Saturday, 20 December 2014

Quick Christmas Pillows

My daughter, for some reason, has a thing for squirrels.  I mean how can you resist?  They are just so cute!  If you agree....  then you can't blame me when I splurged and bought these lovely little pieces on impulse.

Remember when I grabbed these during this shopping trip back a few weeks ago?

From the Norwegian Woods collection: Acornucopia, Hedgehoglets in Teal, and Two Nuts For Dinner in Multi.

I had a few pillow forms in my stash.  They were picked up last year during a 50% off sale.  And I thought it was high time I used a few of them up.  At first I considered making quilted cushion covers.  But I just couldn't bring myself to sewing across these adorable animals.  So I cut my pieces exactly the same size as the pillows, cut pieces for backing in the same sizes, and then overcast stitched the edges on all sides.



A hidden zipper looks so much more finished.  But this panel print wouldn't allow for that method here.  So I just added the zipper to the bottom of the pieces, like so.


Stitched that zipper into place on one piece.  Then lined up the second piece on top, matching up the corner to know where to start the other side of the zipper.


I made two BIG pillows for my kids last year here.  And did use the hidden zipper on one of those.



These three little pillows were made in one day.  Finishing up just in time, as the kids came home from their last day of school for 2014.  Let the holidays begin!








It was such a pleasure to sit and sew the day away.  And end up with these three fast finishes.  Maybe I should schedule a few more play days for next year?!!!



Linking up later this next week to Finish it up Friday with Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts....
And TGIFF! hosted this Friday with ME!








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Friday, 19 December 2014

A Custom Order Baby Boy Quilt

As I mentioned last week in this post about the top, I was approached by email to make a custom order baby quilt.  Thanks to Rita of Red Pepper Quilts.

And I want to tell you all how great you made me feel.  All those sweet compliments and kind comments really meant a lot to me and are each greatly appreciated.  Thank you ALL so much, my friends!





As you can see, our snow has disappeared.  For now.
Leaving a wet and muddy background.  Not so sweet.


Oh, now that's better!  A bit wrinkly, but better.




The real outdoors was hazy and foggy.  Cool and damp.




But indoors was warm.  And sunny by the window.

Choosing fabrics for the patchwork was the most fun.
Also read as:  Shopping for fabrics was THE most FUN!




In keeping with the RPQ style, I quilted along the seam lines, both horizontally and vertically.




The backing is a very recent fabric acquisition. The name and details are in this post.




The binding is Katie Stripe in Midnight by Beauty Queen.
Not black, but it's the best I could do.
It's the only stripe I have!
Gonna have to change that....




A custom personalized  label was requested.
For the first time ever, I used the alphabet stitching on my Aunt Elna.




I sewed the loose edge of this triangle label down by hand.




This quilt finished at 48" x 57" and was the 20th use of my 100 labels ordered from


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I am so proud of this sweet little finish.
And look forward to making more patchwork quilts in the future!
This quilt is now awaiting the arrival of a sweet baby boy.  A 2015 New Year's baby boy!

Thank you so much, Rita!


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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Half Square Triangles: Love Em or Hate Em?


Those of my friends who are keeping up with the 'real time' day to day affairs of Sew Fresh Quilts on Instagram, may have noticed some heavy duty (Half Square Triangle) HST action happening last week.





In 2013, I shared a tutorial for making HST here.  Back then I would trim before pressing.  Then trim the dog ears.  But now I tend to press my HST open and then trim each side.  I really like having the seam pressed open.  And appreciate one less step.









This WoW-E! quilt WIP is made from Kona Cotton Solids features Melon, Punch, Lemon, Daffodil, Green Tea, Asparagus, Sunny, Mango, Cypress, Ice Frappe, Coal, Black.  Snow for the background and Silver for the sashing.  The blocks finish at 9" square.


At first, I had considered giving the blocks a two tone quality.  And white sashing.

WoW-E! quilt block layout with two tone and White


But in the end, I went with a single colour and grey (Coal) for the inside of the blocks to match the cornerstones.  Light grey (Kona Silver) was chosen for the sashing and borders.


WoW-E! quilt block layout with Grey and Silver


Using black for the inside and cornerstones would make some striking blocks, too!

WoW-E! quilt block layout with Black




My latest WIP required 360 HST for a 20 block layout.  Seems like a lot of HST.

Or is it just me?  How do you feel about making HST?
Do you Love Em or Hate Em?

Do you prefer to press to one side or open?
Have you ever used a Loc-Block ruler and what do you think of it?



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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Let's Bee Social #51

I can't believe it has been nearly a full year since the Let's Bee Social weekly linky party was begun.  Next week will be the 52nd party.  And the 2nd Blogiversary for the Sew Fresh Quilts blog.

And how appropriate that the traditional gift for a second anniversary is COTTON!

We all love quality cotton quilting fabrics.  Like those available from one of my fave online quilting fabric shops.

Specializing in modern designer fabrics, solids and organic fabrics, Fabric Spot carries the entire Cotton + Steel collection, Art Gallery Fabrics and the organic Charley Harper Nurture collection.

If you are anything like me, as evidenced by my recent Sunday Stash report from Fabric Spot here..... You will it very difficult to resist the Fabric Spot inventory goodness.  Don't say I didn't warn ya!

To help me celebrate our 2nd Blogiversary, Fabric Spot has generously donated a $25 Gift Certificate to give away to one lucky follower of the Sew Fresh Quilts blog.

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