Saturday, November 30, 2013

2013 Christmas Table Runner

Back in Florida!  My friend, Maureen, came up with a easy project for Nancy and I to learn paper piecing. The idea came from a quilt but we decided to make table runners for the holidays. I have to say. I am ALL about this. I am so bad at cutting and lining up corners. This is the perfect thing for me. 
     The colors I decided in were bright Christmas colors.  I like the cartoon whimsy type of fabrics. 

Such a fun pattern and easy!  Loved the final piece!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Tuyler's turtle pillow

My niece is into turtles. Wanted to make her something she would like. Came across the Mola Turtle and loved the bright colors. Hoping to put it on a sweatshirt.

Grapes and wine table topper

Twist to the round table topper. Cut the corners off. Binding was a little tough to turn the corners. Used the glue technique, which worked out really well. Guess practice makes perfect. Have another in like this in the works. Will see.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Dog Collar

My handsome man is Ripley. We hate to have tags on his collar because he is always on the move and the tags clink.  That is very annoying in the middle of the night.  So I decided that I would put his name and my phone number on his collar.  Turned out really good and now if he gets out he will be able to find his way home.  ( ps:  he IS microchipped too). 

Patriotic Table Topper

Nancy came up with this idea on her own. She used a embroidery design in the middle. I probably should have.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Placemats

Ok so my good friend, Nancy, has this great talent of being able to see things and recreate them. She found a cute Easter placemat picture and recreated it. The first picture is her's and its my inspiration. But of course I have that issue with flowers. I just never can see some fabrics together. I did like hers though. So anyway I can up with my own version in bright "Shelley" colors. They turned out cute and I actually finished them so they spent a whole week on the table before Easter!

Friday, March 22, 2013

"Taste the Rainbow"

Fall 2012.
Omg. So I started out searching for fabric to make a quilt for my niece. I am soooo   attracted to bright happy colors and I absolutely LOVE Moda Marbles. After a trip to Prairie Quilt Shop in Batavia, IL I found my color palette. Now what to do. Wanted something quick and simple. Found the split rail pattern but wasn't loving it. I put the colors on the computer to help give me a visual. That helped!

Couldn't wait to start so I actually began this beauty before I left for Florida.  I had to have some sort of progress! 

Wasn't long before I had it up on the design wall.  I gotta get me one of these walls.  Its so much fun to see things come together.  My only problem is that I am loving it way too much.  Now the guilt.  I don't want to give it away. 

Does this border material not remind you of jawbreakers? 

Ok.  So I ended up keeping it after an inner turmoil and my friends giving me crap for even considering giving it away.  I can always make another one, right?  So I sewed my name and date into it so I wouldn't get weak.  Final quilt is called "Taste the Rainbow"  Because it reminds me of skittles!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Southwest Table topper

Spring 2012
As I planned my spring sewing trip I was looking for that "project"to do. After talking with a friend at work she asked if I could come up with a table covering for an antique table that a friend of her had. He has two dogs and he wanted to protect the table. She gave me pictures of his home and turned me loose.

Made it down to Rainbows End and began my search for fabric. I had sketched out a really rough idea of what I thought would work but the whole thing really didn't come together until I picked the fabric.

Once the fabric was decided on the whole thing went relatively quick. Cut the fabric into 2.5 inch squares.

Once I got the top done I had to figure out the sides. She mentioned she wanted something that would hang over the sides. Used a cording and added the side pieces. Overall I was pretty pleased. Had enough squares to make two pillows also!

The finished product!

Now that is what you do with leftover fabric!  Just saying!

Meet Happy Quilt-My First Rag Quilt!

Spring 2011
One of my very first sewing trips to Florida the "Happy Quilt" came into being. While shopping at Rainbows End, I found myself drawn to the bright happy colors. Started as a quilt for someone else and ended up as something that just makes me smile when I look at it! It was super easy to put together and this was the start to my sewing fun!

Minnie Baby Quilt

Going backward. Started this for some friends of mine that found out they were having a girl. Saw the fabric and HAD to do something with it. With some help came up with this. LOVED it!!!!
The red, black and pink just popped for me and I was so thrilled to present it to them. Used the Disney embroidery to put Minnie Mouse in between the picture blocks. Want to use this pattern again for sure!!!