Can I please tell you how much I love muslin? I just do. It's so stinkin easy to sew with! Love. And I love the way stitching looks on it, like this:
I mean really, it's just so neat looking. Please ignore the little snarl of red over there, ummm, what can I say?
So, I regularly check out One Pretty Thing, there are TONS of ideas every single day and I am constantly inspired but everyone out there's creativity. So last week, who knows what day? I was checking it out and saw this super cute table runner for Valentine's day. I thought, I'd love to make that! But, well then it morphed into a pillow case! I've had this cute tapestry Thanksgiving pillow that I drag out every Fall and yesterday I suddenly realized that I could just cover it and use it every season if I'd like! Der.
Yes, I had errands to run but frankly I could. not. stop. sewing! Eh. Errands can wait. So, here it is prior to stuffing the pillow inside:
And here we go with the pillow:
I had to take a close up of this little heart here because I love this fabric but only have like a scrap 3 inches wide X 20 or so inches. It was in the scrap bin at the quilt shop and I snapped it up but could not find yardage anywhere at all.
Super cute, right?
Okay, so during the week I had the urge to try out the dresden quilt pattern in my Material Obsession book (thanks Mom!). So, rememeber the fairy tale table runner? Originally I was thinking of making all pretty pinks and rosy prints and such, but I really think projects have a mind of their own! Because this is what turned out:
I have to say that it was really quite easy. I was not expecting easy. The only thing I didn't do correctly was the center circle, I cut it out too small so I really didn't have any wiggle mistake room there. Can I please tell you how incredibly hard it was to cut out that much of that fabric!!!!! Seriously, I am so stingy with it since I have less than a fat quarter left and really the point is to fussy cut with it because who cares about the plain colored part, right? So, it hurt a little to cut that much knowing I've now limited the rest of the piece. Anyways, my neurosis aside, it turned out cute, huh? All fabrics from my stash, all fabrics I love.
In other news, I broke down and bought some size 3 metal double pointed needles! I mentioned before that I'm knitting a monster, and I do have plastic needles picked up at the thrift for like .50 cents, but dang! They were like pulling teeth to knit with, for crying in a bucket! The yarn really sticks to the plastic and with such a tight gauge they would practically squeak! I'm happy to say that the metal needles are much better! I have to admit that I feel a little guilty buying them when I have the others, like I'm being disloyal to the vintage needles or something. I know that's a little crazy.
Oh, my gosh! I just entered a pillow contest @ Stitched in Color! Eeeek. Not that I think I'm going to win or anything, but there is a fabulous prize (of fabric!) if you do, so why not enter?! Oh man, why did I do that?