Student Recommendations

Right now I am in my busy time for teaching.  I run summer camps all day everyday and am having such a great time.  This past week, we were having some challenges in keeping the pins off of the floor.  I have these magnetic pin holders that the students are supposed to carry with them to the machines and put the pins on there instead of leaving them on the table to roll onto the floor.  On the third morning of camp last week, I pulled all the students together and asked them what we could do to keep the pins from getting on the floor and pilling up on the tables.  One of them had a great solution!!

Pin cushions that attach to the sewing machines!!img_3570

My daughter, who is home from college, asked if she could help me!  What a treat to be sewing with my daughter!  She chose all the fabrics, we made the pin cushions together, and sewed the straps all while talking and have a great time!img_3672

I even made myself a wrist pincushion!  I can’t wait for camp this week to see if these sewing machine pin cushions do the trick!

HQAL

Hand quilting a long.  Kathy is hosting a hand-quilt-a-long which I have happily jumped into!  All the information to join this HQAL is here.  I have chosen my grandmother’s flower garden that I started awhile back and has been sitting in it’s box because I didn’t care for the surface embroidery.

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The first “flower”.

This is the start.  Each flower will have the same yellow center, then a darker second ring, and a lighter coordinating third ring.  Each flower will then have the white around it and will be attached to the green.  Where there are not green hexis, green hexis will be added.  All are hand pieced but then I got lazy.

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Ugly machine surface embroidery.

Instead of doing what I really had in mind (small hand embroidered flowers and leaves), I used my machine to add the surface embroidery you see in the above photo.  I truly hate it.  I will be ripping all those stitches and then adding my own hand embroidered ones.  The quarter is to show the size of each hexi.IMG_1753

The next flower will be those fun purple colors that you see.  Hopefully I’ll have some good progress to show the next time.

Please take a look at the other people who are participating in this HQAL:

KathyBellaLoriMargaretKerryEmmaTracyDebDeborah,  Susan , Jessisca  and Sherry

Blue Jeans and Flannel Shirts

Because we have 5 kids we have lots of outgrown jeans.  A long time ago I found a pattern online on a blog called “Blue Jeans and Flannel Shirts” (it has since disappeared).  I started a quilt with the jeans and instead of flannel, I started using fabric with dog themes on them.

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Jeans quilt.

This is what it looks like right now.  I just have a small piece done.

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Dog print centers.

I decided that I wanted this quilt to have only dog fabric as the centers.IMG_1143

I have been collecting fat quarters and little bits of dog motif fabric for quite awhile now.IMG_1145

The top green one is my favorite right now.  Today I worked on prepping old jeans so that I can cut out the circles.

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15 pairs of old jeans with the tops cut off.

The first step is to cut off the legs.  These are all of the legs.

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Tops

These are the tops of the jeans.  I really like this one that is on the top of the pile.  I am thinking I might turn it into a little purse.

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Getting rid of the seams.

After the legs are cut off, all the seams and hems need to be cut away.

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11 pairs of pants ready to be cut.

I worked for about an hour and a half and finished cutting off the hems and seams of 11 pairs of jeans.  These are ready for the circle to be cut.  I am slowly cleaning out my cabinets and rediscovering half-finished projects – I am planning to slowly work my way through each of them.

Christmas Placemats Finished!

I had such a great time going to the fabric store to purchase new fabric.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I have piles of fabric here in the cabinet and I usually use the fabric that I already have on hand.  BUT…I really wanted something new!!  I love these fabrics for my placemats!

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Chosen Fabrics

Since I will be appliqueing designs on the front of the placemats, I wanted something that wasn’t too distracting – hence the snowflake design.  The back I felt could be anything and I fell in love with that snowman fabric!

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Tux, the sewing cat.

Tux always has to be near me – preferably in my lap.  Sometimes it can be difficult to use the machine when she is right in my face!!  Haha!!  She’s such a cutie though.

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Snowman Placemat

I made three of these…

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Reindeer Placemat

Two of these…

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Santa Placemat

And two of these!

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Seven placemats for a seven person family!

I completely LOVED making these!  If you would like to make some for yourself, head over here for the placemat tutorial and here for the free applique patterns.  They are from Shiny Happy World.  Her purchased patterns are awesome too.  I have made many things from her patterns, they are well written and easy to follow.

 

Birthday Parties

My fiber arts school has started offering birthday parties, scouting events and mother/daughter parties.  We just held a birthday party and boy was it super fun!

Sample owl for a birthday party Let's Go Crafting organized.

Sample owl for a birthday party Let’s Go Crafting organized.

This is just one of the projects choices.

How we set up for a party.

How we set up for a party.

Before the party, we make sure that everything is completely ready.  All fabrics cut and all tools out and easy to reach.

Embellished owls.

Embellished owls.

Parties are three hours long with a short break in the middle for a snack.  I totally love when the students embellish their creations.

A couple of fronts.

A couple of fronts.

A couple of tail feathers added.

A couple of tail feathers added.

Party goers.

Party goers.

Don’t they look like they had a fabulous time?!!  That’s because the did!

Hot Pad

Lately I have been doing a fair amount of sewing.  Alas, it is not for me but for samples for the classes that I teach to kids.  My newest sample is for a Hot Pad.  This pattern is pretty straight forward and easy to do.

Hot Pad Front.

Hot Pad Front.

Basically you decide how big you would like your hot pad to be, cut two squares of fabric, and one square of batting all the same size.  Quilt in whatever pattern you like, I used a straight stitch and made lines about 1/2″ apart all the way across.  Then bind it (I made my own binding) – let the binding be a little long so that it can also be used as a hanger.

Hot Pad Back.

Hot Pad Back.

Isn’t that the cutest thing?!  The kids are loving it!