Monday, January 9, 2017

And Another One!

I think I've finally determined the perfect size for the 1 Hour Baskets to be used at our quilt retreat.

I cut this one at 10.5" x 12.5".
I used fusible fleece for the basket and stiffened the handles up with Pellon Decor Bond.

One down, seven to go.

Oh, and we're also making bunnies out of folded fat quarters.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Magical "Burrito" Pillowcase

I had a couple of spare minutes yesterday, as well as a couple of charity pillowcase kits from my guild, so I decided to whip up a magical "buritto" pillowcase quickly, using the very popular tutorial from the website. I hadn't made one in years, so I'd forgotten how easy it is.

Fabric for these pillowcases is donated by guild members, which unfortunately means it's usually fabric nobody wants. The ladies on the giving committee do an excellent job matching up fabrics as best they can. It's kind of like an ugly fabric challenge.

I swapped out the trim fabric for yellow from my scrap bins on this one but that's all.

The tutorial teaches you how to do French seams so there's not a raw edge in sight!
It turned out really cute and I know someone will love it!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

1 Hour Basket #2

I'm working on an idea for our guild's retreat in April and the original 1 Hour Basket is a little too big for what we have in mind.
I decided to make a smaller one.

I think this one is too small. Darn! I used fusible fleece for this basket. And interfacing in the handles to stiffen them up a bit.

I cut the fabric 10.5" x 10.5" instead of 10.5" x 16.5".

The fabric is Lilac Bunnies & Carrots from Free Spirit and Lime Le Creme Dots from Riley Blake, both available on the website.

Trying again, 3rd time's the charm, right?

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1 Hour Basket #1

I've seen 1 Hour Baskets all over the web for the last year or so and today I decided to give it a whirl.
As usual, I didn't have all of the supplies called for in the pattern, but I forged on anyway.

I think it turned out quite nicely all considered. I used Pellon Decor Bond instead of fusible fleece. It's pretty sturdy but did not like being squished through a 3" hole to turn the basket inside out. I think I'll look for something else for the next one.

I also did not use decor weight fabric because all my cute fabric is quilting fabric.

The pattern is really easy to follow and the basket took exactly 1 hour and 2 minutes to make!

The fabric I used is Pink Bunnies & Carrots from Free Spirit's Garden collection & Riley Blake's Small Le Creme Dot in Pink, both available in the store.

Since I made a Halloween item yesterday and an Easter item today I'm well on my way to having all the holidays covered!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

UFO Challenge #6 Done and Plans for January

Yesterday I finished my January project for the UFO Challenge. Granted it was a small one - 16"x16" - and all it needed was quilting and binding, but it was a good start to the year.

The pattern is my "Skully" block. I enlarged it to 9" to fit my instructions for a mini quilt or pillow cover which you can find over here.

Now on to the rest of the month! I'm hoping to finish my Mariner's Compass quilt this month and get the pattern written. And that's about all since this is a huge project!
Here's another sneak peek.
What are your plans for January?

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

UFO Challenge 2017

Happy New Year everyone!

This year I'm planning to make a dent in my UFO pile. Actually, I'm hoping to finish most of them but I don't want to say that out loud...

In order to help me do this, I've joined the UFO Challenge over at

Want to join me?

You basically make a list of 12 UFOs you'd like to finish/work on and they'll pick one for you each month.

Here's my list:
1. Dear Jane - still...
2. The Splendid Sampler - lots of catching up to do
3. Mariner's Compass
4. Mini Grandmother's Flower Garden
5. Daisy Chain Hexie Quilt
6. Skully Mini Quilt
7. Rainbow Jane
8. Paula Vaughn A Quilt for All Seasons Cross Stitch - March
9. Christmas Runner - Mod Ornaments from Sew Kind of Wonderful
10. Dog Charity Quilt
11. New Project - still to be determined (I ran out of UFOs!)
12. New Project - Still to be determined

January's pick is #6, so I'll be working on the Skully Mini. It's tiny, so I can probably finish it in one day. Yay!

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Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Completed Projects

Not a bad year...
#1 - Oopsie Daisy (pattern available here)

#2 - Pinwheel Party (pattern available here)

#3 - Maker's Tote (pattern available here)

#4 - Sailing (pattern available here)

#5 - Frankie Mini

#6 - Grandmother's Flower Garden - a doozie!

#7 - Owl Pincushion (even the little ones count, right?)

#8 - Drawstring Bag

#9 - Windswept St. Nick

#10 - Dare to be Different (Plus Quilt)

#11 - Mini Plus Quilt

That's 11! This has been my most productive year since 2009.
For more details about all these projects be sure to check out Twiddletails on Instagram and Facebook.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Plus Quilt Top Completed!

Finished my plus quilt top at retreat last weekend. Calling it "Dare to be Different".
Another one added to the "to be quilted" list.

Stay tuned for a tutorial/pattern as soon as I get a chance.

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