You see, I have LOVED the Anna Maria Horner 'feather bed' quilt since I had a glimpse of it on a blog a few months back and ever since that moment I have wanted to make a feather. There is a free pdf pattern on her blog for it so I had a look but a singe feather was too big for what I needed it for for (mug rug) and looked wayyyy too complicated so I made up my own - and it turned out (though it looks more like a tree!!)!
I love it but know what I would do differently with the paper piecing next time. As I am quite new to that technique, I think I made it more difficult than it should have been. Newbies eh? Geesh! I used some fine fusible fleece and did a pocket sack (or whatever the term is) instead of doing binding so it lays nice and flat but is quite thin. I even practised my free motion quilting on it - a trial for my Mod Sampler quilt perhaps!!??
I also made one of those awesome Open Wide pouches from the Noodlehead blog and I. LOVE. IT. She writes the best patterns and tutorials - so easy to follow and presto - the coolest little zippy pouch a girl can have. I showed some of the girls at work and they said "what do you put in it?". My questions back was - "what don't you put in a zippy pouch"? Am I right?
I made it for another work colleague who very kindly hauled back three boxes of Grape Jello and a large jar of Cheez Whiz (correct spelling!) from her trip to Canada this summer. She asked me if there was anything I wanted bringing back so I made a mental list of about 20 things but figured I couldn't take advantage of her like that, so I asked for Cheez Whiz and ANYTHING grape flavoured [grape is not a flavour they do here in the UK - blackcurrant yes, grape NO]. She didn't want any money for the goodies so how does one say thank you? With something sewn, of course!! Hope she will like it!
My mental list contained some of these things: Red licorice Twizzlers, Coffee Crisp, cereals including Fruit Loops, Honeycombs, Alphabets, Corn Pops and of course Kraft Dinner (Spirals are the best) and plain Hershey Kisses. These are the things I miss!! Crazy eh? If you live away from your home country, what foods do you miss most?
Linking up with Whoop Whoop, TGIFF, Aloha Friday and Show Off Friday.