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:



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:

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 (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.

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.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

I made another little something for myself. I fell in love with this chickadee fabric and originally thought I'd make a table runner with it, then realized that I don't have a table that I want to put it on. I ended up making this little topper to fit my wicker chest. I free motion quilted outlining the birds, flowers and leaves. Added a small flange border before the binding.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Here's the last April greeting card. It's for Iris who will turn 8 on the 23rd. Her middle name is Peace, and I understand she is "into" peace symbols at this time. This chart is from (Kirsten Schmidt 2013). I tried a new technique to sew the beaded "ribbon" on with my sewing machine. The machine needle bit my fingernail but missed my finger!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I sent this little coat to Emelie with her Easter package. It's an Easter coat that I made for her in 1980. Julia probably won't be able to wear it until next year though.

For Leslie and family

Here are the last two Easter cards. The CCS chart with bunnies is from Lesley Teare, and the Happy Easter chart is from Alita Designs.


I also ended up making two cards from my Hallmark computer program. They do have some really nice cards.

For Shirley and Dan


Wednesday, April 5, 2017


Here are the gifts I've made for my granddaughters for Easter.

This is a "Grandmother's Secret Chair" for Iris. The seat lifts up
to reveal a secret compartment. A forum friend has made these
and shared the source with me!
Thanks, Rose and MrsTea!

This picture shows their tails.


For the babies, Sonja and Julia, puzzle ball bunnies. These come apart, and I imagine the babies will need the assistance of a sibling or parent to reassemble them. Fun!


Finally, a hooded bath towel for Julia. Not really an Easter present, but Emelie requested one, so I may as well ship it in the same box.

Monday, March 27, 2017

I like to make cross stitch greeting cards, but I usually start falling behind at this time of year. I have several April birthdays to send cards for, as well as Easter, and hot on the heels is Mother's Day. So here are two of my April cards. I'm not sure I'll have time to do all the Easter cards I'd like to do. We shall see.


The inside of the stitching card is a layered decoupage picture.



And here is a card for another friend's April birthday.

I just finished this 18" throw pillow cover for Leslie for her birthday. I've worked on and off on the cross stitch since May of 2015. The chart is from the Spring 2014 issue of Stoney Creek Magazine. I changed the birds that were in the circle to an eagle motif, since this is going to Alaska. I used my new Westalee ruler templates to quilt it. I even designed my own border motif with one of the templates. I didn't have an 18" pillow to insert for the pictures, so I just stuffed it with one of my bed pillows.






Friday, March 24, 2017

Leslie suggested that Iris could use a little toiletry bag. The one on the right is a prototype that had several things wrong with it: it is too floppy; it's too small (can't fit a tooth brush in it); the zipper was inadvertently put in going the wrong direction; and the hanging tab was put on the wrong side of the zipper. Kind of a Murphy's Law type bag. The one on the left is the one I will give her. The fabric is actually tablecloth fabric, so is waterproof. I have lots of it, so if she wants a larger bag, I could make another one. What was supposed to be a quick little project took quite a while due to my learning curve. I have ordered some beads to make a pull tab for the zipper. They are peace sign beads. I guess she is into peace signs now, and Peace is her middle name.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring to me! It seems like it's been a while since I've completed a craft for myself. I saw this fabric about a month ago and didn't buy it but kept thinking about it. When I got the chance and had an idea of how to use it, I purchased it. Today I got it pre-washed and hemmed to come up with this tablecloth for my little outdoor table.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Well, how did I forget to post this one? I finished this CCS motif in February for Julia's first birthday. Emelie says it's now the first thing she wants to see every morning when they get her up.