Monthly Archives: December 2017

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I've made a few pillowcases in my time and I've always used a serger. Our BAMQG gift exchange was yesterday and we were asked to bring our gift in a pillowcase for donation to the Happiness is a Warm Quilt drive for the fire victims in Santa Rosa and Napa Counties. Everyone was talking about the burrito method for making a pillowcase (with french seams), so I decided to try it out. I used Jaye's blog post to guide me, but others used this YouTube video. I omitted the accent fabric and chose two prints from my stash.

I LOVE this method! It's quick and easy and the french seams make it feel so fancy. It's a little hard to get a photo of the seams, but the magic is in the fact that there is no exposed edge of fabric.

I wish I had timed how long it took me. All I know is that it was fast! Tada! (My cuff fabric is a single colorblocked piece of fabric with six different shades of green.)

And I used my pillowcase to wrap the gift I gave yesterday. Now I'm debating making pillowcase style Hanukkah gift bags (to reuse every year) instead of the lined drawstring bags I thought I'd make.

What are your favorite magically fast tutorials?

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BAMQG had a kitchen themed gift exchange for the holiday party. My partner, Gerre, wanted an orange apron. After extensive searching through many, many apron patterns I settled on the Pretty Ditty Apron by Jaime Christina after seeing this cute version posted by Hip Stitch on Instagram. (Definitely visit Hip Stitch if you are in Albuquerque, NM. Great shop. Great people.)

Orange is not a color I stash much of, so I visited my local quilt shop to find just the right combination of fabrics. In the end I chose the butterfly print because Gerre had also mentioned Low Volume in the color category. I was concerned that a low volume fabric would show stains easily, but I liked that this print had a low(ish) volume background. I decided it would be a good option for the bust and ties of the apron. It took me about five hours to sew, not including cutting time. There was an optional ruffle for the bottom hem which I chose not to include. And the apron is reversible with two pockets on each side. The reverse side features Moda Grunge fabric... I need to use more of that.

 

The party and gift exchange was today. I knew Gerre would like the apron, but it was fun to see her wear it for the rest of the party. Here she is!

 

I received an iPad stand, which I'm excited to have for using while I'm cooking. And my daughter is thrilled that she can use it while she watched Cupcake Wars. ;-) She may have told my husband that the iPad stand was for her.

We are into week two of the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge. For me it could be called the 31 Day Late Night Blog Writing Challenge. ;-) Thanks for reading. Check out others who are participating in the challenge by following the link to Cheryl's blog.

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I thought I'd share a bit about three of my favorite quilting books.

Lucky Spool's Essential Guide to Modern Quilt Making is broken into ten workshops, each written by a different powerhouse quilter. I love the variety in style and technique. This 191 page book is packed with lessons, patterns, and tips.

Shape by Shape by Angela Walters is one of my go to books for free motion quilting ideas. I love the format of presenting a variety of quilting motifs that fit well in a particular shape. There are over 70 designs suitable for each part of your quilt. Check out book 2 as well.

Patchwork City by Elizabeth Hartman is a charming book with 75 blocks in three sizes. The geometric blocks have fun names like Airport, Laundromat, and Clock Tower. There are so many opportunities for fussy cutting in these blocks.

What are your favorite quilting books?