Monday, November 13, 2017

This is a birthday card for my friend, Shirley, whose birthday is in December. The cross stitch chart is from Stoney Creek.

Iris recently passed a difficult level in her swim classes. I made her this hair bun tie (she wears them all the time) to congratulate her. I used a machine embroidery design on the ends, and decorative fishy stitch on my sewing machine.


Knitting hats can be addictive! I knit three "Top This" hats from DMC, a ladybug for Iris, an owl for Sonja, and a lion for Julia. Then I knit a bear for a friend (she wasn't inclined to deal with the cast on or knitting in the round). Somewhere in the mix, I knit a hat for Julia's Halloween costume with fringe all over to make it a lion hat.  I'm thinking I'll make more to donate to a local charity in honor of some of my friends that I might otherwise buy or make gifts for. I'm just thinking that more "stuff", even if it's hand made, is not what most of my friends want or need at this time of life. We're all thinking in terms of downsizing.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

If you like hand work, these felt kits are fun to do. The tradition of 
Christmas felt kit decor started with my mother who made me a beautiful tree skirt. I made one for her, too. Then came the felt kit stockings for our family, and we've added new ones for new family members as they came along. This one is for Julia. I still have one to make for Sonja, but I made Julia's first because Emelie uses them in her home. Leslie uses other stockings and keeps the felt ones here, so Sonja doesn't need hers yet.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

One last reversible table topper with napkins. I actually made the napkins and pieced the table topper last year but reached a roadblock trying to figure out how to make a fat quarter cover the back. It just wasn't big enough, so finally this year I decided to use a different fabric and machine embroidery appliqued leaves on it. I then used a decorative stitch for the quilting. Now we will get to enjoy it for the rest of the season. The only purchase I needed to make to finish this was another spool of thread . Another UFO done! 

This should have had more of a woven look in the pattern,

but two of the fabrics were too similar to have the desired effect.



Thursday, November 2, 2017

I had quite a bit of the poinsettia fabric, so I made a reversible table topper to go with both sides of the placemats. Merwin had a 45ยบ plexiglass triangle made for me to cut the angles for the octagon.



I also found fabric I liked for napkins, but the quilt shop only had a couple of fat quarters, so I did my web searching and found it online. I made 8 napkins.





Here is another wicker chest topper I made with more of the poinsettia fabric (and the centerpiece I will use on the table), backed with another fabric that I purchased at about the same time to make it reversible.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

These placemats are from the Take Four Placemats Pattern by Cary Flanagan. My friend Kathy and I went to an Open Sew at a local quilt store and made placemats. We worked with the same pattern but had different fabrics. These placemats use 4 coordinating fat quarters. They are cut into strips, shuffled, and sewn into four different pieces, then they are sub-cut the other direction, shuffled again, and sewn together. You get four placemats with the same pattern and the same fabrics, but the fabrics are in different places in each placemat. I used some fat quarters that I won in a door prize. Kathy had fabrics that she picked out to go with some beautiful dishes she has but doesn't use because she has no placemats to coordinate with them. 

I used some other fabric from my stash to back the placemats and made them reversible.  I outline quilted with silver metallic thread outlining the arches and added a serpentine stitch in the blank white stripes.

Now I would love to find fabric to make coordinating napkins.