Thursday, November 14, 2013

Ugly Fat Quarter Challenge

At our PQA meeting last month, Shannon gave each of us an "ugly fat quarter." The challenge was to make something with the fat quarter. We had to use at least 50% of it and we could add other fabric to it if we would like.
This is what I made!!
Two heart shaped pot holders. 

This is the "ugly" fabric. I think it's actually quite pretty. It just needs the right fabric to go with it. I added some pink polkadot for the inside.

I found the pattern for these through Pinterest, of course, at this site:

So fun, huh! I love them and I can't wait to make some more... Maybe for Christmas...



Monday, October 7, 2013

Elephant Swoon #7 and So On

Here's the next one in my collection. 

Each one is so unique!
I'm really enjoying putting them together.  I just wish I had more time to spend on them. 

It's canning season at my house and I'm drowning in fresh produce that needs to be "put up."
I guess you can say I'm barely keeping my thread above water. 
That's the apple sauce I just finished. Nice to have that done. (Closer to more  sewing time.)
Next I've got sweet pumpkins to do. 

I love the fall, but oh, so BUSY!



Thursday, August 29, 2013

Elephants 4, 5, and 6!

So, we were gone the entire summer living in the central mountains of Idaho.
It was a fantastic summer adventure for the whole family.
We loved it but I really miss my sewing machine when we're gone.
I had some real catching up to do.

And here they are:

Elephant Swoon #4

Elephant Swoon #5

Elephant Swoon #6

So fun, huh!!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Sewing Lesson #1 - Pillow

I guess her official start was a while back when I let her sew some lines on paper without thread.  She first sewed straight lines that I drew on a paper.
Then she sewed along curved lines and other shapes.

After some time, she showed some interest again.
She's nine now, and she asked me to teach her how to sew.
I was delighted, of course, to see her interested in something I find so much pleasure in.
I asked her to make a list of things she would like to sew.
Then I looked it over and chose what I thought would be the easiest to start with.

We started with a pillow.
She chose some fabric from my stash, and we got to work.
We talked about: cutting, right-sides-together, seam allowances,
turning right-side out, etc.

She did a fantastic job!
I'm so proud of her and she loves it.
I hope she continues to love it like I do.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Black, White and Blue All Over

It doesn't happen nearly often enough.
I have finished a quilt!!
 This one started as the block swap we did last year in PQA.
I chose the block pattern and the color scheme.
Then, each month someone else in the group would make me a block to add to the collection.
That gave me 12 and then I made 12 more so I could have a bigger quilt.
 It ended up measuring about 68 x 92.
Big enough for one of the kid's beds.

I'm a kinda sucker for secondary patterns and this one has some great patterns.
I quilted it myself with the new walking foot my husband gave me for my birthday.
(He's so great about knowing exactly what a girl needs - could have something to do with the running wish list I have....)  ;)

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Elephant Swoon #3

Here's number 3!!
I'm loving each one more and more.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Elephant Swoon #2

Another one done!
A friend suggested the orange elephant for the center.
I think it's a great contrast.

Beautiful, huh!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Swoon Elephant #1

A select few of the 33 little elephants get a 
place of honor in the center of a Swoon block.
Here's the first one finished!!
What do you think?
I think it's pretty darn awesome!

Can't wait to show you the next one...

Saturday, March 23, 2013

33 Elephants

How do you eat an elephant?
One bite at a time.

How do you sew 33 paper pieced elephants?
One piece at a time.

These cute guys are 4" each and made of gorgeous batiks.

The pattern came from A Quilter's Arc .

They will all be a part of an amazing quilt in the near future.

Now, I've got some serious paper to pick off the backs while I watch some movies...