Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas Quilts

I had a great time this weekend making this tree quilt.
It is a great tutorial on Gundrun's World Blog.
It was for the Cross Country Christmas Designer
Blog Hop. They feature a different designer
each day with a free pattern.

Here is a closeup. It is a quilt as you go.
It was so easy and fast...after you sew
the pieces together on the batting and
backing it is done but for the binding!

I made this snowmen quilt a few years ago but
still enjoy putting it out each year. It goes in
the room with my snowman collection.
I'm getting excited to start decorating this
year. So I will be getting it all out in the next
day or two.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Weekend Finishes and I Won Again!

I finished some pillows this week end...
these are pillow squares I made from
one of Nancy Halverson's Heart to Art book.
The squares are buttoned on so you
can change the pillows with the seasons.

I finished this x-stitch and made a pillow from
it. I love samplers. It is a freebie from Brenda
at Country Stitches. Check out her blog
for awesome samplers and patterns...
With thy Needle & Thread.
This isn't new but I thought I would show it...
just to keep in the season. My crazy pumpkin!

This is my wool pillow I made last year.
I think it was a pattern in Create and Decorate.

Now for the great news! I won another blog giveaway!
I can't believe it! Isn't the blog world just great?
I won embroidered handkerchiefs from Sherry
the LadyShuttleMaker.
Go to her blog..she makes awesome tatting shuttles
and great tatting, plus she has instructions on how
to do it. Thanks again, Sherry.


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Finally Finished Quilt and Belated Thank You

I have been so busy finishing my quilt that
I can hardly believe I let two weeks go by!
I did this quilt for a contest with Better Homes
and Gardens.

I scattered circles on the blue and green squares
and blanket stitched around them. I tried big
stitch quilting with floss in circles to match the
size of the circles. It was harder than I thought
to control the larger stitch length. But I
liked the way the back looks with all the circles.
I had left over circles and made two pillows
to match....

Now for an apology...I never got around
around to showing my cute Halloween gourd
that I won from Lynda at
Haunted Swamp Designs... Isn't it too cute!?

Thanks so much!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Two Great Giveaways

Check out this great blog for a fantastic giveaway!
Fiona and Twig......

Check out this great giveaway...there is also a Santa!
Go and look at Our Primitive Heart and sign up for the giveaway.


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Halloween Finishes on a Beautiful Fall Day

I started this felt mouse back in September
and got involved with other projects and
she got pushed aside. So after quilting all
weekend and getting the urge to start
a scrap quilt I made myself finish one
thing before starting something new.
Does that ever happen to you? The
creativity bug bites too often for me
to finish projects!
She is made of felt with felt hat and cape.
Her gingham skirt has a slip of orange
tulle that I got from Nan at Ole Crows
Nest Journal when I won her sweet candle.
Nothing goes to waste! I felted her pumpkin
which was the holdup in getting her done,
that and her skirt.

We also went on a ride to see the fall colors
with our girls, Nubbin and Widget since it
was so pretty and sunny. But the bushes
in my own front yard were the brightest!

The 'girls' enjoying the leaves!Hope you have
time to enjoy the fall too!

I Won!!! I Won!!!

I can't believe I won one of these "gourdeous"
gourds! I can't wait to find out what it will
look like but with I'm sure I will love it!!
I would like to thank Lynda at
Haunted Swamp Designs for this
great giveaway!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Record Purse, Great Quilt Find

This is another purse I made for my repurposing class.
I used two old 78 records and a wool jacket for the fabric.
One record was chipped so I sawed it straight across
and did the second record to match.
I cut the jacket apart using the pockets for the
pockets of the bag so I didn't have to make
them! I used the records as a pattern
for the sides plus 1 inch all around.
I used the pockets as a guide for the
width of the purse and sewed a
zipper in the top and handles on the
side. I tried to drill small holes in
the records to sew the record on but
it chipped so bad that I just decided
to hot glue it. My 11 year old
granddaughter Meghan loved it!

Now for my great find! I went to an apple
festival in Erwin, Tenn. It draws a big
crowd so every corner in this lovely
little town has a yard sale during
the festival. At one I saw a pile
of clothes and odd fabric with a
part of the quilt sticking out. When
I asked the lady how much she wanted
for it she paused and I just knew that
she was going to say fifty or more, but
to my surprise after saying that
it was just laying around in the
attic she said $5.00!!! I almost
jumped up and down! Of course it
has a lot of frayed spots and
some stain but I love it. And it
could be a good cutter quilt but
since I already have several and
I still haven't the heart to cut
them up....


Friday, October 16, 2009

Bella Vista Giveaway

Check out Bella Vista for a great giveaway and a blog with great decorating ideas.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

millhouse Primitives Giveaway

Great giveaway and great blog!!
Check out Mill House Primitives but
hurry the drawing is Oct 12!!!

Gourdous Giveaway!

Check out these cute gourds
in the giveaway
at Haunted Swamp Designs.
The more that
enter means more prizes.
The drawing is Oct. 24....Happy Fall!!!


Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Repurposing Twin Bed, Pumpkin, Wool Skirt

I did a class at church last week on repurposing, reusing and recycling...It was a lot of fun and I found out that I really do use things for purposes than what they were intended...

This bench was a twin headboard and foot board.
I cut the foot board in half and screwed in into the headboard as the bench arms.

Then a board that matched was cut
to go across the front and one for
the seat. I really like the way it turned
out and since it was solid wood it
is very heavy...

I love to shop Goodwill and get old
wool skirts to use...I have made
several pillows from them as
the two crow pillows show...

I don't think this is recycling but
I do think it is repurposing!!!

I made an arrangement in a carve-able
pumpkin and it sit on an old chest in my foyer...

I haven't had a chance to do my
Halloween decorating but
will soon and I will get some pics posted.

Hope Y'all have a Happy Fall!!!!!!!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Book Bag Tutorial

This is my first attempt at making a purse out
of a hardback book. I took pictures along the
way and thought I would share how I did it...

First, pick a hardback that has a cover you like and is not attached to the spine. This book was
about three inches thick. I think the thicker the
better as this will determine how room you will have inside.

Next using a craft knife or razor cut the inside
of the book down the edge of the cover page
being careful not to cut into the spine. Do the
same to the back cover page and remove the inside.

Pick out your fabric and fold a piece in half and
place the book on top...opening it to the width
that you would like it to be able to open.

Lay the folded edge at the top ( the widest part)
and allowing 1 inch all the way around...cut out.
Cut two of these pieces for each end of the book.

You will need to sew 1/4" seam or glue the
edges together...I think the next time I make
one I will use an iron on fabric bonding material.
I used the glue gun as I wanted to get it done
fast with no sewing!!

Now you need to measure the front cover of
the book and cut two pieces of cardboard
slightly smaller than the cover...

Cut two pieces of fabric 1 inch larger all the
way around and clip off the corners leaving
1/4 inch from the cardboard.

Lay fabric wrong side up with the cardboard
on top. Put a little glue on each corner and press the fabric onto it. Run a line of glue down one side and fold fabric over it and press down smooth. Do the opposite side next and the the ends.

Do the same for the other piece of fabric and
cardboard. If you have ever made a covered
photo album this is done the same way.

Now measure two pieces of grosgrain ribbon
for the handles and one piece for the closing
tab. You could sew your handles if you would
like it to match. Mine were 24 inches. I cut a
piece 6 inches for the closing tab.

Glue them in place on each side of the edge
of the book. The tab is glued on the back
of the front of the book.

Now is the hard part...gluing the end pieces.
Run a line of glue on the front edge and press fabric to it being sure that the fold is even with
the edge. Then do the back edge. Then do the
bottom of the triangle to the spine. Repeat on
the other side.
Now cut a piece of fabric the size of the spine plus
1 inch all the way around and press the 1 inch on
the ends under.

Now starting at one end place glue on the folded
under part and press down over the end to cover the triangle edges. Working your way down the
spine by gluing a little at a time until you get to the other end.

Now to cover the uglies! Taking the covered cardboard piece place it inside the book and
starting at the bottom glue and press in place and hold till cool. Then glue the middle and last the top. Using clips or clothespins to hold the edges
until the glue is cool or dry depending on which
kind of glue you used.

Now the inside is finished!!!!

Now you need to place the flap on the back and
measure where to glue the velcro...keep in mind
that the bag will have stuff in it and that will make the tab shorter. Fold under the end of the
tab and glue it...then glue the velcro to the end of the tab.

Now you are done!!!! ...I wouldn't carry a lot of heavy things in it but it will hold a billfold,
comb and keys. Or this would be great to carry
the book you are reading and your reading
glasses in!!! ENJOY!!!