Saturday, January 20, 2018

Reality Check - the week in review

As I wrote last week, my plans were set in jello. Good thing. We had two snow/ice days, so I had more time to sew and read.

See the progress of my 'Feather & Fan' scarf below.




I am thinking about connecting the ends for an infinity type finish on the scarf.

Here are my two 6" red blocks for the Color Challenge.


Surprise project - finish! 
This giant 9 patch baby quilt is finished for my friend who is about to be a grandmother for the first time. I changed the backing fabric and decided to roll the edge instead of sewing a binding.


I quilted on the diagonal and that went so well I turned the quilting into big diamonds.


The problem with rolling instead of binding - the corners cannot be squared up. Oh, well.


I love the love birds on the front and the double cherries on the back.


I started one more project that has been waiting since the summer. I cut out a blouse from a new pattern. The fabric is knit and has very few seams. Will share next time.
How was your week?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Set in Jello

I don't make new year's resolutions and haven't made a list of goals for sewing for this year. As a friend of mine says, "My plans are set in jello." Flexible and subject to change. Looking back over my first two posts I see that I wrote one thing and did something else. Anyone else work like that?


Sew this long week end? I may do one or all of the projects listed today.
Above. I finally went back for another knitting lesson and learned how to do two new stitches. I started this lavender scarf and plan to work on it while I watch TV.


I may work on this Calendar Girl. 


I finished the red block for the Color Challenge. I want to design and complete a companion block using these scraps. 


If I get really motivated I will work on these cute cats.

Since it is really cold here (for middle Mississippi) I plan to stay inside and sew, knit, or read.
What's happening in your part of the world?

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ava's Busy Bag

Baby Ava's busy bag is finished and gifted to her.
Everything in/on the bag is from my stash.
I had fun figuring out how to make the house but it turned out much bigger than planned.


She can find things on the back.


Inside I sewed some cute buttons on ribbons and put a cell phone cozy and tissue pack.


The bag is big enough to hold her baby doll and other favorite toys.


The bag is almost as big as Ava but she enjoys carrying it around.


What's next for me to sew? I decided to join the Color Challenge.
I'm going to use only scraps in my stash and do the 6" size.
I have cut out the red block and plan to finish it today.


Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year! First Finish!

 Ava's busy bag is finished. It is bigger than I planned - about 15" X 14". On this side she can play Eye Spy. There are butterflies, houses, flowers, Little Red Riding Hood, a bunny, cow, sheep, pig, and chick. There are words, music notes, Strawberry Shortcake, and a bunch of dogs, too.


On this side she can unbutton the door and unsnap the windows to find a fox, owl, hedgehog, and a girl reading a book.


Inside are three ribbons. I am going to make some felt and/or cloth items to attach to the ribbons. Items being considered are cell phone, powder compact, and coin purse.


This bag is big enough for her baby doll and some clothes, too.
It has a handle so she can wag it around.


I like the green fabric on the end of the zipper. I have used it on so many small projects.


Now I'm going to concentrate on embroidery. I can cuddle up and stitch on cold winter nights and feel like I am productive while I watch TV.


Wishing all my readers a warm and happy new year.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017 A Look Back

This year I did very little quilting and lots of small projects. There was some garment sewing and baby gifts were made. Today I worked on Ava's busy bag but did not finish it. This is my 37th blog post of the year. Not quite one per week. I learned to knit and rediscovered embroidery this year. Some of my most recent work follows.


The patchwork side of Ava's bag with lots of Eye Spy things to find.


The little house with windows and door to open.


The first Calendar Girl is finished, washed and ironed. I hope my stitches improve or maybe it's time for eye surgery. ;-)


I started February Girl.


Close up of details of the wall hanging.  
Not sure if the big stitches on the garland and the tree top star are visible in the photos.


I used a yellow-gold perl cotton on the garland and star above.
White perl cotton for the snowflake below.


Looking forward to a new year. Hope 2018 will be filled with sewing and fun times with family.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Last project for 2017

My last project for 2017 is a busy bag for Ava. 
Lots of photos follow.


First I prepared the embroidered animals, window covers and door.

I fussy cut a little girl reading a book for the inside of the door.
Both sides of the door have iron-on interfacing.

Next I sewed some lines on the windows to make them more window-like.

The door and window section were sewn together.

The window covers ready to go on next.

This the view with the door open.

The pink strip at the top holds the window covers in place. 

Door and windows open

Trying out the roof piece.
Snaps have been attached to the window covers.

Trying out the grass and path.

It's hard to see with all the shadows but the bottom, top, and sides have strips of blue. 
The roof now looks right. There is a big button for the door knob.
Now to work on the patchwork for the other side of the bag. 
Hope to finish before New Years Day.

Check back for the finish!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Friday before Christmas

On the Friday before Christmas I did a little sewing. I made this cute needle case after reading a post about 12 last minute gifts for Christmas on the blog "Days filled with joy".


Both the front and inside came from the same fat quarter. I'm using the needle case for my Calendar Girls embroidery needles. 


On the Thursday before Christmas I sat around thinking about how to quilt this wall hanging.
I quilted the borders on Friday using a pale gray thread on top and bottom.


I decided to sew small jingle bells on the tree instead of quilting. It will take some time to sew all the bells in place. Then I want to use perl cotton to sew over the snowflakes and some other features.


On the Saturday before Christmas I sewed on the binding, corner triangles, and label.


Red corner above. 
Tan corner below.


The label is caught in the binding and I will hand stitch the other two sides.


Having the binding done will make it easier to work on the handwork in the middle.
This may turn into a Twelve Days of Christmas quilt.

Hope your holidays are merry and bright!