There's a bit of a backstory to this one, I guess. We were thrilled when a couple of our very musical friends announced they were getting married. And even more thrilled, of course, when we were invited. This particular couple has been attending our various cabin trips, where we spend the weekend tucked in the middle of the woods, sitting around the campfire playing music pretty much non-stop. She is an amazing singer and guitarist. He plays the guitar and sings as well. But it's such a treat to watch them play together. She sings and plays guitar, and he accompanies her on his djembe drum.
Long story short, since it was a "don't bother with gifts" sort of wedding (hah, yeah right!), without a registry, it seemed fitting to gift them with a simple quilt that showed them how squishy and wonderful they make people feel when they create music together. It was kind of rushed, and certainly could have been better. But meh, I gave it to them just the same.
No real pattern to speak of. Just kind of winged it. The sun is machine pieced. The tree and couple are hand appliqued. The details in the sky are hand embroidered, which is something I'd never really done before.
Close-up of music notes amongst happy little guitar strings
Super annoying-to-create applique of the couple sitting under a tree. Him on his drum, her with a guitar. Kind of hard to make out, I know. But it's very hard to applique something that teensy!
Yep, this was a rush job, if there ever was one! My son was getting his first bed for Christmas, and needed some bedding...FAST! Since him and my daughter are sharing a room for the time being, I decided to do one to match the one I made when she moved into a "big girl" bed (which was my intro to quilting). However, since hers is unarguably fairly girly, the colors were changed to suit his personality. We went with a spaceship theme. The back is done in a flannel spaceship fabric that I bought a ton of because I loved it so much. I whipped it together in 6 days, machine quilting it in a mad fury the day before his bed arrived.
Sister quilt (or rather, brother quilt) to the one linked below!
I've done a quilted doorway puppet theater in the past (before I knew that doorway puppet theaters actually really existed!)
This is it on the floor (don't have a pic of it hanging in their doorway)
It was quite easy to make. Just ensure that the area around the opening is reinforced (I used doweling in a pocket just under the opening) so that it doesn't sag. I made mine so that it can roll up and be put in a bag (similar to a yoga bag) for storage. It also has extra scenes (under-water, forest, castle, sky) that can be velcroed to the "window" top.
Last year, I also made a playmat for my son, with a road on it so he could zoom his cars around.
This year, I plan to make a few more puppets for the theater. I'm also going to make a sketch pad/pencil crayon case, similar to the pencil rolls that people have been making lately, but with an area for a sketch pad on one side. My daughter loves drawing, and it'd be nice to have an easy way to take her supplies along with her on car trips. I had plenty of other ideas for homemade gifts, but they've momentarily slipped my mind! I'll be back to update later, and to get more ideas, I'm sure.
Felt boards are super easy to make. I did one a couple of years ago , for free with materials I had around the house. I used an old Ikea picture frame (that originally cost $5 for 2, but I had this one sitting in storage for years) and replaced the glass with a piece of flannel. I sewed a quick pouch that I attached to the bottom of the frame for storage, and cut out a ton of felt letters and numbers, along with some shapes and figures.
I'll start by saying that traditional patterns are sooooo not my thing. Neither are neutral colors, when it comes to quilting. But when a friend of mine got engaged last year, I started working on this as a wedding gift, and surprised myself by going with a very traditional pattern and very muted colors.
It has by far taken me longer than any other quilt I've done (I've only done 2 others so it's not like I have much to compare to, anyway ), and I finally gave it away a week ago. I have no idea whether or not they liked it, because they're still on their honeymoon. But my husband wanted to keep it, so I may end up making another.
The border is chocolate brown corduroy, and the back is a light brown fleece. It's very thick and cozy - perfect for some fall snuggling.
First of all, why don't we have an iPod case forum? There's certainly enough of them!
Secondly, I got worried for my little iPod friend when it got a nice chip in the corner, and decided it was time to make a squishy case for it. This ws kind of a practice run. There are things I will change the next time around. I also don't have a clue what to use to close it!
Open - shows off its wonkiness :
The ever-necessary headphone hole (created suprisingly easily and tidily with a regular old hole punch for paper):
Any ideas for a closure or clasp device are appreciated. I was thinking of using a snap, but that would require a shopping trip.
This is the second quilt I've dared to attempt. My husband and I knew that we wanted something different than the typical "stash-it-away-never-to-be-seen-again" guest book that is traditionally created at weddings. And I had this grand idea in my head of a tree of some kind, as the wedding had a bit of a Tree of Life theme. So I had a quilter friend dye some fabric for me, and I cut out these little leaves. We left a bowl of them out at the wedding, and the guests signed them:
I had a vague plan in my head, and decided to just go with it. About 15 different fat quarters of custom dyed fabric, and 5 months later, it's done! What compelled me to hand quilt it, I have no idea. You can't really see the quilting in the pic, but it's quilted so heavily that it's stiff, as it's meant to be a wall hanging. There is a quilted grass pattern, and quilted swirlies in the sky.
Close-up of some of the signed leaves:
I had some remnants from my wedding dress left over, and as I made my husband's suit, I obviously had some fabric left in my stash, so I made a ying-yang style heart out of them, and added it:
Then I learned to embroider for the label. It's not nearly as scary a task as I thought it'd be!
It was a project that was near and dear to my heart (for obvious reasons), but I'm SO SO SO glad it's finished, so I can move onto more sane, SIMPLE, and machine created pieces.
I'm lucky enough to have a mother-in-law who is an amazing quilter, and last year she decided to teach me how to quilt. I jumped in with both feet, or however the expression goes, and decided to make a twin sized quilt right away. I have to say, learning how to machine quilt on something so large was a PAIN!
I made this for my daughter's room when we were moving her to her "big girl" bed. It's a flying geese pattern, made with pinks and greens (all of the ladies in our quilting group were pretty skeptical when I pulled out the fabric, initially). I called the quilt "Brynn's Enchanted Garden" (my daughter's name).
On the bed (and a bonus shot of my son, who is still awaiting HIS first quilt:
Close up, with quilted pillow sham and the throw pillow I made to match:
....and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except for the Momma frantically trying to get all of the Christmas crafts done on time.
I finally got the puppet theatre quilt done for my daughter. It's meant to hang in a doorway, and can be rolled up and stored away. I thought It was a genius, original idea, but have since discovered that it actually already exists elsewhere. Ah well, I'm not as creative as I thought!
Close-up of my crummy, frantic, rushed quilting:
I also got my son's car playquilt finished....in one night. The background was meticulously pieced with curvy pieces that required me to pin the hell out of them. I went slightly mad while working on it, and also dipped into the rum a little.
The stockings were hung by the chimey with care.... (these were last year's project - quilted stockings, hand-quilted with a snowflake design that of course doesn't show well in my crummy photos - but I've never posted them, so what the heck).
I can post mine, but they may not be exactly what you're looking for because they're pocketfolds and not a regular card. They may be inspiration to take your invites to the next level, though, because they were super easy to design/make.