Jodi’s Divided Basket

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This is the birthday present I made for my good friend, Jodi.  She likes to sew herself, and I’ve been having fun with Noodlehead’s Divided Basket pattern lately.  I bought it a while ago but had never sewn it up.  They are addicting, though, once you start.  I think they would make great baby gifts, too.

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Anyway, Jodi loves sewing and buttons, in particular, and I had some of this fabric left floating around.  I even had matching buttons for an accent.  The fabric and buttons originally came from Stampin’ Up!, which is an odd source for fabric, but I love the coordination.

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This was my first divided basket, and unfortunately, there is a learning curve with which interfacing weight works best, and I think this one came out too floppy for my tastes.  I think it will do better once it’s loaded up, but I prefer the sturdier interfacing that I’ve used in subsequent baskets.

A Naked Cake

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Last weekend I decorated my first naked cake.  Honestly, I wasn’t terribly crazy about the cake to start with, but I ended up loving how it turned out, and it was absolutely perfect for the setting—it was a barn wedding. However, the barn was NOT perfect for the cake.  The first thing I noticed when […]

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Laura’s Birthday Gift

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My best friend, Laura, has an early January birthday, and if I don’t shop for that along with Christmas, I’m always late.  I had something sent to her in late December, but it was only a partial gift, and I wanted to make something to go along with it. Since I had such a crazy […]

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Secret Sister Quilt

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Every year some of the ladies at my church draw names for a “secret sister.”  We’re supposed to do something or give something, send a card, etc. to our sister at least once a month.  I absolutely love it!  I’m a big gift-giver, and I have so much fun picking up or making little things […]

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Christmas Pillows for Teacher Gifts

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Over the summer this year, I made nine Christmas tree pillows.  You can find the pattern/tutorial at From the Blue Chair.  I always give teacher gifts to my son’s Sunday school teachers at church, and I knew he would have a teacher or two at his preschool who I would give a gift to as […]

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Pattern Testing—Two in One Pouch

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Recently I was a pattern tester for Svetlana’s (at SOTAK handmade) new Two in One Pouch.  To be honest, I volunteered mostly because I got a free pattern (yea!).  However, I’ve been wanting to start writing patterns myself sometime, and I thought this would be good experience.  Here’s the finished product:   When I first […]

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Joy’s Baby Girl Quilt

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This is the baby quilt I made for my friend, Joy.  She should be having a little girl at the end of December (or at least they’re hoping for that for tax purposes!).  She and her husband have tried for a long time to get pregnant, so this is a long-awaited baby. I almost always […]

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An Old Project

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        I was just going through an old SD card and found some photos that I never posted.  Last year some of the ladies at our church drew names for “secret sisters.”  All through the year we give them little gifts or cards, etc., and then in December, we had a reveal party where we […]

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A shout-out to Fabric.com’s customer service

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Can I just say, WOW?! I placed a fairly large order with fabric.com on Sunday.  A few of the items were time sensitive since I need some special fabrics for a baby quilt (and the baby shower is in a week—I plan ahead like that).  Anyway, their shipping is usually quite fast, and I even […]

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Cheyenne’s Quilt

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Just a few months ago, I posted about a pillow I made for a friend who had lost a baby around 16 weeks.  Another friend was pregnant and due around the same time as the first friend (we all go to church together and know each other well).  As her due date approached, everything was […]

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