I know the plan was to work on the various items to catch me up in the Stocking Swap. That was the plan and I intended to stick with it, but when I got in the studio Friday night, I saw the little zip bag of KFC scraps leftover from the last blocks I made for the KF block exchange and I just started playing and making fabric. (KFC = Kaffe Fassett Collective - fabrics from Kaffe, Brandon Mobley and Phillip Jacobs; KF = Kaffe Fassett) I continued on Saturday and then remembered a pillow of little houses I had seen on a blog. "Ah Ha!!!" I can make this fabric into little houses and turn it into a pillow cover for the swap. Excellent idea! I did the math and figured out what size to cut everything, found fabric for the roof, chimney, door and sky and cut everything out. Sewed the chimney sections (that took a couple of tries to get right) and made one house. Yep, I think this is what I want to do. So, I made one more just to be sure and then a third just because. I finished up the roof tops and went to bed. Today, I finished all the rest of the houses (9 total) and started putting it together for my pillow cover. Below are a couple of the houses. They all have the same lime green doors and striped roofs. The houses are made from my made fabric. I love how they turned out.
Then, I sashed them with white Kona and measured. Hmm, it's too big for the pillow cover. Do I take it apart and do something different? Do I make a larger pillow cover? Or, do I just add my border and make a small quilt? All great questions and it only took me about 2 seconds after measuring to give my answer. Of course, I add a wonderful border (Phillip Jacobs) and hang it on the design wall for a quick picture.
It is such a bright happy little neighborhood, I just couldn't take it apart and re-do it. But now, I don't have a pillow cover made or anything else for the swap. So, a quick cutting of the made fabric, a little sewing, stuffing and button and voila! A brand new pin cushion for the swap.
Okay, one down and 5 more to go. Actually, I made a mug rug way back in December or early January and can use that one if I want, so, two down and three to go. I am making some progress. Are you? Are you participating in the swap? I know there are at least 4 of us from here and two or three of you out there. Let me know - if you can get my response/comment thing to work - I know Kathy was having some trouble earlier this week, but finally got a comment to post. Let me know if you are participating in the swap. We would love to have about 10 people this year.