Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tote bags

I made tote bags for family and friends for Christmas. I just realized I didn't ever post the picture - so here it is.

I tried to personalize them, not only with the name, but also with a favorite flower or color, or something that reminds me of that person. I also embroidered several t-shirts for the guys in the family with something I knew they would think was funny. I also made my husband some baked potato pants - what, you say? Well, I found this fabric that had loaded baked potatoes printed on it. My hubby loves potatoes in all forms and kinds, but especially baked potatoes. So I made him a pair of PJ pants from the baked potato fabric and embroidered a shirt that says, "I love potatoes". Just some of my little projects that have kept me busy.

I have about 5 other projects that I'm trying to finish up, but I keep getting distracted. I really need to make myself finish one thing before I get started on another! OK, New Years resolution #243...

Monday, January 11, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

Monday, December 14, 2015

Another new granddaughter!

I had a granddaughter born in July and another in November! It makes me happy to think of two little girl cousins so close in age, they will have so much fun together!

Here is the happy family!

Here is baby Lilly!

I made these two quilts - one for 1 year old Matthew, and one for Lilly.
 After I had given the quilts to them I realized I hadn't put on labels! Shame on me!!
So I took them both back and put on these labels.

And of course I had to embroider a shirt for Matthew!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Baby Gifts

I just had to do a few other little projects since this is my first granddaughter! I embroidered these little onesies for her, I know there will be more of these in my future!

I also made a nice big receiving blanket. I bought a yard and a half of two coordinating fabrics and then folded them diagonally to make a square and cut off the rest. I used a bowl to trace rounded corners and trimmed that.

I sewed the two layers right sides together, leaving a 6 inch gap for turning. After turning them right side out, I then stitched around the edges with a serpentine stitch.

And I had enough left to make 3 burp cloths (the third is from the left over flannel of the butterfly quilt)! After 3 grandsons, I'm enjoying making some pink things!!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Meet Paige!

Just thought you might want a picture of this beautiful baby girl!
She came earlier than expected, and was born while her mom was trying to get ready to go to the hospital. Her dad delivered her in the bathroom. After the trauma to her dad and a frantic call to 911, they had 4 police cars, a fire engine and an ambulance in their front yard! Whew. Somehow I missed all the excitement again, and didn't get here until after she was born. Mom and baby are doing well, and I'm just so happy for a healthy little granddaughter!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Flower Quilt!

Since I didn't fall in love with that other baby quilt, and even though my daughter didn't ask for another one, I just took all the scraps and made another quilt!

I embroidered on some flowers to give it a focal point.

I didn't have quite enough pink polka dot fabric for the back, so I put some more of the scraps together and pieced the back.

I quilted it all over with this flower design. I made rows of these flowers up and down the center and put one of these in each of the blocks in the border. I like this quilt much better - it just seems more like a baby quilt (instead of a decoration) and you know what? It was made from scraps and went together much more quickly. Sometimes simple really is better!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Butterfly Quilt

My daughter picked out the pattern for this quilt for her new baby girl. Some quilts seem to call for grid quilting, I like how it looks on this quilt.

There are several parts that are wool felt applique - not the softest for a baby quilt, in my humble opinion. But because she requested it, I even did some hand sewing!

I'm hoping that as it gets washed it will soften up a bit.

The pattern called for a few embellishments that I had second thought on - some beads and ribbon rose buds and such. No choking hazards on a quilt from grandma, please!!

I did put a cuddly flannel back on it. It goes well with the nursery -

And here is the label. I think the label is my favorite part of the quilt!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sew on the Go!

Where can I get one of these???

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My new Clock Wall!

This is a project that has been on my mind for quite a while! I saw some pictures where people had used clocks for decorating, and I really liked the idea.

Then I happened to see this clock, and I fell in love. The clock hunt began!

My talented and amazing quilting and wood working friend helped me to make a clock in my favorite color...

We even personalized it, you can't really tell in this picture, but toward the top it says "Est. 1985" and toward the bottom is my last name.

I collected clocks for several months, and leaned them up against the fireplace. My entire family made fun of me.

My husband said he was starting to feel like we lived in the beginning scene of "Back to the Future" ...

My amazing friend had the idea that I could paint this buffet that I inherited from my grandmother, so we stripped and painted it. I use the term "we" very loosely, it was mostly my friend, :)

  This is the "before" picture.

And this is the "after".  I do not do it justice in this picture, but I love my new clock wall!!

Monday, June 8, 2015

A Beautiful Way to Hang Wall Quilts!

I have talked about my Amazing Quilting Friend several times. She is amazing in many ways. Besides being an AWESOME quilter, she is a wood worker! She made up her own design of the neatest way to hang wall quilts that I have ever seen. It puts my pitiful  way to shame. Isn't this lovely?

If you want to make this, here is the basic idea. Two stained or painted pieces of wood and some pretty knobs. Put two screws through the back piece like this (more than two for a large quilt as in the above picture). Drill holes for the screws to slide through in the top piece.

Sew a sleeve on the back of your quilt and make little buttonholes or slits in the sleeve and slip those openings onto the screws.

Next you slide your top wood piece over the screws, and tighten down your knobs. Genius, huh?

She also has a genius way to hang it on the wall, this is one talented lady! You need to have a permanent place that you are going to always hang quilts.

Mount an angled piece of wood to the wall. It must have at least two screws in it so it will stay level.
On the back side of your hanger you attach a piece of wood with the angle going the opposite way, so they just slide right on to each other! It's in the shadow here, imagine a piece that fits right into the wood in the picture above.

Now when you have your quilt screwed on to the hanger, you hold up your hanger and slide the angled piece on the back onto the angled mounting piece on your wall, it holds it flat to the wall! If you make the piece that is mounted on the wall several inches shorter than your hanger, you can even scoot it either way a few inches to center things, and it will still hold beautifully!

Isn't that gorgeous?

And, I just had to show you her beautiful hand quilting, it shows up so nicely on the back. So pretty!

Now if you decide to make one here are a few things you will want to remember: when you buy the knobs you will have to get some longer screws that fit the knob, the ones that come with the knob will be too short to go through your quilt and the top wood piece.  When you put your sleeve on the back of your quilt it needs to extend beyond the top of your quilt enough to reach where the screws are. It is a good idea to make your sleeve out of the same or similar fabric as your binding, in case there is a tiny bit that shows.

That's it. By now you must think my friend is amazing too!

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