowflake buttons. I know Sister #1 will love it. I hope to carry on my Mom's love of Christmas and decorating as the years go by. Maybe I'll also be known as the "Lady with all the Christmas stuff" in the years to come.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Peppermint Pillow

I carved out some Minutes for Me time today, and whipped up this pillow from a sweater. It was interesting and I enjoyed most of it. I say that, because closing the thing up took me just about as much time as all the other parts combined. :/

I started with this sweater. I marked off squarea, cut it out, and bonded some fabric to the backs to keep it from stretching.

Next step was to use heat and bond on striped fabric. I drew off the candy canes, cut them out and pressed them on the block.

Using a decorative buttonhole stitch, I appliqued the canes on and then attached some white grosgrain ribbon.

I sewed the front to the back, turned it right side out, stuffed it and sewed up the bottom. At first I did it by hand. Didn't like the result, and did it again. Nope. So, I tried it one more time on the machine. Not perfect, but much better. I can live with that.

Final result:

Me likey. Now, it's back to the grindstone....

Monday, November 14, 2011

Weekend Work

Along with the canvases, I sewed and painted a Christmas stocking for a little boy in Canada. His Mom is a friend of my daughter.

Mom asked for an old school cartoon character and I found something from Bing Images that filled the bill.
I also worked on a pillow made from one of my mother's many Christmas sweatshirts, but it's not ready for prime time yet. *grin*

Sunday, November 13, 2011

More Trees

Seems like all I ever paint on canvases are trees.... but what can I say? They are easy. It took me a while to get this one right though. First attempt was a fail.

Mercy! I am extremely unhappy with this. Not only do the trees in the back look bad, but I was way too heavy handed with the antiquing. Not to mention that weird little empty blob on the right side...don't know how that happened... Back to the drawing board.

I filled in behind the brown tree limbs with a different color blue, dabbed a bit of white in the top left corner, and black in the bottom right corner, blocked in a simple white tree in the background, flicked some white and black paint on it and called'er done.

Much better. This is for a silent auction benefiting Special Olympics. I hope someone likes it enough to bid on it.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Hot Pads

Catchy title huh? Couldn't think of anything else. But, I wanted to share what I finished up this week. Every piece of fabric used here, came from the stash my mother left. She loved and adored Christmas and was always making something for it.

I learned some lessons with them...

They aren't thick enough. So, next time I'll add more "innerds".

I am not good at binding. The more I do, the more I realize I'm just not good at it. I should have done it by hand, but as always, I was in a hurry. They are for several folks as a gift, and I wanted them ready to give out right after Thanksgiving. Next time, I'll seam them together and turn them right side out. No binding.

If I come up with more free time....tis to laugh...I'll make more for myself and take some Minutes for Me.

In any case, They are done, they are usable, and they were made with love. I would be happy to receive one and kept two for myself. The ones that didn't make the cut. Ha!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Stepping Up

Ok, so I ran to the local Walmart and grabbed a few groceries this morning, with LMW in tow. While there, I purchased some dark red braid to finish out a bench redo. I took leftover fabric from reupholstering my dining chairs, and recovered this ugly thing I was deluded in thinking was nice. Ugh.

How sad....how terribly sad. What was I thinking? I wasn't, that's the problem. Oh well. Drum roll please......

I'm in love. And I know this time, it really does look better than it did when I began. I was going to buy some hangy down trim, but didn't want to cover up any of the cool legs.

This is a bench my grandfather made from scraps. It was an ugly gray color and was just plain wood. I used it for years as a step stool, and decided to step up my game with it. I'm very happy at the result. (Now)