Friday, January 31, 2020

It's Been Awhile

I thought that I was going to put all these pictures in some sort of order, but I'm not that good.  As usual, a hodge podge.  These are dog collars that my niece requested.  She has 3 dogs, so they will be looking really cute.

I thought that it would be even cuter if she coordinated, so I made her a matching reversible tote.  I was having some sewing machine issues, but I have them corrected now.  Knock on wood, I don't want to tempt fate.

She had asked about a blue king sized quilt a few years ago, and since she is the niece who gave me a wonderful dog (which I had to give back after a year or so, due to my husband's health issues), I finally got around to it.  I already had some blue Slab blocks, so I added more framed them and sashed them and with a border, got them to king sized.

Basting was an adventure too, but it is so heavy that I was able to just drape it on the table and go for it.  

And, on to quilting, lots of smushing and mushing, but I was able to accomplish my usual mediocre meandering.

Now it's a quilt, mailed and she received it yesterday.  She should be taking a picture on her bed, probably today, I'm anxious to see it and will add it to my blog.

We have a vet friend who has been very good to us, and so I decided to make him a quilt.  Unfortunately, I messed it up a bit, and haven't decided if I should go ahead and give it to him with apologies.  It started out with wonky stars from Darlene Michaud's youtube channel tutorial.

My daughter got an amazing deal on a table and 6 chairs on Marketplace, and I made her these placemats.  I had 2 in a red border already, the same red as the center of these, and so I added 2 that size, and 1 smaller one to use in the center of the table.

One of my grandson's dog got very ill and had to have surgery.  He got some amazing financial help from a friend, so I made her this quilt as a thank you.  It is also from Darlene Michaud's youtube channel tutorial.

My little chubby toy Australian Shepherd got groomed a couple of days ago and at least to my eyes she looks so cute that I had to add her.

A couple of potholders from a Sewcanshe tutorial.  I really like them.

I watched a youtube tutorial on this Swoon pattern bag and decided to make with and add additional pockets.  The tutorial was by Lauren Mormino.

More dog bandannas.

I made 30 something pillowcases for Christmas presents.

And, a lot of aprons, I think about 13 or 14.  They were also from a tutorial, but my mind is a blank right now.

Then there were grocery bags, and again, an excessive amount.  I think I made at least 8.  these, plus 3 butterfly ones for my daughter.  Again, a blank mind on the tutorial.  I'll add the info when I think of it.

For mine and my daughters 3 each grocery bags, I also made pouches to carry them  I put the little strap on and my thought is a carabiner clamp to attach the pouch to the grocery cart handle.

This fabric that I made all but one from was the valances in my brothers brand new double wide.  He didn't care for them, but it's nice sturdy material.

And last that I can think of, one of my granddaughters moved into her own little place and asked if I'd make her a couple of curtains.  They are cuter in person, teapot duck fabric from Walmart.  
I almost forgot, my youngest grandson's baby quilt.  He has 2 older brothers and so he also got the Marvel theme so that the bedroom coordinates.  The blocks were from a shop hop I went on a couple or 3 years ago.  I haven't been on one in a long time, my husband is too ill to go with me, or to be left at home alone for that long.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Tree and Cover

I made my Christmas Tree from a pattern by Sewcanshe.  I added the ornaments, I had a little bit of shiny gold fabric, but not enough so I had to mix it with Christmas fabric.  It's big, about 3 feet wide and 4 feet tall.

I got a new sewing machine and made a cover for it, but I didn't like it much and sent it back.  I've ordered another and am hoping that the cover might fit it, too.  It's not a good job, it looks ok from a distance, but up close, I'm not proud.  I've been spoiled first by my Bernina 830 Record, and then upgrading to my 1130.  I've gotten good use from it for over 30 years, but I think I've injured it too badly to be completely healed (it's in the shop now) so I've been looking for another.  I can't afford the new Bernina's so am looking for a machine to bond with.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019


My brother passed away a few years ago, and this is some of his prized wood.  There were these two short pieces so I got them intending to make shelves or such.

I finally sanded them and oiled them and made shelves.  I've since added the other one in place of the little white shelf below.

Approximately 47-48 years ago as young marrieds we lived here.  We got to be lifelong friends with our upstairs neighbors, who now live in Idaho.  We are now in Florida, and this was in Massachusetts.  They recently went back for a wedding and took the picture and sent it to us.

After my big Christmas project I felt like doing something small, so I made these 2 wall hangings, one for me and one for a great-granddaughter's birthday.  My machine was acting up big time, it's in the shop now.
I had some leftovers, so I made this one, too.

I also decided to do a quick sew along.  Little Miss Saw Tooth Quilt Along with Southern Charm Quilts.
I got a new second hand desk for my sewing room/office.  I like it a lot.