Saturday, January 2, 2021

Two Years of Work

 This is two years of thread ends that were saved in a quart mason jar as I changed colors on my Babylock 10 needle embroidery machine.  The new thread is tied to the old thread and pulled through before threading the needle. I have no special end result for this thread, I just was tired of finding it on my sewing room floor.  But it is a pretty reminder of the work that the machine has completed.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Tie Dye Time

Last week several friends met at my house to tie-dye white t-shirts and bandanas for the Operation Christmas Child boxes.  These are just a few of the bright results. It was lots of fun and was a great way to spend a few hours. 

Monday, September 7, 2020

Blue Ridge Beautiful

It sometimes seems that a quilt will never be finished.  I started this quilt in 2010 when I attended a class from Bonnie Hunter at the local quilt guild.  All of the fabrics were collected and stuffed away.  This year I decided that several plastic cartons needed to be emptied and this was one of them.  The quilt is from Adventures with Leaders & Enders and called Blue Ridge Beauty. There is only one block in the quilt. When I started to make the blocks again--four of the first six blocks were incorrectly sewn.  So I had to check the picture in the book each time to make sure the colors were in the right position. This was my March Covid quilt--just stay home and sew. Finally finished the top in April.  So glad to have it quilted and ready for gifting.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Making Progress

Several years ago when my granddaughter enrolled again in college I decided to make her a bookcase quilt for graduation.  Later, on one of my Paducah adventures I found a pattern by Crimson Tate titled Personal Library Quilt.  I purchased the kit with a great pattern.  When I started it a few weeks ago, the fabric did not tickle my fancy and I started to dig out bits and pieces of my accumulation.  Most of the "books" are made with left-over binding and small pieces of fat quarters that I have. I asked my GD for book titles and so she gave me two pages of possibilities.  I added "titles" of places she has been and other important events with my embroidery machine.  It is not yet finished because I want to ask her about other items and events she wants added to the quilt.  I love looking at it and I think she will love it too.

P.S.  My grand came over today to help me with the top row.  She loves her quilt and helped me with some Russian titles to put on "her" row. She especially loved all of the different fabrics and then chose the border fabric.  I should have it finished soon and then take it to the quilter on Tuesday.  

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Tiny Backpack

It is impossible to tell a granddaughter that you can't make what she wants!!?? So after thinking for a couple of weeks about making a backpack for a teddy bear without knowing the size or any other bits of information and finally using Google to learn more, I had a plan. Stephanie at had a free online pattern that looked much like I wanted to make. I made the backpack from lightweight patterned denim.She used unique hardware and leather or homemade fabric straps.  My straps are two layers of black marine vinyl with velcro closures. The finished size is about 4" x 5.5". It was very easy to make but I was glad to have Stephanie's photo-packed instructions.  I know some little one will love this backpack.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Dog Softie #1

I am very happy with my first stuffed dog softie.  The design is from Designs by Juju. 
He is only a day old and already has his eyes open! What a super dog...
The design has been waiting for a couple of weeks as I finished a long project.  The dog is made entirely in the embroidery hoop.  The five hoopings include one for the arms, the legs, the ears, the bandana, and the main body.  After the embroidery machine stitches the dog together, the dog is trimmed, turned right side out, stuffed, and the opening closed by hand stitching. Juju includes very detailed instructions with photos so each step is explained fully.  My dog is made with fleece and cotton fabric. It is always fun to complete one of her designs.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Blue Ridge Beauty is 10 years old!

This Blue Ridge Beauty quilt has been under construction since May 2010 when Bonnie Hunter was the instructor for the Kaw Valley Quilter's Guild in Lawrence, Kansas. I gathered all the fabics and started the quilt in the workshop but never worked on it again until March.  Then came the coronavirus and the need for many face masks and I was interrupted.  So a couple of weeks ago I began the quilt in earnest and with the goal of completing the quilt top. It really isn't quite finished as I still need to stitch the borders.  But the hard part is finished.  The quilt is made with 168 blocks.  The surprising thing is that it is the exact same block made 168 times with lights and darks. It was so simple and so complex because the blocks had exact placement of the lights and darks.  Making the first six blocks seemed like a snap until I looked closely to see that four of them were not correct. This really was a test of perseverance.  More to come after the quilter does her magic.