Monday, October 20, 2014

Pine tree

I've been working on a pine tree. A special request from a relative. She has a mountain cabin and wants a little wall art!
I'm happy and pleased to be asked.

This piece began with a painted piece of cotton. I enjoy painting fabric. This time I wet the fabric with a spray bottle first (after laying it on plastic)
I use cheap acrylic paint and mix little bits of paint with water and go to town with brushes and sponges. It's fun to experiment and play!
It makes a nice background for my tree.
After the background dried I painted a tree.

When those two painting sessions were complete I prepared fabric and fusible pieces. These were cut up in little bits and ironed on here and there. ( I may add more. We'll see!)

The flying geese pieces are pinned up waiting to be a border!

Next up.....
Free motion thread I like to call it.  ;). Doodling is a word that makes it sound fun, simple, free form.....

It all comes together little by little. 
I've enjoyed having this tree hang in my sewing room! Just might have to make one for me!

Friday, October 17, 2014


I'm a little late to the finish it up Friday party.
I JUST made it outside to take a photo before I lost the sunlight!

It was GREAT to get this ALL done today.
When you have a GOAL...
It sure is nice to get to the finish line......
Even when there are unforseen curves in the road!

I've quilted it simply with lines
and will go back now
and add some BIG red stitches BY HAND!
NOT done.
Close enough, don't ya think?

I scoured my 2 1/2" strip drawer
and found the LAST few REDS to bind this with.

Red and white.
That classic combo we ALL love!!!
This cuddly quilt measures 53"x57"
and will be auctioned off soon
to support a friend's daughter
heading to Canada on a year long
missions trip.
One fun fact about this quilt:
A few years ago I inherited
a bag of OLD cloth bandage strips
rolled up and sewn tight to be sent to
They were probably made in the 50's or 60's.
I was able to add some to this quilt!
I love the way old things made with love and care
can be added to some of the things we make TODAY!!!!
It's almost like they were WAITING patiently
for their turn to be made into something special!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Easy Applique

I've been working a little bit on my
Auction quilt.
Trying to fit it in between
KID stuff, HOUSE stuff,
and EXTENDED family stuff.
You know...
ALL the things that keep us from doing
the FUN quilting!

There are only THREE of those Canadian leaves on this quilt.
I decided to applique the EASY way this time.
Hand applique is NOT hard....
and to be honest....
Getting my old sewing machine out
(the one with a zigzag stitch)
probably took the same amount of time
as it would have if I had just...
DONE it by HAND!!!

I began with a pattern.
Hand drawn on paper with a sharpie.

I copied it onto my fusible web.
There are a few brands of this out there...
I'm using steam a seam lite.

The packaging for this is always changing.
I doubt it looks like my bag here anymore.
Everytime I look for it in the store...
IT's a NEW packaging system!
You can also get a fusible web at  joanns
ON the bolt and buy it by the yard.
I'm not recommending ANY certain brand.
They all work about the same IF you buy something light weight.
You don't want it too heavy/thick.
I WILL say that if it's OLD...
the glue doesn't work as well.
I always keep my fusible web wrapped up in an air-tight bag
to hopefully EXTEND it's life a little bit.

After drawing the pattern on the paper of the web....
I cut it out.
For this pattern....
It doesn't matter WHICH side you draw on.
IF you're cutting out LETTERS
or something that needs to go a certain direction...
It DOES matter!!!
The pattern needs to be copied BACKWARDS
on the glue side of the fusible paper.

After cutting out the leaf...
I HOLLOWED the leaf out!!!
This makes my applique piece LESS stiff.

Pull OFF the paper on back of fusible...
LEAVING the glue side.
DISCARD this paper.

PRESS the leaf onto the BACK of the fabric you're using.

CUT around the leaf RIGHT on the EDGE.
In fact, I trim a teeny tiny piece OFF as I go
so that I KNOW the fusible will be ALL THE WAY
out to the edge of my leaf.

Pull paper OFF the fusible.
IT should be ON YOUR fabric now!

Press the leaf ONTO your quilt.
(Sorry this leaf is not the same).
Decided to make this tutorial AFTER the leaves were all on!!!

Last thing to do is stitch around the leaf
with a VERY SMALL zigzag stitch.
IF your machine has a buttonhole stitch (mine doesn't)
that looks nice too.

I'm really looking forward to getting this quilt DONE.
That'll be a happy day!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


A simple knit bib....

with some detail.

Little details add a LOT!
I have a ball of ORANGE cotton yarn
that might show those little boxes off even MORE!
At MY house.....
There's always ANOTHER "what IF" project
to be made!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Quilts and cookies

This is what I've been working on.
A quilt to be auctioned off!
The proceeds will go to help a young lady
heading to Canada to minister there.
The design is simple....
but I like it!
I used lots of WHITE strips.....
different widths and lengths...
along with...
lots of REDS from my stash.
Hoping to get it sandwiched soon.
I imagine some machine quilted lines
and THEN......
some NICE BIG RED hand quilted stitches!
Oh, you know me!
I'm always imagining BIG hand quilted stitches.
I just don't always ADD THEM in the end!!!

I'm also making cookies.
Son's away at college.
It HAS to be done once in a WHILE!!
Nothing says I LOVE YOU
like a BIG box of homemade cookies!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Toast on Tuesday

I don't just finish things people give me.
Sometimes I pay $$$$ to do it!


The line item in our budget is labeled

I enjoyed finishing up the flowers and black stitches on this OLD UFO.
The thread was even included in this little thrift store find.
I'm going to list it in my shop in case anyone wants a finished vintage goodie!

See? I want to finish things even when it's not for me!!
Yep. Crazy.