Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Personalized Type Key Bracelet

Christmas is coming and finding the perfect gift can sometimes be hard.  How about a personalized bracelet? 
This one if simple and quick to make.  A bonus when lists grow long and time is short.
You will need:
Moda's Circa 1934 type key fabric available at the Fat Quarter Shop
chain
clasp
5/8 or 3/4" covered buttons use smaller one if your name is longer and larger ones if your name is shorter (bought here)
needle nose pliers

First cut out the letters in the name you will be putting on your bracelet.  Make sure you have enough extra fabric to cover your button.

Center your letter over the button and following the button covering instructions make your buttons

Measure a length of chain big enough for your wrist.  Open the ends of your chain using the needle nose pliers.

Insert the clasps and close up the chain.

Center your name on the chain.

Using the needle nose pliers open link for first letter based on where you centered it, insert the shank of the button inside link (make sure your letter is facing the right way and close link.  Repeat with remaining letters. 

Now your ready to share your gift. 

Or sport your own.  Which is what I did so as to keep people guessing what their gift may be.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Ho Ho Ho

I was able to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday at my parents.  I had a delightful time with my brother and sisters and their families.  Isn't family a wonderful thing!? 
While there I was able to see my mom's newest creations.  My mom is an amazing artist.  She carves Santas.  This hutch contains only a few of her creations.
Here are a few candle holders she has recently done.

Demdaco has started mass producing her beautiful art.  If you are interested in a Santa of your own, you can buy them here.
Hope you all had a safe and bountiful Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mouse Blankets

My dear friend, Sue, makes the cutest little quilts.  She calls them mouse blankets. 
She found these cute little critters to go along with them made by the talented Carol Stuck.

Aren't they fabulous?

Here are a couple of Sue's designs.

Her patterns include all the buttons you need to embellish them.

Look for them at your local quilt shop.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Isn't Thanksgiving a wonderful holiday.  Gathering with friends and family to rejoice in the bounty we have been blessed with.  I thought it the perfect time to get to share with you my family reunion quilt again.  I simply love this quilt!  The people I love most and some very special memories are captured forever in its stitches.
This holiday weekend I plan on making a few more of those precious memories while feasting on too much turkey and pumpkin pie.
Enjoying the company of those I love
May you do the same.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Fabulous Free Four All

I know a lot of you are joining in the leaders and enders Free Four All.  So I wanted to share with you Pg's rendition.  Pg doesn't have a blog but her friend Myra posted it on her blog.  I was so thrilled to see one already finished I asked if I could post it here.  Didn't she do a lovely job?  I'm always a sucker for a scrap quilt and this one is no exception.  All those scraps playing so nicely together is just lovely. Pg you did a beautiful job.  Thanks for letting me share.
If you haven't joined us it's not to late.  Instructions are here and here.  And way to arrange these simple blocks are here.  When you have a finish, please let me know, I would love to see it.  And if it's okay with you I'd like to share it here. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

Let the Finishing Begin

I've got me a pretty big stack of tops.  I don't usually collect flimsies.  When I get a top done I get rather excited.  I know a finish is just around the corner.  But for some reason lately these have been piling up. 
So I ran across the street to my quilting neighbor, Pauline, she lets me store my batting there.  You see her home is a little less crowded than mine so a bolt of batting fits at her house, where it doesn't at mine.  We cut of 8 yards of batting.  That should keep me busy for a little while.  Let the finishing begin.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A slight dilemma

I've been wanting to make a new quilt for my son, Josh's bed.  I decided on a block and picked out fabrics.  I sent off 11 packages to the ladies in my Twice as Nice Bee.  Well their lovely blocks have started arriving at my house.  So I thought I should get busy and make a few of my own.
I'm really liking how they are coming together.  I'm a little concerned about the block with the pink piece in it.  It really is a nice block.  Pieced perfectly.  And it is probably somewhat my fault the pink piece ended up in the quilt.  I did not make it clear that this quilt was for my son.  I sent some Kaffe and Amy Butler that had bits of pink in them with the fabric packs I sent out.  And told the ladies that they could add some of their own fabric to add variety to the blocks. I guess I could add more pink so it was a lone rider in the quilt.  But I'm not sure how Josh would feel about that. 

What are your thoughts on the subject?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bountiful Harvest

A few weeks ago I had the lovely opportunity to teach my Harvest Sky quilt to the talented Roy Quilters.  It was a delightful day.  I made new friends and got to see a few friends I hadn't seen in years.  Well they invited me to their meeting last week so I could see their beautiful quilts that came about as a result of the class.  So without further a do here's a little eye candy.

First up is Sue's rendition in Halloween fabrics.  If you look close you will see fussy cut witches, skeletons, and other spooky creatures.
 Next up is Yvonne's in beautiful fall colors.
Then Ann Marie's scrap happy one.  I just love all the fun fabrics in this one. 

This next one is from my dear friend Pat. I hadn't seen her in quite some time.  It was so good to see her again.  I will always remember the beautiful quilted bibs I received in the mail the morning my DD was born over 11 year ago.  With all the complications that came with that pregnancy she will never know the comfort a joy that small gift meant to me. 

It was a pleasure to meet this next quilter.  She is so talented.  Don't you just love all the beautiful reds, greens and golds she used in her quilt.
I met Denise when my children were small at a school function.  She was working on a quilting project.  We started talking and I invited her to my local quilt guild and we've been friend ever since.  Isn't her quilt just lovely.
The next three quilts are from some special ladies that took me under their wing when I first started quilting and helped me get to where I am today.  First Lorretta isn't her jewel tone quilt stunning.
Next LaRae this quilt came entirely from her stash.  Wow!  I want a stash like hers.
And last but definitely not least.  Jean, the only one who didn't hide behind her quilt. 

Didn't they all do a lovely job?  I sure think so.  Thanks ladies for inviting me to teach.  And then having me back to see your lovely work.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Leader and Enders step 2

I know I'm a week late with this post.  But the tsunami set me back a little.  And while I'm still behind in making all my little four patches.  I don't want to keep anyone waiting if they are ready to go on.  Besides I hope to catch up soon.  So here is the next step.
Take  your 224 2 1/2" four patches from step one.
Cut 224- 2 1/2" squares of medium to dark scraps.

Sew a 2 1/2" four patch to a 2 1/2" square making sure that each time your chain squrares ( the black ones here) are going the same way.  This important as your chain will be broken in your quilt if you don't.  Do this with the remaining four patches and 2 1/2" squares.

Next sew the units you made above together to create the chain though your new four patch.  Contiue making chain four patches with your remaining units.

With the holidays coming and all the hustle and bustle that comes with them, I'll be waiting until the first of January to post the next step.  Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bee Inspired

I had so much fun with this months bee blocks.  And they have inspired me to start a few new quilts of my own. 
I loved making thes Japanese x and +.  In fact it was hard to stop.  Hence the reason I made four for Michelle.  I might have made her whole quilt but I ran out of the background fabric for the x's.  I'm now looking through my scraps and planning my own x and + quilt.
These striking blocks for Ann are making think I need to make an all solids quilt.  She has a great tutorial here.

And these fun little guys for Christine will be borders and sashing for the blocks we made for her in a previous round.  I just love pieced borders and can't wait to see here quilt completed.

Have you been inspired by a bee or swap your in?  Please share.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Salt Air

Do you remember the tsunami I had in my sewing room recently?  Well here are the results beautifully displayed in Moda's booth.   Don't you just love the old sewing machine and Julie's little mermaid?
Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket
It was a ton of work to get these done. In fact, two of them were cut out, pieced, sandwiched, basted, quilted, and bond all in a matter of four days. My machine was smokin'!   

Here is each one individually:
Beach Balls and Umbrellas


Clam shells

and Ripple

It was so fun working with Julie's new Salt Air line.  Watch for it in shops this spring.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Sisters and Girlfriends

I don't know why this didn't work the first time.  So lets try again.

It's National Girlfriends and Sister's Week and I just had to share this email my mom sent to me.  It made me laugh and I wanted to share.

I don't want to brag or make anyone jealous or anthing, but I can still fit into the earrings I wore in high school.


I am only as strong as the coffee I drink, the hairspray I use, and the friends I have.  To the cool women who have touched my life.  Here's to you
It is good to be a woman:
1. We got off the Titanic first.
2. We can scare male bosses with mysterious gynecological disorder excuses.
3. Taxis stop for us.
4. We don't look like a frog in a blender when dancing.
5. No fashion faux pas we make could ever rival the Speedo
6.We don't have to pass gas to amuse ourselves.
7. If we forget to shave, no one has to know.
8. We can congratulate our teammate without ever touching her rear end.
9We never have to reach down every so often to make sure our privates are still there.
10. We have the ability to dress ourselves.
11. We can talk to the opposite sex without having to picture them naked.
12. If we marry someone 20 years younger, we are aware that we will look like an idiot.
13. We will never regret piercing our ears.
14. There are time when chocolate really can solve all your problems. 
15. We can make comments about how silly men are in their presence because they aren't listening anyway.
Hope you had a good laugh!  Thanks for being the wonderful women that inspire me and touch my life.
 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Perfect Circle

There are times when you need the perfect circle on your quilt.  Blocks like drunkards path and Dresden plates are a couple of examples.
Or sometimes it's just fun to make a circle block.

If the perfect circle eludes you; here is a little trick that may help.

First cut the size of circle you need for your block out of card stock.  Or you can recycle an old cereal or cracker box.
Next place your card stock circle on top of your fabric and cut a generous 1/2" seam allowance all the way around. 

Then set your sewing machine stitch to its greatest length and stitch a 1/4" all the way around your fabric circle.

Gather just until the edges start to turn up on your circle.

Then place your card stock circle in the center of your fabric circle and continue to gather until your fabric circle encases your card stock circle.

Press using steam to set edge of circle.

Pop out your card stock circle.  Place your fabric circle where you need it on your block and top stitch in place.

And there you have it a perfect circle.