Teeny Tiny Tomte

This teeny tiny Tomte is  something I just had to make. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen it, but I can’t resist posting it once again because it’s so little and fun.

Tiny Tomte Fun - little ornament - piecefulthoughts.com

I’d seen these little Tomtes on my feed and thought about making one. Then I read Kitty’s post at nightquilter.com, her little Tomte was so cute, I had to get the pattern.

Moss & Lotus designed these cute little guys. The patterns are paper pieced and there are several Tomte designs, including this little 2″ fellow.  There is also a Tomte Sew Along on Instagram where you can see all the creative fun going on.

My little Tomte is made with little pieces of the fabric that Rose sent me. It takes me just a couple of minutes to make one block. I used some of the string Rose tied the fabric bundle with to make the loop for hanging.

Next up is to make one of the larger patterns. I’m just having trouble trying to decide which one! Join along in the Tomte fun. If you do, I want to see a picture!

Linking up today with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers and Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social.  

Happy Stitching!

Wendy

 

Little Christmas Project

Well, my Thanksgiving was wonderful. I enjoyed having both of my kids home. We talked, laughed, played games and ate yummy food. While I was sad to see my daughter head back to Florida, she’ll be home again soon for Christmas.

Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. My latest state of mind is that I am ahead of my Christmas shopping, since I have two of the most difficult gifts to find purchased (no Black Friday shopping either). I know a few more that I need to get and will likely be able to pick them up today.  I’m taking a different approach this year and trying to get the more challenging gifts done first.

Of course, I haven’t really started thinking or making the sewing projects for Christmas. I think about Christmas gifts at two times during the year — July and then mid-November. I always have good intentions in July and plan to get things done ahead of time. Anyway, I took part in the 12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop this year and it was fun to see the different projects. If you want to take a look at them again, you can go to my post here.

Santa came a bit early for me this year. One of his elves got busy and sent me some goodies. Rose of Something Rosemade sent me a little package of Christmas fabrics from her stash. Do you follow Rose? You should! She makes beautiful, colorful quilts and writes a lovely blog! Pop on over and say hi — I’ll wait . . .

So, when I opened my happy mail, here’s what I found inside.

Little Christmas Project - fabrics - piecefulthoughts.com

This bundle of fabric was tied with the cutest little red and white string. I was very excited to see these pretty Christmas fabrics. See that top piece that looks a bit like patchwork? I’ll show you what I did with it in a minute. Right now, you need to see what else Rose tucked in the package.

Little Christmas Project - gift stilettos - piecefulthoughts.com

Two little stilettos — how cute are they? Here’s a close up of each one.

Little Christmas Project - stiletto - piecefulthoughts.com

I love this one. She looks a bit like me, I think, except that my hair never looks that snazzy. I do love her lip color too, and I want those glasses!

This next one made me grin from ear to ear. I mean, seriously, how cute is this??

Little Christmas Project - pigs fly stiletto - piecefulthoughts.com

The little blue pig is perfect, and the word “fly” just made it all the better! Isn’t it fun?

That cute little bundle didn’t gather dust (there’s a few fabrics in my stash that have, I’ll admit it). I made a few little projects out of them, and I still have fabric left over for more.

Back to that little patchwork fabric, which is actually fabric printed to look like half-square triangles. (If I had been thinking a bit more when I started this project, I would’ve taken pictures. I got so into this project, I completely forgot!) I cut a piece 9″ x 12″, then cut a piece of fusible fleece the same size and fused it to the wrong side of the patchwork fabric. Using red thread, I stitched on the lines and — voila — I had a little quilted piece of fabric. I pulled out a stocking pattern and traced it onto the fusible fleece. Then I cut a piece of coordinating fabric from the pack and laid it right sides together with the patchwork fabric. I stitched on the line drawn on the fusible fleece and cut out the stocking, leaving a 1/4′ seam allowance.

I traced the stocking onto another piece of fabric to use for the lining. With right sides together, I sewed the lining pieces together. Once that was done, I tucked the lining into stocking, stitched a binding to the top and added a hanging loop. The whole project took me a little over an hour.

Little Christmas Project - Patchwork Stocking - piecefulthoughts.com

The finished stocking is about 10″ tall. It’s the perfect size for tucking into a corner or hanging from a cute little hook. This will be a gift for a friend.

What about you? Do you have a fun, fast Christmas project you enjoy making? I’d love to hear about it!

Linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts and Beth at Love Laugh Quilt.

Wendy

 

Pieceful Monday

Pieceful Monday, well, peaceful Monday anyway. I woke up to an amazing sunrise. Had I not been in my jammies with hair all askew, I would’ve grabbed my camera and ran out for a photo. Instead, I just sat and looked at it, thankful that God has given me another day to enjoy.

I really did plan to post last week after I returned from visiting my brother and sister-in-law. However, I wasn’t home long enough to post anything, much less have anything to post about. I’m late getting this out today too, but I wanted to get something posted before Thanksgiving.

So, what have I been up to?

Well, stitching with Nita, my sister-in-law, is always fun. We spent the day at her shop. She loves to teach quilt classes, so as you walk in the door of her shop you see a large table that can accommodate 8-10 sewists and their machines comfortably. The other half of her shop has the cutting area, fabric, wool and, of course, patterns.

I didn’t bring any project along, knowing that Nita would have something for me to work on. She gave me a Buttermilk Basin wool table topper to work on. I didn’t get very far on it, but I did make some progress. You can see the pattern here.

Once we were back home, I had little time in my sewing room. I snuck a little time in on Saturday, which I spent trying to get caught up on two of my QALs. I didn’t make too much progress, but getting 10 blocks done is better than none at all, right? Here’s they are, from the Magnolia Mystery QAL by Meadow Mist Designs.

Pieceful Monday - QAL Progress, Magnolia Mystery QAL - piecefulthoughts.com (c) 2017

I’m still working on my Solar Flare quilt, which is my version of the Wayward Transparency QAL by Quilting Jetgirl. Hopefully I can sneak in some work on it this week. I haven’t gotten any further than the one quadrant I showed you in my last post.

I have one woolie star finished. No more finishes on these until I get more polyfil for the other two. Stuffing those star points is a challenge. Here’s the picture of the trio before stitching the backs on.

Pieceful Monday - Woolie Star Trio, Buttermilk Basin pattern - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

My pineapple quilt tops, both large and small, are ready to be basted and quilted. I may not get this done soon due to the holidays. At least that excuse sounds good. I do think I know how I want to quilt them, now I just need to take a deep breath and get to it.

One project I’m thinking of making for a possible Christmas gift is this pillow from My Quilt Infatuation. I have some Minnesota fabric left over, so it might be fun and easy to get done. I think I’d make my pillow a bit smaller, since I have the state outline ready to go. I’ll post pictures if I get this going.

Tomorrow our daughter comes home from Florida, so I’m not sure that much quilting will happen this week.

I hope you have a pieceful Monday, friends! I may not post anything else this week, so Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Enjoy your time with family and friends!

Wendy

 

Quilt Along Catchup

There was not much sewing in my quilt room this weekend. There were other activities that took my time. However, I did have some time to get some sewing done on my Wayward Transparency quilt for Quilting Jetgirl’s Quilt Along. It’s been fun seeing what others are getting done, and now it’s time for me to get caught up!

This quilt along is working with color value. We were encouraged to choose colors, then, according to value. I chose to go with one of the suggestions on Quilting Jetgirl’s posts, because I liked the colors of the fabrics. They are bold colors — does that surprise you?

Pieceful Monday - QAL fabrics - piecefulthoughts.com (c) 2017

I’m a little behind on my sewing for this month’s step, but I should be able to get caught up. Here’s what I got done this weekend.

Pieceful Monday - Quilt Along Progress - piecefulthoughts.com (c) 2017

I am looking forward to finishing this top because I like how the colors play together! I have named it Solar Flare, because that is what kept coming to mind as I stitched this part together.

Pumpkin Update

I didn’t want you to think I’ve left the pineapples behind. I’m happy to find that if I add two more pineapples, one to each row, it will fit just right in the wall unit space!  That will leave me with two orphan pineapple blocks, and I think I know what I’m going to do with them too.

I have to get a few supplies for the quilting, and then I should be ready to get started with the quilting. I’ll post more about it soon!

Tomorrow and Wednesday I’ll be spending some time with my brother and sister-in-law, and I get to help her at her shop. I enjoy spending time with them, and the shop is an added plus! I may not get a post done for Wednesday, but I’ll be back on Friday!

Happy stitching!

Wendy

Pineapple Crush

I’m definitely crushing on these pineapple blocks. The bright oranges, golds and greens just make me happy.

So I have some decisions to make because I only made 12 blocks (that wasn’t the initial plan, but stuff happens). I have a wall unit in my living room that BigJ built, and he specifically designed a space for quilts. Here’s a photo from an earlier post.

Pineapple Crush - wall unit quilt display - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

I currently have a mini wall hanging from eight of the pineapple blocks.

Pineapple Crush - Mini quilt - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

The quilt at this point measures a wonky 26.5″ x 38.5″ because of the long skinny blocks. I could add a border, but that might make it too long for the space. I may just add two more blocks to the end of each row so there will be 5 blocks across rather than 4. First I need to have BigJ hold it up so I can see if the current length will work in the space. I think it will, but it will be close!

Then I’ll need to make some decisions on how to quilt it. If you have some fun ideas, feel free to share. Just keep in mind I’m still working with my walking foot and haven’t ventured much into free motion quilting yet!

So let me try to give you a little idea of how these blocks go together. The patterns appeal to me because they have a bit of an improv feel. The construction is a bit like a modified stack and whack. Modified because rather than just slicing, rotating, and sewing, there is an actual pattern and method to how you do it.

Sewing the blocks together is a bit like traditional piecing, but also like improv because you don’t match seams. It’s also not unusual to have to lop off a point as you go, and that takes some getting used to. The block construction is very forgiving because you construct and then square it. I find that very relaxing.

Another part of the construction I enjoy is not really knowing which fabrics are going to be together until I begin working on the block. I know what fabrics I have in the mix, but after rotating them I don’t look at them until it’s their turn to be sewn together. It also keeps me from trying to be too matchy!

This will be my fifth Buggy Barn quilt that I’ve made. Two have been given away; two others are in my UFO pile. We can talk about that another time. Haha. (Hint: it has nothing to do with the patterns and everything to do with my procrastination.) I am determined to finish this one.

Linking up today with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Sherry at Powered by Quilting for Friday Foto Fun and Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wendy

Pineapple Progress

Pineapple progress has been happening! I had hoped to have the quilt top done, but it’s still a work in progress. I do have some blocks to show you today, so you can see what they look like.

Earlier this week I was seeing all things pineapple, and it was making me smile. It’s an odd time of year to be thinking of pineapples, when all you see on the porches and walkways are pumpkins and cornstalks! This time of year also begins to gather friends and family together, so I think it’s an appropriate time to talk about pineapples and hospitality, don’t you?

The hospitality of friends has been on my mind today. Yesterday I got together with four friends to celebrate the birthday of one of them. We have been friends for years and years. Part of the hospitality is the lovely homes of each of them. Look at this beautiful table!

Pineapple Progress - Table Setting - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

Each of these ladies has the gift of hospitality, not only in their homes but also in their hearts. Good friends are wonderful, aren’t they?

Pineapple Peek

Okay, I know you’ve been waiting for it. So here you go. Four of the pineapples done, with eight more waiting. Each block is 7 x 19 1/2″. The instructions call for 24 blocks; I misread and made only 12, but I can work with that. I think.

Pineapple Progress - Pineapple Tidbit blocks from the Certifiably Crazy book from Buggy Barn - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

This pattern is called Pineapple Tidbits and it’s a Buggy Barn pattern from the book Certifiably Crazy. Buggy Barn Quilts closed a few years ago. However, the two Nesbitt sisters each have their own businesses now (as I understand it), Barn Chick Quilts and One Sister. The Buggy Barn Quilt Shop was the first quilt shop I stopped at while on a road trip way back in 2003. I have made quite a few of their patterns, two of which are still in my UFO pile, but that’s for another post!

Anyway, aren’t the blocks fun? I’m liking how bright and happy they are! I have a busy weekend ahead, so we’ll see if I get them done or not. You’ll have to stop back on Monday.

What about you? How do you celebrate hospitality with your family and friends? I’d love to hear about it!

Pumpkin Progress - Table Setting detail - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

I’m linking up today with Susan at Quilt Fabrication for Midweek Makers and Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts for Let’s Bee Social.

Wendy

 

Pineapple Mashup

Pineapple Mashup? That’s the title that kept coming to mind as I was thinking about this post. It’s going to be about pineapples and why I am making this quilt.

Pineapples have long been the symbol for hospitality. You can ask Mr. Google and find all kinds of information about it. Years ago, I was in a book club with some friends and we got on the topic of hospitality and when people just drop by unexpectedly. I don’t recall exactly how, but I gave the impression that I didn’t want that happening at my house. I was embarrassed to show my home. There was nothing wrong with it, other than being a home with young kids, cats, a few random dust bunnies and continual renovation. But I was always sure that no one else’s home looked as messy as mine. Anyway, because of that I’ve never felt that I had the gift of hospitality.

Fast forward a few years and I came across this pineapple quilt and I knew I wanted to make it someday. Then the TV show Psych became a favorite show of our family, and we would always look for the random pineapple in the show. Each time I saw it, I thought I need to make that pineapple quilt!

Earlier this fall, pineapple blocks and quilts were popping up everywhere, which also made me think of this quilt and wanting to get it done. So the project has always been on my mind. Over the past year, I have been gathering fat quarters for this quilt whenever I’m out shopping.

So there’s my mashup of thoughts on the pineapple quilt, full of trivial information you really didn’t need to know. Haha.

My pile of fabrics has grown, so on Monday I mentioned that I needed to check to see if I was ready to start the project. There was plenty of fabric, and I began looking at the fabric values only to find that most of my orange was too close in value.  I decided to switch to golds for my light colors, pulling whatever I had in my stash that would work and that was fat quarter size. My pineapples have become much more “wild” than I had planned, and I think I’m going to like it.

The Players

Pineapple Mashup - the fabric mashup - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

Benched

Pineapple Mashup - fabrics that didn't make the cut - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

Another reason for the title Pineapple Mashup is because the fabrics I chose are from multiple designers as well as years. Most of them are pretty recent, but there’s a few oldies tucked in there!

Getting Started

Here’s a little peek of where I’m at on this project. I’ll give you more details on the pattern used and method in another post. For now, here are some of the tops.

Pineapple Mashup - the tops - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

It was really fun to see how these fabrics emerged. I am liking the blend of colors and patterns. Yes, those blocks are wonky. They’re supposed to be. They will be squared later, but more on that in a later post.

Tops have got to have bottoms, so here’s a peek at those too. You might want your shades on, these are bright!

Pineapple Mashup - the bottoms - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

I am having so much fun with this project. Hopefully I’ll have some finished to show you soon!

And you know what? I really do like to have people come to my home and enjoy making them feel welcome, although admittedly I still quake a bit at the thought of someone just stopping by. This quilt hanging in my home would remind me that hospitality is not about how my home looks, but how I make my visitors feel.

Linking up today with Beth at Cooking Up Quilts for Main Crush Monday.

Wendy

Finally Friday

Finally Friday. This week has flown by and I have little to show for it. We got back home Tuesday evening. Wednesday came and went without a post. I played catch up the rest of the week. This post is late too. Some weeks are like that.

Quilty Inspiration is Everywhere

While we were in Milwaukee, we stayed at a Hilton Garden Inn . It was beautiful. Here’s a picture of the floor. Quilt inspiration, anyone?

Finally Friday – Quilt Design Inspiration, Hilton Garden Inn, Milwaukee – piecefulthoughts.com 2017

It was a short stay, but I managed to get the little woolies stitched up while I was there. Now they just need finishing, which will be a backing for each and then stuffing. This is a Buttermilk Basin pattern, but I reduced the pattern by 75%. Originally, they finish at 11 inches, but I didn’t want them that large. Mine will finish about 7-8 inches.

Finally Friday - Woolie Project, Buttermilk Basin pattern - piecefulthoughts.com 2017

So, what’s up for my weekend sewing?

  • Get caught up with my Magnolia Mystery blocks
  • Work on an improv project that’s tumbling around in my head
  • Check my growing stack of orange and green fabrics to see if I’m ready to start the project I have in mind for them
  • Clean my quilt room

What are your plans for the weekend?

Linking up today with Sherry of Powered by Quilting for Friday Foto Fun.

Wendy