Friday, December 8, 2017

I May Be Biased

I may be biased, but I adore my new monogrammed pillow;-)  I have to admit I wasn't all that enthused when the BostonMQG announced they were bringing in Latifah Saafir for her Design Your Own Bias Tape Applique class.  Nothing against Latifah, just I would have preferred the Glam Clam Workshop.  I signed up anyway and as the class approached tried to figure out what I was going to do.  The good thing about a design class is you get to do your own thing, the downside is you have to do your own thing;-)  While the class samples are lovely they're really not my style.  With the clock ticking I started brainstorming about what is "my thing"...  preppy is always at the top of that list and suddenly I had an idea - monograms!

The Clover Bias Tape Makers definitely make the job fast and easy.  I used the 1/2" size and quickly had a mile of bias ready to go.

You should definitely jump at a chance to take a class with Latifah.  She is a wonderful teacher, I loved that no matter what idea someone had for their project she never discouraged them or said it was too hard.  She understands the idiosyncrasies of working with Bias Tape and helped identify the trouble spots and guided you thru them.

Since I wasn't totally invested in this project I wanted to do something small.  Pillows are great for trying out a new idea and doing something simple meant I could finish this project in class without stressing out and still have time to shop and get pictures with Latifah.

Since my mantra for this pillow was keep it simple I just quilted around the monogram.  If I did it again I think I'd either quilt the background before adding the applique or do a circle around the monogram to frame it.

And the back...  because PLAID!

Hanging with quilty friends at this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.

Pillow Stats:
Finished pillow is 20" x 20"
Fabrics: Gingham by Riley Blake, MMCC in Midnight, Florence by Denyse Schmidt
Batting: Quilter's Dream Orient
Thread: Aurifil 50wt Very Dark Navy (2785) and Natural White (2021)

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Gingerbread Way

It's hard to believe we've already reached December and Christmas is only 25 days away!  While I have lots of holiday sewing planned this year I kicked the holiday season off with a Gingerbread House decorating class at Bisousweet Confections.

I have always wanted to do this and it was absolutely amazing to have everything pre-assembled and ready to get down to decorating...  now I know why everyone loves my annual holiday cookie decorating party so much;-)  The amazing Karen Collins shared all her tips and tricks for easy construction and making perfect royal icing.

Of course, being me, I needed to make myself a new apron just for the occasion.  Good thing since I was up to my elbows in frosting.

I had tons of this Christmas cookie fabric leftover from my tablecloth so I went back to my go to Classic Apron pattern from Michael Miller and started cutting. I didn't bother with the template.  I just cut a rectangle and then used my 12" Glam Clam ruler to cut the curved edge.

I added the pocket on this one, very useful for keeping my phone at hand without it winding up covered in frosting.  And of course I couldn't resist using stripes for the straps...  I just love a good stripe!  Our cookie party is coming up so this will get plenty of use with all my holiday baking.  What's your favorite holiday tradition?

Getting in the holiday spirit with this week's Finish it Up Friday by Crazy Mom Quilts.