Warm Wishes Panel Quilt

If you are anything like me, the idea of a panel quilt was at some point in time shocking to you. I love to piece quilts and I love being involved in every single decision that goes into a quilt. Fast forward to some of the AMAZING panels that have been put out by Riley Blake Designs lately and I am completely in the opposite camp now. The quality is top notch. The options they have come up with are so wonderful!

When I saw the three different colored panel quilt options for the Warm Wishes fabric line, I knew we needed a pink panel quilt in our house. My Christmas colors are anything but traditional and pink plays a big part in our Christmas decor. Possibly the best part of this panel quilt is the PINK thread that Debbie of Hobble Creek Quilting used! We chose a floral pantograph called Echo Blossom instead of a Christmas pantograph for the quilting and I just love it! Warm Wishes is headed to your favorite local or online quilt shop soon. These panel quilts are the perfect idea for a gift that shows thought, but doesn’t take up all of your life piecing a Christmas quilt!

Embroidered Denim Jacket

Bev from Flamingo Toes has come out with a fabulous, new embroidery book. I LOVE hand embroidery. It is one of my favorite ways to use my hands while watching tv or kids sports games or sitting at the airport. It is a great, portable hobby that is relatively inexpensive and once you learn a few basic stitches, you will have confidence to take on practically anything. Bev does a wonderful job of teaching basic embroidery stitches and skills in her book, now widely available wherever you like to purchase books.

When I was looking through her book and trying to decide which project I’d like to make, I was really drawn to her embroidered denim jacket. I wondered how I could modify this to create a cute little jacket for my not-quite-2 year old daughter. I decided to take some of the flowers and leaves from this pattern as well as some from another pattern in her book to create a fun, little floral scene on the back of my daughter’s jacket.

My daughter has loved this little jacket and has wanted to wear it a lot since I’ve finished it. It would make a really fun gift for a baby shower, or a project to make for yourself! Make sure to check out Bev’s book and blog for all of the other projects that have happened!