Monday, May 25, 2015
Two very special couples were married recently...and I wanted to make a little special handmade gift for them. Years ago I made a pillow such as this for my cherished brother and the beautiful lady he was marrying...and when they had their 25th wedding anniversary a few years back, I made a second pillow to honor that milestone. These are ultra-fun to make.... done on my embroidery machine using fancy frame patterns and then adding the special names and dates.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Easter is gone but here are the remanents of this fun holiday. I was invited to spend Easter day with my high school friend and her family. I had to make a little sumpin-sumpin so I hit the Cricut machine and whipped up several die cuts to hang. Here is the banner with cute little chicks and bunnies and a lamb too bootl. I used the EASTER Cricut cartridge.
A larger hanging Easter Sign... cute sweet bunny and some flowers.
Batik is one of my fav fabrics. I've been saving this yard of fabric but finally decided to make something with it. Here are some zipper pouches and a tissue cozy. Gotta love batik and the vibrant colors.
I have so much fabric that I love. I have been making some of these little coasters and a larger pad. So simple.... there are two bases (inside and back) and to that I add 4 folded 5x5 pieces of fabric to make a multi fabric coaster. Turn right side out, sew around and there you have it...
Roses Roses. Quick and easy Rose quilts, and sweetly longarmed by my friend Yvonne.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
First, paper stuff.... I am always lending my ear to something I can make to share with a person, a company, a worthy cause. In the below photo, you will see some bookmarks. These are made for the Pioneers' Cemetary Association. This area in downtown Phoenix goes back to 1854, and is located in one of the old homes of a prominent pioneer family, the Smurthwaite Family. Initially I offered up some tags (like the tombstone shown on the bookmark). However, after some good thought of the matter, a bookmark will be a better memento of a visit to the building and area.
Can I just admit that I am truly addicted to making these fast n' easy Zipper pouches?.... I have a zipper purse that I make totally in my embroidery machine, size 5x7 and a dinky little coin purse 4x4 in size. Here is a sampling of those creations.
Ah totes.... Carole is the Tote Queen. I love making them, and with each change of fabric, it is like making one for the first time. These particular totes were padded, quilted, and made in the boxed corner process so there is a little more room to shove "stuff" into them.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
My high school friend Nancy gives me some beautiful fabrics. This little stack of creations happened to be cut up triangles. I sewed them together, then made blocks and once cut, they created placemats, a table runner and even a little pillow. I knew that I was not going to sit and match all those seams so I call this "jumbles". Aptly names, donchathink?
Thanks for visiting ...have a happy week.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
More quilts for the homeless veterans in Prescott. I love being able to sew up a quilt using snippets and scraps and end up with something that hopefully will keep a warrior warm.
This quilt is a sort of log cabin design, just sewing strips onto strips as I sew around the center square.
More strips. Colorful end results.
Thanks for taking a peek. About March 11 I will wander into some card making. Have a great day.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
afghans I crocheted. These
will go to the veterans in Prescott.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Happy Sunday from Sunny Arizona. I HAVE to share this wonderful card. My friend Pat makes wonderful cards using Lorelei fabrics...and I have posted many of those cards after she hosted a Card Camp. Pat fussy cuts the fabric designs and applies it to cardstock and then very carefully cuts out the design. I just received this card which features a lovely lady holding fabric swatches. This snappiy dressed chick literally pops right off the card.The inside of the card is stamped "Friends are like fabric. You can never have enough".
Isn't this the most precious card?... Thank you, Pat.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
I am still on a quest to use the stacks of papers, bins of gems, tubs of rubber stamps. On January 1, 2015 I will wander back into stacks of fabrics and begin sewing again on quilts for the Homeless Veterans that live in the forests of cold Northern Arizona. I am proud to donate greeting cards to The First Families of Arizona of which I am a proud member. Below you will see some of the 60 cards I completed. The First Families of AZ are members whose forefathers came to Arizona before Statehood (February 14, 1912.) My mother, her parents and 4 brothers arrived in Phoenix in 1909 when Mother was about 6 months old.
I love to buy the little colored note pads at the Dollar Store and encase them in pretty little folded covers. Here are a few.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
MAKING BOXES THE EASY WAY
A few years back I think I posted a tutorial for making cute boxes. I have recently made a LOT of boxes in attempts to just use up papers that I have stashed all over. Boxes are so much fun to make and with each box, by decorating it differently, it's like making the very first one.
I like using the 12x12 papers I have accumulated and two sided papers make that box pretty inside as well as outside. . You can create a box of any size from large to tiny. My favorite size is 8x8, and with the left over strip, I can make two little boxes in the 4x4 size. A perfect little set up, as they say.
Here are two different patterned 12x12 papers and these happen to be really sturdy card stock which of course makes a really sturdy little box. I have the papers sitting atop my Scor-it. There are a lot of score tools available but this is my favorite because the scoring design creates a really visable score.
I will be featuring the 4x4 box side. Here is a view of a 4x4 piece slated for the box lid. I have scored on all 4 sides 3/4 inches. The smaller the score, the larger the box and the smaller the sides. In other words, if I scored this paper at 1", I would have a small box but higher sides. On the 8x8 size, I actually score at 2" for the lid and 2-1/16th for the box. If I am going to decorate the box lid with additional embellishments, in order to not lose track of the lid and the bottom, I cut a small triangle from each corner of the lid and I do it the same time I am scoring the lid.. Below you can see the score lines on all four sides at 3/4th of an inch.
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
I leapt into paper stashes in October and typically I am still surrounded by paper projects. I find that once I have moved over from sewing to paper, it is difficult to leave and go back to sewing. That same struggle is true when I am sewing. I want to sew forever and ever and ... well, you know. Right now I am determined to use up paper. There are shelves and drawers and stacks so I am just slam dunking cards and boxes like a mad woman.
I LOVE making boxes. The 8x8 size uses up two 12x12 sheets of paper and that is a head start on slimming down the stacks. I love sharing these boxes with friends.
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.