Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Revisiting Penguins

So, anyone who's been reading this blog form the beginning (all one of you) knows I began this very cute winter penguin wall quilt nearly two years ago.  

Since moving to this apartment I've been re-discovering several false starts.  Dr. BB really likes this pattern and has been bugging me to make it for a while.  So, when I was looking for the fabric I used to make the tea cozy this past weekend and came across the Ziplock bag containing the pattern and pieces I'd already cut out (smart, huh?) I knew there was no better time for the 'guins to resurface.  One small problem... 

 I had cut out their feet, noses, hats, scarves, mittens, vests and earmuffs, but I never cut out their heads or bodies!  What was I thinking??  I have to be honest, I'm not looking forward to cutting those pieces out.  I REALLY want to begin a pieced quilt, but need to finish a few UFPs before I could do so without a lot of guilt.  More pictures to follow as I make progress on this project.

Do you have any UFPs?

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Weekend Projects

 January has been incredibly busy for us.  Honestly, not a single (healthy) day off.  This Saturday we finally were able to sleep in a little (getting up at 9am instead of 6am) and watch a little TV with our morning coffee.  Then I spent the day in the sewing room while Dr. BB played with his listserv and graded.

Dr. BB, being the wonderful hubby that he is, bought me this adorable teapot for Christmas this year.  I had spoken on a number of occasions about wanting to drink more tea, but being frustrated that one cup wasn't enough and a pot was too much.  The teapot he got me is a 3 cup pot - which is perfect!  He worried about the color, but I love it and I knew right away which fabric I would use for the tea cozy.  

I had this collection (Moda's Spring Magic from a couple years ago) that had the same green and complementing colors.

I cut the charm pack in half and then one of the halves in half again (so I had two stacks of 2.5" square and one stack of 2.5" x 5" rectangles).

 I then laid out the squares in rows of four by six (I later cut it down to four by five because the teapot is smaller than most).

I quilted it together with cotton batting and a nice diaper flannel interior.

I'm pretty happy with the results.  What do you think?

My next project was a portable cover for Dr. BB's sattelite radio (which was a Christmas gift). We hooked it up in his pick-up a couple weeks ago and because it's not permanent he's been putting it in his coat pocket for "safe-keeping."  Now, I'm sure you can see where some issues may arise (scratching the face, losing track of it, etc.).  So in order to create some protection, I took a scrap of fleece I had leftover from another project and created this pocket pouch for the radio.

I liked the way this project came out, too.  Very portable.

Stay tuned for more...