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A Few More Finishes for 2012

Well its officially the last few hours of 2012 here in Arizona. There are a few projects I finished for Christmas I haven't got to share yet, and I figure I better fit them into 2012 before its over! I also wanted to share a little year in review.

The Secret Garden

Quilt Details | Finished Size: 48" x 60" | Quilted: Leaf Vine with Variegated 50wt Aurifil 4667 thread | Misc. Fabrics from Joann's [one-half]
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After I finished my 2nd quilt in December 2011 I purchased Elizabeth Hartman's bookPractical Guide to Patchwork which is a fantastic book for beginner's. I was dying to make another quilt, and decided to make the quilt Snapshots from the book. This was before I knew about online fabric shops, so I purchased all my fabrics at Joann's. The quilt is pieced using a strip method, and 12 x 12 blocks. I basted the quilt and put it in a bin for months and months and months. I was planning to give it to my Mom for a Christmas gift so you know how that goes, I thought hmm its only March I have plenty of time. In October it was my Mom's birthday and I decided to make her a pillow to match the quilt she would someday get. Remember this one?
Well just as usual I waited until 2 weeks before Christmas to pull it out. My basting job was terrible, so I had to re-baste it and start over. It is pretty awesome to see how much my piecing has improved it was so out of line. I decided to quilt it with a leaf vine pattern. My leaves are very very organic, because no two are a like ;) To finish the quilt I decided to try out my new Janome 4120QDC, yes I haven't shared about that yet, but at Christmas I became a mother of a Janome. Yes, I still love my Juki more…I will share a proper post later. I used the zigzag stitch on the Janome for the binding and it was complete!

Memory Pillow

The next present I wanted to share was a memory pillow I made for my dad. I printed the picture on June Tailer Colorfast Sew-In Fabric Sheets, and it is definitely color fast it worked very well. It only works with Ink-jet printers though. I then added the two borders. My Dad's house is Sante Fe and Native American style, so I had to go against my tendencies which are usually to use blacks, greys, and white and I had to use a brown and gold Kona Cotton. For the quilting I just went with it I wanted the dark brown to look like wood grain so I used a wood grain pattern. Then for the gold border I just went crazy!  I used 40wt Aurifil 2385 threadto contrast with the border colors and I love it!

Children's Bible Cover

The last Christmas present I wanted to share is a Children's Bible Cover I made. For this I didn't really use a tutorial or pattern I just sort of winged it. I LOVE how it turned out, I actually made two identical ones, one for my nephew Karson and nephew William.

2012 In Review

Here is a slideshow showing everything I made this year, it really feels good to see how much I got done, learned and have grown. What a wonderful adventure!
Created with flickr slideshow.
Have a very Happy New Year! Can't wait for whats in store 2013!

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  • Lyric says...

    Hello Ms. Alyssa,

    Will you PLEASE share details of how to make the Bible Cover? I have been scouring the Internet for UNDERSTANDABLE instructions.

    Please let me know if this is something you would be willing to do.

    Thank you in advance for any consideration you may give.



    On August 20, 2014

  • Alyssa says...

    Hey Lyric, looks like Joelle found a great tutorial. One of these day I really need to make a tutorial. The problem I had was dealing with the different size Bibles and how to instruct to make a cover for each.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Joelle says...

    Here’s a link I found to a tutorial for a zippered bible case.

    On August 20, 2014

  • Cute Quilted Bible Cover says...

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    On August 20, 2014

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Welcome to the Pile O’ Fabric blog, my name is Alyssa Lichner, I live in sunny Gilbert, AZ. I am a freelance web and graphic designer turned avid sewist. I write modern quilting tutorials and share techniques and inspiration here at Pile O’ Fabric… Read More

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