Saturday, August 20, 2011

Playing with Scraps

Last night was the August edition of the Friday Nite Sew-In that is hosted by Heidi from Handmade by Heidi and Bobbie from Crafty Vegas Mom. I decided that I wanted to make something from my scraps stash and this mug rug fit the bill. I found this pattern at Bejeweled Quilts by Barb. It was perfect for my morning tea on the deck this morning.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

FNSI for August.....

The Friday Night Sew In for August is coming up this Friday the 19th. Want to sign-up? Just click on the button in the right sidebar. Hope you join us!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

New Project!

My husband and I always take a week's vacation at the end of June. In previous years we have gone camping but this year we went to my Mom's house to help my sisters clear out one of the upstairs bedrooms that has become a storage room. There was a lot of stuff in that room! Some of the things we found brought back memories that evoked all sorts of emotion. In that room we also found a couple of bags that had some of our late brother's shirts and jeans in them. He passed away suddenly about a year and a half ago. Well I decided to bring them home and make something with them. Who will receive this and when I am keeping to myself for now because I know at least one of my sisters read this blog sometimes and I don't want to give away all of the surprise;)

I found this video tutorial by Eleanor Burns from Quilt In A Day on making a double pinwheel block so I decided to give it a try. I like this block because you make two blocks at the same time. These are the blocks I have made so far.

A UFO Finished!

Last February I decided to sort out my scraps and found this UFO. (Click the link to read the details.) The great thing about this project was I didn't have to purchase anything extra to finish it and was able to use up a lot of scraps at the same time. I was hoping to have it finished to use on the patio table this summer but I let other projects get in the way and I didn't finish it until yesterday. I can still use it but my patio table is one that has the umbrella in the centre and the table is small so I am not sure if the table topper will work but I just love the matching mug rugs.

When it comes to learning something new I don't have very much patience with myself to practice to get better at something. I want to be able to just sit down and be able to get it right straight away. The table topper was a perfect practice project for freemotion machine quilting. I am not pleased with the results but it is a practice piece.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Christmas Crafting Continued!

I decided to make something else to give to Mom for Christmas. I wanted to make something that was connected to the farm that she has lived on for the past 60 years. My niece took this picture of a deer at the bush line at the edge of the field of soybeans last spring. I wanted to make an embroidery pattern from this photo using this tutorial from Craft Stew.

Unfortunately I couldn't get the photo turned into a pattern so I went looking on the net for something similar and I found this.

With a little modification to the design I decided to make another pillowcase for Mom. This is the finished product.

A closer look: