Friday, November 21, 2014

Hexie Potholders

I started the hexie tablerunner, which you can see in a past post, but I made so many hexies that I didn't need for it, I turned them into potholders.  The tablerunner is still sitting unfinished, but the potholders are complete.

 You even get to see their backsides.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Second Doll for the Prizebox

I couldn't just stop at one doll.  The girls really like them, so I made a second one.  I knew  that would happen.  I may have to make another also. You never know.
 This doll likes much of the same type of things as her friend.

 They also enjoy being together.

 You can find the link to making them here.

 I worked straight through on this doll.  It took me about 3 hours to do.  Actually , I took one break to go to a store.  So it was less than 3 hours.

 These friends like to do school together.  I don't know their names yet.  I bet one will be called Beth.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Time to Ice Skate

This summer we went to Leavenworth for a vacation.  They had a cute little quilt shop outside of town at one of their fruit markets.  I bought this pattern there and am now doing it.  It's all a fusable with lots of houses, trees and snow.  In the center is the ice skating pond.  That is how I'm starting.

 More to come as I work on it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Doll for the Prize Box

I teach my granddaughter and another little girl preschool once a week.  I keep a prize box which has mostly been dollar store items for them to choose from.  I don't make it too easy for them to get prizes, but then not too hard also.  25 buttons get a prize and there are several ways to get those buttons.
But then I got to thinking that I could put some items I make into it.  I did that last week and Izzy did pick one of those items.  So that got me inspired.
I found this pattern for this very cute little doll here.  Instructions are in Spanish (I think) but pictures are very clear and I did use google translate when I needed to.
Here's my doll.  She doesn't have a name.  I think the girl who gets her will have to name her.

 She does like music.

She is made of felt. Blanket stitch around the edges and pieces are hot glued together.
She was pretty easy to make.  Finding the right ribbon and buttons was the hardest part.

She likes the carousel also.

 Sitting in the prize box.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Progress on My Nativity Hanging

I had this hanging to the point that I was going to put it on my longarm and try to put the black strips on that way.  Here it is in that state.
You know how it is when you can't sleep.  You start mulling over your projects and come up with ideas.  I couldn't find any 1/8" bias tape, so I was trying to think about what to do.  I came up with satin stitching on the curved pieces.  I had a tape for the straight ones. 
I got up that morning and tried the satin stitch.  I must pull at my fabric because I couldn't get the stitching close enough.  So much for my nighttime great idea.
Then I bumped into some black fusable interfacing fabric that I have.  I cut narrow strips and put it on a shepherd's shoe.  It worked perfectly. Then I got on a roll.  And now you can see how it looks so far.

 And it is so much fun to do.  I was getting excited as I saw it coming so nicely together.  So far, there has been no sewing in this project, just cutting and pressing.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Vicki's Quilts

 I quilted these two quilts for Vicki, my very regular customer.

  She is always piecing up new quilts.  Swirls on this one.

 Flowers, leaves and butterflies on this quilt.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Love Entwined Part 8 Completed

I've been working on this section of Love Entwined pretty consistently since the beginning of August.
 So it's been almost 3 months.

 It has many small pieces of applique.  I found a flower to use in the flower basket which let me avoid all those tiny flowers that it called for.

 The first section took longer because I had fabric decisions to make along the way.  The second strip was much faster because those decisions were already made.

 It was very fun to do watching it come alive.

 I've sewn one end to the center piece.  The other is just pretending right now.

 This is all needleturn applique.

 How do you like it?