Friday, January 20, 2012

Paper Pieced Stars

And Other Things I've Been Up To....

This is a post about all the things that have been going on in my sewing room this week.   It's a mess in there! 

First, two finished projects this week.  It is so gratifying to have a project that's all sewn up...done...
and even better if its started and finished in one day!

I made this Lil' Girl Springtime Tote from a tutorial on
Just Another Hang-up.  (love that blog)  

I made this baby in an hour and a half.  Not bad, especially with two kids crawling all over me! 

I love how it turned out...and it's just the right size for a little girl.  I think I'm going to applique a flower on the linen side, but I didn't have time yesterday.

I also finished this little Shabby Owl Pillow yesterday. 

Both the bag and the owl are for a cute little girl that turned five yesterday. 

I made the Orange Owl in honor of her "O" preschool day on her birthday.

We're not going to talk much about the owl, because I think it looks a little scary!  She named her Lucia.
I'm glad she likes it!

Again, I made this from a tutorial found on Just Another Hang-Up
(Her owl is way cuter than mine!)

And a few new projects:

Okay, this one's not new...but I haven't blogged about it yet, either!

I have been working on this project for about four months now, and I'm loving every minute of it. 

I always try to have a hand sewing project around all the time.  Handwork relaxes me and soothes my spirit.  I can't think of any other way to say that.  When I'm sitting down in the evening, watching TV or a movie with my family, I like keeping my hands busy.  Makes me feel a little less lazy for just sitting there.

I was inspired to start this quilt through this post, and this post.

I ordered my paper pieces from, which I felt was very reasonably priced.

I think I'm going to stick with light and dark values of red for this quilt.  I had planned to do a multi-colored quilt, but I can't bear to put other colors into it.  I love the reds and pinks.

I still have quite a few to go, but I think I have a good start, don't you?

Another little fun project I've been doing this week:

My mom's birthday is tomorrow, and I thought I'd make her a cute little pinwheel table runner in her favorite colors.  

The five pinwheels are pieced from carefully selected charm squares of Buttercup by Fig Tree & Co, and Kona Snow, my favorite white-ish fabric.


My very first Sparklepunch block! 

Don't you love all the marker doodles on my cutting mat? 
 (courtesy of my children!)

Have a great weekend in your sewing room!  I know I will!

(linking to Sew and Tell Friday and Finish it Up Friday)

(edit:  also linking to Sew Darn Crafty!)


  1. You have been busy! These are all so pretty. I love the owl. What a fun thing to do for that cute little girl! :-)

  2. Oh how pretty! The table runner, the cake, the owl to the stars! How fun to be able to play with such beautiful projects!

  3. You HAVE been busy... wow! And all of your projects are just beautiful. Love the little bag and the owl. What a sweet gift!

  4. Beautiful! Just beautiful! I love your photography too, I'll be a regular from now on :)

  5. I love the stars! As soon as I finish my hexies, I'm starting a paper pieced stars quilt. Can't wait!


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