Nautical Monogrammed Pillow

I enjoyed making the Wizard of Oz pillow so much that I decided to make another pillow for a wedding gift. I used a nautical themed fabric because the newlyweds live near the beach.IMG_1192

I serged the edges so there would be no unraveling or loose threads and added a zipper on the bottom of the cover. The monogram is by Rivermill Embroidery and is called Split Carnival Appliqué Machine Embroidery Alphabet. The set comes with the full alphabet in 4 sizes and there are a total of 104 files in the set. It stitches out beautifully every time and I have used it with many different projects.

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The unraveling you see at the bottom of the letter is my fault. I didn’t trim the appliqué fabric close enough which I corrected before gifting.

I purchased a 20″ down pillow insert from Amazon, they come in a pack of 2 for $29.99. The newlyweds loved it and contacted me personally after the wedding to tell me how much they appreciated it!

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These pillows go together quickly and easily and can be made in a few hours including the embroidery. They make a great gift for any occasion!

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Quilt Care Instructions

I’ve gotten into the habit of adding care instructions with all of the quilts I make for others. It is a simple list of rules that should be followed to care for a quilt but I can honestly admit I break most of them. For instance, I always put my quilts in the dryer because I like the shriveled look and I usually add fabric softener to make them soft. I know I’ve pulled a thread or two when I’m too lazy to get up and hunt for scissors but the one thing I always do is wash my quilts in cold water. The instructions I include are below:

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I print these instructions on decorative printer paper that fits the holiday or season the quilt is given. I started doing this after attending an open sewing group at my LQS and hearing the ladies speaking of things that had ruined their quilts in the past. They all agreed that fabric softener was the biggest no-no so I try not to use it every time I wash a quilt. One lady even admitted to never washing her quilts, just hanging them on a line outside to freshen them. That wouldn’t work for me because I have a Labrador Retriever and two cats that sleep on my bed. I’m curious to know if you have any special care instructions for your quilts?

Embroidered Wizard of Oz Pillow

 

A few months ago, I attended a baby shower for a Wizard of Oz themed nursery. We had just moved into our new house and I was busy unpacking so I needed a simple, quick gift but a gift that mom-to-be would love. I had never attempted to make a pillow cover before but decided to give it a try. I found the perfect embroidery design by forsewingoutloud on Etsy (link includes a 25% off coupon, details below). Since I didn’t have a pattern I made the front of the cover like a quilt block with sashing and borders. I bought a very fluffy, down pillow insert and I made the finished cover the same width as the pillow so it would hold its shape nicely. I had to watch videos on YouTube to learn how to install a zipper because I wanted the cover to be washable since it was going to be used in a nursery. The embroidery design combined appliqué with embroidery so I was able to use a red sparkle fabric for the shoes which was a nice touch!  The design was superior quality and very reasonably priced. It stitched out quickly and perfectly. Everyone at the shower loved it and I even got an order for another one from a shower guest!

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Thrift Store Finds

 

Do you like to shop at thrift stores? I grew up with a mom who loves to thrift shop. In fact, I took her for a colonoscopy yesterday and she asked to stop at a thrift store on our way home from the hospital! From an early age I remember getting up early and going to yard sales looking for treasures. After awhile, we would have to have our own yard sale to unload a lot of what we had accumulated to keep from becoming hoarders. It was a lot of fun then and I still enjoy it today! I usually gravitate directly to the book section to look for quilt books. One day recently, I hit the jackpot!

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Just a few of the titles purchased

 

I was able to get a lot of great titles and current books for $0.50 to $1.50 each. I ended up with over 30 new books that day! Apparently a quilt shop had gone out of business and donated the books they couldn’t sell so they were all brand new. I was sad to hear that a quilt shop had closed but happy to be the recipient of such a great find.

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I read quilt books like most people read novels. I will read them cover to cover and it keeps me inspired to continue to be creative. It takes 2 book cases to hold my quilting books but I can’t part with any of them.

Some of my favorite titles purchased that day are:
1. Fresh Pineapple Possibilities by Jane Hall and Dixie Haywood
2. Egg Money Quilts by Eleanor Burns
3. Mariner’s Compass Quilts by Judy Mathieson
4. Magic Stack-n-Whack Quilts by Bethany Reynolds
5. Quilt Romance by Kaffe Fassett
6. Star Quilts by Fons and Porter

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Favorites!

I doubt I’ll ever get that lucky again but I will keep searching!

Why Do You Quilt?

One day while sitting on the beach admiring the ocean my cousin (whom I love like a sister) asked me this question. She wondered why out of all of the hobbies and activities in this world I chose quilting as mine. I was in my early 30’s at the time so it probably seemed like an odd hobby to her being in her 20’s. The answer for me is the same now as it was then; because I love it! It’s a passion not just a hobby! Quilting relaxes me (most days) and keeps me sane. No amount of therapy could do for me what quilting has done. There is nothing more rewarding than finishing a quilt and gifting it to someone who will truly appreciate it. I rarely quilt for money because I don’t want it to turn into a job and have deadlines. Some days I will work in my sewing room for 12 hours straight barely stopping to eat and then other times I have dry spells where I don’t sew at all. It usually doesn’t last long though and I find myself looking through a new book and pulling fabrics to start on my next project. I love knowing that one day when I’m gone, my children and grandchildren will have quilts that I have made to remember me by. Everyone in my house fights over the quilts that my great grandmother made because they are so worn and soft! I can only hope that one day my future grandchildren will do the same!

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Even the cats fight for space on my Grandmother’s quilt!