Thursday, March 31, 2016

Cute Pets Designs

The Cat's Whiskers

It had been awhile since I made a pillow for myself... so when Janeen, of Quilt Art Designs, asked me to sew up her cute cat block for the issue 9  of  "Paper Piecing 1/4" " digital magazine, I immediately knew I would make this block into a pillow.

Pattern-   The Cat's Whiskers     design by Janeen @ Quilt Art Designs

Size:    14 inch finished   paper pieced foundation

This is the design... with the pieces of the block before they were sewn together. I did make some changes in the colors , to look more like my Whiskers.

The Cat's Whiskers pattern.....  a paper pieced design 
in issue 9  Paper Piecing 1/4" digital magazine  {here}

Here are the  fabrics used :    Blueberry Park  by Karen Lewis / Robert Kaufman (black with the doodles)   This is a new favorite!!!!
                                            Quilters Linen  Charcoal  /Robert Kaufman
                                            P & B Textiles -  for inside ears
                                            Stash fabric-  white and blue for background
The Cat's Whiskers      made by Susie's Sunroom

Here is my model:     Whiskers

Whiskers and her look alike pillow

I love the details on the face of this sweet cat pattern ...  of course I had to include embroidered whiskers.   Our Whiskers looks at Daddy like this when she wants him to give her some treats!

"Pleeeeeeaaaase, Daddy.... can I have some treats?"

Our little kitty may be small, but she is full of energy and  is very playful.  So I made the back of the pillow to match her personality....

I really love how my Cat's Whiskers pillow turned out.  
I think a pet pillow is a fun gift idea  .... check out the other pet patterns in this issue 9-

(7) Name: 'Quilting : Paper Piecing 1/4' Digi Mag Issue 9
Click here to go to

Stop by soon to see the other pet pattern that I made!  

I'm off to my sewing room!

Pattern provided by QAD Publishing

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Up ,Up and Away!

Keeping Busy in March

I have been "sew"  busy and  happy this month , sewing away on my machines... making projects for some sweet little children.

Want to see what I have made?

The Bon Voyage Bag            pattern by Geta Grama at 
                                                                         Geta's Quilting Studio (here)

I was so excited when I found this fabric with the sky and clouds, and hot air balloons," In Motion"   from Elizabeth's Studio.  The little boy I am mking this for loves balloons and anything that flies in the sky!  And I could use bright primary colors for accents. ( I found it at the fabulous Over The Rainbow fabric store.  They have a wonderful selection of fabrics!)

The bag - Bon Voyage  18 " wide at top  with a zipper closure
                                  21-22 "  wide at bottom  
                                  15" tall without straps
                                  5 " deep
Bon Voyage Bag  {here}  pattern by Geta Grama    
             Did you notice that  big outer zippered pocket , in the above photo?

Inside the bag...  There are 4  big pockets!   
              This bag can hold a lot..... you can see what I was able to place in this bag in my past blog post HERE.     

The quilting-  some vertical wavy lines
This bag is fun to make, and has clear and detailed directions.  Geta is such a talented designer!

The Paris Traveler's Bag     pattern by Fig Tree & Co. (Joanna Figueroa)
                                                                              at Fig Tree Quilts  (here)

The bag-   approx. 23" x 15" x 9 "  

How fun this bag turned out, with the bright colors and multi-colored balloons!

The handles are long, and totally adjustable for length

This Paris Traveler's Bag also has a 24 " zipper closure across the top.  Perfect for "stuffing" your travel items!  And two big outside pockets (between the handles )

I just love  bright yellow zippers, don't you?

Apparently, these little bunnies think they are going along for the trip, too!

I know that my sister, Amy, from Amy Made That! , will recognize these adorable bunnies.
She made them for my kids years ago!!!  They are still precious to me!!

The bags are ready for fun trips this summer... to Grandma and Grandpa's house and maybe the beach!!

"No, you two are staying here with me!"

Book Nook Pillow Set     - pillow  patterns by Heidi Staples  at Fabric Mutt
                                       in her  Sew Organized for the Busy Girl book   
     - bunny,  a free pattern template by Sewing Mama RaeAnna  here

I put together some favorite items , for a gift for  Eden.  Eden is the beautiful granddaughter of my friend, Lara, at BuzzinBumble Blog

I found this adorable "Guess How Much I Love You" fabric, by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram  for  Clothworks, at Connecting Threads. (here)       I added some dotted blue flannel to my order, with thoughts of making a little stuffed bunny .  

First, I made the large Book Nook Pillow ,  directly from the book.    This is a 26" x 26" pillow.  (Notice  below,  that the pillow is as tall as my little nightstand dresser!  26" is truly taller  "in person" than it looks on paper!! LOL )  This pillow is so fun to make!!  And, there are sooo many fun projects to make from Heidi's book!  It is a real gem.

My full size Book Nook pillow, with the coordinating book to go inside the pocket

Who knew that this larger pillow is addictive to make, too?

Before I knew it, I  downsized the Book Nook fit a 12" x 16" pillow.  

Apparently, this adorable pillow design multiplies like bunnies!!

For those with "sharp eyes" .... yes that is is Deluxe Pincushion in the set above.  
I just had to make a little pincushion, for Lara ,with some of the scraps.  It weighs in 
at 5.5 " x 6.5 ".  

So, I am keeping the huge pillow for our "family" down the road...

and I sent these bunny goodies to " little cupcake"  Eden....

For Eden ... and Lolli

See the back side in the photos below?  I added a covered zipper (like Amy Made That! taught me) on the back of the pillow....

***  By the way, Lara has her first book coming out on April 19 .... Crafted Applique'... New Possibilities  ( available here). I can't wait to learn some new techniques from her.
You 'll want to check out her blog if you aren't a follower yet.  BuzzinBumble   ***

Stay tuned to see what else I have been making!
I'm off to my sewing room!

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Friday, March 4, 2016

March Goal Making

One Monthly Goal for March

grab button for RedLetterQuilts
March Link for our Goals
                   I have a fun project to start, for my One Monthly Goal in March.
My Goal ~     sew the fimsy top of the Clambake Quilt  by  Camille Roskelley   of Thimble Blossoms

"Hello there!" Hello Darling fabrics!!   By  Moda 's Bonnie and Camille        

I fell in love with this Hello Darling fabric... by Bonnie and Camille.  These  strawberries hooked  me at my first look!


I've been busy making some  small  and scrappy projects, too.

Here's my  little  Pixie Basket...
                            a  fun, free tutorial by Heidy Staples at Fabric Mutt:

The Pixie Basket      design by Fabric Mutt        

I have been hoarding away a stack of 5 inch charm squares forever.   I got them when I participated in a fun texty fabric Charm exchange.  Everyone sent in a different fabric for swapping , to get a wonderful selection of texty 5 inch squares!

The other side of my Pixie Basket

A basket full of smiles!

And then I ran across this cute pattern for a Scrappy Pincushion: 
                                         Free Tutorial  HERE   
            It is from the  book Retro Mama Scrap Happy Sewing by Kim Kruzich-

You make a little dresden plate for the top and bottom.....

A scrappy pincushion   ..... made with more of my  Millhouse Inn scraps and some linen

I had fun making the pleats  in the linen gusset.

Here's a photo of the pair of my  scrappy Millhouse Inn fabric pincushions:

My little Deluxe Pincushion  (by Heidi Staples) (here)  and
the Scrappy Pincushion (by 
Kim Kruzich)

I just love making pincushions, don't you?  Do you have a favorite new pattern to share with me?
I'm off to my sewing room!

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