A Few Finishes

While I was out of school on winter break a few weeks ago, I managed to get a little sewing done.  I made some gifts for family that lives near me for Valentine’s Day.  Now that they have their gifts, I can post about them.

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This one was for my niece L. She loves the dolls of LaLa Loopsy.  I found the fabric on spoonflower and ordered it.  I had the blue and the yellow.  Yellow is her favorite color, but I didn’t have enough of any yellow fabric to make the ruffled parts, so I opted for just a contrasting band.


Here is the one I made for my other niece, M.  She absolutely loves anything with mustaches on it.  The new fabric “Honky Tonk” by Moda,  fit the bill.  I added a brown Moda “solid” to it.

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I made this little runner for my SIL and BIL for V-day.  It is from Northcott’s Stonehenge Line.

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Last, but not least, I made some napkins for my MIL and FIL.  Again, “Honky Tonk” by Moda fit the bill, paired with the same “Solid” by Moda that I used in the pillowcase above. 

I had a wonderful time making these gifts.  They were small enough projects that I didn’t feel overwhelmed (well, I would have preferred to have had a ruffling attachment for my sewing machine for the pillowcases).  I was elated to get to spend time sewing in my sewing room instead of working on homework, longingly looking towards the fabric side of the room.

A Mother’s Day Gift

This year, with my husband away, I made my mother-in-law a set of napkins and placemats for her mother’s day gift.  The delivery confirmation says it was received, so I can post about it now.  This is one of the secret projects I was working on in March.


I used Nicole’s Napkin tutorial to make the napkins.  I love them how they end up quite large, and very sturdy.  My MIL has several things with a chili pepper motif, so this fabric that I bought years ago to make her something worked really well.  The edging/background fabric (green, red, black) is Moda Bella – I just love that fabric!!  There is a set of six napkins.

I also made a set of six placemats:


I just used the fabric and backed them with Moda Bella in black. I had found at Missouri Quilt Company, some Moda Bella bias binding already pre-cut/pressed, etc on a roll so that all you have to do is go.  I don’t know if I would do it for every project that it calls for, but it was nice to just get going on the project.  I bought about 15 yards of binding and have about half of it left.

A gift Basket

I made a gift basket for my guild’s Holiday party live auction:


It has Nichole’s Napkins some tea, candy canes and mints.  It brought in $25, which isn’t bad.

I also made me and my friend Rebekah (my stand in for Max since he couldn’t go last minute) a Santa Hat purse: