Welcome to “Recent Creativity,” the occasional feature where I
show off display my recent projects. As usual, the theme is sewing. This year I didn’t go crazy making homemade gifts for Christmas as I’ve done in the past, mostly because I wanted to maintain my sanity. So to my dear family, hope you liked the store-bought gifts.
Ooh, who is this handsome fella? He’s modeling the latest in Air Force Ball fashion – the party shirt. I’d made one a few years ago but thought he needed an update. (After all, I like a new dress whenever we have a formal function! He’s been wearing the same Mess Dress since 1998.) This Star Wars graphic novel fabric is pretty fun, eh?
The basic concept of a party shirt is the same as that of the mullet haircut – business up front, party in the back. By the way, he is not wearing a fanny pack. That classy plastic buckle is the backside of his cummerbund.
Obviously this is not something I sewed. This is a super yummy Southwest Cobb Salad with Cilantro-Chili dressing. Whenever I make it I get rave reviews because it is delicious and beautiful. Usually someone says, “Take a picture!” so this time I did. However, I have far to go with my food styling and photographing skills.
Again, not something from the sewing department. I made these cookies in celebration of Reformation day. The design is Luther’s seal and I decorated them with royal icing. The recipe is from Bake At 350.
This lovely purse is a modification of Amy Butler’s Nappy Bag pattern. It was a donation to a school auction for my godson’s school in Michigan.
This project was a long time in coming. The fabric was purchased at Hancock’s of Paducah back in 2010. It was a jelly roll of Amy Butler’s Love collection. The quilt design is a wonky log cabin.
And by “wonky” I mean that the corners are not supposed to be square.
I pieced the back and my intent was to make that look a little wonky too.
I machine quilted it. For the blocks I followed the log cabin strips. For the sashing I did pebbling. I love the way it turned out. Unlike most of what I make, this quilt is for me!
Here’s another gift I made for myself – the two-zip hipster – pattern by Erin Erickson of Dog Under My Desk. I bought the fabric in Boston last January while visiting my sister at a great little shop called JP Knit and Stitch.
I did sew a few things for Christmas. My sister requested cloth napkins. The fabric is from IKEA. I have an incredible urge to color in those drawings.
The boys’ teachers received monogrammed aprons and homemade vanilla extract. The wooden spoon was purchased at a Christmas market. (Please note: it is a cooking utensil, not an instrument of corporal punishment.)
One of my friends asked if I could make stockings for her family. She picked out the fabric. I love how the stockings coordinate but are not matchy-matchy. I hope everyone got lots of good loot from Santa in here!
I made aprons for my landlady and her mother (who is also our next door neighbor.) That’s another Amy Butler pattern from her book In Stitches. Okay, I’ll admit it – I’m an Amy Butler devotee!
One of our Christmas traditions is to make a gingerbread house. I use a stoneware mold from Pampered Chef for the gingerbread.
To say that the decorators went a little crazy with the candy is an understatement. This year’s house took on a bit of military flavor. That would be a tank made of gummy candy (the turret is a dum-dum lollipop) followed by a batallion of gummy bears.
That’s all for now! Next up is some mundane mending, then a bunch of baby quilts (new niece or nephew coming in March!), and then I’ll see if Amy Butler has anything new.