Sunday, November 09, 2014
Actually I am still knee deep in paper projects .... these are some little items I sewed up before October 6th. Zippered purses (in the hoop embroidery machine design, oh so simple and fun, and 8 minutes) little snippets of left over fabrics are made into eyeglass cases, or little pouches.
Monday, October 27, 2014
Heavy Post Warning. I left sewing for a wee moment to make Christmas Cards, as I do each year...45 for me, 45 for my son and daughter in law. That little assignment swooped me up into paper crafts again. So here they are, slam dunkin' at its best. I am desperately trying to use up the many many shelves and drawers of paper, supplies, etc. Using it all will never happen. I could never live long enough. But I did have fun making these. For the past 2 days, however, I switched over to making pretty boxes, some with the clear lids and a cute stacked calorie free paper birthday cake to sit inside. I will post those later. Meantime, if you are here, your eyes have enough to deal with as it is. Happy day, my sweet visitors.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The secret is out. I love fabric. One designer that I leap toward is Lorelie and her absolutely devine whimsical fabric choices. At the annual Quilters/Craft Festival last January I came upon Lorelie's booth and I went wild with glee. I not only purchased darling fabrics but I bought her two embroidery designs; one for cats, one for dogs. It is also no secret that I love to make lap quilts. If I get into a quilt that is large, I am drawn to finish it but also drawn to the stacks of other projects I am anxious to start. So, making smaller quilts is my bag. Here is one of the sweet whimsical cats, embroideried in gold to coordinate with the fabrics I selected.
Here you see a lap quilt featuring the embroidery cat designs. So cute.
I do labels for the backs of all my quilts.
Here you see wonderful Lorelie florals mixed with embroidery designs from another embroidery CD with a Paris theme. This small lap throw was gifted to my friend Cathy ... she and her husband went to Paris a few years back and she was delighted to get my Paris quilt.
Distorted photo but nonetheless it captures the cute whimsical and very colorful cats from the Lorelei line. This quilt just left with my friend Jean and her husband Ed who were my visitors for a few days.
I have a lot of Lorelei fabrics left to create with so stay tuned. And if you did not see them before, please scroll down to the Card Camp at Pat's house a few weeks ago. She made THE cutest greeting cards using some of the Lorelie fabrics.
Here is my first Dresden Plate quilt. Lots of boo-boos on this because I applied the Dresden design to the white block and then sized the block 2 inches out from the Dresden point. My bad... My friend Yvonne who did a Dresden said she sized the block and then put the design on it and that created a nice uniform block. My mistake was not realizing that the points on each of the Dresden designs did not lay the same so 2 inches on one block was not 2 inches on another. I had to resize some of the blocks and needless to say this quilt will remain here with me, boo-boos and all... and next time I will know what not to do. Still, the colors are pretty, doncha think?
Friday, September 12, 2014
A few months ago my friend Stayce asked if I could make something that would carry a diaper, a bag of baby wipes and would be something that could hook on a wrist for convenience sake. I remember the days of having a small baby and the lugging that was done when going anywhere. This is what I came up with.... I used some cute baby fabric, quilted it for sturdiness and attached a wrist loop. Came out cute, I think, and Stayce was very pleased.
It was soooooo simple. I just used 2 long pieces of fabric with batting between, quilted the entire piece, folded it 3/4th of the way up, added the handle, sewed the sides, sewed on some velcro and it was done.
Sunday, September 07, 2014
"September 5th and 6th ...two fun filled days at Pat's Card Camp in Sun City West. It was our "usual crowd" with Pat, Lois (Queen Elizabeth), Judi and moi'.... I have been known to whip out about 80-90 cards at card camps but that is because I am totally prepared to slam dunk. I have the folded card, and shoved inside are the papers, die cuts, sentiments. Slam dunking with this process is a fast process. This weekend, however, I lugged in tubs full of papers, die cuts, sentiments and I had to sit and select items to create a card. ... I wasn't very productive but we had such a great time. Below you will see Lois and I standing, Judi is seated and that mess to the right of me is my mess.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
If you visit, you know I sew almost all day long, happy in my craft room, happy creating and thinking up things to sew using my pretty fabrics. Leftover pieces are sewn into small projects. Nothing is wasted.
I make a lot of "in the hoop" projects. Simply put, I put stabilizer in the required hoop, it sews out a pattern, I add fabrics in various steps and when I am done, I have a project. In this view, you see Coffee Cozys and zipper purses. All in the hoop. I can't tell you how hooked I am on this process... the projects are quick, easy and mesmerizing to watch unfold.
Stacks of this n' that.. steering wheel covers, and... totes.
Three simple quilts which were taken to Prescott for the homeless veterans who live in forests, in tents or cars or whatever they can use for a shelter.... I think I have done around 30 quilts so far, and there are 5 more out to have the longarm sewing completed and then they will go up to the veterans as well.
I will definitely make more and with each pillow, more adjustments are made. It's a fun creative process.