Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sewing Machine Cover Challenge

Well I have finished my sewing machine cover for the challenge with
Jenny of Elefantz
I really like it after I finally chose the fabrics.
I almost went with bright
contemporary colors but they wouldn't have looked
right with the rest of my room. Of course it is a hodge podge of colors but
I have a black, wine, and camel rug and my rag quilt hangs right above
my machine so I went with the colors of my
room...which happen to be my favorite colors!

I made pockets on both sides for scissors and other items. I sew on a
rubber shelf mat to keep my sewing machine from sliding around.
That is the wine fabric under my machine

Here it is all done and since I had a new cover I had to
clean and organize my sewing room a bit!!


Emma's Men's Shirt Dress

This is Emma and her dress we made last night for
her from an old button up shirt.
Each on we make goes a little faster than the one before!!
Now I just have three more granddaughters to go.

Here is a closeup of the front (which was originally the back of the shirt).
I took the collar off and used it at the top of the yoke and we added two
vintage buttons stacked together.

This was the front of the shirt which makes the back easier since we
didn't have to do buttonholes. It works up fast...I cut the dress out and
handed the pieces to Rachel for her to sew. We made a good team.

My oldest Granddaughter Meghan got a quilted bag with a matching small
zippered bag to carry her school stuff in...sorry no picture yet since she took
it home with her. She likes bags better than backpacks. She is a little big for a
shirt dress but I think I can do the same thing but make it a top instead.


Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Men's Tie Handbag

I have a good friend who gave me a bag of ties and when I saw a really cute bag made from ties at a quilt show I decided to try my hand at one. I used 6 ties and opened them out, leaving the large part at the bottom so as to still look like ties. Then I used the smaller end at the top for the tabs with buttons. After sewing them together I used crazy quilt embroidery on the seams.

I used two pieces for the pocket and embroidered it. I have had a lot of compliments on it.

I collect old sewing items and have two tin can pincushion
chairs...just sticking to my pincushion theme!!!!


Monday, August 24, 2009

The Antique Pallet Giveaway

Isn't this cute!? You could win it at and if I could get the link to work you could just click on it. But check out her sight, she has some great stuff!
I think I finally got it!!


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Little Girl's Dress From a Button Up Shirt

I spent Saturday at Goodwill hunting through bins looking for men's button up shirts with my daughter so we could make dresses for my Granddaughters from a tutorial I saw on craftsters with;u=94114. This was one result. We also made a headband scarf from one sleeve.

This is the back of the dress which was the front of the shirt, minus the pocket. The back of the shirt becomes the front of the shirt with the yoke...

Here is my cute Kaleigh with the second dress with a vintage button between the collars which are hard to see on the patterned shirt. We didn't ruffle the straps on this one.

We made a headband with yoyo and buttons to match.
This shirt had two pockets
which we used to make a small handbag to match.

Isn't she cute in her new dress?!! This was so easy
and we have several more to make
(5 granddaughters) and we might even try to make big
girls top. I will try a tutorial with the next one.


Friday, August 21, 2009

Sunflower Arm Caddy and Basket Pincushion

This is a wool armchair sewing bad/pincushion.
The baskets are pockets and the sunflower is the pincushion.
My scissors fit nicely in the pocket and I have used an eyeglass chain to
attach it to the pincushion and it is always handy.
One leaf is a needlecase.

This is the other side and I sewed a bee button on the flower.

Here it is laid out flat.

I did a similar sunflower pincushion and attached it to the top of a basket.

I made a large stuffed bumble bee as another pincushion on the other side.

I seem to get in a theme and wear it out before I get tired of it!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Penny Rug Pincushion, Needlecase

I really love penny rugs so when I saw a pincushion done in one I knew I had to try one.
I'm sorry I can't remember where I saw one but it wasn't my idea.
I started with a needlecase...

Here is the pincushion with penny "pins" is hard to see the pins
but they are hanging in the air on the right!!!

Here is the set with my hand-crank sewing machine.
I collect old sewing machines and old toy sewing machines. They were bought with the hopes of opening a quilt store and using them to decorate it...maybe someday!!
The machine sews good and I made curtains, comforter, and pillows
for my daughter's room when my electric machine broke.
The only problem was that it was hard to hold the fabric with one hand
and turn the crank with the other.

I made a scissor fob with a large penny and a pin roll with small ones.
Below is a closeup of the scissor fob.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Some of my small quilts

I thought I'd show some of my smaller quilts. This is a rag quilt that I took a class in when I lived in Tucson. It is hanging in my sewing room. I also love Wizard of Oz hence the dolls on the shelf!

This is a miniature quilt with 1" x 1 1/2" squares. It is on one of my little sewing machines that I collect. The felt rooster pincushion was from a pattern in an old Country Sampler pattern (I think!)

Sorry for the glare. This hangs above my bed. I love basket quilts and I framed it when I work as a framer at Michaels Crafts. It fell a couple of weeks ago and it looks like it shifted a little in the frame. But I will need to take it apart to fix it and I don't have the time right now!


Sunday, August 16, 2009

No Matter Where I go...I ALWAYS Meet Myself There!

Isn't this bag lovely? You can win it at No Matter Where I go...I ALWAYS Meet Myself There! Go to Jo's web site and check out all her beautiful things.
She also has some great items on her Etsy site:


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Snail Pincushion

This is another felt you sense a theme?! I have been on a creative binge when it comes to pincushions and needle cases. I have a lot more that I will post when I get photos. This snail turned out alright but it doesn't want to sit upright too well. But I like it's smile and the embroidered flowers on its shell...

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Asheville Quilt Guild Show

These are a few of my favorite quilts from the Asheville Quilt Guild show.

This one was machine thread painting.

I thought the quilted Dresden plate design was really nice.

I love basket quilts.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ladybug Pincushion

I just love I had to design a ladybug pinchusion.

I made a needlebook on the bottom...isn't it cute?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

KrazyKraftLady Blog

Check out this blog ... for a cute pear giveaway. she has a great blog.

My Family

I thought I would introduce my family! Here is Booker the only male pet we have.

This is Nubbin my sweet Yorkie-poo and below with my Yorkie Widget.

This is my Cat Zoe keeping an eye out for critters in the yard.

These are my beautiful granddaughters and future stitchers!
Emma, Meghan, Kaleigh, Mandy, and Lily.
Grandma's Girl's

I really have enjoyed blogging and find new ones to enjoy everyday check this one out... Terry's blog and sign up for her giveaway. She has a real nice blog and some cute designs.