Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Ornaments and My Favorite Tips

A friend and I took a day trip to Lancaster County, PA to visit the quilt shops.  While we were in one of the shops, we found some cute stocking ornaments.  I made a few...

I was so happy to finally find a pattern that was very easy to follow.

Now, for my two favorite tips that I have learned along the way.  The first I learned when I started making art dolls.  I cannot recall if someone mentioned it to me or if I read it somewhere, but they suggested using hemostats for stuffing.  They said that this reduced the lumping that can occur...and they were so right.  The other tip I learned a long time ago while watching the Carol Duvall Show, where they said that if you put cream on your hands prior to using the glue gun, the glue would not stick to you.  As someone who always burned her fingers every time I used the glue gun, I was so thankful for this tip/advice.

Now I am passing on these tips...would love to hear from all of you as to what your favorite tips are.  Who knows, I may pick up some new tricks.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

And the Winner Is...and A New Cork Table

And the winner of the giveaway is...

The 3rd comment which was Needled Mom.  I will send out the package ASAP.  I hope you find use for the lace and pin cushion.

I have a tendency to cut out articles I like and keep them in a binder.  A long time ago, I had seen a tabletop covered with wine corks.  At the time, although I did not have a table top I could use this technique on, I kept the article.  Through the years I have been collecting corks with the hopes of someday using them on a project similar to the one in the article.  I thought it might work on a door, cork board, etc..  Recently, we removed a couch from my family room and had to do a re-do.  When all was said and done, I needed a small side table.  So with my corks in hand, I thought I could make a side table.  I had an old, damaged globe stand that was in my basement for about a year.  Why did I keep it?  I honestly don't know, but I am glad I did.  Because here is what my side table looks like now...

I have to say that I used a lot more corks than I thought I would.  But I do love the way it looks and it is functional (after adding a glass top).  Isn't it neat?

Thursday, December 2, 2010

A New Web Site and My 100th Post (and Giveaway)

I have been busy creating a new web site  It has been a lot of fun and I hope you will stop on over and check it out.  I look forward to your suggestions and comments.

On another note, this is my 100th post!  Who would have ever thought I would make it this far.  I have to say that I really enjoy blogging and reading all of your comments.  I am not sure if all of you non-bloggers know this or not, but when you leave a comment (and you do not have a blog) it shows up as anonymous.  I cannot reply to these types of comments even if I want to (and I do!) because it does not know your email address.  So if I know your email address, just leave your name.  If I do not know your email address and you would like me to respond, leave your address in your comment.

So now for the giveaway.  I have been using a lot of lace in my projects these past few weeks, so I thought I would send the lucky winner 2 yards each of 9 different types of lace/ribbon.  I have also included a pin cushion that I made.  I really like it, hope you do too.  For those of you who make flowers or would like to, I have added some stamen (below the pin cushion) for the centers of your flowers.

Rules to enter the giveaway:
1.  Leave me a comment.
2.  Become a follower (or if you already are one) and leave me another comment for a second chance.
3.  Blog about it and leave me another comment for a third chance.  Please leave me a link, so I can check out your blog.

I will pick a winner next Thursday, December 9, 2010.

I had to include this picture of my sewing table...

I really do not know how it got this way.

Friday, November 19, 2010

A New Wool Coat and Some Clutches

I do love working with wool and I had a few yards of I decided to make myself a new wool coat.    Why?  Who knows?  I already had a coat pattern I wanted to try.  So I purchased some black fur (I do not know what else to call it) and here is the back and front.  If I ever make another wool jacket, I think I will opt for a simpler back...there was too many darts!  My freshman high school sewing teacher would be so proud.  I do not know how many of you had to take a sewing/cooking class when you were in high school, but it paid off for me.  I had one semester of sewing and she spent a lot of time explaining how to read a pattern and how to pin and cut.  I was bored out of my mind when we had to learn this and the parts of the machine, but now I am thankful that I know the basics.

On another note, I have been playing around with making some new clutches.  I pretty much used the same fabrics, but I tried to make different styles.  

I added a purchased pin.  I love this fabric.
I added a flower as you suggested, but it only looked good when the fabric strips were running horizontal.
Close up pic of the flower.
This bag I refer to as the twisted bow.  It looks better in person.
I am getting near my 100th post, I cannot believe it.  So I have been thinking about a giveaway.  So far I have decided to fill a box with sewing things (buttons, ribbons, etc.) and perhaps a handmade item.  What do you think?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Three New Handbags and a Surprise Package

I have been working on some new styles of bags.  I have always liked the look and feel of wool, but wool is hard to come by these days and very expensive.  But I had some black and red wool and this is what I ended up with...
It is fully lined with an inside pocket.  I decided to use a snap closure and then hand sewed a flower to the outside.  The button is covered with cotton fabric (the same one I used for the inside pocket).  

Then I started to think about making some clutch bags, basically because my daughter said I should and she likes them.  I think they can be a bit boring, so I decided to add strips of fabric together (because I do love scrappy).  Then I decided to add some beaded fringe.  Here is the result...

Then I decided to make one with a zipper and this is what I came up with...

This bag is also fully lined with a small inside pocket.  What do you think, should I add a flower to the outside or leave it as is?

Anyway, that is what I have been up to this past week.  Now to go and write some instructions so that I can make some more. 

On another note, look what I got in the mail yesterday...

Carolyn from the Vegetarian Hunter sent me these two washcloths (they are handmade) and some candy corn.  I feel soooo lucky, thank you Carolyn.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival

I came across the Blogger's Quilt Festival through a fellow blogger, Allie,  because she had entered her Lemon Tree Quilt in it.  So, while I was reading the entry requirements, I thought about entering a quilt.  Now we all know that my scrappy Pineapple Log Cabin quilt is my favorite, but the quilt that holds a pretty special place in my heart is this one:

It is not a new quilt.  I guess I started it in when I was in a block swap.  I made a copy of every block I sent away.  When the swap was over, I had a lot of blocks, but not enough to make a quilt.  So, I decided to make blocks from leftover fabrics from the quilts I made.  I love it because it is my personal sampler block quilt (if that makes any sense).  I also enjoyed the quilting because each block is different.  So this is the one I will enter.  Thanks to Amy who is hosting this festival.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What Have I Been Doing? and a Giveaway

I have not been able to get into my sewing room for a long time.  I have been busy, busy, busy...but I did find the time to sew these wallets.  I gave one to my daughter one before she went off to college and she wanted a bigger one.  So, of course, I ended up making three in different sizes.  We will see which one she picks...
Unfortunately, this was the best picture I could take.  It was hard to take a good picture with the "see through window".  They actually look better in "real life". 

Vegetarian Hunter is having a 100th Post Giveaway, go on over and check it out.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Qbot Update and Apricot Moon Designs

So since I got my Qbot (for those who don't know what a Qbot is a quilting robot), I have been practicing and playing around with it.  The Qbot comes with a set number of designs (block, overall, border, and corner).  There are only two overall designs (roses and puzzle pieces).  Since most of my quilts are very busy, I tend to use overall designs.  The first few quilts I completed on the frame/Qbot, I practiced free motion quilting (not using the Qbot).  Then I completed two quilts using each of the two overall designs.  Since I get bored very quickly, I started to look for more overall designs and found that Apricot Moon formatted their designs specifically for the Qbot.  So I ordered two overall designs (bubbles and French curl).  It was very easy to download and use.

Here is the quilt that I am using the bubbles design on...

and a close-up...

I love the way this quilt is turning out.  Of course, I will post a picture of the completed quilt when I am done.  

Monday, October 11, 2010

Owl and Lady Bug Pin Cushions

So while I was looking at pin cushion patterns for the swap, I came across a few that I wanted to try.  I made an owl pin cushion, I thought it made such a cute stuffed animal...that I made two more.  Of course, I kept one and I sent the other two to my daughters.  They seemed to like them.  The tutorial for this owl pin cushion can be found at the Moda Bake Shop.

I also made these cute little lady bugs.  I found them on this link called Bitty Bug.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My All Time Favorite Quilt

When I look at my all time favorite quilt, it brings back so many memories.  I used to take one adult education course at a time.  Throughout the years I have taken framing, stained glass, etc..  It was where I took my very first quilting course.  My teacher was very old fashioned, she did not allow us to use a rotary cutter or rulers.  She taught us to use scissors and templates.  I was enjoying the class, but it was not until she brought in an old quilt that I fell in love.  She had purchased it unfinished at a garage sale.  The quilt pattern was a pineapple log cabin, but it was not was folded somehow.  I searched for that pattern for years and finally found it on line.  Of course, I ordered it and made it with all of my scraps...after all, I am a scrappy quilt lover.  It took me 5 years (how sad is that?)  Because you fold the fabrics, there is a muslin base...which leads to my very first mistake.  I should never have added batting because when all was said and done, the quilt was not only way too heavy, but also a bit stiff.  So I rolled it and covered it in sheeting and stored it in my closet for "someday".  And then last night, it was a bit cold and I thought, "Why not?  So what if it's a bit stiff, maybe it will soften with use."  It is not only my all time favorite quilt, but also my all time favorite pattern and I wanted to share it with you.  Oh, boy, this is wordy...anyway here it is:
and a close up...
So I was wondering, what captured your heart?

Monday, October 4, 2010

Received My Pin Cushion Swap Package

I received my package...YAY!

I am so lucky!  My secret partner, Kimberly Roberts, sent me not one, but 2 pin cushions (the second one is behind the 2 buttons).  She also sent me two colorful fabrics and 3 vintage lace trims.  I love, love, love it.  Thank you Kimberly.  She also included a magazine, Abaco Life, which is all the way in the back of the picture.  It shows pictures and stories of island life.

Here is a close up, not very clear, but it was the best I could do.

Monday, September 27, 2010

My Pin Cushion Swap Is Sent to My Secret Partner

Well, I wrapped the pin cushion I made for the Pin Cushion Swap 2 with a fat quarter and added an owl for decoration.  I love making these little owls, some sit on a twig and others have a pin sewn to the back.  Anyway, I mailed it out to my secret partner today so she should receive it later this week.  Hope she likes it...

Although I have posted a picture of it before, I thought it would be okay to do so is the pin cushion.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Funtastic Nawlins

My DH and I just got back from New Orleans...what a blast.  I do not think we have ever visited a place where we were so entertained.  Yes there was Bourbon Street, but there is so much more.  So much more...We did all the typical things, Beignets at Cafe Du Monde (over rated), trolley bus ride (a must do), visiting the cemeteries (WOW), eating crayfish at Deanies (yes!), having a Hurricane drink at Pat O'Brien's (over rated), walking the French Quarter (yes, yes, yes), listening to music at the clubs (there is something for everyone), and visiting the Garden District (a must).  Unfortunately our visit to the Botanical Gardens was not as nice as it could have been had the flowers been in bloom.

The best thing about New Orleans was the people.  I have never met so many friendly and helpful people.  Their energy and pride is infectious......and they love their Saints.  Who can blame them?

I had to take this picture of the safety pin...

Bestoff Sculpture Garden
I also thought this was so clever...a wall of beer taps.
Courtyard wall at a restaurant in Garden District

Things that you should also do...visit the Bestoff Sculpture Garden (City Park), eat at Cochon restaurant (Warehouse District),  and visit the glass blowing/art studios (Warehouse District).  We were lucky enough to hear Jeremy Davenport (the new Armstrong) at the Ritz Carlton.  Another unique dining experience was at Jacques-Imos.  The food was delicious, the staff was superb and highly attentive, and the eclectic decor was fascinating.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I Really Like These Handbags

I really like the way these handbags turn out.  They are sturdy, fully lined, have an inside pocket, and they feel comfortable on your shoulder and arms.  I know this sounds funny, but have you ever had a bag that digs into your shoulder or is too bulky under your arm?
the front

the back

the inside
the pocket

the handle

the button closure
It is hard to believe, but this bag takes over 40 yards of piping (clothes line roping) and many hours.  However, I do believe that I am getting faster; the first one I made took me twice as long.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Finished My Pin Cushion for the Swap

I finished the pin cushion for the swap I joined.  Since the recipient does know that I am their secret partner, I can post a picture of it.

I am hoping to get it in the mail within the week.  I hope she likes it.  I can't wait to get my pin cushion.  Of course I will post a picture of it when I receive it.

On another note, Diary of a Quilt Maven is having a giveaway for reaching her goal of having 50 followers.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pin Cushion and Ribbon Giveaway Winner

Since I did not state time the giveaway ends, I made it Friday, 12 midnight.  And the winner of the Pin Cushion giveaway is...

So I counted down 12 comments and the winner is Joanne Lendaro.  Please confirm your preference and and send me your address to and I will put the pin cushion and these ribbons in the mail.

There are 2 yards of each ribbon except for the wide rose ribbon (third from top) which is a yard.
Thanks to all for participating, this was fun for me.  I will have to do it again.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Just Received My Prize from the Pets On Quilt Show

I just received my giveaway prize from the Pets On Quilt Show hosted by SewCalGal.  I won the 60 charm squares of various purple prints.  I have to mention that this is the first prize that I won in a giveaway, Yay...Here are some pics...

Aren't they wonderful?  I am so excited, my head is reeling with ideas.  Not too sure yet what they will morph into, but I know I will love it because I love the fabrics.

As for my wool pin cushion giveaway that I will be drawing a winner for on Friday, I think I will add some ribbons.  Good idea?

And by the way, Stray Stitches has a giveaway on their blog.  Go and check it out.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Joined a Pin Cushion Swap

I joined a pin cushion swap on flickr.  I am going to try and put a button on my side bar after I am done posting.  This is my first attempt at a swap...and if it's not too much stress, I may end up joining some more swaps.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Giveaway...Wool Pin Cushion

A few weeks ago, I ran across a picture of a pin cushion on flickr posted by bluegirlxo.  I was inspired to make one of my own.  I started off with wool from one of my old skirts.  I am not sure if anyone else does this, but I cut up the wool into smaller pieces and put them in the washer on the hottest setting.  Then I throw the wool pieces in the dryer; which pretty much shrinks it and prevents it from fraying.

Then I took out a package of yo-yo's that I purchased from the Ribbon Factory in East Stroudsburg, PA.   Now I usually make my own yo-yo's, but I had to buy them because I loved the colors/fabrics and the price was unbeatable (sorry the picture is not clear).

Then I got out some floss.  Now, like I said, I am usually a very organized person and I do have my floss on cards and in see-through cases.  However, when I am finished with a project,  I just throw the leftovers in a bag.  Here is what it looks like.

It is a mess, but it works when I need just a little floss for small projects.  Well, this is what I ended up little wool pin cushion.

I had so much fun, I ended up making two more...

I think it is time for me to participate in some swaps...or to do a giveaway.  Giveaway it is...this is my first one so we shall see how it goes.  I will be giving away either the one on the left with the black and white background or the one on the right with the black background.  The outside is made entirely of wool and filled with poly-fil stuffing.  Here are some ground rules:

1.  Leave a comment (tell me which one you would like) and you will be entered once.   If you do not have a blog, please make sure that I have a way to contact you.  For instance, if you leave a comment as  Anonymous, I will have no way of contacting you unless you leave an email address. 
2.  Post about it on your blog and let me know (by leaving a 2nd comment) and you will be entered a second time.  
3.  I will pick a winner next Friday, September 10, 2010.

If I have left anything out or you have a question, please leave me a note.  Thanks.

Then I will try the number generator,  I have wanted to do this for some time.