Sunday, December 26, 2010

Scrappy Zippered Bag

I made this bag as the gift bag for the folder I made for Susan. All batik scraps.

The other side of the bag.

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Fabric Folders

I made this folder for my friend Susan. She has a house on the Oregon coast.

Back of folder.

Inside pockets.

Inside of folder.

Back of folder.

Back & front.
Back & Front of folder.
Front of folder.
Selvage folder.
Back & front of folder.
Inside of folder.
I made this folder for my sister who got a job as a teacher's aide.
Inside of folder.
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Handknit Sweater

Close-up of cables.
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Fabric Notebook Cover

I made this notebook cover for my grandson. I had made Amy Bradley's Dazzling Dogs quilt and gave it to him and asked him what dog he would like on his notebook and he chose this dog. I used up scraps of fabrics for the background.

Front cover.
Back of the notebook.

Inside book.
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Little Books Made From Old Calendars

I made these little books from old quilt calendars. It's a great way to use old calendars, re-purpose them and they make great gifts. Make them for stocking stuffers for next year, or as a thank you gift, make some for yourself to slip into your purse, or as gifts for friends for any occasion. Visit for my free pdf tutorial on how to make these little books.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunflower Quilt

I entered an online quilt contest where you had to make a quilt inspired by a photograph that you took. This is the quilt I made. I didn't win the contest. You can see all the entries here.

Inspiration photo
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Quilted Fabric Folder

I used Shiva Painstiks to stencil the front of this folder. I quilted around the stencil using metallic threads and quilted the background in black.
I also used Shiva Painstiks and texture plates to create the back of the folder.

This is the inside of the folder.
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Celtic Vest & Maid Marion Vest

Celtic Vest. I knit this vest for my birthday in November.

I knit this Maid Marion Vest, which is the same vest as the Celtic Vest above, only with a collar. I dyed the yarn with food coloring. The colors didn't turn out as bright as I wanted and the colors ran together too much. Kind of different, huh?
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Selvage Thread Catcher Bag

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Selvage Thread Catcher Bag

Selvage Thread Catcher Bag

 I made this bag using selvages and I decided to use some of the embroidery stitches to sew them in place. Unfortunately, I didn't think about the fact that when I brought the sides up that the back side of the bag (below) would make the selvages appear upside down! Now I know, so the next time I will stitch half in one direction and half in the other direction. Still I liked how it turned out and it's a useful portable thread catcher bag or I can use it for holding fabric scraps, like how about more selvages? Yeah right, I would need a much larger bag to hold all of my selvages!
I plan on doing a tutorial (on my new blog: showing how I sewed the selvages (yes, the correct way).
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Thread Catcher & Pincushion

Wool pincushion I made from a wool sweater that I felted: I followed (most) of the directions for the Thread Catcher tutorial I found on Sew Mama Sew. I made a wool pincushion instead of the patchwork pincushion she showed. I also needed something to weigh it down so it would stay put since I didn't fill my pincushion with something heavy, such as sand, rice, crushed walnut shells, etc. So I used a piece of tile (half a tile from when my husband tiled the entry) and covered the tile with polyester batting and then made a a fabric casing for the tile to fit into. I sewed the tool pocket to the bottom of the fabric covered tile.
The thread catcher is removable, as you can see, it just attaches with a button and a loop. Makes it easy to empty or to move elsewhere like when I am hand sewing.
I love the tool pocket on this thread catcher because I use it next to my sewing machine that fits into a table and so I couldn't use one of those tool pocket thingees that sit under the sewing machine, since my machine is flush with the table. On my other sewing machine I have a tool pocket thingee there a proper name for those things? Pin It Now!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Fabric Folders

I've been having fun making fabric folders and using up scraps (yes!). I used Shiva Paintstiks and texture plates on the black flower. This is the front of the folder:
Opened out to see both back and front:
I made this folder for my daughter who loves everything Irish. I used Shiva Paintstiks and a Celtic Knot stencil. I made this folder with batting and I quilted it and added a binding. It still works as a folder, but it softer than the folder above which was made with a heavy interfacing that made it more rigid.
The back and the front:
The inside:
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