Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas and Birthday sewing done!

We have four Birthdays in November and one in early December and then Christmas.  This year I started sewing for the little kids.  My Husband and I do not exchange gifts, so I do not count his.  Our Lovely Granddaughter was born on Thanksgiving day 20 years ago, in a freak ice storm.  Her birthday was on Monday a week and a half before this years freak ice storm.   We told her to enjoy it!

Her brother was born on the 28, which fell on Thanksgiving this year.  I made him a wall hanging of Space.  It is an OESD collection (special order) and using the color combinations and special glasses, it is 3D.  The backing fabric just happened to be the right color combination and it shows as 3D, too.

 The Aliens are pockets to hold the glasses.They also have 3D books that I will make after Christmas/

My son's third son turned 19 on November 30.  Where does time go!

On December 5 my daughters youngest turned 1.  We have always encouraged books at an early age, so I made him cloth books and a Magic 3D Block  from Kits by Carla.  This was a fun project, but required a lot of hand work.   It folds several ways and keeps little hands busy (big hands, too).

Then I on Christmas presents.  All of the older kids get gift cards or money so they can buy what they want.  It makes it easier on all of us.  No one has to look at Nan-Nan and say thank you  with a smile while they are cringing inside! That is the nice thing about having teenagers.

For the littlest one, I made the Happy Stacker  ring toy.  This is a Heather Bailey pattern that I picked up at a quilt show and forgot about until it arrived in the mail!   I decided I needed one at my house for him to play with when he comes to visit!   These, too, have a lot of hand work.  The center gusset is hand stitched to the 'ring' tops and bottoms.   Then you sew the outer gusset on the machine in two steps and you can turn a complete doughnut (ring) right side out, stuff and hand sew a small two inch opening.  

I also made Minkee Tag Toys,  another OESD embroidery design! .  The red one is a cell phone.  He loves to play with anyone's phone.  Then I digitized the elephant.  The tags are ribbon.  The elephant tail has elephants on it, but I put them in upside down. These were quick projects in the embroidery hoop.

 My daughters extended family has a three year old girl.  he is getting an 18" doll for Christmas.  I decided I could make doll cloths.  I had seen the Let's Play Dolls fabric panels by Firetrail Designs in several quilt shops earlier in the year but ended up having to order them from Quilt Home!  I have a doll to use as a model!

 And every dolly needs shoes to go with her outfits. These were made in the Embroidery hoop from designs from Sewing for Sarah.  They are made of felt I attempted to make the black and white ones look like saddle shoes.  These designs were on a special for $2.00 each! 

Next I found an Apron pattern at Hatched in Africa.  The first day I spotted it , it was free. I was finding lots of good bargains!

Now with all the things I made and what Santa and family will be getting, she needed a storage container for all her goodies.  I covered a hinged shoe box  (Under Armor shoes in a large size) with contact paper.   It will do for a clothe chest!

At that point, I said I was done, but I had one more project.  I make Minkee Hankie  Blankie Pets. It is a Black Cat pattern and has been digitized for the embroidery machine.   A blog friend has ordered many for great nieces and nephews.  She decided she needed a gray kitty for her fur babies!

This sweetheart is in the mail to Georgia to meet the G's and Barb!

Now, to catch up on BOM projects!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Are a quilter?

Our friends Padsworth, DragonDrop and Snoodles at Lilly Pad Quilting are asking if I can prove I am a quilter. They are having a Linky party and giveaway. They are calling it a
"Go to Jail" party!

Thank you Parker Brothers for the image

Their question is, " Can you prove you are a quilter? " Is there enough evidence to convict you? I feel up to the challenge!

Welcome to the home of a quilter. As we approach the home, we see that it is decorated for Halloween, with Quilts.

In the side windows are Patch Abilities.  
These were a Block of the month  program.

Trick or Treat

Autumn Bounty

On the front door are four Happy Hollow ornaments.

Witch, Ghost Black Cat and Bat ( he is hiding in the shadows). We are so thankful for the rain, but it makes taking photos outside harder. Sorry about the glare!

Mr. Bones is here to welcome us and conduct a tour

  Welcome, Come on in! Here is my friend Miss Witch. She is a Happy Hollow Stick witch.

She is standing beside the Quilt box. As you can see it is almost full!

Hanging above the quilt box is quilt made from a panel. I do not remember when it was made.

Around the corner is quilt that I bought at a quilt shop that was going out of business.  It was just the top and she quilted it.

On the work table (yes it is in the living room) is another quilt that I bought at a sample at my local Bernina store. It usually has a kitty on it.

Hi! Kirby! 

HI! Max.  He is new and not so sure about being on the table.

  Also on the table are Mr. Bones two haunted homes.  The first one is OESD free standing lace and the other is a miniature I made from a kit.

   Above the hall door is a welcome banner .

Above the kitchen door are three happy jack-o-lanterns.

On into the kitchen (we do not have a conventional home, rooms are used for things other that the original purpose) you fine the sewing machine and sewing table.   Here are several projects that I have completed and some waiting in the wings.

The witches hat is made Primitive Gatherings twister tool.
The Grim Ripper was a free pattern from Fons and Porter.  THere are a couple of other projects there, too.

On the end of the table is another twister quilt, Spiders Up My Skirt from Bewitched Threads.  I bought this pre-cut kit while on the Quilt Across Texas shop hop.  It is ready for borders.

 This is what the finished quilt will look like. 

On top of the thread storage is another Patch Abilities with a table top stand.  This was a block of the month and I did two years of this size.

Down the hall we have a bedroom that is being used as storage.  There is a flannel batik quilt on it under the boxes.

 The next room is the quilting room.  It has the frame and machine and a rack to hang quilts on.

Across the hall is the master bedroom.  Here the walls are covered.  First we have three more Patch Abilities BOM.

Next there is yet another Twister quilt, this time a jack-o-lantern.

The next quilt was a challenge quilt from Quilting Bee in Cache, OK.. We all started out with 5 fabrics and could add any others that we needed.  One was a large over all print that I fussy cut and framed.

 On the bed, is an over-sized king made from hand dyed batik flannel. it is very warm and large.  I think it stretches with use!

On the foot  bed is a small quilt.  It was a Walmart pattern and fabric.  The kitties sleep on the back of it.  They have never cared about the front!

 Hi! Angel! 

Now, back down the hall to the official sewing room.  Is is a mess, so please do not look closely.

On ironing board, is Haunted Halloween sampler.  This was a BOM from the Old Craft Store in   Carrollton, TX .  We just completed the last block in September.

This is a close up of the center. 

On the cutting board (covering the mess) is a three yard quilt I got at the Plano Quilt show.

Many of the boxes in this room have finished quilt tops.  Some have finished quilts and the drawer units hold fabric and kits.

Thank you for viewing the evidence.  I hope there is enough to convict me of being a quilter!
I apologize to for not being able to give credit to all of the pattern designers.

Please go to Lilly Pad Quilting and cast your vote.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Cat Academy

Pets on Quilts Show


Padsworth and Dragondrop  at Lily Pad Quilting are hosting a Pets on Quilts show

We are entering Cat Academy

Please stop by the pet show to see many more quilts and vote for your favorite.

This is Kirby on the finished quilt.

My kitties are mu quality control.  They approve  every quilt I make.  

Complete quilt 

These are the individual cats in the quilt.




Thelma and Louise 


 Mr. Fox