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Saturday, December 20, 2014

One last thing....

The rush was on to get one last thing done...and perhaps it was the most important of all the Christmas gifts I made this year!
 
Christmas stockings are important in my family and my new husband doesn't have one. How is Santa supposed to leave him gifts without a stocking?
And he has been a good man this year.
I am sure Santa knows this.
 
So to the 'workshop' I go to get this very important item made. Here is creativity at work!
 
 
 
 
After fusing I got busy with some stitching!
 
 
And then the final product....
 
 
It turned out fabulous!
 
I can't wait to see his face on Christmas morning!
 
Merry Christmas and Happy Stitching!
 
 
 
 

Monday, December 8, 2014

I'm Breaking My Rules!

I usually do not post anything about Christmas gifts I am making unless I know for sure the recipient will never see my blog...but these are SO CUTE!!! I just have to share!
 
I am making these super cute bags!

 
I am making sets of three...the pattern is from Atkinson Designs.
 
 
But the best thing is this fabulous zipper pull....it's the leftover zipper!!!! It is so fabulous!!!!
 
 
It's going to be a great Christmas for a few people!
 
And I finished quilting and binding my cute hexagons.
I still have to wash it to get the chalk marks out. I can't wait to hang it!

 
Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Catching Up!

I have lots to catch up on...
First my little hexagon quilt is coming along!
I decided to big stitch it so after appliqueing my flowers to the background, I cut away the background so I have one less layer of fabric to quilt through.
 
 
 
When I started basting I noticed that I didn't sew all the hexagon blocks in the same direction. I guess when I was putting this together I was just happily sewing away without much thought about what I was doing...
 
Can you spot the wonky ones???
 
 
So it was decision time...do I take it apart or do I leave it? I left it! I decided it was part of the charm!
 
Here is my thread choice.
 
 
And some progress...
 
 
 
I also worked on this cute little guy for my door. He is adorable!
 
 
The pattern was from The Wooden Bear Quilt Designs.
 
I finished machine quilting this quilt...
 
 
I basted this one for machine quilting...
 
 
 
And this beauty is ready to start hand quilting!!!!!!
 
 
So I am mostly caught up other than a few Christmas gifts I am making that I can't show...yet!
 
Happy Stitching!
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A day to catch up!

I have a day off work and a bit of time to just play and get caught up!
 
I've gotten all my hexagons pieced and pinned to the backgrounds.
Now I have to hand sew them on...
 
One down..eleven to go...
 
To get ready to cut my apple cores out, I made my own cardboard template with a bit of glue and 2 layers of cereal box cardboard. I glued the pattern on the first box, let it dry and cut it out with scissors. One layer at a time is easy to cut. Then I glued the second layer of cardboard down, let it dry and cut it out...
 
 
On the back I added some adhesive backed sandpaper to prevent slipping on my fabrics.
 
 
My template is ready to go. I like using my small rotary cutter with curved templates.  It is much easier to navigate and also easier to avoid cutting into your template.
 
Because this is a tight fit on my fat quarters I cut out two paper patterns just to help lay out where everything is going...
 
 
I'm all cut and ready to play with the layout!
 
 
I also got ready backings and batting to baste two quilts!
 
 
I hear my sewing machine calling my name.....
 
Happy Stitching!
 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Time for a Catch Up!

A month has gone by...already....I had not thought I had been doing much but looking back on the month I have gotten a bit done to show!
 
First I basted the next quilt to be machine quilted...
 
 
 I moved from a home with fabulous carpet and underlay to a home with hard floors. Basting is a killer on the knees on a hard floor. I bought myself a new tool...knee pads! I found these great knee pads with a hard plastic shell so you actually slide a bit and don't get stuck to your quilt! 
 
 
Not the best photo of my knees! But at least my knees are happy!
 
I set up my Mom's old feather weight sewing machine and started sewing a little quilt together using just the scraps from that churn dash I just finished. It is such a cute machine. I set it up on the kitchen counter so I could piece and keep my other machine set up for machine quilting. It is working out well so far.
 
 
Here is the finished quilt. It measures 15"x 24". I am smitten with it!
 
 
Then I started a new project...
 
I have had this spray starch and have always meant to try it to see if I like using it on my quilting fabric so I sprayed a bunch of scraps for my next little project.
 
 
 
I printed off a sheet of hexagons on cardstock...
 
 
I've been busy basting...and so far have not been minding the spray starch at all.
 
 
And I'm also going to get started on another new project...a giant apple core quilt! I had bought a fat quarter pack and had a thought that it would make a great apple core quilt. I should be able to get 3 apple cores from each fat quarter with careful arranging!
 
 
Hopefully I'll update my progress a little sooner...
 
Happy Stitching!