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This is why I don’t throw away tiny scraps.

   

 

While in England, I hand-pieced half-square triangles trimmed from corners of bee blocks into a free-form unit, then later added swaths of favorite fabrics. The piece was up on my design wall until inspiration struck. I folded the piece in half, then drew a rough outline of a kitten on a scrap of junk mail lying around. After cutting out the kitten, I decided to line it with batting, so I dove into my scraps there, too. A few quick stitches later, he was ready to stuff stiff and ladder stitch finished. He came together so quickly that I expect to make more! But maybe I will omit all the hand-stitching.

I got teary when he was done. I could easily imagine, really for the first time, tiny fingers grasping the tail, or tiny gums chomping on the ears. And he coordinates with the two baby quilts, so he will be right at home in the nursery, like a first friend. Hard to believe it’s all really happening, but little by little (or should I say kick by kick?) it’s sinking in:  in a few short months, I get to meet my first baby!

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This past week had me iced- and snowed-in for several days. The few days I did get to work were a delight as our clientele (i.e. the city’s poorest 3- to 5-year-olds) could not be bussed in. Thus, I had days on my sewing machine at home and days with portable projects! Oh, such glee and delight! I have several completions to report!

I have been sewing through my quilt resolutions, but on occasion, some spontaneity is needed. With the wintery weather, I felt blue for my second home in Newcastle, England. Putting my heart into action, I decided to make something for my English mama, a thank-you for precious breakfasts of dippy eggs and buttered toast soldiers and proper tea.









The block “Love in a Mist” seemed perfectly reminiscent of moist, windy English weather. That bunting print was too apt to chop up, so I modified the block slightly to compensate. I made two small blocks for a tea cosy and a 12-inch block for the table topper. That table topper got bigger and longer spontaneously (there’s that word again!) but I couldn’t help using as much bunting as I could, and I couldn’t get enough of that charcoal grey dot!

Both gifts are tucked away with a handwritten note, ready for a stop at the post office. There is something so indescribable about making something for someone you love, but I guess that is the point of creating:  the creation speaks for you. These pieces are memories of kindness, appreciation for tenderness, a reflection of my DNA which now spans two continents in a way I could never have anticipated. It is a small thing, a small gift, but it is one more point of connection, and my heart feels so much in the giving.

Snow days are ideal for plumbing the depths of the heart and drawing it out into something beautiful, so many  more emotional makes to come!

Whew! Happy New Year! I definitely have some sewing resolutions, but I don’t feel right addressing them until I’ve blogged the rest of Christmas.

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At the eleventh hour, I finished a gift for my mother. I made the table runner with solid white 10-inch Dresden plates. I wanted to add my modern touch to a traditional design, so the background is slightly wonky striped. I love how it turned out and might be making a similar piece for myself next Christmas!

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These potholders went to special recipients: my brother, and my matron of honor. I love the simple masculinity of the one. For the other, I sorted the selvedges I have hoarded for years, carefully selecting words that carried significance and choosing the most prolifically colorful pieces.

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Said friend also adds a pair of birds to her tree every year, so I couldn’t resist crocheting her a few after I came across this pattern. I think they’re adorable, only I’m not sure the species. Wrens, perhaps?

There is still one more Christmas present I’ve not reported, but it deserves a post all its own. Until then, hope your 2015 is exponentially better than 2014 (I know mine is!)

I am so glad to have this puppy done!

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I examined every line of stitching as I went – absolutely no puckering allowed on this heirloom piece! And you know I prayed over it. (That’s not uncommon with my sweet vintage Kenmore, much as I love her!)

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As my fiancé chose the majority of the prints in the top, I made an executive decision to have a more feminine back. Love these vintage poppy sheets picked up at a thrift store!

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Before the wedding, I will wash and starch it so folks can easily sign the white squares!

Having it finished is making things so real! In two months and a few days, my life will change forever – and I can’t wait!

Once upon a time I made a little pouch for my iPhone and loved it! I could easily feel for it in my messy purse, but I could still slip it into my back pocket. With a voile exterior and a flannel interior, it took a beating.

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All those murky greys were once cheery whites! Time for a new one, no? After scrolling Pinterest, I found a tutorial I liked. I didn’t follow it exactly as I had my own process for the patchwork, but I love how it turned out!

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I must say, my favorite way to piece is taking random scraps and putting them together like a puzzle. That’s how I pieced my phone pouch, and I couldn’t help myself until I had pieced an iPad sleeve, too!

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I couldn’t find a tutorial I really liked, so I just made an envelope and bound it with double-fold binding. If you look closely at my stitching, you see my frustration with double-fold binding! But I don’t notice that because I love Love LOVE the patchwork!

And speaking of noticing, the background in these photos is another project I’ve been working on! Can’t wait to finish it off and show y’all!