Wednesday, January 9, 2013

But First : :

Oh my gosh! After the kids were off to school this morning, I wrapped myself in a blanket to get warm, laid down on the couch and I just woke up! I have never done that before. This cold/flu whatever is definitely still kicking my butt! I did get that curtain made yesterday and of course I started a few new things, including staying up late revisiting these Quilt As You Go blocks!

Making more QAYG blocks!

I can't wait to get that quilt finished, but before one more day goes by I have to share just a couple more of the handmade gifts that were made this past holiday! I probably should have done one long post with all of them last week when I shared the Alegria Pillows! I have promised two more coordinating pillows to go with these -- stay tuned!

Alegria Quilted Pillows

Well, this is one of the little bags I made to give to some little people, my niece and nephew, filled with beautiful art supplies from Stubby Pencil Studio! Have I told you how much I love Stubby Pencil Studios? They are a wonderful sponsor here and I am grateful for their support, but I SO look forward to buying the stocking stuffers, art supplies, and before we know it -- Easter basket goodies from their lovely shop each year! We prefer to pick up creative supplies of the Eco-friendly variety, for a fair price, and they really make that easy! I can't say enough good things about them. Yes, I LOVE em'!

Ceci Handmade Gift

This little bag I should really make into a tutorial -- My Drawstring Mini Satchel! Made with some pretty, pink Outfoxed by Andover Designer Lizzy House. Just the right size for carrying those ballet slippers to class, which was the request! This bag is lined, can be reversed, and is very washable.

Outfoxed Mini Drawstring Satchel

Bonnie & Camille Ruby Sundae Bow

Outfoxed Mini Drawstring Satchel

And this Boy's Shoulder Bag was made by my sweet friend Jodi of Tickle and Hide! Jodi is a huge inspiration to me for a great number of reasons, and the generous heart who sent me this amazing quilt to receive on the day my youngest went off to school. Which is still so amazing to me! Well, I won this bag in one of Jodi's giveaways not too long ago, and I knew right away that my nephew would be the perfect recipient! Again I filled it with lots of art goodies from Stubby Pencil, including this wooden train. My nephew Benny loves trains as much as I love sewing!

Tickle & Hide Bag for Benny

In fact, I think my perfect wish would be for everyone to find something they love as much as Benny loves trains and I love sewing!!

p.s. If you happened to stop by before early afternoon Monday I had my date to share my Luxe in Bloom tutorial and Giveaway wrong -- This Monday is my day!! And, I also found out since then that the wonderful iron was sent from Oliso, a generous gift from Riley Blake for being a part of the Design Team!!  , Maureen

33 comments:

Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

Love your blocks! And cold/flu season is kicking my button too, and my toddlers, and my 4month old too sadly. Can't wait for it to be summer!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

My husband, who is an ICU RN, said that they are calling it the "60 DAY FLU!!!" I really hope that's not what this is? It's already been a couple weeks and just when I think I've shaken it, it gets nasty again. Thinking of you and your babies, Jen!!

eholst said...

Hey, my hubby is a RN too - in the cardiac cath lab. But he started off in the ICU :)

Hope you can kick that cold for good. Thankfully a fabric fix can help a lot of things! I'm excited for your tutorial on the drawstring mini satchel. Yours turned out to be adorable!

Ruth S. said...

I love your bags and look forward forward to your posted tutorial. I like the quilt blocks, too. Is there a tut or a pattern for them?

WoolenSails said...

Not fun being sick, seems like we are all getting it and I see, like me, our idea of resting is seeing how many things we can create before we crash, lol. Love the bags, something I would love to learn to make.

Debbie

Anonymous said...

pretty projects...looking forward to seeing your tute on the satchel

mascanlon said...

Love that satchel and I just went and checked out Stubby Pencil Studio. I will be ordering some fun things for my grandkids for Valentines Day! Hope the flu leaves for good soon!

beaquilter said...

cool stuff, go under the covers and rest! look at this
http://kingdomhealth.blogspot.com/2012/12/immune-health.html
it's a friend of mine

Flower Bubbles said...

I wish I could put fabric together like you do! I have been given a fair amount of fabrics and since they are all a yard or less I am having a hard time figuring out what to do with them. You seem to effortlessly put fabrics together to make beautiful pillows and quilts. You have a wonderful eye for this type of thing! Maybe a post on putting fabrics together... working with scraps that are NOT from the same fabric line.. would make a fabulous post! Keep doing what you are doing because you make so many beautiful things! It is a pleasure to see all you make.

Jane said...

That is a beautiful wish, Maureen - may everyone have something in the world they're totally passionate about... I wonder if many people do!

Beautiful finishes too :).

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Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you! The quilt as you go quilt blocks I shared today are all from fat quarter cuts from many different collections that I put together as a custom bundle for Pink Castle Fabrics. I do love selecting fabric bundles! And, I rarely stash anything larger than 1/2 yd cuts myself!

I think sharing a post on choosing fabrics is a great idea! I would have to spend some time thinking about the why's and how's of my own process, but I would be willing to, if my readers would find it helpful! :)

Thanks again,
Maureen

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you and welcome! I'll be sure to stop by your way!!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you!! I'm not going to promise it for a specific date -- I learned that last year! :) But, it will definitely happen, as I have some other little ballerina's in my life waiting for a ballet shoe satchel of their own! :)

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Thank you Ruth!! The blocks are made by improv piecing various rectangle, square, and straight cut strips of fabric. I quilt them using the tutorial I shared here -- http://maureencracknellhandmade.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-quilt-as-you-go-tutorial.html

Thanks again!!
-Maureen

Lisa C in GA. said...

Is it that amazing iron that elevates when you let go of it? I got one of those for Christmas and feel a little like I'm cheating each time I iron, lol!!

petoskystone said...

They're right. This cold is *nasty*! Mine has faded & then come back twice so far. The grandkids are finally feeling better, as is my daughter, but it takes so much out of one. I'm a firm believer in sleep being a great healer...so sleep as much as you can!

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Lucy @ Charm About You said...

My mum always says 'you must need the sleep' whenever I do that! It's your body healing :)
Gorgeous projects as always! Jodi is totally amazing, I adore her work - the bag is cute and that quilt is amazingly special!

Anne said...

You're inspiring me (again, as always) to try QAYG. Love the squares you made! Also, bags are super cute - just spent some time at the Tickle and Hide site and love it. Thanks for introducing me to another inspiring lady (love the story behind the quilt she made for you).

Rosa said...

There are beautiful eye candy.Great wishes and welcome!!

Annette said...

Kids love having a bag to put their stuff in. What a good idea to give as a gift. I do hope you feel better soon.

Katy Cameron said...

Loving the QAYG blocks, and the bags are fab!

Debbie said...

Sorry you aren't feeling well :( I'm happy you are going to re-visit the QAYG quilt. I've been waiting patiently. I can't wait to see the finished quilt.

kristin said...

Oh that drawstring satchel looks super cool. Looking forward to the tute! Hope you feel better soon.

Elsa said...

I have got to try that quilt as you go ~ love your quilt. Love the 2 bags and pillows too.
Do hope you're feeling better soon.

CurlyGirlMom said...

I love the QAYG blocks too. And if you want my 2 cents, I'd also love to see/hear how you pick your fabrics to quilt with. I'm completely lost when doing it, so I stick with prepackaged precuts. At least I know my hard work won't look wonky because I didn't choose fabrics that work well together then. :) Feel better!!

Christy @ a.Amelia handmade said...

I love that little drawstring bag!

Jane Ritz said...

I love your blocks. I'm out of work now and am trying to get back into
quilting and sewing. Right now fabric is holding me back. I just love your work.

**nicke... said...

i took a little snooze today and it felt great! but now the laundry isn't done! boo! i'm totally in love with your quilt-as-you-go blocks and those are some seriously cute bags! i love sewing too!!!!!

Jodi said...

Hello! It's a lovely rainy Sunday morning here and I'm just catching up on your blog! Thank you so much for the share! xxx

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Rhonda said...

Yes please post a tutorial of the ballet bag. My almost five year old niece has just started ballet and I have been hunting for a bag tutorial to make her one for Christmas. So lovely!