Sunday, September 17, 2017

Here is the gift I wrapped for Emelie's birthday (containing the reindeer pillow shams). Merwin made a shipping box that just fit the gift box, not leaving room to put anything protective over a bow so it wouldn't get smashed. So I printed several copies of these birthday balloons and cut pieces out to layer with double backed tape decoupage-style. You can't really see the layering in the picture, but I was pleased with the result.





And here's the little hedgehog card made from a Durene Jones set "Mr Hedgehog". 



Saturday, September 9, 2017


I made these queen size pillow shams with a fabric panel plus borders. They are a birthday present for Emelie (early October). They will look nice with the quilt I made her and be a quick and easy way to add a festive touch to her bedroom for the holidays as well as being easy to store when not in use. I used a zipper closure on the backs and free-motion quilted around the reindeer, birds and ornaments with silver metallic thread. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Here's a picture of a little "fairy house" (with owls in front of it) that Merwin and Iris made together when she was here in August. She wanted to leave one side open so she could decorate inside. Then she selected a piece of  fabric from my stash for a rug. The shingles on the roof are made with a pinecone.


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Catching up on a craft I haven’t yet posted about. It’s one more Seahawks cowl which I finished at the end of July. This one uses a stitch called “rank and file”. I will probably give this one to my sister-in-law, Phyllis. I did an I-Cord bind off and continued around the cowl with I-Cord edging.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

I gave Leslie a black and white fabric "jelly roll" (only 21 pieces though) for Easter 2016. She had posted a picture of a quilt on Facebook of a cute quilt and I thought she would use the jelly roll to make it. She brought the fabric with her to work on while she was here and had others to help chase Sonja, the tornado, around (thanks Papa and Iris). The quilt is for Sonja. We added a few strips of one more fabric with a little color in it that was from my stash (glad to find something to use it for). She found a different quilt idea that she liked a little better, but they both start out with a jelly-roll-race then added appliques (also fabrics from my stash). The borders and backing required a trip to JoAnns. Thankfully, we found fabrics right away, as we forgot about early closing on Sundays and arrived about 15 minutes before closing. Before Leslie left for home, we had the base quilt, including borders finished up. She had cut and placed all the appliques and cut some flower shapes from the batting to put underneath the applique flowers. She left it here for me to finish. I’m not sure when I will send it to her (or take next time we go visit), but I know she will be surprised that I finished it so quickly. The quilting is a combination of free motion (around the flowers and in the border) and decorative machine stitching down the “ditches”. For the border quilting, I found a continuous line leaf on the internet, printed it out, traced it onto some scraps of water-soluble stabilizer with a frixion pen (in case any ink transferred to the fabric, it could be erased with a touch of the iron), used temporary spray baste and pins to hold them to the borders, free motion quilted following the leaf design, applied the binding, then ran the quilt through a cold water rinse and spin cycle to totally dissolve the stabilizer. Then hung it to dry. The finished size is 37”x 53”.



Thursday, August 10, 2017

 

 

When Iris saw this fabric, she decided that we should make a crayon pouch together for her to take her crayons to school in. Matching the pattern to form a very long crayon was just a fun coincidence.





Iris also had a couple of friends who wanted owls like the one I had made her. DD decided she would like to have one too. So we made these ...

 
 

Then we decided they would be a fun project for Iris and her friends to work on together. So DD and I prepared everything so that the girls could hand stitch the bottoms and stuff them up. We made a couple extra for a new born baby and Iris' sister, too.

Crafting is not top priority with DDs and families visiting, but Iris had big ideas of crafting with Mimi. She arrived wearing her "Big Sister" shirt which was a couple sizes too small, yet she wouldn't let her mother pass it on. So on our agenda was to embroider new shirts for her and her "Little Sister". Iris helped select fabrics and thread colors as well as helping with the embroidery machine. She decided that we should each eat one M&M for each step in the process. What a great idea!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

I started this quilt in 2012. Obviously, it has languished for quite some time. I didn't have a pattern. I just figured it out from a picture I saw somewhere and is comprised of a center square of focus fabric alternating with flying geese blocks. My name for it is "Many Happy Returns", and it will be used at the lake on the hide-a-bed. It is 66"x84" which is more a twin size, but I didn't want a lot of overhang for the hide-a-bed. The focus fabric is Terrain by Kate Spain for Moda. I used practically every scrap of fabric on front, back, and coordinating pillowcases. I did some fairly simple straight outline stitching as well as using one of my machine's decorative stitches. I  used Quilters Dream Cotton *Request batting for this light-weight summer quilt.





I like to knit dishcloths between larger knitting projects. They are great to take on longer car rides and to work on at seminars. I have some friends who like plain white ones so they can put them in a hot, bleach load of laundry. I prefer the colors, but the color washes out pretty fast.


This is an anniversary card for Leslie and Anders who will celebrate 11 years of marriage in August. The chart is Spring Flower Cart from Janlynn.com. The fabric I mounted this on is one of the fabrics used on the tables at the wedding.



Friday, July 7, 2017


I purchased fabric for these pillowcase dresses quite some time ago, anticipating Sonja and Julia getting old enough to wear dresses (walking not crawling), so they will get them when they come later this month. The larger blue one is for Iris who is 8. It has a “design element” at the top ribbon casing, since I had miscalculated and cut the main fabric too short. It’s probably just as well, because I barely had enough of the blue to make the ruffle for the smaller dress. Imagine my thrill at being able to find ribbon with ladybugs on it!


 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

 

Emelie and Matthias celebrate their third wedding anniversary this month. This is the anniversary card I just finished for them. The hydrangea is from Amanda Gregory. She offered it in two colorways (pink and mauve), but of course, I wanted green, because Emelie had a green hydrangea wedding bouquet. I think my change in colors was successful.


 

I just got Gloria’s quilt wrapped up this morning. I found this tutorial on line for the paper flower:

 


 

 

 

and I used my Clover pom pom maker for the flower center.

 

 

And here’s the cross stitch card, a design by Lois Winston.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This quilt is a gift for a friend's mother who is turning 90 years old on July 5th. She doesn't seem to want any special celebration, but I just wanted to make her a quilt. I purchased the print fabrics from the flat fold table at Pacific Fabrics. I wasn't sure what I would be doing with them at the time, but I was glad I had them when the opportunity presented itself. I also had the background fabric in my stash. I don't remember where or why I purchased it. I did have to go back to the flat fold table for the backing and binding.

The pattern is Falling Charms from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. The blocks finish at 7", arranged 7x9, so the quilt size is approximately 42x63. I quilted it with a simple wavy-line machine stitch.



Friday, June 16, 2017

I made this mermaid doll and accessories for Iris last year. She's not much into dolls, so wanted to leave it here. I thought I'd keep it at the lake and maybe Sonja and Julia would like to play with it. So today I made this bag to keep it all in.

 

 

I followed this free Craftsy tutorial for the bag:
https://www.craftsy.com/blog/2015/12/dopp-kit-tutorial/

 

 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017


I recently made this "Susie Pouch" that finally turned out pretty cute after a rough beginning (mis-cutting directional fabric), middle (accidentally ironed over elastic ribbon that proceeded to melt), and end (had trouble sewing the final seams around the bag where it meets the zipper ... ripped it all out to do the zipper a different way). A learning experience!

(A video tutorial for this bag can be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CU6CwzfoTc)



Saturday, June 10, 2017


For Karen

This cross stitch chart, Flip Flop Summer is by Barbara Ana and provided by Cyberstitchers.

I made a mug rug with it and tacked it to a card front for a friend's birthday. She can remove it from the card and use it as a mug rug.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

I made these potholders for our trailer at the lake. I experimented with my Westalee rulers for the quilting designs. I didn't want them to be so fancy that I wouldn't use them.

This is a wedding card for my nephew, Anthony, and his fiancé, Mary, who will be married this month. The chart was free from Ellen Maurer-Stroh, but I believe her charts have been taken offline and her website closed.

Friday, June 2, 2017

I've knit another Seahawks scarf. This is the herringbone stitch again ending with the flowers in a row pattern before binding off. I made this short to wear as a cowl.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

 

 On a recent glamping trip, I discovered a favorite quilt shop had closed. So while visiting another quilt shop in the area, I felt the desire to give it a little extra help staying in business. I purchased 5 fat quarters of fabric. Two of them lighthouse and pebble) were used to make this French press cozy for our trailer. We make French press coffee when we are camping without electricity, and it's always a special treat for me.

 

I made a quilt sandwich and did some free motion quilting, then cut the size and shape I needed and put binding on it. Lastly, I added some Velcro to close it up under the handle. A quick little project that will be fun to use.

Friday, May 12, 2017





I couldn't resist this "Wander" fabric at JoAnns, so I made it into a quilt for our travel trailer. Finished it just in time for our upcoming glamping trip.

The pattern is Twisted Happy Blocks Quilt, a free pattern from MaryQuilts.com. (Check out her website for some great free quilt patterns.) I adjusted the block size to accommodate my fussy-cut squares. Merwin had a 9" plexiglass square cut for me at a local shop. They only charged him $1, and it was perfect for me to use to square up the blocks.

The quilting is SID and ruler work. I used the Westalee Sew Steady 5.5" Spinning Wheel 36 template to stitch the centers of the blocks.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

I made this afghan for my nephew and his fiancé who will be married in June. In looking at their gift registry, I saw a lot of white, pure white! I hope they like it.

Yarn: Bernat Baby Coordinates (4+skeins)
Weight: Light #3
Pattern: Tilted Block (multiple of 16 stitches +1)
Needles: Circular Size 7


I cast on 187 stitches, knit14 rows of moss stitch for beginning and ending borders, and maintained a 9-stitch moss stitch  border on each side (slipping the first stitch of each row and knitting the last stitch). I used a picot bind off and continued the stitch around the perimeter of the afghan.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

For Leslie

(Chart from Lesley Teare "Butterfly Beauties")

Time for Mother's Day cards. Need to get them in the mail. I send them to my daughters and to a friend.




For Emelie

(Chart from Durene Jones "Bird in a Nest")




For Shirley

(Chart from Maria Diaz "Beautiful Bird Cage")

Saturday, May 6, 2017

I made this tissue box cover for a friend. She made valances with this fabric, so it will coordinate nicely with her décor. I will give it to her for her birthday in June.

I used "stiff stuff" laid flat (cross-shaped) for the basic form and my "slice package opener" to score the top edges where I wanted it to fold. Then I adhered the fabric to it and cut away 1/2" from the edges with my pinking shears. As a precaution, I used fray check around the hole where I cut and clipped the fabric for the opening, and also at the corners where I clipped the fabric.  I used glue stick to hold the fabric where I wrapped it. I then top stitched around the outside edges and around the oval opening. Lastly, I hand stitched the sides together. I'm pleased with the result, and I think my friend will like it, too.

Here are some pillow covers (14") that I made, one for myself and one for a friend (for our travel trailers). I used a technique for angling the corners to make them appear more square. At a seminar I attended recently the presenter showed a large ruler for this purpose. Although I like gadgets and gizmos, I don't like spending that much money on rulers, so I Googled a tutorial and found just what I wanted.

http://www.sew4home.com/tips-resources/sewing-tips-tricks/quick-tip-how-tapered-corners-make-square-pillows

These pillows are made with orphan (leftover) blocks from a quilt I'm working on. I hope to have it finished in the near future.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

 

Here's a birthday card for Merwin. The Seahawks logo is done with machine embroidery and is a patch that I'm going to see if he wants me to sew onto one of his plain sweatshirts.