Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hope you had a happy!

Holiday, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, New Year!  (and any other celebrations I missed.)

Hello again!

I unintentionally disappeared for  a bit.  I had intended to post the last of the gifts I'd made on Christmas Eve and then fell asleep between supper and church.  I won't lie; I slept through church.  It wasn't even at midnight.  It was 7:30.  Since then, I haven't been online. At ALL.  It's been nice but I'm feeling out of the loop.  The only news I've seen is sports-related.  It's been hockey, hockey, hockey...

ANYHOO...  This is the Borrowed Creativity Collection of gifts from this year.
I made this quilt for my mother for Christmas.  It's Allison Harris' Seville pattern.  I even bought the fat quarter bundle to make it.

Completely unoriginal on my part but I liked it so much I didn't want to change a thing.  I named it Figaro.  (Fee-ga-ro, Fee-ga-ro! You know, the Barber of Seville?  Anyone? No?)

Also, a Honey Cowl, knit in a Manos del Uruguay mulberry silk.  Also for my mother.
Seester got a shower cap (tute here), and a number of makeup bags using laminated cotton, which is much  easier to sew with that the interwebs would have be believe.  I used fantastic patterns and tutorials for all of them.

Boxbags:  Amber of One Shabby Chick has a great tutorial.  I lined the largest one with some interfaced Kona.  It added a much-needed sturdiness.
Dumplings:  Keyka Lou.  These are awesome and fun to make.
Slouchy makeup bag:  This one kicked my ass.  You can tell it went haywire because the lining is on the outside...
Makeup Roll:
She also got one of the ubiquitous Anna Maria Horner scarves... I made this one in voile about 12"wide by 70"long.  I made a couple in green for friends.

And finally, in the "saw-it-need-to-make-it" department, some pillow fight weapons for my brother-in-law.  I saw them on ManMadeDIY.

I thought they were so clever. As far as I can tell the artist doesn't have a pattern or store so I hope he doesn't mind that I made a set.

So I was a sewing maniac.  How I found time for three quilts during my internship, I don't know, but I suspect that I tend to sew as an unwind.  It doesn't require speaking or socializing, or analyzing whether someone's got the whole answer or missed the boat.  In sewing moments, my time is utterly my own.  Which is why I was so very excited about my Christmas present from Santa.

But I'll show you that next time.  :-)

Happy New Year!  I'll be catching up with you soon.


  1. Oooh you made so many pretties! And especially love the quilting you did on Figaro!

    The last time I was in church, I slept right through it. My cousin kept nudging me awake but gave up after a while lol

  2. Figaro - ha! - I love it. Both the name and your quilt, awesome gift.

    Those pillow fight weapons are so cool - I'll have to pin them.

  3. It's all utterly awesome! Happy New Year, Carly!

  4. Your gifts are so beautiful. I love the quilt.

  5. Oh, how I wish I'd kept up with sewing...... beautiful stuff!

  6. Holy CRAP, I am BLOWN away by all the great stuff you made this year! I love all of it. The grenades make me laugh.
    I bet that shower cap was easy hey? What a great idea! And those make-up bags are always useful.

  7. LOVE the quilt! LOVE the quilting!

  8. Great purses! I love it and your etsy shop!


  9. I am so in love with the pillow fight weapons!! They're wonderful! Did you use fabric paint? I want to make these for my boys!!:)


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