Wednesday, March 4, 2015

needle minder tutorial

I didn't know what a needle minder/pin keeper was until I saw one on one
of my friends IG(Instagram).  I wanted to make one and I found a 
cool IG tutorial on What the Bobbin blog.

You can use a needle minder for hand stitching, embroidery, cross stitch, appliqué,
hand binding a quilt…any time you need to keep track of your needles or pins!

So here are a few that I have made today along with a mini tutorial….they are a bit addicting : )

Button cover kit
Super Glue

pin keeper tutorial

Use the template provided in the button cover kit to draw a circle for the button.

Cover the button according to the directions given in the kit.

Apply super glue to attach the magnet to the button.

                         You will need two magnets when using your needle minder.

pin keeper

I am warning you….they are so much fun to make!  You will not be
able to stop at one : )



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

bee blocks

I have joined the
Mid Century Modern Bee.

The first block was for Elizabeth at OPQuilt.  She
asked for blocks of various sizes in bright colors on text print fabric.
We could make any type block that we wanted and I opted for
some  6.5 inch pinwheel blocks.

It has been a while since I have participated in a quilt bee, and I know this
is going to be a fun experience!


Friday, December 5, 2014

quick gifts

I made a few gifts this week. Both projects were fast and easy!

First up…..some flax seed eye pillows….very relaxing when heated in the microwave.

Next I made some hand warmers filled with rice….also heated in the microwave!

Both of these projects are a great way to use some of your favorite scraps : )


Friday, November 28, 2014

charms on point process tutorial

 I bought my first Cotton and Steel fabric from my local quilt shop.
I have really enjoyed working with these colors.

I pulled 30 of the 10 inch squares and cut four 5 inch charms from each.
I sewed them together in rows of 10, keeping the placement of the squares
consistent each time.  I am calling this a "controlled scrappy" quilt : )

cotton and steel charms

I decided to use the technique "turning charms on point" that I like to use so often.
Here are some process photos showing you how I go through the process of "turning charms on point."

Make the first cut from the corner and keep it straight!

Now the bottom will be sewn to the top.

Next cut the bottom as straight as you can : )

Now sew the diagonal together.

 And there you have it…you have turned the charms on point!

  I have the feeling there will be more controlled scrappy quilts in my future,
 I really like the look!


Monday, November 24, 2014

little quilt monday~~~doll quilt with faux binding

I made a fast and easy doll quilt this week with the cutest "little red riding hood" fabric.

I started with two fat quarters of fabric and cut ten 5 inch 
squares from each.

It went together really fast and then I decided to use the flip and turn method to finish.  But 
I still wanted the look of binding, so I made a faux binding by adding a one inch border before
I sewed the backing to the front and batting.

After I clipped the corners and turned the quilt out, I hand sewed the opening up.
Then to make the red checked border look like binding, I sewed along the edge...
and it looks pretty believable : )

Sometimes I just need a quick project to start and finish.

I machine quilted this little doll quilt with simple diagonal lines.

I will be making more of these….they are a great scrap buster project!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

wool applique quilt

wool quilt

I finally finished my wool appliqué quilt that I started
several years ago!

It has been a fun project to pick up and stitch…. a few blocks at a time.

I used gold perle cotton to blanket stitch around the hearts and also to tie the
top to the flannel backing.  

Here's little tip to make threading your needles easier…thread lots of needles at once.
That way when you run out of thread on one needle, the next is ready to go!

I decided the pull my threads to the back of the quilt so that the front would look smooth.

I didn't use any batting with the wool and flannel because that would have
made it very heavy.

This is a very cozy little quilt that I know will come in handy this winter.


Sunday, November 16, 2014

hexagon coasters

This week-end I made some hexagon coasters like the tutorial I first showed you here.

The weather was cold and I decided to pull out my bag of finished hexagons.

I sewed twelve hexagons into pairs.

Then I decided to use the blue essex linen that I had in my stash.

I sewed them to the linen using a variegated thread with a big stitch.

I am so happy with them…they will make a great gift!

coasters gifts

Do you have any easy to make gifts to tell me about?
I would love to hear about them : )