Tooth fairy pillow

My wee one had a wiggly tooth a month or so ago. I thought I had time enough to make a tooth fairy pillow before the tooth fell out. But I forgot about older sisters.

B helped things along and ripped that tooth out around 8:45 one night (well after lights out). Both girls piled into the living room, one holding the tooth aloft and the other jutting out her bleeding gum, both ecstatic. We started work on the tooth fairy pillow the next day.

But it got put away for a while forgotten about, and then W had another wiggly tooth. I found the fairy fabric again but moved slowly. Darned if that new wiggly tooth didn’t get yanked out the next day! W did it herself, at school so that she would get the coveted plastic tooth-shaped tooth holder necklace. That afternoon we made the pillow in about half an hour.


Not fabrics I would have chosen or how I wanted to make it, but W is very, very happy with her pillow. She was most adamant that the tooth fairy needed to look like a fairy, not a tooth. Luckily I had a few of these fairy charm squares I bought for 50¢ at a garage sale a while back.

I had no polyfil so I folded up a skinny strip of batting; this is the flattest pillow ever.

All scraps, yay. And finished, extra yay. This was on my 2017 FAL Q2 list.

It amazes me how different two kids can be. B had a strong hand in making her pillow years ago. For this one the tooth goes in the mouth, money in the pocket on the back. This tooth fairy pillow was inspired by this one here.


Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilt of course!

2017 FAL, Q2

2017-fal-button-300-1-1AKA the 2017 Finish A-long, second quarter.

For my first quarter I did sort of okay, finishing two of the ten I wanted to get done. I got close on two more but we all know close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.

Trying again, here’s my list. And wow, this will take me all the way to the end of the school year.


Oldies but likely to get done:

1. Gridlocked quilt, trimmed, and bound

2. rainbow log cabin, quilting fixed in one spot, then trimmed, and bound

3. blue 15 min X&+, quilted, trimmed, and bound

4. Polaroid quilt, blocks sewn together, etc etc

New works in progress:

5. art piece to submit for a show with a deadline

6. tooth fairy pillow for W. The client is being particular about the details.

7. Slab blocks for the Canada Ronald McDonald thingie using the Riley Blake MQG challenge fabric.

Really unlikely to get done but I’m including them anyway just in case I *do* get them done:

8. soccer hexie, make background and appliqué, etc etc

9. mighty lucky bananas quilt, get backing, etc etc

10. F door quilt, sew a few more rows, then etc etc


So there we go! Thanks to all the hosts and all the sponsors. Good luck everyone.

Mini Swap, a finished quilt

Ta-done! My mini quilt for the inaugural MQG swap.


Grey thread on rainbow for the front and rainbow thread on grey for the back. I stitched in the ditch and carried the lines through to the outside, creating an uneven grid.


I hope my swap partner likes this as much as I do.


I shared progress shots earlier, go here to see. This will be mailed tomorrow during my lunch break. SK in USA this is for you!

Quilt Stats:

Title: MQG Swap Quilt

Lifetime quilt no. 63

Started: Monday, February 6, 2017

Finished: Thursday, February 9, 2017

Size: 19″ square

Number of pieces: 56

Quilting: straight line quilting with some sort of grey Gutterman thread (top) and variegated Coats and Clark (bottom)

Fabrics: 86% of this is scraps with only two prints and two solids from yardage. Some prints from fancy celebrity designers and others totally random and generic. All beautiful. Kona, Bella, and Colorworks solids. Backing is Crosshatch? from Architextures? by Carolyn Friedlander and was a scrap as well.

Linking up of course for Finish it up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts! and Scraptastic Tuesday with She Can Sew.

And this was on my Q1 list for the 2017 FAL.

2017 Finish Along

Here’s to another round of the finish along! It just keeps getting better and bigger every year. The logo this year is a beaut!

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If you’re new around here, this is a good description of what the FAL is:

The FAL is a low pressure community event that allows you to make a list of projects that have already been started but not finished and thus are hanging about in your sewing room as UFOs. The list is linked up at the beginning of a quarter and then at the end of the quarter you link up a link for each item on your list that you finished. Each link is an entry into the random draw for great prizes sponsored by our generous sponsors. There is no penalty for not finishing something on your list. 

I had moderate success in 2016; here’s what I finished in each quarter:  Q1 0%, Q2 29%, Q3 36%, Q4 23%. I’m actually okay with these numbers because I still got projects finished. Which is a good thing!

Here is what I’m attempting for 2017 Q1, and what step I’m at in the project.

1 soccer hexie applique
2 gridlocked/cross hatch backing, quilt, bind
3 Mighty Lucky July – bananas backing, quilt, bind
4 charm squares quilt / scrappy stars layout
5 blue 15 min X&+ quilt and bind
6 rainbow log cabin grey/white quilt and bind
7 F door quilt rows
8 polaroid quilt sashing

To interpret my notes for you: two need to find backings and get quilted and bound, two have backings and need quilting and binding, one needs starting (hooray!), and three are somewhere in the middle of piecing.

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in random order

Edited to add a couple more time sensitive projects:

My guild’s PITA charity quilt. Appliqué was NOT a good thing to do for a group project.


And I’m doing the #MQGSwap! It’s due in February so I need to get that done. Lots of ideas though so it will be a fun finish.


This year the FAL is hosted by a global community of bloggers:

  • Sarah – Sew me – Northern Ireland
  • Judith – Just Jude – Northern Ireland
And our Social Media Director: Sandra – Sew of Course – Ireland


Have fun finishing your projects everyone!