Friday, November 15, 2013
You can find the pattern at the Lion Brand website here. It was easy to make, but I'm not a fan of working with this particular boucle yarn. Splits a little too easily.
I'm sure when I pull it out next Thanksgiving I'll laugh all over again. My crafts make me happy.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Some quilt blocks take a long time to put together, or embroider, or embellish. I used to roll them up carefully or try to set them on a table between work sessions hoping things wouldn't shift around too much. Of course some clever quilter came up with a pattern to keep blocks in progress.
The front and back pockets have foam core inside and a flannel surface for blocks in progress to stick to.
I'm excited today because Drama Girl is coming home tomorrow. She's been on an extended trip through the South visiting historic civil rights sites and meeting people who were involved. It's a huge history lesson and we've enjoyed hearing her talk 90 miles an hour on the phone about the whole adventure. Ten days is a long time though (for me!) so I'm ready to have her come home and tell me everything in person. I'll be a wreck when she goes away to college. I can already tell.
Friday, February 15, 2013
The pattern is "Rabbits Prefer Chocolate" by Bunny Hill Designs. You can get it here. The rabbit shapes are based on antique chocolate molds.
I added a Ghirardelli chocolate ribbon as a scarf to one of my bunnies. It's a San Francisco chocolate company, for those who haven't heard of it. Of course I was careful to pick off all the stray threads before I took pictures and here you go - stray thread on his car. It's gone now.
Doing the happy dance now that this one is done!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
OK, maybe not a million, but it feels like it. Saturday is my annual cookie party so I've been prepping with lots of extra batches for the exchange. Have you ever made these peppermint candy canes? They're delicious but a bit labor intensive. Usually Wasabi Girl helps me roll them out but she's been sick for a few days.
The peanut butter kisses cookies - I have to stand guard over these so the family doesn't eat them all before guests arrive.
Benne wafers. These are tasty - full of sesame seeds and brown sugar for the most part. Rather delicate and they cooked unevenly. My oven apparently doesn't heat evenly ever since the door was blown off.
What I don't have available for pictures are the hundreds of gingerbread cookies I'm about to roll out. I wanted to get this post up so you could join in. Just picture lots and lots of cookies made from these:
Still lots of Christmas projects left to finish - how about you? Link up and show us what you've been up to.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I just put the last stitch in this one, so forgive me that it's still in the hoop. I'll make it into an ornament this weekend but I wanted to get this much done for Friday.
This will be Wasabi Girl's ornament this year, since she has discovered her love for tasty coffee drinks. It's adapted from a design in Just Cross Stitch magazine. I think it looks yummy. I may have to reward myself with a peppermint latte of my own tomorrow.
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Friday, December 2, 2011
I'm all for adding a little bit of silliness to Christmas, so when I saw this pattern I knew I had to make one for myself.
Sort of like yarnbombing my own car. If you haven't heard of yarnbombing, google it and look at the images. Some of the pictures are amazing and just hilarious.
If you want to make your own, you can find the free pattern at Ravelry. Site requires free registration.
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Thursday, November 17, 2011
I confess I'm one of those people who can sometimes spend huge amounts of time just looking at stuff on ebay. I particularly enjoy looking at vintage needlework patterns and kits. When I saw this needlepoint switch cover as a kit I knew I had to have it. Vintage 1978. I love the fuzzy stitches in his mustache and hat. I love that it called for sequins - lots of sequins. I cut back a little. I also love that it shows Santa with green mittens. That was his best era I think. You don't see him wearing those much any more.
The instructions didn't explain how to stick it on the switchplate, but I'll figure out some kind of sticky thing.
My new fascination with Pinterest has led me back to my love of crochet. I found this pattern and had to make it. The moment I finished it and took a picture Wasabi Girl grabbed it and took it to her room. Guess she couldn't resist having a giant peppermint pillow. So easy I might whip up one or two more. Do you think anyone would want one for a gift? hmmm...
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Thursday, November 10, 2011
I've worked on several things this week, but the only one that I can call "finished" is this block for my Henrietta Whiskers quilt. This free pattern is available from Bunny Hill Designs. Wasabi Girl came up with a whole backstory for this block; the big squirrel is giving the small squirrel the acorn, but the small squirrel has a whole pumpkin to give back as a gift. Not sure if that's the intent of the block or not, but it's cute.
My local quilt shop is offering this as a block of the month. I bring in the completed block the following month and they give me the fabrics for the next block for free. I only paid $5 for the first block. This might be one of the most economical quilts I've ever made! Makes it even more fun.
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Friday, November 4, 2011
Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano is a beautiful book that I found hard to put down. It's an amazing, almost unbelievable story that is full of rich historical detail. While it reads like a novel, it's even more fascinating to me because it is the true story of the author's family.
It begins with a love story in Italy and follows the young midwife Giovanna who comes to America after her husband is killed in a tragic construction accident. The immigrant experience in New York is seen through her eyes. She is a very smart woman and the reader can't help but cheer for her on every page. Her new family life in America is first troubled, and then faces a terrifying crisis from the bullying they face from members of "The Black Hand," the precursor to the Mafia.
Although the author reveals the outcome surprisingly early in the book, I wont spoil it here. It's a fascinating, well-researched book. Highly recommended.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011
Yay! Doing my happy dance today because I got my Halloween project finished. Before Halloween even.
The original pattern is by Crabapple Hill. The inner border is supposed to be a stripe, but I couldn't find one I liked in my stash so I used jumbo ric rac instead. Because ric rac cures everything. The tinting was done with crayons and I used Cosmo floss for the first time for the embroidery. Lovely stuff.
In a classic move quilters everywhere will appreciate, I managed to run out of my orange thread with only about 4 inches of the border left to quilt. Had to stop everything and run out to the quilt shop. Luckily they had the color I needed.
Now I can sit back and enjoy the next few days until Halloween. After I make popcorn balls, help the kids with costumes, set up a party for the teenagers...
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Friday, October 21, 2011
On a whim this week, I read Anne of Green Gables on my Kindle.
I realized that the last time that I read this book, I was probably about Anne's age - 12. I might have laughed at all the right parts and enjoyed her eccentricities. I certainly remember some of the episodes. But this week as I read it, I saw the story from the perspective of a parent, and the story was sweet and touching and new. Here is Anne at the tender age of fifteen:
And when I put on longer skirts I shall feel that I have to live up to them and be very dignified. It wont even do to believe in fairies then, I'm afraid; so I'm going to believe in them with all my whole heart this summer.Ah, that tipping point between belief and growing up! It's a little heartbreaking to watch as they become aware of it.
Anne's wise adoptive mother Marilla echos the sentiments of every mother;
I just couldn't help thinking of the little girl you used to be, Anne. And I was wishing you could have stayed a little girl, even with all your queer ways. You've grown up now and you're going away; and you look so tall and stylish and so-so-different altogether in that dress -- as if you didn't belong in Avonlea at all -- and I just got lonesome thinking it all over.To which Anne, wiser than her years, replies;
I'm not a bit changed -- not really. I'm only just pruned down and branched out. The real ME -- back here -- is just the same. It won't make a bit of difference where I go or how much I change outwardly; at heart I shall always be your little Anne, who will love you and Matthew and dear Green Gables more and better every day of her life.*sniff* Hand me a tissue!
Have you ever gone back to re-read a favorite book from childhood? Sometimes a sweet simple story really hits the spot.
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Friday, October 14, 2011
If you read my last post you got a sneak peak at this project. I whipped this one up when I realized I didn't have any appropriate cover for my buffet. I found this incredibly cute fabric in my stash that I picked up years ago.
Isn't that cute? The great thing about making your own table runner is that you can decide exactly how big it should be. I decided that this one should just fit on top and not hang over. I'm pleased with how it turned out.
...and a very bad black cat.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011
I got the final stitches into this quilt at last - in time to pack it away for next summer's decor. How did Fall sneak up on me so fast? Oh well, this one will be nice to pull out with my other red white and blue quilts next summer.
I wonder if it's too late to get working on a Christmas quilt? Knowing me, it probably is...
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Friday, September 30, 2011
I finished up this ornament I started this week. I love how it turned out. This one might become a gift. I think this pattern is so pretty I might make this one again. Sort of a subtle Christmas symbol.
Here is a less subtle Christmas symbol. I finally finished this piece up as a pillow. As you can see, I still need to squish around the stuffing a little bit to get the top less pucker-y. I put off the finishing step on this one for a long time because I always use velvet to make my Christmas pillows, and velvet makes an absolute mess in my sewing area. When I cut it, I get these little tiny tufts just everywhere. It takes me a while to get the whole place cleaned up. Still, it didn't take me very long to sew this up, I don't know why I procrastinated so long with it.
Having finished two things, I looked in my basket of projects that were stuck at the last finishing step and found one more for this week. (Please tell me you have a basket of unfinished projects!)
I had put this one off because the directions suggested finishing it with some "Regency era fabric." Right. I was pretty sure I didn't have anything that would work in my stash so this one went into the basket. Guess what? As soon as I started looking I found several fabrics that would work. Kicking myself again for putting off the finishing step on this one.
The pattern for this can be found at The Sampler Girl.
Hope you're not as hopeless a procrastinator as I am! Link up and show what you've been up to this week. Thanks for playing along and have a great weekend.
Friday, September 23, 2011
My "Rabbits Prefer Chocolate" quilt has been languishing as a UFO (unfinished object) for quite a while. I pulled it out the other day and realized I only had a little bit left to finish. So here are the three final applique blocks.
I found the tip to use a pressing board in my lap as I work and now I don't know how I survived without it. It also makes a good base for taking pictures. A little free advertising for June Taylor I guess.
Final block. This one makes me smile because this is me all afternoon every day - driving around. Of course, to be more accurate, there would be a lot of little bunnies in the back seat. But I can daydream about a cute little sportscar. I bet this would be easier to park than my massive minivan.
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Friday, September 16, 2011
The Talisman Ring is a historical mystery by Georgette Heyer set in the Regency period of the late 1700s.
Eustacie de Vauban, a refugee from France, becomes engaged to a man she hardly knows in order to fulfill the wishes of her dying benefactor. She runs away in the middle of a snowy night and runs right into a band of smugglers led by none other than her long-lost cousin. Game for adventure, she throws her lot in with his and assists him in his escape from the authorities.
What follows is a comedic adventure of deceit, disguises, mistaken identities and true love found in unlikely places. Every member of the ensemble cast has their shining moments and the witty plot is deeply satisfying.
I get the same pleasure in reading Ms. Heyer's books as I do when I read Jane Austen. Wonderful period detail and amusing drawing-room manners. Completely escapist books. I notice that many of the Kindle editions of her books are currently priced under $2, so if you have a Kindle, you might want to pick up at least one to try out. There are several different covers for this book, which has been reprinted numerous times since its release in the 1930s. I like the cover above because it has a harp.
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Friday, September 9, 2011
With all the spinning that goes along with our back-to-school change in routine I haven't had a lot of time for sewing this week, but I did get a few more applique blocks done.
This is part of the squirrel quilt. The stars are wool.
here. She's only going to post it until the end of December, so go print it out if you think you might want to do this one. She also has the finishing kit with dozens of tiny buttons available now.
What have you been up to this week? I once again messed up the linky last week. Please tell me if you have trouble linking up! So sorry for the inconvenience, I do love visiting your blogs. Have a great weekend.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Yay! The quilt is done! I'm doing the happy dance and crossing this one off my list. It's yummy flannels and wool batting so it's very soft and cozy.
What have you been up to this week? Link up and let me come visit. Sorry I got this post up late today - I seem to be in teenager crisis management mode. Everyone is forgetting their cell phones/ music lessons/ appointments/ ballet clothes. I've been whirling around town in my old minivan trying to get everything and everyone straightened out.
On the bright side, they all owe me favors now. hmmm...
Have a great weekend, especially if yours is three days long like ours.
Friday, August 26, 2011
I still need to add a little embroidery and there will be small buttons in the center of the wheels. The acorns and scarf are felted wool. To see the free patterns, visit her blog here.
I'm on a roll with applique now. I'm enjoying it more as I'm getting better at it.
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Friday, August 19, 2011
Almost done with the blocks for this quilt. The next one is really cute and is the whole reason I'm making the quilt in the first place so I can't wait to get started on it.
What have you been up to this week? Have you visited the Pets on Quilts Show? Voting for the viewers choice begins on Saturday, and I would be thrilled if you would consider voting for my cuties in Monday's post.
Link up with your wonderful finishes of any type, and let us ooh and ahh!