Saturday, May 28, 2016

Tree Skirts
I made one to donate for a gift card tree for a fundraiser at work. I have 6 more to make, and keep taking orders for another one every time someone sees it.
Here is how I put them together
Stitched out the designs from One Song Needlearts onto taffeta with polyester batting and muslin backing.
Cut out designs and serged around all the inside edges. Started at a bottom corner, up one straight side, across the curved center, down a straight side. I did not serge the bottom curve yet.
Sewed sections together in 2's, matching the stitching lines at the top, bottom and center with a pin. Used 1/2" seam allowance, about the width of the edge stitching on the design.
Sewed 2 sections of 4 together and then pressed all seams open on the back.
Serged around the entire outside edge.
Made bias binding or used purchased wide double fold bias in a matching color.
Stitched  bias binding at the 1/2 inch line to both remaining straight edges.
Folded 1 of the straight edges under and topstitched.
 Stitched bias binding around the inside center circle, turning the edges under at the beginning and the end.
Stitched 1 inch pieces of Velcro to the underside of the topstitched edge and the top of the bias binding edge, in matching places at 4 spots.
Pressed under the hem at the edge of the stitching line, about 1/2" hem and topstitched at 1/4".

Now, to stitch out and finish 6 more.

One of the design options, finished at the Sewing Retreat

Feather design, shown on the longarm

Finished tree skirt

Back side

Velcro closure, sewn onto bias binding along one seam

Serged edges

bias binding in center

Monday, December 21, 2015

Quick Gingerbread houses made with graham crackers

Mary and I have been making these and she has hosted a Gingerbread House party for a lot of years. Every year, we have to remind ourselves of the steps, and this time I took pictures to help us remember. Here's what you need, for 10 houses.
6 egg whites
2 pounds confectioner's sugar
cream of tartar
1 large box of graham crackers made 10 houses. It takes 5 intact whole long graham crackers for 1 house. (there are 9 crackers per inner package. Allow a couple extra for breakage)
10 paper plates
A partner, this is a 4 hand job

Make a recipe of Royal Icing from the Betty Crocker red and white cookbook from about 1970.
3 egg whites, 1 pound confectioner's sugar, 1/2 tsp cream of tartar and 1 tsp vanilla.  Beat in the kitchenaid with the whisk attachment for 7-10 minutes until thick and fluffy. I put it into a gallon ziploc bag with a corner cut out for the piping tip with the large opening.
You will need to make another recipe of icing and put it into quart bags, about 1/2 cup each, for the house creators to use for the "cement" for their candies. Squeeze the air out and wait to cut open until they are ready to use, then clip off a corner and just squeeze it out of the bag.

Cut open the inner packages of crackers and use a sharp knife to slice one into 2 sections. They slice more accurately than they break.  Position the short end crackers so the seam line goes across rather than up and down. It will make your pieces fit a little better.

Pipe a line of frosting on the paper plate for the bottom of the end piece and up both sides
 then lines for the side pieces on the plate and across the other end. put frosting up the sides of both short end pieces to hold the sides in place.

 Have your assistant place 2 long crackers on the plate and press them gently down into the frosting line on the plate and into the sides of the short crackers on the ends. Hold gently for a few seconds until they feel like they will not fall.

 Put a line of frosting along the top edge of both long sides. Your assistant gets 2 more long crackers.
 press them against the top of the house and fold them toward the center.
 You put a line of frosting along the roof ridge.
 Press the top of the roof together and hold it for a few seconds. It will stay in place on its' own.

 The finished house

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sewing Guild retreat and some patterns that fit!

I went to the fall retreat for my Sewing Guild, determined to create some patterns I could use for garments for me. I have a shelf full of lovely fabrics, but needed help with fitting and I got it from my sewing sisters. I left with 3 skirts, 2 tops, a vest I made from a jacket pattern, and a sheath dress that fits. Wahoo! Thanks are due to Carolyn from Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, and Debbie, from Stitches and Seams, for posting their trials and errors and their successes and inspiring me to get back to making my own clothes.

 Straight skirt from beautiful piece of donated plaid fabric, McCalls 2120

 6 gore skirt McCalls 4937 with knit top Simplicity 4076. Top could be a little less snug. I need to hem the skirt a little shorter, just below my knee.
 Magic Pencil Skirt by Pamela's Patterns, will be a fast and easy one for travel especially. Knit top Simplicity 2148. Collar band is floppy and I'm not sure I love the cut-on sleeve.
 Vest made of donated home dec fabric, test for jacket pattern Butterick 4818, needs button or a frog closure was suggested by my sewing sisters. Fit is much nicer than showing in this picture! And it looks like a nice brocade, and not like a sofa, which was a nice surprise.

Test muslin of dress pattern Butterick 5147, needs sleeves and hemming at a better length.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I never got this far doing freemotion on my machine, but this is inspiring~

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Embroidered quilt for Mary

These are pictures of a quilt top my Mother embroidered by hand at least 15 years ago. I quilted it for Mary's
24th birthday. Block designs by One Song, border is Abundant feathers by Three Sisters. Hobbs 80/20
batting underneath, Dream wool on top.

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Finished 2 customer quilts

I quilted these both this week. My first T shirt quilt, used Hobbs 80/20, she had a flannel twin size sheet for the backing. The design is blowing wind by Kim Diamond.

This one was made by my husband's cousin, for her daughter to take with her to college. I loved looking at all the prints, and especially liked the tiny mice. I outlined all the cats, and put mice in the borders.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Relay for life dragonfly quilt

A friend at work asked me to make a quilt for the Relay for Life Auction this weekend. She paid me for the supplies, I donated my time and the batting. She asked for green and purple and dragonflies. I used the Trip Around the World instructions found at Quiltville.
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