Scarecrow Wreath

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Scarecrow wreathI just love fall! It’s my favorite season! I always get some corn stalks from one of my neighbors farm, lots of pumpkins and of course some beautiful mums and make a little display as you walk up our sidewalk. It’s too early to cut out the pumpkins, but as long as the weather doesn’t get too warm, they’ll be fine until a couple weeks before Halloween. Then we’ll carve out some jack-o-lanterns!

Here’s a cute little scarecrow wreath that I made last year. I picked up all the supplies to make it at Michaels. Isn’t he cute?

I love fall crafts too! So many possibilities! I’m planning to sew a fall table runner, hopefully tomorrow afternoon. My local quilt shop has some gorgeous material that I can’t wait to buy! lol!

Coasters…

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Coasters made by Dragonfly-CraftsAren’t these gorgeous?  My friend Fiona over at Dragonfly-Crafts made these to sell in her online shop and they went like hotcakes!

I’m going to be trying my hand at it this weekend.  I have some cute material that I think would make very nice coasters.  Now I have to decide who to give them to, or if I want to keep them for myself! lol!

Our Band Boosters are planning a Christmas Craft and Home Show in November and I’m planning to have a table with some items that I’ll be sewing, and I think I’ll make several sets of these.

You can purchase the book, Bend the Rules Sewing, that carries the pattern for these  coasters at Amazon.com.  Enjoy!

Murphy’s Law of Sewing…

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sewingThese are hilarious and so very true!  Have any of you veteran sewings had any of these happen to you?  I know I have! lol!

Fusible interfacing always fuses to the iron.
The serger only eats the customer’s garment.
If you need 6 buttons, you will find 5 in your button box.
The seam you meant to rip out is invariably the other one.
When you are in a hurry, the needle eye is always too small.
The fabric you forgot to pre-shrink will always shrink the most.
The pattern you wanted to make again will have one key piece missing.
If you drop something out of your sewing basket, it will be your box of pins …..with the cover off.
Whenever the construction process is going well, the bobbin thread runs outs.
The magnitude of the goof is in direct proportion to the cost of the fabric.
Your lost needle will be found by your son, husband or brother-in-law …..while walking around barefoot.
Facings tend to be sewn to the wrong side. (Opposite sides attract).
Collar points don’t match, and you’ve trimmed all the seams.
The iron never scorches the garment until its final pressing.
Pants seams always rip where they are the most noticeable.
The steam iron only burps rusty water on light silk fabric.
The sewing machine light usually burns out on Sunday.
Pinking shears get dull just by looking at them.
Gathering threads always break in the middle.
The scissors cut easiest past the buttonhole.

New Blanket

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Lady bug blanketMy little cousin Hannah is going through a phase where she loves ladybugs! So I bought some adorable material on ebay of ladybugs with a blue background to make her a little blanket. She lives in Florida, so she doesn’t need a quilt. I just made her a rag blanket without any filling inside!

I’ll be mailing it to Florida tomorrow! I hope she likes it!

Baby Quilt

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These pictures are just the starting of the baby quilt I’m making for the daughter of a friend. You can click on the pictures to get a bigger view of them.

This last picture, with the four blocks, I had the bottom right block out of order for the picture. But when I sewed them all together, I made sure it was turned the right way… I bordered each block with the light blue material with the dots, then had a border of it the whole way around the blocks too. Then the outside border is yellow.

Her baby’s room is done in all bright primary colors so I was really excited when I found the light blue fabric that had the dots of yellow, green, orange and dark blue in it! I’m pretty happy with how it’s turning out… I’ve got it all sewn together and am working on the quilting now. I hope to get it done this weekend, then I’ll post pictures of the completed project.

I haven’t done many actual quilted items. I made a flag wall hanging that was quilted for my brother a few years ago, but most of my quilts have been rag quilts… not actually piecing things together, then quilting them.

I tend to be a bit hard on myself and have learned a lot from making this quilt. I think it is turning out great, but I’ve already got a list of things that I will do differently the next time…

Let me know what you think!

Patchwork Cards

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patchwork-cards-1.JPGpatchwork-cards-2.JPGI found these unique patchwork cards today at Craft Apple. I love them! She’s got a great step by step tutorial on how to make them. I have quite a few scrap pieces left over from my scrappy cabins, so I’m going to give this a try and see how I do! If you click on each image, you can see the detail much better.  These are actual pieces of material sewn onto cardstock.

I’ll post pictures of mine when I get them done. It won’t be for a couple weeks though cause we’re heading out of town for vacation later this week and I have lots of packing and organizing to do!

If anyone else has tried these Patchwork Cards, please let me know and send me a link! I’ll post it here as well.

Potholders from scraps!

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potholdersPotholders are a great beginning sewing project that can be made from scrap material or unwanted clothing and a bit of double-fold bias tape. Here are the simple instructions for this creative handicraft.

First cut two 8-inch (21 cm.) squares of fabric to be the front and back of the potholder. Choose coordinating fabrics that match your kitchen for these pieces. To make it easier, you can make an 8-inch square pattern from a piece of cardboard to use as a pattern. Cut more 8-inch squares of any old fabric to stack for the filling. You want the stack of fabric squares to be thick enough to protect you from a hot pot, but thin enough to be flexible and able to be sewn through.

kitten potholdersStack all layers so that the outer layers are facing to the outside and the filler layers are inside. You can put a couple of large straight pins through all layers to keep them together. Now sew right across the middle of the stack. Sew across the middle again, perpendicular to the first stitching. You will have divided the square into 4 squares. Sew across the stack again from corner to corner, and again from the other corner to corner. The layers should be joined and sturdy now.

To bind off the raw edges of your creative handicraft, trim with scissors so that all the layers are again even at the edges. Open out one folded edge of the bias tape. The wider bias tape might seem to be easier to use, but the narrow type makes a neater finished product. Starting at one corner, line up the edges of the tape with the edges of the potholder, and start stitching through all layers along the first fold line, which will be about 1/4 inch from the edge. Stitch neatly and slowly, attaching the opened tape all around the edge until you reach the beginning corner. Cut the bias tape off, leaving 3 inches, (7 cm.) to make into a hanging loop.

Fold the bias tape over the raw edge so that the middle fold lines up with the outside of the potholder and the other fold is hiding the raw edge of the bias tape. Now, for best results, hand sew the binding down, forming a loop on your creative handicraft when you get to the end.

When it is finished, you will have a useful item made from all recycled materials.

Sailing Into Summer

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Windy SailsHere is a beautiful Nautical quilt called Windy Sails.  I found it at QuiltZine.  She has a whole page of Nautical quilts and wall hangings with patterns!

We never had a sail boat, so I never actually got to sail into summer, but when I was growing up, one of my fondest memories was taking our fishing boat down to the river and spending the day going up and down the river in Kittanning, PA.  We even used to take that boat the whole way to New Hampshire for our summer vacation on a lake.  We kids would sit at the very front of the boat with our faces to the wind and just be grinning from ear to ear….  ahhhh memories.

Quillows!

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QuillowI found my next project! lol! After I finish my scrappy cabins that is *wink wink*.

I was over at Dragonfly Crafts and I saw a picture of the Quillow that she made for her dad. A Quillow is a combination quilt and pillow. The basic idea is that you fold the quilt into an attached pouch and when it’s all sealed up, it looks like a pillow! Some people sew a carrying strap to their Quillows, some don’t. They are popular for kids’ sleepovers or for grownups being cozy by the TV.

I’ve made so many quilts and blankets for my kids that I don’t know if they’d want a Quillow, but it would be a nice gift idea, especially for someone who has certain things they enjoy, such as sports or animals. I could make one with dog print fabric for a dog lover, or one with underwater images for a SCUBA diver! Or even a tiny Quillow would be nice for a baby shower…. I could just see a toddler carrying around their Quillow, then laying down for a nap!

The Quillow in the picture above came from Hearts Content Custom Creations. They have some beautiful handmade items for sale!

I’ve found several sites with directions on how to make Quillows, but if you’re looking for a very easy Quillow to make, here are the directions for a Fleece Quillow.

Enjoy! And let me know if you have ever made one, or when you do make one, come back and tell me about it!

Another quilt blog…

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While looking around for quilt designs, I found another great blog that features a beautiful bird quilt that I just had to share here on my blog. Dutch Blue is a fairly new blog, but she has some gorgeous pictures of quilts and works in progress.

I started working tonight on my Scrappy Cabin quilt and got 8 squares done! I took pictures, but have to wait till my daughter uploads them for me so that I can show what they look like.  I have to keep the pattern in front of me at all times because I have such a terrible memory when it comes to putting these things together!  I’m sure once I do a bunch more, it will come more easily, but until then, I’ll keep the template handy *grin*.

I have to honestly say, if I could only make one craft for the rest of my life, it would have to be quilting and sewing… I just love putting things together and sewing them all up and seeing the finished project.

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