Monday, October 31, 2016



In 2002, HGTV had an applique quilt block a month project which featured houses for each month of the year decorated to reflect the month's general happenings.  I just now finished it! It was a lot of fun choosing fabrics from my stash. The applique was ironed on, then blanket stitched around each piece. The first two months I had done the blanket stitching by hand in 2002, but when I picked it back up again a couple of years ago, I just used my machine blanket stitching

You may be able to download the pattern at the website in bold below (which I got to from here - When I downloaded it, not all pictures would download, so I just followed the written instructions and guessed on how some things should look.,1783,HGTV_3938_4907,00.html#

This is only the third quilt I have ever done, and I tried my hand at free motion quilting, which was not as hard as I anticipated. The outside border is where I did most of that making a flower and leaves quilting. The instructions suggested using a variegated thread which I did.

Using the walking foot and monofilament thread, I quilted in the ditch and around the appliques.

I only did other quilting where there was more than 2" spacing between seams, so in the skies mainly.




My quilt measures 55" across and was made to display as a wall hanging. Before attaching the binding, I made a pocket for a rod to be inserted into. I cut a 9" X 56" piece of fabric, hemmed the two ends, ironed in half, then sewed the raw ends into the binding seam as it was applied. I had about 1" space on each end of the quilt. The bottom of the pocket was blind stitched down to the back of the quilt. I was going to put a 1/2" dowel rod inside it, but they don't make them that long, then I read about the Hang It Dang It, but did not want to spend that much money. My husband suggested conduit, but that would make it stick out too far, I thought, plus it may sag.  I opted for a thick wood molding that will not sag, which I found at Home Depot, and they cut it to size for free.

I spent less than $4.00 for it. It can be hung by resting on a nail on either end, or by drilling small holes about 3/8" in from each end and putting the nails through those, and since I made the pocket shorter on each end than the quilt top, the molding does not show.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Happy Birthday Banner for Cake

Since decorative writing on a cake sometimes is not practical, I made a banner tied to skewers to poke into the top of any type of cake.  I used printed paper goods cut into two-sided triangles that were glued onto a string or yarn.  These particular triangles are a finished size of 1.25" wide by 1.5" long.  A strip of paper 3" wide when folded makes the final 1.5" long measurement.   The backside also has lettering, so I wrote H-A-P-P-Y B-I-R-T-H-D-A-Y on a scrap of paper, turned it around and wrote the same letters under it, so I was assured to get the correct letter behind each one when writing on the triangles.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Merida outfit

With two unused scarfs, a cast-off blouse, a scrap of faux suede, and Simplicity Pattern 1219, I made an American Girl sized outfit. It is Merida's dress from the Disney movie "Brave".  Just love repurposing materials.  Instead of buying lace for the skirt, I used a decorative stitch on my machine.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Car Travel Organizer

From ideas on pinterest and googling "car organizer", we now have a back of the seat organizer for the backseat traveler.  It hooks around the headrest with straps using velcro, and the bottom is tied around the seat back.

Sheet aluminum
Simplicity 2200 pattern piece

The clothing were 49 cent finds from Salvation Army Thrift Store. The dress made the back and front. The pockets were made from two different blouses and the dress. Notice the zipper in the dress? I made a secret compartment on the back side utilizing it by adding a pocket inside where you could stash emergency cash or credit cards.

Simplicity pattern 2200, organizers for walkers, had a perfect pattern for smaller pockets or cup holders.  Elastic is in casings to make the tops a little snug.  The first attempt at an organizer had drooping corners at the top, so I had some sheet aluminum cut to fit the width and about 2" wide and slid that into a casing sewn to the inside. When stitching back and front together, I left the casing open on one side to insert aluminum into afterwards to ward off any sewing machine problems, then slipstitched closed.
Deconstructed dress

Wednesday, June 3, 2015


for clothing and jewelry

Get some card stock. Color with magic marker stripes. Cut into squares with craft scissors. Punch a hole. Insert rubber band through. Hang on clothing hanger with info and price. That ensures your tags aren't switched during the sale. 

The jewelry tags are just smaller, and use crochet thread instead of rubber bands.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Slip-over Coasters for Wine Glasses

What a great idea from Half Yard Home by Debbie Shore. These will keep the condensation off your tabletop as well as provide a fun way for your guests to remember which glass is theirs, if you make them all from different fabrics. Any glass that has a wine bottom type will work.

First measure the diameter of the base. Add 1-2" to get the diameter you need to cut your circles, and find a glass or coaster that is that size to serve as a template. You may need to make one or two samples to make sure it will fit over the glass bottom.  You need two circles for the top, one for the bottom, and one of batting or felt.

Take the two top circles and press in half. If you desire to add a strip of lace or ribbon, lay on top, and sew close to the folded edge. To assemble for sewing, place felt circle down, then add bottom fabric or oilcloth right side up, and the two halves right side down on the very top. Pin together and sew completely around the outside edge of the circle. Trim to 1/8", turn, and press.

Add a button, ribbon flower, or other adornment to one side, if desired. Or before assembly, you could monogram one half circle. Have fun!