More like Merry CUTE-mas

Blasphemy be damned (wait, what?)–I’m renaming Christmas to CUTE-mas. How can I not when this stinker of a happy new pillow has just found its home on my couch?

Christmas Joy pillow

Christmas Joy pillow

I was recently delighted to rediscover a bunch of Alpine Wonderland fabric I have that was leftover from my favorite Christmas table runner. Nordic Christmas: #cantstopwontstop.

Christmas Joy pillow

To make the front panel I just fussy-cut two of my favorite Alpine Wonderland scenes (sleigh and chalet) and pieced those into a square with a blue dot print above to represent snowy sky and some brown fabric below to look like earth (I think the brown print is from a collection with “woodland” something in the title but cannot remember–help me out if you know it!). Then I just sewed on a couple borders to make it big enough for my 20-inch pillow form.

Christmas Joy pillow

After that I used fusible web like in this Sew Mama Sew tutorial to make the appliqué JOY letters, which I top-stitched down with a simple straight stitch (no zigzag required since they were already heat-fused down with the webbing and very secure).

Christmas Joy pillow

Finally, I chose some festive prints for the back, enclosed it with a zipper flap, and attached the binding (the flap is Lizzy House, the dot print is Michael Miller, and the binding fabric I believe is Riley Blake Small Chevron in Green but don’t hold me to it). I originally wanted to do piping around the edges but was about a foot short on rope so binding it was! I ain’t mad at it.

Christmas Joy pillow

The general consensus in our house is that the pillow is everyone’s new favorite decoration. I’ll be so sad to pack it up after Christmas, but then I’ll probably forget all about it and flip out next year when it’s time to pull out Christmas decorations. I can’t wait to rediscover it on an annual basis! :)

Christmas Joy pillow

Table runners and chubby fingers

Guys, I’m coming up in the world. I am now such a hoity artist that I’ve been granted the luxury of two unpaid volunteer photography assistants! They may only be able to model projects fewer than four feet in length, but what they lack in stature they more than make up for in enthusiasm. And chubby fingers—how those dimpled knuckles do slay me.

Plum-ish improv table runner

Here’s yet another project I started sewing ages ago and only recently pulled out of my works-in-progress pile to finish. And I’m glad I did because it’s a perfect addition to the previously bare dining table in our new home (I originally made this and this for myself but ended up giving those away to my mom and best friend, respectively). It even matches our “family quilt“—as my sweetie’s two cuddly boys, a/k/a the chubby-fingered assistants, call it—that we keep on the couch.

Plum-ish improv table runner

Plum-ish improv table runner

What is it about fall that always seems to give me the table runner bug? I love all the plums and purples in Anna Maria Horner’s Dowry and True Colors lines. Combined with my favorite quilting pattern: infinity loops. Here’s one devoted little man proudly displaying the runner for me while exploding my ego by adorably repeating how it is “like, soooooo pretty”:

Plum-ish improv table runner

Plum-ish improv table runner

My original furry snuggler sat this one out and decided to just look on tiredly from her little perch atop her brother’s butt—there finally exist two living beings who can wear even *her* out!

Plum-ish improv table runner

So the next project? Halloween stuff, of course! I’ve got a super cute bunting and simple patchwork quilt in the works and have been more motivated than ever to hang out in my sewing room since it now involves a steady chorus of “ooooh”s and “ahhhh”s by my sewing cheerleaders. Here’s a little peek of what we’ve got going on…

Halloween bunting in progress

I’m most excited about the print with the potion bottles—one of which purports to contain “OWL HOOTS.”  Just put a fork in me.

Fall table runner

Fall Table Runner

Hi! Happy MID-DECEMBER? I figured I’d better stop in and post pictures of my Thanksgiving table runner before Christmas arrives. It successfully made it through my first hosted Thanksgiving and my brother’s spilling red wine on it (hence the yummy crinkles in the day-after photos–it’s already post-wash!).

I hope you all had a fat and happy Thanksgiving. xo

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Fall Table Runner

Spring Album 2013

Happiness outside my window. I am loving the green grass and trees coming to life and flowers and fragrant air. Finally!

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