28 November 2018

Let's Bee Social #251

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

These past few weeks have been flying by. It seems like it was only just yesterday that I prepared the 250th Let's Bee Social post. Yes. 250 posts. That is 250 divided by 52 weeks in a year equals 4.80 years of weekly partying!!!!

So.... It took me a while to settle in at my new home.

Things are very different. But they are very, very good and.... 

I am having SEW much fun!

Christmas is coming. And I felt it. Now I am. Sewing while it's SNOWING!

I wanted to do some therapeutic sewing. I needed to do some therapeutic sewing.

So I went digging through my stash for some happy pairings intending to make a couple more of The Zipper Quilt quilts. But I wanted to make the best use of the fabrics I found. And then I also decided I wanted to make cute little toddler pillowcases to match the quilts. And then I  also also decided to make the quilts to match the pillowcase in design and just KISS this project.

(My thought process may not be simple, but in the end I wanted to make sure my sewing was)

From my stash, I came up with two combinations that I was happy with. The blue and olive green combo with the little cute bird print from Michael Miller Fabrics, which was the remnants from backing the Cat Treats quilt back in March of 2016, is my favourite. I love the cool soothing aqua naturistic feel of this print and it is called Robin in the Hood.

For the Red /Black/White combo, I found the remaining Out Foxed, also by Michael Miller Fabrics and combined it with red and black to give it a real Santa Claus feel! I purchased 6 yards of the Out Foxed in July 2017 and it was used as a backing for my Hello Foxy and Hello Foxy Mini quilts, as well as for the Fox among the Birches {in grey} quilt. Now it is finally going to be featured in the FRONT of a quilt!!!

I found this great tutorial for making full size pillowcases that has super easy and beautifully finished French seams. The tutorial is so well written, has great photos and step by step instructions. I simply adjusted the size of my pieces to suit a toddler size pillow.

My main fabric was cut depending on the print direction.

For the Robin in the Hood, I kept the fold of the fabric at the end of the pillowcase and sewed a seam along both the top and bottom, shown in red. Now my birds are all facing the right way up on the front and the back of the pillowcase. MAIN was cut 16" tall by 22 1/2" wide

For the Out Foxed, I kept the fold of the fabric at the top of the pillowcase and sewed a seam along both the end and bottom, shown in red. MAIN was cut 22 1/2" tall by 16" wide.


MAIN - 45" x 16" OR 22 1/2" x 32"
COORDINATING - 10" x 32"
TRIM - 2" x 32"

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Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Lorna! Such cute toddler size pillow cases. A good friend's daughter has a son named Fox, so that pillow case would be perfect for him. He just turned one a few weeks back. That view out your sewing room window looks lovely to me! A little snow on the ground - not like our foot that isn't melting any time soon at 10 degrees this morning. Happy Wednesday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

those are going to be great pillow cases I love the color coordination.

LA Paylor said...

I loved reading about your sewing days, seeing into your room, and neighborhood. There's something very calming about watching snow drift down while you're cozy inside and surrounded by your fabric.

Kris said...

I am all about therapeutic sewing. Great job with these. Wish I had good stuff like this in my stash when I needed it.

Kathy said...

Adorable! I envy your therapeutic sewing...I need that, soon! I'm trying to finish up a sampler SAL that should have been done this summer and when I was sewing some of the spacer blocks last night it hit me that I need to finish the Christmasy blocks that I made from your SAL! Talk about procrastination...ugh. Anyway, that's next!

works4me said...

Great pillowcases. I am not working on anything at all right now so am really enjoying the links to other's work.

Run 'n Stitch said...

Congratulations!!! on your 250th linky party Lorna. I have loved reading your blog and seeing all of your fun quilt patterns. Your little birds are on my to do list. Don't you love making pillowcases. They are relatively quick and easy to make. Your fabric selections are so adorable.

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Thank you for the pillow case tip!!!! I love your project!

Sewmotion said...

Beautiful pillow cases, sometimes we just need a little easy sewing for the mind and soul!

Little Quiltsong said...

These pillowcases are super cute. Beautiful colour combos in each. How perfect to make some along with the quilts. You have a beautiful view out of your sewing room (and close trip to the coffee machine - bonus) :)!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

Congratulations on almost five years of weekly fun.

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