Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday

It's Friday...
and I finished a quilt top this week 
MOSTLY because there are REALLY nice quilters in this world!
Friends from all over sent a couple of blocks
(and some sent more!)


This mix of recycled shirts
makes a quilt I want to KEEP looking AT!!!

AND....
I had that fun stripey border fabric in my stash.
I think the addition from Mr. Kaufma
updates the whole thing!
;)
The blues and browns are PERFECT!



This is where I was working yesterday.
I moved my little machine into the dining room
to work with friends.
It's NICE to change the view every once in a while!
AND...
SUPER nice to sew with company!

Thank you friends.
Your blocks make the most WONDERFUL kind of quilt!



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Square management

You may not need another little thing on your sewing table.
You may have the fabric organization GENE!  :)
You may already have the perfect spot for ALL your scraps and leftovers.

I'm always collecting little squares.
I have a "THING" for little squares.
I like to cut them up out of the leftovers from projects.
Getting them rounded up is always the challenge.

This little basket was a prototype.
I was designing a little COASTER basket found here
and made a FEW
I WONDER baskets.
"I wonder if this work?"
"I wonder if THAT will work??"

This basket was TOO big for coasters...
but it works for my
2", 2 1/2" and 3" squares.
They all have a corner
and ONE corner is leftover for....????
Do I dare begin a 1 1/2" corner??

'
This little basket is made up of TWO 11"x 11" squares.

I laid them out BACK to back
(wrong side to wrong side)
and cut out 2 1/2" squares from the corners.

I used some bias tape.

Laid that bias tape down
and covered EACH corner.
I opened it up and sewed around...


I turned at each corner after going 1/4" past the corner.
With needle DOWN...
I turned the basket and stitched.

Then I rolled the bias tape over and top stitched.

Each corner is now covered.


I added bias tape around the top
in the same way.

The only tricky part is moving EACH side
up to meet at the corners.
Not really tricky.
Maybe a little fiddly.
;)


I don't really need anything else on my sewing table...
BUT...
I DO appreciate a little organizational HELP!!!!

******************

Thanks to everyone who entered
the fabric giveaway.
Winners were announced here.
;)
congratulations Shawna!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Three

Knitting little hats is sort of addicting!

You finish one...
You want to make another.
Yarn is so FUN!
and...
Hats are easy.

I can no longer watch a movie
without knitting needles in my hands!

Typically I'm working on more than ONE thing!

This weekend I had THREE finishes.
Two little.


and...
a BIG one!

Sweaters are NOT addicting.
They go ON and ON...
and you wonder if you're going to enjoy wearing
the item you are laboring OVER!!!

Instead of button holes...
(I'm a beginner)
I crocheted some loops.

It fits.
That's a relief!
After ALL those HOURS!!!
But.....
There's a little bit of cruelty to the knitting bug.
When you're old enough to have TIME to knit something warm....
You're body is telling you IT's TOO. TOO. HOT!!!
Some of you ladies will understand.
;)





Friday, December 12, 2014

Red and Green

I managed to make a star today.
Let me tell you....
Diamond shapes are a shape to be RECKONED with!

All those BIAS cut edges!
They like to MOVE.
It's great when you're trying to make a curved vine
with a bias STRIP.

NOT fine when you're trying to make a block
with lots of seams that need to match up.

I'm also at a disadvantage
because I'm using no pattern or template!
I"m trying to figure it out ON MY OWN!
I do this frequently.
I tear my hair out...
and wonder WHY?
LOL!

How many blocks will I make?

I"ll probably keep going...
because....
I LOVE this block!

By the time I make a FEW more
I"ll be an expert at DIAMONDS.

Here's hoping anyway!!!
;)




Monday, December 8, 2014

flannel LOVE

I walked into the fabric store 
and was immediately SUCKED IN
to the flannel isle!!!

Who can resist the CUTE prints they have there???

Good thing too.
I'm donating these to a family in need for the holidays.
Seven kids.
SEVEN chances to make a cute pillow case!
SEVEN cute flannel fabrics to CHOOSE!!!
SEVEN strips of cotton to POP in the middle there!
My fabric stash is an UNENDING source of POP goodness!

Yep.
I'm having fun!!!

Hey!
I even made a one for someone at MY house!!!
;)

Super SIMPLE last minute sewing project!!!
I made mine very much like this one.
My pillow case and coordinating fabric are flannel
My POP (trim) is cotton fabric
and 3" wide.

Hope you're able to SQUEEZE a little sewing in this week!
It's definitely a squeeze at this time of year!



Friday, December 5, 2014

Follow the Star

It's amazing to me how often I turn to FABRIC
to help me out!!

I found a beautiful Nativity set last week
at the thrift store.
You know how much I love shopping there!!

The only problem with the nativity was....
It needed a BACKDROP.
NOT my white wall.

It wasn't easy solving my little problem....
But FABRIC...in the end....
was the ANSWER!!!!

I began by making a QUILT.
A SMALL quilt.
 ;)
Something with stars to hang behind the nativity set.

It was a GOOD idea.
BUT....
the QUILT didn't turn out quite right.
(sorry I didn't think to add a photo of REALITY)

That big gold star is ALL that's left of my FIRST try!

I CUT that big star out of the quilt.
and then began making little stars.

I layered fabric with batting...
just like a quilt
and then machine outlined a star.

I cut around leaving raw edges.
MAYBE someday I'll buttonhole stitch around these guys.
:)

My stars hang on a wrought iron wall piece.
It's perfecto!
(you can see it peeking out of the third photo)
;)
This is what GREETS me as I walk into the house.
I LOVE IT!

If at first you don't succeed...
TRY TRY again.
And....
 If the quilt isn't the answer to your backdrop issues.... 
Cut it UP!
Ha!






Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quick and Easy Gift Ideas Blog Hop


Hi Friends!
Today I'm joining a great BLOG HOP
A BERNARTEX fabric company blog.

During the next week there's
a GREAT line up of projects and ideas you'll want to
watch out for!
There will also be a giveaway at EACH stop along the way.
 A Win Win situation.   ;)

I received a selection of prints from the 
ORIGINS line of fabric
and designed this great set of coasters
ALONG with a "berry basket" to hold them in!

I LOVE the BRIGHT green in the center of my coasters!
Plus...
that little bit of green stitching
makes them EXTRA special
and takes just a little bit more time.
;)

The Origins line of fabric also includes
these ROUND motifs
that are SUPER simple to construct
and also FIT in the handy dandy basket.


I had a hard time deciding which set to make....
so ....
I made them BOTH!


The tutorial for this project is over at the Sew in Love (with fabric) blog today.

I hope you'll make a few 
and give something....
or....... a WHOLE bunch of SOMETHINGS
that are HOMEMADE away this holiday season!!!



For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Origins, make sure you're signed up to follow the Benartex blog either by email or through a blog reader (see both options in the right hand sidebar at Sew in Love with Fabric). Leave a comment letting me know you are, and leave a second comment if you follow Benartex on Facebook. In your comment, let us know if you're making any handmade gifts for the holidays this year (and if you are...where are you in the process? Idea stage? Halfway done? Already wrapped?). The giveaway will remain open through Tuesday, December 9th at 11:59 pm EST