Finish: Armadillo Pillow

Once upon a time, I cut a bunch of fabric for a quilt, but didn’t have enough space in my apartment to see the project through. Several years later, I saw¬†Quilting on the Go and got sucked back into the quilting vortex. Luckily, I now have enough space to finish things.

This was a Christmas gift for my sister, who likes armadillos. So, I tracked down some armadillo fabric and some coordinating fabrics, and started hand-basting hexagons. Some of the fabrics have designs related to some of her interests: playing guitar, camping, photography. I hand-quilted the top using a waxed quilting cotton. The pattern suggested using pearl cotton, which in retrospect may have looked nicer.


I learned a ton of new skills on this project. It’s not perfect, but I’m pretty happy. Most importantly, my sister loves it!

Linking up to New to Me and TGIFF.

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WIP, Week Three

I can’t believe another week has gone by already. I’ve been pretty busy with work, but here’s what I managed to do:

  1. Super-secret English Paper Piecing (EPP) project – Cut bias binding for the first time. Sewed on a button.
  2. Tiny Sewing Kit (pattern from Jessica Alexandrakis‘s EPP book, Quilting on the Go) – Finished basting all of the hexagons. This project will have to be on hold for a bit, since I’m behind on my other two main projects.
  3. Penny Patch quilt from a beginner’s quilt-along – I’m a little more than halfway through cutting the fabric. Hopefully I will have some time to catch up this weekend.

Linking to WIP Wednesday.

WIP Wednesday

Here’s what I did since last week.

  1. Super-secret English Paper Piecing (EPP) project – Quilted! Ironed! And I actually used a sewing machine for the first time in years. That was fun, once I figured out/remembered how to thread it.
  2. Tiny Sewing Kit (pattern from Jessica Alexandrakis‘s EPP book, Quilting on the Go) – Cut the rest of the hexagon templates and basted some more 2×2″ squares onto them.

    My cat provides moral support during the basting process.

  3. Penny Patch quilt from a beginner’s quilt-along – gathered all of the fabrics and pinked the edges. I followed the suggestions on fat quarter selection for the throw size quilt:

    Four pink fat quarters

    Four orange

    Accent (green) and mid-tone neutral (gray)

    10 low volume

And … I have a WIP that I forgot to list last week. I have two knitted hand towels that need the ends woven in.

Linking to WIP Wednesday.

Works in Progress

Here’s what is currently in progress! I seem to have inadvertently listed them in descending order of enthusiasm. Linking to WIP Wednesday and the EPP Link Party.

  1. Super-secret English Paper Piecing (EPP) project
  2. Tiny Sewing Kit (pattern from Jessica Alexandrakis‘s EPP book, Quilting on the Go) – I don’t have a sewing kit or a pincushion! So this is fairly urgent to prevent sewing-needle-related injuries. Next step is to cut some more hexagon templates so that I can baste squares to them.
  3. Penny Patch quilt from a beginner’s quilt-along – I’m gathering fabrics for this project (my first quilt).
  4. Monk Cowl – knitted hood, which is about half an hour from being done. This is a stand-alone hood, because to my dismay, some coats don’t come with hoods attached!
  5. Dreambird shawl – I was working on this one night and thought I might have made a mistake. I put it down since I was tired, and haven’t gotten back to it since. The yarn I’m using doesn’t frog well. I need to take a fresh look at this and see if I can figure out where I left off.
  6. Sampler afghan – Started this project forever ago. Want to stitch together the blocks I have, and then probably donate the blanket to an animal shelter.
  7. Sock yarn blanket – Not sure whether to keep working on this or not.
  8. Cross stitch sampler – long way to go on this.

I’m hoping to get total WIPs down to five. Anything more than that starts to feel overwhelming. But, it seems like cute project ideas are everywhere!