Friday, December 9, 2016

Fun or Funny Fri Foto ~ Caculating Quilt Squares

For some this may not be fun, 
but I find recalculating a quilt square to be a fun challenge.
I'm either changing it to a 12½ inch square
taking an old pattern made only by cutting out shapes
and converting it to the modern day tricks of creating the pieces
as in creating 8 half square triangles in the bottom right corner.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thoughtful Thinking Thursday #67 ~ Driving on a California Tree

The Redwoods of northern California are famous for their drive thru trees.
But, have you ever thought about them being broad enough that you could drive on them?
 One used to be able to drive on this one.
It sure does put a different perspective on the size.
Don't you think?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Gift Collection ~ Ideas Review

      This is a collection of past posts of tutorials that might be useful for making gifts this season.   Please click on the picture below to follow the link to the tutorial. You can also click on the sewing and embroidery buttons above on web version of this blog for many more ideas.
     Hope you can find something you enJOY making.

*A Tutorial Tuesday*
 These would make a great gift, or leave off the pockets and use these as the gift bag.
A tissue holder.
Something a child or beginner can make.
See the tips on how to fold the tissue too.
A neck roll that can be warmed in the microwave.

These can be made in the hoop with an embroidery machine, 
or with the given measurements 
to cut and make with a regular machine.
 Know someone that has an 18 inch doll?
Have some scrap fabric?
This has quickly become a big hit over the past couple of years.
Everyone can use one of these, and
I know you have an old mug.
If not, go get one at a used store for fifty cents.

 Another popular hit has been these flat bowl holders 
that fit easy in a drawer with hot pads.
For that matter, use them as hot pads, 
because they lay flat! 
Another item I make a lot for myself as well as others.
As you can see, they can hold more than just coupons.
Another project for a beginner.
Hope you enJOY making something this year for someone.
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Monday, December 5, 2016

Memory Mon 29 ~ Memories of Christmas Past

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Quilt Shot Block #82 ~ Coloring Book Challenge Block

Elkhorn Creek Quilt Guild Challenge 2016 #2
Coloring Book Page

 A coloring book was passed around,
we chose a page and tore it out to take with us.
We were to interpret the page anyway we liked to
convert to a quilt page.
I had several different ideas for a lady bug.
When I started searching online for more ideas,
I found the perfect paper piece pattern
that even included the leaves as shown on the coloring book page.
I found it at 

 I added strips to frame the piece.

  The part I don't like about paper piecing.
Probably could have left the paper intact
 since this is more of an art piece than something to be used everyday.

 Just a simple quilting job 1/4 inch inside some of the quilt pieces with a walking foot.

 The quilting threads were kept long so they could be pulled to the backside with a needle 
and tied off and stitched between layers to hide long ends before snipping.
A needle threader came in very handy.

 Mr. G had the idea to add the white strips to the top and size
to help increase the size and give it a sky type look.
I thought it was a great idea!
I liked the way it repeated the 2 white strips in the piece.
Using the self binding method:
The 1 inch wide ruler was used to cut the backing and batting.
The sides were double rolled and stitched down.

 Rod pocket for display and a name tag.

 At first, squares of scraps were used for the lady bug's black dots, but they frayed easily.
Decided to use buttons.

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