When you buy a house with a pool in Southern California, you know you’re going to get guests in the summer. But what I didn’t realize was how many family and friends would want to visit over the holidays, too! So I’ve been working on making our guest room more inviting for those who come to stay during December.
The idea started when I saw Andover/Makower’s Joyeux fabric line last year. The colorful trees seemed perfect for brightening up our small guest room during the winter. I paired it with Chong-a Hwang’s Prism rainbow stripe fabric and made a couple of square accent pillows. (The merry & bright pillow didn’t quite turn out the way I hoped, but I still like it.)
Ever heard of a bed scarf? I hadn’t either, until I started quilting. It’s basically a long, thin quilt meant to decorate the end of bed. You get all the color and pattern, without all the work! Still took me more than a year to get this piece done, though.
Making the scarf was especially exciting, because I finally figured out a way to do grid quilting on my long-arm quilting machine! Since I purchased my machine before computer-assisted versions were available, I have to make do without the digital help. Instead, I used masking tape marked in 2″ increments and a ruler – and it turned out great! I was able to quilt the whole scarf in less than an afternoon.
The trees were added after the quilting, which meant I needed to hide the embroidery and applique stitching with a second backing fabric, but that worked out really well, too. I love when I learn something new on a personal project that I can the offer to customers; I definitely think similar grid / applique work on future custom work is possible.
If you look closely at the Joyeux fabric, there are three kinds of trees. I replicated the multi-shade triangle trees on the bed scarf, but decided to do dot trees on the pillow shams (that leaves the star trees for another project!) Changing out the thread colors and fabrics for each dot wasn’t time consuming at all 😀
The shams also got a wide rainbow stripe border to pull everything together.
I ended up using all the rainbow stripe I had originally bought, so I recently purchased a couple additional yards for to make curtain valances. Like so many of my quilt-y projects, our guest room holiday decor will never really be finished. But all friends and family are welcome to enjoy the parts I have gotten done anytime… just let us know when you are on your way!
Since today is January 21, 2019, you can look at this posting in one of two ways ~ either I’m a little late sharing this holiday banner for last year or I’m super early sharing it for this year’s Christmas season. Are you a bobbin half-empty or a bobbin half-full person?
In any case, I created this Happy Who-lidays banner to get additional experience appliquéing letters using my embroidery machine. There were a few bobbles along the way, but by the end I think I had it down. Plus, it’s hung up pretty high so you don’t notice 😀
This was one of those projects for which, since it was mostly practice, I didn’t want to purchase a lot of materials. The white denim is the only new fabric and that’s because I wanted to see how a heavier cotton embroidered. But all the scrappy red, pink and black fabrics were from my stash. The cord and baker’s twine were left overs and while I didn’t have enough black buttons, but I did have a can of black spray paint and a supply of extra buttons – problem solved!
To kind of tie this post back into the New Year, my “resolution” was to try to use more of what I have on hand for projects this year, like with the spray painted buttons. I mentioned it’s January 21st, right? Three weeks in and I’ve already failed ~ there’s some new fabrics for my stash in the mail as we speak! Maybe I can change that resolution to posting about my projects sooner instead…
You know that feeling when a someone asks your advice on a custom quilted gift idea and you absolutely nail it? Yeah, it doesn’t happen every time, but when it does…
Customer Carrie N. was looking for a special gift for her sister ~ her sister who may be the world’s biggest Pearl Jam fan. First row seats at multiple concerts every tour biggest Pearl Jam fan. My suggestion? A quilted backpack. Carrie liked that idea because her sister did a LOT of waiting in lines for those exclusive tickets.
We both wanted the Pearl Jam “stick man” logo embroidered on the backpack, but finding the right guitar fabric was surprisingly hard. I eventually sourced some out of Canada of all places. This is the final piece –
I don’t post identifiable photos here on Snip-Itz, but Carrie did send one of her sister opening the gift. It’s literally the most surprised I’ve ever seen a human being. 😲
As Carrie said,
Best reaction I have ever seen to a gift. Lol. Thank you
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You know the saying “More Ideas than Time“? Yeah, that’s my life. I’ve had the idea to add a Doctor Who / Police Box ribbon to this blue wool hat since November 2015.
I finally finished it this weekend, 2 years and 8 months later.
My embroidery machine is wonderful, but what I really need is a time machine to get all my crafty projects done…
I have wanted one of these clever little “Enter Your Pin” pincushions for years and I finally get to add one to my (ever-growing) pincushion collection —
The embroidery file came from ESBests Embroidery on Etsy and it stitched out beautifully. I’m a little over half a year into owning my embroidery machine and so excited to finally be able to make projects like this that I’ve had my eye on for years.
If only it actually dispensed cash so I could buy more fabric…
While most of our home becomes Who-ville for the holidays, we have a separate room that is reindeer-themed. Mainly because I couldn’t stop myself from making this quilt
This year, I added to the reindeer decor with a embroidered scrappy fabric and ribbon garland, which I finished just three days before Christmas!
I’d kind of hoped that the bunting would be easy enough to make and sell in my Etsy shop (always looking for new ways to use my embroidery machine!) but it was WAY more work than I thought it would be. Worth it in the end, though!
This is my last project for the 2017 holidays; so glad to have everything Christmas-y finished and ready to go — even if it is just three days ahead of time.
I am hoping to finish one more (non-holiday) quilt before the end of the year. It’s still on the long-arm and I’m close having it quilted, but I might be binding right up until the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. Keep your fingers crossed for me to get it done!
Warm Ho Ho Holiday wishes everyone!