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

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas (with Nativities)

I hope you are having a wonderful time with family and loved ones! Christmastime just feels different than any other time of the year. I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and share a few more nativities with you. I shared my nativity quilt here, and some of my nativity collection here and here and here.


Here are a few more that I think are especially wonderful. We found this one when we were traveling in Jordan (which is mostly non Christian), isn't it gorgeous?


This one we got in Jerusalem. I love the way Joseph is holding his cloak protectively over Mary and the baby Jesus.


This one has a music box that you wind up on the bottom, and it turns. We got it in a little shop when we were visiting in beautiful Amish country in Lancaster, PN.



If you want to get even more into the Christmas spirit you should go here and watch this short video!

Merry Christmas to you!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Embroidered Holly

I have a daughter named Holly - of course she was born in December. For years I have been wanting to get her a shirt with holly leaves on it, but I couldn't find one. This year I have an embroidery machine! I found a pattern for a holly neckline. Ta Da! I think she even likes it!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas Pillows

My amazing quilting friend was in a local store and saw something adorable - it gave her an idea, and because she is so amazing she came home and made a pattern and invited me to make these with her! They are quick to sew up and perfect for a Christmas accent!

I also made a little one for a smaller pillow, and I keep thinking I will get the back put on it, but other projects keep crowding in the way. I decided if I wait until I get that little one finished Christmas may have come and gone, so I'm just going ahead with posting about these. I made these with the envelope style back so I can change them back and forth with the seasons.

Thank you amazing quilting friend! Merry Christmas!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New Embroidered Stockings

Much to my sorrow, my daughter's family decided to stay home and celebrate their own Christmas this year.  My daughter told me that she was going to have to make some stockings.  I volunteered to do it for her, and so I embarked on an ambitious project for a beginner in embroidery.

After pulling out some hair and wasting a bit of fabric and stabilizer, this is what I came up with:

I'm sure there is an easier way to do it than I figured out.  I made a paper template and poked holes in it so I could mark the center of each design for embroidery.

I made an extra one without
the name in case there are additions to my daughter's family...

I decided it needed a lining so the back side of the embroidery would be covered - of course - I used red polka dots!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Crazy Fabric


Look at this crazy fabric! I needed some black polka-dot fabric, and the only one with the right polka-dot was this!

I can see the advantage of printing four different designs on one piece of fabric, they coordinate with each other... But what if you only need a little bit of one of them? You have to buy 4 times as much fabric! Luckily it is a cute print, and I'm sure I can use it in the future.

I hope I can find this kind of crazy fabric sometime when I need a little bit of four coordinating fabrics!

Monday, December 1, 2014

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