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

Monday, November 17, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Stove Top Protection

A few months ago my old stove died, and I got a new glass top stove. While learning about how to care for it I heard of someone who cracked
their stove top because they dropped something from the cupboard above the stove. Since I am short, I must admit that I have dropped things before when trying to reach them in a high cupboard. I decided a good way to protect the stove top would be to make myself a little quilt to go on top of the stove when it is not in use. I collect apple things, and I made a little apple quilt! Now my stove is protected, and I like how it turned out!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Zig Zag Quilt Finished!


All done - my first Queen sized quilt. It sure does take a lot of fabric to make this size! I have a child who said he would love to get this, so one child down, five more to go...



This is my very first embroidered quilt label on the back. No one will throw it out in 50 years  not knowing where it came from - not that they won't throw it out, but they will know!



And a little something fancy on the back when you fold it down from the top.

In case you were wondering about the flawed fabric on the back, no, I never did hear back from Henry Glass or his company! But I fixed up those white spots with a black sharpie so that I can't even find the flaws now.

On to the next project!

Monday, November 3, 2014

My very own genius idea...

Well, genius may be stretching it a bit, but hey, I'm really good at copying other people's ideas. It's not very often that I have an original one! But then again, maybe everyone but me is already doing this and no one told me!

I usually have a trail of binding in my lap and onto the floor while I am sewing the binding on a quilt. This is my first Queen sized quilt, and that is a LOT of binding! So I stabbed a pen into the little space between my insert and my sewing machine and put the binding on it. Voila! It doesn't get twisted or tangled up with anything...  Yay me.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Merry Christmas to me..

Merry Christmas and Happy Valentine's Day, Happy Birthday and anniversary.. I'm not sure how many celebration days this is for, but I'm THRILLED!

TA DA! Meet Ellie. A BabyLock Ellisimo.

At a family reunion this summer my sister-in-law showed me some things she had embroidered with her new machine, and I was bitten by the embroidery bug! I started checking out machines and reading reviews and being shocked by how much they cost...  At first I told my husband that I could find something for around $300 - LOL! He watched as I researched more and more machines until I settled on this one. It had so many happy users who left glowing reviews everywhere that I decided I could be happy too. Thank you Ebay for helping me find my dream machine for a third of the cost of a  new one - and with all the upgrades. It arrived this morning and many of the little doo-hickeys that come with machines were still sealed in plastic and had never been used.

It did take me about half an hour to wind a bobbin and thread my machine, because I was double checking myself on everything and opening things and exploring...

But look what I made!



Now I have a new dilemma. Here is the view (through the machine) of all the stuff that comes with it. Where am I going to put all this? Do I need a bigger sewing room now???

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Flawed!

I bought seven yards of this beautiful fabric for the back of my Zig Zag quilt. Lovely paisley print.  I came home and washed and pressed it. What did I find? A white blotch every 24 inches. There is no other white on this fabric, just black, grey and WHITE BLOTCHES.

Every 24 inches across the whole SEVEN yards! Let me assure you that it shows up much more in person than it does in these pictures!

I love this fabric, but the whole bolt is flawed at my LQS. So I sent an email to Henry Glass & Co. Do you think they will respond?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Sweet Baby Boy!

Just wanted to share my happy news! I'm a grandma again!!





 Meet little Matthew, named after his dad, and his beautiful mother, Wendy.




















Did I mention that I love being a grandma?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Fall Pillow

Isn't this beautiful applique? Before you think I'm bragging about myself, let me assure you that I'm bragging about someone else. Who would it be, but my amazing quilting friend? About a year ago she gave me this block, I think she said she thought it would look nice with my brown couches. So I hung it up in my quilting room and have stared at it many times, wondering how in the world to quilt it and not ruin the look of her perfect applique work. I finally decided NOT to ruin it (whew!) and make it into a pillow for the couch.
I put a border fabric around it to make it big enough for my pillow form. I found a fall piece in that tote of fabric my son found at a garage sale for $5 (thanks, son!). It has just the right colors in it. Then I picked a dark brown for the back, it will just blend right in with my couch and not distract from this pretty fall pillow!
I made the "envelope" style of pillowcover, over lapping two pieces that are doubled and sewing all the way around the edges.
I made it 1/2 " bigger than the pillow form - but my son, who works in an upholstery shop, informed me that they make pillow covers smaller than the pillow forms so that they are nice and plump and you have to fight to get the pillows in there! Who knew? Too bad he didn't say that BEFORE I finished this.

Oh well, at least I didn't have to fight to get the pillow in!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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