Thursday, November 29, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
I can't seem to turn these photos the right way... but here you can see the two outfits they made after they went home with their fabric stash loot. After they got home, they sent me a picture of their doll with a new tutu and a new pj bottoms. Cute, eh!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I saw this ruffled one last week I thought it was just sweet. This afternoon I took the time to make one. I really like it. It's about 5" wide. I need to find a good use for this little pouch....then I'll make more. Maybe it will hold a small gift for a teacher... maybe a lipstick or two in my purse. The pattern is free on the internet here.
So what would you put in this little snappy bag.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Yesterday... A milestone. Two Million "documented" steps in two years. I rolled over the Two Million mark just as we were almost home. I say documented because sometimes I forget to charge the pedometer, sometimes I just forget to bring it.
So how far is two million steps, you ask. My regular daily walk is about 5500 steps. We measured it off to be 5 kms So that simple math says that we've each walked about 1818 kms in two years.
Now it makes sense as to why |I have to buy sneakers so often. I bought a new pair of sneakers to celebrate this milestone.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
I'm teaching a mini-class tomorrow. It's on Free Motion sewing and for small number of confident stipplers. They want to take their free motion sewing and quilting up a step.
I have been preparing for this class for a few weeks now. In addition to making samples, preparing hand-outs, collecting samples to show, and preparing fabric sandwiches to demonstrate, I've been getting familiar with a borrowed Babylock Jane sewing machine. It's almost exactly like my straight stitch machine that I use every day. I'm so glad that I have the use of this machine for my classes. It saves me from taking down my machine. Many thanks Holly!
I'll be sharing a number of techniques and tricks with my class. But some of you may know this, the real key, is to practice, practice, practice.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I am really loving my small projects that incorporate linen and I thought I'd share a little picture tutorial with you. The Grammie camp theme was lady bugs, so we used red accent fabric and ribbon and added a lady bug to the project. You can use any colors you like. If you make one with different colors. Let me know. I'd love to see.
|Since linen ravels, do a surge or zigzag around the linen piece.|
|Stitch optional letter to linen. Then with WRONG sides|
together, sew cotton to the top of the linen piece. Your seam
will be on the right side of the fabric. This will make the inside
of your laundry bag smooth and seam-free.
|Your seam will be covered with ribbon.|
|Stitch down your ribbon to cover the seam.|
|Iron down half an inch, and then another half an inch across the |
whole top. This makes the drawstring channel.
|Fold the piece in half, right sides together and stitch|
down the side and bottom. Leave an opening below the fold.
|Iron open the seam and stitch down the seam allowance.|
This will help when the drawstring gets passed through.
|Fold the top double hem down, and stitch close to the bottom |
of the top hem.
|From the right side, slide in your drawstring through the opening.|
|Add your spring clip to the ends of the drawstring. To|
ensure you don't lose the string, put a knot in each end after
you put both ends through the spring clip.
|All my Grammie Camp bags with lady bug buttons. The blue|
is baby Jack's.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
this free pattern on Quiltville. Bonnie calls it "Jared takes a wife". We will call our quilt by it's traditional name, "Blackford's Beauty". It is a beauty for sure. In my stack of photos, I showed the ladies this one done by Alice K. and it was displayed at one of our guild's quilt shows back a few years ago. It's no mystery why they chose it. It's stunning. They love how Alice hand quilted it and they suggested they might like to do the same.
So, sewing this quilt top will be my December/January project.
Monday, November 12, 2012
- Main red fabric 19" x 4"
- White Felt - Cut 4 circles 1-3/4" diameter
- Orange Felt - Cut 1 nose about the size or your thumbnail
- Black Felt - Cut 2 circles - 1/2" diameter
- 1/4" Elastic 7" long
|First step is to make a scrunchie. Iron one short end of the red fabric under by 1/4". |
Fold in half longways, and stitch 1/4"
|Turn right side out, and thread your elastic in through tube.|
|Stitch elastic ends together|
|Place raw edge end into the folded under end and pin.|
|Top stitch to secure your scrunchie.|
|Sew two circles together, twice for the eyes.|
|Add black circles for the pupils of the eyes.|
|Place Eyes up slightly and pin. Stitch around each eye.|
|Place orange nose, and stitch.|
Sunday, November 11, 2012
We made a Style File portfolio pattern by Karen Montgomery. I loved making this small project and thought that if the size was cut down a bit it would make a nice IPAD case.
My sister was visiting and I tested her Ipad in it. It's a good fit. I like it. I don't have an Ipad, so this one will go in our guild's silent auction next month.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Meet Venus de Milo. She is one of the big attractions at the Louvre.
It was amazing to see her and the Mona Lisa too. But my favorite was a Vermeer painting of a girl hand stitching.
I have a picture of her on my big camera. I'll show it next week when I get home.