Friday, September 30, 2011

Thankful Pillow

As I looked around my house today, I realized that I didn't have any fall colored throw pillows to toss on my couch. So, I gathered up another stack of fabric, fall colored fabric.
I don't do a huge seasonal change in the whole house, I usually just change out the pillows and throw blankets, change the ribbons on my curtains and add a few random touches here and there. And since it's fall and I'm not a huge halloween fan, I went ahead and jumped right to Thanksgiving.
And this I what I made! I love it and I hope you do too! Just the touch of brown and orange I was hoping for. And a sentiment that I love! I have so much to be thankful for, and it's entirely possible that I may need a reminder every now and again.
Actually, since I loved it so much, I thought I'd take a shot that someone else might love it too. It's now available on my Etsy Shop!
 I've got a couple more in the works that will also be showing up on my Etsy Shop!

Thanks for checking out what's sewing at GretaBag!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Americana Quilt

I'm thinking about making Christmas gifts this year, so I thought I'd better get started.
 So, I gathered up all of my red, whites, blues, grays and black fabrics.
 And cut them into 5 inch strips and sewed them together and then cut them again, into 5 inch strips.
 I played around with them a bit, thinking there must be another pattern that I could make with these strips.
  I sort of loved this one, and I plan to do it again with fewer fabrics.
So, I ended up back here again, the same diagonal pattern, but it suits me.
It's huge, it's queen sized and I can't wait to get it finished up so it's all ready for Christmas! Yay! I can (sort of) check one gift off my Christmas shopping list!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Rainbow Curtains

 Several months ago I picked up this fabric. 
 It's bright and bold, just like a special 11 year old girl that I know.
I brought these polk-a-dots with me, I tried to match them. I got as close as the fabric selection at Wal-mart would allow me to.
Over the past few months, I started sewing on the project a couple of times, but this week I finally finished it! Yay!

My original plan was to make the curtains like a patchwork quilt, but I grew weary after I assembled the stripes... and now, I'm glad that I stopped there, I think the stripes suit the polk-a-dots very well!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Zippered Pouch

The other day, while the kids were at school I whipped up a little birthday present for my daughter.
These are two of her favorite colors right now, lime green and hot pink!
So I made her a pouch for her favorite craft! She certainly already has plenty of bags and purses that will house this pouch just perfectly!
She's so into friendship bracelets right now! My sister gave her a few pointers and away she went. She has by far surpassed the skills that I had in junior high when I used to spend every spare minute making these too!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fall Quilt

I have a wall in my sitting room that I like to decorate frequently, I change the decorations with the seasons (or whenever I get bored with them). And I just took down the American Flag that has been up since the 4th of July and I have been looking around the house for something sort of fall-ish to replace it with... but, no such luck. So, I decided to make something... a fall-ish looking wall-hanging of some sort.
So, I rummaged through my fabric stash and collected anything that reminded me of fall. I actually had all of these fabrics on hand except for the dark green and an orange fabric that I picked up on a recent trip to Wal-mart.
Since I wanted to make something quick, I went to my easy, no-brainer pattern that I end up doing a lot. I guess I do it a lot because I like it a lot! However, I think it might be time to expand my strip-quilting horizons and try some new patterns... one of these days.
I kinda like that there are no obvious fall references like pumpkins, maple leafs or halloween scenes... it's just a collection fabrics that made me think of fall.
I like that it looks like it has some history to it, like if I saw it at a thrift store or a garage sale, I would totally snag it! And I would be really excited to find it! Yeah, I know, I'm cheap, but I'm okay with that. Somehow things have more value to me if they're either cheap, we're a challenge to find or have some sort of interesting story behind them.
After I finished the quilt top, I hung it up in the spot that it was intended for. That may have been a mistake. I still need to decide how to quilt it... and the motivation for making that decision has decreased significantly already, since it's already serving it's intended purpose.
Hmm... what do you think?
How should I finish it? Should I tie it, have it quilted, or is it time for me to bite the bullet and learn how to machine quilt it myself?

Chances are, it's going to stay just as it is... and I think I'll rummage through my fabric and dream of something else to make. Happy sewing to me! :)