Christmas Sewing

This is “Dutch Iris” designed by Eileen B. Sullivan at The Designer’s Workshop.

This is the first Christmas project I finished. My mom has a serious “thing” for irises, so when I saw this kit at the quilt festival, I knew I just HAD to make it for her for Christmas. Paper piecing is one of my new favorite types of quilting, since it’s so precise and makes such intricate pictures with ease. Due to the way I piece (preferring newsprint to freezer paper) my iris is a mirror image of the original… and the cute little ladybug is graciously hiding a pretty major flaw in my piecing. So it’s not perfect, but she loves it and that’s all that really matters anyway!

These are based on the Tremendously Tidy Travel Pillow created by Charlotte at Charlotte’s Sew Natural. Everyone in our house got one of these (except me… I’ll make one for myself later). The baseball one (for Elijah) is actually one of her kits, and I pulled together fabrics for the camo pillow (for Jack) and Dora pillow (for Abigail) on my own. The pillowcase is really cool… the inner liner, shown in the second picture, is attached to the inside of the outer case and serves to keep the 12×16 pillow clean and inside the case… neat, huh? And they go together very quickly– I can see many more pillows being made from this pattern!

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