Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

My hub is working today.. people still fly on Thanksgiving.. :/ and I've been sick all week with bronchitis or some other horrible respiratory thing, for which I now have three prescriptions for,  so we are at home today.. but planning a fun evening of watching a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and popping some popcorn tonight with the seven year old mister in my life. :D

But in the meantime, I have been sewing some quick holiday things over the last couple of weeks.

A quilted pyramid zip pouch from some Taking Names triangle blocks that I received in a block testing swap.. it was..challenging.. and I kind of messed up the zipper at the top. And I wish I had used stiffer batting.

Not really neat enough to gift, so keeping it.. and it turns out it is the perfect size to keep the tiny vacuum attachment set for my sewing machine, that is also perfect to use on the computer!! Everything gets so dusty here in the valley.  Ugh! I had no idea such a thing existed, and it was really inexpensive too!

The reason I found out about the tiny vacuum attachment set is b/c I broke a needle the other day on my machine, and part of it went down inside.  Ugh! 

I also made another zip pouch like the sock monkey one, but this one out of a different Kickin' Stash block made of Mary Engelbreit fabrics.  It turned out much neater than the pyramid one. I used a polyester zipper for the monkey pouch, and a metal for the pyramid, but for this one I used a sport zipper, and I really like it the best.

These are quick, small gifts to make and so fun!  I don't know what took me so long to try making them.

(have been playing with free photo editing software, PhotoScape.. it's great.. and FREE!)

And, several months ago, my friend Rebecca at Making Rebecca Lynne sent me her infinity scarf pattern to try out.  Well, a shameful amount of time has passed, but I finally tried it out and I love it!!  It has three sizes, including one that can be pulled up as a hood or used for a nursing cover, etc.  It's beginner friendly, and you can purchase it on her Etsy shop here.

The pattern can be made of four coordinating FQ's of any fabric weight really, but I used just one fabric for the ones I made, and used heavier wintery fabric.



I will definitely be using the pattern again!  I highly recommend it for a quick and easy, chic and practical gift. :D

I also finished my nephew's patchwork punctuation quilt top this week and got it basted.

But when I started trying to quilt it, my machine started skipping stitches and catching a little, and nothing I did would fix it so it's getting a service right now and will be gone for TWO weeks! Ack!  So little Betsy came out of hiding.

But now I'm not sure I will even get my nephew's quilt done by Christmas.  Fingers crossed, but here it sits. :(

Thanks for visiting! Happy Thanksgiving, and Congrats to Tami C. for winning the FQS gc in the Blog Hop Party giveaway!



Hope you feel better soon, and you're all together again soon too! Love the wee makes, but sorry to hear about the quilting nightmare!

Michelle said...

Kelli I hope you feel better soon. You have the same backup machine I have. Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

Tammy said...

Congrats to Tami c. Hope you feel better soon.Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. May it be filled with blessings and memories made

jen said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Kelli! I hope you feel better soon:)

Maria said...

Hope you are feeling better soon.. Love the sweet pouch..

Melody said...

Hope you are 100% better very soon. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours

Sorry you haven't been feeling well! And SORRY your hubby had to work for Thanksgiving.....YUK! Fortunately, (for now) my seniority allows me to have the holidays off. I pray it stays that way! All of your creations look great! Your machine will be back before you know it, and you will be a quilting machine getting your nephew's cool quilt done!

Tami C said...

So sorry you have been feeling poorly all week. I hope you feel better soon. I might have to think about finding mini attachments for my vacuum. I had never seen anything like yours. You little pouches are really cute! Sorry your machine started skipping. I hope you get it back soon. I'll be browsing at the Fat Quarter Shop shortly! Thanks again Kelli!

Cute little triangle zipper bag. I've never sewn zippers before. Don't stress over the quilt. It'll get done.

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