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Category Archives: quilts
No one likes cold feet–not at a wedding nor in bed.
There are many ways to keep your toes warm, like this.Â Who wouldn’t love that?Â But you need a lot of puppies.
Or you could do this:
This quilted foot warmer is risk free, readily available, pretty, and fun to make.Â It is also my latest project for Brother’s blog, Stitching Sewcial, for which I am a paid sewing specialist (this is a required disclosure).Â The blog post includes a FREE download link for the quilting design used for the spaghetti bias Celtic knot in the center of each square.Â But more about the special use of that later.
Surely you know that Christmas is just around the corner. In anticipation of the holiday and all the joy that goes with it, this quilt was made.Â Quilting, machine embroidery, and stippling combined to make a quilt with which I was almost entirely pleased.Â I regretted running out of time before I quilted the green gingham squares along the edges and they waffled.
As a “Brother paid expert consultant”, my assignment was to use the new Disney Mickey and Friends Christmas designs in a Dream Machine project.Â As you can see, I chose to make a quilt.
Detailed and photo illustrated instructions are posted here at Stitching Sewcial.
Six of the new Disney designs were chosen, each of which would fit in the 4×4 frame.Â For the other blocks mini designs were chosen so as not to compete with the new Mickey and Friends Christmas embroideries.
Every day I am grateful to be living here in the USA, truly the “home of the brave, land of the free…”
We’re all eager to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Â But it is important to pass our love and appreciation for the liberty we enjoy on to our children and grandchildren.
Special children’s clothing for the July 4th holiday shows them that this is an important celebration.Â Since my grands are all far away this Independence Day, I’ve looked back at a few earlier celebrations with and for them.
This was granddaughter Vivian Rose’s first July 4th.
Our two older grands wore these outfits one summer.
Of course, the holiday specific food is also important—and enjoyed.
Children and puppies–I do love and enjoy them.Â Damages are to be expected and the children who are the light of my lifeÂ never fail to deliver in their younger days.
Recently, Vivian Rose, 4 yo, was here for a week of Nana Camp.Â She is a scamp so I rarely let her out of my sight.Â But oneÂ day she slipped away while I was on the phone.Â She was wearing her back-to-school Children’s Corner Jane.
As I turned away fromÂ the kitchen sink, Vivi stood behind me, looking quite artificially serene.Â Her outfit was streaked with what looked like peach sidewalk chalk marks.
“What’s on your shirt, Vivi?”
Smiling sweetly, “Dirt.Â Umm hmm.Â Brown dirt.”
“It doesn’t look like brown dirt.”
Big blue eyes widen as she replies, “Well, the red polish was vewwy vewwy high u—uh, I mean…. it’s brown dirt.” She smiled and walked away.Â End of subject.Â What she lacks in honesty, she makes up for in creative explanations. Continue reading
It has been a wild ride in the time I’ve been out of the loop. After 5 days of Hurricane Matthew preparation, hunkering down with no internet, tv, cell or landline service and then clean up, we headed to Mayo Clinic.Â My husband underwent a minor cardiac procedure, as if ANY cardiac procedure can be minor.Â He’s just fine, we’re back home and now I’m back to blogging and sewing.
First, I want to share this cute, quick and easy Halloween faux-pieced wallhanging that I really enjoyed making just before Matthew made his unwelcome visit.Â A complete photo tutorial is posted here at Brother’s new blog, Stitching Sewcial.Â The designs are from the new Disney Halloween Collection at ibroidery.com
There is still time to whip up this kid-pleaser for the increasingly popular Halloween season. Unlike corn stalks or hay bales, this decoration can be packed away for next year and more years to come.
Children love this, especially when they see Goofy’s skeleton glow in the dark.
I especially like the yo-yo pumpkins that dangle from each side. Continue reading
This little piece is one of my favorite projects.Â Embellishing any worthy image is incredibly rewarding but with today’s technology, it could be done so much more easily.Â When I stitched Wisteria Lesson, each of the embroidery designs was positioned one at time with a printedÂ template then stitched one at a time.
Now with my Brother Quattro I can scan the image and then position all the designs on the computer.Â By using the sort feature,Â most of the design using the same color, such as the dark purple, would be stitched at the same time.Â This would eliminate a huge number of thread changes.
With this advance in technology, I could more quickly and easily embellish a photo of my grandchildren romping through a field of bright pink phlox and black eyed susans and one of my garden and one of the treehouse with the azaleas blooming nearby.Â And as soon as I finish sewing Vivian Rose’s 2nd birthday dress, mending my daughter-in-law’s couch pillows, resizing my daughter’s tablecloths, making new pillowcases to match Alastair’s new bedding, and….and….
Well, there are a few other must-do’s but I definitely plan take on one of these photo transfer projects as soon as possible.Â Read all about it in this earlier post.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This project surely must warm the heart of anyone who has shared the joy of needlework with a child. When the 1913 edition Embroidery Lessons with Colored Studies was added to my library of vintage and antique needlework books, I was enchanted with the cover illustration.
The goal of the teacher to inspire and instruct, the challenge of theÂ eager young student to succeed, the scent of the wisteria, sweet and heavy….I experienced all of this as the intimate vignette drew me in.Â Under that idyllic arbor, I dreamed of teaching my fantasy granddaughter to sew.Â (Hurrah!Â I have TWO and 10 year old Laurel is already an accomplished little sewists!Â Vivian Rose’s turn comes up in a few years.) I went so far as to plant a wisteria vine right then and there, though I had planned to do so for some time.
Wisteria Lesson, my title for this charming scene, has been transferred from the booklet cover to a sheet of specially treated silk which wasÂ bonded to paper and run through myÂ inkjet Â printer.Â Â The silk image was layered with thin cotton batting and a backing andÂ machine quilted.Â Â It is embellished with machine embroidery and a few hand embroidery stitches.Â This really fun project was made possible by the very talented and creative Sue Lord.
The first time I met Sue Lord was at a workshop.Â She showed samples and offered detailed instructions on photo transfer to fabric at a workshop. In her musical Georgia (pronounced “Gaw-ja”)Â accent, Sue drawled so much new information and so many creative ideas that I returned for the repeat session inÂ the afternoon.
Coming backÂ would have been worth it just to hear her talk again, regardless of what she said,Â Â but Sue seems incapable of simply repeating a class.Â Â Â She added new material and even more inspiration to the re-run! Or maybe I was just getting the hang of the drawl.Â Whatever.Â At any rate, my head was spinning when her lecture/demo was over.Â Raring to go, I left with enough handouts and confidence to tackle a photo transfer project. Â I knew Wisteria Lesson would be that project.
The Lakeland Quilt and Sewing Expo in Lakeland was the highlight of last week for Suzanne Sawko and me.Â We were swamped with inspiration!Â Our last minute trip was scheduled too late for us to register for classes, but the vendors and quilt displays made the trip more than worth while.
Isnâ€™t this just the most elegantmat?Â This was a birthday gift from my dear friend Suzanne Sawko who has honed her free motion quilting skills to a level that qualifies as real art.
The varied textures and intricate patterns on this piece make it almost too pretty to use.Â The stippling is so tiny that those areas appear flat.Â Â The quilting designs vary from large and open to small and tight.Â Variety makes this such an interesting piece to study, especially while enjoying a cup of tea.
Suzanne is a great fan of on-line classes and has taken several quilting courses.Â One of these focused on free-style feathers and other free motion quilting techniques.Â The designs are not drawn onto the fabric, but created like a pencil sketch drawn with no eraser. Continue reading