Friday, April 18, 2014

An Embroidered Quilt

 I have a friend that bought an embroidery machine a few years ago.  At one point, she decided to start a quilt that was a kit to help her practice her embroidery.  I think she decided she wasn't a quilter.  She got many of the squares done (not all of them) and quit on it.  She gave it to me not to long ago and said I could have it and do with it what I wanted. 

It was very easy to put together, and then I had the fun of quilting it.

I was able to practice some curved crosshatching and did lots of feathers.

I had to think of designs for every square and that was a challenge.

The rest of these pictures were taken inside with a flash, which is why the coloring is so changed. But the detail of the quilting does show up

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tutorial- A Square in a Square

As my quilt guild members will be making a quilt using this square, I thought I'd make a tutorial for their benefit.

 You need 2 fabrics for this project.  The center square is out of unbleached muslin.  You will be able to write a message on this square.
Cut it at 4 3/4"

Cut 2-4" squares out of the other fabric. 

 And then cut them in half diagonally one time.  You will have 4 half square triangles.

 Center one of the half square triangles on the square.  Make sure the point is in the center.

 Sew it.  Then do the same thing on the other side.  It should look like this.

 Press the seams toward the outside.

 Now you have 2 sides finished.  Do the same thing with the other 2 sides.
What a busy background I have on my ironing board!

 And here is your completed square at 6 1/2" after trimming.  That wasn't too hard, was it?

Friday, April 11, 2014

It's My Birthday!!

It's my birthday and my family gave me a wonderful party last evening.  Of course I blew out candles. 

 And then we had a pinata.  This is the first time I have ever tried to hit one. I got a few candies to come out.

 Then some of my children had tries at it.

 The grandchildren weren't quite ready to give it a try.  They just watched.

 My oldest son finally broke it all open and the candy flew out.

 A friend of ours came over and helped my oldest daughter cook dinner.  This pic is the appetizer.  Crab cakes with a remoulade sauce.  It was so delicious as was the rest of the dinner.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward from him.
 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
 Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents in court.
Psalm 127.3-5

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Quilt for Vivienne

This weekend I was able to finish up this quilt for Vivienne.  Do you think she'll like it?

 This is my second owl quilt.  That quilt is quite different from this one.  Even the owls are different.
Owls seem to be popular these days.

I caught some pictures of Juliet making cookies yesterday.


 Is she eating them?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Today's Bread and Butter

It's baguette time today. Do you want the real ones or the felt one?  Today I'm really talking about the felt baguette.  Maybe another time I'll talk about the real one.

 This isn't a tutorial, but I can give some directions with no pictures.
Cut 2 ovals about 4" x 10".  Put 3 slashes in one of those pieces.

 Put a cream color felt underneath the slashes.  Pull back the edges of the slashes, pin and sew around them.
 Then sew the 2 ovals together leaving an opening at one end to stuff.  Then hand sew that closed.  How simple could that be?  It took me about 15 minutes.  No proofing involved.

 I sewed the sliced loaf closed without stuffing.  Then I cut through for my slices.  I added velcro to the end pieces I cut out and buttonhole stitched everything together.  This did take more time.  The slices do puff out.  Maybe there are ideas for a better way to do the slices.

Eloise really enjoys giving out slices of bread.

 She especially likes taking her plastic knife and cutting the bread.  She doesn't care that it doesn't look the way I'd like it to look.

 I do enjoy butter on my bread.

 So I figured the girls would like butter on their bread.

 I had to make little pats of it also.  I sewed tucks on each edge of the cube to make it stand out square.
The ends are all buttonhole stitched.

 A lot of butter on that piece.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Carol's Quilt

 This isn't actually a  quilt that Carol made.  She is now teaching her family members how to quilt. 
This one was made by her granddaughter.

 I quilted leaves all over it. She used a thick polyester batting which really makes the quilting stand out.
I kept the quilting loose.

Monday, March 31, 2014

My Garden Play Mat Has a Garden

I have the top together and now it's ready to quilt. I made freestanding rows of flowers.

 I made the flower trellis into a pocket that can keep all the dolls clothes.

 The doll is walking in her garden 

 and Peter Rabbit is hiding amongst the flowers.