Merry Christmas! I can not believe that it’s in just 2 days! I’m feeling totally “off”this year and for some reason feel like I’ve still got a good month until Christmas Day. I think it’s because I don’t have little kids running around the house any more asking about Santa Claus every 5 minutes. I’ve been busy sewing a few Christmas related items that I’ll be sure to share with you after Christmas. This will be my last post until the new year. I’m taking some time off to just relax with my family. Plus I moved my sewing room up 2 flights of stairs last week and it’s such a mess, I can’t even find a pair of scissors! I’ve got quite the New Year’s organization project waiting for me in January.
It seems like a lot has happened in 2014. It seemed kind of crazy to me at times and really boring and discouraging at times too. I guess that makes for a pretty typical year. One of the things that I loved this year was being able to travel a bit more and connect with and meet some fabulous people.
One of the people who I had the pleasure of meeting in person this year is Amber Johnson of Gigi’s Thimble. It seems like I’ve known her for “years” through her blog and was so excited to see that she was going to be at Quilt Market in Houston in October. We finally got the chance to meet in person and chat about mutual friends, families and books!
I started out with something small, as I’ve been in the Christmas sewing mood lately, I thought it would be fun to make another pillow to add to my collection of Christmas pillows, so I started with the Pretty Petals pillow that is pictured on the cover.
The directions in the book were perfect and I was able to stitch up the pillow in no time. I haven’t quilted and sewn a back on yet because I can’t decide if I want it to be the 27″ size in the book or smaller. Sometimes silly decisions trip me up, I’m sure I’ll decide soon though. (I also machine stitched down the dresden, Amber gave great directions for hand applique in the book, but since it’s just a holiday pillow I thought that machine stitching would be fine).
I love that in Vintage Vibe, Amber took traditional quilt designs and made them fresh and new by using modern fabrics. In the book there are 14 different fresh and fun projects. They range from full size bed quilts to pillows and smaller quilts which are the perfect size fora wall hanging.
I think that my two favorites are Scrap Jars (in the photo above, Amy also blogged about this quilt pattern last week) and Skipper. I adore large geometric shapes in quilts and I think that the triangle placement in the Skipper quilt is really stunning.
I’ve already got a few projects on my “to sew” list for 2015.
Make sure you stop by the other blogs ont he Vintage Vibe blog tour too! Each blogger is talking about one of the projects in the book, and it’s been so fun to see how everyone interpreted the patterns.