Monday, December 31, 2012

In Your Words: Jan. 7-16 Blog Hop Schedule

Come hop along with me and visit all the blogs listed each day below for another fun Blog Hop that is sure to be filled with lots of inspiration and some give-aways too. Be sure to make comments at each stop to be entered into the big give-away on Madame Samm's Sew We Quilt blog. This blog hop is brought to you by Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt, along with Cheerleader Linda of Buzzing and Bumbling and all the participants below. Have fun!

Monday January 7
Kwilty Pleasures  (Kathy G.)
Sew Darn Quilt  (Carolyn R.)
Traveling Quilter  (Debbie A.)
Just Let Me Quilt (Carol S.)
Vroomans Quilts (Sharon V.)
Cate's Linens (Catherine R.)
Nini and the Sea  (Denise)

Tuesday January 8
Piece Peace (Patricia G.) 
A Stitch in Time (Patty D.)
krislovesfabric (Kris T.)
Patchouli Moon Studio (Daryl P....that's me!)
The Slow Quilter (Felicia F.)

Wednesday January 9
Kathy's Quilts (Kathy W.)
Sunshine Quilting (Martina S.)
Grammie Q's (Charlotte M.)
Dancing Moon (Carla B.)

Thursday January 10
Just Sew Sue (Sue B.)
Scrappy 'n Happy (Jess R.)
Sowing Stitches (Beulah aka. Carol)
Just Quilt It  (Kathy G.)

Friday January 11
Jane's Fabrics (Jane R.)
Jane's Quilting (Jane C.)
Nuts 4 Redwork (Heide W.)
Bits and Pieces (Martha R.)
Life in Every Breath (Jennifer B.)
Quilting Lines (Patricia L.)
Meadowbrook  (Kristen K.)
Count It All Joy!  (Denise P.)
Sophie Junction (Sophie W.)

Monday January 14
Clothes and Crafts (Maria K.)
Simple Sew (Shirley T.)
Woolie Mammoth (Anna B.)
RocknQuilts (Mary Ann)
Quiltsmiles (Jane E.)

Tuesday January 15
BQuiltin Studio  (Beverly K.)
Hill Valley Quilter (Britt-Inger)
Bumbleberry Stitches  (Theresa K.)
Buzzing and Bumbling  (Linda W.)
In Stitches and Seams  (Annette S.)
Englating  (Marica from Sweden)
Stitchin by the Lake  (Marlene B.)
Selina Quilts  (Selina)

Read Quilt Cook Pray (Aletta D.)
Sew We Quilt  (Mdm. Samm)
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Purse with Metal Frame Closure

I made a little purse that I enlarged using the coin purse tutorial from Madame Samm's pattern. You can find her coin purse tutorial on Craftsy. The applique was a bit too long, but it was hard to know for sure where it would end up after I sewed the purse pieces together. I didn't raise the applique up any higher or I would have sewn the applique in the seams. I hope to make some more even larger purses too. I'll use this one for holding my hand sewing items like scissors, needle book, threads, etc.
I used batik fabric and I added an applique (light pink is handyed felt, then cotton fabric on top of that and a velvet heart on top of the cotton) and I added sequins, and beads.

The other side the applique is all handyed felt, beads & French knots.

Lining is handyed cotton fabric.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Great Quilt Binding Tutorial!

I was reading Sew Cal Gal's posting this morning and she had a link to a wonderful quilt binding tutorial by Sharon Schamber. I have never used glue when binding my quilts before, so this was a new techinque for me. It looks easy and I will be trying this method of binding on my next quilt. I will let you know what I really think of doing binding this way once I try it. It may take some practice as well as re-learning to get this method down and memorized in my head. Does anyone already use Sharon's binding method? How do you like it?

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Knit Gnomes

I made these little gnomes with leftover sock yarn, a wine cork for the body.
Three little gnomes.

Acorn cap for a hat.

I added a piece of pipe cleaner to the inside of the hat and curled the hat,

I used a black Sharpie marker to make the eyes on the wine cork body.

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Saturday, December 22, 2012

Knit Snowman

I knit this little snowman as a birthday gift for my friend Bobbie. Bobbie does beautiful applique, embroidery by hand and machine quilting, but she doesn't knit, so I thought I would knit her a little something. Happy Birthday Bobbie!

The back of the snowman.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Knit Pullover Sweater for My Grandson

I knit this sweater for my 5-year old grandson using Lion Brand's Pound of Love yarn. It's a pattern called  Leif's Sweater from the book, "Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Cedar Cove Collection".
I made this sweater a large size on purpose so that my grandson might get to wear it both this winter and next winter too.
It's knit in a basketweave stitch and seed stitch.
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Elephant Quilt

My daughter wants to decorate her dining room using Indian motifs. She has a couple of Ganesha statue nick knacks already, so I thought I would make her an elephant quilt. So I found some elephant ideas online and designed this quilt. I free-motion quilted it, added hand embroidery, sequins and flowers with buttons in the 4 corners.
Indian elephant quilt I made for my daughter.

Close look at the sequins and quilting.

Closer look at the elephant and quilting.
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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Quilting Blogger Give-Away Winner is...

...AlessandraLace from Italy! Congratulations Alessandra. She is a new follower too and it was her second comment telling me that she was a new follower that landed her in the lucky number 96 spot that the random number generator picked. I emailed Alessandra the pdf tutorial.

I want to welcome new followers to my blog and hope you enjoy seeing my future posts. To my long time loyal followers, I want to thank you for continuing to visit my blog.

If you didn't win the strawberry tote bag, you can purchase the bag through Craftsy here.
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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Quilting Blogger Give-Away Time

Blog Hop Party with Give-Aways 
It's Quilting Gallery's 5th birthday and several blogs are participating by having give-aways on their blogs.  (click on the blog hop party button above to find all the participating blog links) I am joining in and having a give-away here too. Anyone who wants a chance at winning just has to leave me a comment no later than midnight (EST) December 15th to be in on the drawing. If you are a follower of my blog you can leave me a second comment for another chance at winning.

I am giving away one pdf tutorial for making the Strawberry Bag, pictured here:
Strawberry tote bag. The tote bag is stuffed into the strawberry and opens into a tote bag when opened. Makes great gifts and you can keep one in your purse to have a bag with you whenever you need one.

Good luck everyone! But if you don't win this or would like to purchase my easy step-by-step pdf pattern right now please go to my Craftsy Store. Thank you. Enjoy the Blog Hop.

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And the winner is...

...Rebeckah Austin who said: "Congrats on the 300!!! Good for you! I like how you have different tabs for different things, also that your blog is simple. It takes no time at all to load. I follow via google reader".

Congratulations Rebeckah. I have emailed you.
Thank you to all who follow my blog.
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Friday, December 7, 2012

Pajama Bottoms

I made these pajama pants for my daughter's boyfriend. My daughter bought the fabric and I made the pants. He likes Chinese dragons and this fabric was perfect.
I found this flannel fabric when I was at JoAnn Fabrics one day and there was just enough fabric to make these pajama pants. So I made these for my daughter. Both these pj bottoms are gifts for Christmas, so I hope they don't look at my blog.
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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Red Knit Cardigan Sweater

This was an easy-to-knit pattern and I love how it looks. I used a wool yarn in variegated red (with touches of gray and burgundy). Remember the pinwheel sweater I knit a while back that didn't fit in the arms? Well this is the yarn I ripped out from that sweater. Yes, I ripped out that entire sweater! That's the one good thing about yarn is that you can start over again if you make a mistake or just don't like how your creation is turning out.
The sleeves of this cardigan came out too long (I should have measured and tried this sweater on more carefully). So I did end up ripping out the lower portion of the sleeves and re-knitting it shorter. I think I must have T-Rex arms and not gorilla arms, lol! I need to knit a larger size to fit in the bust as that's the biggest part of me, so the arms and everything else tends to be too large and I need to adjust everything else smaller in those other areas.

Here's a tip for wool knits: soak your wool knitted garment in cool water that you have added hair conditioner to the water and let sit for at least an hour. Then block your garment as usual. The hair conditioner makes the wool feel much softer and it smells great too. I use a good quality hair conditioner that I buy at places like Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, or other natural food stores. Good quality hair conditioners contain essential oils and other good ingredients rather than chemicals and artificial fragrances which are found in cheaper mainstream products. I have chemical sensitivities, so I only buy the good quality products.
Here's my newly knit cardigan. I bought the Mama Bear Cardigan pattern on Craftsy.
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