Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dead Man's Curve Car Show and Purse Insert

Over the weekend, hubby and I went to a car show, his friend had a Shelby in the Dead Man's Curve Car Show.

Nice, huh?  There were a lot of awesome old cars, here are pics of a few:

Hubby likes this one

On another note, I finally made a purse insert/organizer.  Do you know what that is?  Every time I change my purse, I have to rearrange and pick and choose what I want to take with me.  Well, with the purse insert, you just move the insert which has pockets to hold all of your stuff.

I found the instructions on the Jamome site here.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Yo-Yo Bag #1

I finished the yo-yo bag I was working on.  It measures 12" x 12" and I added a lining which ended up being the back drop for the yo-yo's.  Each yo-yo is separated by a bead, sewn on by hand.  I put on leather handles and now it is all done.

Side 1

Side 2

These pictures do not do it justice.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Black Evening Bag

I always have a problem when I am getting dressed to go out at night.  I have a lot of black/gold handbags, but I always seem to need a plain one or one with silver.  So I got out some black fabric and quilted it using a cross-hatch pattern.  Then I cut it to a decent size.  I added a flap with a magnetic snap closure.  At first I was going to leave it as an envelope bag, but found some silver chain that I bought a while ago and added it.  I also had purchased a pin from Express a long time ago and thought it would be perfect for this bag.  So here is what I ended up with:



It measures 10" wide, 7" height, and 2" depth.  And now I am ready to go out for the night.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Finished My Scrappy Stars Quilt

I finally finished the Scrappy Stars Quilt I was working on when I went on our guild's retreat last year.  It ended up being a twin size quilt, based upon how much of the beige fabric I had.

This is not the best picture, but it was all I could do at the time.  What is the first thing that you see?  I notice the beige colored crosses, but if I look at it long enough, I can see the multi-colored stars and then I see the cross hatching.  It is quite interesting.

Have a great day everyone.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Temari Ball/Pin Cushion

Has anyone ever made a Temari ball?  I finished one the other day and I love it.  It is a lot of work (all done by hand), but I really enjoyed the process.  I followed the directions from Omiyage by Kumiko Sudo.  I have made several projects from this book and I have liked every one of them.  This one can be a pin cushion, but I don't think I will be able to stick any pins in this one.  Weird, huh?

The best part is that this entire ball was made from my scraps!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Broken Dishes Quilt Finished

I finished my Broken Dishes Quilt.  YAY!  It measures 84" x 66" and I quilted it using a meandering puzzle pieces pattern.

I had a few blocks left over so I made two baby quilts.  I am in the process of binding one and here is a picture of the one that is finished.  I ended up putting sashing between the blocks and this little quilt measures 32" square.

And this is the back of the baby quilt.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A New Hat/Cap

I made a hat!  I used a pattern from the Japanese magazine I bought while I was visiting San Francisco.

I wanted to use silk ties, ones I had on hand...

It is amazing how much fabric one tie yields.  I cut out the entire lining from the bottom section of one tie.

 I then cut the ties up and laid them out in a pleasing manner.  I added some trim here and there.  Then, I sewed the pieces together and then quilted on top of the seams.

And voila!  I really like the way the hat turned out.

 However, I do not like it on me.  This one will be given away.  I think I will try to make this hat again with a smaller visor.

The best part is that I was able to follow the pattern...

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Featured on Best of the Web

My blog has just been featured on Best of the Web:Be@Home which recognizes the most interesting home decor websites. I am honored and excited about this...YAY! Go and check it out. Here is the link

Monday, June 25, 2012

New iPAD Cover

I am so excited that I now have an iPAD, Yippeee!  I needed to find a cover for it, so I searched and searched, but could not find the one I wanted.  So, you guessed it, I sort of winged it.  First I picked out a fabric that I liked, then I quilted the fabric, and then I cut it out to sew.  I have a snap closure, but I also added an elastic trim (black trim) so that I can flip it over to the back for extra security.  Now just so you don't think I can just whip things up, this was my second attempt! And I am very happy with the way it turned out.  The last pic shows a small cutout for taking pictures, this was missing from every iPAD cover tutorial/instruction I found.

Closed and the black trim is elastic so it can be flipped to secure.

Fully open with snap closure

Standing upright

I used a grommet for the photo eye opening.
Just one more note, since I used a grommet for the photo eye opening I placed a small amount of glue on the inside to prevent the grommet from scratching my iPAD.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Goodies in the Mail

Imagine my surprise when I went to my mail box today and found a package from Leona from Leona's Quilting Adventure.  I forgot that I had signed up to receive some goodies during my birthday month.  Yes, I am now one year older.  Thank you so much Leona.  She sent me a beautiful fat quarter, Log Cabin key chain, and a mustache pin from Christine from Sewandsomuchmore.

I said I would show you some of my hand projects since I have not been home much.  I am still working on my yo-yo's.

And I made this beautiful flower bag.  This bag was done entirely by hand.  I love this book (Omiyage by Kumiko Sudo), it is an "oldy", but  "goody".  I have made several projects from it and I always find myself browsing through it.

Here is the other side of the flower.  It is really tiny.  Most of the bags in this book are more decorative than useful, but that doesn't stop me from making them.  They are used to put gifts in and then give away.

I am hoping to get to the sewing machine sometime soon, but until then...

Have a great day everyone.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Proud Parents

Well, it happened.  Late last month my daughter graduated from college.  She is leaving her college town, home town, and moving herself to sunnier weather.  We have been packing, unpacking, packing, and unpacking again.  It has been a whirlwind, trying to find an apartment, picking out furniture, cleaning, etc..  Needless to say I have not had much time for crafts, but have managed to work on a few hand projects here and there.  Hopefully I can post them in the near future.  I have also tried to keep up with reading the blogs I follow, but I am so far behind it isn't funny.  But it is all worth when I look at this picture...

I don't know if she yet realizes how lucky she is!  She may disagree with me a bit about how lucky she is because there have definitely been some hardships along the way.  But I prefer to dwell on the positive.  Her college years have afforded her the opportunity to make new friends, have guidance from some great professors, and support from the community.  Although she is closing this chapter in her  life, she is now starting a new one with her career.  I hope she will be as lucky and I hope she knows how happy and proud her parents are.  We love you!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Finished My String Quilt

I finally finished putting the binding on my string quilt.  It is 110" x 110" and fully covers our king bed.

It was really tough taking a picture of this quilt because it is so large.  But I decided to put it on the bed and take another picture.  I love the way it turned out.  It only took me how many years to sew a quilt for my bed?  Let's just say too long.

I am also progressing on my yo-yo handbag.  It is a bit slow.  I have now sewn 16 yo-yo's together to make 3 blocks.   There are beads sewn in between the yo-yo's.  This is really a cool way to sew the yo-yo's together.

I have not managed to get outside and garden as much as I would like, but I will share some pics.


Can you tell I love irises?  Throughout the years I think I have planted about 100 bulbs.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Some Progress With a Few Hiccups

Although I went out bought the correct size yo-yo maker, the results were not satisfactory.  So I decided to make one by hand to see the difference.

The yo-yo on the top right is made by hand and the one on the bottom left was made with the yo-yo maker.  It seems that when you take small stitches and pull the yo-yo into shape, there is a an opening.  The yo-yo maker tool takes larger stitches and closes completely.  I decided to take some time and think about which yo-yo I was going to use for this bag.  As you can see in the picture below, there needs to be an opening for the inside fabric (smaller circle) to show through.  I think that is the beauty of this bag.

There needs to be an opening to show the inside fabric.

While I was waiting, I made all these large yo-yos for the other bag I wanted to make.  Since I was using the tool, it only took me two nights (while watching tv) to make the 128 yoyos.

There are 128 yo-yos in this pile.

On another note, I do not know if you will remember, but I had an unfortunate finding while I was quilting my strip quilt.  I posted about it here.  Well I took the advice left in the comments.  First I painted the hole using a permanent pigma marker and then put a few drops of Fray Check on top to seal it.  I was going to try to put a bonding agent underneath the hole, but I could not get it underneath and I did not want to make the hole any bigger.  I think it looks fantastic and now I can hardly see the hole at all.  I took the picture when the Fray Check was still wet (oval spot), but the spot went away when the Fray Check dried.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Progressing on My YoYo Bag

So I got out my trusty Go Cutter and started to cut out the circles I need for my YoYo Bag.  I started with 3" square which I placed on the circle size die I wanted to use.  And then ran it through the Go Cutter and...

I ended up with these:

Look at all that waste?  Wish there was something I could do with all these scraps.  

A friend of mine had used a YoYo maker for a project and she said they made life simpler.  So I ran out to the store and purchased the large and extra large sizes.  I got out my thread and was ready to start making the 192 YoYos when I noticed something disturbing.

Guess I should have measured before I went to the store because neither one of these YoYo makers is the right size.  So I guess I will be heading out to the store tomorrow.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Starting To Think About My YoYo Bag

I have finally picked out the first handbag I want to make from the Japanese book I bought while in San Francisco.

YoYo Bag (I wish I could write the author, but I cannot read Japanese)

As you can see, I have also picked out the fabric I want to use.  The best thing about these yo-yos is that there is a center fabric inside the circle.  I have never seen this before and I am dying to give it a try.  I plan on using up all my small scraps for the smaller/inside circle.

So, next up, I am going to get my Go Cutter out.  I could do cut the circles the old fashioned way and cut them out with scissors, but I won't!