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!

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

A Girlie Thing

My daughter's birthdy is next week, so I decided to make another make-up bag with the brush roll on it. I love mine, I blogged about it here you can find a link to the pattern with that post.

Here are a few pics:

I have taken my bag on several trips, and I really like it! Having my brushes handy right there is nice, and they are protected from getting all messy while traveling.

I really have tested it well. Since I made my bag it has been to Utah, camping in an RV, Israel, Jordan and Egypt. Next month it gets to go to Connecticut!

I hope it has a lovely trip!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Empty Nest

My youngest graduated from high school on Friday. Sunday afternoon he left for a summer job at Zion's National Park. I'm an empty nester - I don't think I ever thought this day would come. I keep telling myself to look on the bright side. Here are the things I have come up with:
1. I will have more time to quilt.
2. The house will stay cleaner (or I have to admit how much of the mess was mine all along...).
3. The grocery bill will be less.
OK, I guess that's all I can come up with. I'm not going to think about how quiet it might get, or that I won't have an extra set of muscles or legs to do jobs and errands for me, or hug me - oh dear. Stop now!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Machine Shaming...

Ha Ha, I thought this was funny!

If you like these you can find this and more right HERE!

Monday, April 20, 2015

How your machine makes a stitch!

Have you ever wondered how your sewing machine makes stitches? I had never been able to visualize it, now the mystery is solved! This little video is only 26 seconds long, but it shows exactly what happens!

Hope you have fun sewing today!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Quilty Smile

and I look really sophisticated doing it!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Embroidered Jean Jacket

My first jean jacket! I was afraid I might ruin it. I know, it's no big deal to people who have been machine embroidering for a while, but I'm still experimenting.

It's not perfect, but thank goodness it is wearable. I can't wait for my daughter to come and pick it up, I hope she loves it!

As I looked at ideas online I found some people who were wearing embroidered jeans with an embroidered shirt and an embroidered jacket with an embroidered hat to top things off - who knows what else is embroidered underneath! I will really try not turn into that, but it is pretty fun...

Now I've started looking around and thinking, "What can I embroider next that won't be too weird?" I wonder if my hubby would like for me to embroider something for him  :)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Friday, April 3, 2015

Not a Vera Bradley bag, but a free pattern!

I made a bag for my daughter - I love it! She is expecting a baby girl in July,
after two boys I thought she is probably ready for some girly stuff! Isn't this adorable fabric? The pattern is fairly easy and the instructions are easy to understand.

When I made her a bag before, her friends thought it was a Vera Bradley bag, so I tried to make this look like another one. I quilted it in the diamond style her bags have.

I made this bag as a diaper bag, but of course, it is just a handy sized bag and you personalize the pockets you want inside it for whatever sizes you need!

The pattern is free on the Moda Bakeshop website, HERE is a link!

I love how it turned out!

It also has all these handy pockets on the outside, perfect for easily slipping in a few last minute items!

I also made this bag for my daughter-in-law when she had my cute little grandson last October, she carries it all the time, it is such a great size, not too big, but handy and perfect pockets for baby needs (if I do say so myself!). I used bottles and diapers and wipes as I sized the pockets.

If you want pictures of the pockets with actual baby supplies in them, HERE is the first one I made.

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Make-Up bag with Brush Roll!

I ran across this pattern on the Craftsy website, it was free! I think it is really

It has a roll on the side for make-up brushes, something I was wishing for the last time I was away from home and living out of my suitcase.

The brushes are covered with a flap that keeps them from getting messed up, and the bag is a good size to carry everything you need. The bag part zips closed and the roll closes with a magnetic snap.

If you like it you should go over here and get the free pattern!

I think there are more of these in my future...

Friday, March 20, 2015

Baby Bib from hand towel

My grandson is SOOO cute -- and he drools a LOT!

I made a couple of bibs from little hand towels. I used my embroidery machine to put on a few little cute animals in cars

These should help keep his little shirts from getting wet..

and did I mention he is adorable?

Monday, March 16, 2015

Infant Busy Book

I made a busy book for my little grandson.  He is still in the stage where he
hits himself in the face with things, and not much dexterity in his fingers...

So this is soft embroidered pages with bright colors and different textures.

I made the pages "crinkly" by cutting circles from the wax paper inside a box of cereal, it is more heavy duty than the wax paper you buy in rolls. It makes a nice crinkle sound when he plays with the pages.

On the backs of the pages I put different textures of fabrics - satin, corduroy, velvet, fleece, velour...

I put little loops of ribbon around on different pages - that was actually grabbed his attention first!

I made button holes in the top of the pages so I could just tie it with a ribbon, then I put a few stitches through the bow so it wouldn't come untied. Nothing hard if he hits himself with it or chews on it.

Grandma approved.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Spring Tulip Table Runner

I know I haven't posted in a while...

But that doesn't mean I'm not sewing! I finished this yesterday and wanted to show you while it is still spring!

It even matches the wreath I made a few years ago!  When I was getting the fabric for it I had to force myself to pick light colors - I hadn't realized how much I just naturally gravitate toward bright or dark colors. 

After gathering ideas from all around I designed this in my EQ7 program. I really wish I were better at utilizing that program to it's full potential, but I just can't remember how to do all the things I learned in my class!  Aargh. 

And look at me go - I even made a label for the back of it! 
What is the world coming to?

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