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.
Friday, July 18, 2014
I made these Steering Wheel covers for fun, and I've found that my friends love having one. I've been asked for the pattern. I made the pattern myself but I thought perhaps I could do a tutorial on the various steps. Photo heavy, I warn ya.
SUPPLIES: 1 Yard of Fabric (corrected)
1 Yard of batting (not fluffy)
Steering Wheel Front: Cut 2
Wheel Cover Back: Cut 2
Batting: Cut 1 each for front and back
Basically the pattern for the front is a circle with the bottom cut straight. It is 18-1/2 inches wide and about 15 inches tall. The back of the cover is the same circle but with a "cove" cut out of the center so it will fit over the steering wheel pole.
For the batting on the back cover, I do not cut out the full pattern because it makes the back of the wheel cover a little too stiff.
As I mentioned, the back of the wheel cover is the same circle but with the center coved out. The fits over the wheel pole. From the bottom flap, it is 4-1/2 inches wide, then to 5-1/2 inches wide, to 6-1/2 inches wide and just above the cove, it is about 9 inches wide to the center fold. When I stack the front and backs, if I have the front or back a bit larger, I trim to make the cuts match.
Here you see two stacks so that once the
pattern is cut out, both the cover and backing are cut out.
Below is the batting put on the back side of the back wheel cover. I sew from side to side to attach the batting to the fabric.
Back of wheel cover: Right side to right side, sew the back cover together but leave about 3 or 3-1/2 inches open on the inside. Below you will see the blue pins marking the area to leave open. This is for turning right side out.
Before turning right side out, clip around all curves except in the area where you have left an opening.
Above you can see the opening. Fold the edges in, and press. Mark 7 inches up from the end of the outside flap and pin. Do this on both sides. You will sew along the edge from the 7 inch mark DOWN to the end of the flap and sew all around the inside cover, across the flap bottom and sew up 7 inches. The photo below shows the needle in position to start sewing at that 7 inch mark.
This is the back. You can see the sewing from that 7 inch mark on both outside edge of the flaps.
I do some simple quilting or stitching on the front panel of the wheel cover to attach the batting.
Sew the front cover and back cover together, but leave an opening on the bottom straight edge. I sew in about 3 inches, and then skip to the outside 3 inches. This is for turning right side out.
With wrong sides together, attach the front of the wheel cover to the back. Your quilting stitches will be on the front of both pieces. Pin from 7 inches up and all around, stopping at the 7 inch mark on the other side. You will start sewing ABOVE the 7 inch mark, sew up and around the top of the covers and stop sewing at the 7 inch mark on the other side. This leaves a flap to allow the cover to slip over the wheel easily.
Here is a pretty floral Steering Wheel Cover that I have on my car.
Sunday, July 06, 2014
I never toss any fabrics that are left from quilts or larger items...the pieces can usually sew up a little purse or pouch or eyeglass case... the smallest remnants are tossed in bags for a friend who uses them to stuff sewn items. Nothing goes to waste.
Here is a stack of some smaller items.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
Our Tucson Card Camp didn't happen this year but Pat invited 3 of us to her house for a fun packed 2 day card-making creative adventure. Great food, some pretty wonderful projects were created, lots of laughs.
Here is a photo of the 4 of us. Pat is sitting at the head of the table as Hostess, and there you see me, Judy and Lois. (Lois looks like Queen Elizabeth, I swear she does).
I simply had to take a picture of this card that Pat made. She made that paper using Washi Tape, rubs on and then she added that cutie-pie ghostie. I love this card.... Pat's cards are absolutely wonderful.
Have a wonderful week...
Thursday, June 19, 2014
My friend Judi featured one of these on one of her pages and I knew I had to try to make one...or two. These are hanger covers, and I see them decorating a hanger that has a very special gown or dress on it. The first one has a very fancy Victorian initial for B in pink... and the end has a delicate lace.
Monday, June 09, 2014
Heavy post Warning...
I finally have a nice load of quilts ready to be delivered to the U. S. Vet services in Prescott, AZ to be donated to the homeless vets living in the forest, in their cars. It's a sad state, and I am blessed to be able to give a little comfort along the way. I sit and sew almost all day every day. I love my craft room, and I love my sewing machines and I love the set up workstation. However when I am sewing so long, I aggrivate my shoulders by sitting arms raised up to the sewing machine plate and juggling around the quilt as it grows. I bought a new machine which I love and I purchased an Acrylic Sewing Stand which allows a bigger plate for the quilt to sit on as I sew. My handyman Rodney came over and added a plank of wood to a small computer desk and he screwed the wood to the desk to make it very sturdy. Sewing at this lower level is much easier on little ole' me.
I love sewing. Can you tell?