Friday, January 31, 2014

Friday Foto #2 ~ SSSSSHH, Be Quiet

@ my deck

This squirrel is a bully and a real character. 
He demands food and somehow manages to keep the other squirrels away.

Peddler's Mall ~ Jan, 2014

Sometimes I just like to go to Peddler's Mall with my camera for some "shot opportunities."

Sometimes it can be thought provoking.

Many times reminiscent of my childhood days.
I'd never seen a metal enamel shelf like this one.

Sometimes I get seasonal ideas.

Sometimes I find a giggle.

 And then sometimes I find some sewing inspiration.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday #82~ Hungry Blue Jay


 
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Woven Fabric Heart

    For some reason this idea popped into my head as I went to bed a few nights ago. 
     Have you ever made a woven paper heart pocket?
     I've decided if you can make it with paper, you make it with fabric. 
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Just Google or Pinterest woven paper hearts to get a pattern you like.  
 This pattern came from here.




 Cut 2 of each fabric and a padding.

Fabrics right side together on top of the padding.


Stitch all around and trim curves.

 Fold in half, cut lines according to pattern.
Turn right side out through one of the slits.
 Single stitch along each edge then zig-zag.




 These shots may not explain well.
You can find a video on "YouTube" to give you a better visual for weaving.
I wasn't too satisfied with how I made the slits and zig-zagged them.  
So here is my second method.
Also, I wanted a bigger pot holder.
I increased the pattern 230%.


This time I stitch around the edge, but left an opening on the side (notice the double pins to tell me where to start/stop).
Turn right side out.
Top stitch (4.0 stitch length) around edge to disguise where you stitched the side closed.
Mark the lines for cutting.
Using the machines foot edge and markings, I zig-zagged equal distance from the marked lines.
Looks like super sized button holes, and turned out much neater than the first method.
A few stitches along the last square to make sure it stays together.
 Stitched on a loop.
I like this size a LOT better.


Some more ideas for this woven fabric heart:
*A pocket, of course, to present a gift or hold anything.
*Don't pad it and stitch as a pocket on a garment or

Can you think of another use?


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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Quilt Shot Block #16~ Joy's Star

12 inch



When I first created this pattern I was unable to find it's name.  
Although it looked familiar to me, I called it "Joy's Star."


After researching my books and online a bit, I found this Friendship Star and this Friendship Star which do look similar. Those do use 3 or more fabrics.  I've only used 2. The contrast would have been better had I used one smaller print or a solid.  So for now I'll rename it "Joy's Friendship Star?" 



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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday #82~ Hidden Snow Bird

Can you find a bird?



The item I found it on is a wall hanging water feature that looks like a lion head.
on my deck.

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