Jim the Pillow, part 5

Jim the Pillow is finished! I hope you all have enjoyed seeing how to start with a photo, make a pattern, applique the shape, and add embroidery to bring your pet to life.

Watch this video to see how I embroidered the flowers—plus how to sew the chain and detached chain stitches!

It’s subtle, but the lines of stitching below Jim anchor him in place :-). I finished the bottom of the pillow with a zipper to make it easy to clean as needed.

The Unicorn is Magical! Show & tell…

Lisa Dobberke emailed a little while back asking if I had ideas for quilting the Magical Unicorn quilt that she made for her granddaughter—and I did! One thing I suggested was quilting in words and phrases inside the background fill.

Lisa said: I included her name, some “grandma style” words in English and Spanish (she is in Spanish immersion Kindergarten) using a general meandering pattern with some flowers, hearts, and butterflies mixed in.  This was my first appliqué quilt–sure was fun!

She also used a “wiggly eye” to go with the big eyelashes… very cute!

Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your quilt with us! I know your granddaughter is going to treasure it—and have many sweet dreams under it :-).

Click here to find The Magical Unicorn pattern. It is a fun pattern that can be made into a small or large quilt!

Too Many Stockings?

Years ago, Chris and Lorna lost the Christmas stockings I had made for Lorna, Elanor, and Jack—and the one my mom had made for Chris when he was a baby. They were very sad. I was very sad, but what are you going to do?

If you are me, you begin again! I made new personalized whimsical stockings for each of them, and they are in Quilt a New Christmas eBook (the pattern is quick and easy). Everyone was happy!

But then, 4 years later, they found the original stockings!!! So now they have two stockings for everyone (except Bear who was born after the great stocking loss). Last year, Lorna decided to give her mom her original stocking that I appliquéd. Lorna planned to stitch her name on it, but she didn’t sew fast enough.

Judy loves her stocking and decided this week to take matters into her own hands. She stitched “Ganny” (what the grandkids call her) in green 5mm sequins, added white sequins for “snow”, and gave the birds eyes!

And while the sequins were out, Judy and Lorna added more embellishments to the stocking they made for their friend last year. Re-purposed scissor charms represent Tasha’s actual cat and dog —so cute!

Stockings (and stuffing them!) are a big tradition for our whole family. If you have an extra stocking, think about passing it on. Or make new ones to share with those people in your life that you treasure. Sharing the love will make you smile—a lot.

Jim the Pillow, part 3…

I post the Time Out videos here for those of you who miss them on Youtube, Facebook, and IGTV. I am a week behind on the Jim the Pillow posts, so here is Part 3. I’m live again this coming Wednesday. Part 4 will show up on here on the blog after that.

Keeping up with social media is a juggling act and my balls are not always in the air :-).