Well, well! November already! Here I had high hopes of getting some great fall foliage + quilts photos, but no. While the fall foliage was spectacular this year (some of the best I can remember, actually!), and while I did spend much time admiring it, I didn’t also have a finished quilt to display in front of the lovely fall backdrop. Maybe next year.
I talk about fall because while the leaves are now in a sad wet pile on our lawn, the colors of this bundle I put together for Karen Lewis continues to remind me of everything great about fall, mainly fall mums, which I look forward to every year. It was such a treat when Karen asked me to put together a bundle for her fabric club. I very quickly chopped up my Kona card and spent quite some time putting together little groupings of favorites. As it turns out, it’s hard to limit your selection to just 12! I ultimately ended up with this colorful group. And as much as I loved my selection when I made it, turns out it’s even better when printed with Karen’s beautiful designs!
I’ve had a hard time jumping in and committing to chopping these beauties up, but I finally took the plunge, and hopefully I’ll have something to show you soon! In the meantime, if you don’t already, go follow Karen on instagram where you’ll get sneak peeks of upcoming bundles (she just showed off Elizabeth Hartman’s color selections!), and of course, head over here if you want to sign up for Karen’s fun fabric club!
It’s been noted that we may have too many quilts in our house (what?!). So many of the quilts I make have never been used – some haven’t even had their first washing! – and despite the fact that I’d like to keep them all, even I can admit that it would be far nicer if they were being used and loved.
So I’ve pulled out a stack to sell and have listed them over on my IG destash account (fitfdestash). Perhaps you need a nice warm quilt for the coming winter? Or perhaps you’re already thinking about gifts and wanting to check one or two off your list? I would love it if you’d take a look and would certainly love it if you’d like to give one a new home!
You can purchase on IG simply by leaving your paypal address (I’d recommend spelling out ‘at’ rather than using the @ symbol, as IG seems to be deleting comments that just consist of an email address), or you can simply email me (email@example.com) and I can send you an invoice. I’ve tried to take a few photos of each quilt, but you can also find additional photos of each quilt on my blog, or I’m happy to take additional photos for you if you’d like. Thanks in advance for taking a look and helping me make some space in our house!
Recovering our pillows has been on my list for far too long. Somehow it always gets pushed down the list in favor of a new quilt (or new Linden sweatshirt, if I’m being honest!). The other day a neighbor and friend asked for a little lesson on making zippered pillow covers and I thought I had best brush up on my skills before attempting to teach someone else.
Thanks to this, pillow covers got moved to the top of my list and before I knew it, I had 7 pretty new pillows!
At first I was just going to make one practice pillow, so I pulled out some Rifle Paper fabric. Then once I decided to keep going, I gathered some other favorite prints – some more of the Rifle Paper florals, a Skinny LaMinx panel I purchased ages ago at Nido,
some of my favorite Umbrella Prints hearts, and a great handprinted panel from Spin Spin.
I made my own piping for each and inserted an invisible zipper along one side. I read a few pillow tutorials to make sure I was going about it correctly, and ended up mostly following this tutorial by Jona Giammalva.
I love her tip on using a zipper 4″ longer than your pillow (no trying to sew around that pesky zipper pull!), and was surprisingly pleased at how well glue basting worked here. I used it to hold the zipper tape in place and then used it while sewing the two sides of the pillows together. I think it really helped make this a nearly frustration-free project!