Wednesday, December 18, 2013

quilt finish

The Christmas quilt is finished!

happy-go-lucky quilt for winter

I backed this quilt with green minky and quilted it with straight lines.  When I use this cuddly double-sided minky, I don't use any batting and it makes for such a comfy, cozy quilt.

Christmas/winter quilt

minky backing

One of these times I would like to try some free motion quilting but for this one it was quickest
 and easiest to stick with the straight lines, and I like how it turned out.

minky quilt back

And a picture of the quilt roll.

quilt roll

winter quilt

I'm really happy I got this quilt done before Christmas and we are able to enjoy our quilt and pillows!

Christmas pillows and quilt

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas pillows (using Aurifil thread!)

I was excited to be chosen to participate in the Sew Mama Sew sewing challenge.  
We were asked to sew a mini quilt using the thread sent to us by Aurifil.  I eagerly awaited my package of thread because I have never used it before but have heard/read great things about it.  This little box arrived with this beautiful thread inside...love those colors!

Aurifil thread - Simplify

Aurifil thread

I decided to make some mini quilts (to be made into pillows) to match my Christmas quilt 
that is still waiting on the back burner while I get other Christmas projects done.

For the first mini quilt/pillow, I did a simple half log cabin block and used some fun stitches on my machine to quilt it.  The thread colors are awesome and it was wonderful to quilt with!

Christmas mini quilt pillow

Christmas mini quilt/pillow

Christmas mini quilt/pillow stitching with Aurifil

Christmas pillow

For the second one, I made up a bunch of half-square triangles and made this star pillow.
I used the turquoise, gray, and green thread to quilt this one with a triple stitch to make the stitches stand out a bit more.

Christmas mini quilt/pillow

Christmas pillow Aurifil stitching

Christmas pillow

I used this tutorial to make the back of the pillow with a zipper closure.

Christmas pillow zipper back

And just a couple more pictures of the pillows together.

Christmas pillows

Christmas pillows

Christmas pillows

Thanks Sew Mama Sew and Aurifil for letting me participate and try out this lovely thread.

Here is a list of the other participants.  Check out what they created using their Aurifil thread.

Amy of Badskirt
Vanessa of Punkin Patterns
Kristin of And Chips
Lindsey of LRstitched
Penny of Sew Take a Hike

linking to Crazy Mom Quilts
 and Quilt Story