Saturday, June 30, 2012

Red, White & Blue Blog Hop July 1-16

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As you can see I will be on the last day of this hop July 16th. So be sure and check back to see my blocks. Meanwhile enjoy hopping around and seeing all the blocks at all the other blogs. This is my first ever blog hop too.
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Friday, June 29, 2012

Dragon Applique

Inspired by an Eric Carle book, I cut and fused fabrics for this dragon applique. It's actually something my daughter requested. She will do the hand blanket stitching around the raw edges of the shapes and then hand quilt it. It's a gift she is making for a very special person. I guess she finally decided to start quilting now that she has a reason to, ha ha. I showed her how to do the fusible applique on a smaller quilt she is currently working on and she didn't like doing all the cutting and tracing of the pieces, but she liked doing the hand stitching. So I contributed with this one by choosing the fabric colors and cutting out and fusing the pieces onto the background fabric, and now the rest is for her to do. I should have taken a photo of the first applique quilt too, but since she's working on getting it finished now, and I will take a photo of it once it's completed.
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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Knit Baktus Scarf

I knit this garter stitch baktus scarf using a mohair-like acrylic yarn that is oh so soft.
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Monday, June 25, 2012

Garter Knit Baktus Scarf

I knit this baktus scarf using the sock yarn that I had dyed with prickly pear cactus juice.

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Quilted I-Pod Touch Case

I made my daughter a quilted case for her I-pod Touch. I don't own an I-pod, an I-Pad, an I-Phone or an I-I-I anything, so I went online to find what the I-Pod Touch measurements were and then came up with the size case I needed to make. I used scraps from my batik scrap bag mostly. She came over yesterday and I took her I-Pod Touch and put it inside the case and it fits perfectly.

I actually made 2 cases for her. I thought she could choose her favorite one or have them both. They were so easy to make and you know I needed to get rid of more scraps anyhow. But then she told me her boyfriend had given her an I-Phone to test out and while the phone was a bit thicker, it fit in the case too. So now she has a case for both, although I don't know if she will be keeping the phone one or not.

On the back of the case I added a loop so that she could slip in over a belt if she wears a belt. She could also attach a carabiner hook on the loop and then hook it through a belt loop or on her purse.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Paisley Pins

I made a few paisley-shaped felt pins and here they are:

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Scrap Bucket Cozy

I saw a book recently that showed a quilted cozy around a mason jar that held buttons and I thought why not do something like that around my fabric scrap bucket? So I essentially made my quilt-as-you-go table runner and added some elastic pony tail holders and buttons to keep the cozy in place.

Scrap bucket cozy. This is the bucket I use to put all those scraps in that I use for stuffing for the cat beds I make for a no-kill shelter.
This shows the elastic pony tail holders and buttons to keep the cozy closed and in place. I forgot to take into account the extra plastic where the handles are attached, so that's why the top 2 buttons have that stuffed into a corset look.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Twister Pinwheel

Close-up of blocks.
I showed my fiber arts group how to make one of these Lil' Twister style pinwheel quilts at our last meeting, and I made this small one as an example of how it is sewn and cut and put together. I used scraps of batiks and handyed fabrics for this small quilt.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Bags for Sale

I have posted a couple for bags for sale under a new tab at the top of the blog called Bags 4 Sale. Click on that tab every few days or so as I post more bags I have to sell there. Most are gently used bags that I have only used once or twice and I am selling for great prices. A few are brand new and never have been used. You cannot make a bag for as cheap as I am selling these as the materials alone would cost you more to make it. I have too many bags and I need to sell some to make room in my closet. If you are interested in purchasing anything email me and I will go through PayPal for payment, which is safe and secure. These are all one-of-a-kind bags, even if I made a few in the same style, the fabrics of course will be different. Pin It Now!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Corny Socks

I knit these socks with a yarn called Maizy. Maizy is a yarn made from corn fibers and blended with elastic. These are really a bright royal purple color, but that color purple always photographs more of blue-purple shade. I was going to provide a link to Maisy yarn, but when I looked it up online it said this yarn was being discontinued.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sewing a Zipper in a Bag Tutorial

Go here to Craftsy to download this pdf tutorial for Free.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Even More Fabric Scraps Bags

Here are the rest of my fabric scrap bags using scraps to make the outside of the bags and storing my fabrics inside the bags.
Purple Bag filled with purple fabric scraps.

Back side of the purple bag.

White and off-white bag. Looks elegant in all white and off-white like something for a wedding. I chose an elegant looking font for the label too.

Back of the white and off-white bag.

Pink bag.

Back of pink bag.

Since I was making scrap bags already, I made this one using all selvages. I chose mostly selvages with blue on them. Side one above.

Side 2 of the selvage bag.

I also have a lot of men's neckties leftover from a quilt challenge I participated in years ago where you had to make a quilt using men's neckties (I won too with the most votes, yippee). Some ties are all silk and others are polyester. Here is one side of the bag.

Here is the other side of the necktie bag.

I made another bag using neckties and this one is slightly taller than the one above.

The other side of the necktie bag from above.

"Family photo". Smile girls, you are all so colorful. Here is the whole family of fabric scrap bags that I made. Some are large and some smaller. If I would have planned this better, I would have made them all the same large size. As you can see the smallest bags are stuffed full. But using the fabrics I had on hand as the foundation fabric, I ended up with various sizes. It was fun to make the bags and now easy to use as whenever I need a certain color I can grab that colored bag. If you want to make your own bag, check out my tutorial. (P.S. I will be adding an updated way that I do the zipper in the next day or two)

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Monday, June 11, 2012

More Scrap Bags

I made some more bags to hold my various scraps. I use the scraps to make the bags and then fill each bag with the type or color of scraps that I used. I made a label for each bag too that I printed using the computer printer. I finished these bags yesterday. Today I'll be working on my pink, purple, white/off-white bags, and a couple of small bags where I just used my scraps to make the bags. I'll post those tomorrow. I also came up with a slightly different way to sew the zippers, which is easier and better. I'll try and remember to take photos for a future tutorial for the zipper sewing. My previous bag posts are here and here. The tutorial is here.
This one is full of batik and handyed fabrics. So full I should have made the bag even larger than it is and it's pretty darn big already. Okay better get to work using more of these scraps.

Back of batik/handyed scrap bag.

See how full it is inside.

When I laid this bag down and because it's so full of scraps, I think it could actually double as a pillow in a pinch.

Here is the orange/rust & yellow/gold scrap bag.

Back of the bag.

I made this Mulitcolor Scrap Bag bag smaller, but it's stuffed full of scraps.

Back of the bag

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cholla's are in Bloom

The Cholla cactus flowers are blooming.

Such a pretty pink color.

Those cactus needles are deadly! They are thin and sharp and boy do they hurt when they get in your skin.

Closer look at the flower.

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