Year in Review : Sewing Projects

While I did a year in review of favorite photos from my monthly archives ( Here and Here )  next is a recap of 2014 completed sewing projects. This is my first year to do a review of any sort,  and I can understand why people do them now!  In regards to looking through archives to pick photos, for instance, it is amazing how you can forget about things….it was fun to re-visit them all, albeit quickly.

In regards to sewing projects, while there are no masterpieces here, I guess that I did accomplish a bit once I reviewed it all. We women are often so hard on ourselves….I think that this exercise helped me a bit :)

Rag Rug Made on a Loom:

Rag Rug Finished

Pieced & lightly quilted envelope enclosure pillow cover:


A Sewing Machine Cover :

sewing machine cover

Another pillow cover ; the middle one :

Basket Pillow

Snowball quilt based on a Kim Diehl pattern: Machine pieced, hand applique, hand quilted on the interior, and tied with yarn on the borders for color and texture:

Finished Snowball Quilt

A tied / quilt comforter for my son and DIL’s house, to be used on one of the girls beds or wherever  ( My bed is a queen…this is meant for a twin bed or would work with a full size )

Finished purple and green pieced and tied quilt

Hand Appliqued and Hand Quilted Table Runner :

runner collage includes finish on line

This TOP is finished and is currently in the hoop, being hand quilted during the winter months of 2015:

Crosses and Losses Top Finished Sept 25

Scrap Basket Couch Quilt includes a mix of hand and machine piecing, hand applique, hand quilting :

finished basket quilt on line nov 11

basket quilting collage

A sampler for my son and DIL : includes hand applique and machine piecing :


after tying collage for eagle blog

Finished, with tying and hand sewn binding:

finshed eagle quilt

A lap quilt for my mother :

lap quilt finished

Also for my mother, a reversible table runner :

Hot chocolate table runner collage

Pillow cover : Floral on one side, toile on the other:

16 inch pillow envelope enclosure back

A mug mat for the DIL:

mug mat with kanga

And a mug mat for Santa :

snack mat for santa collage

Another table runner, with a different reverse side:

2nd reversable table runner

Tube pillowcases for the grandsons :

Boys finished pillowcases

And for the three grand-girls :

girls pillowcases finished up

There are many blocks / projects started that will continue on into 2015 but these are what was completed this year :)

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Making a Rag Rug on a Loom : completed end February

If you are a regular reader and are tired of seeing the rag rug on the loom, I have good news. It is finished ! :)

If you are unfamiliar with it, I started making a rag rug on a loom in the fall but I took my time about it as I had to buy sheets, old linens, curtains, etc. at the mission / thrift store, and I waited for their sales, and for this or that color to be available.

Last weekend I was very close to being done : there is a visual HERE of it on the loom.

On Tuesday I took it off of the loom, and held my breath. I was not sure if I’d done everything correctly.   I was expecting it to fall apart, you see. But it did not.

Rag Rug Finished

I decided that after fooling around with this thing for 4-5 months off and on, I wasn’t quite ready for the cat to think that it was a new scratch toy, nor for the dogs to start going into full shed on it.  Incidentally, they usually do in February, and have not. That’s a weather predictor for early March, in my book :)

So I brought out the doll cradle and some toys from the grand -kids play room and rounded up some old quilts and now there is a little display upstairs.

Rag Rug under cradle collage

Oftentimes I’ll get queries about this project so I’ll provide the information again in case anyone new to it is interested. I purchased the rag rug loom from Dru, who many of you may be familiar with…her blog is HERE, and there is a link to their store on the blog, but stick around and read some of her blog first, if you are not familiar with it….youll enjoy it :)

There is a printout with basic instructions included with the loom….I also found a great video about making rag rugs HERE at the Simply Resourceful Blog. I highly recommend her video series.

This was an enjoyable project and I will certainly make another. I have steam heat in my home and placing the loom on the radiator and standing to work on it while looking out the window at the various birds at the feeders, etc. was enjoyable and relaxing. I was in no hurry…as I said I was trying to pick up sheets and things at low cost to use in it…and now I’ll miss the loom there on the became a colorful decorative item in the winter :) With several sewing projects going on, and gardening season coming up, I’ll probably start the next rug in the fall, just as I did this one. In the meantime, I will be picking up more sheets / linens / etc. at the thrift store here and there in anticipation of that.

You might also enjoy :  Making a Rag Rug on a Loom  or  Bright & Happy Sunday Sewing  or  Tuesday Treasures : Chickadees & Memories  or Merry Christmas Cookies Day




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