Sooooo…. it’s been a while since I last posted! Life gets crazy sometimes… and last year, we bought a house! Who knew it would be this much work? (What? Everyone knew that except me?). But I have decided I want to start blogging again! So I am going to start with a swap I did last year
When I saw the zipper pouch swap on Instagram, I just had to join! I already shared the zipper pouch and the paper piecing pattern I made for the top. You can find the free pattern here! Today, I wanted to share the rest of the package I sent!
For my first extra, I used the Mini Raspberry Kiss Tutorial to make a deluxe pincushion from the book Sew Organized for the Busy Girl! This was my first time making this and I loved it!
My partner mentioned she liked tea- so I made her a tea wallet! This way, she can carry a few packets in her purse & keep it organized! I made my own pattern for this to fit the tea packets I sent her.
I lined the wallet with this awesome Alison Glass print! Also pictured: 1 very curious kitty!
Overall, I had a blast creating these! It was outside of my personal style- but I am so happy with how they turned out!
Until next time! (Hopefully not another year though!! 😉 haha)
This pattern was inspired by Easter, though it could be displayed all year long! The inspiration for this piece came from looking at all the bright pretty Easter things at the store. I was struck by how few pretty decorations they sell that celebrate the real meaning of Easter- Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross. Then, this idea popped into my head and I just had to make it! I decided to offer it as a free pattern as well! You can download it by clicking here. I hope you enjoy!
I tried out hand lettering for the first time with this pattern! I was originally going to use fonts, but decided to take a shot at lettering it myself. I was amazed it turned out since my everyday handwriting is terrible!
I chose back stitching for most of the pattern. I used split stitching for the “Love” to accentuate the cursive! I also chose to applique the hill with some big running stitches along the top! Overall, I am very happy with how it came out!
I hope you enjoy the pattern! If you use it, let me know! I’d love to see your work!
I loved the fabric line Paperie from the moment I saw it pop up on Instagram. However, the colors seemed a lot softer than I usually use. So I decided to get 1/8 yard cuts from Serendipity Woods on Etsy so I could get a variety of prints without breaking the bank! And it came packaged super cute with a personal note! (This isn’t a sponsored post- I was just super happy to find 1/8 yard cuts on Etsy and the customer service was awesome!)
My first project I made was this cute little tea wallet! I used elastic for a super simple closure!
Inside, it houses 2 tea bags! Perfect way to keep them safe in a purse or backpack!
Next, I decided to make a pixie basket using the tutorial from Fabric Mutt! It was super easy and so tiny & cute!
Finally, I used my scraps to make a scrappy key fob! These are one of my favorite quick easy projects!
I had so much fun using Paperie! Such a pretty fabric line! And I am giving these 3 away on Instagram! Click the Instagram link in the side bar to find my profile! To win, follow me & comment on the giveaway post with your favorite book! I’m drawing the winner on 2/26 at 9pm est!
Not only do I love lame puns- I am also a crazy cat lady… and proud of it! I have two adorable kitties, Chloe & Luna, who I love to pieces! So when I saw the Litter Blox pattern by Lillyella, I knew I just had to make one of my kitties!
For Luna, I adapted the pattern to include a second flying goose block for her black chin.
Chloe is a tortoiseshell, so she doesn’t have distinct markings- so I went with a brown fabric with black designs to represent her coloring and left out the white markings in the pattern. I decided to try some matchstick quilting on this one and I love the texture! I finished it off with some white polka dot binding done by machine. Overall, I loved this pattern! It was very well written and went together easily. I completely recommend it!
And because I couldn’t help myself, here is a bonus kitty picture!!!
The second mini was really my first try at “complicated” quilt piecing! I used the Machine Sewing Mini pattern by Sew Lux. It was very well written! I added some patchwork at the top and bottom and kept the quilting simple. I also embroidered around the sewing machine to help it pop a little more!
I signed up for the Pillow Talk Swap on Instagram this year! My partner liked bright colors, high contrast, and radial patterns. So I designed a version of a Mariners Compass for her!
I drew up this design based on my partners inspiration mosaic. I then scanned my drawing into the computer and used Quilt Assistant to make it into a foundation paper piecing pattern! This is my first time designing my own paper piecing pattern, so this was a fun adventure!
I chose some topstitch quilting around the edges of each color. I wanted to keep the emphasis on the design. For the back, I pieced a simple design with a lapped zipper!
For the extras, I went with a blue & green theme (her favorite color combo and mine!). I started with a deluxe pincushion from the book Sew Organized for the Busy Girl. Instead of a 9 patch for the pocket, I made a mini Tallahassee block using the pattern from Quilter’s Cache.
For my next extra, I made a hexagon fabric tray using the tutorial from A Spoonful of Sugar. I appliqued on an English paper pieced star and did a little echo quilting on the inner!
For my last extra, I made a cute little patchwork key fob! Each stripe is only 0.5in wide! I used strip piecing to make this less fiddly
Overall, this swap pushed me to try a lot of new things! I made my own foundation paper piece pattern, played with much more contrast than I usually do, and came up with a design outside of my comfort zone! I absolutely loved this journey and I am glad my partner liked it! Until next time!
When I found out that my sister in law was having a baby girl, I knew I had to make the baby a quilt! I also decided to make her son a quilt as well! I even managed to finish in time for Christmas! These are my 3rd and 4th quilts ever, and I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out!
For the baby girl’s quilt, I decided to do some paper piecing! I used the awesome butterfly pattern from the Tartan Kiwi for the centerpiece of this quilt. This is the most detailed paper piecing I have done, and I love how it turned out! I added a pink border then a ring of pretty flowers! I didn’t use a pattern for these. I finished with white and purple borders!
For the border, I decided to do something a little fancier- but that I could still do with my walking foot. I used my Cricut to design and cut templates for these scallops & corners. I then traced these on with water soluble markers and quilted with my walking foot (and a lot of arm muscle! Now I know why people say they wrestle their quilts!).
I backed the quilt with the softest minky I have ever felt! I also loved how the minky showed the quilting on the back!
I also made a matching pillow! The butterfly pattern is also from the Tartan Kiwi.
I chose simple quilting 1/4 in from the seams. I also stitched in the ditch around the butterfly’s wings! I was happy to see that it matched the baby’s room perfectly!My nephew is 2.5 yrs old, so when I saw this awesome race car panel from Deborah Edwards I knew it would make a perfect play mat quilt for him! I bought 2 panels and cut off 1 side border from each. I then rotated one side by 180 degrees and sewed them together. That means this quilt had a whopping 1 seam! 😉
I kept the quilting simple and did a 1.5in crosshatch. This took way longer than I expected but I love it!
For the back, I used a cool car print that I got from the Missouri Quilt Company. I finished it off with checkered binding!
Here is my nephew enjoying his quilt on Christmas morning!
I loved making these and learned so much! I also can’t wait to start on my new projects for 2016! Until next time!
This year, I decided to participate in the Try Something New Every Month challenge hosted by Stephanie & Rebecca! You can read the details at Swoodson Says or Hugs Are Fun. The theme for January is Quilting! I decided to make this heart mini quilt / table topper (& free pattern!)
This was my first time writing a pattern, spiral quilting, making my own bias tape, and binding a circle! Lots of firsts here! I absolutely loved it! I am so happy to be able to share the pattern here free! You can download it by clicking here.
I thought of this idea in bed one night and I had to write it down before I forgot! It took a few months to have time to make the pattern, but after Christmas I finally had time to try this out!
Close up of my (slightly wiggly) spiral quilting! I used my walking foot and followed the tutorial here. It was harder to keep the circles consistent than I expected, but the effect is still pretty! I also added a teeny little heart at the center!
If you use the pattern, I’d love to see it! Tag it with #EncircledLove so I can see! And if you have any questions or issues, please let me know at Kittensandthreads@gmail.com!
My close family has grown by 4 almost overnight! 2 new brothers and 2 new nieces! How? Exchange students! My mom & sister both are hosting 2 exchange students this year. [Note! Since writing this post one of my other sisters started hosting an exchange student as well! So we now have 5 in the family!]
My mom asked if I could make her 2 boys, Tony & Niki, some toiletry bags- and that sparked one serious crafting frenzy! Of course, I couldn’t just make generic pouches- I had to make customized pouches… for all four of them! The boys (Niki and Tony) liked soccer & football- so I set out to make some sport themes boxy bags! The girls I knew less about- so I went with a simpler open wide pouch and some cute fabrics & details. The pouches & some details are below!
For Niki’s pouch, I used English paper piecing to make a “mock” soccer ball pattern (you can’t use pentagons or else it will curve! So I used all hexagons which still looks like soccer ball pattern). I made 1 long panel and cut it in half to use as the middle panel. I surrounded it with black canvas (because English paper piecing takes some serious time!!). I used the Boxy Bag tutorial from Pink Stitches to construct the boxy bag and lined the bag with vinyl so it can be easily cleaned. Once it was done, I cut out his name from heat applied vinyl with my Cricut and applied it along the soccer detail. I love how this one came out!
For Tony’s pouch- I had to ask around for some help on how to incorporate football without looking cheesy. My step-brother suggested I make the whole case the football and use white zipper as the middle of the lacing! Genius! I made the cross laces & white end stripe details from white canvas & interfacing. I sewed them right sides together, turned them right side out, and then top-stitched them onto the brown. I used the same tutorial as Niki’s pouch and this one is also lined with vinyl and included the heat set vinyl name on the side in a football jersey font!
For the girl’s pouches, I made the open wide pouches using the tutorial from Noodlehead. I added little personalized name labels using the heat set vinyl again. May is more girly- so I went with a floral pattern for her pouch. For Patty, I picked a more geometric fabric. Both were lined with vinyl as well so they can be used for makeup & toiletries.
Overall, these were a surprising amount of work (I only had about 2 weeks to get them all done!) but I am so happy with how they turned out! And the kids seemed to really appreciate them! I absolutely love making things for people as it pushes me to try new things! This is also why I am addicted to craft swaps- which you will be seeing a lot of here over the next few months since I am signed up for 2 right now!
I just couldn’t resist the adorable pineapple block by Jackie Padesky Quilts any longer! After finding the #miniminiquiltswap on Instagram, I knew it was a match made in heaven! I present my mini mini pineapple quilt!
The finished quilt comes in at just over 3.5×4.5in (the squares are ~0.5in finished!). Since this was so small, I had to use some odd construction techniques. I used strip piecing for my yellow & bottom green rows which made it much less fiddly. There was a lot of trial an error used when figuring out how to do the half square triangles without having to piece 0.5 in squares accurately. I ended up using larger squares to make the HST’s and cutting them down to size after they were sewn for the top 2 green pieces. For the HST’s at the end of the strip piecing, I laid a larger white square on top and sewed across the strip square diagonally. I then pressed and trimmed it down to size.
For the quilting, I kept the border simple and chose a cross hatch pattern for the pineapple to mimic the natural pineapple texture. I also went outside my comfort zone and tried hand binding! I attached the binding to the front by machine then folded it over and hand stitched it to the back. This way it wouldn’t show if it was wonky! And of course I forgot to take a pic of it! I don’t love the ladder stitch- so I doubt I’ll ever do this on a full size quilt, but I’m glad I know how now!
And here it is up on my mini quilt wall (posts on some of these to come!). Overall I am in love with this! I see many more mini mini quilts in my future! Side note: If you are wondering if my pineapple looks short- it does. I miscounted the number of yellow rows in the original block… Oops! But I still love my squat little pineapple!
I’ve never been much of a seasonal decorator. Partially because it can be a lot of work! But when I saw these chipboard letters, I knew this would be one holiday craft I could actually do! This took me less than 20 minutes including taking pictures. I wanted to share a tutorial with you so that you can make your own (if you can even call it that with how easy this is)!
Hot Glue Gun
Ribbon of choice (I used 1/2in green burlap ribbon for mine!)
Chipboard letters – I found these in the $1.50 bins at Michaels!
Cut your ribbon into 2 pieces. These could be as long as you like- I ended up cutting my ribbon spool in half. Next, choose your saying and lay it out on the ribbon until you like the spacing. You could do this all on 1 ribbon if you wanted as well, I happened to like the 2 layer look
Start at the middle and take one letter out.
Apply hot glue to the top portion of the letter that overlaps the ribbon.
Then stick the letter back into place. Repeat with each of the remaining letters, one at a time, until finished! Note: make sure you do this on a hard surface as the hot glue could soak through your ribbon and adhere to the surface!
All done! Just use some tape or nails and hang it up wherever you’d like! Holiday crafting doesn’t get much easier than this! And it got tons of complements at my family’s thanksgiving dinner too (we celebrate early as we are usually all busy the day of)!