Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cute Pet Pictures

Here is Emma, trying not to have her picture taken while she plays in the tree.
You can see her ear on the left side of the 7 foot tall tree. The cats have been undecorating from the moment we put it up!
Hope you all have a peaceful holiday!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Winter Solstice Ornaments

Here are ornaments made from a pre-printed panel. Super easy, just cut, sew, turn, stuff. My 7 year old helped and then I added buttons and bows. The backs are the same.
Happy Winter Solstice!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Sweater Holiday Stockings

These are stockings I sewed 8 years ago from old sweaters. I did not felt them, so they are rather stretchy. While they are hanging, I put cardboard in them so they will stay flat (and not droopy). We don't have a fireplace so I hang them from my quilt display pole in the living room.
The initials are felt, sewn on with embroidery thread. I used old pearl buttons and a doily.

My grandmother's hankie and my wedding dress lace.

The next two stockings are from my Father-in-law's sweater.
Buttons centered over fabric yo-yos are the decorations shown in the group picture.

Military buttons because he served in Normandy (among other places).

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Quilting Adventures

Happy Holidays and Merry New Year to my friends at Quilting Adventures! They will be opening their new store at Willow Lawn, next to Ben Franklin (Richmond, VA) on Monday December 21. I am looking forward to it! Visit for more info. See you there!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sew an Alien

My son loved the alien I made him last year, so he wanted a friend for his alien this year! These are fun to make. I use whatever scraps I've got- wool felt for the "belt" and eyes. The one on the left has flannel on the bottom and corduroy up top. I applique the felt parts first. With right sides together, I stitch around the shape once and then again, because space travel can really knock the stuffing out of you! Clip all your curves before turning right side out. Big simple shapes are the easiest to work with, especially with heavy weight fabric like the corduroy and the checked drapery fabric. I can't wait to see these rocketing through the house!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Angel Hair Repair

Let's hope this doesn't happen to you! This poor angel's hair all fell out! I brought her down from the attic and her hair came out in clumps. My daughter wanted me to fix her, so I hunted around in my sewing room and actually came up with curly blond doll hair (I love it when I can find exactly what I need). My glue gun wasn't doing the trick, so I made a lace veil to help hold her hair on. She started out as a brunette, but I think she looks fine now.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Gnomes and Sleigh

Shhhhh! This is a Christmas present! My son loves gnomes so I made him these two and a sleigh for them to ride in. Actually the sleigh and the gnome bodies are from a craft store, but I painted them and made their clothes. It was a fun project, different from sewing. I was very inspired by Check them out!

All freehand- you can probably tell!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gift Ideas/Planning

I've been sewing gifts all morning. I usually start thinking about Christmas gifts during the summer. I look through books, magazines, my own notebooks to get ideas. Sometimes its something someone says that will spark an idea. I try to concentrate on one or two ideas for all the adults and then something different for the kids. It is easier to do production style that way. If I'm making a bowl, it is easy to keep going and make 6. Of course I can't say what this year's gifts are, in case my family is reading this!

Past ideas include:

Adults-scarves, hats, bowls, quilts, purses, pillow cases, dinner in a jar, frozen meatballs, etc.

Kids-scarves, hats, name pillows, zipper purses, fleece ponchos, beanbags, doll clothes, vest & skirt, finish your own doll kit, etc.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Book Review: Quilts by Denyse Schmidt

I never fail to be inspired, thumbing through Denyse Schmidt's Quilts. She uses big blocks of bold colors and easy to follow instructions and construction photos.

My 10 year old sewed these two cats from the book, with some help from me. Spice and Olive are now best buddies.