Friday, November 15, 2013

Pet Blankets


I bought 2 cheap fleece blankets from a local store. Cut each one into 4 pieces and sewed one of each sort together. I'm going to take them to our local humane society. One of our cats decided he was going to try them out in advance and it seems he approves. I may have to keep one back just for him :-)

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Flower and Photo Cards


I needed a break from all the sewing I have been doing lately. I decided to revisit an old love and make a few cards. The first one I made was from some stamped images I found whilst going through all the stuff in my craft room closet. I had repeated the image a few times with the idea of doing this ages ago, I just never got around to it till now. 



The rest I made were just photo cards using pictures of flowers that I have taken. Again put aside for the right time. It feels good to get stuff done. I am such a procrastinator. 


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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hand Sewn Cowboy Quilt



After my success with the hand sewn quilt I made for my mum, I decided to make one for my dad too. He turns 80 this year. My dad loves everything cowboy and America related, this made my fabric choices pretty easy. I have been working on this all over the summer. 


We took a trip over to the UK to visit family and I took it with me so I could keep working on it. This also allowed my dad to get a sneak peak of my work in progress. I even had the chance to sit under the shade of a tree by a stream on a beautiful day in the fabulous grounds of St. Fagan's castle in Wales. One of my favorite places to visit when I go home. 


I wasn't able to finish it while I was there, even though I tried very hard to, but finally it is finished and winging its way to my dad in time for his birthday.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Travel Cushions


I bought some cheap travel cushions from Target. They were only $3. each. I made a paper template and used it to cut out some pretty fleece I had hanging around. I sewed the pieces together to give me these more comfortable looking and feeling cushions. I made them for friends who have an upcoming road trip to their new home in Colorado.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

No-Sew Blanket



My friend wanted me to make her daughter a soft snuggly blanket. she supplied me with 2 pieces of fleece that she had chosen for her each approx one and a half yards. No-sew blankets are awesome, I love these things because they are so quick and easy to put together. and the bonus is no sewing is involved. I'm trying to figure whether a rotary cutter or a good old fashioned pair of scissors are better for the job. I used my rotary but will probably need a new blade when I'm finished.

It's been quilt a while since I was last on here so I am gonna be backdating some of my posts until I get back on track. I am guilty only of not wanting to sit at my computer. I know poor excuse, but I hope you will forgive me as I attempt to bring you up to date with things I have been making (8/25/14)

Monday, August 19, 2013

Skirt Fringe

My daughter has had a growth spurt lately and some of her skirts have become a little to short for my liking. I cut a bandanna into strips and sewed them end to end. I then sewed them to the hem of the skirt making them at least 3 inches longer than before. Problem solved.
 
 

Monday, August 5, 2013

New Cutting Table



After nearly putting my back out cutting out the pieces for the baby quilt I decided it was time to get a better cutting table for my craft room. After some online research I found the perfect thing here(http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2012/07/make-a-counter-height-craft-table-from-shelves-legs-and-a-table-top.html). A trip to Ikea was required. The finished thing is great, the perfect height.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Baby Quilt


Juliet and I are both friends with an awesome couple. Recently they found out they are expecting a baby.  We got to work straight away, not knowing if it was a boy or girl allowed us to use both pink and blue. Once we knew it was going to be a boy we were able to chose our binding and get it finished. With time to spare....roll on July. It was  so awesome to see baby Ethan wrapped in his quilt.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Cherry Pip Bag



Made these one day a little while ago with my friend Juliet. She wanted me to show her how to sew and these seemed a pretty good place to start. They can be used in the microwave, heated for 1 minute 30  seconds they can sooth all your aches and pains away. They hold the heat really well. The most important thing to remember when making these is that both the fabric and the thread used have to be 100% cotton. Flax seed can be used as an alternative to cherry pips.

Monday, May 20, 2013

E-Reader Pouch

 
 
I found this awesome cowboy hat fabric in the clearance section at hobby lobby and thought it was perfect to make my dad a pouch for his E-reader. I hand quilted around each hat and added a zipper.


 
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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Kitchen Runner


 I made this runner for my dear friend Sandra. I have made a few things for her kitchen using this selection of fabric. I have been saving the remnants each time to make something else so that it all matches. On this occasion I wanted to make something to sit on her island.
 

I used heat resistant batting so that hot things can be put on it safely. I hand sewed it also so I could take it anywhere with me while I was making it. I have to say this is my favorite thing to do these days. It looked pretty cool when finished and Sandra loved it.
 


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hand Sewn Quilt



Last year I bought a couple of quilt kits on clearance from Jo-Ann's. My plan when I bought them was to make a quilt for my mum. The kit was made up of hexagons, a shape I have never used before. I made the decision to hand sew it. This gave me the added benefit of being able to work on it anywhere.
 
 
 
It was very exciting to watch it grow. I had to take a break from it on and off due to traveling. But when it was finished It looked great. I was enjoying the hand sewing side of things so much I wanted to keep going so I hand quilted it too.




Made with love from start to finish. I gave it to my mum for her birthday in January and she loves it and it is getting lots of use.


 
 
Thanks for looking

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Scrapbook Wedding Page



I made this for my niece and her husband and sent it to them for Christmas. I've been wanting to make this for a while but paper crafts have kind of been put on a back burner. It was nice to sit down and make something with paper. Hopefully this is the first of many.





Friday, February 8, 2013

From Boy To Girl


While my daughter had her arm in a cast last year we had to find loose fitting shirts with large arm holes to fit her cast through. At the time of year she had her accident most stores were clearing out their summer ware ready for fall/winter which made things a little difficult as we were still having 100 degree weather and the stores had long sleeve tops. I managed to find this sleeveless top in Walmart in the boys section. My daughter being a very girly girl was not impressed. I found some cute ribbon however and put it around the sleeves. she was much happier with it once it had been suitably girlified.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Quick And Easy Invitations


Last year my daughter wanted a summer themed party/sleepover at our house. We had everything planned out for the weekend after her birthday. On her birthday we took her to the American Girl store in Dallas. Little did we know that the very next day she was going to break her elbow while doing gymnastics in our family room. So needless to say the party had to be cancelled. Thankfully she is fully healed now and looking forward to having the birthday party she didn't get this year instead.

 
blank note cards, stickers and a You're Invited stamp were used to make invitations


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Kid Stuff

I have been grabbing small windows of time here and there to teach my daughter some sewing basics. starting with an American Girl craft, a t-shirt bag that she also colored herself and a pouch for her recorder for school. She has quite a steady straight stitch these days. I'm very proud of her.