I am pleased to not be involved in the black Friday shopping this year. I like to go, just to watch the people. This year, however, I could just not make myself get up early. If I got there later than eight in the morning, it didn’t seem like I would see any of the crazy people so I decided to stay home. I have been under the weather for the past month and might be risking my recovery if I got out in the crowds. I still have a little congestion but not so much as to require advair diskus treatments. Heck, I managed not to even visit the doctor during this physical aggravation! Money saved.
I plan on getting to work on some Christmas presents I need to sew up. I bought homespun dish towels and am putting a ribbon of fabric on each to make them more festive. I have to have them finished before Monday evening. I hope my friends like the towels. I love using homespun towels. They are woven just enough to give them some bulk but loose enough to dry dishes without becoming so wet all at once.
I recently finished quilting this snowman quilt for my cousin.
I stitched in the ditch around every seam using monopoly thread. SID stabilized the quilt so that the fun quilting I did afterwards didn’t cause rippling in the blocks. After SID quilting, I used an echo quilting, again using light blue thread, around each applique. I put monopoly back in the machine to make stitches here and there to keep the appliqued areas from being too puffy. I added a bit of cross-hatch and put stars in each corner of the border with the star appliques. I did a ribbon design with cream colored thread in the inside border. That quilt is done and ready to go to its owner!
The next quilt went fast! I put this on the frame and in a few hours I was done. It was a small wall hanging. I used a leaf and acorn pantograph and stitched edge to edge. I used a thread color called Maple from Superior Threads in both the bobbin and top.
I have been holding onto summer but finally got out my fall decorations. I made this table runner for my kitchen table.
I am proud to say I did not buy any new fabric to make this runner. The fabric was all from my stash! Fabric hoarders like me will understand this declaration.
Note: I just watered the mums. No, my dog did not lift his leg on that plant although it does look like it. LOL
Woo hoo! I just got the highest score available on Solitaire. I am sort of addicted to playing that game.
I have been sewing quite a bit lately. Our quilt guild started back up after not meeting during the summer months. I have a lot of neat projects for the ladies to make. I like to make the projects first so that if there are any questions, I can be informed and give a good answer. It is supposed to work that way. I usually can’t remember, after a few days, how I made something and I find myself stammering.
One of our main projects for this year is to make lap quilts for the patients at the nursing home. I spoke to the director of the home and got ideas for what they need and what types of lap quilts work best.
I made this lap quilt and added a hand warmer and pocket. I hope someone enjoys it!
It has been hard to stay indoors on this beautiful day. It is eighty degrees outdoors and the flowers are beautiful. The bees are enjoying this weather too. I am babying a mum that got a little dry this week. I hope it springs back.
Enjoy this weekend, everyone!
Fall has arrived. I love fall but I hate what comes after it! The only thing good about winter is less yard work and more quilting time. I have to look at the positives.
Our local quilt guild began last Thursday. You would think that after having all summer to prepare, I would have been ready. I thought I was ready. I was thrown for a loop! Now, I have a ton of things to research to make our projects more definitive. I cannot leave things up to the members to take the reigns to complete or we will have too many versions of the same project. I have to spell each detail out. I understand that and I am on a roll to get things organized! We have some great projects this year and I am excited.
Here are the Christmas Tree skirts my mom, sister and I have been making. We still need to put binding on them. We are taking a break for a bit.
My mom, sister and I have been making Christmas tree skirts to give as gifts to family members. We have made seven or eight skirts so far. I have been quilting them on the longarm. Although I am using a simple swirl design, it takes a long time to quilt each skirt. The skirts seem big when I am quilting. I will show pictures when I get the last skirt quilted hopefully, today.
I finally finished quilting this quilt. My Aunt Grace made the quilt. I thought I had finished quilting it but when I took it off the frame, I found blocks I had forgotten to quilt.
The county decided to fix a bridge that is down the road from our house/business. No traffic through our road means lots of quiet, except for the birds who are entirely too happy at 5 in the morning. I hope our business doesn’t suffer while customers figure out the route to our house/business. I have seen more cars twice today! Once going towards the barricades and again coming back to find a different route into town. That’s a lot of wasted gas when, if they would believe the road closed signs, they could turn around at the sign and follow the detour signs.
My daughter and I ran in a different town while hubby did a measurement for a client. He dropped us off at the Y.M.C.A. and we started running. Oh My Goodness! That town has a lot of hills. My legs were crying out. I didn’t know it but my daughter had chosen the next level of training on our Couch to 5k program. We were running long intervals. I thought I was going to die! I made it and a few Advil later, was enjoying a quiet evening of quilting.
Hubby and daughter don’t really care for the quilting I did on this block so now I get to decide whether to rip it out or not. Ugh.
The problem with the quilting is the uneven stitching and the errors in the line placement. What a difference a little sixteenth of an inch makes! What do you think? Should I rip it out?
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Now that we are well into 2013, it’s time to think of our new projects, what we’ll do in the summer and how to make the most of this new year. While our husbands are working on hydraulic manifolds, we get excited about flowers and making our homes beautiful.
Our gardens might have looked pretty in the snow, but as it melts away you’ll probably want to keep the magic going… just in a warmer fashion.
How about employing a touch of quilting to make your summerhouses even more inviting? It’s an age-old craft but one that still looks great today!
Here are three ways to do just that…
• Quilted Chair Cover
Summerhouses often don’t have the same levels of heating as your actual house, so things can get a bit cold in there – and no one likes sitting on a cold seat! To give your chairs a little more warmth, and also a touch of personality, why not make your own quilted chair covers?
I’m going to explain how to make a cover from an existing quilt – although of course, you could make one entirely from scratch if you’re good at quilting!
First of all, make sure you wash your quilt so that it shrinks a bit. If you make it perfectly to size and then someone spills their drink on it and it goes in the wash, it no longer fits over your chair!
Wrap the quilt around the chair with the outside facing in and then sew the seams around one corner. Fit and pin the next corner and seam that too. Rinse and repeat until you have all corners. Cut the excess around the corners and turn it inside out!
Make sure the quilt is well tucked around the cushions and back of the chair or sofa so that it fits properly.
You can use one long piece of quilt to make the skirt of your cover. Once you have decided on the height of your skirt add about 2” for the hem and when finished, simply attach to the other piece.
• Quilted Rug
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You will need some adhesive spray for this – make sure you get some that will allow you some time to reposition things if needed rather than drying instantly.
You will need some backing fabric (or a quilt without any decorations), batting and two layers of the quilt that has the decoration you want. The backing fabric will be sandwiched between the two pieces of quilt.
Place the backing fabric on top of a wafer-board and spray it with adhesive. Then apply batting on top, making sure it doesn’t have creases or bubbles. Remove and re-lay it immediately if you see there are any.
Now, spray the top of the batting and place your patterned quilt carefully. Do the same for the other side of the rug and pin it together.
Cut the excess battling and then sew around the edges of the rug to hem – simple!
• Quilted Wall Hanging
For this you will need some fusible web. First iron your quilt and pieces of fabrics to get any creases out. Check out some of these ideas to get inspiration for your design!
Draw the shapes that will compose your design on the paper side of the fusible web, then place them against the backs of the fabrics.
Cut about an eighth of an inch outside the drawing lines and then fuse the web against the fabric with an iron. Trim any excess fusible web still visible.
Position your shapes on the background quilt until you get the desired pattern, and then iron them in place.
You might want to reinforce your quilted wall-hanging with backing fabric and batting, like you did for the rug.
Sometimes it’s worth looking through off-cuts or other stuff you might have that can enrich your pattern. You never know what’s hanging around…
Do you have any other ideas to add a quilted touch to your summerhouse? Share in the comment’s below!
Estelle Page is an interior designer with an obsession for redecorating. When she isn’t busy doing that (for the fiftieth time!) she blogs for Dunster House.