Wednesday, August 20, 2014

French Braid Tablerunner

Of the 4 tablerunners I'm doing right now, this is the first one I started but the 2nd to get finished.  Hmmmm....  You can see the second that got done first here.


The third one is almost done.  It just needs bound.

 And the fourth is just in the making.  You'll have to come back to see it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Emma Makes a Quilt

My daughter gives sewing lessons to many young girls and also some adults.  The youngest start by sewing squares together to make a small quilt and then they move on to making clothing.  Emma (who is 6) has moved on to making clothing for herself and others but she decided she wanted to make a  quilt for her bed.  She got the top together and then she wanted to quilt it on my machine.
I gave her a sheet of paper and had her practice doing continuous line drawing with a pencil.  She got the hand of that.  We then did a practice piece on the machine.  She did quite well.  She had a handle of the machine and didn't freak out when things went on.  It was great. 
And so she did her quilt.
 It looks like a big machine for a little girl, doesn't it.  

 It was so nice spending some special time with her and conversing about different things, finding out what she likes to do, etc.  It's a way to build friendships.
Here she is with her finished quilt.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Autumn Tablerunners

I decided to make some autumn tablerunners to sell in our shop.  These are the most popular kind that sell, so I went to work.  I was going to make two, but then I found some other fabric and also came up with ideas, so when I'm done, it will be 4.  These are all made from fabrics in my stash.
Here's the first. It's a french braid, using mostly batiks.

 Enjoy the colors.

 Now it's time to quilt.  

 For this one, I saw I had this very large print that I really like.  I used large squares so that the fabric could really show.  This one is completed.

 Another day I'll show the other two.

Friday, August 15, 2014

3 Quilts Made by Vicki

She brought me 3 quilts for children.  She must be sewing for her grandchildren.
 The farming quilt. 

 I did loops and went around the pictures.

 This quilt has hearts and flowers, so I quilted hearts and flowers all over it.

 And on this one I did a large stipple with some twirls.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Progress on Part 8 - Love Entwined

It's been a beautiful summer.  I like to always take some time to sit on my porch and enjoy the fresh air, heat and activity outside.  So that is a good time for me to get some applique done and that is what I have been doing.

 I am so happy with my border.  I tried several methods on the center square and had problems coming up with a good plan.  This time I cut the pieces roughly 1/4" larger than the actual size.  I ironed one edge under and sewed that to my line on the fabric.  Then I needle turned the rest.  It worked really smoothly and I like the look.  This quilt is solely needle turn.  No freezer paper or floriani etc.  

 It does mean a lot of trimming so the points aren't too puffy, but it's well worth it.

 I'm doing the other border triangles with the same method.  Drawing the quilt on the fabric properly really helps in getting things right.  By the time I'm done with this quilt, I'll be a great appliquer.  I'll probably want to do the center over again because the outside borders will look so much better than the center.

 For the stems, I cut bias strips 7/8" wide. I press one edge and applique that down.  Then I trim the seam and also trim about an eighth inch off the other side.  This makes for a very narrow stem but easy to work with. In these borders, I will embroider the tiny stems coming off the main stem.

 I've also just learned that I can make my backside look neat.  When quilting an applique quilt with a white background, there are problems when you can see a dark thread on the inside hanging loose.  I don't know why I was so dumb as to not do this before, but now all my ends go underneath the applique itself hidden in there.  My back looks so nice and neat now.

Friday, August 8, 2014

August Potholders

I got these done early this month.  Because of our vacation and other things, last months were done later.  I like to give them as birthday gifts, so I make new ones every month.  Every time someone uses one of my potholders, they think of me.  It's like a prayer or a blessing.

 This month I used some Hawaiian scraps.

 These are small hand mitts.

 See how it's used.  You won't burn these on your flame.

The tutorial for these are here.

Thursday, August 7, 2014


Yes, here is Aslan.  He is on the move.  Winter is over and he is in Narnia.

 I had no pattern.  I couldn't find a lion that I liked so I made this one up. For the legs and body, I used a cat 
pattern to some degree.  That worked well.

 I had more problems with the head.  I had to do it twice.  By the time I finished on the second one, I was ready to accept it and be done.  The mane is 1 skein of yarn.  It could use more but that will work.

 Here is Aslan standing with Peter.

 The backside of Aslan with his tail.

 Eloise is putting the girls on Aslan so that he can  take them for a ride.

Here they are flying to set people free.

 Peter and Edmund with Aslan.