Fabric Bowl

This was a super fun and quick make:

I used cotton clothesline and ripped my fabric into one inch strips. Wrapped the fabric around the clothesline and used the zig zag stitch to sew everything together. I love doing this!! I think coasters are next!

Fabric Painting!

I found this great fabric on saleimg_4690

And immediately had an idea…img_4676

I wanted to make a quick, easy skirt.  I had to wait a bit to actually cut the fabric.  This was so funny!!  What you can’t see is that as soon as I placed the fabric on the table, Honeybee ran over and lay down on it.  I thought, ok, I have some yarn I need to wind for a student so I’ll just do that while he sleeps on my fabric.  I pulled out the yarn winder and got started.  As soon as I started winding yarn, Honeybee jumped up and started playing with the yarn.  I kept winding slowly to play with him and then left him with the yarn and went back over to my fabric.  As soon as I started marking the fabric, Honeybee came over and lay back down on the fabric.  This picture is actually from the second time he laid down on the fabric!  I did cut the fabric, but waited to do anything with it until Honeybee had his nap.img_4686

My idea is to paint the flowers (not every flower, but maybe 1/3 or 1/2 of them). I started with the centers of a few flowers.  Then I realized that I had not done any testing to see if this would actually work — how would it fare in the wash and the dryer??  I have just had the rose dyeing fail.  I decided to cut out a bit of fabric, paint it, wash it, dry it and iron it…

Can you tell the difference??  I can’t either except I took the pictures.  The one on the left is before washing, drying and ironing – the one on the right is after.  It made it through fabulously!!  I was all set to go

These are the flowers I have done so far:  one purple, one orange and one blue.  It takes awhile, but I am loving it.img_4734

These are the paints I am using.  They are a little stiffer when dry than I thought they would be even after washing and drying for the sample.  I am hoping over time things soften up a little.

Worry Pets

My daughter saw these on pinterest a bit ago and I had to make a sample.img_4732

I think I shared this one before.  I had gone to JoAnns and purchased a quarter of a yard of any fun fur that was on sale.  It was still quite expensive, but I just knew that my students would love them!  I was right!img_4721

One of the boys in my class made these.  Isn’t the cat one so cute!  He figured out the ears all by himself!img_4723

This student wanted to make square ones for all her cousins.  So sweet!img_4724

Another square one – the back is pink in case you can’t see.  These whip up in no time – literally about 10 minutes from start to finish – so they are perfect for quick gifts or in the case of the student above, she had just finished a soccer bag for her mom (her mom is the team manager and carries the game balls to all the games) with lining and a zipper.  She only had a few minutes left in class and wanted to do something easy – this was perfect!img_4594

And then of course I had a few orders from here.  The red one is on it’s way to my daughter who is away in college and the other one is for one of the daughters here at home.  The only drawback is that fun fur makes a HUGE mess when it’s being cut.  Bits and pieces of fluff everywhere.  The kids love it and blow the little bits across the table at each other, me…. it’s fun in the moment while they are having fun, but cleaning it up is not so much fun :o)

An Apron

I am joining up with It’s a T-Sweets Day for her SAL.  (#3 daughter is the model!)img_4214-1

I used the chosen fabric “Pom Pom Flowers in Marigold” by Stella as the accent on the pocket and both the top and bottom of the apron. .The other fabrics I just had laying around the studio.  I used the pattern “Strawberry Licorice” by Sew Much Good.  I had seen the finished apron on It’s a T-Sweets Day and LOVED it.  I knew I just had to have one for myself so I bought the pattern right then.  Once I had the mystery project fabric, I decided to incorporate it into the apron.  I made a couple of changes…


I top stitched around the straps and the top and bib of the apron.


I also added a zig zag stitch on both sides of the ric rac and made the pocket straight so that I can use it more easily.

This pattern is well written and easy to follow!  It was not a problem to copy and tape the pieces of paper together.  My oldest daughter really likes it so I’m thinking of making her one to give her when she gets a place of her own.

This mystery QAL was hosted by Tracy at It’s a T-sweets Day and you can send her your information if you would like to join along next time.  Please take a look at the others participating in this QAL.

Tracy @ It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Edith @ ediscraftinglife.blogspot.com

Desert Suz @ DesertSky Quilting

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Moira @ Quilted Snail

Karla @mysewfulretirement

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!


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.


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.


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.


Jeans quilt.

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


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.


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.



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.


Getting rid of the seams.

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


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!


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!


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.


Snowman Placemat

I made three of these…


Reindeer Placemat

Two of these…


Santa Placemat

And two of these!


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!