Sunday, April 29, 2018

Custom Order, Small Items and a Treasure Box

It's Sunday again and time for an update on what I've been up to lately. 

In my previous post I mention I had a custom order to do.

The customer wanted the name 'Lisa' added to it and more hair on the nurse. 
The hair was not a problem, just some FMQ. I don't have an embroidery machine so had to hand embroider 'Lisa'. It's a long time since I've done this kind of embroidery, some ripping, but I think it turned out OK. 

I made a couple of mug rugs from a panel last year and both sold in my Etsy Shop.
What was left of the panel has been sitting on the sewing table for some weeks, actually since middle March. I made a few, prepared some, but got bored with them and put it on hold. After I finished the drawstring bag I didn't know what to sew so decided to finish more mug rugs.

These are maybe small as a mug rugs, but big enough for a mug and a small snack. 

These are bigger and cute as summer mug rugs and great as a gift or Holiday memento. 

A small wall hanging. 
These items will be listed in my Etsy Shop.
(I don't think I have to mention the relief I felt when the last one was done?! lol)

After I finished these mug rugs, I decided to try something new.

This pattern caught my eyes and I had to try it. 
The pattern is in centimetre and I should have known better than trying to convert centimetres to inches; IT DOES NOT WORK!!!  Lots of trial and error before it ended up in the bin! :( From there I decided to do my own pattern (measurement) in inches and I had no problems. 
NOTE: Please do not look at the color combination!!! lol This is a TEST and I have used different fabric quality; chintz, bed sheet, thin cotton and cotton mix. I didn't dare using my quilt fabric just in case it ended up disaster (as the first try did!) Now that I'm confident in how to make it, I'll make one for my shop, just have to decide on colors.  

My 'insanity' quilt blocks

Accumulation of 1.5 inch squares turned into blocks. 
I made 8 36-patches blocks this week; 288 squares sewn together! 

In the treasure box:

Look what I found! :) 
When I was hunting high and low for a embroidery hoop (drawstring bag) I ended up looking in a plastic container hidden under other containers. I had totally forgotten about these log cabin blocks I made in 2010! Yep, that long ago! I made a log cabin quilt for my friend's mother and you can see it here. (Love that quilt). I have nothing left of these pretty Nancy Halvorsen fabrics and I think they are OOP. I'm not sure what to make of these blocks, not enough for a quilt, maybe a table topper. Also rediscovered some patterns and other things in that treasure box. :) 

Birthday and Christmas in the mail box this week! :) 

Poppy fabrics for a UFO (wall hanging). The idea is to fussy cut the poppies and do an applique wall quilt. It's the first time I'm doing something like this and it need some serious brain work! :) 

Batting and backing for 'En Provence'
The black and white charm pack is for the same wall hanging where I'm going to use the poppy fabric and the blue charm pack is for the Irish Chain UFO. 
This should keep me busy the next weeks! :) 

Meteo predicts nice and sunny today; time to start our hiking season! 



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Elzaan said...

Great to see such lovely projects! I love those mugrugs.
Your star design is pretty, and I do like the colour combination LOL

Barb Neiwert said...

You've been busy, with lots of projects going on. Good idea to make a sample block of that star - you are a wise woman! And those little tiny squares - did I just say you were a wise woman....... :)

Donna Croff said...

I am always amazed at what you accomplish in a week. Everything you make is amazing.

Liz Brown said...

So many beautiful projects! I love the treasure box blocks, so pretty.

Karen S said...

You are very busy again. Lovely work on the custom order.
And well done sorting out the quilt measurements. i have never used cm before.

Barwitzki said...

Jaaa :-)) stor glede. Det var deilig her hos deg.
Super prosjekte... herlig å se. Takk deg.
Masse glede for deg. Hilsen fra Viola