Friday, April 11, 2014

More Quilts

In that huge stash of fabrics I was given, I found some delightful things.... This little quilt below is a spattering of little pieces that came together to make what I called My Lil' Zoo quilt.  There wasn't a whole lot of the fabric with the cute little animal faces on it but nonetheless I sewed up some squares to make a cute wee-little quiltie for someone....probably a boy since this is in blues. 

 I found several groups of  fabric "book panels".  Ah, I said, these will make a cute little child's quilt. And then I paid closer attention to the panels.  These were blocks for various Nursery Rhymes.  Each block not only had the page from a Nursery Rhyme book but also the poem.  To say the least, the Nursery Rhymes I grew up with were........ah........not gentle.
    Jack and Jill went up the 
hill To fetch a pail of water.
    Jack fell down and broke his 
    And Jill came tumbling after.

 I decided I wanted a cute gentle I cut away the rhymes.  Someone will like this, I am sure.
Thanks for visiting....

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Bunny Faces

My sweet neighbor of almost 29 years is having her wonderful family over for Easter Dinner...she showed me some mason jars that will be filled with chocolate bunnies and of all things, edible green grass.  I offered to make some jar covers with my embroidery machine.  In one of my many designs, I found a boy bunny and girl bunny and that works out fine because there will be 4 of each at that Easter dinner.  Here they are.... mason jar bunny covers.  
Just so you all know I am not slouching around and eating bon-bons...!!!!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Quilts in Route

A Gift of Love
As I've told in a prior post, I fell heir to a most wonderful big stash of fabrics that came to me from a Northern AZ pine-tree city, and I knew this gift would be used to donate some of my sewing endeavors to the homeless in Prescott, AZ.  It's a sad sad situation, like in most cities, homeless and  homeless veterans living in the forest and in storage units.  Families who have lost their homes, some living in their cars.  Prescott gets snow and the forests are cold.  I was on a mission to make as many quilts as I could.  Here are the first three, with more to come. I made labels for the back of each quilt that says "May my simple quilt give you comfort" and "Made from Scraps with Love"..... I have 4 ready to quilt the 3 layers together, there are 3 out for that process and I have more in the hopper to work on.  
 I do not toss one tiny piece of fabric away.  I can make a tote from the pieces, I can make little eyeglass cases,pouches, purses.  Those will be donated to the US Veteran Services to be put in the shop to sell to raise needed funds to help those who so desperately need help.
 I love taking a fabric and putting a quick and simply embroidery design on the front and then create a little tote.
 Look at that curly little dog...
That's it so far, but I am pleased.  And my friend Jean who runs the People's Place in Prescott assures me these sewing endeavors will be so gratefully accepted.

Monday, March 03, 2014

What Makes a Sewist Happy?

I try so hard to keep my 2nd spare bedroom all bedroom but I fail miserably.  It has always been, and perhaps always will be, a holding station for stacks of projects...some in process, most completed.  Recently my friend Jean from Prescott brought down 22 big tubs of fabrics of all kinds, all measurements from a closed art/fabric shop.  It took 2 cars to bring the tubs here, and once unloaded, the second car left and Jean and I began the process of going through each tub crammed with fabrics to see which pieces I could use.  I ended up with 42 bags of fabrics.  It took me 6 days to sit and inspect each piece, to open the piece up and make sure nothing was snipped from the center or spot.  I squared up each piece and stacked and stacked AND stacked the fabrics..  Eventually the stacks, sorted by colors, were put on a shelf unit in the spare bedroom closet, and the larger pieces (which I can use for much needed quilt backings) were put into a tub and a rolling 3 drawer plastic dresser.  Ten tubs were left behind that could not fit in Jean's car for her return trip, and those fabrics were given to my friends who also do charity sewing...I am in what any sewist would call "a Fabric induced delight".   My friend Jean operates a much needed business in Prescott to help out homeless veterans so it was an easy thing for me to say "I will sew quilts for them".  Some live in the forest, some live in their cars, and I will love being able to donate some warm covers to each.  

Stacks and Stacks and Stacks

 A few of the totes I've made. Some are adorned with embroidery.  These can be sold to raise needed funds.  And they are such fun to create.

Three quilts are out for longarming by my friend Yvonne....and I have 4 quilt tops "in the hopper" waiting to be added onto and ultimately ready for longarm quilting.  And many many more quilts are wandering around in my creative eye.  I am a happy quilter/sewist.  I have to chuckle when I refer to myself as a "sewist".  At long last someone decided that referring to "us" as sewers should be dismantled.  I mean look at that word.  At least it should have been sew-ers so we don't like like a bunch of underground holding tanks.  Donchathink?

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Quilter's Poem

I simply had to post this.  It's my kinda stuff.
    Twas the night before Christmas, 
       And the quilts were not made.
 The threads were all tangled, the cookies delayed.  
The stocking weren't hung, the pantry was bare.
 The poor weary Quilter, was tearing her hair.
 Stacks of fat quarters, tipped over in streams. 
Visions of Log Cabins, had turned into dreams.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Quilts rock

I sew a lot and therefore I end up with a LOT of scraps...small little bits of colorful fabrics that I simply cannot toss aside. If there is enough available, I cut strips 2 inches wide and for whatever length is allowed. The cuttings from those 2 inch strips go into bags and bags AND bags that are given to a lady who uses them as stuffings.  Nothing is wasted.  NOTHING.  The 2 inch strips can make such a colorful strip quilt such as the one below.  No rhyme or reason on the gatherings of the strips, except for that cute little white square in the center of each block which is the beginning of each block.  .  I have two strip quilts out currently for long arm quilting (thanks thanks thanks to my sweet friend Yvonne). 
 Here is a close up of some of the blocks.  The block assembly is stable but as you can see the colors and fabric prints are whatever happened to be the length needed for the specific side being sewn.  The biggest job is sitting and sorting out the various lengths so I can grab and sew, grab and sew... And within a very short time indeed, I have a quilt top all ready to sandwich with batting and backing and long arm quilting.  I do have fun.  This is my happy place...
Next week Feb 21-22-23 is the annual Card Over at my house .  Kris and Deb will be up from Tucson, Pat will be here from Sun City West..we will miss Sandy this year.... , the living room will be full of tables, lamps, Cricut machines, Cuttlebugs, embossing folders, papers and the wonderful tools of the trade. And we shall create, visit, laugh and have wonderful meals together.
BTW, Happy Valentine's Day today, my friends.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Annual Quilt/Craft Show Stuff

The annual Quilters/Sewists/Craft Show always starts on the last Thurs of January, and extends for 3 full days of fun shopping, oogling over wonderful products and quilts and talent.  My friend Judi and I hit the show on the first day usually, and this year we went again on Saturday. This is a mere spattering of what I bought on Thursday, and on Saturday I bought fabric packs after fabric packs.  It was like Christmas coming home and opening up the packages and laying out the wonderful buys.  

 One of my most favorite fabrics is from the Lorelei selections.  This year she had a booth at the show and my friend  Yvonne and I were able to get our photo taken with this lovely talented lady.  And she autographed my CD of the Lorelei collection of cats. There will be a quilt in the near future feating these darling embroidery cats.
Thanks for taking a peek at my adventures.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Quilts and Quilts

Heavy post warning.  If you care to meander with me through my quiltings, I thank you.  I had several quilt tops finished but as is often the case, I put those aside knowing the hard work ahead of me to finish it with the 3 layers.  My friend Yvonne, bless her heart, took pity on my poor quilting shoulders and hands, and she did the "Cat" quilt on her longarm.  There is such a quality about a quilt that has been longarmed. You can see Yvonne's work here.  The little CAT quilt is a joy to me with all the cute little cat designs which are so simple and done in almost a 'red work' simple stitching.  The embroidery CD for the cats was a gift from my friend Judi.  I bought the cat fabric at the annual Phoenix Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival which I have attended for at least 15 years.  

 I love adding a cute little quilt label. It says I was here....

At the Quilt show last year I purchased several Embroidery Design CD's.  One was a Paris France theme with really cute cute designs.  I embroidered the blocks, and then pulled out the big fat packs of ribboned "fat quarters' and added sashings around the quilt block...and then those were all combined with black and white polka dot sashings and a strip of bright and colorful floral fabric.  I love this quilt. This was done in a "quilt as you go" process which is really easy at the start since each block is finished.  The final process is, of course, to sew the blocks all together using strip sashing, and then as the rows are completed, the rows are attached to each other to complete the quilt.  This process is a shoulder-jolt to me.  I love sewing and I can spend hours hunched over the machine, arms up on the plate, pushing, shoving, pulling and tugging the fabrics together and as the quilt grows, the struggle increases.  Often my shoulders rebel and I cannot lift my arms above shoulder level but that passes after the quilting process is finished.

 Such darling little Paris blocks.....

 See the printed Paris fabrics included?  My sweet friend Yvonne brought this fabric to me to include in my quilt.
 Another cute label, donchathink?

 Yvonne brought me 40 little blocks featuring frogs in pink and blue.. ..I added some green and white polka dotted fabrics, did a quilt-as-you-go quilt and here is the end result.

 This is the back of the quilt.  The pink froggy block has the bright pink backing while the blue froggy block has the blue backing.  I think the back of the quilt is very pretty too...

 A cashe of quilts awaiting their fates...along with some crochet afghans.  I keep busy.
Dear visitors, if you have made it this far, I heartily thank you for your patience and visit.
Have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sewing for Fun...

 Here I am, sewing for fun.  I had purchased an embroidery CD that does cross stitch.  I used to do cross stitching but I was eventually reduced to doing so by wearing a magnifying glass around my neck.  Now I can cross stitch all with the simple ease of my embroidery machine.  Amazing designs.  I gathered up a bunch, grabbed up some fabrics and made a quilt.  I love it....

 I also have an embroidery CD that offers up designs with a tea time theme.  I did these napkins for a friend who loves to have tea parties.  Such fun....

As a side note, today marks the 6th anniversary of my retirement.  My oh my, I worked until I was 70-1/2 and I waited so long to retire,  to be home all day, sewing, making cards, beading and doing whatever I wanted with my new found freedom.  I am simply in shock to realize that 6 years have gone by me.  But I sure have had a lot of fun in those many months, and hopefully the fun will continue for many more retirement years as well.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Another Sweatshirt Jacket

Altered Sweatshirt.
For those of you who follow me, you know how I love to take sweatshirts and make jackets.  I have never been able to wear a pull over sweater or sweatshirt because I feel confined.  Long long LONG ago my parents gave me a pretty sweatshirt and sweatpants and the only way I could wear the sweatshirt was to make a jacket out of it.  It was glorious.  I appliqued southwestern fabric designs, I beaded, I added dangles and sequins and wherever I wore this jacket, I got compliments.  So from then on I was on a roll to alter sweatshirts.  Here is my most recent.  A pretty turquoise in SM, with flowery fabrics on the prairie points and pocket.  And a tote to-boot with a felt yellow flower.   Hope you think it is as pretty as I do.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hanging Dishtowels

More fabric fun.... I love making these hanging towels.  I bought some nice towels at Costco, and got two for the price of one since these are cut in half.  I had fun bringing out some of my fabric stash to coordinate with the color on the towels. This towel pattern is really a good one. I used some mesh stabilizer that I would normally iron over the back of an embroidery design to cover the thread ends but it works wonderfully to enhance the fabric thickness.   Instead of a buttonhole and button, these are secured with a small strip of Velcro. You can find this fun and easy pattern here:

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Sewing Stuff

These are a few of my favorite things.  (sounds like a song, doesn't it?)... I have so much fabric and I never throw even the smallest piece away.  The photo below shows some little pouches, a credit card purse, and an eyeglass pouch.  Great little projects. 
 More coasters...the in the hoop kind in the dark green and the black with polka dots, some crocheted coasters and a few tissue cozies. For each ITH coaster, it only requires two 5x5 pieces of fabric.  The little tissue cozy requires a piece of fabric 6x9.  Easy peasy stuff.
 I bought an applique/embroidery CD for some fun sewing.  There are 10 little zoo animal faces that have a little fabric and a little embroidery.  I made those into cute little totes for some children to carry.
 My friend Kim called, very excited that she had seen a cute little lollipop tote on a Pinterest page.  She needed some of my supplies to make some and while she was on her way over, I whipped up one just to see how they were designed.  For my rendition, this is simply a strip of brown paper with score marks.... a Nestie embossed oval mount, a scallop circle punch, a smaller scallop punch for the turkey face, and a flower Sizzix flower die cut for the background feathers.... a little beak fussy cut and some googly eyes and there you have it.  At the top I scored a half inch and a small punched hole in the center.  The sucker goes into the 'slot' and the stick goes into the hole, the flat is folded over and secured. He's a little wonky, the beak is off center because I slam dunked the design.  Cute...
Can't wait for Thanksgiving to arrive.  My son and darling daughter in law and their sweet dog Daisy come to visit.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

In The Hoop Coasters

In The Hoop Coasters

I love to sew.  I have a new black and gold scrolled vintage-looking Singer sewing machine, I have a Singer Heavy Duty sewing machine, I have a Singer Serger... and I love them one and all.  I LOVE my Brother Innovis 2500D embroidery machine.  Notice I capitalized LOVE on this one.  I have drawers of embroidery design  CD's which delight me to no end, and I put those designs on flash drives so all it takes is to insert a flash drive in my embroidery machine, pick a design and go for it.  Ideas swirled around my head 24/7 for all-things-sewn.  Recently I have become absolutely smitten with "in the hoop" designs and if you saw my recent prior post of the little zipper purse or the cut coffee cozy, you can see why.  I make a lot of 'gifties' to share with friends and family, and that included making bright and colorful coasters.  Well now... even that project has been ever so simplified with an ITH design project.  I found this delight at GG Designs Embroidery here. 
This site has the cutest little designs of all kinds.  I selected, she sent the selection by email and I was off and running with all sorts of cute coasters.  And if you see my sewing items, you know that I love finding projects to use up the smallest of scraps.  Two 5x5 pieces of fabric will make a cute cute coaster. If you have an embroidery machine, take a peek.

Thanks for your visit.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Slam Dunks-At It Again...

Every year before my son and daughter in law visit me for Thanksgiving, I start making their Christmas cards as well as mine.This year was one of those push push projects.  I knew I had to get started but my creative mind said "sew sew sew"...  Nonetheless, here are my efforts.  The Cricut created cards have several different styles and these will go to my son and daughter in law.  My cards this year are a bit off the beaten Christmas Card for Carole path.  I bought some darling punch out kits. 
 I used all of the Christmas themed Cricut carts in the designs.  A free for all fun.  I think my very favorite is the polar bear with the flowing red ribbon.

 This wreath is a metal die rathern than a Cricut Cut, as is the large ornament in the card above.
 The sets below are simple simple simple.  The designs are punch outs in circles, and I cut the "doily" cut from Wild Card for the base card.  A Nestie scallop circle in white paper was placed inside to show the sentiment and my signature.  I've added one of the smaller Christmas greetings with one of my clear stamps. A little added embellishment is a holly punch with vinyl dots in red.  Simple simple...  Not my usual kind of cards but I think these will be received with a smile.

Thanks for stopping by.