Welcome back everyone! I went on a bit of a crafting craze and have not posted about any of it. Let's just say the more stress I am under, the more I craft. The last couple of months have been very busy at school and the kids have been in a bit of a funk since Christmas. I am planning to get in the habit of posting projects as I work on them, but for tonight I am mostly just sharing some eye candy.
"The Tree Skirt" I have worked on this tree skirt on and off for two years! How ridiculous is that?! It was meant to be a quick project. I do most of my quilting for big projects on my aunts long arm quilting machine...with that being said, up until recently I only did big projects. So, when I started quilting this on my home machine I got frustrated and kept putting it off. But in the spirit of reducing stress and accomplishing little things I finished it!
This project was full of firsts, mostly because I was feeling a little bored with my life. I was ready to try something new. This is the first project I appliqued, embroidered, and free motion quilted. My mom gave me her old machine months ago (it's nothing fancy, but it's a little bigger than mine). My machine I use most of the time is only a 3/4 machine, so it didn't have the ability to do free motion quilting. Since, I finally brought my mom's home and bought a free motion quilting foot I just had to give it a try. I am not so proud of my ability to "square up" this wall hanging. It doesn't look so crooked when it is actually on the wall.
For Christmas my husband bought me a tablet (which it turns out won't work for blogging). I was so excited to make a case for it. I actually made the case before I even got the tablet. I made sure to put a pouch to hold headphones, the charger, and USB cables. This was also the first time I ever covered a button! I plan on doing a tutorial on how I made this sometime in the next month. I am just waiting for the perfect fabric.
Let me tell you, these wreaths are so incredibly easy to make! Even better than that, these are actually the same wreath. I made it so that I can decorate it for the seasons without having to store multiple wreaths. I also love the look of burlap. I have NEVER made one before and it only took me 15 minutes IN THE CAR! I think that next year for Christmas everyone I know will be getting on of these! Tutorial to come!
The biggest for last! This year for Christmas I made my parents a quilt. My parents have four dogs. All four dogs are labs. I think it is funny, because they had four kids too. We joke that as we moved out they replaced each of us with a dog. Anyway, I tell you this because I decided to make them this quilt two weeks before Christmas all because I saw this lab fabric and it was just so them! Needless to say the quilt was a hit. It came together super fast. I started cutting around five in the afternoon one day and had it pieced by ten that night. I did add the two borders, I really think the quilt needed them even though the pattern didn't call for them.