avoidance projects

Instead of working on the Halloween costume, I’ve been working on a couple of small projects.  The first one is this flour sack towel.  I absolutely LOVE this fabric!  It’s from Deb Strain’s “Pumpkin Spice” line for Moda.  wpid-towel-2009-10-30-18-271.jpg

I think it was in Moda’s Bake Shop that I saw this project.

Did I mention that I absolutely love this fabric?  It’s gorgeous!

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Here’s another project:  A miniature Ticker Tape quilt, inspired by Amanda at Crazy Mom Quilts.  If you’re interested in making one, she has a tutorial here.  Mine’s not quite finished, but it’s close.  I made a small change from her original.  I added chenille strips!

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Here is the quilt after I started fluffing up the chenille:

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I told Preston he could have it for his sock monkey, which put a smile on his face.  It’s a neat effect for a monkey-sized quilt, but I don’t think I’d do it on a full-size quilt.
That towel is amazing. The fabric is beautiful. The ric-rac really adds a nice touch.  These would make great Christmas gifts.

You’re so much more adventurous than I am.  I’d never think to add chenille to a quilt. That adds to it tremendously.  Gives it so much texture.

So! Does Preston have a costume tonight?

Preston did have a costume.   I didn’t hem it, but no one noticed.  The best part of his costume was his “staff” – a broomstick covered with black contact paper.  I wanted it to glow, like Gandalf’s staff, so I got a clear glass Christmas ball from the craft store.  Wade painted it white, we stuck some miniature battery-operated Christmas lights inside the ball and taped it to the broom handle.  It looked great and he got lots of compliments!

That mini quilt just screamed chenille to me.  In fact, when I first saw the original, I thought she had used chenille on it!

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