Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Easy Peasy Runner

I found a wonderful tutorial for a runner on Amy Smart's blog http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2010/08/table-runner-tutorial.html. Thanks Amy for posting such awesome tutorials!!  Amy's instructions are very clear and detailed.  I've made two runners since I saw her tutorial and they were easy and fast.  The blue, yellow and pink runner is for my sister as she just painted her kitchen and I thought this would be very nice for spring and summer.

The second runner I just finished today is for my daughter and her husband.  They just bought a house and I wanted to make them a runner for their kitchen table as well. 

These runners can be made mainly with scraps of fabric you have.  The largest piece of fabric required is for your backing and you could even piece that if you wanted to.  The sky is the limit with this type of runner.

Everything was stitched using the sewing machine except sewing down the binding which I sewed by hand.  I'm so pleased with these that I already know I want to make more.  Well, I'll need one for my kitchen too. ;)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Brown and Turquoise

A few years ago my daughter mentioned that she would like a quilt.  I asked what colours she would like and she immediately said brown and turquoise.  I asked what pattern she wanted and she said "I want the same one that is hanging in Nana's room".  I asked if that would be the log cabin.  I showed her what that would look like and sure enough, that was the one she was thinking of.  My Mother has a quilt rack shelf that hangs in the computer room and one of the quilts is a log cabin.  Here is a picture of the quilt I'm currently working on for my daughter.

  I've surely received my love of quilting from my Mom.  She has been quilting for quite a few years and it has only been about the last 10 years that it's become all I really want to do.  My Grandmother also quilted and we have pictures of she and her sisters all sitting around the quilting frame working on a pretty quilt with ladies holding umbrellas.  Mom says it is called 'Colonial Lady'.  Thanks Mom!

Hope you are all enjoying whatever project you are working on this week and happy sewing!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Baby gift

One of my daughter's friends had a baby and I wanted to make something for him.  I decided I would knit a sweater and make a taggie baby block.  This is
for the sweetest little boy whose name is Talon.  Below is a pic of what I made.

The sweater is a 12mths size and the pattern is from Cabin Fever.  This is a top down cardigan and sooooo easy to make.  You can add different borders or panels to make the sweater just what you want it to be.  This is the 4th sweater I've made 3 using this book.  They just turn out super cute!!  And ... the best thing about the pattern is the only sewing you have to do is under the arm and it takes about 10 seconds to do.  Who doesn't love that???

I also added a handcrafted tag to the taggie block.  I think whatever you make deserves a cute hand crafted tag.

Hope you are having an awesome day!!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Taggie Baby Block Toy

 I saw this toy in the Winter 2011 issue of a magazine called 'Quilts and more'.  In the article Scrap Lab,  3 designers are challenged to make a project with a certain set of materials.  Camille Roskelley designed a baby cube which I thought was super cute and as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to make one.  Here is my finished project.

I added the ribbon tags made of satin ribbon and grosgrain ribbon.

As soon as I finished this one which is made using 5" squares of fabric, I thought I smaller one might be cute too.  So I decided to make a block using
 3 & 1/2" squares.  So you can see the difference in the sizes here are both of the cubes below.

I tried free motion quilting on the large cube and on the smaller cube I just did some regular machine stitching.  I love both of them.   I just know I will be making more of these adorable items.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Baby Toy

Cute baby fabrics huh??  I'm making a baby toy.

I chose pieces of ribbon to go with the colors in the fabric.

6 pieces of batting as well.  Come back tomorrow to see the finished product.

Friday, February 24, 2012

So sorry...

Hello!!  I'm so sorry to everyone who signed up as a follower of my blog, but yesterday in trying to clean up some buttons I mistakenly deleted my followers.  Can you tell I'm really not sure of blogging design and buttons???  I can post but that's about all.  LOL!  I really didn't mean to, so if someone could tell me how to retrieve that or fix it I would be so grateful.

I'm going to be taking pictures this weekend of some upcoming projects that I will post soon.  Thanks for your patience.  This Mon-Fri job gets in the way of my fun.  But it also pays the bills...which is a really great thing!  Allows me to buy new fabric.  Yay!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Here in my neck of the woods they are calling for 10-15cm of snow tonight and tomorrow so I'll be staying in where it's cozy and sewing and crafting. 


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Walking a new path

Hi.  I just wanted to let you know I'm no longer a Stampin' UP! demonstrator.  I still love stamping but I've decided to concentrate on my passion... sewing and quilting!!!  You may still see cards from time to time but my focus will be whatever I'm working on at the time.  Hope you still want to check in.