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
cute...


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?

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

Power Pillow!




I made this for my amazing quilting friend -



- My hubby found this great fabric for the back.




Don't you think we all need one of these? And we should read it out loud to ourselves everyday!

Have a wonderful weekend!!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Polka-dot Featherweight?!!

Found here.
HEART - HEART - HEART - HEART

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

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