I purchased a quilt kit from Craftsy that included one jelly roll, 5 yards of fabric for the background, sashing and borders, and 2/3 yard of fabric for the binding, all to make one quilt top. I will need another 5-1/2 yards for the quilt backing. This quilt will measure 72-1/2" x 85" when completed. In this picture are squares and triangles that I spent a good amount of time cutting, using a rotary cutter. Now I'm ready to piece together the blocks; here's my first one, 12" square.
Thursday, May 5, 2016
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Sunday, April 17, 2016
|Spots of lavendar, rose geranium and sweet alyssum grow amidst a mint patch which is kept in check by hardpan soil.|
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Still cranking out bags for the granddaughters. These are for Natalie. Nat's 4 years old (almost 5) and currently into gymnastics. I lined the duffle with this very cute print fabric and with the leftovers I made a drawstring/cinch bag backpack, just the right size for Natalie. The bag measures about 13" wide by 15" long. I looked at a lot of drawstring backpack patterns before I came up with this version of my own. I used Butterick 5934 to make this duffle. I had no struggles sewing this one and have made it twice already; definitely a go-to bag patterns.
Monday, April 11, 2016
Chloe is an endearing grandchild who loves her ballet lessons. When she was younger I made a ballet bag for her, pink canvas with black gingham trim, custom-sized to her small frame. Chloe is 7 years old now and she needs a bigger bag. So, here it is sewn up in red, with hot pink trim; Chloe has loved the color red for a while now. Thank goodness for granddaughters which gives me good reason to use the embroidery feature on my very fancy sewing machine. Chloe's bag...all done! Next I am working on a bag for Natalie who is our little 4-year-old gymnast. After that, I'll be making a dance bag for Jaden who will be 13 in July. Three fabulous granddaughters, Jaden, Chloe and Natalie. We are so blessed : )
Monday, March 21, 2016
Found this Pillow Pal pattern on Etsy (Nanoo Designs). The finished pillow measures about 10-1/2"x13-1/2" not including head and appendages. I embroidered those sweet faces using two strands of black embroidery thread. The hair and rosy cheeks were ironed into place using Lite Steam-A-Seam II. I blanket-stitched around the edges of the hair and cheek circles to finish the raw edges. It would not be difficult to create your own pattern pieces for a project like this. I would note that the heads on the two Pillow Pals that I made, flop at the neck; however, they are cuddly soft, travel pillows which I hope will make two little girlies happy.