Tuesday, August 26, 2014

My Sewing Delights

If you visit, you know I sew almost all day long, happy in my craft room, happy creating and thinking up things to sew using my pretty fabrics.  Leftover pieces are sewn into small projects.  Nothing is wasted.  
I make a lot of "in the hoop" projects.  Simply put, I put stabilizer in the required hoop, it sews out a pattern, I add fabrics in various steps and when I am done, I have a project.  In this view, you see Coffee Cozys and zipper purses. All in the hoop. I can't tell you how hooked I am on this process... the projects are quick, easy and mesmerizing to watch unfold. 


 These are little tissue cozys.... sewn on machine with a cut of fabric that is 6x9.   I can create a lot of these with small remnant fabrics but sometimes to call to use bright and pretty new cuts overtake me.



Stacks of this n' that.. steering wheel covers, and... totes.
 I love making a tote.  Here is a stack of 65.


 Three simple quilts which were taken to Prescott for the homeless veterans who live in forests,  in tents or cars or whatever they can use for a shelter.... I think I have done around 30 quilts so far, and there are 5 more out to have the longarm sewing completed and then they will go up to the veterans as well. 


 Now for fun fun fun sewing.  I saw some of these darling pillows on Pinterest and just had to see what I could create ... here they are.  One Owl pillow and 3 cat pillows. So cute...so much fun to make.
I will definitely make more and with each pillow, more adjustments are made.  It's a fun creative process.
There you have it.... more sewing fun from moi'. Thanks for taking a look.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Steering Wheel Cover Tutorial


I made these Steering Wheel covers for fun, and I've found that my friends love having one.  I've been asked for the pattern.  I made the pattern myself but I thought perhaps I could do a tutorial on the various steps. Photo heavy, I warn ya.
SUPPLIES: 1 Yard of Fabric (corrected)
1 Yard of batting (not fluffy)


Steering Wheel Front: Cut 2
Wheel Cover Back: Cut 2
Batting: Cut 1 each for front and back
Basically the pattern for the front is a circle with the bottom cut straight.  It is 18-1/2 inches wide and about 15 inches tall.  The back of the cover is the same circle but with a "cove" cut out of the center so it will fit over the steering wheel pole. 

For the batting on the back cover, I do not cut out the full pattern because it makes the back of the wheel cover  a little too stiff.  

You can cut out the front cover and the backing separately. However, to save time,  I stack the two yards, ends folded toward the center, and then when I cut out the pattern, I have the front and backing cut out.
As I mentioned, the back of the wheel cover is the same circle but with the center coved out. The fits over the wheel pole.  From the bottom flap, it is 4-1/2 inches wide, then to 5-1/2 inches wide, to 6-1/2 inches wide and just above the cove,  it is about 9 inches wide  to the center fold.  When I stack the front and backs, if I have the front or back a bit larger, I trim to make the cuts match.

Here you see two stacks so that once the
pattern is cut out, both the cover and backing are cut out.
Below is the batting put on the back side of the back wheel cover.  I sew from side to side to attach the batting to the fabric.

Back of wheel cover: Right side to right side, sew the back cover together but leave about 3 or 3-1/2 inches open on the inside.  Below you will see the blue pins marking the area to leave open. This is for turning right side out. 

Before turning right side out, clip around all curves except in the area where you have left an opening. 
Above you can see the opening.  Fold the edges in, and press.  Mark 7 inches up from the end of the outside flap and pin. Do this on both sides.  You will sew along the edge from the 7 inch mark DOWN to the end of the flap and sew all around the inside cover, across the flap bottom and sew up 7 inches. The photo below shows the needle in position to start sewing at that 7 inch mark. 


This is the back.  You can see the sewing from that 7 inch mark on both outside edge of the flaps. 



I do some simple quilting or stitching on the front panel of the wheel cover to attach the batting. 











Sew the front cover and back cover together, but leave an opening on the bottom straight edge.  I sew in about 3 inches, and then skip to the outside 3 inches.  This is for turning right side out. 
Here I sew from 7 inches down to the bottom, across the bottom, and then 7 inches up. The machine shows the needle in position to start sewing at the 7 inch mark.  At this point you have stitching on both the front and back from 7 inches down on each side.  The top of the covers do not have stitching yet.  This will happen when you attach the front cover to the back.

With wrong sides together, attach the front of the wheel cover to the back.  Your quilting stitches will be on the front of both pieces.  Pin from 7 inches up and all around, stopping at the 7 inch mark on the other side.   You will start sewing ABOVE the 7 inch mark, sew up and around the top of the covers and stop sewing at the 7 inch mark on the other side.  This leaves a flap to allow the cover to slip over the wheel easily. 
Here is a pretty floral Steering Wheel Cover that I have on my car. 
If you have any questions, please email me.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Steering Wheel Covers

I never toss any fabrics that are left from quilts or larger items...the pieces can usually sew up a little purse or pouch or eyeglass case... the smallest remnants are tossed in bags for a friend who uses them to stuff sewn items.  Nothing goes to waste. 
Here is a stack of some smaller items.  
 I finished 15 Steering Wheel cover in various fabrics,....  Here is the stack.
 A few stacked so that the fabrics can be seen.  Everytime I make a new one using a different fabric print, I feel like I am making one for the first time.
 Another stack with various fabrics.
Now you know.  I am not sitting by the pool eating bon bons.  Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Card Camp,June 2014


Our Tucson Card Camp didn't happen this year but Pat invited 3 of us to her house for a fun packed 2 day card-making creative adventure.  Great food, some pretty wonderful projects were created, lots of laughs.  
Here is a photo of the 4 of us.  Pat is sitting at the head of the table as Hostess, and there you see me, Judy and Lois. (Lois looks like Queen Elizabeth, I swear she does). 
 Judy, creating at the e-Bosser machine.
 Lois.  She mad the prettiest cards..... She was a former banking gal so she and I had lots of fun talking about our banking days.
 Pat... the Hostess who worked very hard to make our 2 days wonderful.

I simply had to take a picture of this card that Pat made.  She made that paper using Washi Tape, rubs on and then she added that cutie-pie ghostie.  I love this card....  Pat's cards are absolutely wonderful.
I didn't do my usual bevy of cards this year.  On Friday I did card kits for the granddaughter of my high school friend.  The little gal wants to get into making cards so now she has a full blown kit to start with.  I used to teach so I have triple of everything so a lot of "stuff" got tossed into the kit which has a LOT of folded cards, some pattern paper cuts, a trimmer, scissors, tapes and 15 envelopes containing some stamped images and a lot of sentiments...I had fun doing this, and   I think she will be very happy.  Sat. I worked on some birthday party decorations featuring a dog which is the party theme the little 9 year old granddaughter picked.  I didn't take pictures but I made some big dog faces from Celebrations cart, and I did a banner from the same cart with the dog face. Turned out cute... and then I did some slam dunk cards using the punch out designs from kits.  Easy peasy.
Have a wonderful week...

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fancy Hanger Covers

My friend Judi featured one of these on one of her pages and I knew I had to try to make one...or two.  These are hanger covers, and I see them decorating a hanger that has a very special gown or dress on it.  The first one has a very fancy Victorian initial for B in pink... and the end has a delicate lace. 


 This hanger cover in white has a very pretty sew on lace decoration, and the end has the same delicate lace.  I just think these are very pretty and I wanted to share them on my blog.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Homeless Vet Quilts

Heavy post Warning...
I finally have a nice load of quilts ready to be delivered to the U. S. Vet services in Prescott, AZ to be donated to the homeless vets living in the forest, in their cars.  It's a sad state, and I am blessed to be able to give a little comfort along the way.  I sit and sew almost all day every day.  I love my craft room, and I love my sewing machines and I love the set up workstation.  However when I am sewing so long, I aggrivate my shoulders by sitting arms raised up to the sewing machine plate and juggling around the quilt as it grows.  I bought a new machine which I love and I purchased an Acrylic Sewing Stand which allows a bigger plate for the quilt to sit on as I sew.  My handyman Rodney came over and added a plank of wood to a small computer desk and he screwed the wood to the desk to make it very sturdy.  Sewing at this lower level is much easier on little ole' me.  

 My boss Gay has a new niece.  I made a second Zoo Face applique embroidery quilt for Gay to give to her new niece...
 Made some cute bibs to go with the quilt.
 Okay, here are the quilts going to the vets. This is a photo of the 9 stacked quilts, and I tossed in 2 crochet afghans as well.
 quilts in blues....
 Quilts in browns
 Colored blocks...
 Triangle quilt
 Square blocks... pretty colors...
 Yvonne has 3 quilts left to longarm, and this shows the quilts on hangers that are  "in the hopper" that I will keep sewing on until they have grown to adult size quilts.
I love sewing.  Can you tell?

Monday, May 12, 2014

Tooth Fairy Pouch

Toothies
As you know I love to sew and I love to sew on my embroidery machine and I love even more when I have an easy "in the hoop project".  This is one of those projects.  I have a dentist appointment next week and I like to take in a little sumpin-sumpin for the girls.  These darling little tooth fairy pouches are perfect.  The pattern is from Embroidery Garden, and the tooth pouch can be found on Page 30 of the In The Hoop Section.  If you like to embroidery and do In The Hoop designs, I wish you luck in getting to Page 30 without ordering a bunch of darling projects. 

The little pouch is done in white felt and colorful ribbons, and for those cute little teeth, I used white rick rack.  The project is done in layers, starting with the hoop of stabilizer.  The pattern sews a straight line and the 2 rows of rick rack are put down on the stabilizer with the outside points right on that line. The rick rack is secured with spray or a thin strip of adhesive tape (which is what I used).  Then you lay down the first 5x5 square of white felt and the pattern sews a rectangle around the rick rack, securing it.  The pattern then sews the two black eyes with eyelashes and the 2 pink cheeks.  Take the hoop from the embroidery machine and on the back of the projects, cut away the stabilizer around the rectangle for the teeth.  Apply the ribbon on the back, between the eyes, and then replace the hoop in the machine. At that point I slip the second 5x5 square of white felt beneath the hoop and the pattern then sews the tooth shape.  Remove the project, cut away the felt on the front rectangle , exposing the two rows of teeth, and cut around the entire tooth shape, adjusting the ribbon to avoid being snipped. 
There you have it.. some darling tooth fairy pouches.  I will slip a little tag in each pouch and each girl at the dentist's office will have a cute little giftie for someone in their family, or a favorite dental patient. Here is the tag: 
 In this pocket you will find
A teensy, tiny tooth of mine.
So while I sleep where
dreams are made,
Let's see if you
can make a trade.
                                                              In this pocket I will lay,
                                                             the little tooth I lost today.
                                                                  Please, dear fairy,
                                                                   tonight as I sleep
                                                                     leave me a coin.
                                                               My tooth you can keep.

                                                                 - Author Unknown



Thanks for your visit.

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Logan's Quilts

UPDATE:  Oh my, the quilts were a hit..





My darling daughter in law and my son have the cutest little niece named Logan.  I crochet and knit as well as sew, and when I am sitting in the evening watching my TV programs, I crochet and knit.  My kids love the cotton dishclothes and scrubbies that I make and recently I sent a big stash for them to use.  My daughter in law shares these with her sister,  ..Logan's Mother.  Logan, it seems, delighted in taking the dishclothes and scrubbies and used them as blankets and pillows for her stuffied friends.  I decided Logan needed some doll quilts.  In my stash from my high school friend Nancy, I found some really wonderful fabrics to create with.  
Here are a few of the tiny quilts for Logan's doll/teddybear/stuffed friends. 
 What  a cute print.  Reminds me of my wee days when I cut out paper dolls and dressed them to the hilt.
 In Nancy's gift of fabric to me, there was a bag full of red and white pre-shaped cuts.  I put together a cute quilt just for Logan (and a label to say so) and a pillow for her, plus there was enough left over for a small doll quilt, and a tiny doll pillow.
 This is a stack of Logan's gifts.  In a prior post I showed the Storybook Quilt I made from fabric book panels and I decided Logan needed that as well.  It's folded beneath the little turquoise tote that is just Logan's size.
 Here's Logan's quilt.  Just her size for a nice afternoon nap.
Off to sew.  I am working on a zoo quilt with some cute applique zoo faces. Thanks for visiting.  Have a wonderful week.