Before I headed up north I made three pillows for my sister to go with the quilt I made her for her last milestone birthday. She's placed the quilt on the bed in her daughter's recently redecorated room -- decorated around the colors of the quilt.
Even though I thought of the animal print side to be the back side of the quilt my sister likes that side best in this room. I made her a 40" bolster, a 22" bolster, and a 14" square pillow, so far.
Here's a larger view of the room, including the crib for the baby when they all visit.
I'm always saying I need to start sewing for Christmas gifts much earlier than I always do. Seems like I get into a fever pitch sometime after December 15th each year.
This past Christmas I made simple circle skirts for my two great-nieces. They're made from a layer of knit fabric and a layer of sequin fabric, with a simple knit elastic band.
I used my serger to sew the two layers together and then my sewing machine to attach the elastic band. This close up picture of the serged edge is a bit too bright. Serging the two fabrics together before attaching the elastic was a definite help.
I think they turned out so well -- I'll be making more of these.
I'm really enjoying my sewing time. Being creative really helps me balance my life. When I sit down to the machine I can feel my soul smiling. You can't get much better than that. Unless my grandchildren were here to spoil a bit.