Tuesday, July 29, 2014

July Potholders

I went into my scraps and picked out colorful prints to use for these potholders.  Then I found fabrics to coordinate with them.  I checked out my potholder board and my quilt block board on pinterest and came up with these potholders.
 This one was supposed to be more contrasty. I'll try it again with the right kind of fabrics next time.

 You can really see the zig-zagy lines on the quilting on these.  My machine has rebelled and only zig-zags any more.  But I came up with a solution for that.

 Here is my solution to the wavy lines.  A new sewing machine.  It was so frustrating to  quilt these hotpads that I just had to go out and get a new machine.  I'm really enjoying it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Plumeria's are Appliqued

 We took a little vacation last week.  This is the project that I was working on.  I completed all the applique quite easily and now am ready to quilt.

 I decided to put a layer of batting behind all the flowers.  The last one did not have that.  I am taking a chance on how it will come out.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Edmund and Lucy

These 2 dolls complete the set of the children that first went into Narnia.   They have been quite fun and a joy for my granddaughter.  Being 3, she is really using her imagination and we help her with telling the story of Narnia using these dolls.  It is quite fun.

 This is Edmund.  He is laying on the grass enjoying himself.  He realizes what a bind he got himself into with the witch and her lies.  He is now very thankful for Aslan.

 This is Lucy.  She is a very endearing person.  And loves her brother so much that she didn't want to lose him to the witch.  But she was in awe of Aslan also as he gave his life for her brother. Couldn't there be some other way?  No, there couldn't.  Someone had to die for Edmund's sin.

 A closeup of her face with the hair bow.

 And the buttons? on her dress.

All the Pevensie Children.  Waiting for Aslan to come.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Part 6 - Love Entwined

 This is the finish of the 6th part of Love Entwined.

 The biggest challenge for me is figuring out which color each flower should be.  So I finally just followed Esther's example with some changes.

In Photoshop, I laid my center on top of the example of the quilt Esther colored in.  I think this will help me in the future with some of the color choices.  I colored in some of my changes.
What do you think?
I think I'll keep doing this as I go along.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

New Cardigan with Ruffles

This is a pattern I've done before but this version is variegated yarn.  The yarn looked so pretty and it was on clearance at my local yarn shop, so I had to get it.  It's hard to tell how variegated yarns are going to look knitted up.  I also don't know what types of patterns look best with them.  So I decided on a stockinette pattern and the ruffles make a nice addition.

 The yarn is EuroBaby Sweetness, a sport weight yarn, and the pattern is a Sirdar one.

 You can check out my ravelry link here.

 Thanks Annie for modeling.

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Remake - Plumerias at Night

A woman saw a wallhanging on my blog that she wants me to make for her.  It was done several years ago and I have sold the original.  So I am making it again.  I told her it won't be exactly like that one as no two are alike.  She paid half down so here I go.  This is a pic of the original.

I looked up in my pattern box and found the flowers and leaves.  Sometimes I throw these things away because I am never going to make the same thing again.  But these were up there.

Yesterday I was only going to draw out the pattern.  After all, it was Sunday and I usually sit around with my husband and do handwork.  But I guess I got going.  It only took 5 minutes to draw the plan.
It doesn't show up very well unless you click and look at the larger view.

And since it went so quickly I went and picked out my blacks, cut them out and ended up getting the whole background sewn up.  Now I realize that this will be a good applique project to take on vacation.  So I'll get the leaves sewn up, find the rest of my fabrics and pack it up.  This may go quickly.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Pinwheels and Daisies

This is a summer quilt. And very much a baby quilt.  This one is for Melody Joy as you can tell from the quilt.  I am really enjoying pinwheels for babies.

 You can see the beginning of it here.  It continues on from there.  And now it is done and ready to be given.

 Mom told me the colors of the room and I know that Mom likes daisies, so I'm sure Melody will also.

 I really like how the daisies pop out.

 Have an enjoyable day.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Vicki's Quilt

This is a nice pastel quilt.  It's hard to tell, but the fabrics are mostly little flower prints.

So I quilted a flowery overall on this quilt.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Aslan is on the Move!

It does look like Spring is coming and it's time to shed those fur coats.  Yes, this is Peter and Susan Pevensie and they are in Narnia.  Edmund and Lucy will be joining them soon.

Eloise is getting to know the story of Narnia.  She gets told and read different ones of them and I think she has watched some of the old BBC version of the stories also.
Clara doesn't really care about the doll.

Juliet loves to hug dolls.  They are her babies.

She likes to make faces also.

But if anyone has a grandchild that is excited about what they are making - before, during, and after- it is Eloise. Everytime she see's the dolls she's excited.  And she's excited about who they are.

I'm using several of the doll patterns by Jean Greenhowe to make my dolls.  Hers are the bodies, hair, etc. I am changing the clothing to be what I want.

 I made little white buttons on Susan's shirt.

 Peter is a great older brother. His hair is coming up in the front. Hmm...

 I put a tie on him.  Just like English boys had back then.  I'm using illustrations from the book to help me.

 Susan has braids and I like her variegated sweater.

 And I decided on curly bangs.

And then I had to make them fur coats.  I've made so many sweaters, that I was able to easily come up with a plan for these.

Now I'd love to make Aslan.  I haven't seen any good lion patterns for him.  I may have to make that up also.