Monday, November 30, 2009

Slice of Cake?

Anyone up for cake? It's great how in the crafting community we all share. I would never have made this pin cushion if it wasn't for the fact that I saw it in person. A friend had made it and I fell in love. So, of course, I made two. Although these are gifts, I thought it was okay to put the pictures up since the recipient will never guess they are made for her.
Then there were these two cuties that I could not resist. The little one on the right is so useful. I plan on using it when I bind my quilts, the pin cushion fits between your thumb and forefinger. The instructions for these were in Quilts and More Fall 2009 and Sew Simple Volume 11, respectively. I happen to love Sew Simple because there are so many small projects that you can do fairly quickly.
I am working on writing instructions for one of my handbags. Since I work all day sewing and writing instructions, I like to make small projects while I am watching television. They are a bit of a diversion. Both of the pin cushions were made while I was watching the Sunday football games. They are both completely done by hand.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Cupcake pin cushions

These are two cupcake pin cushions I made following the directions from Sew Pretty Christmas by Tilda. I am not sure if you have ever heard of Sew Pretty Homestyle, but I have made many things from that book. Every single pattern, except for one, was very easy to follow. The exception was the slippers. I followed the instructions and re-read them a few times. I even had a friend attempt to make them with me, but they ended up being too small. Perhaps the women outside of the US have smaller feet, who knows? Any way I loved the first book so much I purchased the second one when it came out. I have not made too many projects from the Christmas Homestyle, but I could not resist these cupcakes. I added a yo-you and button on top to make it a bit more decorative.

Embellishing my mini quilt

A while back I had posted pictures of my mini quilt auction wins. Last night while I was watching a little televsion, I added a few yo-yos and some ribbon to the peach mini quilt. I embroidered the stems. The hardest part was trying to hide all the loose threads and to keep any stitches from showing up on the back of the quilt. I really like the way it turned out.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Busy with the Holidays

I have been busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. Even if there is not a large crowd at my house, I still make the same amount of food. I don't know why I do this, perhaps because it makes me feel good. Everyone has that one dish that they expect on the table and I would rather have more than less. Then I try to use all the leftovers during the course of the next few days. Of course the desserts are never a problem :).

I have also been finishing up a few projects, but because they will be given as gifts, I will not post pictures until after the holidays. From the time my kids were little, all the gifts except for one was always from Santa. That one exception was a handmade gift from Mom and Dad. This tradition has brought me a lot of satisfaction, not to mention frustration at times, because I always try to make different things. Now after 20 years or so, I am not sure I can keep it up. I have made stuffed toys, handbags, dolls, bean-bag like chairs, pillows, quilts, and a 6' tall tee pee. I have loved every minute of it, especially the looks on my children's faces. I hope that they will always know and remember that I have made them with love.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Brownstone Quilt Show Mini Quilt Raffle

Okay so at the Brownstone Quilt Show this past week-end, there was a mini quilt raffle. There were over 150 mini quilts that were being raffled off. I, of course, bought a whole bunch of raffle tickets and I was lucky enough to win the two mini quilts and a fellow quilter had won the peach quilt which she gave to me :). I was thrilled, thank you Kim.

The peacock mini quilt is appliqued and quilted beautifully. I can't wait to hang it up in my sewing room. The mini quilt with the country colors was beautifully pieced and I desperately wanted to win this quilt because I do not normally work with these colors. I love it. This quilt will also be hung up in my sewing room. Pretty soon I will have the most beautiful sewing room. As for the peach mini quilt, I will either hang it up in my sewing room as is or embellish it with beads, ribbon, or embroidery. We shall see.

There were also a great many door prizes of which I won a Peters Flowers basket, fabric, and sewing box. Okay so the truth is that my daughter won the Peters Flowers basket and sewing basket, but she gave it to me:)

Back of "Go for the Green" Jacket

Here is the back of the jacket, I have used flying geese, log cabin block, and strips of fabric sewn together. The thing I liked most was the texture that was created by folding fabric, then sewing lines in different directions (picture on right). The bottom poplin was created by sewing a variety of different fabrics together.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Brownstone Quilt Show

So I was setting up to sell handbags at the Brownstone Guild's Quilt Show and noticed that the jacket I had entered took first place. I started to make this jacket at a class I took with Rachel Clark at Quilting by the Lake. I loved the class and her easy care free attitude. Rachel taught us a few techniques, but more importantly, on how to construct a jacket to fit us properly. The most important lesson I learned was to have a foundation to test your fabrics on. The back of this jacket is really nice, but I was not able to get behind it to take a picture.