Monday, October 27, 2014

bear paw blocks

I have been working on this bear paw quilt top for a couple of weeks.

I found some fat quarter packs that had orange and red and yellow and purple pieces.  These colors screamed bear paw block to me.



Friday, October 3, 2014

Scrappy Log Cabin quilt

This was a fun quilt that went together pretty quick.

I pulled out a bin of scraps and cut them into 2 inch strips.
I found a couple of yards of an off white fabric with small flowers.

I did not plan which strip went where..... completely random placement.
I did try to avoid having the same fabric end up next to each other.

Here is a picture of the quilt top.   It is about 62 inches square.


































I had some fun with the left over strips to make different sort of border.
This is a close up of one of the corners.



Saturday, September 6, 2014

Red and White quilt

My dear friend Jan has been making quilts for about a year now.
Here is her latest creation..... Our husbands held it up for a picture.
All I can say is WOW


Friday, September 5, 2014

Black and White quilt


I saw a block like this somewhere in my web surfing and decided to give it a try.
It is about 50 inches square.




Saturday, August 30, 2014

making bags

Making a duffel bag has been a challenge.   I tried two different patterns.

Here is  my first one.

Here is the second one.




Thursday, July 24, 2014

Getting ready for the new school year!

My daughter in law teaches at a local primary school. She asked me if I could make something that would allow her students to hold a book at their chairs.
She wants them to have access to their library books so they can read when they have any free time.
I came up with this. . . . . .



































I am going to make 5 of each color.(blue, red, yellow and green) Nice
bright colors.
'Duck" fabric is perfect for this.

Here is the view from my sewing studio window.  My dear husband loves to take care of his flowers.  SO PRETTY.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

How to make a zippered pouch!


This is how I make a zippered pouch.


- cut top fabric and lining fabric the same size
  (this one is about 10 1/2 by 7)


[I use light weight batting and quilt the top fabrics a little just to give the pouch a little shape]















- place zipper (right side down) to the right side of the top fabric and place the lining fabric right side down onto the zipper
be sure to line up the top of the front and lining to the top of the zipper and pin in place.




















- sew zipper on using a zipper foot



- repeat on other side of the zipper




















Once I sew zipper in I secure it by sewing a small seam on either side





















- I add a small loop to the side of the pouch.  sew loop onto right side of pouch like this        ( use a scant 1/8th inch seam just to hold it in place)
....be careful not to attach it to the lining....




















- unzip the zipper about 3/4 of the way then pin pouch and lining together and sew all the way around leaving an opening at the bottom of the lining so you can turn the pouch out once it is sewn together




















- using a small square piece of cardboard ( this one is about 1 inch square), mark off all four corners on both sides of the top and lining




















- pinch together corner and sew along the line





















- clip off corners




















-turn pouch right side out, sew the bottom of the lining closed and you are finished