Friday, May 9, 2014
I made two of these totes, yes they are the same ones I've made lots of. I made one with a brown liner and that one is on it's way to Massachusetts as it is a birthday gift for one of my nieces. Love the versatility of these and really want to make an black, white and red one for myself (someday)! Below are pictures of the happy little bags standing up all by themselves! They definitely look like Spring time! Happy Stitching! Now to link up with crazymomquilts and Finish it up Friday!
Thursday, March 20, 2014
pattern on each of the jelly roll fabrics bordering the novelty fabric. I also tried to quilt differently on each the striped fabric on the sides. Fun, fun, fun! I did not take enough photos because I was trying to get it done before my niece and her family came for Thanksgiving this past year. I also didn't get a chance to post about it around that time due to the busy season! It would have been nice to have shown the quilt at my guild meeting, but it was wonderful to give the quilt in person, instead of mailing it.
My great nephew's reaction was well worth it!! He loved it and I was thrilled when he immediately noticed the quilting and saw the letters and symbols. He had a blast playing I spy with his cousins and parents. I am sure he will get a lot of use from this quilt. The backing is a really fun fabric, and the colors really work with it. I have additional blocks with much more girly fabric from the jelly roll and have the accompanying fabric purchased, now just need to find the time to sew that one together ! Happy Stitching!
Friday, March 14, 2014
here) and eventually also gave it to my Gram so she could give it as a Christmas gift for some very lovely neighbors who help her out so much. The bag is very large and I went pretty crazy quilting it, I may end up keeping this bag for myself! My next finish for March, (finished last night) just in time for our Guild meeting! Project number 5 was due for the UFO Challenge and I am so glad that it is finally done! I bought the pattern and fabric in 2007 and cut out the eight sections before reading the full pattern. yeah. not good! I was supposed to quilt the fabric, then cut out the sections. So, another mis-cut project put away for the sewing fairies to fix. I put it on my very first Blog WISP list with no results, so I listed it on my list for Guild UFOs. I was very busy the last few weeks finishing other people's quilts and I wondered if I would get to it in time. Tuesday I sewed the sections together and cut and sewed the prarie point like triangles together. I quilted it on Wednesday,
which was fun until I realised that it was meant to overlap a bit; made it rather interesting towards the end but I worked it out. The ruffle called for 9 strips of fabric, I only used 6 because I wanted the ruffle to be more relaxed. I also could not bear to make the prarie points by folding the fabric, I made the squares 1/2" larger and cut them in half diagonally, folded wrong sides together and sewed short edges together. Turned inside out and Ta Da! Only used 1/2 of the fabric required. The original pattern called for a gold star to be appliqued in each section, I had the material but it seemed too busy. It also calls for buttons to be sewn on each point. I tacked the tip of each point down, to prevent flapping and folding the wrong way. Not sure about the buttons, could make star buttons out of FIMO, but it is going to be under the tree, will things just get caught on the buttons? I can always add them later. I had a very pretty Thimbleberries fabric for the back, and since I can't find Thimbleberries fabric locally, I wanted to save it. It would be nice as another tree skirt. I was so thrilled to find this homespun in my stash. Had to piece it to make it work, but I had enough! This finish counts for my Guild UFO, OPAM, 1XMAS project and a blog WISP finish! Wooo Hooo Happy stitching!
Friday, February 14, 2014
Is there really such a thing as TOO much Tulle? I have known plenty of little girls who would think otherwise, and normally I would agree, but . . . I'm afraid I used way too much tulle for my latest project for my great niece!
The front view shows the uneven cuts of tulle, I believe they were even when I cut them, it must have happened in the sewing! I definitely prefer the posterior view.
I just LOVE the satin sash! I suppose you are wondering how this is too much tulle. Well, it's too much if it measures 13" tall, 15 1/2" around the waist (just the waist band alone) AND if it was meant for a darling little girl who is only 4 months old. Yes 4 months, not 4 years old!
Still stitching each and every day! Happy Stitching to you, and here's wishing a Happy Valentine's Day. Now off to link up with crazymomquilts and finish it up Friday!
Just in time to turn it in at the guild meeting today.
Just love the picture of my DD and her kitty, Hermione.
A very natural smile!
Friday, January 31, 2014
crazy mom quilts and Finish it up Friday!
Friday, January 17, 2014
No, that's not a faucet, that was my nose earlier this week. Fixed the drip, but now I'm all stuffed up, that's a bit better since it makes it easier to sew! I finished another bag that will soon have two completed quilts in it and off to it's new owner! The bag is constructed differently because I am using scraps from old projects and most of the time the size of the smallest fabric dictates the eventual size of the bag! It has a nice little pocket inside. I do not have an inch of the inside fabric left, used every last bit! The snowman wall hanging is a bit of a disappointment. I started working on these snowmen (15 total) in early 2001. I had all of the elements heat n bonded in place, then put it away A couple of years later I blanket stitched around the hats and scarves and started on the embroidery, then put it away for quite awhile. I started bringing it to Friday's bee as handwork if we weren't working on a project and one Friday pulled it out and all of the snowmen were done! The disappointing part is that I don't remember how I laid them out or what was I going to do to finish them. I had fabric with them that I though I intended to use with it, so I made this one and I just don't like it. Of course in hindsight, now I would have used a light weight interfacing on the white so the background fabric wouldn't be visable. I quilted it with
sewing machine and it turned out a bit baggy and my binding is ridiculously askew. Not terribly excited about finishing up the remaining 12. Boo. Hiss. Speaking of hiss, I have never heard my sweet little Samantha utter that noise. She barely meows. She has her little spots in my studio, basking in the sun. Doesn't she look gloriously comfy? I guess I'll have to sleep on what to do! Till then I'll link up with my crazy mom quilts for Finish it up Friday! Happy Stitching!
Friday, January 10, 2014
crazy mom quilts and finish it up Friday!
Thursday, January 2, 2014
I have not sewn in ten days, and that is ten days too long! In the past ten days I don't believe I have spent even one solid hour in my sewing haven that did not involve Christmas decorations of some sort, and not only does that not feel right, it doesn't even sound right! One of my new years resolutions is to STITCH EVERY DAY. Yup, 365 days of stitching! What kind of stitches? Whatever kind of stitches that suit my fancy, or I that I find most convenient for that particular day. The stitches can either be sewn, quilted, crocheted, knitted, embroidered, or needle pointed, etc., as long as I make/do/create some kind of stitch! I just decided this on New Year's Eve, and since our New Year's Day activities did not include time in my sewing haven, the stitching I stitched yesterday was of the knitted stitching sort. I finished a little scarf for a snowman wall hanging and this morning I started another one! I also hope to squeeze in some time on my sewing machine sometime today, but that's not looking very promising. Speaking of the snowman wall hangings, I made five, but they were pretty popular and I actually fell behind. I need to make two more as Christmas presents for this past year, finish three I had already started and make one additional smaller one. Not thrilled to start the year behind, but I'm going to try to get them all done by January 31st. Now to post a few things I managed to finish prior to my stitching break. The stars are paper pieced ornaments, they were fun and I'd like to do more paper piece ornaments this year, a nice use of scraps. I made this kleenex box wrap with this fun
celestrial fabric. I was going to make it from butterfly fabric, but after spending two weeks off and on looking for the fabric, I came across the blue and gold and figured that would do! I think some major organizing and rearranging are in my future. My last finish for the year was a book purse/tote that one of my nieces asked me to make for her. She didn't have a specific fabric in mind, just purple and GLITTERY. She didn't want it too fancy, no pockets or flaps, so without a pattern and just basic guidelines this is what I came up with. She said she loves it, so I am very happy about that! Happy Stitching !!
|How is this for glittery? |