Honeycomb Pillow Times Three

Honeycomb Stitch-Along
*** Attention, this is a picture-heavy post! ***

When I saw the fantastic pillow sew-along on Echinops and Aster I decided that I wanted to try this pillow, it’s really gorgeous. My dad’s a beekeeper and he turned 60 last week, so I quickly got to the idea to make these pillows for him as a birthday gift.
So, finally, I made three of them – two for my dad and one for my hubby. Here they are:

a.) my test pillow in fabric that more or less matches the fabric used in my Helix quilts

b.) the pillows I gave my father for his birthday

I did the 20″ pillow case, and it fits precisely! Jenelle did a really great job in designing this pillow, it’s fun to make and a joy to look at.
The fabric collection Honey Honey by Kate Spain looks precious, it’s a really good choice. But I’m a Kate Spain fanatic anyway… I’d probably love all her fabric lines… 😉

Congatulations to Jenelle on this awesome work!

I printed all the instructions, and I’m sure I’ll make a few more of these. They are really easy to follow and very understandable. So: full recommendation and at least 7 ********* to Jenelle for her pillow!

Thanks a million, Jenelle, for sharing this pillow!

And thanks for stopping by.

Happy sewing,

And here is my Bee-Show:

 P.S. I’m liking up this post to the Echinops and Aster final link-up, here‘s the way back to Jenelle’s blog.

P.P.S.: Edit on 14/06/2013: I link this up to the Kate Spain Bloghop on Blossom Heart Quilts. Here’s the link back.


ABQ (Aurifil-Bartending-Quilting)

 I’m completely impressed by Casa Cenina!
My Aurifil threads have arrived today, they were shipped on Monday and sent by AIR MAIL! Imagine, from Milan to Munich, about 600 km, and for a very reasonable shipping rate.
Here they are:

My parents are on a business trip to Italy next week, and I’ve already passed my order for more Aurifil to my mom. Let’s see if she’s successful… 🙂

Now there’s the thread to go on quilting my helix quilts. I’ve quilted straight lines onto the coloured spiral, and I’m planning some grey variegated (Aurifil Mako 50 No.4665) in a meander FMQ for the negative space.

While waiting for the threads to arrive I did some bagmaking. I used Kirsten Link’s Bucket Bag pattern from her Craftsy class. 
These bags turn out really nice! I gave one to my mum to store her knitting things, one is for myself and I’m planning to give the third bag to our Kindergarden for their spring market. 
I’ve covered Aurifil and quilting, now to bartending. My DH gave me Charles Schumann’s cocktail recipe book a few weeks ago. Now I’m our private at home bartender and serve a cocktail now and then. The book is fantastic, full of recipes and useful things about mixing and spirits. And, what I find really handy, a double index for the recipes, one in alphabetical order and one for the spirits used. It’s really worth the money. One of my bartending attempts: 
Happy Sewing

Bag making

My son has got an invitation to a girl’s bithday party. She’ll be five and she loves carrying around her toy animals. So, what’s more useful for a little girl than a pink drawstring bag for transportation?

A while ago I saw Kristin Link’s bagmaking class on Craftsy. The drawstring bag she demonstrated there is really lovely for children and easy to make. I think the class and the platform are really good. Check out the Craftsy class and Kristin’s page, there is lots of instruction, many helpful tutorials and tons of inspiration!

I wanted to make a bag for my son to put in his sports utensils anyway, so I “undertook” making two identical bags.
I took fabrics from my stash, the girls fabric with the fairies is some Riley Blake FQ which I got at a sale, the pink calico is from my stash, I don’t remember the manufacturer, the white fabric with the lily print is Tilda and the purple is a re-purposed skirt (thanks to Bonnie Hunter for the idea!).

 For the boy’s bag I took babyblue yardage, dots and icecream fabric (don’t remember the manufacturer) from my stash, some dots on white from Tilda and a 5″ square from a Lollipop Charm pack by Moda.

The girl’s bag went as planned, for the boy’s bag my son requested some changes and we swapped the blue solid with some orange solid from my scraps that goes well with the dots on the babyblue fabrics.

For the sewing instructions please refer to Craftsy (link is given above).

For the appliqué I used some fusible interfacing. Be careful here, you have to trace the letters mirrored onto the interfacing. Or your trace it rightwise onto the glued (bumpy) side of the interfacing in order to get mirrored letters on the outer side of the interfacing.

Here are the results, two cute bags…

 … of course with my label. 🙂

It took me about an hour to make both bags, including several instances of intensive sewing help from my sons. If you can work without breaks you should be able to finish one bag in about 20 minutes. They’re really fast and easy!

Happy Sewing!