Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Give-Away Winners are...

Yes I said winners. I decided to choose one winner for each of the 5 years I have been blogging. So I chose 5 winners. I knit 5 scarves, and although it's too warm to wear them now that the warmer spring weather is here (well at least in some places that is), I hope they will get use out of them this fall and winter. Congratulations ladies. I have sent you all an email.

Winners are~
Lou C., Diane S., Pauline F., Patty C., Carla B. Here are the scarves I knit. I'll choose one to send to each of you, so you won't know which one you will receive. I hope you like a surprise.

Scarf knit in garter stitch.
Eyelash yarn knit in a triangle shape.
I knit this one in a mobius style cowl; it looks twisted, because it's supposed to be twisted.
Eyelash yarn scarf.
Eyelash yarn knit cowl.
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Cute Kitty Cat Pincushion

I was visiting Teresa from A Quilt and A Prayer this morning and she had a photo of this adorable Kitty pincushion. She was trying to find out more about it because it belonged to someone who was at the quilt retreat she was attending.
So I went sleuthing around the internet and I found this:
This is a FREE pattern you can find here.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

It's For the Birds~ A New Upcoming Blog Hop

A fun new blog hop from Madame  Samm of Sew We Quilt that I signed up to participate in that will come in May. May 7-15 to be exact.  I have time to figure out what I will make. So I better get creating.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stitch Me Up Blog Hop + Followers Give-Away

It's my day today to show you what I embroidered for the Stitch Me Up Embroidery Blog Hop. Thanks Madame Samm for creating another wonderful blog hop. Thanks to cheerleader Jane. I also want to thank Madame Samm, Debbie Martinez from Busy As Can Be and Cyndi of Bee Tree Designs for providing us with some really beautiful drawings for us to choose from in order to make our embroidered projects. There were 9 different choices we had and also several pages of embroidery texture patterns we could also use. 
Since hand embroidery takes time to do, I chose only 2 of the designs to create. I hope you like them. 
I call this little quilt Madame Samm in Paris. 
I painted the background fabric, added some glitter paint which I squiggle-painted all over. I used wool hand dyed felt for the applique sweater, skirt and hat and a faux suede for the dog; which I then blanket-stitched around. Lots of seed embroidery stitches and French knots were added to the background fabric. 
I made this from the embroidery drawing that Madame Samm created for this blog hop and  I chose to make a small quilt.

I embroidered the hair to look more hair-like.
The Blue Chair is what I named this embroidered quilt. The drawing of the blue chair  was a design from Debbie Martinez. She also had a dress form in her drawing, but I chose to use only the chair.
I used a hand dyed blue fabric that I hand dyed last summer. I sewed stacked buttons on the front of the arm.
The border and binding fabric is a batik fabric. I used a tiny white rick-rack around the pink inner border.
I made this tea towel a few years ago. I used crayons and a variety of embroidery stitches on this one. Her dress is all embroidered and I also embroidered flowers on the item she is pressing.
March 22 is also my 5-year blog anniversary. My very first posting was on March 22, 2008. So I thought it would be a great time to have a give-away for my followers only. Please let me know you follow my blog when you leave your comment. You must be a follower to win, since it's my blog anniversary give-away  just for my followers. I'm not sure what I will give away, but if you like a mystery it will be something good. Good luck. Giveaway Closed.

WEDNESDAY March 20th


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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Stitch Me Up Embroidery Blog Hop

Here's the schedule for the blog hop~
 WEDNESDAY March 20th

Selina Quilts    

THURSDAY March 21st

Janice@ That Other Blog
Angela@ That Other Blog

FRIDAY March 22nd


Beverly @That Other Blog


Isabel @That Other Blog
Jeanette @That Other Blog



Kristin @That Other Blog


Sharon @That Other Blog
Patricia @That Other Blog
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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Yippee Look What I Won~

I just got an email from Vicki of  Field Trips in Fiber~Adventures in quilting, hand dyed fabric and fiber art blog that I won some of her hand dyed fabric and Misty Fuse. The blog hop was from Quilting Blogger's recent blog hop. I am so thrilled to have won. I love hand dyed fabric and have never used Misty Fuse before, so  I am looking forward to trying it. Thanks Vicki I am looking forward to receiving this.
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My Bag Has Been Featured...

My Savannah Bag made smaller is featured at Threading My Way blog. Thanks Pam for featuring my bag! Click on the icon below to see my bag and the other featured projects at Threading My Way.

Threading My Way_Featured
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Bag Loving Blog Hop

Chris W. Designs has started a blog hop for bags. Here are several bags to view and you can join in on the hop too by following the instructions below when you click enter. This blog hop is ongoing so hop on board anytime.
Here are the rules for the hop (from Christine):

What do you have to do? It's easy! (Please note links now require approval due to spamming :( so will be approved after all 3 steps have been carried out! Please make sure your blog has posts about BAGS!)
Step 1) Just add your blog link below by clicking on the "Click here To Enter" link and follow the easy steps to add your blog!
*Step 2) IMPORTANT! Click on the "Get the code here" link shown to grab your copy of the code and add it to your blog! Please include these instructions so that new members will know what to do! :)
*Step 3) Grab this button: (Right Click and Save)
and pop it in your sidebar linking to your Bag Lovin Blog Hop post so that we can leave this blog hop open and people can keep finding it and hopping on! :) 
After all 3 steps have been completed, your link will be approved and added to the blog hop! :)
That's it! :)
 Please note it may take me a little while to approve your link due to the time differences! If you have any technical difficulties or you can't see your link within 24 hours, please don't hesitate to email me so I can see if I can help! :) Thanks for joining in!
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Friday, March 8, 2013

Kool-Aid Dyeing

I wrote a tutorial on how to dye with Kool-Aid or food coloring. The FREE tutorial is in my Craftsy Store.
Go HERE for my free tutorial.


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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cable Knit iPad Cover

I knit this iPad cover for my daughter's iPad. I don't own an iPad.  I added a Celtic button as she loves all things Irish.
The knit stretches a bit for a perfect fit.
The colors of the yarn seem to change when photographing them. The cover is a burgundy wine color.
iPad with a sweater.
If you want to knit your own iPad cover you can find the free instructions from Haramis Knits.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Savannah Bag Made Smaller

I posted last week about the Savannah bag I made that was a pdf pattern from Chris W. Designs and that's the bag I use to hold my lap top and stuff for my lap top because it is a large bag with lots of pockets. Well I got to thinking how much I liked certain aspects of this bag and thought why not reduce the size and put in fewer pockets so I could use it as my everyday bag/purse. That's just what I did. This is the smaller version of the Savannah bag. 
I quilted the batik flap and the blue fabric that I hand dyed last summer. I made a few adjustments to this bag, one being I didn't need the pen pocket or the slanted pockets. I made the hook strap longer and the flap all one piece, but shorter.
Back of the bag I made the zippered pocket and measured the placement correctly on this bag, lol.
Inside the bag I have the patch pocket and plenty of room for my wallet, sunglasses case,  reader eyeglasses case, my handy strawberry bag, tissues and more.
After I showed this bag to my daughter, she said, "Where's my bag"? She uses a messenger style bag that's smaller than this one that she purchased a few years ago. Her bag is showing some wear and my Savannah Junior size is so much better looking than her bag and is roomier too. So I guess I will be making another junior-sized Savannah bag in colors that she chooses.
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