Monday, October 27, 2014

Slam Dunk Cards APlenty

Heavy Post Warning.  I left sewing for a wee moment to make Christmas Cards, as I do each year...45 for me, 45 for my son and daughter in law.  That little assignment swooped me up into paper crafts again.  So here they are, slam dunkin' at its best.  I am desperately trying to use up the many many shelves and drawers of paper, supplies, etc.  Using it all will never happen.  I could never live long enough. But I did have fun making these.  For the past 2 days, however, I switched over to making pretty boxes, some with the clear lids and a cute stacked calorie free paper birthday cake to sit inside.  I will post those later.  Meantime, if you are here, your eyes have enough to deal with as it is.  Happy day, my sweet visitors.  

 These are just little gift cards. Can't toss a small piece of paper so gift cards come easy.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lorelie, Etc.

The secret is out.  I love fabric.  One designer that I leap toward is Lorelie and her absolutely devine whimsical fabric choices.  At the annual Quilters/Craft Festival last January I came upon Lorelie's booth and I went wild with glee.  I not only purchased darling fabrics but I bought her two embroidery designs; one for cats, one for dogs. It is also no secret that I love to make lap quilts.  If I get into a quilt that is large, I am drawn to finish it but also drawn to the stacks of other projects I am anxious to start.  So, making smaller quilts is my bag.  Here is one of the sweet whimsical cats, embroideried in gold to coordinate with the fabrics I selected. 

Here you see a lap quilt featuring the embroidery cat designs.  So cute.

I do labels for the backs of all my quilts.

Here you see wonderful Lorelie florals mixed with embroidery designs from another embroidery CD with a Paris theme.  This small lap throw was gifted to my friend Cathy ... she and her husband went to Paris a few years back and she was delighted to get my Paris quilt.

Distorted photo but nonetheless it captures the cute whimsical and very colorful cats from the Lorelei line.  This quilt just left with my friend Jean and her husband Ed who were my visitors for a few days.

 I have a lot of Lorelei fabrics left to create with so stay tuned.  And if you did not see them before, please scroll down to the Card Camp at Pat's house a few weeks ago.  She made THE cutest greeting cards using some of the Lorelie fabrics.

Here is my first Dresden Plate quilt.  Lots of boo-boos on this because I applied the Dresden design to the white block and then sized the block 2 inches out from the Dresden point.  My bad... My friend Yvonne who did a Dresden said she sized the block and then put the design on it and that created a nice uniform block.  My mistake was not realizing that the points on each of the Dresden designs did not lay the same so 2 inches on one block was not 2 inches on another.  I had to resize some of the blocks and needless to say this quilt will remain here with me, boo-boos and all... and next time I will know what not to do.  Still, the colors are pretty, doncha think?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Arm Candy

A few months ago my friend Stayce asked if I could make something that would carry a diaper, a bag of baby wipes and would be something that could hook on a wrist for convenience sake.  I remember the days of having a small baby and the lugging that was done when going anywhere.  This is what I came up with.... I used some cute baby fabric, quilted it for sturdiness and attached a wrist loop.  Came out cute, I think, and Stayce was very pleased. 

It was soooooo simple.  I just used 2 long pieces of fabric with batting between, quilted the entire piece, folded it 3/4th of the way up, added the handle, sewed the sides, sewed on some velcro and it was done. 

That's it.... I am working on a brightly colored quilt with cats ... can't wait to finish it and show it off.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Card Camp Fun#2

"September 5th and 6th ...two fun filled days at Pat's Card Camp in Sun City West.  It was our "usual crowd" with Pat, Lois (Queen Elizabeth), Judi and moi'....  I have been known to whip out about 80-90 cards at card camps but that is because I am totally prepared to slam dunk.  I have the folded card, and shoved inside are the papers, die cuts, sentiments.  Slam dunking with this process is a fast process.  This weekend, however, I lugged in tubs full of papers, die cuts, sentiments and I had to sit and select items to create a card. ... I wasn't very productive but we had such a great time.  Below you will see Lois and I standing, Judi is seated and that mess to the right of me is my mess. 
 Seated is Pat, standing ...Lois and Judi.  We all tease Lois...she looks like Queen Elizabeth.
 The three at the long work table.  Pat always has her house set up for wonderful creativity.
 I made about 23 slam dunk very simple cards, mostly "Thinking of You", "Happy Birthday", and "Sympathy"..with a few get well cards stuck in.

 Now onto the real fun stuff.  I do a lot of sewing (you don't say!) ... Pat saw my Lorelie fabrics and asked if she could have some to make cards from.  She loved the cuts so much, she bought some of her own fabrics.  Below are the cards.  They are fantastic.... she fussy cut the whimsical Lorelie ladies, glued the fabric to papers and then created the CA-UTEST cards evahhhhh.  Here they are...  The fabric images pop on the cards and she has added washi tape.
 More Lorelie ladies
 Lorelie ladies ....

That's all, my friends.  I thank you for stopping by.  I don't post on my blog like I did when I was active on the design teams but I hope that when I do post, it is something you like to see.

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 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.