‘crafts’ Category

  1. Happy Weekender quilt

    November 12, 2018 by Angie

    This pattern is called Happy Weekender, which is a really funny joke because it took me almost two years to make this quilt. It is the largest quilt I’ve ever made and its unwieldy size made it a real challenge. It was not easy or especially happy (the quilting part, anyway) or weekender (ha!) to quilt something this big on my machine. Also, I’m busy so I don’t sew a lot and I lost access to my sewing room for several months thanks to hurricane damage. Anyway, I’m really happy with the quilt but will not be quilting a 69″ by 60″ quilt on my little sewing machine again.

    So here it is. My two year labor of love.

    THE quilt

    The front

    Quilt back

    The back

    Sookie for scale

    Sookie for scale

    Peek at the back

    Sneak peek of the back

    Middle blocks

    Closeup of the center

    Whining aside, I’m very pleased with the finished quilt. I wanted to make something for us for our bedroom and I have done that. This quilt is not big enough to function as the only blanket for our queen sized bed, but it looks great over the blanket we use most of the year.

    On the bed

    On our bed

    Almost big enough

    It’s not queen-sized but almost!

    I followed this pattern by Kim Niedzwiecki on the Moda Bakeshop site. It’s a great and easy to follow pattern except for the first border which led me astray. It says to measure but also gives a size. Here is the lie: “Measure the sides center patchwork section and using the 5″ x41″ {approx} in solid strips, attach to the right and left sides of the center patchwork block, press open and trim any excess.  Then take your 5″ x 41.5″ strips attach to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Press seams open and trim any excess.”

    There are no approximatelys in sewing! Construct the center then press it and measure it to figure out the lengths of your border pieces based on your personal quilt center’s measurements. I didn’t do that and I had to recut and finagle stuff to get my first border to fit.

    Aside from that, and the fact that I could never finish a quilt top this size in a weekend, I like the pattern.

    Quilt Stats!

    Finished Size: 69″ by 60″

    Quilt top fabrics: Moda Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis Charm Pack x 3 (You’ll have leftovers.) and Bella Solids – Solid 60″ Wide Bleached White by Moda House Designer for Moda

    Backing: I bought 4 yards of Bella Solids Teal and used the bulk of it. I included a strip at about the halfway mark made up nine leftover Moda Modern Neutrals charms and two strips of the Bella Solids Bleached White.

    Binding: About 5/8 yard of Bella Solids Lead from my stash

    Batting: Warm and White

    Quilting: I used a walking foot to straight, diagonal lines throughout.

    Angie and quilt

    I’m proud!

    It's heavy

    Robbie was making me laugh.

  2. Sharpie mugs

    December 17, 2016 by Angie

    I like to make little gifts for my college library co-workers and hand them out before our winter break. Last year I made soy candles. This year I made decorated coffee mugs. I made 17 mugs with either the first letter of their first name, a reindeer, or a Christmas tree.


    • The cheapest, crappiest, plainest mugs you can find – you want mugs with no coating on them so the cheaper the better. I got mine at Dollar Tree.
    • Oil-based Sharpie markers (I used a gold marker and a silver one.)
    • Stickers, or sticker paper and a printer
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Q-tips



    1. Wash the mug. It doesn’t hurt to clean the surface you’ll be decorating with rubbing alcohol. Let it dry completely.

    2. Apply a sticker centered in the area you want to decorate. I used some alphabet stickers intended for scrapbooking. For the rest of the designs, I found images I liked online, slapped them into a Word document, and printed them on sticker paper. Print them in grayscale to save some ink because you’re throwing them out in the end anyway. Cut the designs out of the sticker paper carefully. You want to choose designs that work well as silhouettes. I used a solid tree shape and a reindeer head.

    3. Start using one of the markers to make dots all around the design. You want to outline the design so the shape is clear. I started by going around the design with one marker and then slowly spread out from there making the dots more sparse. Switch to the other marker and do the same.

    4. Wait until the marker has dried – probably two hours. Carefully peel off the stickers. At this point, you can use rubbing alcohol and Q-tips to fix any mistakes. Some of the dots got under my stickers which messed up the appearance of the shape. I was able to erase those with rubbing alcohol. Add any new marker dots you feel you need.

    5. Let the design dry for 24 hours.

    6. Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours.

  3. Hello Kitty tooth fairy pillow

    October 18, 2016 by Angie

    Our niece Mia has two loose teeth! I was planning to give her this Hello Kitty tooth fairy pillow on her sixth birthday but I think the tooth fairy will need to make a visit before then. She requested a Hello Kitty theme after her brother got a Star Wars pillow.

    Hello Kitty tooth fairy pillow

    Tooth fairy pillow with “M” applique on the pocket

    The “M” and backing fabric are a pinkish-red solid fabric I bought to try to match the colors in the Hello Kitty fabric. The lined pocket is made from white scrap fabric. I used black thread throughout.

    has a pocket

    Lined pocket for tooth storage

    envelope back

    Envelope back (for easy washing) with zig zag stitched hems

    I’ll be giving the pillow to Mia this weekend. Let’s hope she likes it!

  4. sphere charm pack baby quilt

    June 12, 2016 by Angie

    I finished my seventh quilt for my friend’s adorable, new baby boy. She’s a quilter too!

    Robbie holds up the completed quilt

    Robbie held the finished quilt up for this photo. Thanks, Robbie!

    I’d been holding on to the charm pack I used for a while. It’s Sphere by Moda. The fabrics are really modern and I thought they would be great for a gender neutral or boy baby quilt. I’ve been following Elizabeth Hartman’s quilting blog, Oh Fransson, since before I started quilting. I used her free charm pack quilt pattern I saw there.

    Quilt Stats

    Finished size: Approximately 33″ x 40″
    Quilt top fabrics: Moda Sphere charm pack and solid gray fabric (either Kona or Moda – I have tons of both)
    Quilt backing: Solid blue fabric from Keep Me in Stitches quilt shop in Tampa
    Binding fabric: Solid white fabric leftover from another project
    Batting: Warm & White
    Quilting: Dense, horizontal straight line quilting with the walking foot
    Label: Forthcoming!

    sewn into strips

     25 whole squares and 13 half squares sewn together to make the charm square strips

    Sookie hangs out

    Sookie likes to hang out with me in the new sewing room.

    completed top

     The charm strips sewn to the solid gray strips

    squared up quilt top

     Completed quilt top after squaring it up

    about to baste the quilt sandwich

    The backing fabric for this one was extra difficult. I finally got it taped down to the tile without wrinkles.

    peek at the back

    The completed quilt with a look at the back!

    I tried a new machine binding method. I sewed the binding to the front first, rolled the binding over to the back, clipped it down so that it extended past the sewing on the front side, then sewed from the front right at the inside edge of the binding. I’m happy with how it turned out and I think it will be sturdier than hand sewing the back, which is a really important consideration for a baby quilt. Next time I think I will cut the binding strips at 2″ instead of 2 1/2″ because the binding is longer than necessary on the back.

    with the baby beanie

    The finished quilt next to a crocheted baby beanie I also made.

  5. sounds of the woods wall hanging quilt kit

    March 20, 2016 by Angie

    I finally finished a quilt in the new house! It was my first time using a quilt kit. It’s a Robert Kaufman quilt kit called The Sounds of the Woods. This is the largest thing I’ve free motion quilted. I knew I’d be hanging it on the wall so it took a lot of pressure off of making sure the quilting on the back looks perfect – which is still my biggest issue with free motion quilting.

    with quilt hangers

    Robbie hung it in the dining room for me using handmade, wooden quilt hangers we found online.

    wall quilt

    Closeup of the free motion quilting. You can see I’m still getting the hang of making the stitches an even length.

    squared up quilt top

     The quilt top before making the quilt sandwich

  6. homemade soy candles

    December 30, 2015 by Angie

    Thanks to Candle Science, I was able to make 24 handmade holiday gifts very economically – in terms of time and money. I got most of the supplies online from Candle Science and followed their beginner soy candle making instructions.

    It was a lot easier than I expected. A microwave is involved! Before starting, calculate how much wax, dye, and fragrance needed for the number of candles you’ll be making. Prepare the containers by wiping them down with a paper towel. Next, use the stickers to put the wicks in place. Weigh the wax in a microwave safe container (it’s dead to you – you can never eat out of this container). Microwave the wax then add in the dye. Stir until the dye is completely broken up. Weigh the liquid fragrance. Add it to the dyed wax and stir to combine it. Do not heat the wax again after adding the fragrance. Pour the wax into the prepared containers. It’s a good idea to line the area with newspaper or aluminum foil to protect your counters from the dye. Use the wick bars to hold the wicks steady while the candles set overnight.

    making candles

    After the candles have completely cooled and set (the next day), cut the wicks pretty much as short as possible, about a 1/4″ long. Here are 12 of them. The size of my microwave and container made it pretty impossible to make more than six candles at a time.

    a bunch of candles

    I made labels with Avery sticker paper and my regular ol’ printer. I found a template from a blog Going Home To Roost that I used as a basis for my labels. I gave them out to my new(ish) coworkers and a couple of family/friends.

    labeled candle

  7. nautical themed baby pillow

    September 15, 2015 by Angie

    My former co-worker had a baby boy! She did his nursery in a nautical theme. I made him this little pillow with a J appliqué – for Jackson – to go with the decor.

    J closeup

    A closeup of the appliqué

    nautical initial baby pillow

    The front of the pillow with rope fabric in red and blue and sailboat print fabric.

    envelope back

    The back is an envelope for easy washing.

  8. Star Wars tooth fairy pillow

    September 14, 2015 by Angie

    Our nephew turned 6! We had a fun day at LegoLand to celebrate. I made him a Star Wars tooth fairy pillow in preparation for big kid teeth loss.

    The fabric is pretty dang awesome AND glows in the dark. I used that for the main front fabric. I appliquéd the fabric “A” onto some leftover white fabric and turned that into a lined pocket. The back of the pillow is envelope style in the same gray fabric as the A appliqué.

    "A" closeup

    Pocket closeup

    Star Wars tooth fairy pillow

    I gave it to Andreu at the LegoLand hotel. His sister immediately requested her own. A Hello Kitty tooth fairy pillow is in the future! Robbie got a call from Andreu a couple of nights later. He wanted to let us know that the pillow is glowing and it glows green. <3

  9. fiona scarf

    April 5, 2015 by Angie

    My in-laws are going on a long-awaited vacation to New York City this month. The temperatures have continued to stay low so I made this chunky scarf to help my mother-in-law stay warm. It’s the Fiona Button Scarf pattern from the Fiber Flux blog. I opted out of the buttons and typed exactly what I did below.the end of the Fiona scarf

    All finished!


    9.0 mm Crochet Hook
    2 Skeins Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick Solids (I barely used the second skein.)
    yarn needle

    Fiona Scarf

    A closeup of the stitches.


    Ch 154

    Foundation Row:
    2 dc in 4th ch from hook, ch 1, *skip next 2 ch, 2 dc in next ch, ch 1, rpt from * to last ch, putting only 1 dc in last ch.

    Row 1:
    Chain 3 and turn. Work 2 dc in the first space, then ch 1, *2 dc in the next space, ch 1, rpt from * in each space across row to second to last space. Work 1 dc in the last space (turning chain space from previous row).

    Repeat row 1 four more times, for a total of 5 rows.

    Weave in all ends and stitch buttons to one end of scarf.

    Angie for scaleAngie for scale (again).

  10. beginner granny square scarf

    March 20, 2015 by Angie

    I recently made this granny square scarf in black. It’s a free Red Heart pattern I got in an email. It’s available on their site here and I’ve pasted the pattern below. It was quick and fun. I wanted a black scarf because I have mostly dark-colored winter clothes, but now I’m kinda jealous of the bright blue color Red Heart used.

    fixed granny square scarfAngie for scale.


    Loops & Threads Impeccable 4 weight yarn in black
    6.5mm K hook
    yarn needle

    close up

    Scarf measures approximately 7” x 55” (18 x 139.5 cm).



    1. Granny squares are worked in joined rounds with right side facing.
    2. Rows are worked back and forth off the last round of each end square. Last rows are sewn to opposite sides of center square to complete the scarf.


    Center Granny Square
    Ch 3; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.

    Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, [ch 3, 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 3; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—12 dc (four 3-dc groups) and 4 ch-3 spaces. Slip st across to ch-3 space.

    Round 2: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first ch-3 space (first corner made), *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 space (corner made); repeat from * twice, ch 1; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—4 corners.

    Round 3: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first ch-3 space (first corner made), ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 space (corner made), ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * twice, ch 1; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—4 corners and four 3-dc groups (one 3-dc group on each side between corners).

    Round 4: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first corner ch-3 space, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * to next corner ch-3 space, [ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 space, **ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from ** to next corner ch-3 sp] 3 times, ch 1; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—4 corners and two 3-dc groups on each side between corners.

    Round 5: Repeat Round 4—4 corners and three 3-dc groups on each side between corners. Fasten off.

    End Granny Square and Extension (make 2) Work same as center granny square but do not fasten off.

    Row 1: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 3, 2 dc) in first ch-3 space, *ch 1, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * across to last ch-3 space, ch 1, 3 dc in last ch-3 space, turn—six 3-dc groups and 5 ch-1 spaces.

    Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch 1), ch 1, skip first 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * across to last 3 dc, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, dc in top of beginning ch, turn—five 3-dc groups, 2 dc, and 6 ch-1 spaces.

    Row 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in first ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * across, turn—six 3-dc groups and 5 ch-1 spaces.
    Rows 4–27: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twelve times. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

    Sew each extension to opposite sides of center granny square. Weave in ends.

    the whole scarf