Personalized Patchwork

My good friend Vicki, also known as Dotty Jane, was sneaky and sent me a little birthday/Christmas care package which contained this gorgeous personalized mug rug!

How wonderful it was to see my name sewn in fabric with beautiful prints and fabulous quilting. Be sure to look closer at the amazing pebble quilting she did in between the letters. I know she has been practicing with the quilt-along.

She also included this adorable patchwork Santa ornament, perfectly pieced and stitched.

Thank you, Vicki, for being such a great friend and for brightening my day!

Ornament Swap Deadline

Today is the last day of July, which means it’s also the mailing deadline for your ornament swap!

Look at the wonderful, whimsical gifts I got from my partner today – the adorable softie Harry the Chanukkah Turtle and Big Red the Christmas Effa-lant! I love love love them!

She was also generous enough to send me these two gorgeous Christmas fabrics.

I am so lucky to have such a wonderful partner…. and friend. Thank you so much, Joanna!

Whimsical Projects

I took a personal day off from work last Friday after New Year’s, and enjoyed it so much! The sun was shining, lifting my spirits and providing wonderful natural light.  As a part of my resolution, I was quite focused and productive in my sewing workshop.

I started out with these adorable pin cushions made from none other than my favorite – chocolate lollipop fabrics. They have embellished felt leaves for a base.

Chocolate Lollipop Pin cushionsI used Kathy’s pattern featured on the cover of this issue of Sew Simple Volume 11 to make these.  She’s that great designer from Pink Chalk Studio.  This pattern was quite similar to making a fabric yo-yo but then you stuff it and embellish to your heart’s desire. Very easy and fun to make.

Next up are my sweet cottages made from three collections of fabric by Anna Maria Horner.

Three AMH CottagesI used Linda’s pattern featured in that same issue of the Sew Simple magazine.  Aren’t they sweet?  I just love them! The pattern was easy and these are my three favorite collections of fabric (Bohemian, Chocolate Lollipop and Garden Party).  It’s about time I start cutting into them, after spending a year hoarding, I mean admiring these precious fabrics on my shelves!

Finally, the grandest of all projects for the day – my new pin cushion caddy!

Pin Cushion Caddy in Garden Party…applause applause…  (thank you thank you)

I used Anna Maria’s pattern from her most wonderful Seams To Me book.  I have been admiring this project ever since a signed copy of the book arrived on my doorstep a couple months ago, but for some reason, I was a little intimidated.  No need for that cuz the pattern was easy to follow and fun to make.  I used big pieces of Garden Party fabrics that came in my scrap bag order.

Having an entire day to sew makes me giddy!  Now I’m off to cut fabric for the next line-up of projects – a few quilts. Thanks for stopping by today.

Holiday Traditions Package Received

Here are the goodies I received from my partner RaeAnn for our Holiday Traditions Exchange:

Traditions from RaeAnnShe made these beautiful and elegant looking cocktail napkins:

Cocktail-cookie napkinsShe also made this lovely turtle dove ornament with her scroll saw. I love the tradition behind this turtle dove ornament, where RaeAnn made two turtle doves, write on the back of both of them, and sends one to someone special for that holiday season.  It reminds me of a friendship exchange. Very sweet!

Turtle Dove OrnamentShe also included a festive Christmas CD and a candle, all packaged inside a lovely patchwork basket.

What a wonderful experience this holiday traditions exchange has been.  Not only did I learn about another person’s holiday traditions, but I learned how to look more closely at our own traditions.  I think RaeAnn and I would be fast friends if we lived closer to each other.  Thank you RaeAnn!