Saturday, April 21, 2018

Starburst

My grandson just moved into a new house.  When I toured his bedroom, I discovered why I had been hoarding black and white fabric for a year or two.  I spotted this quilt on Pinterest  and decided I would make this without a pattern.  I used Kona cotton black and Kona cotton white.  The grays are from a batik layercake.  It was quick to sew together.  My friend quilted it with feathers.  Now to make some pillows and pillowcases.  Happy House Warming!!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Ice Dyeing


 I found a white denim vest on sale last year and bought two of them. First I washed the vest and then soaked it in a washing soda bath for two days.  After letting it dry until damp, my neighbor put rubber bands in a dozen places.  Jill used grape, hot pink, and glacier blue dry dyes on the vest. Twenty pounds of ice and 48 hours later the vest was ready for rinsing and washing.  I love it.
When Jill came to pick up her vest.  Her daughter applied dye to a white cotton shirt.  She used grape, watermelon, hot pink, peach, and pinches of green. Twenty more pounds of ice and 48 hours later, it was ready for its reveal.  I know she will love her shirt.  It is amazing!

When I started to clean up, I had 40 pounds of water in the plastic tub.  I decided to throw in a white cotton blouse to see what color it would be.  It is a delightful purple.

We used the directions from a book entitled Having a Meltdown by Sondra Millard.  The directions are clear and easy to follow.  Great book if you want to start dyeing fabrics.



Monday, April 2, 2018

More Reading Pillows


These are my two latest reading pillows.  The top one has purple fleece for the front and back of the pillow.  The bottom one has a cotton front and back.  I do use an soft iron-on stabilizer for both of the pieces.  The book pocket is cotton that I have backed with fusible fleece.  The sketchy girls are from Jazzy Zebra on etsy.  My computer has just been reformatted so I can not tell you where the thousand lives is from.  I had seen the booktime saying several months ago and digitized that myself. I love making the pillows and have more ideas and more fabric. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Yeti Cover

My husband and son are farmers.  Last year each received a 36 ounce Yeti as a gift.  My son wanted his covered so that it wouldn't get scratched from bouncing around in the tractor.  I made the Yeti covers from rip stop nylon and headliner foam-like fabric.  I quilted the two fabrics together, serged the side seam, and inset the bottom with the serger.  A little casing at the top and some 1/4 inch elastic and the cover is finished. They both like their Yeti cover. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Giant Yoyos?

One of my sewing friends saw this photo and asked what we were doing with giant yoyos.  Actually the Wednesday Sewing Group made surgical caps for children going into surgery at an area hospital.  One of the member's daughters suggested this project.  We started at 10:30 and by early afternoon we had made 110 caps.  Most are for kids but some are doll-size.  The doll-size are 12 1/2 inch circles and the kids-size are 18-20 inch circles.  There were lots of fun fabrics.  This is a project we may have to do again as everyone had a great time!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Day at the Zoo is an embroidery pattern by Smith Street Designs I saw A Day at the Zoo in their booth at Houston and really liked it.  There is also a collection of textured fabrics that can be used with the pattern.  Of course, I had to have that also. The pattern includes snakes and I just did not want to include them in this quilt.  It is a fun pattern to make and will look smashing when quilted.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Day at the Zoo

These are the first five designs from A Day at the Zoo by Smith Street Designs.  Smith Street's Wildflowers quilt was the first embroidery quilt I completed.  I saw it in Arizona and immediately purchased the pattern.  I have since completed several of their quilts.  I saw A Day at the Zoo in their booth at Houston and really liked it.  There is also a collection of textured fabrics that can be used with the pattern.  Of course, I had to have that also. The pattern includes snakes and I don't think they will be part of my quilt.  We'll see what happens.