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SpriteStitch – Mini Swap


I’m participating in a craft exchange through I’m participating in both the mini and mega swaps. Until our buddies receive their gifts, we’re on a media blackout for talking about what we’re doing. And for me who gets excited about anything and loves sharing, it’s been rough!

My mini swap buddy received her gift so I can talk about them. I made her a set of placemats, featuring appliques of some of her favorite games. From the top left, clockwise, we have Skyrim, Zelda, Dragon Age, and Fire Emblem. I used the Soft Fuse brand fusible web and then blanket stitched around the edges. The pink fabric is gradated and though it looks like there is some funky lighting from the top two to the bottom two, that’s actually the fabric. The placemats are machine washable.

Skyrim Legend of Zelda Fire Emblem Dragon Age placemats Michael Miller black Kona cotton placemat placemats fusible applique

My buddy also told me that she loves Disney and her favorite is Belle. I found this beautiful stained glass fabric on People can design and print their custom fabrics, and make them available for others to purchase. And my friend Heather is again modeling the apron. The lighting was a little bright that day 🙂

Beauty and the Beast Belle Apron yellow dress stained glass red rose

Close up of the rose pocket. I knew I had this rose fabric … somewhere. I had to dig through all of my boxes to find it but I finally did find it at the very bottom of the last box. But it looks really good so I forgive the fabric for being hidden.

Beauty and the Beast Belle Apron yellow dress stained glass red rose

Placemats and pillows

Today, I want to share some of my non-quilt projects. First up are the pillowcases that I made for my mom and my ex’s mom for Christmas many moons ago. I took a class on how to do paper piecing and these were the projects. I made them entirely with scraps except for the outer border of chili peppers. I made 10 total placemats, 2 of each color.

Placemat placemats place mat place mats  chili pepper cactus cacti flower flowers southwest southwestern paper piecing pepper peppers

My dad’s girlfriend had remodeled her kitchen and had added new white cabinets with grey slightly-translucent glass and wood handles. I sneaked a picture and then designed matching placements. She lives in San Diego and I was in Tucson at the time, so I mailed them to her. When I went to visit, she proudly showed me the placements being used to protect her bedroom dresser from the (dirty) tube TV scratching it… broke my heart a little but she was so happy. (She’s also now an ex, so it’s okay to post this story 🙂 ).

Placemat placemats place mat place mats white grey brown geometry cabinetLastly, when I was teaching, I had a student who was struggling at the school (it was a college prep school) and just wanted to drop out, get a hippie van, and live down by the river. For Christmas, I made her zebra print pillows to go in her van.

Zebra pillow pillows plush