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Oh What A Pair! December 6, 2010

Filed under: Demeber 2010,Quilting,Virtual Quilting Bees — The Threaded Nest @ 3:43 pm
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Oh what a lovely pair of quilting bee blocks (if I do say so myself, ha ha)!

This is an improvisational (right angle ~ she did not want wonky) blockfor Jenninfer ~ Not Your Grandmas Quilting Bee ~

made using this terrific tutorial over HERE at The Sometimes Crafter.

Once I made up one I was easily able to create my own improvised block…

but wish I would not have run out of the Kona white fabric

so I could have added a horizontal strip of white to the top of the block.

Its funny that I sort of dread (and procrastinate) sitting down to work on bee blocks

but once I actually start, I have a jolly good time sewing them up.

You would think I would have learned to look forward to it after all of these months, right???

I just received some lovely Hope Valley DS fabrics for some dresden blocks to make for the NYGQB December blocks ~

I am so looking forward to tackling those little cuties for Valerie 😀

Happy quilting,

Colette

 

 

 

Cheers! October 7, 2010

Filed under: October 2010,Sewing,Swaps — The Threaded Nest @ 7:15 pm
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‘Tis the season to be jolly

fa la la la la la la la la!

Well not quite yet…but VERY soon ;D

I’m definitely getting in the holiday spirit working on my Savvy Seasons Swap.

After seeing the beautiful bunting Kirsten made for the Urban Home Goods Swap (HERE)

I was so inspired I just had to make up one for my partner for the Savvy Seasons Swap.

Kirsten was also really sweet by answering all of my questions

(I know, I know, I ask toooooo many questions!)

about how to make one and pointed me in the direction of

msmcporkchopquilts Castle Peeps bunting tutorial (HERE).

My swap partner asked for something wintry but not holiday specific per se

and being the all-things-British lover that I am…

I just couldn’t resist spelling out cheers with some raw edge applique (a first for me!)

Of course I had to make the reverse side lovely too…

(that way she can choose which side she wants to display)

or even lovelier if it hangs in a doorway or staircase railing.

My fingers are crossed that I will get a Holiday bunting too…

otherwise I’ll surely be whipping one of these cuties up for myself!

p.s. – I have BIG plans for making lots and lots of seasonal buntings ~ tee hee 😀

Happy sewing,

Colette

 

 

pinwheel quilt top finished! April 17, 2010

Filed under: April 2010,Gifts,Quilting,Sewing,Tutorials — The Threaded Nest @ 7:47 am
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Remember the Quilting for Babes project posted here (fabric post here)?

Well, I spent just about the entire day Thursday working on it…

but I finished the entire quilt top!

This is the first time I’ve ever made a pinwheel block and I am thrilled to tell you how easy it was!

I followed along with this super fantastic in depth tutorial:

Old Red Barn Co. pinwheel quilt tutorial (post 1 is here) where she gives detailed instructions over three posts.

Here are some pics I took along the way:

I love how bright and cheery these colors are…they can’t help but make me feel happy!

It’s yucky and rainy here this morning ~

the perfect excuse to stay in and sew!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Happy quilting,

Colette

 

Meet Spoc Monkey February 4, 2010

Filed under: February 2010,Gifts,Sewing,Softies — The Threaded Nest @ 2:24 pm
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My Husband D.’s birthday is a few short days after Christmas (poor guy!) and I feel like he always gets short-changed on the gifts (because all of our money gets spent on Christmas presents and the five other family birthdays that fall in December).  I really wanted to get him some of the gifts he had picked out from a catalog, but as we decided this would be a “cash” Christmas, I was completely out of money.  The previous year I had made our nephew a sock monkey and D. loved it.  I racked my brain for something special I could make him.  He had mentioned a couple of times over the year just how cool it was and that he wanted a blue sock monkey…

A trip to our local sock outlet, a pair of blue eco-wool Men’s hiking socks (these were really thick and a pain to sew on my machine…I doubt I would use them again), and a bunch of scrounged supplies from my craft closet later “Spoc Monkey” was born.  D. is a techie and a huge geek (geek is used as a most enduring sentiment in our home ~ we aspire to achieving greater geekiness around here!) so along with Spoc we gave him the book “A Geek’s Guide to World Domination” … with a Spoc Monkey and guide in hand there would be no stopping him, ha ha.  Really, he has never before been so excited over a gift in our eleven years together!

R. has sort of adopted Spoc (D. says he’s sharing her) and wants me to make her an “argyle” (I love that she knows what argyle is!) monkey.  I love that you can select socks that fit the giftee’s personality!  They are not hard to make, but are time consuming and require quite a bit of hand sewing.  After making Spoc and Chloe (her 16″ Waldorf-inspired Doll) this past December, and because I will be making her Semi-Fantastic Mr. Fox for her Easter basket very soon, Mama has decided she needs to dedicate  her time to other projects.  I am thinking maybe I will make her monkey for Christmas this year??

For those of you interested in making a monkey, this is the really great (and EASY!!) tutorial I followed on Web*Goddess and the instructions for Spoc’s scarf can be found here on Sock Monkey Fun (they also have a great hat that I had made for my Nephew’s monkey).

Happy sewing,

Colette