Friday, January 25, 2008

I made another Gracie Handbag. This one is a little fancier, and just as pretty. It is brown and light blue, with a tan middle section. I never thought I would like this color combination, but I sure do. My dd is begging me for this bag. I sent the last one, yellow and pink , to my mom.

I am making the Be-Attitudes BOM, a pattern by Nancy Halvorsen. What adorable blocks. I love everything she does, the books, the patterns, the fabrics. There are some button and embroidery embellishments to finish after quilting. Mostly eyes. Also I forgot to cut out "Be loving" for the angel block. Now it is all cut out and put together.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

I have been making quite a few things the last two weeks.

I saw this pattern "Gracie Handbag" on Kaye Wood television and just had to stitch it up right away. It is very easy. You can watch the video about how to make it here. Once at the website choose category "purses totes and bags" and then the video Gracie Handbag. Notice the rickrack embellishment. I glued it on with Liquid Stitch. I also found large magnetic snap closures on clearance, woohoo!, and added one of those under flap under the glued on button. I really think it turned out great!

My daughter and I went to the library one day and the librarian told us she had a whole bunch of beading stuff if we would like to make something. The library has everything, beads, wires, clasps, crimpers, beads, beads, beads. So without knowing exactly what I was doing, I made these dangley earrings. They are really pretty. So I found a magazine about beading, and made some other little things too. I will definitely go back and make something else another day.

I found some charms packs of April Cornell's "A Little Romance" fabric line and decided to make a simple squares quilt with a border of one of the prints, a pink with butterflies. What a girlie project. The colors are wonderful. However, as I was sewing the four patches together, I sewed my finger! I saw some lint and thought "I ought to brush that away", so I stuck my finger in there and the needle went right into it. Thru the nail, at which point I jerked it out, tearing the nail. At least the needle didn't go right thru my whole finger!

A very generous lady donated 30 hand pieced 11 inch Sawtooth Star blocks to our local guild. We all took a few to hand quilt, then we will put them all together and give the quilt to someone. We have the freedom to quilt any design, with any color thread, at long as it doesn't go all the way to the edge of the block. I have four blocks with one finished and one half done.

My dd had a friend spend the night and they made fleece scarves for a craft project. They are both very pleased with their creations.

I made some bread at the end of the week. My mom used to be a huge bread maker (now that the kids are gone, she doesn't make it much anymore) so I learned how from her. I took this close up picture to show her the inside of the loaf. She looks at how small the holes are, how thick the crust is, if there are swirly marks, etc. She declared my bread "perfect"! I don't make bread very much, it is just easier to buy, but homemade bread sure does taste and smell better!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Photo above. Quilt top below.

I finally finished clipping the seams and sewed the last few rows and here is my lily wall hanging. It is about 2x3 feet and is only the top. I am going to quilt and embellish at the same time. I am going to find some ribbon and beads for the stamens and a bug button or two. Then I will outline the flowers and add some more dimension with thread.

I got a great present yesterday. The library at my kids's school had a book fair with a blizzard theme. Anyway, the librarian bought a bunch of polyester quilt batting to cover a tent to make an igloo. I got all the batting when the book fair was over! I have about four queen size batts, and another queen size cut up into some smaller pieces.

My DH is taking me to town for my birthday today. We are having the kids and dog stay with some friends, and we are going to go party! right. We haven't even thought of anything to do yet. Well, dinner is planned! We will be home tomorrow afternoon. We are just really spending time together, no kids. We could do that at home probably, but if we stayed here we would just do our own separate things.

Monday, January 07, 2008

I haven't been really busy sewing lately but I have done a few things. I made a set of dish towels for a friend. They are 100% cotton, in pretty colors, about 28x28. I just made a circle flower and added a star middle. These flowers are only about 8 inches tall, the towels are folded into sixths.

I am making these 9 1/2 inch blocks too. Some of the hst's are scrappy left over from the the scrappy tracks quilt I just finished. But I don't think I will set them like this. I think I will have them all going the same direction. I have four more blocks to make up, so the quilt will be four blocks across and five blocks long, let's see, that would be 36x45. Hmmm, maybe I should make some more blocks.

I finally put on the last piece of the border on this top today. It is about 50x70 or so. All the little squares are from a line called "In the Garden" I think and so is the border.

Friday, January 04, 2008

It's almost my birthday and my parents and kids got together to surprise me!